» meet Jordan Ryan, RD, SNS NUTRITION SERVICES COORDINATOR » BROWNSBURG (IND.) COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION Q Tell us about your SNA experience and why you chose school nutrition? A I’ve been an SNA member, in both Illinois and Indiana, for more than 10 years. I’ve attended seven ANCs, and my favorite was last year in “’Hotlanta.” With each ANC, I’m able to more fully engage in the experiences and opportunities that it provides and translate these into more meaningful work. As a dietitian, I chose to go into school nutrition for the powerful opportunity it provides me to help create healthy habits for children. Children tend to be eager to learn and are constantly soaking up information from all around. The best part of my work day is going to a school. No matter the grade level, students are almost always more than willing to share valuable feedback with you—you just have to ask! One of my favorite memories was being asked by a kindergarten student why we didn’t serve more steak. Q What would be one “rule” you wish everyone would follow? A In deciding whether to be “nice” or “right,” one must always choose first to be nice. Tactfulness is an important characteristic, which I have realized more with age. Q What are the best and worst things about getting older? A The best thing is gaining the experiences and knowledge that have broadened my perspectives and deepened my understanding of those around me. The worst part is the wrinkles, definitely. Q If any activity was an Olympic sport, which would earn you a medal? A I am pretty certain family and friends would say I would take the gold if housecleaning were an Olympic sport. Q Do you have a dream dinner guest? A This is a tough one. Can I host a dinner party including Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton, Bethenny Frankel and Kate Middleton? I don’t know if I’d have a notebook large enough to hold all that girl power knowledge! Q What words or sayings do you live by? A “Everything in moderation.” I will let you know when I am able to fully embody this philosophy, though! Q What advice would you give your younger self? A Believe in and stand up for yourself and for your dreams. You are always worth it. Q If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what would you pick? A I feel blessed to say school nutrition. I am both professionally and personally fulfilled having the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children. Q What are your SY 2017-18 goals? And for the next 5 years? A It’s my first year in a new district, so my main goal has been to develop meaningful and purposeful relationships with the entire Nutrition Services team, allowing them to tap into and utilize their strengths. Over the next five—and many more—years, I would like us to continually build capacity for ingenuity and flexibility to better serve the ever-changing and expanding needs of our customers.
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