SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony to Celebrate Extraordinary School Nutrition Professionals


July 7, 2014 – ANC Boston attendees: come celebrate the amazing contributions of SNA members at the annual SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony. On Sunday, July 13 at 9:30 am in room 258ABC, SNA will recognize state, regional and national award winners. Prestigious honors recognized during the ceremony include the Thelma Flanagan Gold Achievement Award, the Louise Sublette Award of Excellence in School Nutrition, the Heart of the Program Award, Outstanding Director of the Year Award and State Association Membership and Professional Development Awards.

ome honor our 2014 National Outstanding Director of the Year, Lauren Teng, SNS, Director of Student Nutrition from Huntington Beach Union High School District in Huntington Beach, Calif. Lauren put her entire school district on the path to success, in a matter of just six months by streamlining operations, eliminating unnecessary expenses, and expanding her menu. Her vision helped transform the school’s cafeteria into a modern food court, offering freshly made entrees, harvest of the month items and theme lunches. To align with the healthy meals served at school, she initiated a successful nutrition education curriculum, now offered in 40 schools and reaching 20,000 students. A compassionate leader, Lauren always ensures that her team has every opportunity to learn more about their craft and advance their skill set, implementing training opportunities, emphasizing customer service, and establishing an in-house academy for staff career development. In addition to her 31 years as school foodservice director, Lauren constantly looks for ways to promote wellness within the community, spearheading a health fair, serving on the county Food Safety Advisory Council, and overseeing the coordination of parent nutrition classes.

SNA's Red Carpet Awards Ceremony will also celebrate the 2014 National Industry Member of the Year, Stacy Sagowitz, RD, SNS, MBA, President of School Nutrition Services in Irvine, Calif. Throughout her 36 year career in child nutrition, including serving as a school foodservice director and an active SNA industry member, Stacy has been committed to helping school nutrition programs in their efforts to serve healthy meals and improve food safety and sanitation. In her current position as President of School Nutrition Services, Stacy is a steadfast resource to school nutrition professionals and companies, offering clarity and guidance on the changing regulations and rigorous nutrition standards. Her industry know-how and fierce dedication to child nutrition provides her with a unique perspective and allows her to empower others to implement effective school nutrition programs. She also provides extensive educational sessions covering topics on food safety, sanitation and Federal procurement requirements, as well as supports the prestigious School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential through exam prep courses. Working alongside school foodservice professionals in a myriad of ways, Stacy directly impacts the day-to-day operations and successes of today's school nutrition programs.

This year’s National Heart of the Program Award winner will also be recognized. Brenda Thompson, of Raymond Cree Middle School in Palm Springs, Calif., was also celebrated in this year's School Lunch Hero Day press release. The state and regional winners of the Louise Sublette Award will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony. The national winner will be announced at the Opening General Session.

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