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VICE PRESIDENT

JULIA BAUSCHER, SNS

POSITION:
Director of School & Community Nutrition Services, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, Kentucky

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Co-Chair, Child Nutrition Industry Conference (2011-Present); Political Action Committee (2010-Present); SNA Spokesperson Network (2010-Present); Nutrition Committee, Chair (2008-10), Southeast Regional Representative (2004-08); Silent Auction Committee, Chair (2008), Co-Chair (2007); Keys to Excellence Review Task Force (2006-07); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (KENTUCKY):
Region 3 Regional Director (2003-05, 2007-09, 2011-Present); Strategic Planning Committee (2006-07, 2010-11), Chair (1999-2000); Chair, Resolutions & Bylaws Committee (2005-09); Chair, Exhibit Committee (1996-98, 2004-09); Chair, Nominating Committee (2002-03); President (2001-02); President-elect (2000-01); Vice President (1999-2000)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Kentucky Association of School Administrators (1999-Present); Jeffer-son County Association of School Administrators (1999-Present); Kentucky Association of School Business Officials (1999- Present); Roundtable of Leaders, School Nutrition magazine (2010); Univ. of KY College of Human Environmental Sciences Alumni Association, Outstanding Achiever Award (2009), Centennial Future 100 Award (2006), Mid-Career Award (2004); Co-Chair, KY Action for Healthy Kids (2004-06); KY Lieutenant Governor’s Task Force on Childhood Overweight & Obesity (2001-04); SNA President’s Award of Excellence (2002); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2002); SNA Central Kitchen Design Award (2001)

LEADERSHIP PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT:
Max De Pree in his book, Leadership Is An Art, says, “Leadership is more tribal than scientific, more a weaving of relationships than an amassing of information.” I agree; I believe strong leadership is based on the relationships we cultivate. I believe effective leaders tap the diversity of gifts, talents and skills among those relationships to advance the vision, mission and goals of an organization. If elected, I would provide the direction needed to engage members in the SNA mission by setting a positive example and would also create a culture where every member feels valued and inspired to get involved. The vision of SNA—healthful meals and nutrition education for all children—cannot be realized by the efforts of a few. All SNA members must work together. We must continue to work with our strategic partners to advance our vision. Finally, I believe it is the responsibility of leadership to assure strength and continuity in the leadership by fostering future leaders. We must ensure that SNA remains the “voice of child nutrition.”

GOALS:
To continue to make SNA relevant to all school nutrition employees, so they feel welcomed and regard SNA membership as essential to success in the profession; to provide information, resources and programming for all segments of SNA’s membership; and to continue to strengthen and improve SNA’s relationship with allied health and education organizations so that school nutrition programs are recognized as an important tool and strategy to improve education and health outcomes for all students across the country.

BARBARA COLE

POSITION:
Director of Child Nutrition, Arkansas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Little Rock, Arkansas

SNA PARTICIPATION:
SNA Spokesperson Network (2009-Present); Southwest Regional Director (1986-88, 2006-08); Secretary (1994-96); Member Services Committee (1990-91); Public Communications Committee (1988-90), Chair (1989-90); Resolution & Bylaws Committee (1982-85), Chair (1984-85); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (ARKANSAS):
Chair, Resolutions & Bylaws Committee (1987-89, 2010-Present); Chair, Awards Committee (2008-10); Chair, Public Policy & Legislation Committee (1999-2000); President (1983-84); President-elect (1982-83); Chair, Membership Committee (1978-80)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Dietetic Practice Group #42 (1986-Present), Member Spotlight (2008); American Dietetic Association (1976-Present); Arkansas Dietetics Association (1976-Present); Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (1978-Present); SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, Arkansas (2008); Kiwanis Club of Central Little Rock, President (2006-07), President-elect (2005-06), Secretary (1998-2002); Profiled in School Nutrition magazine (1995); Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Silver Special Achievement Award (1991); SNA President’s Award of Excellence (1984); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (1984)

LEADERSHIP PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT:
The question, “Are leaders born or are they made?” is one that is debatable. In my case, I believe that I was born to lead and, therefore, I have worked hard to possess the dedication necessary to be successful. I believe I am an effective communicator and value the opinions of others, which will be essential to working with the Board of Directors to meet the needs of members. When it comes to making decisions, the final outcome should be knowledge-based driven with the goal of doing what is best for the Association. SNA has high standards for child nutrition and it is going to take a collaborative effort between our members, industry, advocacy groups and the public to build on the milestones that have already been reached. We live in an ever-changing world and I believe I can guide SNA through these challenges. The future of healthy, hungry-free children is our responsibility and I am ready and willing to lead SNA to achieve its mission.

GOALS:
To strengthen membership in the Association and ensure SNA remains the “voice of child nutrition”; to engage state leaders in a discussion of the state-only membership option, identifying barriers and solutions for national membership; to encourage feedback from SNA members about the positives and negatives of the Association in order to enhance benefits; to foster quality school nutrition programs nationwide by ensuring districts have the resources they need to operate with excellence; and to continue SNA’s legislative efforts and encourage all members to get active in the political process so that our legislators at the state, local and national level get the message that SNA is serious about its mission and that our future—the nation’s children—need their support.

SECRETARY/TREASURER

PAULA DE LUCCA, SNS

POSITION:
Director/Chief Operating Officer of Nutrition Services, Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Midwest Regional Director (2009-11); Audit Committee (2010-11); SNA Star Club (2008); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (ILLINOIS):
Spokesperson and Parliamentarian (2009-11); Chair, Nominating Committee (2008-09); President (2007-08); President-elect (2006-07); Vice President (2005-06); Chair, Conference Committee (2005); National Legislation Committee, Chair (2003-05), Co-Chair (2000-01); Legislation Committee (2001-05)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Certified Trainer for Healthy Edge (2009-Present); School Systems Working Group, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (2005-09); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2008); Profiled in SNA’s Well Done!: School Nutrition Professionals Put Wellness Policies to Work (2008); Panelist and/or Presenter, Eliminating Hunger/Breakfast Outreach at the Illinois Hunger Coalition Annual Meetings (2003-05); Advisory Council, Illinois State Board of Education Child Nutrition Programs (1999-2001); Planning Committee, Midwest Metro Conference (2000)

GOALS:
To embrace and cultivate change reflective of evolving Association priorities by building on existing fiscal management strengths and best practices, while being respective of the value derived from continuity; to work closely with the executive team and SNA staff, acting to protect and support the interests of the Association and contribute to the accomplishment of its goals through the execution of responsibilities as Secretary, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Resolutions & Bylaws Committees; to promote the value of SNA to all member segments through informative reporting and communication; and to aid in relevant data gathering that will enable Committee members and the Board of Directors to aptly make time-sensitive, knowledge-based decisions.

MELANIE KONARIK, MS, RTSBA, SNS

POSITION:
Director of Child Nutrition, Spring Independent
School District, Houston, Texas

SNA PARTICIPATION:
SNA trendSetters Panel (2006-Present); SNA Spokesperson Network (2002-Present); Public Policy & Legislation Committee, Chair (2009-11), Southwest Region Representative (2006-09); Childhood Obesity Task Force (2010); Practitioner and Resource, Professional Standards Task Force (2009); Southwest Representative, Nominating Committee (2007-08); Southwest Regional Director (2004-06); ANC Steering Committee, Chair (2002-03), Co-Chair (2001-02); Member Services Committee (2000-03); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (TEXAS):
Organizational Affairs Committee (2001-03), Chair (2011-Present); State Conference, Grass Roots Initiatives (2009-10), Presenter (2009-10); Past President Committee (2001-09); Past President (2000-01); President (1999-2000); President-elect (1998-99); Vice President (1997-98)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Keys to Excellence District of Excellence (2008-Present), District of the Year (2008); Texas Standard of Excellence (1996-Present); Volunteer, SMART Animal Rescue (2009-Present); Aransas County Wildlife Society (2008-Present); School Nutrition Committee, Texas School Business Officials (2003-11); Profiled in School Nutrition magazine (2002, 2008); Show Organization, Houston Area Postcard Club (2001-03); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2000); ANC Child Nutrition Showcase Award (1999); Target Your Market Marketing Award (1996)

GOALS:
To communicate accurately in both recording the Association decisions and in reviewing all budget expenditures; to capture the important decisions from every Board of Directors meeting and reflect the climate of the discussions; and to make sure SNA expenditures benefit members, member services and the goals of the Association.

NORTHEAST REGIONAL DIRECTOR

CHERYL GOFFUS, SNS

POSITION:
School Nutrition Regional Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Agriculture-State Agency, Trenton, New Jersey

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Member Services Committee (2008-11); Has presented at and attended numerous national conference

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (NEW JERSEY):
Chair, Scholarship/Awards Committee (2009-10); Executive Board (2005-11); Area 7, Junior Chair (2005-06), Chair (2006-07)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
New Jersey Agriculture Leadership Development Program (2009- Present); National Food Service Management Institute (NSFMI) Task Force (2011); Cinnaminson School Board (2003-05); Vice President, Cinnaminson Wrestling Booster Club (2001-05); Cinnaminson Home and School Association (1990-2005); USDA Coordinated Review Ef- fort Task Force (1990-91); New Jersey Commodity Advisory Council (1979-82)

GOALS:
To coordinate solid lines of communication within the Northeast region and take advantage of all benefits, resources and services of SNA; to share successful strategies for membership growth, retention and recognition in the Northeast; and to equip state leaders with the tools they need to be successful to achieve their state goals and to support the professional growth of all members.

JEANNE PIERCE

POSITION:
Director of Food Services, Exeter Region Cooperative School District, Exeter, New Hampshire

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Has attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (NEW HAMPSHIRE):
President (2011-Present); President-elect (2010-11); Vice President (2009-10); Professional Growth Committee (2008-09)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Foodservice Chair, Action for Healthy Kids New Hampshire (2007-Present); Train the Trainer Certified, University of New Hampshire (2001)

GOALS:
To increase fundraising for states; to assist with increasing membership; and to increase education opportunities for members.

NORTHWEST REGIONAL DIRECTOR

LINDA ALJETS

POSITION:
Nutrition Services Supervisor, Woodburn School District 103, Woodburn, Oregon

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Has attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (OREGON):
Chair, Membership Committee (2007-Present); President (2005-06); President-elect (2004-05); Area Representative (2000-04)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Action for Healthy Kids (2003-Present); Commodity Council, Oregon Department of Education (2004-10); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2006)

GOALS:
To strengthen communication within the Northwest region and between the Northwest and the Association; to promote school nutrition members as Child Nutrition Professionals; and to help Northwest members utilize the educational services offered by SNA.

JUDY LOUGHMILLER

POSITION:
Production Supervisor, Nampa School District 131, Nampa, Idaho

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Has attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (IDAHO):
Executive Assistant, Nominating Committee (2009-Present); President (2008-09); President-elect (2007-08); Vice President (2006-07); Treasurer (2004-06)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
SNA President’s Award of Excellence (2009); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2009); Elks Auxiliary, President (1995-96), Vice President (1994-95), Secretary (1991-94); Bennett Community Club, President (1995-96), Vice President (1994-95)

GOALS:
To communicate with SNA members at all levels; to help increase and retain membership; to be open minded as changes approach; to attend SNA meetings and learn more about the organization; and to reach out to and encourage members to run for office and committees.

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL DIRECTOR

JILL VINCENT, SNS

POSITION:
Director of Food Service, Emporia Unified School District 253, Emporia, Kansas

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Three Star Member, SNA Star Club (1996-2011); Has attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (KANSAS):
Southeast Area Representative (1995-2003, 2007-11); Co-Chair, Nutrition Committee (2006-07); President (2005-06); President-elect (2004-05); Vice President (2003-04)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Regional Training Coordinator, Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) Child Nutrition & Wellness (2010-Present); Certified Trainer for ServSafe (2001-11); Gold Award, KSDE Professional Recognition Program (1994-2011); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2006); Keys to Excellence District of Excellence (2004); SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, state and regional (2003)

GOALS:
To promote programs and services such as the HealthierUS Schools Challenge and farm to school programs; to encourage professional development with an emphasis on utilizing the national awards and scholarships along with certification; and to discover new ideas for gaining and retaining membership.

CONNIE VOGTS

POSITION:
Director of Nutrition Services, Unified School District 480/Liberal Public Schools, Liberal, Kansas

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Resolution & Bylaws Committee (2005-07); Has attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (KANSAS):
Vice President (2001-02, 2010-11); Pubic Policy & Legislation Committee, Chair (2005-09), Co-Chair (2004-05); President (2003-04); President-elect (2002-03); Chair, Public Communications Committee (1999-2001); Single Unit Representative (1997-98)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Gold Award, HealthierUS Schools Challenge (2011); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2004)

GOALS:
To use my experiences as a state leader to help other SNA members grow and reach their potential; to share my love of and passion for school nutrition programs with energy, drive and enthusiasm that is contagious and essential for leading an organization; to reach out to as many members as possible in the Southwest region and make a positive impact; and to be a resource to members and encourage them to push forward and embrace the change coming to school nutrition programs.

MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE CHAIR

SHEILA PARISIEN, SNS

POSITION:
Director of School Nutrition, Manchester Essex Regional School District, Manchester By The Sea, Massachusetts

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Northeast Region Representative, Resolutions & Bylaws Committee (2009-11); Northeast Region Representative, Member Service Committee (2005-08); Northeast Representative, Nominating Committee (2004-06); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION
(MASSACHUSETTS):

Chair, Membership Committee (2006-Present); President (2004-05, 2005-06); President-elect (2003-04); Vice President (2002-03); Chapter Delegate (1992-96)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids, State Steering Committee (2006-Present), School Nutrition Sub-Committee Co-Chair (2006-Present); Advisory Board, John Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (2004-Present); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2005, 2006); Keys to Excellence District of Excellence (2005)

GOALS:
To make sure members know what we have to offer and how we can assist them in their profession by assisting regional committee members in delivering regular, effective communication with state membership chairs to help them reach their members and goals; to assist membership chairs with their goals and with their members; to help engage, educate, acknowledge, appreciate and deliver services to all members and potential members; and to assist the Board of Directors in communicating and reaching the goals of the Annual Plan.

MICHELINE PIEKARSKI, SNS

POSITION:
Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Oak Park & River Forest High School-District 200, Oak Park, Illinois

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Member Services Committee (2009-Present); Supply Chain Toolkit Phase 2 Task Force (2011); Nutrition Committee (2001-02); Resolution & Bylaws Committee (1997-99); Has attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION
(ILLINOIS):

Professional Development Committee (2010-11); Parliamentarian and Finance Committee Chair (2005-06); Chair and Parliamentarian, American Commodity Distribution Association (2004-05); Industry Seminar Chair (1993-95, 2000, 2003); Chair, Resolutions & Bylaws Committee (2000-01); Parliamentarian (1998-2001); Sergeant at Arms (1996-2001); Vending Conference Chair (1999); President (1994-95); President-elect (1993-94); Conference Chair (1992-94); Professional Development Chair (1990-91); Program Chair, Annual Conference (1990-91); Registration Chair, Annual Conference (1986-90)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
President, Northern Illinois Independent Purchasing Cooperative (1995-Present); Food Management Best Concept Award (2005); ILSNA President’s Award (2003-04); FAME (Foodservice Achievement in Management Excellence) Silver Special Achievement Award (2003); The Johnson’s Restaurant Award (1999); President, Northern Illinois Independent Reprocessing Cooperative (1996-98); Grand Karat Nutrition Award (1996-97); Certificate of Recognition, Edward Hines, Jr. Hospital, Department of Veterans Affairs (1996); SNA Thelma Flanagan Gold Award (1995); Employer of the Year, Oak Leyden Developmental Services (1993-94); President, Northern Illinois Directors Group (1993-94)

GOALS:
To work with each of the regional committee members to assist each state with building and retaining its membership; to communicate ideas to the Board of Directors for increasing membership; and to encourage the membership to grow professionally by attending national conferences and by becoming SNA certified and/or credentialed.

NUTRITION COMMITTEE CHAIR

BECKY DOMOKOS-BAYS, RD, PHD, SNS

POSITION:
Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, Virginia

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Supply Chain Network Task Force (2011); Credentialing Exam Governing Council (2010-11); SNA Spokesperson Network (2010-11); Nutrition Committee (2008-11); Has attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (VIRGINIA):
Public Policy & Legislation Committee (2008-Present); President (2006-07); President-elect (2005-06); Chair, Education Committee (2002-04); Scholarship Chair (2002-04)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Sports Nutrition Practice Group (2010-Present); Keys to Excellence District of Excellence (2006-Present); School Nutrition Practice Group (1985-Present); American Dietetic Association (1977-Present); Virginia Dietetic Association (1977-Present); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2007); Support Employee of the Year, Fairfax County Public Schools (2000)

GOALS:
To act as a resource to provide sound nutrition information about school nutrition programs to the broader public; to promote nutrition education opportunities to members according to the Annual Plan; and to promote Keys to Excellence as an effective management tool.

WENDY WEYER, RD

POSITION:
Assistant Director of Nutrition Services, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, Washington

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Northwest Region Representative, Public Policy & Legislation Committee (2009-Present); Meal Pattern Standards Task Force (2011); Northwest Region Representative, Nutrition Committee (2006-09); Has presented at and attended numerous national meetings

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (WASHINGTON):
Legislative Committee (2010-11); Education Committee (2008-09)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
School Food FOCUS (2007-Present), Public Policy Committee (2008-10); American Dietetic Association (1992-Present); Washington State Dietetic Association (1992-Present), Past President (2006-07), President (2005-06), President-elect (2004-05), Secretary (2002-04), Nominating Committee (2000-02); Accommodating Special Dietary Needs Task Force, USDA Food & Nutrition Services (2009); Guidelines for Care of Students with Severe Food Allergies Task Force, Washington State Office Superintendent of Public Instruction (2007-08); North Sound Dietetic Association (1994-2002), Newsletter Editor (2000-01), President (1999-2000), President-elect (1998-99), Secretary (1996-98), Nominating Committee (1995-96); Washington Young Dietitian of the Year (2000); SNA Certified

GOALS:
To increase the number of HealthierUS Schools Challenge designated schools at the bronze, silver and gold level; to help create useful tools for members to utilize in the implementation of new school meal standards; and to promote Keys to Excellence at the local level to help increase the number of districts completing applications.

SCHOOL NUTRITION EMPLOYEE/MANAGER REPRESENTATIVE

MARY FISH

POSITION:
Child Nutrition Site Supervisor, Anoka-Hennepin School District 11, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Has attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (MINNESOTA):
Member Services Committee (2010-Present); North Suburban Chapter 9, President (2009-10), Vice President (2008-09), Treasurer (2003-04)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
SNA Louise Sublette Award of Excellence, Minnesota (2005); Dole Foods “Creative 5 a Day” School Award (2004); SNA Certified

GOALS:
To encourage members to explore new forms of communication through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Skype and SNA’s School Nutrition Network (SNN); to encourage members to continue their professional growth and training; and to encourage members to submit applications for SNA awards so they can be recognized for all the wonderful things they are doing.

NANCY THATCHER

POSITION:
School Nutrition Manager, Carlsbad Municipal Schools, Carlsbad, New Mexico

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Has attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION
(NEW MEXICO):

Region 4, Chair (2009-11), Workshop Organizer (2009-11); Carlsbad SNA, Treasurer (2005-06), Secretary (2003-04), President (2000-01), Vice President (1999-2000)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Youth Leader, Hillcrest Baptist Church (2005-Present); Character Counts Award, P.R. Leyva Middle School (2009-10); Rational Chef (2010); Outstanding Service & Dedication Award, Carlsbad Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation (2009); Certified Food Executive (2007), HACCP Manager (2007); SNA Certified

GOALS:
To help students understand why nutrition is so important for lifelong health and well-being; to help SNA grow by inspiring younger generations to become child nutrition professionals; and to be a leader with vision and ideas that will listen, learn and share with others.

STATE AGENCY REPRESENTATIVE

LYNN HARVEY, EDD, RD, LDN, FADA

POSITION:
Child Nutrition Services Section Chief, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, North Carolina

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Education Committee (2010-Present); House of Delegates (2003-Present); Nutrition Standards Task Force (2011); State Agency Representative, Public Policy & Legislation Committee (2008-10); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION
(NORTH CAROLINA):

Executive Board Advisor (2003-Present); House of Delegates (2003-Present); Public Policy & Legislation Committee (2003-Present)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
School Nutrition Professionals Dietetic Practice Group (2003-Present); American Dietetic Association (1980-Present), Fellow (1998), Media Excellence Award; North Carolina Dietetic Association (1980-Present), Past President, President, President-elect, Nominating Committee

GOALS:
To effectively and efficiently serve the Association membership and Board of Directors by engaging state agency personnel in achieving the goals of SNA; to invite continuous feedback from state agency personnel that may be provided to the Board to enhance their evidence-based decision making practices; and to strengthen the involvement of the state agency section with the Association.

MIDEAST NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE

PATRICIA CUNNINGHAM

POSITION:
Supervisor of Nutrition Services, Seaford School District, Seaford, Delaware

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Participant, SNA Executive Management Program at Georgetown University (2011); Mideast Regional Director (2009-11); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (DELAWARE):
Treasurer (2007-09)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
HealthierUS Schools Challenge Silver Award (2011); National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) Produce Safety Program (2011); Special Recognition for Championing Student Health and Nutrition, Delaware Department of Education (2011); Presenter, Nemours Children’s Health & Preventative Services Collaborative Workshop (2011); Delaware Association of School Administrators (2007-11); Sussex Health Coalition (2006-07, 2008-11); Delaware Administrator of the Year (2010); Delaware School Nutrition Outstanding Member (2010)

GOALS:
To recognize potential candidates for various SNA offices; to encourage potential leaders to run for various offices by educating them on the importance of good leadership; and to continue to encourage strong membership as the avenue to success for our Association.

KATHLEEN KANE, SNS

POSITION:
Director of Food Service, Michigan City Area
Schools, Michigan City, Indiana

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Life Star Member, SNA Star Club (2007-Present); Education Committee (2008-11); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (INDIANA):
Professional Development Chair (2009-Present); Nutrition Education Chair (2004-09)

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (MICHIGAN):
Chair, Public Relations Committee (2003-04); Chair, Scholarship Committee (2002-03)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, Indiana (2007-08), Michigan (2002-03); USDA Team Builder Award (1999); Michigan Action for Healthy Kids; Michigan Department of Education, Joint Evaluation Committee, Statewide Trainer; USDA Team Nutrition Steering Committee

GOALS:
To recruit dynamic professionals to consider service on the Board of Directors; to support SNA goals, including professional standards; and to recruit candidates with influence to increase membership.

MIDWEST NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE

KATHLEEN BURRILL, SNS

POSITION:
Director of Food Services, Chisago Lakes Area Schools, Lindstrom, Minnesota

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Midwest Regional Director (2007-09); Education Committee (2004-06); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION
(MINNESOTA):

Chair, Trainer Network Committee (2006-Present); Chair, Legislative Committee (2005); President (2003-04); Education Committee (1998-2002), Chair (2002-03)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
District Coordinator/Stationmaster, Basenj Rescue & Transport (2004-Present); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2004); Day Camp Committee, Girl Scouts of America-St. Croix Valley Chapter (1984-89)

GOALS:
To work closely with leaders from each of the Midwest states and the Midwest Regional Director to help identify potential candidates for open positions on the SNA ballot; to develop a presentation for states that outlines the various SNA opportunities available to members to share their strengths and talents; and to work to inform members what a rewarding experience it is to serve the Association and remind them that the time they give is a value to all members, including themselves.

PAULA KULLMAN, SNS

POSITION:
Assistant Director of Nutrition Services, Fox C-6 School District, Arnold, Missouri

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Member Services Committee (2006-09); Has attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION
(MISSOURI):

President-elect (2002-03, 2011-Present); President (2003-04); Vice President (2001-02)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
SNA President’s Award of Excellence (2004); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2004); President, Jefferson County SNA (2001); Village of Green Park Homeowners Association Board (2001); President, Jackson County SNA (1995); President, Spring Garden Elementary Parent Teachers Organization (1987)

GOALS:
To work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure pertinent information is recorded and shared in a timely and accurate manner; to ensure careful stewardship of SNA bylaws and budgets as they regulate the conduct and define the duties of the membership toward the Association; and to grow membership and increase active involvement of SNA members.

SOUTHEAST NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE

BEVERLY GIRARD, PHD, MBA, SNS

POSITION:
Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Sarasota County School District, Osprey, Florida

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Research Committee (2011-Present); Southeast Regional Director (2005-07); Co-Chair, Global Child Nutrition Committee (2004); Ambassador, Global Child Nutrition Forum (2001-2003); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (FLORIDA):
Legislative Committee (1997, 2004, 2008-11); President (1999-2000); President-elect (1998-99); Administrative and Supervisory Chair (1994-1996); Chair, Marketing Committee (1991-1992); Chair, Public Communications Committee (1988-1991)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
American Dietetic Association (1986-Present); Silver Plate Award, National Restaurant Association (2006); School Nutrition Services, Dietetic Practice Group Chair (2003-04), Newsletter Editor (1996-99); Profiled in School Nutrition magazine (2004); Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME), Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year Award (2004), Silver Rising Star Award (1996); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2000)

GOALS:
To encourage qualified members to submit their name for office; to work with the Nominating Committee to ensure national representation on the Board of Directors; and to promote teamwork and harmony within the Committee so that critical decisions can be made for the future direction of SNA.

PAUL KELLY

POSITION:
Director of Food & Nutrition, Hopewell City Public Schools, Hopewell, Virginia

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Southeast Region Representative, Member Services Committee (2010-11); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (VIRGINIA):
Finance Chair (2006-07, 2010-11); President (2007-08); Industry Advisor (2005-06); Conference Chair (1995-96, 1998-99, 2006-07)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
St. Joseph’s Church Homeless Men’s Shelter Volunteer (2004-Present); High Street Association Board (2007-10); Knights of Columbus Board (2006-09); USDA Virginia Advisory Board (2006-09); Foxfire Association Board (2000-09); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2008); ConAgra Foods Innovator Award (2006); ConAgra Advisory Board (2003-06); Treasurer, Virginia Restaurant Association (1983-85); President, Virginia Restaurant Association of Richmond (1981-83)

GOALS:
To work with past state presidents to seek a slate of diverse, qualified candidates for every SNA position, using their working knowledge of possible candidates that are passionate about SNA and who are motivators and achievers; to always be on the look for potential future SNA presidents; and to use my passion for SNA and networking skills to establish different ways to connect with other SNA significant performers in order to seek future leaders.

WEST NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE

MARILYN BRIGGS, PHD, RD, SNS

POSITION:
Co-Director of Center for Nutrition in Schools, University of California-Davis Nutrition Department, Davis, California

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Resolution & Bylaws Committee (2009-Present); Board of Directors, Child Nutrition Foundation (2001-04); Certification & Credentialing Governing Council (1998-2004); Chair, Nutrition Committee (1994-97); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION
(CALIFORNIA):

President (2009-10); President-elect (2008-09); Vice President (2007-08); Chair, Nutrition Standards Committee (2005-06); Liaison to the California Dietetic Association (2003-05); Liaison to the California Department of Education (1996-2002)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Editor, The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (2011-Present); American Dietetic Association, Research Dietetic Practice Group Secretary (2011-Present), School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group (1998-2000), Awards/Education Chair (1998-2000); American Society for Nutrition (2003-Present); Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (2003-Present); Advisor, Society for Nutrition Education Foundation (2002-Present); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (2010); Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Silver Friend of Child Nutrition Award (2008); California SNA, Honorary Merit/Lifetime Membership (2008), Moscone Award in Nutrition Education (1998, 2002); Oral History Project/Child Nutrition Archives Contributor, National Food Service Management Institute (2004); Healthy School Hero Award and Grant, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2002); President, Society for Nutrition Education (2001-02)

GOALS:
To increase the pool of candidates interested and qualified to run for SNA offices by promoting the positive benefits of active SNA participation; to increase membership interest in and support for the SNA election process; and to complete a full slate of qualified and enthusiastic candidates for SNA positions.

MARY ANN McCANN

POSITION:
Student Nutrition Coordinator, Taos Municipal Schools, Taos, New Mexico

SNA PARTICIPATION:
CEO Search Committee (2010-11); West Regional Director (2009-11); Ambassador, Global Child Nutrition Forum (2002, 2004); District Director/Supervisors Committee (1997-98); Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION
(NEW MEXICO):

Legislative Committee, Co-Chair (2007-Present), Chair (1998-2006); Chair, College Intern Program (2011); President (1996-97); President-elect (1995-96); Conference Chair (1995-96); Vice President (1994-95); Membership Chair (1994-95); Chair, District Directors/Supervisors Committee (1993-94)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Governing Council, New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council (2005-Present); New Mexico Association of School Business Officials (1995-2011); New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators (1995-2011); SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, New Mexico (2007); SNA Thelma Flanagan Award (1997)

GOALS:
To collaborate with Nominating Committee chair and members to develop a process of identifying prospective candidates to run for office/committee membership; to continue working with state leaders to identify potential candidates for national office; and to collaborate with the West Regional Director to identify prospective candidates for office/committee membership.


 
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