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2016 Board of Directors Elections

Monday, February 22, 2016   (0 Comments)

Get to know our members running for SNA of Mass. Board of Directors positions this year.

Online voting closed on 3/18/2016. Thank you for your votes!

Vice President: Catherine A. Donovan, SNS

Title: Director of Food Services

District: Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District 

Certified / Credentialed Status: Credentialed and Certification Level 1

Previous SNA Volunteer Positions: Treasurer since 2012, PR Chair 2004-2008, Chapter 3 Delegate-Elect and Delegate 2002-2004

I am requesting to be considered as a candidate for vice president because I believe in the importance of a strong state association and that I am the right person to bring the association forward.

I am confident that I can offer this position my full commitment and expertise.  I believe that the last 3+ years on the executive committee as treasurer has prepared me for a leadership role with more responsibility.  I have worked hard to successfully complete all priority issues under my purview.  Specifically, developing committee structure, chapter development and increasing revenue sources.   I have also been instrumental in updating the investment policy and streamlining banking procedures of the association, this in addition to my regular duties as treasurer.   I worked closely with Business Management Solutions to facilitate a smooth transition to McKenna Management; and I stepped in to offer solutions to problems when needed. I have also proven that I work well with my peers and believe that they respect my opinion.

Over my 14 years in School Foodservice, I have found the association to be an amazing source of information and support and I would like the opportunity to give back. I know that I possess the leadership qualities required to effectively serve on the board; dedication, magnanimity, humility, openness, creativity, fairness, assertiveness and a sense of humor.

Vice President: Mary Leslie

Title: Nutrition Director 

District: Millbury Public Schools 

Certified / Credentialed Status: Certified, Certificate - Excellence in Child Nutrition 

Previous SNA Volunteer Positions: Delegate-Elect (1 year), Delegate (2 years), Exhibits Chair (2 years)

I have been on the SNA of MA Board for five years; 1 yr as Delegate Elect, 2 yrs as Delegate, and 2 years as Exhibits Chair. I have been fortunate enough to have attended The SNA National Leadership Conference in St. Louis and SNA LAC in 2013. I attend ANC on an annual basis.  All these opportunities have and continue to be great learning experiences.  It is especially rewarding and enjoyable to participate at LAC, to be on the front lines with our Washington legislators, USDA and the School Nutrition Association to support our School Nutrition Programs. I have actively participated and contributed to the success and work of our State Association.  I believe that my professional expertise and training have prepared me to take the step to run for the office of Vice President of SNA of MA.  My willingness to be a contributing member and support for our members has been exemplified by the many committees I have been involved with and by presentations that I have made at the state and national level for our SNA to support our profession.

Treasurer: Lucinda Ward, RD, SNS

Title: Director of Food Services

District: Triton Regional School District 

Certified / Credentialed Status: Level 3, Credentialed, SNS

Previous SNA Volunteer Positions: Professional Development Committee member since 2011 and Chair since 2013

I am confident that my work and SNA PD experience has provided me with the tools that I believe are required to be an effective and efficient SNA of MA treasurer and executive board member.  I take financial integrity and responsibility very seriously and am very detailed oriented so I will be able to provide accurate record keeping at all times.  I feel that my dedication to our organization and desire to see it grow even further will easily be seen as I embrace the role of treasurer and seek fiscally responsible ways so our members get the most of SNA of MA.  I am a team player and open the opportunity to work with the other members of the executive board and SNA members.

Chapter 1 Delegate-Elect: Lori Pahl

Title: Food Service Director

District: East Longmeadow

I graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration. During my college years I worked in many chain restaurants. Upon graduation I accepted a position with Marriott Contract Food Services. Throughout my 15 years with Marriott, I had wide range of roles from catering manager to assistant director in the college food service setting. I happily fell into K-12 school feeding eleven years ago, after having my own children. As a relatively new director, this would be a wonderful learning experience personally and professionally. SNA of Massachusetts does exceptional work for all our members and most importantly for the children we serve every day. Being the delegate-elect would be a perfect opportunity for me to learn, grow and contribute.

Chapter 2 Delegate-Elect: Donna Landry

Title: Nutrition Manager

District: Fitchburg 

Certified / Credentialed Status: Level 1 Certification 

Previous SNA Volunteer Positions: New member services (1 year)  

I graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1976. In 1978, I received an Associates for Business Administration from Quinsigamond Community College and in 1980, a Bachelors in Business Administration from Fitchburg State University.  After having 2 children, I started working in food service for the city of Fitchburg in 1994 and became manager in September of 2000.  I presently work at Longsjo Middle School where I have been for 15 years.   This year, I was awarded Manager of the Year and attended the National Convention in Utah.   I have mentored new managers in the district, as well as training new staff in my building.  I am very proactive and do what I can to help out the district.   I would like to apply for delegate elect-Chapter 2, and bring the experience I have accumulated, to SNA of Mass, and their very dedicated group of colleagues.  Please consider me for this position.

Chapter 3 Delegate-Elect: Danielle Collins

Title: School Nutrition Director 

District: Chelmsford Public Schools

Certified / Credentialed Status: School Nutrition Specialist 

Previous SNA Volunteer Positions: Professional Development Chair, President, President-Elect, VP, Conference Chair, Scholarship Chair, and Fundraising Chair, 7 years 

I have deep rooted passion in nutrition and for all the years that I was successful in the corporate sector I never experienced the impact of my work until I came to school nutrition. My community connection is what inspired my shift; I had made money, but now I make a difference. The pillars of our school nutrition team are SNA leaders; board members, teachers, mentors, and all the roles they pursue.  Whatever we invest in them is demonstrated in the success of our members.  As we have faced our most challenging regulation yet, my goal is to gather knowledge to provide extraordinary support and guidance. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such a brilliant taskforce and will not waste their efforts in pursuit of our noble work. Our members are the talent upon which our entire operations rely.  I am astounded by the luscious delights, powerful marketing, and customer service brilliance I bear witness to daily from our super-stars.  I truly love teaching and have had the amazing opportunity to teach Marketing your Program, Breakfast Regulation, Financial Management, and Revenue Streams for SNA.  I believe that my strong business skills and background are an asset however I am excited to serve at whatever capacity you deem most useful. I can tell you first hand that what I have received both professionally and personally in my various roles is far greater than what I have contributed to the School Nutrition Association.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
 -Henry David Thoreau

Chapter 4 Delegate-Elect: Joanne Cavenaugh

Title: Kitchen Manager 

District: New England Laborers Training Center 

Chapter 5 Delegate-Elect: Robert Shaheen 

Title: Director of Food Service

District: Wareham School District 

I am interested in becoming a delegate to be more involved in the education and nutrition of children.  My hope is to be an active member collaborating with the association to grow professionally and make any contributions to the success of our school nutrition programs. During my time spent working in restaurants has allowed me to gain experience working in food service and understanding the importance of safe food handling.  I understand the challenges we face in our industry and would love the opportunity to work with others on solving those issues.  


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