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Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner
SNA Executive Director Barbara Belmont Announces Retirement Plans
National Harbor, MD (April 27, 2010) - Barbara Belmont, Executive Director of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), has announced her plans to retire on July 31, 2011. Hired in 1993 as the executive director for both the School Nutrition Association and the School Nutrition Foundation, Ms. Belmont has been at the helm of the Association for 17 years. In 2006, Ms. Belmont also became Executive Director of the new SNA international arm, the Global Child Nutrition Foundation.
SNA represents 55,000 members involved with school nutrition programs. The Association was founded in 1946 as the American School Food Service Association, the same year President Truman signed the National School Lunch Act. Located in Denver until 1989, the Association was moved to Alexandria, Virginia, by the Board of Directors to enhance advocacy efforts on behalf of good nutrition and education for all school children. The name of the Association was changed to SNA in 2004.
“We have made great strides under her guidance and visionary leadership. The Board of Directors will be asked to approve a continuity plan at their July meeting to begin a 12-month transition,” stated SNA President Dora Rivas. “We respect Barbara’s wishes and appreciate her commitment and dedication to assist SNA in preparing for its continued success. We wish her well in future ventures."
When asked what she felt were the greatest achievements during the past 17 years, Ms. Belmont responded that the rebranding and new name for the Association probably has had the greatest impact. In addition, the sound financial standing of SNA, the development of a strong leadership training program with a Future Leaders element, the creation of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, the implementation of a strategic issues management system, and the development of a state association staff executive network and annual meeting are excellent success stories.
Ms. Belmont began her association career in 1978 with the National Association of Home Builders where she worked until 1993. She was initially hired as an associate editor and was staff vice president of builder and association services in 1991 when she took over the marketing of SMART HOUSE, a for-profit subsidiary of the Home Builders.
Winner of multiple professional awards, Ms. Belmont became a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1986 and was named an American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Fellow in 1999. She was named Association Executive of the Year in 2002 by Association Trends. She served on the American Society of Association Executives Board of Directors from 1996 to 2005 and as chair of the Board 2003-4.
Ms. Belmont is a past president of the Latin American Network of School Nutrition and has been serving on the Friends of the World Food Program Board of Directors since 1998. She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
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