About the Award

The President’s Award of Excellence recognizes three state presidents each year who demonstrate extraordinary leadership by successfully implementing strategies that advance school nutrition programs in their states and who made the extra effort in achieving excellence in each of SNA’s four Strategic Goals.

In order to provide equal opportunity for states of different sizes, the President’s Award of Excellence is awarded to one state president in each of the three member divisions:

  • 1-600 Member Division
  • 601-1,200 Member Division
  • 1,201+ Member Division

How Will the Applicants be Judged?

The applications (Year-End Reports) will be judged at SNA Headquarters using the following criteria:

I. Excellence in Professional Development (25% of score)

  • Meet or exceed a 3% increase in SNA Certificate Program participation
  • Increase in SNS credentialing
  • Offer professional development training in state to support members with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act implementation.

II. Excellence in Advocacy & Public Image (25% of score)

  • Demonstrate one successful initiative implemented during the year that resulted in enhancing the public image of school nutrition programs.

III. Excellence in Membership & Community (25% of score)

  • Demonstrate one successful initiative implemented during the year that resulted in expanding the state’s Membership & Community outreach in order to further school nutrition programs.

IV. Excellence in Governance & Operations (25% of score)

  • Meet or exceed a 5% increase in membership
  • Achieve a retention rate of 85% or higher
  • Numerical goals (for certificate, credentialing, and membership) will be determined by SNA Headquarters at the beginning of each membership year. State Presidents will be judged at SNA Headquarters to determine winners.

The President’s Award of Excellence will be given to the state which best meets the above criteria from each membership division.

How Will the Winners Be Recognized?

The three President’s Award of Excellence winners will be announced at the Opening General Session at SNA’s Annual National Conference. The winners will each be given a special medallion to commemorate this accomplishment.

How to Apply

State Presidents will automatically be entered to win the President’s Award of Excellence by completing and submitting the Year-End Report to SNA by May 31 of each year.

Submission Deadline

May 31, 2022

Award Winners

2021
Jennifer Bujak-Hirsch
Food Services Director
Crestwood Local School District
Mantua, Ohio

Terri Smith
Manager of Food Service Operations
Baltimore County Public Schools
Baltimore County, Maryland

Erica Biagetti
Food and Nutrition Services Director
Cheshire Public Schools
Cheshire, Connecticut

2020
Shelly Mohr
Food Services Director
Tipton Community School District
Tipton, Iowa

Marci Lexa
Director of Nutrition
Henry County Public Schools
Collinsville, Virginia

2019
Tammy Posey, West Virginia
Jerie Ortez, Utah
Chris Burkhardt, Ohio

2018
Karen Kempf, Illinois
Sandra Cocca, New York
Christi Fink, Alabama