Board of Directors Election Slate

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Vice President

Lynelle Johnson, MPA, RD, SNS

Position:

Assistant Director, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Bismarck, ND

SNA Participation:

Director, Board of Directors (2020-23); Executive Committee (2021-23); Mountain Plains Representative, State Agency Advisory Council (Present); Practitioner Representative, Nutrition & Research Committee (2018-20); Future Leader (2007); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (NORTH DAKOTA):

President, President-elect, Vice President (2008-11, 2013-16); Legislative Chair (2015-20); Member, Industry Conference Committee (2017); Member, Bylaws Committee (2018); Education Chair (2010-14); Nutrition Chair (2007-10); Member, Ethics Committee (2008-09).

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

Save the Children Rural Director’s Network Advisory Council (2022-23); Local Head Start Policy Council (2018-22); Local Williston Council for the Aging (2019-21).

SNA North Dakota Director of the Year (2018); SNA Regional Director of the Year (2018).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?

"My greatest strength is my knowledge and experience in school nutrition. After working as a Food Service Director for almost 25 years, I transitioned to working at the State Agency a year ago. My years of operation and state and national board experience have strengthened my ability to collaborate with many partners on various levels. I enjoy cooperating with others as a team to improve work processes. My years as an operator have allowed me to develop my leadership, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. My involvement in advocacy at the local, state, and national levels will help to advance SNA’s efforts to support and strengthen school nutrition programs. We must actively voice our needs to policymakers about future meal regulations. I desire to promote partnerships with stakeholders, including school nutrition professionals, policymakers, state agency professionals, and industry professionals, to enhance the effectiveness of our programs. I want to contribute to improving school nutrition policies and practices and advocate for healthy meals for all students."

Ashley-Powell

Vice President

Ashley Powell, PhD, RDN, SNS, FAND

Position:
Child Nutrition Director, Auburn City Schools, Auburn, AL

SNA Participation:

Director, Board of Directors (2021-Present); Executive Committee (2022-23); Professional Development Committee (Chair: 2019-21, Member: 2017-19); LEAD Cadre (2020-Present); Member, Scholarship Committee (2019-21); Member, L.E.A.D. Grant Advisory Group (2019); Future Leaders (2013); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (ALABAMA): 

Past President, President, President-elect, Vice President (2017-20); Conference Chair (2018); Awards/Scholarships Chair (2015-16); Nominating Chair, Leadership Delegate.

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (1997-Present); Auburn District Dietetic Association (President-elect 2019, President 2020); School Nutrition DPG Membership Committee Chair (2021-Present); ALDA Finance Committee (2020-21).

Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND); Auburn University College of Education Outstanding Alum Nominee (2022); SNA Alabama Director of the Year (2017); USDA Best Practice School District Awards (multiple); Alabama Best Practice School District Awards (multiple).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?

"As national leaders, it is imperative that we move forward with best practices and student-focused leadership for our members. My school nutrition career has enhanced my skillset in resilience and perseverance through the challenges of the industry allowing me to stay focused on our purpose of feeding our children.

Within the school doors, I have held multiple positions including the areas of child nutrition director, nutrition coordinator, family and consumer sciences teacher, cafeteria cashier, dishwasher, and student worker. Through each experience in the school setting, I developed more knowledge of systems, operations, and how we can effectively serve our students.

And with the gift of three children of my own that eat school lunch each day, I bring honest feedback that requires professional and personal attention to our daily progress and operations."

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Secretary/Treasurer

Chris Burkhardt, SNS

Position:
Chief Operating Officer, Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati, OH

SNA Participation:

Director, Board of Directors (2021-Present); ANC Planning Committee (Program Advisor: 2022, Program Co-Advisor: 2021); Member, Public Policy & Legislation Committee (2016-19); SNIC Program Advisor (2017); Procurement Task Force (2015); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (OHIO): 

Past President, President, President-elect, Vice President (2016-20); Secretary/Treasurer; Public Policy & Legislation Committee Chair.

Other Professional Memberships And Honors:

Reach out Lakota–Board President, Board Secretary, and Board Member.

FAME Award, Hero Award, SNA State President Award of Achievement (2019), SNA Ohio Director of the Year (2016), OASBO Director of the Year.

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?

"My strength is my collaboration with SNA leadership, SNA Staff and Members. I would also say one strength is speaking from a unique perspective while being respectful of other points of view. I do not subscribe to groupthink. Individuals on the Board must represent the points of view for all members and sometimes we only hear those who speak the loudest. I will always offer my opinion even when it may be a single voice against the norm, because, sometimes, that ONE voice helps change outcomes. I also feel that the board needs to be made up of INDIVIDUALS, who work together and have a solid collective voice. My sound accounting and finance background gives me a strong foundation to be able to advise the organization as your next Secretary/ Treasurer."

Richard Browder

Director

Richard Browder, SNS

Position:
Director of School Nutrition, Brighton Area Schools, Brighton, MI.

SNA Participation:

Member at Large, Public Policy & Legislation Committee (Member at Large: 2023-Present, Midwest Region Representative: 2021-23); ANC Planning Committee (Program Advisor: 2020-21, Program Co-Advisor: 2019-20); Child Nutrition Reauthorization Task Force (2021) Future Leaders (2014); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (COLORADO): 

President, President-elect, Vice President (2016-19); Chair, Nominations Committee (2020-22); Chair, Industry Committee (2014-16); Chair, Conference Committee (2013-14).

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

Vice Chair/Board of Directors, Great Lake Consortium (2014-Present); Chairperson/Board of Directors, HPS School Food Purchasing Committee (2012-Present).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?

"A firm grasp on the issues confronting the future of our industry and a commitment to finding solutions that ensure our future success."

Susan-Maffe

Director

Susan Maffe, MS, RD, SNS

Position:
Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Meriden Public Schools, Meriden, CT.

SNA Participation:

Northeast Regional Representative, Nutrition Committee (2015-16); Northeast Regional Representative, Public Policy and Legislation Committee (2019-21); Member, Political Action Committee (2022-Present); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (CONNECTICUT): 

President, President-elect, Vice President (2016-19, 2010-13); Member, Nutrition Committee (2006-08); Chair, Nutrition Committee (2008-10); Co-Chair, Marketing Committee (2010-12); Chair, Program Development Committee (2013-16); Member, Program Development Committee (2019-Present); Member, Public Policy & Legislation Committee (2019-Present); Member, Strategic Planning Committee (2019-Present).

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

The University of Connecticut Dietetics Program Advisory Committee; The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; American Commodity Distribution Association.

Northeast Regional Director of the Year (2015).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?

"With my Master's Degree in Management, 32 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian,19 years as a school nutrition director, as well as volunteering with SNACT and SNA, I bring a variety of talents that support the goals of SNA.   As the only candidate on the ballot from the Northeast, and therefore, potentially the only incoming Northeast representative of the SNA Board of Directors, representation of our unique region is essential.  I have demonstrated an ability to balance a multitude of assignments and responsibilities, both for my district and SNA, work well individually or as part of a team, and actively participate and meet deadlines critical to achieving the goals of each."

Gavin-Northey

Director

Gavin Northey, SNS

Position:
Child Nutrition Programs Manager, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Juneau, AK.

SNA Participation:

West Region Representative, Resolutions & Bylaws Committee (2023-Present); Northwest Region Representative, Membership Committee (2021-23); Future Leaders (2019); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (ALASKA): 

President, President-elect (2022-Present); Treasurer (2019-2022); Chair, Communications Committee (2018-19).

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

Alaska SNA’s President’s Award (2021, 2023).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?

"I bring the knowledge and experience needed to articulate, empathize, and advocate for current and future members of the School Nutrition Association.  I have served in a variety of roles both in my professional career and for my State association; I began my food service career as a cashier, barista, and in the dish pit and have worked in the private sector, for a School Food Authority, and now as a State Agency director.  Every day, I call upon these experiences to guide my decisions and actions to best serve schools and sponsors in Alaska; whether or not I am elected to serve on the Board of Directors, will continue to draw upon these experiences to guide my contributions to the School Nutrition Association."

Eric-Span

Director

Eric Span

Position:
Director Nutrition Services, Sweetwater Union High School District, Chula Vista, CA.

State Affiliate Participation (WASHINGTON): 

Chair, Public Policy & Legislation Committee (2022-Present); has attended numerous national and state conferences and presented at state conference in 2022.

Other Professional Memberships And Honors:

Board Member, Chef Ann Foundation (2023-Present); Board Member, Chef de Cuisine (2022-Present).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?

"I consider my proficiency in driving towards our defined objectives to be a valuable asset. I am dedicated to elevating the field of school nutrition to its rightful position in K-12, and I possess the capability to collaborate with individuals from all backgrounds to achieve this objective. Embracing a team-oriented approach, I firmly believe that shared goals can be reached more efficiently through collaborative efforts."

Pamela-Suyematsu

Director

Pamela Suyematsu, SNS

Position:
Director Nutrition Services, Ontario School District 008, Ontario, OR.

SNA Participation:

Member, DEIA Member Working Group (2022-Present); Northwest Region Representative, Leadership Development Committee (2019-21); Northwest Region Representative, Membership Committee (2017-18); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (OREGON): 

Past President, President, President-elect (2011-13, 2021-23); Vendor Show Chairperson (2022-23); Area Representative (2008-11).

Other Professional Memberships And Honors:

Board Member, Ontario, Oregon, and Osakasayama, Japan Sister City Planning Committee (2015-17); Member, Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition USDA and procurement Advisory Board (2007-Present).

SNA’s President’s Award of Service (2022); SNA’s Thelma Flanagan Award (2013).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?

"My strength is my ability to network and make meaningful connections with people. I always feel energized and inspired after networking at SNA conferences and meetings. I want to use my strengths to identify, encourage, recruit, and retain great leaders that will continue to move our association forward."

Alyssia-Wright

Director

Alyssia Wright, Ed.S.

Position:
Executive Director of School Nutrition, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, GA.

SNA Participation:

Member, Child Nutrition Reauthorization Task Force (2021); Professional Development Committee (Chair: 2021-23, Major City Director/Southeast Region Representative: 2019-2021); has attended and spoken and numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (GEORGIA): 

Past President, President, President-elect (2021-Present); Nominating Chair (2023-Present); Foundation Chair (2023-Present); Chair, State Conference Steering Committee (Chair: 2021, Co-Chair: 2020); Public Policy & Legislation Committee (Chair: 2019-20, Member: 2018-19); House Delegate (2021, 2022, 2023).

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program - Director's Advisory Council (2012-23); Fulton County Schools School Governance Central Office Team (2018-20); Fulton County Schools - ATLAS Steering Committee (2021-22); Present International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Elementary & Secondary Foodservice Leadership Council (2021); International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Elementary & Secondary Foodservice Leadership Council (Chair: 2024-25, Vice Chair: 2023-24).

SNA's President's Award of Service (2023); SNA’s State Award of Excellence – GSNA (2023); Product Design Champion – new Age Industrial (2022); IFMA Silver Plate Award – Elementary & Secondary Schools, Nexus Award - Platinum Elite Status - Georgia Department of Education (2019); FAME Silver Leadership Award (2019).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?

"I bring to the team a strong track record in relationship building. I'm happiest when I'm engaging and strategizing about how we can help one another. My presidency with GSNA was built around relationships, themed “Marching to the Heartbeat of Our Mission” with my conference themed “Family Reunion”. This signifies what I wanted for our members…to walk in unison, understanding Georgia is one of the most diverse states, for many reasons, but our association is where Family comes together. Therefore, I believe my superpower is strengthening the value of relationships – having the innate ability to form connections that can influence and change lives. This ability will lead to more meaningful connections that will continue to strengthen our association and foundation focusing on an environment of inclusiveness."

Leadership Development Committee Election Slate

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Mid-Atlantic Region Representative

Shannon Ebron, MS, RDN, LD

Position:

Director, School Nutrition Services, Richmond City Public Schools, Richmond, VA.

SNA Participation:

Member, Supply Chain Cohort (2021-22); ANC Planning Committee (Program Co-Advisor: 2024, Program Advisor: 2025); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (MISSOURI): 

Nutrition Education Chair (2020-23).

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

Secretary, School Food & Nutrition Directors Association of Greater St. Louis (2021-23); Nominating Committee Chair, School Nutrition Services, Dietetics Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2020-Present); The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, St. Louis (President-elect: 2019-21, Secretary: 2017-19).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the SNA Board of Directors?

"The greatest strength I would bring to the Leadership Development Committee is my leadership skills and self-assuredness. This is exemplified by my recent transition from Missouri to Virginia, where I took on a leadership role in a larger, city-wide school system while remaining committed to prioritizing the health of children through school meals. My ability to step forward and provide strong leadership is a key asset I can contribute to the board or committee."

Stacy-Koppen

Midwest Region Representative

Stacy Koppen, MS, RD, SNS

Position:

Nutrition Services Director, Saint Paul Public Schools, Saint Paul, MN.

SNA Participation:

Midwest Region Representative, Public Policy & Legislation Committee (2016-18) Future Leaders (2016); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (SOUTH CAROLINA):

Annual Conference Workshop Committee (Chair: 2016 & 2017, Member: 2015).

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

MSNA Director of the Year (2021).

What greatest strength would you bring to the SNA Industry Advisory Council?

"I have strong organizational skills, and I am able to work across large numbers of stakeholders to contribute to shared goals. I also have experience building programs to help School Nutrition Professionals develop their knowledge and skills, which help with career development and program improvement. I think my ability to think strategically, combined with hands-on approach, will be of great value to SNA."

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Midwest Region Representative

Jessica Shelly, MBA, SNS

Position:
Director, Student Dining Services, Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati, OH. 

SNA Participation:

Chair, Paid Lunch Equity & Uniform Application: Child Nutrition Authorization Task Force (2021); Chair, Young Professionals Task Force (2017-19); Mideast Regional Director, Board of Directors (2015-17); At Large Member, Executive Committee (2016-17); At Large Member, Audit Committee (2015-17); Board of Directors Delegate, Delegate Assembly (2016, 2017); Representative, Governance Modeling Summit (2015); Mideast Region Representative, Membership Committee (2012-15); SNA Star Club Diamond Member (2013-Present); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences. 

State Affiliate Participation(OHIO):  

Past President, President, President-Elect, Vice President (2013-2016); Conference Committee (Chair: 2014-15, Member: 2012-18); SNF State Ambassadors Ohio Representative (2016). 

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

Chair, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, Foodservice Leadership Council, Secondary & Elementary Schools (2019-Present); Board Member, International Fresh Produce Association, Fresh Foundations Board (2022-23); Board of Advisors, Chef Ann Foundation (2020-Present); National Advisory Council Member, Institute of Child Nutrition (2020-Present); Healthy Kids Collaborative Member, The Culinary Institute of America (2017-Present); Board Member, Showcase America Unlimited (2018-Present); Board Member, UMC Food Ministry (2018-Present); Philanthropic Team Member, Junior League of Cincinnati (2010-Present) 

IFMA Gold Plate & Silver Plate Awards; FAME Golden Director & Silver Rising Star Awards; SNA State Director of the Year (OH); SNA Regional Director of the Year (Mideast); SNA Membership Recruiter of the Year; International Fresh Produce Association Excellence in K-12 Foodservice Award; SNA President’s Award of Achievement in Honor of Thelma Flannigan; Ohio Department of Education Stellar Nutrition Award; Ohio School Board Outstanding Food and Nutrition Director of the Year; USDA Silver Level & Bronze Level “Turnip the Beet” Summer Program Awards; Food Service Director Magazine’s Director of the Month; Children’s Hunger Alliance School Breakfast Program of the Year Award; Cincinnatus Association Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award; Center for Disease Control Communities Putting Prevention to Work Champion 

What greatest strength would you bring to the SNA Industry Advisory Council?

Hard work, commitment, understanding, patience, passion, and dedication are the tools in my “toolbox of life”. My leadership experience and skills will allow me to serve on SNA Leadership Development Committee to my fullest because I believe that a life serving others is a life well lived. Change is inevitable. You have to learn to roll and bounce and embrace others to join in our journey. I have never lost sight of the opportunity to improve the life of a child by nourishing their bodies and giving them a kind word and smile. Seeking candidates who prioritize and understand education, advocacy, building a sense of community and membership will be one of the greatest strengths I will bring to the SNA Leadership Development Committee. 

Amber-Anderson

Southeast Region Representative

Amber Anderson

Position:
Child Nutrition Coordinator, Sullivan County School District, Blountville, TN.

SNA Participation:

Foundation Board (Practitioner Member: 2021-23, Director Member: 2020-21); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (TENNESSEE): 

Member, Executive Board (2022-Present); East Regional District Representative (2022-Present).

What greatest strength would you bring to the SNA Industry Advisory Council?

"My enthusiasm. I am a very positive and hard working team member."

Emily-Hanlin

Southeast Region Representative

Emily Hanlin, SNS

Position:

Executive Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Cobb County School District, Kennesaw, GA.

SNA Participation:

Member, USDA Foods Task Force (2021-23); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (GEORGIA): 

Past President, President, President-elect (2020-23); New Executive Director Selection Committee Member (2022-23); Chair, Nutrition Committee (2023-Present); Conference Committee (Chair: 2019-20, Co-Chair: 2018-19).

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

Advisor to the President, Cobb SNA (2017-Present).

GSNA Director of the Year (2019-20); SNA President's Award of Excellence (2022); GaDOE Cafe Award of Excellence (2023).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the Leadership Development Committee?

"The main strength that I would bring to the Leadership Development Committee is being able to identify talent. Through years of experience searching within my own department for future leaders for my school nutrition organization I've learned that building effective relationships and getting to know people allows them to show you who they are, or could be, as leaders. This allows you to determine if they might be a fit for the position you're looking for."

Anna-Apoian

Western Region Representative

Anna Apoian, MPA, RD, SNS

Position:

Director, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, Norwalk, CA.

SNA Participation:

District Director/Western Region Representative, Professional Development Committee (2021-23); has attended and spoken at numerous national and state conferences.

State Affiliate Participation (CALIFORNIA): 

Chair, Nutrition Standards (2013-14); Member, Legislative Committee (2011-13).

Southern California SNA: President (2019-21); Marketing Chair (2014-18); Legislative Chair (2012-13); Legislative Co-Chair (2011-12); Editorial Chair (2010-11); Recording Secretary (2009-10).

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

CASBO Professional Council Chair - Nutrition - Southern Section (2010-12).

SNA National Director of the Year (2021); SNA Western Region Director of the Year (2021); SNA State Director of the Year (2021); Congressional Recognition by Lisa Calderon (2020); Congressional Recognition by Judy Chu (2013); FAME Award (2014).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the Leadership Development Committee?

"I am a very good listener and also have strong followership skills."

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Western Region Representative

Debra Calhoun, MS, RD, SNS

Position:

Administrative Program Specialist, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, WA.

SNA Participation:

State Agency/Northwest Region Representative, Professional Development Committee (2020-22); presented at the Back to School Summit (2021); attended and participated in the Legislative Action Conference (2020).

State Affiliate Participation (WASHINGTON): 

Member, Strategic Planning Committee (2019); has attended and spoken at numerous state conferences and workshops.

Other Professional Memberships and Honors:

Member, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) - Child Nutrition Services - Food Distribution Program Advisory Council (2019); Member, Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), Applied Research Division, Expert Work Group for State Agency Program Directors (2018).

What is the greatest strength you would bring to the Leadership Development Committee?

"I feel that I am well qualified to serve on the Leadership Development Committee because I am experienced in working with a diverse group of Child Nutrition Program sponsors, allowing me to identify and recruit volunteer leaders. I have developed strong working relationships with our sponsors, providing me with a deep understanding of their different operational needs. I have a keen eye for recognizing leadership potential in the people who work tirelessly to feed students."