SNA Election 2020

Candidate Biographies

To view biographical information for each candidate, click on their name below or you can view information for all the candidates here.

The SNA Leadership Development Committee met during the 2020 Fall Committee Days in Alexandria, Va., in October to review nominations for positions on the SNA Board of Directors and Leadership Development Committee.

The SNA Election will take place over a two-week period in February 2020 (February 15-29). To learn more about the voting process, view the “How to Vote” information below.

The elected candidates for the positions on the Board of Directors will be installed in July 2020 at ANC. The elected candidates for positions on the Leadership Development Committee begin their terms on March 1, 2020 to coincide with the annual nominations and election calendar.


Candidates for the six open positions on the Board of Directors:

Vice President
Lori Adkins, SNS, Oakland Schools, MI
Sara Gasiorowski, SNS, MSD of Wayne Township, Indianapolis, IN

Stephanie Dillard, MS, SNS, Geneva County Board of Education, Geneva, AL
Micheline Piekarski, MSM, SNS, Oak Park & River Forest HS #200, Oak Park, IL

Mideast Regional Director
Gary Childress, SNS, Harford County Public Schools, Bel Air, MD
Jill Riggs, Penn Harris Madison, Mishawaka, IN

Midwest Regional Director
Noah Atlas, MBA, SNS, Anoka-Hennepin School District, Anoka, MN
Lynelle Johnson, RD, SNS, Williston Public School District #1, Williston, ND

Southwest Regional Director
Teresa Brown, MS, RD, LDN, SNS, St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Luling, LA
Cindy Jones, Olathe Public Schools, Olathe, KS

At Large Director
Lori Danella, SNS, Lees Summit R7, Lees Summit, MO
Anne Leavens, SNS, Central Point School District #6, Central Point, OR

Candidates for the four open positions on the Leadership Development Committee:

Mideast Regional Representative
Elizabeth Foland, MS, RDN, Indiana Department of Education, Indianapolis, IN

Midwest Regional Representative
LaRae Doll, SNS, Johnston Community School District, Johnston, IA
Deborah Egeland, SNS, ND Department of Public Instruction, Bismarck, ND

Southeast Regional Representative
Todd Bedenbaugh, District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, Irmo, SC
Timikel Sharpe, MS, Bibb County School District, Macon, GA

West Regional Representative
Dean Gallegos, Bernalillo Public Schools, Bernalillo, NM
Kelly Orton, MBA, SNS, Salt Lake City School District, Salt Lake City, UT

View SNA's Campaign Policy and Procedures


An individual email address is required to cast a vote!

When the election opens on the morning of February 15, you should look for an email sent from SNA’s election vendor, Election Services Corp. (ESC) on the Association’s behalf. This email will provide steps for you to authenticate your identity and provide access to your ballot through a unique voting validation number. This number will be required to cast your vote. After voting, you will receive a “Thank You for Voting” email from ESC as confirmation.

The process should be very simple and easy for most members eligible to vote.


If you don’t receive this initial ESC email in your inbox on February 15, first check your “spam,” “clutter” and “other” folders. Some email systems divert select messages, even when they are from a known, approved source.

Still can’t find this email? Don’t give up—there are some simple steps to get what you need to participate in this important election.

It’s possible that you did not have a valid, individual email address in your SNA record at the time our database was sent to ESC or, you might have changed your email since last updating your member profile or you might have a shared email address with other members of your cafeteria or district. Here is what you can do:

  • Click on the red “Login to my account” button, visible at the top of Check that your member profile includes an accurate, individual email address that is unique to you (or your family).

  • If your record does not have an individual email address, you will need to create one in order to participate in the SNA election. You can do this through many services, such as the provider of your internet/cable system or Google’s “Gmail.”
  • If your email address was inaccurate or missing, or if the information was correct but you still haven’t received the election email from ESC, please contact the ESC Help Desk, toll-free, at (866) 720-HELP (4357) or via email at, and a customer service representative will assist you. Please have your member ID number ready when calling or emailingthe ESC Help Desk.

  • If you have questions about your eligibility to vote, contact and SNA staff will assist you.

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