Leadership

Chair

Stefanie Dove

Loudoun County Public Schools
School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator

Stefanie Dove

MBA, RDN, LDN, SNS

Stefanie Dove, MBA RDN SNS is a Registered Dietitian and K-12 Wellbeing & Regulatory Business Partner for Kellogg. Prior to working for Kellogg, she was the Coordinator of Marketing & Community Outreach for Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia.

She has worked in the school nutrition sector, specializing in marketing and communications since 2015. Prior to working in School Nutrition, Stefanie lead the marketing efforts for several food companies in New York City and was the social media manager for two nutrition lifestyle blogs. Stefanie contributes regularly to consumer publications on topics ranging from school nutrition, young professionals in the workplace, heart health, food allergies, recipe development, Celiac Disease, consumer trends, childhood nutrition, marketing and branding.

Stefanie was recognized as one of Loudoun County’s 40 Under 40 for 2017 and in 2018 was selected as a finalist for Young Professional Community Leader of the Year in Loudoun County. Stefanie was also recognized for her farm to school efforts and was named one of Loudoun’s 100 residents making an impact in the community. Stefanie was also selected by the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the 2018 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. She is part of the 2018 upwaRD class established by FoodMinds where five dietitians were selected based on their commitment to enhancing the field of nutrition through innovative practices in their communities.

Chair-Elect

Education Service Center, Region 11
Child Nutrition Specialist

Jocelyn Karbo

MBA, RDN

Jocelyn Karbo is the Child Nutrition Programs Team Lead and NSLP Content Specialist for the Education Service Center Region 11 in Fort Worth, TX. Since starting at ESC Region 11 in 2006, along with her team, she has supported 10 counties of school nutrition program operators through high quality training and technical assistance. She has most recently joined the Texas Department of Agriculture as a state-level content expert for the education team creating, revising, and updating training materials for school nutrition professionals across the state.

Prior to working at Region 11, Jocelyn started her career as the Nutrition Coordinator at Duncanville ISD (Duncanville, TX). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities, MN); completed her Dietetic Internship at Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas, TX); and earned her MBA from Texas Woman’s University (Denton, TX). Jocelyn has completed her Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management as well as maintains her dual role instructor/proctor credentials for ServSafe and her School Nutrition Specialist credentials with the School Nutrition Association. Attending USDA’s Produce University has been another career highlight.

Jocelyn enjoys supporting Child Nutrition Programs by connecting school nutrition operators to tools and resources available, understanding the uniqueness of each individually, all while making connections to local food sources and maximizing each school’s ability to serve delicious healthy meals to kids! Supporting School Foodservice internships has kept her energized, and she has served as a preceptor for Baylor University Medical Center and TCU dietetic students. In her free time, Jocelyn serves on her local SHAC committee, enjoys gardening, and spending time outside with her family.

Past Chair

Linette Dodson

Georgia Department of Education
State Director of School Nutrition

Linette Dodson

PhD, RD, LD, SNS, FAND

Linette Dodson PhD, RD, LD, SNS, FAND is the State Director of School Nutrition for the Georgia Department of Education. Prior to that role she worked for 18 ½ years as the Director of School Nutrition for Carrollton City Schools in Carrollton, Georgia. Linette completed her PhD in Foodservice and Hospitality Management from Iowa State University in May 2014, where her research focused on registered dietitians in school nutrition leadership roles. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Alabama, bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. She also serves on the Georgia Dietetic Licensing Board and was the Past Chair for the School Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group executive committee from 2019-2020. She was the 2013 Georgia School Nutrition Director of the Year. In 2012 & 2013 she served as the Georgia School Nutrition Association Public Policy and Legislative Chair. Under her leadership, the Carrollton City School Nutrition Program received a USDA Farm to School Planning Grant in 2013, and a USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant in 2017 and seven Georgia Shape Grants between 2013 & 2014. Carrollton City Schools received the 2018 Georgia Golden Radish Platinum District of the Year and the 2016 Georgia Inaugural Health Legacy Award for efforts with establishing healthy school environments and they also received two regional USDA Best Practice Awards.

Secretary

Stacy Lofton

MS, RD, SNS

Stacy currently holds the position of Director of Food and Nutrition Support and Services.

In her current role, she works collaboratively with members and suppliers to grow and drive greater savings and efficiencies within Premier’s portfolio of contracts and solutions. Beyond contracting, Stacy partners with members on menu planning and compliance, procurement, product innovation and utilization and education & training including food allergies, federal guidelines and more.

Stacy has more than 24 years of experience as a registered dietitian.  Prior to joining Premier, Stacy was a Premier member and corporate dietitian for Knowledge Universe, a leading provider of early education in the USA where she managed the food and nutrition program for more than 1500 centers nationally. Her professional experience includes healthcare, media relations, health and wellness and foodservice management.

Stacy has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Management from Oregon State University; A master’s degree in Health Promotion & Education for the University of North Texas. She is a Registered Dietitian and has completed the requirements for School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) through the School Nutrition Association.

Treasurer

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Director, Office of School Nutrition Programs
Virginia Department of Education

Sandy Curwood

PhD, RDN

State Director, School Nutrition Programs, Virginia Department of Education, working to assure that every Virginia student has equitable access to good, healthy, food at school, to enhance academic success and promote lifelong wellness.

Former school foodservice director for fifteen years, in school districts in California, successful in implementing farm to school programs, conversion to speed-scratch cooking and incorporating nutrition education and garden based learning in to the classroom.

A registered dietitian having worked in a variety of food service and healthcare settings. As adjunct faculty taught foodservice systems and nutrition courses at Cal State Northridge. With a B.S. in Foods and Nutrition and Masters degree in Business, Health Care Administration, and a PhD from Iowa State in Hospitality Management, with a focus on food safety in Farm to School programs.

Nominating Committee Chair

Edmond, OK

Kathy Wilson-Gold

MS, RDN, LD, FAND

Wilson-Gold has more than 30 years of experience in business and industry leading executive teams to deliver innovative and customized business solutions for K-12, C&U and Healthcare. She is currently a Nutrition Consultant for the US Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs.  Career highlights include Campbell Soup Company, Abbott Laboratories and US Foodservice. She has held national and state offices in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) including AND Foundation Chairperson, AND Nominating Committee Chairperson, Dietitians in Business and Communications Dietetic Practice Group Chairperson and Texas AND President. Wilson-Gold serves in her community as a board member of Edmond Mobile Meals and the YMCA. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of Oklahoma.

Nominating Committee Member

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Ryan Cengel

MS, MA, RDN, LD, CPT, SNS

Ryan Cengel MS MA RDN LD CPT SNS is the Dietitian for the Austin Independent School District in Austin, TX. Ryan has completed degrees in Culinary Arts and Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University, completed his dietetic internship at Keene State College in Keene, NH and holds Master’s Degrees in Education from North Park University and Nutrition from Arizona State University. He is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and certified as a School Nutrition Specialist through the School Nutrition Association.

Ryan is a licensed Texas teacher in Science, Health Science Technology and Health and spent 6 years teaching Health Science Technology courses in Austin ISD. He is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served as a Health Volunteer for the United States Peace Corps in Niger from 2004-2006 working on nutrition, maternal and child health, and food and water security projects.

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Fit TEXT, LLC
Founder
www.fitkidtext.com

Shannon FitzGerald

MS, RDN, LD

Shannon has worked in the K12 arena for nearly 15 years; first as a school district Dietitian and Director and as a small business owner of Fit Kid Text, and currently as a consultant for Titan School Solutions; a school nutrition tech company. She has a passion for feeding kids and creating healthy communities. Shannon has served as a local School Nutrition Chapter president as well as on the state level Nutrition Advisory Committee and advocated for school nutrition in Washington DC through LAC. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and went on to Case Western University for her Master’s in Nutrition. In addition, Shannon currently is an Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Social Media content contributor and writer. She is part of the Healthy Food choices in Schools Community of Practice (CoP) on eXtension.org, and is on the National Advisory for CSI Dee Carroll. She has presented at the School Nutrition Association National Conference and is a certified yoga teacher. Sharing her yoga practice with both students and staff is one of her favorite things.

House of Delegates

Theresa Stretch

MS, RDN, CP-FS

Theresa Stretch, MS, RDN, CP-FS has been instrumental in children’s health initiatives on the Federal, national, and state level for over 30 years. Theresa has served in numerous leadership roles for the American Commodity Distribution Association, National Environmental Health Association, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  In addition to serve as the SNS representative for the House of Delegate, she serves on the Food and Culinary Professional Dietetic Practice Group as the Food Safety Chair, and serves as a food safety committee member for National Environmental Health Association.  Theresa has authored numerous federally-funded training publications and coauthored two Position Papers: Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Child and Adolescent Federally Funded Nutrition Assistance Programs (August, 2018) and Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Food and Water Safety (November, 2014).

 

Theresa has been the Executive Director for Synergy Visions, LLC since 2015 and after 20 years of service she retired in March 2020 from Institute of Child Nutrition. She has a professional track record of communicating evidence-based messages to diverse populations, cultures, and age groups and is passionate about promoting ways to attain a higher quality of life and healthy behaviors across all life stages.

Awards & Scholarship Chair

Courtney Morabito

MBA, DTR, SNS, FAND

Courtney Morabito is the Operations Supervisor for Cincinnati Public Schools Student Dining department.  She is responsible for overseeing the operations and regulatory meal compliance of over 60,000 meals each day at 65 schools.

She is the current DTR-At Large Delegate for the Academy, the DTR representative for the local Greater Cincinnati Dietetic Association, participates in conference planning committees for state Academy and SNA boards, and has served on the Ohio SNA Board of Directors Executive Committee as Nutrition Chair since 2017.

This is Courtney’s ninth year in school food service management. 

Courtney has a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Eastern Kentucky University, and graduated cum laude with a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Cincinnati in 2019.

She resides with her husband Vincenzo, 2 year old son Giovanni, 1 year old daughter Vera, and two dogs.

Education Committee Chair

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Sarah Combs

MS

Sarah Combs is one of the Program Manager for the Coordinated Support and Services Team of the Georgia Department of Education, School Nutrition Division.  She has a Master’s degree in Food and Nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Nutrition from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and is a Registered Dietitian.  Sarah is an expert in program regulations and works closely with the Professional Development and Learning team to create essential trainings for local districts.

Policy and Advocacy Leader

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RSU #14
Director of School Nutrition

Jeanne Reilly

NDTR, SNS

Jeanne Reilly is a registered Nutrition and Dietetic Technician & School Nutrition Specialist with the proven ability to manage multi-unit school nutrition programs within USDA, state and federal guidelines, while maintaining fiscal and nutritional integrity of the school meal program.  Having spent nearly 40 years in the food and nutrition industry, Jeanne has spent more than half of her career focusing on the nutritional well-being of children.  Jeanne brings a fresh, exciting and innovative approach to feeding and educating today’s youth.  In her current position as Director of School Nutrition for RSU #14 in Maine, Jeanne collaborates with parents, teachers, administrators and school committee members on a wide variety of nutrition and wellness issues.  Through a variety of innovative strategies, including school gardens, in school & afterschool cooking classes, chef taught food & nutrition education and social media marketing, participation in the school breakfast & lunch program has grown significantly.  In 2013, Jeanne was the School Nutrition Association’s Outstanding Director of the Year for the state of Maine, and for the Northeast Region and in 2020, she was Maine Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year.  She is very involved in promoting School Nutrition Programs within her state and across the country, and is a co-administrator for the busy Facebook Group Tips for School Meals That Rock.

Prior to working in School Nutrition, Jeanne spent time working in hospitals, long-term care facilities and for the Women, Infants & Children Program. As a dietetic technician, Jeanne found all of these positions interesting and rewarding. School Nutrition, however, is where she truly found a lifelong career.

Jeanne is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and is the Policy and Advocacy Leader for the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group. She also is the Legislative Chairperson for Maine School Nutrition Association.

Newsletter Chair

Hannah Carroll

Lompoc Unified School District
Director, School Nutrition Services

Hannah Carroll

MA, RDN

Hannah Carroll, MA, RDN, is the Director of Child Nutrition Services for Lompoc Unified School District in California. She oversees the program for the district’s 15 schools, along with 4 neighboring schools who contract with LUSD. Her career began at Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia, where she fell in love with school nutrition. She joined Norfolk as the Nutrition Education Coordinator and then promoted to District Supervisor.

Hannah, originally from Pennsylvania, earned her BS in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University in 2013. She then attended graduate school at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. While completing her dietetic internship, Hannah studied Human Environmental Sciences, with a concentration in Multidisciplinary Health Communications.

Prior to her position as the Newsletter Editor, Hannah was the Awards and Scholarship Chair for the DPG.

Membership Chair

Tarrah McCreary

Chartwells
Resident Dietitian

Tarrah Westercamp

MS, RD, SNS

Tarrah Westercamp, MS, RD, SNS is the Indiana School Breakfast Program Manager for No Kid Hungry. Currently, she is the CEO of Westercamp Consulting, LLC, providing training and technical assistance to school districts. Previously, Tarrah worked for Chartwells K12 as a dietitian in several school districts. She has also worked at the state level for South Carolina Department of Education.

Tarrah completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Masters in Food and Nutrition from Ball State University. Residing in Indiana, Tarrah and her husband, John, enjoy the outdoors, coffee, and books.

Sponsorship Chair


Culinary Solution Centers, LLC
Cyndie Story, PhD, RDN, CC, SNS
& The K-12 Culinary Team

Cyndie Story

PhD, RDN, CC, SNS

Cyndie Story and the K-12 Culinary Excellence Team work together to bring their skills and experience in developing a culinary systems approach to enhance school nutrition operations. Our team of professionals has a combined skill set that includes extensive experience in nutrition science, dietetics, culinary arts, recipe development, training program development, school nutrition program operations, and volume foodservice management. Further, a deep understanding of the operational needs and constraints of school nutrition programs allows this K-12 Team to be effective in providing change leadership. The White House recognized Chef Cyndie with a Champion of Change award in 2011 for her no-nonsense balanced approach to nutrition and dedication to educating school nutrition professionals. In 2018, she received the SNS DPG Award of Excellence. Never boring, always engaging. The team brings to the table a passion for delicious and nutritious foods that entice the customer to return day after day. For more information go to www.chefcyndie.com

Electronic Communication Committee Chair

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Dayle Hayes, MS, RD
Nutrition for the Future, Inc.
School Meals That Rock

Dayle Hayes

MPH, RD

Dayle Hayes is an award-winning author and educator. Her creativity and common-sense have made her a sought-after speaker across the USA. As a parent and member of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), Dayle has dedicated decades to making school environments healthy for students and staff. She collected success stories for Making It Happen, a joint CDC-USDA project; co-authored the 2014 Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years; and was lead author for the 2018 Joint Position (Academy, SNA and Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior) and Practice Papers: Comprehensive Nutrition Programs and Services in Schools.

In recognition of her professional and volunteer leadership, Dayle has received many honors, including Montana Dietitian of the Year and an ADA Excellence in Consultation and Business Practice Award. In January 2012, she received the Silver FAME Award as a Friend of Child Nutrition and FoodService Director magazine named her as one of their 20 Most Influential. She was honored with a Medallion Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Montana School Food Service Professional of the Year in 2013. Dayle delivered the 2017 Lenna Frances Cooper Lecture at FNCE in Chicago.

Hayes served on the ADA Board of Directors, chairing the Public Initiative Team and Technology Task Force. She is a past president of the Montana Dietetic Association and past-chair of the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group. Hayes currently serves on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nominating Committee.

Diversity Liaison

General Mills
K12 Regulatory Compliance Specialist

Anh-Tram Pham

MPH, RD

Anh-Tram Pham is a Registered Dietitian and is currently a K-12 Regulatory Compliance Specialist at General Mills. During her time with the company, she has also worked in the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition in a variety of roles including nutrition communication, health strategy and regulatory affairs. Anh-Tram has been with the company since 2004 and has supported a variety of brands including Big G cereals, Yoplait, Pillsbury and Green Giant. Additionally, she has worked with the General Mills Foundation and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation on the Champions Grants for Healthy Kids Initiative.

Anh-Tram earned both her Master's degree in Public Health Nutrition and Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She has a certificate in Nutrition Science and Communication for Public Relations Professionals through Tufts University. Anh-Tram has published research on whole grains in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and Topics in Clinical Nutrition. In 2008, she was the first recipient of the Sylvia Rowe Fellowship from the International Food Information Council (IFIC). Through her fellowship with IFIC, she worked on a variety of projects to communicate nutrition and food safety information to the public, academia, and health professionals.

Anh-Tram and her husband enjoy a fun and busy life at home in Minneapolis, Minnesota with their two young children.

Academy DPG/MIG Relations Manager

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy DPG/MIG Relations Manager
kgustafson@eatright.org

Katie Gustafson