About the Professional Development Committee

What is the Professional Development Committee?

The Professional Development Committee supports SNA’s mission and vision by assessing and prioritizing the professional development needs of the members and assists in the development and evaluation of training courses and materials. They recommend programs that meet Certificate and Credentialing program requirements to the SNA Board of Directors and assist with drafting programs as identified in the annual plan of work and to meet the Strategic Plan strategies and committee charges.

What are the Committee Responsibilities?

  • Evaluates educational materials developed by states, industry and private enterprise for compliance with criteria and suitability for formal training courses, as needed.
  • Recommends standards, policies and procedures pertaining to implementation of professional growth and education programs to the SNA Board of Directors
  • Recommends education programs and method of delivery.
  • Monitors and complies with the SNA Strategic Plan, supports the Annual Plan of Work and assesses education programs annually to determine if they are current, need to be updated or should be removed.

Meet Our Members

Christine Clarahan, RD, SNS
Committee Chair
Christine Clarahan, RD, SNS
School City of Hammond
Hammond, IN
District Director/Western Region
Richard Andrews
Vineland School District
Bakersfield, CA
Headshot of Carolyn Thomas
District Director/Midwest Region
Carolyn Thomas
Macomb Intermediate School District
Clinton Township, MI
Caitlin Lazarski
District Director/Northeast Region
Caitlin Lazarski, SNS
Pine Bush City School District
Pine Bush, NY
District Director/Mountain Plains
Kara Sample, SNS
Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6
Greeley, CO
Tisa Jones, SNS
Major City Director/Southeast Region
Tisa Jones, SNS
Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta, GA
Headshot of Heather Blades
Manager/Southwest Region
Heather Blades
Diocese of Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA
District Director/Western Region
Nathan Roedel, SNS
Hillsboro School District 1J
Hillsboro, OR
State Agency Representative
Amanda Harrison
West Virginia DOE
Charleston, WV
Industry Representative
Katy Hoyng, MS, RDN, LD, SNS, PMP
Irvine, CA
Headshot of E Bronner Photo
Board Advisor
Erin Bronner, RD, SNS
Creighton Elementary School District
Phoenix, AZ
Headshot of Sarah Youssef
Staff Advisor
Sarah Murphy-Youssef
School Nutrition Assoc.
Arlington, VA