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Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner
School Nutrition Association Announces New CEO
National Harbor, MD (May 3, 2011) – On June 20, 2011, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) will welcome Frank DiPasquale as he transitions to SNA’s Chief Executive Officer. He will take over for Barbara Belmont, who is retiring on July 31 after 18 years of service.
DiPasquale, most recently the Executive Vice President of the National Grocers Association (NGA), has extensive experience in association management and specializes in food and nutrition advocacy. Among his many accomplishments during his more than 14 years with NGA, DiPasquale developed the Farmer Goes to Market Program, a model for the US Department of Agriculture’s local and sustainable food initiative, “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.” He also was co-developer of the PBS series Food Sense. Prior to his position with NGA, DiPasquale served as Corporate Director, Human Resources Management and Operational Services for Kmart International Headquarters.
“SNA’s Board of Directors is very excited to welcome Frank DiPasquale to SNA as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer,” said School Nutrition Association President Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS. “After a long and thorough search process, we believe Frank is exactly the right person to take the reins at SNA and guide the Association as we embrace change and move forward with the important work ahead of us.”
SNA represents over 53,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide. The Association was founded in 1946 as the American School Food Service Association, the same year President Truman signed the National School Lunch Act. Located in Denver until 1989, the Association was moved to the Washington, DC area by the Board of Directors to enhance advocacy efforts on behalf of good nutrition and education for all school children. The name of the Association was changed to School Nutrition Association in 2004.
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