Marietta City Schools
Director of School Nutrition
Cindy Kanarek Culver
MS, RDN, LD
Cindy Kanarek Culver, MS, RDN, LD is the Director of School Nutrition for Marietta City Schools (GA). She has 15 years of experience in school nutrition. She is the current Chair-Elect for the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group, a member of the Academy Positions Committee as well as the Georgia Affiliate Liaison for the School Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. The Marietta City Schools Nutrition Program has the opportunity to serve breakfast, lunch and after school snacks to nearly 9,000 students daily. In addition, they provide the Seamless Summer Option Program within the community and have been granted the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program at one of their elementary schools. Cindy received her BSFCS from the University of Georgia, completed her dietetic internship from the University of Northern Colorado and earned a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Alabama.
Chartwells' North Central Region
As the regional dietitian for Chartwells’ North Central region, Jill Williams supports accounts in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. She ensures that current nutrition standards are utilized to provide healthy nutritious meals for students in the cafeteria, to support nutrition education in the classroom, and to inspire healthy lifestyles outside the school environment.
Jill completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition from Southern Illinois University and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is also a registered and licensed dietitian.
Before starting her career with Chartwells, Jill was employed by Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas for 10 years (2002-2012) as a Child Nutrition Education Specialist. Her responsibilities included providing training and technical assistance to districts, charter schools, residential child care institutions, and private schools in implementing federal and state child nutrition requirements and conducting School Meals Initiative (SMI) Reviews. Prior to her position at Region 4, Jill worked for the University of Texas Houston School of Public Health from 2000-2002 as the Nutrition Coordinator for the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) project.
Jill is active in professional organizations and has served on the Committee for Lifelong Learning for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and as Nutrition Chair for the Illinois School Nutrition Association. She has also served as Education Chair for the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and as an elected board member for the Houston Area Dietetic Association in various positions. In 2006, Jill was recognized by the Houston Area Dietetic Association as Young Dietitian of the Year.
Louisiana Special Education Center
Administrator of Nutrition Services
MPH, RD, LDN
Bobbie has been a member of the SNS DPG member for several years. She started being actively involved during graduate school by working on several DPG webinar presentations focused on informing dietetic students about the field of school nutrition. She served as Newsletter Editor for the DPG during 2014-2015.
Bobbie focused her graduate school work on school nutrition and has held multiple different positions in the field of school nutrition. She worked as a Nutrition and Wellness Specialist for Hopkins Public Schools in Hopkins, Minnesota where she worked on menu planning, new meal pattern standards, recipe development, Farm to School, school wellness, and school gardens. She then moved to state level work with Georgia Department of Education as an Area Consultant. In this position she provided technical assistance to several school districts and took part in administrative reviews throughout the state of Georgia. Currently she holds an administrative position with schools in the Special School District of Louisiana. She works specifically with the Louisiana Special Education Center in Alexandria, Louisiana and Louisiana School for the Deaf & Visually Impaired in Baton Rouge, LA.
Bobbie received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay in Human Biology - Exercise Science/Dietetics, a Master of Public Health degree, combined with an RD Internship, from the University Of Minnesota School Of Public Health.
When not working Bobbie spends her time gardening, biking, and of course cooking!
Oregon Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs
Child Nutrition Specialist
255 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97310
MS, RD, MBA
Jessica is currently a Child Nutrition Specialist with the Oregon Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs department. She works with Oregon schools and other programs sponsoring the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and other federal meal programs for children. Jessica is a member of the planning committee for the “Let’s Do Breakfast! Oregon” campaign, working in partnership with the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council and Partners for Hunger Free Oregon to promote increased participation in school breakfast. Prior to her work with the State agency, Jessica worked as a program manager in one of Oregon’s largest school districts, Portland Public Schools. This work allowed Jessica to manage 15+ schools, 35 school nutrition employees, and over 5 different child nutrition programs.
Jessica holds a BS degree in Hospitality Management as well as an MS degree in Nutrition from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.
In her spare time, Jessica is trying to experience all the recreation that Oregon has to offer and enjoys hiking, kayaking and wine tasting the best.
Lindsey Palmer, RDN, LD, has been working in school food service and operations since the completion of her dietetic internship in 2008. She has served at the local affiliate level in the District of Columbia since 2012 with the last two years as Treasurer.
Currently, Lindsey works as the State Agency Director of Child Nutrition Programs and Food Distribution for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington, DC, overseeing school breakfast and lunch, CACFP, summer meals and other various local level laws, including the DC Healthy Schools Act and Healthy Tots Act. She has been heavily focused on incorporating training and technology into her work at OSSE as well as developing a long term, strategic plan for the team.
Lindsey worked previously at DC Central Kitchen as the Director of Nutrition and Community Outreach, doing a mix of school food service work and community nutrition. During her three years at DCCK, she managed a program to increase access at corner stores in food deserts throughout DC, created and implemented an 8-week long nutrition education lesson to at risk adults during their culinary job training program and assisted in using donated food to provide menus and food for nearly 5000 homeless adults daily.
Lindsey holds a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware and completed her dietetic internship at the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey. Most days you’ll catch Lindsey at her local Barre studio working towards class 1000!
Laura Thomas Nutrition Communications, LLC
MED, RD, LD, FAND
Laura Thomas is a registered dietitian with a passion for sharing great tasting food and healthful lifestyle choices. She has created innovative nutrition education programs for children, teens and adults. Her work has been recognized with honors from the American and Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly Dietetic Associations) and the Dannon Institute. She was honored by the Society for Nutrition Education & Behavior early in her career. She authored Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness (1st and 2nd editions) for the Institute of Child Nutrition, and developed the online version of that training resource. Her current work includes USDA projects for school nutrition professionals including Menu Planner Guide (in press) and A Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs (2016).
She has perfected homemade marinara sauce with her garden fresh tomatoes and learned to make pies from her grandmother. She shares her greatest accomplishments in life with her husband of 31 years – their two amazing sons.
She’s a graduate of the University of Idaho dietetics program and earned her Masters of Education degree with an emphasis on adult education from the University of Idaho – Go Vandals! She’s a child nutrition consultant for Idaho’s Child Nutrition programs and the Institute of Child Nutrition in addition to consulting work. In August 2014, she was named a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
MS, RD, SNS
Tarrah McCreary, MS, RD, SNS is the Resident Dietitian for ChartwellsK12 at Beech Grove City Schools and Crawfordsville Community Schools. She creates menus, coordinates nutrition education programs, and advocates health and wellness to the communities.
Tarrah completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Masters in Food and Nutrition from Ball State University. Prior to joining the ChartwellsK12 team, Tarrah was employed by the South Carolina Department of Education. Her responsibilities were to provide training, technical assistance, and conduct Administrative Reviews (AR) to ensure compliance with the state and federal child nutrition regulations.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
FCHS Educator and Associate Professor
1200 N. Delsea Drive
Clayton, NJ 08312
(856) 307–6450 ext. 2
Luanne is a Family & Community Health Sciences Educator and Associate Professor with Rutgers Cooperative Extension. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) with a BS degree in Home Economics/Dietetics from Immaculata University and a MS degree in Nutrition/Communications from Boston University.
Luanne brings a diverse background in clinical research, marketing/public relations, pediatric nutrition, project management and nutrition education to her position with Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
As a county extension agent, Luanne is responsible for conducting research, and developing and teaching a variety of health promotion programs. Much of her programming combines community food systems, school wellness and nutrition topics.
Luanne is currently focusing her research and education in several key areas:
- Child nutrition
- Farm To School initiatives
- Community supported agriculture/community food systems
- Food security
- School wellness environments
Luanne’s major thrusts at this time include:
- Grow Healthy…a garden-enhanced school wellness initiative for elementary schools
- Yoga in Schools
- A nutrition and agriculture education program called From Our Farms
- The Seeds to Success youth farmstand project
- StoryTime Foods, a nutrition and foods systems education curriculum for preschool families that uses children’s literature to promote healthier eating practices
- Get Moving, Get Healthy NJ, a comprehensive wellness initiative for adults and youth
Stefanie Dove, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian and School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator for Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, Virginia. She is currently completing her MBA in Marketing at Liberty University. She is a spokesperson for American Dairy Association Northeast and contributes regularly to publications across the country.
Stefanie speaks at conferences, lectures, schools and corporations locally and nationally. She has spoken on countless topics such as school nutrition, farm to school, brand management and marketing, Celiac Disease, weight management for both adults and children, dining out, healthy eating while traveling, and food allergies. She works tirelessly with teachers in Loudoun County to promote nutrition and wellness in the schools and has been instrumental in enhancing the school garden program for her district.
She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Northern Virginia Dietetic Association where she serves is the current Social Media Chair and past Council on Practice chair, Virginia Dietetic Association, School Nutrition Association where she serves on the Young Professionals Taskforce, School Nutrition Association of Loudoun County where she serves as President, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetics Practice Group, Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, Dietitians in Business and Communications Dietetics Practice Group, and is an active member of the Young Professionals Committee for the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce where she serves as Social Media Chair.
Stefanie’s involvement with Loudoun residents is not limited to the hours she spends working with students and staff during the school day. She is actively involved in community organizations where she collaborates with members to provide nutrition education sessions, grocery store tours and cooking classes to local residents. Stefanie has also worked with local and national restaurants, food companies and commodity boards to provide menu and recipe consulting. She is also actively involved with Loudoun Youth where she volunteers on the Programming Committee. These accolades recently attributed to Stefanie being recognized as one of Loudoun County’s 40 Under 40 for 2017. Stefanie was also recognized for her farm to school efforts and was named one of Loudoun’s 100 residents making an impact in the community.
Education Committee Chair
Southern Fried Nutrition Services
Sherry Coleman Collins
MS, RDN, LD
Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD is the president of Southern Fried Nutrition Services in Marietta, Georgia. Sherry has more than a decade of experience as a registered dietitian, including clinical pediatrics, school nutrition, and nutrition communications. She is an expert in food allergy management and authored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Practice Paper: The Role of the RDN in the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergies and co-authored the Academy's Certificate of Training, Food Allergies: Cutting Through the Clutter. As a consultant to the National Peanut Board, Sherry speaks at conferences and events across the country and writes for online and print publications on the topic of peanut allergies and allergy management. In addition, she works closely with schools and districts nationwide to support their efforts to manage food allergies safely. She has been an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at the national, state, and local level, serving in a variety of roles, positions, and on task forces. An avid cook, she enjoys making the healthy bite the delicious bite for her husband and four-year old son.
Awards & Scholarships
Hannah Carroll is the Nutrition Education Coordinator at Norfolk Public Schools, located in Norfolk, Virginia. As the district’s registered dietitian, Hannah oversees many different facets of the department, including menu planning, special diets, recipe development, POS system management, education, and grants. She develops and maintains the department’s websites, which includes the internal website, public website, and menu website. She exercises her personal passion for graphic design and artwork through her responsibility to market and advertise the school nutrition program.
Hannah earned her BS in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University in 2013. She continued on to graduate school at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. While completing her dietetic internship, Hannah studied Human Environmental Sciences, with a concentration in Multidisciplinary Health Communications. Hannah presents at numerous trainings and conferences through the school nutrition network. Her primary goal and passion is to provide as many children as possible, with high quality-nutritious meals, so that no child has to suffer with hunger.
Hannah lives in Virginia Beach, one short mile from the shore line and enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and dog-sitting.
PhD, MBA, RD
Beverly is the Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Sarasota County Schools, Florida, where she manages the child nutrition operations of 50 schools. She joined Sarasota County Schools in 1991 after serving as an Area Supervisor in Palm Beach County Schools for 6 ½ years. Beverly also worked for 3 ½ years in clinical dietetics before transitioning to school nutrition.
Beverly earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition in business with a minor in communications from Purdue University, a master’s degree in nutrition from Florida International University, an MBA from Nova University, and a PhD from the University of South Florida in interdisciplinary public health, and curriculum and design.
She was the past chair of the SNS DPG, and has held a number of other offices for the DPG. She currently serves on the Council on Future Practice for the Academy. Beverly is an active member of SNA, and has been the Southeast Regional Director, as well as a member of the Research Committee.
Beverly was awarded the FAME Silver Rising Star in 1996, the FAME Golden Star award in 2004, and the SNS DPG Award of Excellence in 2006. She also won the Silver Plate in 2006. Recently, she was named the SNA Director of the Year for Florida, and is also the 2014 Southeast Regional winner of the same award. She also won the Award for Excellence in Management Practice, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2016 having been nominated by the SNS DPG.
She developed, and has directed, the dietetic internship program for Sarasota County Schools for 19 years and has graduated over 60 students from the program, most of who are currently employed in school nutrition across Florida, the Southeast, and the nation.
Nominating Committee Chair
Director of Nutrition and Wellness
800 4th St SW
Washington, DC 20024
Whitney Bateson, MPH RD is the Director of Nutrition and Wellness for Chartwells K12. Whitney’s key areas of focus include translating nutrition regulations into communications for clients, associates, and the public; overseeing implementation of Chartwells’ proprietary nutrient analysis software; and developing innovative and engaging nutrition education and environmental sustainability programs for Chartwells’ 500+ districts nationwide. Whitney holds a Master of Public Health from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Delaware. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys serving on the Strategic Planning Committee of the DC Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, learning web design, and volunteering with hunger relief organizations in the DC area.
Nominating Committee Member
Director of Quality Assurance & Training
Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE)
1201 Tinnin Ford Rd #56
Austin, TX 78741
Sarah F. Worden
Sarah Worden is the Director of Quality Assurance & Training for Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE), supporting over 100 school districts nationwide to ensure quality and consistency in all facets of the operation including, regulatory compliance, culinary standards, program marketing, and menu planning. She previously served as the Associate Director of Child Nutrition for Hays CISD in Texas, serving over 18,000 students at 22 campuses. She oversees the development of training programs for salaried management and hourly staff, including the implementation of the company’s onboarding program for new employees. Sarah and her team work together to develop effective, grade specific nutrition education materials that tie into the school meals program. She is the Chair of SFE’s corporate wellness committee and has launched successful wellness initiatives targeting the executive level to hourly staff.
Sarah sits on the board for the Austin Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and is an active member in the Junior League of Austin through which she volunteers for various non-profits. Sarah completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics through the University of Idaho. Sarah lives in Austin, Texas with her husband where she enjoys running, listening to live music and barbeque!
Nominating Committee Member
Ed.D, RD, LD, SNS
Dr. Linda Dycus Holland is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Educator. Linda’s career focus is enacting research based preventive nutrition best practices and wellness in learning communities.
Linda embraces opportunities and challenges of life transforming them into positive actions each and every time opportunities presents to benefit stakeholders.
Linda has worked and supported preventive nutrition research based best practices thru legislation, creation and implementation of best practices and policy change while working and learning in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.
Linda is a certified School Nutrition Specialist, Registered Dietitian licensed in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida and certified educator in Georgia and Tennessee.
Linda holds a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with Adult Learner concentration from East Tennessee State University and completed graduate work as a dietetic intern at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Policy and Advocacy Leader
Carrollton City Schools
Director of Nutrition and Wellness
106 Trojan Drive
PhD, RD, LD, SNS
Linette Dodson is the current Director of School Nutrition for Carrollton City Schools in Carrollton, Georgia. Linette has been with Carrollton City Schools for 16 years. She is a registered dietitian and also completed her PhD at Iowa State University conducting research focused on registered dietitians in leadership roles in school nutrition. Linette is a member of the Georgia Dietetic Licensing Board. She also serves on the advisory board for the Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship program. She has served on the executive board of the Georgia School Nutrition Association from 2012-2015. Linette was the Georgia School Nutrition Association, Director of the Year for 2013. In 2015, all of the Carrollton City Schools were recognized as Alliance for a Healthier Generation schools and gold level Gold Radish recipients in 2013-2015. Carrollton City Schools was also awarded one of the first USDA Farm to School Planning grants in 2013, seven Georgia Shape Grants between 2013-2015 and multiple Alliance for Healthier Generation’s grants.