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Helen Phillips Named 2011-2012 President of the School Nutrition Association
NASHVILLE, TN (July 13, 2011) — During the closing session of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 65th Annual National Conference, over 7,500 members and participants welcomed a new president of the Association. Helen Phillips, SNS, Senior Director of School Nutrition for the Norfolk Public Schools (Virginia), was named the 64th President of SNA.
Phillips has held a distinguished career in the school nutrition arena for 19 years. She got her start in school nutrition as District Supervisor for School Nutrition for Norfolk Public Schools in 1992. Phillips left Norfolk in 1999 to manage the school nutrition program for Suffolk Public Schools (Virginia), but returned to Norfolk Public Schools in 2001 to serve as Assistant Director. In 2002, Phillips was promoted to Senior Director of School Nutrition, where she oversees a staff of 375, serving more than 23,000 lunches and 10,000 breakfasts daily.
From 1985-1989, Phillips served as a Nutritionist working on the Women, Infants and Child (WIC) program, including three years as Director of the WIC program at Virginia Beach’s Public Health Department.
Phillips has twice been nominated for the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Rising Star. She has served as president of the School Nutrition Association of Virginia and on the Board of the School Nutrition Foundation.
Helen Phillips earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from James Madison University.
Phillips was named president at the final general session of SNA’s Annual National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The Annual National Conference, July 10-July 13, 2011, drew more than 7,500 school nutrition professionals and school foodservice industry members.
SNA, (http://www.schoolnutrition.org) the School Nutrition Association, is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 53,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Founded in 1946, the Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.
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