2015 National FAME Winners Announced


Congratulations to the winners of the 26th annual Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards, announced November 5 by program sponsors, Basic American Foods, Schwan’s Food Service, Inc., and Tyson Foods, Inc. Earning 2015’s top accolade—the Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year Award—is Jeff Denton, director of child nutrition, Ponca City (Okla.) Public School, a 25-year veteran of the profession.

According to a news release from FAME, Denton “Is passionate about helping students understand the benefits of healthy food options and has worked to increase fruit and vegetable consumption by 60 percent over 4 years.” Additionally, Denton has overcome a myriad operational challenges, including keeping a positive cash flow, despite increase costs and loss of participation. Denton served four terms as the president of the School Nutrition Association of Oklahoma, as well as the state Legislative and Public Policy Chair for a number of years.

Additional FAME award-winners include Arthur Dunham, retired director of food services, Pinellas County Schools, Largo, Fla., who won the Silver Leadership Award and Silver Spirit Award-winner Shana Wood, MS, RD, LD, coordinator, Houston County School Nutrition, Perry, Ga. The Silver Special Achievement Award goes to Sandra Voss, MS, RD, SNS, food and nutrition services director, Marquardt School District #15, Glendale Heights, Ill., while Susan Wenona Johnson, supervisor, School Board of Marion County, Ocala, Fla., won the Silver Rising Star Awards. The Silver Friend of Child Nutrition Award goes to Barry Sackin, president, B. Sackin & Associates, LLC, Murrieta, Calif., and the Gertrude Applebaum Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Josephine Martin, PhD, RDN, LD, president, The Josephine Martin Group, Decatur, Ga.

The FAME awards will be presented on Jan. 11, 2015, at the Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC). For tickets to the event, visit www.fameawards.net.

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