2022 Candidate Biographies

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Board of Directors Election Slate:

Vice President
Monica Deines-Henderson, MBA, SNS, El Paso County School District 49, Peyton, CO
Shannon Gleave, RDN, SNS, Glendale Elementary School District, Glendale, AZ

Secretary/Treasurer 
Lori Danella, SNS, Lee’s Summit R7, Lees Summit, MO
Warren DeShields, Bridgeton City Board of Education, Bridgeton, NJ

Director   
Lindsay Aguilar, RD, SNS, Tucson Unified School District, Tucson, AZ
Stephanie Bruce, MBA, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA
Michael Gasper, SNS, School District of Holmen, Holmen, WI

School Nutrition Employee/Manager Representative 
Heather Perry, SNS, Union County Public Schools, Union, NC
Mandy Vincent, Lewis Central Community School District, Council Bluffs, IA

Leadership Development Committee Election Slate:

Midwest Region Representative 
Amanda Miller, SNS, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, IA

Southeast Region Representative 
Maria Eunice, SNS, Alachua County Public Schools, Gainesville, FL
Frederick Gilbert, SNS, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC

Board of Directors Election Slate

Vice President

Monica Deines-Henderson, MBA, SNS

Monica Deines-Henderson, MBA, SNS

POSITION:
Director, Nutrition Services, El Paso County SD 49, Peyton, Colorado

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Board of Directors Southwest Regional Director (2017-20); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (COLORADO):
Vice President, President Elect, President, Past-President (2008-12); Public Policy & Legislation Committee Chair, Co-Chair, Member (2010-17); Education Committee (2007-10)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
CSNA Director of the Year (2016); SNA Gold Award of Service; Colorado ASBO Board of Directors, Director (2016-21); ACDA Co-Chair for Credentialing (2020-Present); Rockies Purchasing Services, Board President (2014-21); Rocky Mountain Feather Fanciers, Board President (2017-21); El Paso County Fair Board Chair and Secretary (2005-12)

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors? 
My greatest strength is being a quiet listener who puts great stock in the value of others’ views and collecting all the facts before coming to a decision. Decisions that are made with the involvement of others create “buy-in” and “accountability”. Alongside this trait, I am not afraid to make critical decisions on my own to set the direction needed for an organization to move forward when the topic or time doesn’t allow for input from others.


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Vice President

Shannon Gleave, RDN, SNS

Shannon Gleave, RDN, SNS

POSITION:
Director of Food & Nutrition, Glendale Elementary School District, Glendale, Arizona

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Board of Directors, At-Large Director (2019-22); Executive Committee (2021-22); Finance Committee (2020-21); Nutrition & Research Committee Chair, Member (2015-19); Strategic Planning Committee (2018-22); Stop the Block Grant Task Force (2017-18); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (ARIZONA):
Vice President, President-elect, President, Past President (2013-16); Legislative Chair (2018-19); Director/Supervisor Chair (2017-18); Director/Supervisor Co-Chair (2016-17); State Conference Committee Registration Chair (2016-21); Nutrition Chair (2012-13); Membership Chair (2011-12)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
President's Award of Achievement (2015); National Dairy Council Advisory Board (2017-21); The Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs (2018-19); Arizona Association of School Business Nutrition Chair (2017-18)

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?
The greatest strength I can bring to the Board of Directors is advocacy for the members. Every member of SNA deserves recognition as being school nutrition professionals. I want to continue to provide leadership and opportunities for the members to grow professionally and personally. As members continue to grow, SNA should be a vital resource to aid them through their journey. The Board of Directors can provide leadership and guidance to ensure members are successful. We need to advocate for the families we provide for and the members who want to improve themselves. As members, they can bring their knowledge and wisdom along with their experience to SNA.


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Secretary/Treasurer

Lori Danella, SNS 

Lori Danella, SNS

POSITION: 
Director of Nutrition, Lee’s Summit R7, Lees Summit, Missouri

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Board of Directors, Midwest Regional Director (2015-17); Board of Directors, Regional Director Chair (2016); Finance Committee (2016-17); Membership Committee (2013-15); Child Nutrition Reauthorization Task Force (2021); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (KANSAS): 
Vice President, President-elect, President (2005-08); Secretary (2003-05)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Employee of the Month, January (2006); Thelma Flannagan Award (2008); District of Excellence/District of the Year (2009); Jackson County Food Service Association, Secretary (2009-10); Diamond Star Club (2017); Fuel Up to Play 60 Champion (2017); Food Service Director Magazine Operation of the Month, January (2021); Missouri SNA Director of the Year (2021); Lee’s Summit Cares Reflection of Character Award (2021)

What expertise and experience would you bring to the Secretary/Treasurer position?
Over 15 years of experience in developing an annual budget of over 8 million dollars.  This includes budgeting, accounting, reporting, payroll, and purchasing.  Work with state auditors during our district's annual audit to provide information for our Nutrition Department.  Prepare and submit department financial reports to the Board of Education.  Past Secretary of a state affiliate and a past member of the SNA's Finance Committee.  Apprehend the importance of complying with fiduciary obligations of care, loyalty, and obedience. I have been diligent at promoting the awareness and importance of our Child Nutrition Programs and ethical integrity.

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?
My passion for School Nutrition. I am totally committed to our profession and want to do what I can to lead and support all members of our organization. Passion drives my dedication and commitment to fulfill SNA''s organizational goals. COVID did not alter my passion for School Nutrition, it made it even stronger. It taught me to be agile, to pivot when needed, to think outside the box (daily), and take what I have learned from the experience to strengthen my preparedness and resilience for the future.


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Secretary/Treasurer

Warren DeShields

Warren-DeShields

POSITION: 
Director of Food Services, Bridgeton City Board of Education, Bridgeton, New Jersey

SNA PARTICIPATION: 
Board of Directors, Director (2021-22); Board of Directors, Northeast Regional Director (2019-21); Finance Committee (2021-22); Executive Committee (2020-21); Professional Development Committee (2018-19); Strategic Planning Committee (2017-18); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (NEW JERSEY):
Vice President, President-elect, President (2015-18)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
President’s Award of Achievement (2018)

What expertise and experience would you bring to the Secretary/Treasurer position?
I have 22 years in school nutrition and 6 years before that as an Executive Chef. My willingness to ask questions for knowledge and understanding about finances has helped the businesses’ I have been associated with operate fiscally sound budgets successfully. I am currently responsible for our departments multi-million dollar budget which increased by $3.5 million over five years with the implementation of new programs. We have effectively sought out and obtained grants to furnish school gardens and greenhouses for our students in the district. I also helped prepare and design a conference for NJSNA during my year as president.

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?
I am a people person and I love engaging in conversations with our members to learn about them and the districts they serve.


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Director

Lindsay Aguilar, RD, SNS

Lindsay Aguilar, RD, SNS

POSITION: 
Director, Food Services Department, Tucson Unified School District, Tucson, Arizona

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Child Nutrition Reauthorization Task Force (2021)

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION(ARIZONA):
Public Policy & Legislative Chair (2021); Public Policy & Legislative Co-Chair (2019-20); Resolutions & Bylaws Chair (2017-18); Nutrition Chair (2014); Resolutions & Bylaws Chair (2011-13)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Arizona Department of Education School Nutrition Programs Advisory Council, Policy Chair (2020-Present); Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System Future Education Model Graduate Program Advisory Board (2021-Present); University of Arizona Didactic Program in Dietetics Advisory Board (2015-Present)

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?
My systemic approach to decision making and policy review, program operational experiences from a large district, budgetary and financial management experience, passion, and commitment to the school nutrition industry. I am also committed to representing the diversity of SNA membership and school nutrition professionals.


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Director

Stephanie Bruce, MBA

Stephanie Bruce, MBA

POSITION: 
Senior Executive Director, Nutrition Services and Warehouse, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, California

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Leadership Development Committee (2018-20); Procurement Ethics Task Force (2017); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (CALIFORNIA): 
Vice President, President Elect, President (2006-09); ACDA Liaison (2009-10); Industry Seminar Chair (2006-07); Legislative Chair (2004-06)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
FAME Silver Leadership Award (2009); Thelma Flannigan Award (2009); Classified Administrator of the Year (2020);

ACSA-Palm Springs USD- Leader of the Year (2021); CASBO, Chair Child Nutrition (2006-08, 2017-18); CASBO, Asst. Chair Child Nutrition (2004-06, 2016-17); CASBO, Chair Council on Professional Development (2009-10); CASBO, Co-Chair Council on Professional Development (2007-09); CASBO, Ambassador (2016-Present); ACDA, Conference Committee (2014-15, 2017-18, 2019-21); Soroptimist International (2016-18); ACDA Member (2009-Present); CASBO Member (2001-Present); CASBO Eastern Section Director II (2021-Present); ACDA Legislative Co-Chair (2017-18, 2019-Present);

ACDA Recipient Agency Representative (2020-22)

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?
The greatest strength I would bring is my experience and knowledge of our industry. I use that to provide support, guidance and development to other directors, aspiring directors and business officials who are in need of understanding of our programs. My dedication to legislation and considerate conversations with legislators on both a state and federal level is another strength that I feel would be a compliment to the SNA Board of Directors.

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Director

Michael Gasper, SNS

Michael Gasper, SNS

POSITION: 
Director, Nutrition Services, School District of Holmen, Holmen, Wisconsin

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Public Policy & Legislation Committee (2020-22)

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (WISCONSIN): 
Vice President, President Elect, President, Past President (2016-22); Legislative Committee (2015-present); has attended and spoken at numerous state conferences

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Wisconsin Director of the Year (2016-17); Midwest Director of the Year (2016-17); President's Award of Achievement (2019, 2021); Fifth Season COOP Board of Directors (2017-Present); Wisconsin Farm to School Council (2017-Present);

Wisconsin Commodities Task Force (2010-12)

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?
I am a very proactive member of my team. I strive to ensure the job is done most effectively and efficiently. For example, when we were remodeling the High School Cafeteria, I had a contingency plan in place if it wasn't completed in time for alternate meal locations, as well as meal options to ensure my team could meet their deadlines, and the students were fed.

I am innovative. I have worked on many projects where "thinking outside of the box" made the project extremely successful. For example, when the pandemic arose, a large team came together and built a process to provide bagged meals for our community. We found new ways to get the word out, created an order form so we had enough supplies, and provided nearly 130,000 meals in the first 3 months of the pandemic for our district with less than 3000 students. Additionally, when we were trying to find ways to keep SNA-WI members engaged during the pandemic we held online conferences and I developed a series on Zoom, SNA-WI Connections, where each month I hosted a guest, some on a state level, many on a national level, and we had an hour long conversation about school nutrition. These episodes were posted to our website for later viewing and were very well attended.


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School Nutrition Employee/Manager Representative  

Heather Perry, SNS

Heather Perry, SNS

POSITION: 
Quality Control Manager, Union County Public Schools, Union, North Carolina

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (NORTH CAROLINA):
District 6 Director (2018-20); Leadership and Awards Committee (2020-Present); State Conference Steering Committee: Banquet Co-Chair/Chair (2017-2018), Publicity Chair (2019, 2021, and 2022); has attended and spoken at numerous state conferences

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
LAC SNF Scholarship winner (2018); Mary Long Beasley Distinguished Service Award (2021); Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools - School Nutrition Association Board Treasurer (2010), Secretary (2011-13), President-elect (2014-16), President (2016-18), Nominating/Fundraising Chair (2018-19); SNA Star Club - Bronze Star (2019), SNA Certificate Level 4 (2011-present), SNA School Nutrition Specialist (2018-Present); Culinary Arts Awards from State Conference (2013): 3rd Place Meat/Grain Entrée; Culinary Arts Awards from State Conference (2017) 1st Place Salad Plate, 2ndPlace Meat/Meat Alternative, 2nd Place Entree Salad, 2ndPlace Miscellaneous Fruit, 3rd Place Commodity Fruit, 3rdPlace Commodity Vegetable, 3rd Place Miscellaneous Vegetable, 3rdPlace Sandwich or Wrap Plate 

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?
Organization is one of my greatest strengths. Once given a task, I will try and find the most efficient and effective way to get it done. I'm great with details, strategizing, and logistics. As a Quality Control Manager, I help new and existing managers and employees adjust to changes implemented from our central office.


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School Nutrition Employee/Manager Representative

Mandy Vincent

Mandy Vincent

POSITION: 
Assistant Director of Nutrition Services, Lewis Central Community School District, Council Bluffs, Iowa

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (IOWA): 
Past President, President, President-elect, Vice President (2018-22); Nominations Committee (2019-20, 2021-22); Scholarships Committee (2021-22); Legislative Committee (2018-20, 2021-22); Media and Publications (2015-17, 2018-21); Conference Committee (2018-21); Education Committee (2015-17); Membership Committee (2015-16, 2018-19); Region Chair (2016-17); Region Co-Chair (2015-16); has attended and spoken at numerous state conferences

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS ANDHONORS:
Iowa Department of Education COVID Advisory Board

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?
I have the ability to see and understand all sides and points of views with empathy and apply logic to help navigate through issues. I am an out of the box thinker. This also helps aid in helping others settle issues that are hot button topics.

As an out of the box thinker, I have been able to create more training topics and different ways of trainings.

I am knowledgeable in our field or work, USDA, politics, and real world situations. I have used my skills multiple times on the Iowa board, talking to state legislators, and with industry partners.

I have written several articles for each of the SNA Iowa's quarterly magazine, also for the Iowa Facebook page, which all has had positive feedback. Many of my articles have sparked new interest and opportunities for our members


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Leadership Development Committee Election Slate

Midwest Region Representative

Amanda Miller, SNS

Amanda Miller, SNS

POSITION: 
Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, Iowa

SNA PARTICIPATION: 
Child Nutrition Reauthorization Task Force (2021); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (IOWA): 
Education Co-Chair (2014-19); Prior Approval Chair (2014-19)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Kathleen Stitt Scholarship (2018)

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the Leadership Development Committee?
My greatest strength is the ability to build relationships with others. I can listen and hear what people say, am friendly and find time to connect on a personal level with all. I have taught this skill to others, and it has helped them in their careers with others as well. I can also see multiple viewpoints and can negotiate through those points to reach a conclusion that all can live with. 


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Southeast Region Representative

Maria Eunice, SNS

Maria Eunice, SNS

POSITION:
Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Alachua County Public Schools, Gainesville, Florida

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Strategic Planning Committee (2021); ANC Presenter: New Product Development, North Florida Buying Group (2018)

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (FLORIDA): 
Professional Development Committee Chair (2018-Present); Administrative/Supervisory Chair (2011-13)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Golden Director of the Year FAME Award (2021); The Jane Wynn School Nutrition Excellence Award (2020); Alliance K-12 Leadership Member (2010-20); Committee Chair for Healthy Communities (2010-Present); Alachua County Nutrition Alliance Treasurer/Secretary (2009-10), Member at Large (2011-12, 2013-14); American School Food Service Association (1993-Present); Florida School Food Service Association (1993-Present); Alachua County School Food Service Association Nutrition Chair (1999-01), President-elect (2001), President (2002), Legislative Chair (2003), Membership Chair (2004-Present); University of Florida - Food Science and Human Nutrition External Advisory Board (2021-Present); University of Florida - Family Youth and Community Services Advisory Board (2019-Present); International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) K-12 Member (2020-Present)

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the Leadership Development Committee?
The greatest strength that I bring to the SNA Leadership Development Committee are my many years of experience in the field of Food and Nutrition Services. I have been a supervisor in two different counties (Broward and Alachua) and have been a director of FNS for 17 years. I am currently moving into my 29th year in this field. I have served on many committees, held several state positions, and traveled to many conferences. With this experience I believe I can make good recommendations and serve the Leadership Development Committee well.


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Southeast Region Representative

Frederick Gilbert, SNS

Frederick Gilbert, SNS

POSITION: 
Area Supervisor, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, North Carolina

SNA PARTICIPATION: 
Public Policy and Legislative Committee (2020-21); Legislative Action Conference Presenter: Position Paper Topic (2021)

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (NORTH CAROLINA): 
President, President-elect, Vice President (2017-2020); Nominations and Awards Chair (2020-21); Public Policy and Legislative Chair (2012-17)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS: 
North Carolina State Martha Gomer Award for Outstanding Supervisor; North Carolina Association of School Administrators (2020-21)

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the Leadership Development Committee?
The ability to build relationships through commitment, respect, understanding, transparency and being positive in difficult situations.


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