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President's Comments

2018 - 2019 President
Catherine Donovan, M.Ed, SNS
Director of Nutrition Services
Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District

 

 

 

This is Massachusetts 2018/2019!

 I am so pleased and honored to represent the members of SNA of Mass for the 2018/2019 school year!  While attending ANC 2018 in Las Vegas this summer I was so proud of our Massachusetts delegation.  We were over 25 members strong and, as always, represented Massachusetts well.  Whenever I return from a national SNA conference, I am inspired by how forward thinking our state is. We seem to be one step ahead of the initiatives that other states are working on.  As a result, I think this year should be dedicated to celebrating ourselves and all of our partners in the state that help to make sure that all Massachusetts children have access to healthy meals.

 In June, your board of directors developed the 2018/2019 Plan. We developed objectives built on national goals.  All of our objectives were planned to include our partners and peers in Mass. that are working towards similar goals, continuing our focus on fighting hunger in the state and making sure that students are represented in all we do. With so much uncertainty around our programs at the national level, it is more important than ever to make sure that our state legislators hear our concerns.  We will make sure that your voice is heard in the state house.

You can expect some wonderful things this year. Our fall conference will be held October 16 – 17 in Worcester with some exciting offerings. You will learn tactics on how to interact with staff and students, explore the great offerings in the exhibit hall, take home some new recipes for your menus and hear about how other organizations are fighting hunger in Mass.  Be prepared to have some fun at the Tuesday night pep rally!  The USDA conference in January will give you the opportunity to determine your USDA foods plan for 2019/2020 and will also feature a great young speaker (only 17 years old!) who promotes a healthy lifestyle for youth. She will also be sharing some breakfast recipes at a cooking demonstration.  Keep an eye out for all of our chapter offerings this year; food safety, taking care of your kitchen and food art- garnishing made easy.  We will be posting chapter meeting details on our website and sending current information within our weekly email blast, What’s Happening on Wednesdays. Once again, we will be participating in the Walk for Hunger in May and are working on other plans to help the hungry in our state.

I came to school nutrition later than many of you. After 24 years working in many other aspects of the hospitality industry, I accepted the position of Nutrition Director at Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District in 2001. I have found school nutrition to be by far the most rewarding yet challenging segment of the food industry.  Fortunately, soon after I joined the industry, a director in a neighboring district pointed me to SNA.  Membership in SNA has afforded me many opportunities and successes. I know that I certainly wouldn’t be writing this letter right now without the support of the SNA community.  If you are a member, you understand what I am talking about.  If you are not a member, consider joining.  You will find the resources provided and networking opportunities both valuable and fun.

From Amesbury to Alford, Provincetown to Pittsfield and Williamstown to West Tisbury, there is a lot of great stuff going on here in the Bay State.  We not only want to celebrate what we, in school nutrition, are doing but work with allied organizations to meet all of our collective goals.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram using the hashtag #thisismass1819

 


Past Presidents Timeline

Ann Pitzen
2000-2001

Jackie Fiorentino
2002-2003

Joanne Lennon
2003-2004

Sheila Parisien
2004-2006


Sandy Valeri
2006-2007

Joanne Morrissey
2007-2008

Jackie Morgan
2008-2009

Lynn Petrowski
2009-2010

Janice King
2010-2011

Gail Koutroubas
2011-2012

Jane McLucas
2012-2013

Judy White
2013-2014

Kristin Morello
2014-2015
Sylvana Bryan
2015-2016

Janice Watt, SNS
2016-2017
Diane Zak, SNS
2017-2018
 
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