By Patricia Montague, CAE, SNA Chief Executive Officer 2017-06-13 05:07:51
Looking Back at a Forward-Looking Leader ANOTHER YEAR IS COMING TO A CLOSE. The temperatures are heating up. Most of you have begun serving summer meals. And, SNA’s 2017 Annual National Conference in Atlanta is just a few weeks away. Staff and volunteer leaders are also busy planning for new initiatives SNA will undertake in the next fiscal year. All these signs point to another milestone: the passing of the gavel from one SNA president to the next. I’ve enjoyed great working relationships with all of SNA’s leaders during my long tenure with the Association. But Becky Domokos-Bays truly stands out as something of a ubiquitous presence since the beginning. In part, this is because she is “local” to SNA Headquarters, and I’ve been able to follow her career in Virginia school districts, from when she worked as a foodservice supervisor for Fairfax County, then headed up the school meals program at Alexandria City, before moving on to helm the school nutrition operation at the fastest-growing area in the region: Loudoun County. As Becky’s advanced in her career, she’s been invaluable in advancing our Association, providing us with her energy, insights and strategic thinking in numerous roles. Before she was elected vice president, Becky served on the Board of Directors as Nutrition Committee chair; it’s hard to imagine the Board without her thoughtful leadership and her infectious laugh. SNA leaders, members and staff have benefitted from her proximity to Headquarters and her gracious generosity to host visitors in her cafeterias, accept last-minute media interviews, attend urgent meetings in Washington and so much more. We’ve also benefited from Becky’s forward-thinking approach when it comes to identifying and following through on priorities designed to take our organization into the future. For example, as you read the articles in this issue on succession planning for the next generation of directors, supervisors and managers, know that Becky was supportive of a Young Professionals Task Force, which met this spring and has already helped to develop initiatives to spur engagement in SNA. Thank you, Becky. I know you will always be a cheerleader, thought leader and servant leader for SNA. And as long as you stay local, I know we’ll benefit from your presence, whether at an Industry Boot Camp or a Washington Nationals baseball game!
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