- Upper School
This week we’re singing the praises of TA’s amazing Director of Dining Services—Gevin Boland! In 2002, Mr. Boland met his wife, whom he married in 2006, during a summer he spent working in Bar Harbor. Shortly after, he moved to Portland., where he served as the Executive Sous Chef at Portland Harbor Hotel for five years, and kitchen manager at the Dry Dock Tavern for two years. In 2009, the same year the TA’s residential program started, Mr. Boland joined FLIK Independent School Dining at Thornton Academy as Sous Chef and was promoted to Director of Dining two years later.
Before relocating to Maine, Mr. Boland lived in Titusville, Florida. He grew up on the east coast of the central part of the state and remembers spending a ton of time cooking with his mom. “I would say my Mom inspired me to become a chef. Before I was in the foodservice industry, I would spend tons of time in the kitchen at home cooking. I loved it; my mom would say, "you're missing your calling!" He started working in high school, doing retail work after classes ended. Then he tried construction work. At the age of 22, he decided to attend culinary school and graduated from Florida Culinary Institute, in West Palm Beach, earning associate degrees in both culinary arts and food and beverage management. When he’s not working, Mr. Boland loves spending time with his family. He enjoys camping, traveling, fishing, BBQ, and just chilling out around the house with his wife and 2 children.
Mr. Boland is known for his infectious smile and friendly attitude, and his tendency to greet and interact with students, faculty, and staff at meals. He goes out of his way to meet the dietary needs of TA students, often going above and beyond to make sure they feel comfortable and have what they need. His event preparations are always beautiful and delicious, reflecting the time and attention he puts into all of the dishes he prepares.
What is the best thing about working at TA? What is the most challenging?
“The best thing about working at Thornton Academy is definitely the community! The most challenging is trying to please everyone, but that’s hospitality, and that is what I try to do!”
What is a favorite TA memory?
“This is a very difficult question. I have TONS of great memories here at TA. I guess if I had to narrow them down, it would be the gala events over the years—I love doing these events. It gives us an opportunity to get creative, and do fun and exciting stations. It’s also fun to mingle with all the TA family and community. The thrill and the buzz of the silent auction and the live auction is always fun. It always ends up being a great success—lots of good food, good memories, and good people.”
What do you hope for TA students?
“My hope for TA students is that they just try to be good humans. That is what the world needs more of right now.”
What do you hope for the future of TA?
“To continue to be the best at what we do, and to continue to be a family, a community that pulls together through these tough times.”
Faculty/Staff Fun Facts!
Favorite food: “BBQ or Asian-inspired flavors.....Oh heck, I just love all food.”
Favorite type of book: “Anything suspenseful.”
Favorite music: “I just love good music in general and I listen to everything—rap, hip hop, country, 80s, classic rock, reggae. One of my favorites is the song ‘Amber’ by 311.
Favorite movie: “Hands down, ‘Karate Kid.’ There are so many life lessons to be learned in that movie. Wax on. Wax off.”
Thank you, Mr. Boland, for all the ways you take care of the TA community. You make all of our students, both local and those who traveled the globe to get to our dining hall, feel welcome, and your kindness, talent, and expertise make TA’s dining program one of a kind!