Food for Thought Winter 2023

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PRESIDENT Christine Clarahan, MS, SNS, RDN School City of Hammond PRESIDENT ELECT Courtney FitzSimons, RD, SNS West Lafayette Comm. School Corp. VICE PRESIDENT Amanda Worrick South Madison Comm. Schools SECRETARY/TREASURER Valarie Miller Center Grove Community School Corp.

Food for Thought is Designed by IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Stacie Light Warsaw Community Schools



FROM YOUR president


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It is my absolute pleasure to write my first “Letter from the President” for ISNA’s Food For Thought! When tasked with coming up for a theme for this year I was trying to figure out how to incorporate a positive look back at what we have come through (surviving the pandemic), but also keep a keen focus on our future. That’s when inspiration struck – A Seat at the Table . No department worked harder or put themselves at more risk in order to continue to support students, than child nutrition professionals. If your district was like mine, we notified families on Friday, March 13 th

that schools would be closed for 2 weeks (ha!). We were serving curbside meals the following Monday, March 16 th , and we never looked back. We were given the spotlight and appreciation (100% of it deserved) for what we risked in order to keep our community youth nourished. Now when districts are making decisions that will in any way impact child nutrition departments, we all have earned a seat at that table – the table where decisions are being made and voices are being heard! I’m still (even 2 months later) coming off the high of our November ISNA Annual Conference that was held in Indianapolis. I find myself, almost daily, looking for the good in everything and being grateful for every day just like Clint Swindall told us. Clint’s Friday keynote address, given to a packed room of school nutrition professionals, was a powerful one that really struck a chord with me. When I’m feeling stuck in the fog (like I did during that always funky time between Thanksgiving break ending and Winter Break starting) - all I need to do is remember the awesome scene of Porche, Mary Ellen, and Dana breaking their boards up on stage with our Wednesday keynote speaker Lindsey Vertner – and I remember our power and purpose in the work each and every one of us does on a daily basis. We all possess so much strength that there isn’t anything we can’t do . Behind the scenes here at ISNA there has been LOTS of big changes. We have a new Executive Director Team led by Cory Martin and his team at Mission Control (flip forward a few pages to meet Cory and the team!) that will help fill the big shoes of Sheri Shipp who mooooooved on to a position with American Dairy Association Indiana. We have changed term dates for elected and appointed Executive Board positions from serving Annual Conference Date to the following Annual Conference Date to now serving from July 1 st to June 30 th . We are evaluating what technologies we use to make sure we are meeting the needs of our entire membership. All these changes will mean a better and strong ISNA that exists to support YOU – our membership! I hope to see as many of you as possible in Bloomington June 15 th &16 th for our 3 rd annual ISNA School Nutrition Industry Summit. Mark your calendars now, and I’ll see you there! Sincerely,

ISNA President, 2022-2023 Christine Clarahan

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I SNA/ IDOE School Nutrition Certificate Program 2022 Director Series Graduates

Daniel Williams Director of Food Service Mooresville Consolidated Schools

Vickie Coffey Director of Child Nutrition Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation

Tami Scalzo Director of Food Service Centerville-Abington Community Schools

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Take the First Step Toward Your Future With the ISNA/IDOE School Nutrition Certificate Program

The Indiana School Nutrition Association and the Indiana Department of Education have joined forces to create a program that will add value to the School Nutrition Profession in the state of Indiana. The program is designed to be completed within two years and is comprised of 17 targeted courses. Meets USDA requirement for State Recognized Certificate Specific information on Indiana requirements Best practices for key functional areas

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“I would especially recommend [the ISNA/IDOE program] you will learn something new and get inspiration to take back and implement positive changes to your program! I appreciate the thought that went into planning the sessions to break things up into manageable chunks of learning material!” Amanda Worrick, Director of Child Nutrition Mississinewa Community Schools “This program is geared toward providing a new Food Service Director (or one that has been around for a while) the tools they need to be more efficient in their program. The material provided covers all areas needed to be more confident in making decisions. I have enjoyed [the program] and learned so much.” Betty Huddleston, Director of Food Services - Western Wayne Schools “I have to say, I was hesitant about taking the time out of my busy schedule to take the ISNA/IDOE certificate courses, but I’m so glad I did! I’ve been in my position for nearly 20 years and every time I take a session, regardless of the topic, I learn something new! The courses are beneficial for all Nutrition Services management positions and will meet their continuous learning and improvement goals. ” Vickie Coffey, Nutrition Services/Healthy Schools Director - RBB Edgewood Schools

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down the applicant pool to six candidates. Three of them were individuals and three were Association Management Companies (AMCs). The committee made a list of interview questions and put together a skills test as well as an interview evaluation tool. On November 16 & 17, 2022, 30-minute interviews were conducted. On November 21, 2022, the committee had an in depth discussion about the interviews and skills tests. After considering all aspects, including costs and association management experience, the committee landed on two AMCs as their top contenders. Both AMCs prepared a virtual presentation for the Executive Board on November 30th. The board completed evaluations of both candidates and ultimately selected Mission Control for the Executive Director position. The Executive Committee met with Mission Control to discuss final details and finalize a contract. On December 15, 2022, Mission Control & their contract was unanimously approved by the Executive Board with an official start date of January 2, 2023. As ISNA has evolved, so has the responsibilities for the Executive Director position. It became apparent over the last few years that a robust team was needed to make sure that the full mission of ISNA could be accomplished. Mission Control comes to the table with a developed team that works well together. We are more than thrilled to start off this new year with Mission Control. Please thank Tonya Suits for all the work she did as Interim Executive Director. She was instrumental in the success of ISNA’s Annual Conference and helped ISNA continue moving forward throughout the last several months. Please also thank all the members of the Ad Hoc Committee, Courtney FitzSimons, Mary Ellen Gilliam, Lindsey Hill, Betsey Willard, Leeanne Koeneman, Nicole Moorhead, and Alison Powers for their hard work in finding Mission Control. We look forward to what the future holds with Mission Control as they support ISNA!

A look at ISNA’s process for finding an Executive Director



This past fall our beloved Executive Director, Sheri Shipp, transitioned into a new role as Youth Wellness Manager for the American Dairy Association after 8 years of service to ISNA. It was evident that finding a replacement as dedicated as Sheri would be no easy feat, so an Ad Hoc Committee was created and tasked with evaluating, creating, interviewing, and recommending final candidates to the board for Executive Director. The committee evaluated the position and how it evolved over the last several years as well as gathered information from other SNA states to create a list of desired qualifications and responsibilities. This job description is what drove ISNA’s Request for Proposal (RFP). After the RFP was approved by ISNA’s Executive Committee & SNA, it was posted on Friday, October 13, 2022, with responses due November 4, 2022. The committee reviewed all twelve responses and met in person on November 9, 2022, to further discuss the prospects. A list of non- negotiables was created to help narrow

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Exciting Changes Ahead for ISNA Executive Board Positions On December 15, 2022 the ISNA Board passed a vote to change the start and end date/ terms to an executive board position. ISNA will now mirror yearly position terms similar to SNA. Past terms were set with our Indiana Annual Conference year to year. Beginning July 1, 2023, the new terms will run July 1 to June 30th. We are excited to have a calendar similar to SNA and our school year. Being involved with ISNA is vital for the future of our organization and now is a great time to get involved. With that being said, we are ready for your nominations! Exciting things are ahead. Please see the below nomination form.

2023/2024 ISNA Candidate Nomination Form The ISNA Nominating Committee will soon be selecting candidates for the Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Region Representative (Regions 1,3,5,7,9) positions for the 2023 Election Slate. Any member can complete this form and nominate another member or themselves. The nominations will be reviewed by the ISNA Nominating Committee and no more than two (2) nominees per position will be chosen to be on the slate for election. All officer terms, except Vice President, are two (2) years. Candidate requirements for any ISNA Executive Board elected office are: • ISNA Membership for at least the past two years • Must have attended at least one Annual State Conference in the past three (3) years • Region Representative’s principal place of employment shall be in his/her respective region Additional Requirements for Vice President: • Must have served on the ISNA Executive Board for two (2) of the past ten (10) years If you would like to be considered as a candidate or would like to nominate someone, please download and print this page, complete the form and return to: Stacie Light ISNA Immediate Past President/Nominating Committee Chair (574)371-5086 1 Administration Dr, Warsaw, IN 46580 DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF NOMINATIONS: MARCH 1, 2023 I would like to nominate the following person(s): (Place nominee’s name, phone # and e-mail address next to the office for which you are nominating him/her to be considered.) VICE PRESIDENT REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE #5

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2022-2023 executive board

Membership Chair Mary Ellen Gilliam, MBA MSD Wayne Township

Public Relations Chair Ashlee Lewis Southwest Allen Co. Schools

President Christine Clarahan, MS,SNS,RDN School City of Hammond

Legislative Chair Ben Driscoll SMART Sytems

Immediate Past President Stacie Light Warsaw Community Schools

President Elect Courtney FitzSimons, MA,RD,SNS West Lafayette Community Schools

Bylaws and Policy Chair Patrick Ryba-King School City of Hobart

State Agency Representative Ashley Heller Indiana Dept of Education

Vice President Amanda Worrick,DTR South Madison Community School Corp.

Industry Advisory Chair Christie White What’s 4 Lunch

Secretary/Treasurer Valarie Miller, RDN Center Grove Community School Corp.

Executive Director Cory Martin Mission Control HQ

Professional Development Co-Chair Amanda Stout, SNS Greenfield - Central Schools

Executive Director Team Calleigh Smith Mission Control HQ

Professional Development Co-Chair Vickie Coffey Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corp.

Professional Development Co-Chair Amanda Lambrechts, MS, RD, LN Perry Township

Financial Secretary Cheryl Speakman ISNA



Region 5 Representative Dana South Oak Hill United School Corporation Southwest Allen Co. Schools Region 4 Representative Ivan Balicky West Lafayette Community Schools Region 1 Representative Angelica Claiborne Merrillville Community School Corporation Region 2 Representative Sue Aikman New Prairie United School Corporation Region 3 Representative Ashlee Lewis Region 6 Representative Betty Huddleston Western Wayne Schools Region 7 Representative Vacant Region Representative Chair/ Region 8 Representative Shenae Rowe, RDN Warrick County School Corp. Region 9 Representative Daniel Williams Mooresville Consolidated Schools

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Christine Clarahan , MS,SNS,RDN, President School City of Hammond

Christine Clarahan is the proud Director of Food and Nutrition for the School City of Hammond. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds the School Nutrition Specialist credential. Christine completed her dietetics undergraduate work at Iowa State University and her dietetics internship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio. She has her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama.

In addition to her duties with ISNA, Christine sits on the K12 Foodservice Leadership Council for the International Foodservice Manufacturer Association (IFMA). Christine has served on both the Nutrition & Research and Professional Development committees for the School Nutrition Association. Christine was a co-advisor for the School Nutrition Association’s Director’s Best Practices virtual conference in October 2020 and a speaker at the 2019, 2021, and 2022 School Nutrition Association’s Annual Conferences. In her free time she loves to cross-stitch, read, and spend time with her beloved dog Watson.

Stacie Light, Immediate Past President Warsaw Community Schools

Stacie Light is the Director of Food & Nutrition Services for Warsaw Community Schools. Stacie grew up the eldest of four children and learned how to cook for a crowd from the best, her mom, Gail. After a brief hiatus as a stay-at-home mom, Stacie has worked the last 15 years with Warsaw Community Schools serving students as a cashier, kitchen manager, administrative assistant, and assistant director. While the hours of operation were the most attractive aspect of the job, she has stayed with Food Services because of the FUN she has with the students and staff. This is Stacie’s 6th year of serving on the ISNA board. Stacie has been active with ISNA for the last 9 years serving with the Operations Committee, Region 2 Representative, ISNA Vice President, President-Elect, and President. She looks forward to networking, learning, and growing as a leader with ISNA. In Stacie’s free time she enjoys decorating, walking her dog Wrigley, and traveling “up north” with family.



Courtney FitzSimons, RD,SNS, President Elect West Lafayette Community School Corporation

Courtney FitzSimons is the Food Service Director for West Lafayette Community School Corporation. She joined ISNA’s Executive Board in November of 2017 and served two years as Region 5 Representative and two years as Secretary/Treasurer.

Courtney received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and became a registered dietitian in October 2012. She began her career as an eating disorder dietitian but found her love for school nutrition in April 2015 when she was hired as the dietitian for Anderson Community School Corporation. Courtney enjoys the complexity of school nutrition and received her School Nutrition Specialist credential in November 2017. In July 2018 West Lafayette Community School Corporation hired Courtney as Food Service Director where she continues to learn and grow every day. Courtney is grateful for the opportunity to be on ISNA’s Executive Board and enjoys sharing her passion for school nutrition by serving as ISNA’s President Elect. Courtney is a proud mom of twins Grayson & Quinn and loves to dote on her three beautiful cats. In her free time, she enjoys watching scary movies with her husband, Sean, playing (winning) strategic board games, and socializing with friends and family. She can’t wait to see what the future holds both personally and professionally.

Amanda Worrick, DTR , Vice President South Madison Community Schools

Amanda Worrick is ISNA’s Vice President. Amanda has been in school nutrition since 2015 when she began her role as Director of Child Nutrition at Mississinewa Community Schools. She has recently accepted a new position as Director of Nutrition Services at South Madison Community Schools in Pendleton, IN. Amanda has been a registered dietetic technician for over 20 years and is a Ball State University Alum. Amanda began her career in clinical dietetics then moved on to food service in a college setting and catering before finding her niche in K-12 food service. Amanda is excited to attend LAC for the first time this spring and “Charge the Hill” to continue to fight for universal free meals for our students. She has attended every state conference since becoming a member of ISNA and attended National Leadership Conference/Future Leaders last year. Amanda has been active with ISNA for the last 5 years serving as Region 5 Rep, a member of the Administration Research Committee, Regional Rep Chair and Vice President. She was also awarded SNA’s Director of the Year for Indiana in 2022. Amanda has been married to her high school sweetheart Joey for over 21 years. They have two daughters Gracie who is a freshman at Ball State and Sophia who is a senior in high school and has been accepted to attend Ball State next school year. In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her friends and family and her goldendoodle Winston, cooking and traveling.

Valarie Miller, RDN, Secretary/Treasurer Center Grove Community School Corporation

Valarie Miller, ISNA’s Secretary/Treasurer, is the Assistant Director for Center Grove Food & Nutrition Services. In 2018 Valarie graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. She completed her dietetic internship at IUPUI in 2019. During the internship, Valarie completed her School Nutrition rotation with Center Grove Community Schools. At the beginning of her time there, she knew this would be her passion and was blessed to be able to get a foot in the door. Valarie is excited to continue to grow with ISNA. She enjoys spending time outside with her dog and taking hiking trips.



Shenae Rowe, RDN Region Representative Chair/Region 8 Representative Warrick County School Corporation

Shenae Rowe is the Region 8 Representative for ISNA and the Food & Nutrition Director for the Warrick County School Corporation. She is a registered dietitian and also serves as the Employee and Student Wellness Coordinator. Shenae has been involved in ISNA and SNA for over 19 years. She actively serves as the chair of the SNA Political Action Committee and has served on the SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee, SNA Unpaid Meal Charges Working Group, and the SNA Operation USDA Foods Task Force. Shenae currently serves on the ISNA Legislative Committee. Education is an avenue Shenae has always pursued, not just by working for the school corporation, but by being an educator herself. Shenae has been a regular presenter for ISNA and SNA at the state and national annual conferences, the Legislative Action Conference, and many regional and local workshops. Her passion for the WCSC School Nutrition program is evident and her goal is to help others achieve the same desire and passion in their role as School Nutrition Professionals. In Shenae’s free time, she enjoys watching her 8th grade son, Ethan, play basketball and seeing her senior daughter, Elorie, perform in the Castle High School Show Choir and Theater productions.

Amanda Stout, Professional Development Co-Chair Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation

Amanda Stout is the Director of Food Services for Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation. Amanda has been a food service director for a total of 12 years between two school corporations, Centerville-Abington Community Schools for nearly 8 years and Greenfield-Central since November 2019. Amanda is a 2011 Purdue University graduate and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, Fitness, and Health and is a credentialed School Nutrition Specialist through the School Nutrition Association. Amanda’s favorite parts of her career in school nutrition has been the people it has brought into her life, the opportunity to learn something new almost daily, and the flexible hours to support her active family. Amanda is really looking forward to attending ANC for the first time this summer in Denver and also continuing to grow professional development opportunities for ISNA members. Amanda lives in Hagerstown, Indiana with her high school sweetheart Steve and their two beautiful children Lucas and Lauren. As a family, they enjoy long weekend vacations around the Midwest, playing card games for hours, and spending time with extended family. Personally, Amanda is an avid baker and recently started her own side business selling French macarons.

Vickie Coffey , Professional Development Co-Chair Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation

Vickie Coffey is the Nutrition Services/Healthy Schools Director at RBB Edgewood Schools. She has loved her job for 22 years now! She wears many hats for RBB including the Healthy Schools Chair, United Way Campaign Facilitator, and Stop the Bleed Coordinator. She is a Serv Safe Instructor and Proctor, a Trainer for the Institute of Child Nutrition, a LEAD to Succeed trainer for the National School Nutrition Association and she has received the Franklin Leading Light Award for RBB Healthy Schools Culture. She has served ISNA for the past 10 years on the Nutrition Research Committee, Region 9 Representative and most recently the Professional Development Co-Chair. Feeding kids healthy filling foods in her community makes her happy. In her free time, she spoils her husband with home cooked meals, enjoys walks with her dog, doing puzzles with her cat and shopping with her best friend, her beautiful daughter. She is a retired ZUMBA instructor, but still likes to attend an occasional class to shake off some stress #selfcare.


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Amanda Lambrechts, MS, RD, LN Professional Development Co-Chair Perry Township Schools

Amanda Lambrechts serves as one of the Professional Development Co-Chairs and is the Assistant Director of Child Nutrition for Perry Township Schools. Amanda received her Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University. In 2016, she completed both her Master of Science degree and dietetic internship at Illinois State University. While attending Illinois State, she was first introduced to school nutrition when she worked in a high school cafeteria part- time. Before returning to the school nutrition career in Indiana in 2020, she worked in clinical, private practice, and retail dietetics settings in her home state of South Dakota. In her free time, Amanda enjoys fitness, traveling, and hiking with her dog, Luna. She is excited to become more involved with ISNA!

Mary Ellen Gilliam, MBA, Membership Chair MSD Wayne Township

Mary Ellen Gilliam is the Assistant Director of Child Nutrition for MSD Wayne Township in Indianapolis, IN. She began her career in child nutrition as a dietitian and nutrition manager, in Georgia. Returning to her Midwest roots, Mary Ellen has served as the Assistant Director of Dining Services and then as Director of Dining Services for Chartwells K-12. A proud #BoilerMaker, Mary Ellen earned her bachelor’s degrees in both Nutrition Science & Dietetics from Purdue University. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Mary Ellen is the youngest of thirteen children, enjoys traveling, and experiencing new food from different cultures. Child Nutrition for Mary Ellen is where passion meets purpose.

Ashlee Lewis, Public Relations Chair/Region 3 Representative Southwest Allen County Schools

Ashlee Lewis is the Region 3 Representative and Public Relations Chair for the Indiana School Nutrition Association. She is currently the Director of Food Service at Southwest Allen County Schools, a new position she began in April of 2022. For the previous 10 years, she was the Food Service Director for DeKalb County Central United School District. Her background in Hospitality and Tourism Management while also holding a Culinary Arts Degree led her through many jobs previously in the restaurant and hotel world before she found her passion for school nutrition in 2012. Ever since, Ashlee strives to make school meals attainable and sustainable for her school district and the rest of Indiana. She loves bringing new ideas to life and creating meal services that impact families at school and at home. The highlight of her workdays is when she is interacting with the students she serves and her wonderful team of food service superstars! She spends her free time focused on health and wellness, weightlifting with her husband, playing board games and roller skating with her three children, and keeping her hands busy with construction, houseplants, and of course cooking.

Ben Driscoll, Legislative Chair SMART Systems

Ben Driscoll is the Central Indiana Regional Sales/Service Manager for Smart Systems. He graduated from DePauw University and has worked in the School Nutrition Industry for 17 years. As an avid supporter of ISNA he has served two years on the Operations Committee for Professional Development and beginning his sixth year as ISNA’s Legislative Chair. Ben lives in Noblesville, Indiana with his wife, Jaime, and two children, Austin and Emersyn. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, golfing, and coaching his children in athletics.



Patrick Ryba-King, Bylaws & Policy Chair School City of Hobart

Patrick has been in the food service industry since he was 14 and ½ years old. He has done everything from bussing tables, to working at a deli, to managing at McDonalds. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science so he can advance out of fast food. He began his career at a school system only 3 years ago and has never looked back. He is currently the Food Service Director’s assistant, learning everything he can, so he can become a director one day too. After work, he spends his evenings with his 3 cats, cooks dinners with his husband, and then plays video games for the rest of the evening. He’s bubbly, has a great sense of humor, and is very passionate about his career and staff.

Ashley Heller, State Agency Representative Indiana Department of Education

Ashley Heller, ISNA’s State Agency Representative, is a school nutrition specialist with the Indiana Department of Education, School and Community Nutrition Division. Ashley is one of IDOE’s Farm to School and School Wellness Policy specialists. Ashely is also part of the Training and Resource Development Team. On this team, Ashley works with special dietary needs, training development and implementation, resource creation, helping onboard new SNP sponsors, professional standards hiring requirements, and more. Ashley loves helping assist schools in obtaining clarity in how they can best run their programs and make a lasting impact on their students through nutrition. In her free time, Ashley loves going on walks and traveling to new places with her husband Alex and their dog, Leo, experimenting with gluten-free recipes, and tackling various home DIYs. Just last month Ashley gave birth to their first daughter, Piper, and she is loving being a new mom.

Angelica Claiborne , Region 1 Representative Merrillville Community School Corporation

Angelica Claiborne is the Food Service Director for Merrillville Community School Corporation. She has been working in the corporation since 2009. Angelica began her career with Merrillville schools as assistant kitchen manager and worked her way up, becoming the director in February 2021. She graduated from Merrillville High School in 2006 and completed her Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts in June 2009 and her Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood education in 2019. This is her second year serving on the ISNA board and she has been a member since 2009. She has spent her career in food service but became interested in school food service right out of college. She is focused on learning all she can so she can share that knowledge with her staff.

Ivan Balicky, Region 4 Representative Dekalb County Central School District

Ivan Balicky is a newly appointed ISNA Executive Board member. He is the Assistant Food Service Director for West Lafayette Community Schools. He began his career in child nutrition in 2010 as assistant cook. Ivan was born and raised in Slovakia. After graduating from college in 2005 with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering he came to Indiana and completed an 18-month internship program at Indiana Beach Amusement Park. During this time, he met his future wife Joni and the rest is history. Ivan has been part of ISNA since 2019. He also has had the honor of receiving the 2021 School Food Service Employee of the Year award from IDOE for his commitment to child nutrition during difficult Covid times. In his free time, Ivan enjoys tackling various DIY projects and spending time with his wife and 4 children.


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Betty Huddleston, Region 6 Representative Western Wayne Schools

Betty Huddleston is the Region 6 Representative as well as the Food Service Director for Western Wayne Schools in Cambridge City. Betty began working in the school cafeteria because the hours were great with 2 kids in school at the time. She came to love it very quickly! The middle school in Betty’s first district was one of the pilot schools for the Fresh Fruit and Veggie program several years ago. Betty has been a member of ISNA for 22 years and has attended several ISNA conferences and workshops. She looks forward to meeting and networking with all ISNA members. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going on day trips with her husband of 42 years, David. Betty’s other interest include competing at the Indiana State Fair in the Culinary, Antiques and the Photo categories plus adding to her cookbook collection.

Daniel Williams , Region 9 Representative Mooresville Schools

Daniel Williams is the Food Services Director for Mooresville Schools. He has been a 10-year member of the Indiana School Nutrition Association. He is a 2022 graduate of the ISNA/IDOE school nutrition certificate program. Furthermore, he has been on the board of Board of Directors for the West Indy Coop for over eight years.. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and has worked as a K-12 Food Services Director for 10 years. Prior to his experience in child nutrition, he spent over 13 years in both chain and independent restaurant management. Any given evening or weekend, you can find Daniel and his wife Ashley cheering on their two kids at sporting events. He enjoys attending SNA and ISNA events and is excited to be the Region 9 representative for ISNA.

Christie White, Industry Committee Chair What’s 4 Lunch

Christie White is the owner of What’s 4 Lunch Specialized K12 Kitchen Training. Christie began this journey as a K12 Equipment Rep over 7 years ago. She saw an incredible need for filling the kitchen training gap in K12. Over time, she diligently learned how programs operate, collaborated with K12 Food Mfg. to learn specifics of the food, spent time in kitchens learning, observed, and worked alongside to understand “their world”. She launched What’s 4 Lunch in 2021. She understands and operates most MFG equipment, new and old, knowing where it all fits in a program with the menu in mind. She has trained in 35+ programs in 10 states. She understands the pain points and works diligently to help any program she can. She is improving efficiency of kitchen operations, teaching proper processes of a commercial kitchen, seeing quality improvements that are leading to growth of a program and increased participation. Christie is an advocate of School Nutrition anywhere the opportunity arises. She is passionate about empowering staff with seeing change positively in order to better their everyday job and produce quality food so children everywhere will be fed. She is Chair of Indiana IAC, CHARGES THE HILL at LAC, and teaches education classes for State SNA Conferences. Changing the stigma of school lunch, helping amazing teams that do it, along with feeding more kids everywhere is what Christie strives to do each day. Outside of a school kitchen Christie enjoys being a Mom to 2 boys living their best life in college, spending time and laughing with family and friends, cheering on the Boilermakers, going on adventures, and decorating.



Cheryl Speakman, Financial Secretary ISNA

Cheryl Speakman is a seasonal tax accountant for Girardot, Strauch & Company in Lafayette, Indiana. She joined ISNA in May 2022 as the financial secretary. Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Ball State University. When her children were young, she put her career on hold to be a stay-at-home mom and then worked at the elementary school her children attended. When Cheryl went back into accounting, she specialized in individual and business taxation and earned her Enrolled Agent’s license in 2006. This allows her to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service. Her additional areas of knowledge include bookkeeping, and QuickBooks Accounting. In Cheryl’s spare time, she enjoys loving on her grandchildren, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. Cheryl is excited to be a part of ISNA. She knows how important the school lunches were for her own children and now for her grandchildren. A fun fact about Cheryl is she is Courtney FitzSimons’ mom.

Cory Martin , Executive Director Mission Control HQ

Cory Martin has a broad history of working with state and international associations. Over the course of a decade, he has helped organizations including the Indiana State Police Alliance, American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, the Indiana HVAC Association, and over a dozen others. After serving in a captive staff model for the Indiana State Police Alliance, he took the organization to an association management model which led him to form his own association management firm called Mission Control. The ISPA remains a beloved client to this day. In addition to the Alliance, Mission Control has clientele in the government regulation, professional sports, health and human services, and public safety industries. Throughout his career, Cory has helped deliver membership growth, non-dues revenue growth, and strategic direction for his clients. He also serves as a lobbyist and works primarily on law enforcement legislation at the state and federal levels. Cory has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), studying Public Affairs Management with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management. A Certified Association Executive (CAE), he is a proud member of the Indiana Society of Association Executives and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. On October 1, 2019, Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb, appointed Cory to the Board of Trustees for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. An appointment he will serve until 2023.

Calleigh Smith, Executive Director Team Mission Control HQ

Calleigh Smith is Mission Control’s Director of Client Services. In her role, she works with various clients in providing executive support, event planning management, and member support. Her expertise and eagerness to try new things have helped associations increase communication and transparency, help identify needs to grow and improve membership, and develop processes for better internal organization. Calleigh is organized, strategic, and leaves a lasting impression on all those she meets.

A proud native Hoosier, Calleigh grew up on a family farm in La Porte, Indiana. She moved to Indianapolis to attend the University of Indianapolis. Since graduation, she has worked with various associations and around the Indiana State Capitol. Calleigh enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to explore new places in her free time.


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The 2022 ISNA Annual Conference kicked off with a bang with opening remarks by ISNA President Christine Clarahan and representatives from the USDA including Dr. Vista Fletcher. Attendees enjoyed a presentation by keynote speaker, Lindsey Vertner who spoke about Fear in Leadership.

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Concurrent sessions included a panel of school nutrition professionals reviewing strategies to build successful working relationships, building marketing strategies to create turnkey programs, and learning the basics of resource management. The evening concluded with an awesome Welcome Back Bash sponsored by Piazza Produce (see photos on the next page)! Day Two was jam packed with the ISNA annual business meeting, keynote Clint Swindall, and engaging breakout sessions presented by school nutrition professionals and industry partners. The American Dairy Association Indiana presented a whole group session that included Shannon Solomon, nutrition services director from Aurora Public Schools in Colorado.



The Industry Advisory Council presented “Under the Big Top” carnival experience complete with clowns, a ring master, face painting, games, food, cotton candy, and all the fun attendees could stand. The evening concluded with Courtney FitzSimons and Tonia Batesole receiving a pie in the face as part of a fundraiser for ISNA. It was so much fun!

Courtney Video



The last day of the conference was just as memorable as the first two days! Industry partners helped attendees understand the value of the Industry Exhibit Fair and recipients of the ISNA/IDOE School Nutrition Director Certificate program were recognized (see page 7). Keynote Clint Swindall wrapped up the educational sessions for the conference before attendees headed to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the Industry Exhibit Fair.



Amanda Worrick Director of Child Nutrition Mississinewa Community Schools

Ruth Hacha Food Service Assistant Manager East Allen County Schools

Sara Laboube Food Service Employee North Adams Community Schools

Rita Tapp-Webb Operations Supervisor RBB Edgewood Schools

Ginger Macy Site Supervisor Perry Township Schools

Tonia Batesole Food Service Director Porter Township School Corporation


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Historically there were 8 top allergens identified: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy. Add Sesame to the list! Sesame is the top 9th allergen now identified among children and adults in the United States. “More than 1.5 million Americans have a sesame allergy, more than five times the previous estimate” (Warren) . Sesame is the newest addition to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consume Protection act (FALCPA) since 2004 (USDA). Due to this increase in sesame allergies, a new law requires sesame labeling on food packages. What is an allergy? An allergy is an immune response to a typically harmless substance. The reaction first stimulates production of IgE (immunoglobulin E), which anchors to mast cells and basophils. Later exposure stimulates secretion of histamine and cytokines which initiate inflammation in the body. Lastly, the most severe, anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock is a potentially

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