What It Means to Be a School Nutrition Professional

karenh.jpgKaren Hallford, MS, RD, LD
Nutrition Education Coordinator
Gwinnet County (Ga.) Public Schools

“I absolutely LOVE school nutrition. I think that the field of school nutrition is the best kept secret for Registered Dietitians. I get to dabble in just about everything nutrition—special dietary needs, menu planning, procurement, nutrition education, training, leadership, public speaking, just to name a few! I have truly enjoyed working with the new meal pattern regulations over the past several years.”

dougd.jpgDoug Davis, SNS
Director, Food Service
Burlington (Vt.) School District
“I don’t think there is anything better we can do in a food and hospitality career than to take responsibility for childhood hunger. Food is a basic human right and we need the best people in the industry doing this job. Here is a job where you work reasonable hours, have health benefits, weekends off, and family time.”

donnam.jpgDonna Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS
Director, School Nutrition Program
Burke County (Ga.) Public School System

“Being a Registered Dietitian, I found that a career in school nutrition offered the best opportunity to put all of the classes I took in college and skills I have developed to work in one place. There is not another job that I can think of that offers so much variety on a day to day basis. The opportunity to be able to influence the lives of children, in such a positive way, is immensely satisfying. We get to help children develop lifelong healthy eating habits.”

jennym.jpgJenny McComb
Director, Child Nutrition
Provo City (Utah) School District

“Child nutrition has been a wonderful career. It has been a fabulous journey full of rewarding experiences and successes. We love what we do, we love serving children.”


Kathleen Glindmeier, MBA, RD, SNS
Director, Nutrition & Wellness
Paradise Valley Unified School District (Ariz.)

“During the last 20 years I have had the opportunity to train over 100 post-graduate interns in the field of child nutrition. As many child nutrition directors of my generation prepare to retire, the need for qualified people to take our place is rapidly growing. The competitive pay, generous benefits and defined pension plan make careers in child nutrition an attractive option. The honor and opportunity to feed hungry children every day is priceless!”

beckyd.jpgBecky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS
Director, School Nutrition Services
Alexandria City (Va.) Public Schools

“My passion comes from knowing that we are doing something that will have lifelong impact on children. I love that every day can be different (and usually is) and that there are always more mountains to climb. I have always enjoyed the opportunities that my membership in SNA has provided, and can honestly say that I always gain so much from the leadership experiences I have had with SNA.”

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