About the Public Policy & Legislation Committee

What is the Public Policy & Legislation Committee?

The Public Policy & Legislation Committee (PPL) supports SNA’s mission and vision by recommending and advocating Child Nutrition program public policy positions for the Association, responding to regulatory and legislative initiatives, informing SNA members about policy issues and activating the Association’s grassroots network.

What are the Committee Responsibilities?

  • Evaluates, interprets, recommends and responds to federal legislation and regulations.
  • Prepares and disseminates policy, legislative and regulatory information in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Implements Association’s multi-year Legislative Action Plan.
  • Ensures membership is informed on current legislation, with the help of the headquarters liaison.
  • Develops legislative policy and positions for approval of the Board.
  • Assists state affiliates in the development of legislative strategies and plans of action.
  • Reports state legislative concerns and activities.
  • Assists in planning the Legislative Action Conference program.
  • Prepares and presents appropriate education and information sessions at SNA’s major annual conferences.

Meet Our Members

Headshot of E. Nichole Taylor
Committee Chair
E. Nichole Taylor
Chichester School District
Upper Chichester, PA
Mid-Atlantic Region
Nicole Melia
Great Valley SD
Malvern, PA
Midwest Region
Jess Peña
Red Wing School District
Red Wing, MN
Headshot of Jeanne Reilly
Northeast Region
Jeanne Reilly, NDTR, SNS
Raymond School District RSU 14
Windham, ME
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Mountain Plains Region
Ruchi Favreau
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
Kansas City, KS
Headshot of Bradley Patterson
Southeast Region
Bradley Patterson
Monroe High School
Albany, GA
Headshot of Richard Mallard
Southwest Region
Richard Mallard, SNS
Eanes Independent School District
Austin, TX
Jessica-Sifuentes photo
West Region
Jessica Sifuentes, SNS
Clark County School District
Las Vegas, NV
Headshot of Richard Browder
Member At Large
Richard Browder, SNS
Brighton Area Schools
Brighton, MI
Headshot of Lena Wilson
State Agency Advisor
Lena Wilson, MS, RD, SNS
Texas DOA
Austin, TX
Headshot of Jack Crawford
Industry Advisor
Jack Crawford
Gold Creek Foods
Gainesville, GA
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Board Advisor
Chris Derico, SNS
Barbour County School District
Philippi, WV
Board Advisor
Shannon Gleave, RDN, SNS
Glendale Elementary School District
Glendale, AZ
Board Advisor
Stephanie Dillard, MS, SNS
Enterprise City Schools
Enterprise, AL
Chief Executive Officer
Patricia Montague, FASAE, CAE
School Nutrition Assoc.
Arlington, VA
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Staff Advisor
Cathy Schuchart
School Nutrition Assoc.
Arlington, VA