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.
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.
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
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
PhD, MBA, RD
Nominating Committee Chair
Chartwells School Dining Services
Director of Nutrition and Wellness
800 4th St SW
Washington, DC 20024
Whitney Bateson is the Director of Nutrition and Wellness for Chartwells K12, supporting nearly 500 school districts nationwide with programs for food allergy management, menu planning, regulatory compliance, and sustainability. Whitney first joined Chartwells working as a Resident Dietitian in DC Public Schools, where she planned menus, managed the USDA foods program, delivered associate training, and assisted with the implementation of a variety of programs, including the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, supper program, and local produce procurement.
Whitney earned her BS in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, completed her Dietetic Internship at Keene State College, and earned a Master of Public Health in Health Policy from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is a past member of the Nominating Committee at the DC Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and current Chair of the Chartwells Diversity and Inclusion Action Council. In addition to an interest in food policy, Whitney is passionate about nutrition communication and graphic design, which she integrates into many of the programs and resources she develops.
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
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.