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Amy Holmes
The Opening General Session and keynote address will be held Sunday afternoon, March 6, and will include an insider’s look at Washington from Amy Holmes, one of the nation’s top political analysts. With 15 years in Washington, D.C., Holmes brings a familiar face and unconventional voice to the world of political commentary. She appears regularly on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” “Larry King Live” and “Anderson Cooper 360º,” and her contribution to the network’s coverage of the 2006 and 2008 political seasons earned her the Thurgood Marshall Community Leader Award. She also has made appearances across all networks on such shows as “Dateline” (NBC), “The Early Show” (CBS), “The View” (ABC) and “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO), and has been published in the likes of USA Today, The Washington Post and the National Review. Prior to joining CNN, Holmes served as senior speechwriter for former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, where she had an up-close view of the inner workings of the nation's capital. Holmes got her start in Washington as a senior staff member for the Corporation for National & Community Service, the federal agency which oversees AmeriCorps, and was a founding member of the non-profit Independent Women's Forum.

Amy Holmes

Amy Holmes

As the co-host of the syndicated morning news radio show "America's Morning News," which is heard coast-to-coast by over 1.5 million listeners each day, Holmes dissects and debates the issues of the day, from the political horserace to public policy. Due to her razor-sharp wit, no-nonsense insight and keen attention to the otherwise unnoticed details, she is one of the most recognizable voices in political commentary. She offers a unique look into both the future of American politics under the Obama administration, the Congressional leadership and all the current hot-button issues—and what it all means for the American people.


Carl D. Perkins Memorial Lecture

Come join your school nutrition colleagues at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening, March 8, 7:00 pm, for an evening of grassroots networking. Usually held at the J.W. Marriott, this year’s new Hyatt location allows you to come directly to the event from your Hill visits. (Shuttle transportation from the J.W. Marriott to the Hyatt will also be provided.) This event will include words from our special guest speakers:

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) became the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the U.S. Senate in 2006. As a respected leader, both as a Senator and chief prosecutor in Minnesota's largest county, her work has gained her national recognition. In 2008, Working Mother named her "Best in Congress" for her efforts on behalf of working families, while The American Prospect recently named her a "woman to watch." The Washington Post has described her as "a rising star" and "a leading proponent of efforts to combat climate change," not to mention "the funniest new member of Congress." As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, she was involved in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation in the last Congress, and in the new 112th Congress she will be a key player in the rewrite of the 2012 Farm Bill.

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is the former U.S. Representative for South Dakota, having served in Congress from 2004 until 2011, and the first woman elected to the House of Representatives from the state. During her time on Capitol Hill, Herseth Sandlin served on the House Committee on Agriculture, where she developed an expertise in agriculture, rural development and nutrition. She was a strong supporter of school meal programs, having sponsored the Healthy Start Act to provide USDA commodities to the school breakfast program. Herseth Sandlin, an attorney, recently joined Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz P.C., a D.C. law firm representing SNA.


Carl Perkins, a Kentucky legislator, was a strong influence in shaping federal nutrition programs. In 1985, the SNA Board of Directors established an endowment fund to provide for the Carl D. Perkins Memorial Lecture. The lecture provides Association members with a greater understanding of current public policy and legislative issues.


The eighth annual A Possible Dream Gala, which honors champions of child nutrition, will be held on Monday evening, March 7, 7:00–10:00 pm. Please join the Global Child Nutrition Foundation in recognizing the achievements of Mary Kate Harrison, SNS, 2010 Outstanding Director of the Year and Jill Conklin, 2010 Individual Industry Member of the Year, Senator Richard Lugar, the recipient of the prestigious Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition. This event will take place at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, with proceeds from the evening benefiting GCNF and its global initiatives. Participation is by reservation only. To purchase seats or to become a sponsor, contact Nicole Bernard, GCNF Operations Coordinator, at (800) 877-8822, ext. 150, or


Bring your expertise, your passion and your stories to Washington, D.C., and take advantage of this annual opportunity to get your message across to your state’s Congressional delegation. Tuesday, March 8 is reserved for visiting U.S. Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill. Please schedule appointments with your legislators well in advance.


The LAC Industry Forum, to be held Monday, March 7, 12:00–2:00 pm, is designed to inform and connect industry leaders working in the school nutrition marketplace. Come join your industry peers and SNA's Industry Advisory Board for a roundtable discussion of USDA's new meal pattern guidelines and hear the latest about SNA news and activities.


The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam will be administered at LAC, providing you the opportunity to enhance your professional image and add credibility to your program. Registration, approval and payment of fees must have been completed prior to LAC and cannot be made onsite. To register, contact Shantal Hall, Certification & Credentialing Manager, at (800) 877-8822, ext. 180, or

Fees: Members: $150; Non-members: $245
Exam Date: Saturday, March 5, 2011, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Registration Deadline:
February 11, 2011