SNA News Releases

SNA Announces 2012 Election Results

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November 16, 2012 – Members of the School Nutrition Association have spoken, casting their ballots in the annual election for the Association’s top leadership positions. Nine new members to the Board of Directors will be installed in July 2013 and three members, representing different SNA regions, will join the Nominating Committee.

SNA congratulates the following candidates for their election to the Association’s Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, and thanks all the candidates for their enthusiasm and commitment to serve the national Association.


Vice President
Jean Ronnei, SNS, Saint Paul Public Schools, Minnesota

Education Committee Chair
Gay Anderson, Brandon Valley School District, South Dakota

Public Policy & Legislation Committee Chair
Wendy Weyer, RD, Seattle Public Schools, Washington

Research Committee Chair
Jill Kidd, MS, RD, SNS, Pueblo City Schools, Colorado

Mideast Regional Director
Sara Gasiorowski, SNS, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indiana

Midwest Regional Director
Micheline Piekarski, SNS, Oak Park & River Forest High School #200, Illinois

Southeast Regional Director
Jonathan Dickl, MBA, SNS, Knox County Schools, Tennessee

West Regional Director
Lynnelle Grumbles, SNS, Visalia Unified School District, California

Industry Representative
Kevin Woods, SNS, Globe Food Equipment, Ohio


Northeast Nominating Committee Representative
Donna Roy, SNS, Pembroke Academy, New Hampshire

Northwest Nominating Committee Representative
Dean Hamburg, SNS, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Alaska

Southwest Nominating Committee Representative
Beth Wallace, SNS, Cherry Creek Schools, Colorado

These winning candidates will be installed in July during the Association's Annual National Conference in Kansas City, and will serve under the leadership of incoming President Leah Schmidt, SNS.

SNA Submits Comments to USDA on Regulation on Implementing a Review Process

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The School Nutrition Association (SNA) recently submitted comments in response to a proposed rule entitled “Independent Review of Applications Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010”, as published in the Federal Register on September 13, 2012.  This proposed rule would require local education agencies participating in the Department's National School Lunch Program and demonstrating high levels of, or a high risk for administrative error associated with certification, verification, and other administrative processes to conduct an independent review of the initial eligibility determinations for free and reduced price school meals for accuracy prior to notifying households of eligibility or ineligibility.

SNA submitted 5 pages of comments addressing a number of concerns with these additional regulatory requirements including: timing of implementation, integration with other changes, cost and staffing, source of errors, timeframes, training, and the process for review. 
To read the Federal Register notice, click here.
Read SNA’s response and comments in full, here.



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