2018 Candidate Biographies

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Board of Directors Election Slate:

President-Elect
Doug Davis, SNS, Burlington Schools, Vermont
Linda Eichenberger, SNS, Oak Hills Local School District, Ohio

Secretary/Treasurer
Jill Kidd, MS, RD, SNS, Pueblo City Schools, Colorado
Jessica Shelly, MBA, SNS, Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio

Southeast Regional Director
Daniel Ellnor, Jefferson County School District, Kentucky
Vanessa Hayes, SNS, Tift County School District, Georgia

West Regional Director
Patti Bilbrey, Scottsdale Unified School District, Arizona

At-Large Director
Chris Derico, SNS, Lewis County School District, West Virginia
Reginald Ross, SNS, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina

Leadership Development Committee Election Slate:

Southeast Regional Representative
Paula De Lucca, SNS, Wake County Public Schools, North Carolina
Cleta Long, EdD, SNS, Dade County School District, Georgia

Mideast Regional Representative
Kristen Hennessey, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Michigan

Midwest Regional Representative
Lori Danella, SNS, Lee’s Summit R-VII School District, Missouri
Sandy Voss, MS, RD, SNS, Marquardt School District 15, Illinois

West Regional Representative
Stephanie Bruce, MBA, Palm Springs Unified School District, California
Siri Perlman, Solana Beach School District, California

PRESIDENT-ELECT

DOUG DAVIS, SNS

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Director of Food Service, Burlington Schools, Vermont

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Position Statement Task Force (2017); Executive Committee At-Large Member (2016-17); Stop the Block Task Force (2016-Present); Public Policy & Legislation Chair (2015-19); Public Policy & Legislation Committee (2011-15); Board of Directors Delegate (2016-17); SNA Spokesperson (2012- Present); Vermont Delegate (2012-13); School Nutrition Roundtable of Leaders (2012); Meal Pattern Task Force (2011). Has presented at and attended numerous national and state conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Vermont):
Vendor Show Chair (2013-15); President (2012-13); President-Elect (2010-12); Membership Chair (2009-10)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
SNA Star Club (2007, 12, 14, 17); Vermont Universal Meals Working Group (2014-Present); National Farm to School Peer Leader Network (2013-15); Thelma Flanagan Award (2013); FSD Magazine Advisory Board (2012-15); Vermont Farm to School Network (2010-Present); FAME Silver Special Achievement Award (2008); Director of the Year, Northeast Region (2005-06); Vermont SNA Director of the Year (2005-06); Hunger Free Vermont BOD (2000-09); ANWSU School Board (2000-05)

GOALS:
To fill our committees and task forces with the best possible member candidates. These placements are the first step on a path to national leadership. Building the pipeline for future leadership is the key to the long-term success of our Association. This is also a wonderful opportunity to increase the diversity of SNA leadership. I will work to be sure we have the best possible committees and task forces while also highlighting the wonderful diversity within our Association. I will work with our current Board, committees, task forces, as well as State Affiliate leaders to be sure that we are offering leadership opportunities to as many qualified members as possible.

Ethics is the foundation of building a reputation of trust within our Association and in the school nutrition community. I will work with my fellow Board of Directors to express the importance of due diligence and the need for checks and balances within our local chapters, State Affiliates and at the national level. I am confident in the role that ethics plays in my leadership style, as I strive to be transparent and inclusive as a leader while operating from a place where integrity is paramount. Leading with the highest ethical expectations of myself and my fellow Board members will help us continue to sustain strong bonds with our members, affiliates and the school nutrition community.

To work with States to help them implement the Strategic Plan and Plan of Action beginning at the 2019 National Leadership Conference. This will be done by sharing and educating on the new Plan. I will work to lead the Executive Committee and Board to create the process to be sure that all State leaders have the tools necessary to be successful. This would begin at NLC in the form of educational tracks and speakers and be followed up with additional sessions at ANC, as well as through direct contact if States require specific help. I realize that all State Affiliates are different, requiring different tools and learning opportunities. I will work with the Board and the amazing SNA staff to create appropriate materials (webinars, tool kits, surveys, etc.), to put them in the best position to be successful. Having been president of my State Association, I look forward to helping create sessions and find speakers who can help facilitate the process for our State leadership.

LINDA EICHENBERGER, SNS

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Food Service Director, Oak Hills Local School District, Ohio

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Financial Management Task Force (2017); Secretary/Treasurer (2014-16); Finance & Audit Committee Chair (2014-16); Resolutions & Bylaws Committee Chair (2014-16); Governance Modeling Task Force (2015); Strategic Planning Committee (2012-14); Mideast Regional Director (2011-13); Resolutions & Bylaws Committee (2008-11). Has presented at and attended numerous national conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Ohio):
Membership Chair (2011-18); Professional Development Chair (2016-17); Nominating Chair (2009-10); President (2008-09); President-elect (2007-08); Vice President (2006-07); Southwest Regional Director (2004-06); Chapter President (2002-04); Chapter Vice President (2000-02)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO), Foodservice At Large Representative (2012-Present), Child Nutrition Chapter Member (1988-Present); Unified Purchasing Cooperative, Regional Representative (2012-Present), Chairperson of 7 Catalogs (2000-Present); Action for Healthy Kids, Zone 6, Member (2008-Present); Ohio Department of Education Commodity Advisory Board (2004-2015); Food Service Director of the Month, Foodservice Director magazine (2014); SNA of Ohio Director of the Year (2014); OASBO Outstanding Food & Nutrition Director of the Year (2014); SNA of Ohio Presidential Award (2013); SNA President’s Award of Achievement (2009)

GOALS:
To continue working with allied partners, State Affiliates, industry partners and members to establish school nutrition programs as a valued component of the instructional day where the programs are acknowledged for improving students’ health, well-being and academic success.

To continue establishing SNA as the national leader for up-to-date, evidence-based information, best practices and future trends in school nutrition programs.

To continue to grow membership in SNA by providing the professional and educational resources that are viewed as essential to each member, as well as by expanding our support to the state affiliates.

SECRETARY/TREASURER

JILL KIDD, MS, RD, SNS

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Director of Nutrition Services, Pueblo City Schools, Colorado

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Public Policy & Legislation Committee Member At-Large (2016-17); PAC Board (2015-17); SNA Procurement Taskforce (2015); Board of Directors Research Chair (2013-15); Research Committee Chair (2002-05); Strategic Planning Committee Research Chair (2013-14); Nutrition Committee Member (2008-11); Financial Aid Committee (2004-05). Presented at and attended numerous national and state conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Colorado):
Industry Seminar Task Force Co-Chair (2016); Industry Co-Chair (2015-17, 2008-10); Public Policy & Legislation Co-Chair (2011-14); Board member and President (1999-2001)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
School Nutrition Foundation Board of Directors (2017-19); Colorado ASBO Board (2017-19); Pueblo Alliance for Food Access (2014-present); School Nutrition Foundation Hero (2015); Pueblo Community College Culinary Arts Advisory Council (1990-present); Colorado Director of the Year (2011-12); Colorado Action for Healthy Kids Steering Committee (2003-09); ASBO International School Food and Nutrition Committee (1998-2005, Chair 2005); Colorado Association of School Business Officials President (2004); Colorado Association of School Business Officials Board (1998-2004)

GOALS:
Increase efforts to improve understanding and knowledge by policymakers and other stakeholders of the scope and complexity of school nutrition operations.

Increase strategic collaboration with industry and allied organizations to strengthen school nutrition programs.

Increase funding and resources to high priorities of the strategic plan.

JESSICA SHELLY, MBA, SNS

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Food Service Director, Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Young Professionals Task Force Chair (2017-Present); Executive Committee At-Large Member (2016-17); Mideast Regional Director (2015-17); Audit Committee At-Large Member (2015-17); School Nutrition Magazine Editorial Board (2015-17); Delegate Assembly (2016 & 17); SNF State Ambassadors (2016); Governance Task Force National Committee Representative (January 2015); Star Club Diamond Member (2013-Present); Spokesperson Network (2012-Present); Member Services Committee (2012-15). Has presented at and attended numerous national and state conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Ohio):
Conference Committee Member (2013-16, 2017-18); Past President (June-August 2016); President (2015-16); President-Elect (2014-15); Conference Committee Chair (2014-15); Executive Committee (2013-16); Vice President (2013-14)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Showcase America Unlimited Board of Directors (2016-Present); President’s Award of Achievement in Honor of Thelma Flanagan (2016); United Fresh Start Foundation K-12 Representative (2015-17); Center for Disease Control & Prevention Putting Prevention to Work Champion (2015); HealthierUS School Challenge Award, Silver Schools (2015); Alliance for a Healthier Generation Silver Schools Award (2014); Produce Safety University State Attendee (2014); Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools National Ambassador (2013-15); ConAgra Advisory Board (2013-14); Ohio Association of School Business Officials Spring Conference Committee (2013-14); Rich’s Advisory Board (2013-14); SNA Membership Recruiter of the Year (2013); Milk PEP National Leader Award (2013); Food Service Magazine Director of the Month (October 2013); National Dairy Council Healthy School Meals Task Force (2012-14); FAME Silver Rising Star (2012); United Fresh Produce Excellence in K-12 School Foodservice Award (2012); Ohio Association of School Board Officials Outstanding Food Service Director of the Year (2011); Cincinnati Outstanding Public Schools Administrator of the Year (2011); Ohio Children’s Hunger Alliance School Breakfast Program of the Year Award (2011); Ohio Department of Education Stellar Award for Best Nutrition Practices (2011, 10); Council of Great City Schools, Food Service KPI Metric Analysis Committee (2010-14); Hamilton County Public Health WE THRIVE! School Nutrition Competitive Foods Advisor (2008-12); Junior League of Cincinnati, Kids in the Kitchen Committee (2005-14); Action of Healthy Kids Zone 6 Representative (2004-12); National Environmental Health Association Bioterrorism Training Evaluation Team (2002-06)

GOALS:
To continue the professional and positive responsibility of SNA’s fiscal affairs with as much transparency as possible to ensure SNA expenditures benefit members and support the goals of the Association, while simultaneously upholding the principles, fiduciary responsibilities and integrity of SNA, State Affiliates and local chapters.

To provide leadership as chair of both the Resolution and Bylaws Committee and Finance Committee, a responsibility of the Secretary/Treasurer, by offering insight and research to educate committee members so that the best decisions can be made for the continued success of our Association.

To work hard to strengthen and support the Strategic Plan and mission of SNA, enhance the professional image of SNA and promote the value of SNA membership, so that our Association will be able to retain and continue to build a dynamic membership where all members feel they are an integral part.

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL DIRECTOR

DANIEL ELLNOR

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Manager, Jefferson County School District, Louisville, Kentucky

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Has presented at and attended numerous national and state conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Kentucky):
KSNA President (2017-18); KSNA President-Elect (2016); KSNA Vice President (2015); KSNA Administration Section Chair (2014); KSNA Regional Director

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
FAME Silver Spirit Award (2017); Boy Scouts of America Assistant Scout Master (2016-Present); FDA Bioterrorism Task Force Member (2013); Certified Food Safety Professional (CP-FS)

GOALS:
Membership: As most know, the Southeast Region holds nearly 40% of the overall national membership. Therefore, membership increases might be easier in other regions than in the Southeast. As of August 2017, we were holding steady statistically, even though four out of the other seven regions listed a decline. My goal, therefore, is to work with staff and affiliate officers to dive into the numbers in the Southeast and examine the demographic information to target the lack of growth. In Kentucky, we have had consistent growth in recent years by focusing on changing our communications methods and increasing our engagement through use of member surveys to ensure we direct our resources toward what matters most to members.

State Support: I believe we need to continue to cultivate best practices as it relates to state governance organizational management. My goal will be to cultivate relationships to encourage Affiliates to change and innovate. Ideally, Regional Directors can provide education to states to show them how to get from the present to the future. Many State Affiliate officers have ideas but either lack a road map to facilitate change or are fearful that such change would result in decreased membership or revenue. My experience, particularly in facilitating change and innovation at the state and district levels, makes me a good candidate.

Financial Stability: No organization can be sustainable if it is not financially sound. I am a firm believer that if you’re going to be a member of any organization, you need to put your money where your mouth is—both financially and in time. We need to put a greater emphasis on state commitments to the School Nutrition Foundation as a critical arm of our organization. This growth will be an easy sell because these donations are investments in ourselves. My goal will be to support the growth of the SNF Ambassador program throughout the Southeast and work to ensure processes are in place within each Affiliate to maintain this position from year to year.

VANESSA HAYES, SNS

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
School Nutrition Director, Tift County Schools, Tifton, Georgia

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Annual National Conference Program Advisor (2018); Annual National Conference Co-Chair (2017); Resolutions & Bylaws Committee Member (2016-18); State Affiliation Task Force Member (2016-Present). Has attended numerous national conferences and presented at ANC 2010.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Georgia):
President (2015-16); Conference Committee Chair (2014-15, 2017-18); President-Elect (2014-15); Conference Committee Member (2013-14); GSNA District 2 Public Policy & Legislation Chair (2012-18); System Level Chair (2012-13); Education Committee (2011-12)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Platinum Radish Winner (2017); President’s Award of Achievement (2016); Golden Radish Winner (2016, 15); HealthierUS Schools Challenge Winner, District of Distinction; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated Member

GOALS:
To reconnect and inspire members to become more involved with the Association’s activities (at the local, district, state and national levels). This will be accomplished with education, exposure and the implementation of tools provided by the Association. Success will be measured by meeting attendance, membership growth and certificate program data.

Expose and redirect our focus on our original purpose, mission and platform. Once members understand our history, they begin to embrace the strides of the organization and become a greater part of the legacy we are creating. This can be accomplished through the development of documentaries, information being placed on the website, and town hall meetings to become informed on the issues/challenges set before us. Success can be measured by attendance numbers at SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) and Annual National Conference (ANC).

Encourage diversity within our local, district, state and national Associations. Inform members of the mission of our Association to ensure we are inclusive in all aspects: race, gender, geography, self-operated and contract-managed, to name a few. Reiterate that there is room at the table for everyone.

WEST REGIONAL DIRECTOR

PATTI BILBREY

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Director, Nutrition Services, Scottsdale Unified School District, Arizona

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Platinum STAR Club Member. Has attended numerous national conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Arizona):
Past-President (2018); President (2016-17); President-Elect (2015-16); State Secretary (2013-15); State Director/Supervisor Co-Chair (2012-13); State Conference Program Chair (2015); State Conference Chair (2017, 14); State Conference Co-Chair (2013). Has presented at and attended numerous state conferences.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
President’s Award of Excellence (2017); SNA Membership Champion Award and Certificate Goal Award (2017); Foster Farms Advisory Council (2016-Present); Arizona Department of Education ICN Mentor (2016); Arizona USDA Advisory Council (2015-16); Arizona Director of the Year (2015); Arizona Summer Food Partners Council Member (2014-Present); City of Scottsdale Healthy Packs Advisory Committee (2014-Present); Arizona Nutrition Coalition—CN Advocacy Coalition Active Member (2014-17); Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO) (2010-Present); Scottsdale Mayors Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Employer of the Year Award (2010)

GOALS:
To forge a collaborative relationship among the State Affiliates in the West, fostering a sense of unity, a spirit of shared purpose and a strengthening of the bond between States.

To actively work with State Affiliates to provide support in an effort to strengthen SNA’s strategic plan through measurable outcomes.

To encourage members to join in a leadership journey by modeling inclusive interaction, starting conversations and empowering members to become future Association leaders.

AT-LARGE DIRECTOR

CHRIS DERICO, SNS

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Child Nutrition Director, Lewis County Schools, Weston, West Virginia

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Professional Development Committee Mideast Representative (2016-18). Has attended numerous national and state conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (West Virginia):
Past-President (June 2018); President (2013-14, 2016-17); Conference Vendor Committee Co-Chair (2012-2018); President-Elect (2012-13, 2015-16); Legislative Committee Chair (2011-2018). Has presented at state conferences.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
General Mills Gold Advisory Board (2015-Present); President's Award of Excellence (2014, 17); Thelma Flanagan Gold Award (2014); Lewis County Schools Administrative Council Chair (2010-Present); Mountaineer Highland Co-Op Executive Committee Vice Chair (2010-12); Mon Valley Basketball Officials Executive Board Member & President (2000-09)

GOALS:
Promotion of child nutrition in general, along with recognition of members and the work they do on a daily basis.

For SNA to become the leader of professional development for school nutrition professionals.

Provide for and assist state leaders with implementation of the SNA Strategic Plan.

REGINALD ROSS, SNS

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
SA Zone Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, North Carolina

SNA PARTICIPATION:
SNA Board of Directors Southeast Regional Director (2015-18); SNA Executive Management Program (2012); School Nutrition Roundtable of Leaders (2010). Has attended and presented at numerous national and state conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (North Carolina):
President (2013-14); President-Elect (2012-13); Vice President (2011-12); Membership Chair (2009-11)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Thelma Flanagan Gold Achievement Award (2014); FAME Silver Spirit Award (2014); St. Paul Baptist Church Men’s Choir Director & Pianist; Six Sigma Green Belt Certified; ServSafe Instructor & Proctor

GOALS:
Defeat any block grant proposals introduced by Congress.

Develop relationships with local, state and national legislators to advocate and educate them about the issues facing the school nutrition profession.

Serve the SNA Board of Directors in implementation of the goals of the Association.


Leadership Development Committee Election Slate

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

PAULA DE LUCCA, SNS

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Senior Director, Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, North Carolina

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Board of Directors Midwest Regional Director (2009-11); Board of Directors Audit Committee Member (2009-11); SNA Spokesperson Network. Has attended and presented at numerous national and state conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Illinois):
ILSNA Professional Development Committee Co-Chair (2011-13); Board Spokesperson/Parliamentarian (2009-11); Nominating Committee Chair (2008-09); President, President-Elect, Vice President (2005-08); Conference Committee Chair (2005-06); National/State Legislation Committee Chair & Co-Chair (2001-05)

GOALS:
Create capacity for leaders in the Southeast Region to become national-level leaders through information sharing, relationship building and encouragement, so they can realize the benefits that national-level service offers both SNA leaders and the members at large.

Contribute value to the candidate selection/election processes by assessing and recommending candidates that will represent and advocate for the needs and interests of our diverse SNA membership.

Through collaborative work with the Leadership Development Committee, create outreach opportunities to engage member leaders in SNA service.

CLETA LONG, EdD, SNS

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Director of School Nutrition, Dade County Schools, Trenton, Georgia

SNA PARTICIPATION:
SNS-Subject Matter Expert Committee Member & Presenter (2017-18); Nutrition & Research Committee Member (2015-18); Professional Ethics Committee Member (2016-17); School Nutrition Foundation Ambassador (2016-17); SNA Executive Management Program (2013, 16, 17); Trendsetter (2006-15). Has attended and presented at numerous national and state conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Georgia):
Board Legislative Chair (2016-17); Board Legislative Co-Chair (2015-16); Sixth District Public Policy & Legislation Chair (2015-16); Board Public Image Chair (2014-15); Board Foundation Chair (2013-14); President (2012-13); President-Elect (2011-12); Education Task Force Committee (2011); Vice President (2010-11); Chair of District Presidents (2010-11); Sixth District President (2010-11); Sixth District President-Elect (2009-10); Board Program Chair (2009-10); Program Co-Chair (2008-09); FSMC Task Force (2005); Various Committee Chairs (1995-2017); Board Public Policy & Legislation Co-Chair (1994-95)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Director of the Year, Southeast Region (2017); Director of the Year, Georgia (2017); ConAgra Advisory Committee (2016); Georgia System of Distinction (2016); Georgia Grown 20/20 Initiative (2015-16); Dairy Association Advisory Group (2015); Thelma Flanagan Gold Award (2013); Georgia State Shape Committee (2012-17); Dietetic Intern Preceptor (2012-16); Georgia Department of Education State Advisory Committee (2010-17); Georgia Food Policy Committee (2010-12); Pierre Advisory Board (2010)

GOALS:
Seek and recruit future leaders by growing a diverse membership through retaining and recruiting members, conveying the benefits of membership, providing opportunities for growth and networking.

Recognize and identify possible leaders who possess an awareness of the importance of legislation to strengthen our voice on public policy and critical issues affecting the future of school nutrition.

Provide support to state affiliates in the development of future leaders through the promotion and positive image of school meals, supporting nutritional integrity and communicating the benefits to the health and education of children by dedicated nutrition professionals.

MIDEAST REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

KRISTEN HENNESSEY

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Director of Nutrition Services, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Michigan

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Block Grant Task Force (Present); Resolutions & Bylaws Committee (2017-19); Financial Management Task Force (2017); House of Delegates (2012-15). Has attended and presented at national and state conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Michigan):
Legislative Chair (2015-17); Past-President (2014-15); President-Elect (2012-14); Vice President (2011-12); State-Wide Training Board (2011-12). Has presented at and attended state conferences.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
MOR Board Member (2017); Tyson Marketing Pilot (2017); President’s Award of Achievement (2015); Uncle Ben’s MARS Advisory (2013-17); American Commodity Distribution Association (2012-14); Michigan School Business Officials Member (2010-Present); SPARC Board Member (2010-15); Canton Kiwanis (2010-14)

GOALS:
Engage leaders throughout the country to become leaders of SNA.

Challenge and seek diverse individuals who will be a benefit for the growth and development of all members.

Recruit and identify candidates who have a strong leadership skill set.

MIDWEST REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

LORI DANELLA, SNS

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Assistant Director of Nutrition, Lee’s Summit R7 School District, Missouri

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Midwest Regional Chair (2016-17); Midwest Regional Director (2015-17); Membership Committee Member (2013-15). Has attended and presented at numerous national and state conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Kansas):
School Nutrition Association of Kansas President (2007-08); SNA-KS President-Elect (2006-07); SNA-KS Vice President (2005-06); SNA-KS Secretary (2003-05)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Jackson County SNA (2009-11); District of Excellence/District of the Year Award (2009); Brain Injury Association of Missouri Fundraising Committee (2008-10); Thelma Flanagan Award (2008); National Society of Collegiate Scholars Membership Committee (2003-05)

GOALS:
To assist any member that may not be qualified for a position, but would like to run—to complete the necessary steps so that they meet the qualifications.

To get to know members on more of a personal/professional level whom I feel would be good candidates for SNA positions: talk with them one-on-one, let them know the qualities I see in them, why I am encouraging them to run for office and the benefits of SNA leadership roles.

At the State level, encourage members that I have met to become active in either their local chapters or State board. Many are hesitant because boards tend to “recycle” their leaders and newcomers feel like they won’t fit in or are not wanted—this is an impression and a practice I want to change.

SANDY VOSS, MS, RD, SNS

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Marquardt School District 15, Glendale Heights, Illinois

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Resolutions & Bylaws Committee Member (2017-Present); Ethics Module Review Committee (2016-17); CN Program Integrity Working Group Member (April 2016); Nutrition & Research Committee Member (2014-17); SNS Study Guide Review Committee (December 2014); Executive Management Program (2013, 17); SNA Future Leaders Program (2011). Has attended numerous national and state conferences. Presented at SNA Patron Meeting (2014).

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (Illinois):
Professional Development Committee Co-Chair (2017-Present); Professional Development Committee Chair (2015-2016); Past President (2014-2015); President (2013-2014); Incoming President (2012-13); Vice President (2011-12); Conference Chair (2011-12); Commodity Committee Chair (2010-11)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Northern Illinois Purchasing Cooperative Bid Advisor (Present); FAME Award (2015); ILSNA President’s Award (2015); Thelma Flanagan Gold Award (2014); School Nutrition Roundtable of Leaders (2013); Institute of Child Nutrition Team Up Mentor

GOALS:
Collaborate with other committee members to recognize diverse leadership needs and identify ways in which to build the leadership pool.

Create additional opportunities for collaboration and relationship-building with future SNA leaders.

Communicate and promote SNA leadership opportunities.

WEST REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

STEPHANIE BRUCE, MBA

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Director, Nutrition Services, Palm Springs Unified School District, California

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Procurement Ethics Task Force (2017). Has attended numerous national conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (California):
ACDA Legislative Co-Chair (2017-18); ACDA Liaison (2009-10); President (2008-09); President-Elect (2007-08); Vice President (2006-07); Industry Seminar Chair (2006-07); Legislative Chair (2004-06)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
California Association of School Business Officials Ambassador (2016-Present); Soroptimist International (2016-Present); ACDA Conference Committee (2017-18, 2014-15); FAME Silver Leadership Award (2009); ACDA Member (2009-Present); CASBO Council on Professional Development Chair (2009-10); School Nutrition Roundtable of Leaders (2009); CASBO Council on Professional Development Co-Chair (2007-09); CASBO Chair of Child Nutrition (2017-18, 2006-08); CASBO Assistant Chair of Child Nutrition (2016-17, 2004-06); CASBO Member (2001-Present)

GOALS:
To support the vision and mission of SNA.

To provide leadership to the West Region and encourage members to advance both within SNA and within their careers.

To be a positive influence on child nutrition and market the benefits of school meals to everyone I encounter.

SIRI PERLMAN

SNA 2018 Election Slate Candidate

POSITION:
Director of Child Nutrition Services, Solana Beach School District, California

SNA PARTICIPATION:
Public Policy & Legislation Committee West Region Representative (2016-18); Procurement Task Force (2015). Has presented at and attended numerous national and state conferences.

STATE AFFILIATE PARTICIPATION (California):
Nominations Committee Chair (2016-17); Southern CA Chapter 1 Marketing Subcommittee (2014-Present); California SNA Chapter 34 President (2014-16)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
CDE Competitive Foods Work Group District Director (July 2015)

GOALS:
Recruit talented, passionate young professionals to take on leadership roles within SNA.

Develop relationships with state leadership of the West Region to identify potential candidates for national offices and committee appointments.

Promote national leadership opportunities at conferences, meetings and events. Follow up with potential candidates to help connect them with roles that are interesting and meaningful to them.


For questions about the SNA Election, please contact Jean Geraghty, SNA Chief of Staff and Staff Liaison to the Leadership Development Committee, at jgeraghty@schoolnutrition.org, or Casie Bussink, SNA Operations Associate, at cbussink@schoolnutrition.org.

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