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President's Comments

2020-2021 President
Susan Murray, SNS
Director of Food & Nutrition
Nauset Public Schools/Cape Cod Tech




People Empowering People

The end of the school year 2019-2020 has been an extremely unusual ending of a school year. I am proud to be part of a distinguished group of food service professionals who were able to switch over night from feeding at school to feeding students out the back door. We should all be proud of what you have accomplished in these past few months by being among our nation’s heroes serving on the frontlines of this pandemic and taking care of the hungry children in Massachusetts.

As we all start to look to reopen our schools and navigate our way through what might be the most challenging reopening of our careers, SNA of Mass. has been working hard to provide its members and industry members the resources they need to reopen successfully, and to be there for all your resource needs throughout the school year.

This year will be about how we stand strong in the face of our challenges and turn them into opportunities. “People Empowering People” is our theme for this school year and it couldn’t have been more appropriate.

Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, the board of directors, chapter meetings, and director meetings were unable to meet in person this past spring and our fall 2020 conference has been canceled. Does that keep us down? No! We are resourceful and resilient and we continue to find ways to overcome. We have been working hard investigating various virtual options (coming your way soon) for educational, networking and marketing opportunities. We will continue to focus on developing our future leaders and encouraging volunteerism. We want to share your success stories with all members so please send us your photos, videos, and any accomplishments. As always we will stay in communication with all our members throughout weekly “What’s Happening” newsletter every Wednesday morning.

Finally, as I was reading the June/July issue of the SN magazine I saw the series “Stronger Together” and that is how I feel about my year as president. We/I am stronger together being part of SNA of Mass and having the ability to count on other members, industry members, partnerships, and the board members. It all helps to know that we are not alone in this and we will all come out stronger. I am sure there are new opportunities in the horizon.

Thank you to all our frontline heroes.

Susan Murray, SNS

President, SNA of Mass.


Past Presidents

Ann Pitzen

Jackie Fiorentino

Joanne Lennon

Sheila Parisien

Sandy Valeri

Joanne Morrissey

Jackie Morgan

Lynn Petrowski

Janice King

Gail Koutroubas

Jane McLucas

Judy White

Kristin Morello
Sylvana Bryan

Janice Watt, SNS
Diane Zak, SNS
Donovan, M.Ed, SNS

Tom Houle

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