Leadership

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Chair

Susan Thompson

Retired; Part-time consultant
NC Dept. of Public Instruction; Culinary Solution Centers, LLC

Susan Thompson

MS, RDN, LDN, SNS

Susan Thompson is a part-time K-12 consultant with Culinary Solution Centers, LLC. She received BS degree from Campbell University, MS in Nutrition from East Carolina University (ECU), and also completed American Dietetic Association (ADA) approved Dietetic Internship at ECU. Recently retired from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction School Nutrition Division, Susan worked for over 30 years with school nutrition programs in district and state agency positions and is a member of School Nutrition Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Current consulting with Chef Cyndie Story and K-12 team at Culinary Solution Centers, LLC brings together vast skills and experience in developing a culinary systems approach to enhance school nutrition operations. The team brings to the table a passion for delicious and nutritious foods enticing students to return day after day. When not involved in school nutrition projects, Susan enjoys sewing, knitting, cooking, and beach-related activities.

Chair-Elect

Megan

Assistant Director of Child Nutrition
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD

Meghan Martinson

MS, RD, LD

Meghan Martinson is the Assistant Director of Child Nutrition for Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District in North Fort Worth, Texas.  In her 10 years with Eagle Mountain-Saginaw, she has worked with her director to improve the quality of food served in the district and promote fresh fruits and vegetables as well as local Texas-grown products.  Students now have access to higher quality proteins, higher quality fruits including Pink Lady and Gala apples and strawberries, and larger quantities of fresh vegetables. Meghan plans the menus and manages the commodities for the districts’ 30 locations and over 23,000 students, planning inclusive modified menus for special diet requests and innovative menu items for the monthly Fusion Food offering. 

Meghan is honored to have been a presenter at multiple national events including the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo.  Her Smart Snack compliant recipes for the district’s three high school Bistros help the district to bring in around a half million dollars in a la carte sales each year to be reinvested in food quality & equipment improvements for the district.  Meghan is currently the President of the Child Nutrition Directors Association of North Texas and is serving as the Treasurer for the SNS DPG.  Meghan received her Bachelor of Science with a focus in Dietetics from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Memphis.  In 2019, she was named one of Today’s Dietitian Magazine’s TD10, an annual showcase of 10 RD’s Who Are Making a Difference.  When she is not working, she can probably be found in the kitchen at home with her husband and three daughters, ages 11, 7 and 5.

Past Chair

Sandy Curwood

Director, School Nutrition Association
Virginia Department of Education

Dr. Sandy Curwood

PhD, RDN

State Director of 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. As a registered dietitian worked in a variety of food service and healthcare settings. Served as adjunct faculty taught foodservice systems and nutrition courses at Cal State Northridge. Has 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.

Secretary

Teresa Turner

Supervisory Dietitian, Food Operations
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Baltimore Medical Center

Teresa Turner

MS, RD, LDN, SNS, FAND

Teresa Turner, MS, RD, LDN, SNS, FAND (IG/Twitter: @TTurnDietitian) is a registered dietitian, School Nutrition Specialist, and alumna of the historical Tuskegee University. She is currently the Supervisory Dietitian of Food Operations at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Baltimore Medical Center.

In her prior position as the Army Child & Youth Services Nutritionist on base Fort Meade, MD, she managed the food service operations of six child and youth programs while also functioning as the Child & Adult Care Food Program Administrator. Teresa focuses upon safety in foodservice operations, child nutrition, nutrition education, and social justice, especially regarding food system inequity, child food access, and nutrition security.

Teresa is a past chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity & Inclusion Committee and a past president of the Maryland Academy affiliate. She currently serves as Secretary of the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group and Council on Professional Issues Chair-elect for the Maryland Academy. She looks forward to what her service will contribute to the community and to the profession.

Treasurer

Rachel Huber

Foodservice Dietitian
PepsiCo

Rachel Huber

MPH, RDN

Rachel is a registered dietitian with her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After starting her career in health behavior change and program development at the renowned Cooper Institute, Rachel transitioned to the food industry leading nutrition and regulatory for Pizza Hut, Inc. There, she rolled out the brand’s K-12 compliant offerings, gluten free pizzas, Real Flavor initiative, removing artificial colors, favors, and preservatives as well as sodium from core ingredients, and managed the brand’s menu labeling project to comply with federal nutrition labeling regulations. Over the past 11 years she has worked with numerous restaurant and retail brands in nutrition and regulatory affairs and is currently the Foodservice Dietitian for PepsiCo. In this role, she is tasked with advancing PepsiCo’s foodservice business, providing nutrition and regulatory support and strategy for away-from-home foods and beverages, with an emphasis on driving PepsiCo’s K-12 Education portfolio of the future. 

Rachel has held executive committee roles in the Academy’s Food and Culinary Professionals and Dietitians in Business and Communications Dietetic Practice Groups and is looking forward to contributing to the advancement and growth of the School Nutrition Services DPG.

Nominating Committee Chair

Shannon Ebron

Director, School Nutrition Services
Richmond Public Schools (VA)

Shannon Ebron

MS, RDN, LD

Shannon Ebron is the Director of Child Nutrition for The School District of Riverview Gardens in St. Louis, Missouri. She is responsible for day to day operations of 13 schools and a centralized kitchen in RGSD. With a strategic focus on health, she utilizes her leadership skills and nutrition expertise to create a healthy school environment for RGSD scholars.

Prior to her appointment to director at Riverview Gardens School District, Ebron served as assistant director of school nutrition for Fox C-6 Schools. In that role, she assisted in department oversight, including school menu development, special project funding and professional development activities. Ebron’s food service experience also includes serving as child nutritionist and school cook. 

Recognized for her servant leadership, in 2018 she was named Outstanding Preceptor in Dietetics by Fontbonne University, Department of Family & Consumer Sciences where she simultaneously delivered the keynote graduation address to Master of Science and dietetic internship candidates. 

Ebron earned bachelor’s degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences and Dietetics. She also earned a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Saint Louis University. 

Nominating Committee Member

Brittany B

Registered Dietitian
Corpus Christi Medical Center

Brittany Buchannan

RDN, LD

Brittany Garcia graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her 1,200 internship hours with Wellness Workdays. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Nutrition from Texas Tech University. Brittany started out as a K-12 Foodservice Dietitian where she gained media spotlight advocating for healthier meals for students. She was featured on KRIS news, Spectrum news, and was also published in Served, a digizine for K-12 Foodservice. She also presented at the School Nutrition Industry Conference communicating to other school nutrition programs on how to market their program on social media.

Brittany has shifted gears and is now pursing using her Nutrition expertise as a Clinical Dietitian. She joined Corpus Christi Medical Center as a clinical Registered Dietitian in 2022. Brittany lives with her husband and two Brittany Spaniel dogs in Corpus Christi. In her free time, she loves to go to the movies and travel. She also is a big Peloton fan!

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Faculty, Utah State University Master of Dietetics Administration
Utah State University

Maria Givler

M.Ed., RDN

House of Delegates

Jocelyn

Child Nutrition Programs Coordinator
Education Service Center Region 11

Jocelyn Karbo

MBA, RDN, SNS

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.

Awards & Scholarship Chair

Lindsay Palmer

Vice President of Nutrition and Industry Relations
Chartwells K12

Lindsey Palmer

MBA, MS, RDN 

Lindsey has been working in child nutrition, K12 education, and school food service operations since the completion of her dietetic internship in 2008. Currently, Lindsey is the Vice President of Nutrition and Industry Relations for Chartwells K12, helping to oversee 2 million meals a day in nearly 700 school districts across 35 states. She is currently the awards chair, assisting the Executive Committee to promote and honor leaders in school nutrition. 

Education Committee Chair

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Compliance Specialist
Georgia Department of Education

Taylor Blake

School Nutrition Director
Jackson County School System (GA)

Sarah Combs

MS, RDN

Sarah Combs is one of the Compliance Specialists at 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 others to create essential training for local districts.

Taylor Blake

MS, RDN, LD

Taylor Blake, MS, RDN, LD is the School Nutrition Director for the Jackson County School System in Georgia. She has over 22 years total of food service experience, seven of those years have been spent in school nutrition. Her background in food service ranges from a variety of settings including fast food, family restaurants, and fine dining. Taylor holds an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu, Atlanta, as well as her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nutrition from Georgia State University. She is a proud member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics School Nutrition Services DPG, where she is the current co-chair of the education committee.

Policy and Advocacy Leader

Donna Martin

School Nutrition Consultant

Donna S. Martin 

EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND

Martin is the retired director of the Burke County (GA) school nutrition program, which served 4,500 students in five schools, serving breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks, supper and the summer feeding program. She served as the Academy’s treasurer from 2013-2015. Martin served as the Academy’s President in 2017-2018.  Donna was the first School Nutrition Director to be President of the Academy.  Martin is a graduate of the University of Georgia and earned a master’s degree from the University of Alabama – Birmingham and an education specialist degree from Augusta University. 

In 2016, Donna’s work in the Burke County Public Schools nutrition program gained national attention when Michelle Obama and Al Roker visited Burke Middle School to help plant a school garden. Donna was then invited to speak at the White House for Michelle Obama’s capstone event celebrating all the work that had occurred in changing how children eat.  Donna was also awarded the 2016 Golden Radish Award for the state of Georgia because of her efforts in the Farm to School Movement.  Donna has been involved in numerous public policy initiatives including testifying before Congress about the new School Nutrition Standards and to the House of Representatives Staff on the Farm to School Bill.  Donna got to speak at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health on the importance of School Meals.   

Donna is on the GenYouth Board of Directors, The Chef Ann Foundation Advisory Board, is a National Dairy Ambassador and a No Kid Hungry Consultant.  She is also a trainer for the Institute of Child Nutrition.  

SNS DPG PAL 2021-22 Committee

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Committee Chair:
Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, FAND
Georgia

  • Nancy Rice, MEd, RDN, LD, SNS Georgia
  • Karen Bakies, RDN, LD, FAND Ohio
  • Stephen Menyhart RD, SNS Colorado
  • Diane Duncan Goldsmith, RDN Iowa
  • Julie Raway, MPH, RDN, CDN, SNS, FAND New York
  • Jen Cadenhead, PhD, RDN New York
  • Jeanne Reilly, RDTR Maine
  • Hannah Carroll MA, RDN California
  • Jocelyn Karbo, MBA, RDN, SNS Texas
  • Arianne Corbitt, RD Florida
  • Linette Dodson, PhD, RD, LD, SNS, FAND Georgia
  • Alicia Sample Landry, PhD, RDN Arkansas
  • Sandra Curwood, PhD, RDN Virginia
  • Pam Koch, EdD, RD New York
  • Shannon Young, RD – California
  • Stacy Nelson, RD Wisconsin
  • Jennifer Burleson MBS, RD, Tennessee
  • Lena Wilson, Texas
  • Donna Shannon, Arizona
  • Shannon Fitzgerald
  • Lindsay Datlow
  • Nancy Fisher, Boston
  • Jake Yarberry, Nevada
  • April Liles
  • Teresa Turner
  • Corrie Clark Texas

Newsletter Chair

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Registered Dietitian
Community Servings

Shennie Quintanilla

MS, RDN, LD

Shennie Quintanilla, MS, RDN, LDN is a child nutrition advocate with a passion to ensure universal access to nutritious, affordable, and culturally appropriate food for all. She is responsible for developing the monthly digital newsletter and sharing the stories of SNS DPG RDNs large and small. Shennie spends her free time with her family (human and furry) and can be found traveling and experiencing the many cultures of the world.

Membership Chair

Ashley Powell

Child Nutrition Director Auburn City Schools

Ashley Powell

PhD, RD, SNS

Ashley K. Powell is a registered and licensed dietitian and currently serves as the Child Nutrition Director for Auburn City Schools.  She holds a B.S. in Dietetics and a M.Ed. in Health Promotion from Auburn University.  She completed her Ed.S. from the University of Georgia and her PhD from Auburn University in Adult Education. Dr. Powell holds her School Nutrition Specialist credential from the School Nutrition Association.

In her current position, Dr. Powell is responsible for the overall foodservice operations of the school district while following all of the federal, state and local nutrition and food safety guidelines.  In previous positions, Ashley has served as a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, School Nutrition Coordinator, as well as a Renal Dietitian.

Dr. Powell has served as the Alabama School Nutrition Association President, President-elect, and Vice-president.  She has also served on the ASNA nominating and scholarship committee.  She is the past chair for the SNA Professional Development committee and current SNA board member.

Ashley and her husband reside in Auburn and have three children.

Sponsorship Chair

Cyndie

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

Cyndie Story

PhD, RDN, Chef, SNS

Cyndie Story and the K-12 Culinary Team work together to bring their skills and experience in developing a foodservice systems approach to enhance school nutrition operations. Our team of professionals has a combined skill set that includes expertise in culinary arts, dietetics, kitchen management, food safety, farm to school, project management, research, and recipe standardization. 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

Lindsey

Consultant, Owner
Culinary Solution Centers, LLC
To Taste, LLC 2

Chef Lindsey Schoenfeld

RDN

Lindsey Schoenfeld, RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and chef. She received her bachelor of science in Nutritional Science from Texas A&M University. She is a culinary nutrition expert known for connecting and educating clients through community, creativity, and optimism. Schoenfeld began her career in school nutrition in 2008 as an Operations Specialist for Dallas ISD. She also worked as a chef and dietitian at Lovejoy and Mesquite ISD and as a Director of Student Nutrition for Lovejoy ISD. Lindsey founded To Taste in 2015 with her business partner Vahista Ussery. To Taste aims to help bridge the gap between medical advice and food, maintaining the fundamental belief that the best way to gain control of health is through cooking. In 2020, an Austin Food and Wine grant provided her with the resources to teach basic culinary nutrition skills to women and children moving from homelessness to independent lives. Schoenfeld is a member of Chef Cyndie's K-12 Culinary Team. She helps with meal operational services, including menu planning, recipe engineering, video production, scratch and speed-scratch production, and work simplification and scheduling. Schoenfeld lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband Andrew and daughters Mabel and Hattie.

Chef Vahista Ussery

MS, MBA, RDN

Vahista Ussery is a registered dietitian nutritionist and chef, recognized for her expertise in culinary nutrition and ability to translate nutrition advice into simple to understand actions. She received her bachelor of science in coordinated dietetics from Texas Christian University. While attending TCU, she also attended the Culinary School of Fort Worth and received her Culinary Arts Program Diploma. She then went on to receive a Master of Science with a major in Food Systems Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman's University.

Ussery has been a private caterer, a Menu Planner for Dallas Independent School District, a Dietitian Supervisor/Chef for Hurst Euless Bedford ISD and a Child Nutrition Consultant at Education Service Center Region 11. During her time at Dallas ISD, she was invited to the White House to help kick off Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign.

Ussery founded To Taste in 2015 with her business partner Lindsey Schoenfeld. The goal of To Taste is to help bridge the gap between medical advice and food, maintaining the fundamental belief that the best way to gain control of health is through cooking. To Taste offers the best of both worlds: evidence-based nutrition education and hands-on culinary arts instruction. Ussery is also a member of Chef Cyndie's K-12 Culinary Team. She helps with on- and off-site school meal operational services including: menu planning, recipe development, curriculum development, scratch and speed scratch production, work simplification and scheduling, and food safety and sanitation.

Ussery lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and two sons. As a mother of two, she is passionate about improving the health of the next generation, ensuring a brighter future. Eating healthy should not be complicated, but rather simple, delicious and nourishing.

Diversity Liaison

Cindy

Director of School Nutrition
Marietta City Schools (GA)

Cindy Culver

MS, RDN, LD 

Cindy Kanarek Culver, MS, RDN, LD is the Director of School Nutrition for Marietta City Schools (GA).  She has 22 years of experience in school nutrition.  She is the current Georgia Affiliate Liaison for the School Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. The Marietta City Schools Nutrition Program serves breakfast, lunch, after school snacks and supper to nearly 9,000 students daily.  Additionally, they serve the Seamless Summer Option Program within the community and were granted the USDA Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Grant at five of their elementary schools.  Cindy received her BSFCS from the University of Georgia, completed her dietetic internship from the University of Northern Colorado, earned a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Alabama and is a current student pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership in Business student at Anderson University.  

Academy DPG Relations Manager

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
DPG Relations Manager
mhuizar@eatright.org

Martha Huizar, MS, RDN