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- Cliff Jones, area franchise developer, donates subs for a year to 47 CUSD staff –

CHANDLER, Arizona (May 9, 2013) – At Chandler Unified School District’s (CUSD) Recognition Night on May 1st, 47 district employees, from teachers to custodians and other support staff, were honored with a “Staff Recognition” award.  In addition, these outstanding employees were awarded a year’s worth of Cousins Subs® from area franchise developer, Cliff Jones.  

“My wife and I both attended Chandler schools, and our children are currently attending Chandler schools,” Jones explained.  “We can attest firsthand, how one exceptional employee in the school system can have a tremendous positive affect on the community.  We wanted to give these employees subs for year – it’s really the least we could do.”

Each of the 47 winners received a coupon book good for 52 free subs, or one per week for a year, good at the Chandler Cousins Subs store.

“All of the 47 employees, one from each of the CUSD schools, held a common theme in their nominations,” said Terry Locke, director of communications for CUSD.  “They all have gone above and beyond expectations to ‘Make It A Better Day’ for our students and fellow staff members.”

“Make It A Better Day – that’s what we strive to do every day at Cousins Subs,” Jones said.  “That’s what these staff members have undoubtedly achieved.”

Winners of the “Staff Recognition” award and Cousins Subs for a year were:  

Jana Gorodishter, Andersen Elementary School; Lupe Soto, Basha Elementary School; Lisa Loewen, Bologna Elementary School; Jill Lewkowski, Carlson Elementary School; Shirley Mathew, Conley Elementary School; Lisa Gilbert, CTA – Freedom Campus; Carla Obertyniuk, CTA – Goodman Campus; Laurie Croswhite, CTA – Humphrey Campus; Sophany Tibke, CTA – Independence Campus; Linda Cunningham, CTA – Library Campus; Samantha Runger, Frye Elementary School; Jana Gutenson, Fulton Elementary School; Jill Macholz, Galveston Elementary School; Sarah Malley, Haley Elementary School; Jesus Colon, Hancock Elementary School; Monique Jaffe, Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School; Amy Frechette, Hull Elementary School; Tiffanie Cartan, Jacobson Elementary School; Tammy Aiono, Knox Elementary School; Jay Morgan, Navarrete Elementary School; Federico Rico, Patterson Elementary School; Lyn Larson, Riggs Elementary School; Lisa Zachary, Ryan Elementary School; Diane Austin, San Marcos Elementary School; Kayla Keegan, Sanborn Elementary School; Kim Sanford, Santan Elementary School; Claudia De Alba, Shumway Elementary School; Meagan Dingman, Tarwater Elementary School; Todd Berg, Weinberg Elementary School; Dyan Randall, Andersen Junior High School; Janet Hartkopf, Arizona College Prep – Oakland Campus; Jennifer Villalobos, Bogle Junior High School; Melva Brethauer, Payne Junio High School; Steve Smith, Santan Junior High School; John McGhee, Willis Junior High School; Patrick Nolan, Arizona College Prep – Erie Campus; Audra Police, Basha High School; Rosanne Shaw, Chandler High School; Denise Grosse, Hamilton High School; Shawna Marquis, Perry High School; Patty Narducci, Central Kitchen; Harsha Bhatt, Basha High Lil’ Express Learning Center; Jeanette Polvani, District Office; Jeff Labenz, Instructional Resource Center; Hector Ochoa, Support Services; Kathy Maroney, Transportation Main Yard; and Cathy Bush, Transportation East Yard.

Cousins Subs® and its franchisees operate more than 140 sub sandwich shops in six states, with bold expansion plans. The first Cousins Subs was established in Milwaukee in 1972 by Bill Specht and his cousin. Their dream was to bring East Coast-style sub sandwiches to Milwaukee – with their own handcrafted touch. They started with their bread, developing a secret recipe with the perfect taste and crunch. That bread is the cornerstone of the Cousins Subs slogan, “Better Bread. Better Subs. Better Day.” The original recipe is still closely followed at every Cousins Subs store, where each sandwich is made to order using freshly sliced deli meats, cheeses, and vegetables – and the bread is baked fresh each day. Forty-one years later and still family owned, Cousins Subs employees and franchisees are driven by their mission to “Make it a Better Day” in all they do. In 2013, the brand proudly announced the establishment of the Make it Better Foundation, dedicated to funding causes that address health and wellness, hunger and youth education in the communities that Cousins Subs serves. For more information, visit You can also find Cousins Subs on Facebook and Twitter.



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