SNA HQ New CEO Transition for SNA The Association’s Board of Directors announced in November that Chief Executive Officer Frank DiPasquale is longer serving SNA in that role, and has left pursue other opportunities. DiPasquale was hired in June 2011, following the retirement of long-time CEO Barbara Belmont. “We appreciate the work Frank has done to help us increase our advocacy efforts and for all of his work on behalf of SNA members,” said SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS. In accordance with its Continuity Plan policy, the Board appointed Chief Operating Officer Patricia Montague, CAE, to the role of Acting Chief Executive Officer. Montague, a 19-year veteran on SNA’s staff, will serve in this position until the Board makes a decision on a new search process. “I am confident that the strong partnership between our dedicated members and our talented staff will continue to move SNA forward in our efforts to promote nutrition programs and provide support to our members,” affirmed Ford. STEPS Challenge Step Into a New Year! New year, new you! If that’s the mindset you find yourself in as January gets underway, you’re in a great place to start—or keep going with—SNA’s personal wellness program, the STEPS Challenge. The Challenge, which began in September 2012, incorporates a simple approach: With small changes, we each can get healthier and live well. Still trying to decide if you want to make completing the STEPS Challenge part of this year’s resolutions? Consider a few testimonials from SNA members participating in STEPS. “I could tell my clothes were starting to get looser by the end of the month. I would say I lost around 3-4 pounds with [September’s Focus on Fruits] challenge. My family liked all the choices, too… . [The STEPS Challenge] really helps me think about my health and what I can do to improve it,” details Connie Hodges of New Albany-Floyd County (Ind.) Schools. Janelle Brunswick of Mason City Schools (Ohio) shares a similar sentiment: “I like how each month has a specific topic to focus on because it takes approximately a month for [a behavior change] to stick. … Then you put your focus onto another area of wellness— and, hopefully, continue with the last month’s focus. Humans are creatures of habit, so developing the healthy habits outlined in the different months is essential to overall well-being.” Ready to get started? January’s challenge, Focus on Fitness, encourages participants to kick off 2013 by getting physical with exercise. All month long, you can earn points for hitting the gym, breaking a sweat and trying new things. To learn more about the STEPS Challenge program, individual monthly challenges and special national conference activities, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps. Be sure to tell us your success stories, too. You just might be featured on the STEPS Challenge website or in School Nutrition! Attending SNA’s Child Nutrition Industry Conference this month? Participate in two early morning walks with fellow attendees along San Antonio’s Riverwalk and you will earn points for January’s challenge, plus a “STEPS Challenge With Sandy” conference ribbon! Research From Abstract to Action Research is an essential tool in moving individual school nutrition operations and the entire K-12 segment to the next level of innovation, efficiency and program success. SNA’s The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management is the only source for research findings exclusive to this profession. Published twice each year, this peer-reviewed research journal is available at www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm. • Articles in the Fall 2012 issue explore a number of critical issues, including: • perceptions by directors of technology use in school nutrition programs; • positive changes from USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program; • perceptions of different school stakeholders regarding the sustainability and use of school gardens; and • trends and barriers to the implementation of branded concepts. Findings from other studies, abstracts from the 2012 Child Nutrition Showcase and a research update from the National Food Service Management Institute also are featured. For more information on the current issue, issue archives or contributor guidelines, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm. ANC 2013 Education in the Heartland With 2013 here, it’s time to start thinking about SNA’s 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) set for Kansas City, Mo., July 14-17, 2013. This year’s theme, “ANC in the Heart of the Nation,” will serve as the perfect backdrop for four days of informative and inspiring sessions, innovative product introductions and multiple networking opportunities. ANC is the premiere professional development event for K-12 school nutrition operators and allies. Ready to tap some early ANC spirit? SNA is asking you to share why you love the school nutrition profession. Is it knowing you are making a difference in the life of a child? Is it the creative opportunities to build participation or devise kid-friendly recipes? Is it how you have grown on the job and through educational opportunities like ANC? Maybe you enjoy channeling your inner teacher, as you help kids learn about healthy eating and nutrition. Share your thoughts and you will be entered into a sweepstakes to win one of three free registrations to ANC 2013. This sweepstakes is not available in any state or local jurisdiction where prohibited or restricted by law. To submit your reflections on pride in this profession, or to view complete rules and regulations, visit www. schoolnutrition.org/anc sweeps. Online Tools Well Connected Have you discovered the benefits of SNA’s Career Center? This section of School Nutrition.org caters to the needs of both job seekers and employers in K-12 school nutrition. Offering a comprehensive database of current job openings and online tools for candidates and employers, the Career Center is your one-stop spot for finding great jobs—or top talent. Consider the following benefits: Job Seekers • Access to the newest jobs available • Post your resume anonymously • Ability to manage your job search and set up job alerts with a personal account Employers/Recruiters • Access to the best professionals in the field • Post your job openings • Ability to manage your recruiting efforts with an employer account What are you waiting for? Jump start your search today and log on to www.schoolnutrition.org/careers. Board of Directors Election The Votes Have Been Tallied SNA members have spoken, casting their ballots for the Association’s top leadership positions. This year, voting was conducted online only through SNA’s website, with more than 2,800 members logging on to their cast their votes between October 15 and November 15, 2012. Congratulations to the winners of the 2013-15 Board of Directors election, listed below. New Board members will be installed at the Annual National Conference in Kansas City in July and will serve under the leadership of 2013–14 President Leah Schmidt, SNS. Vice President Jean Ronnei, SNS, Minnesota Education Committee Chair Gay Anderson, South Dakota Public Policy & Legislation Committee Chair Wendy Weyer, RD, SNS, Washington Research Committee Chair Jill Kidd, MS, RD, SNS, Colorado Mideast Regional Director Sara Gasiorowski, SNS, Indiana Midwest Regional Director Micheline Piekarski, SNS, Illinois Southeast Regional Director Jonathan Dickl, MBA, SNS, Tennessee West Regional Director Lynnelle Grumbles, SNS, California Industry Representative Kevin Woods, SNS, Ohio In addition, members also voted several regional positions to the SNA Nominating Committee. Northeast Nominating Committee Representative Donna Roy, SNS, New Hampshire Northwest Nominating Committee Representative Dean Hamburg, SNS, Alaska Southwest Nominating Committee Representative Beth Wallace, SNS, Colorado
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