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Annual Conference Agenda

Thursday, October 19, 2017


30 - The Farm to School Roadmap: A Michigan Farm to School Training

Presenter(s): Staff from the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, MSU Extension and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Room: Grand View (Amway)

Friday, October 20, 2017

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

SNAM Leadership Academy (part 2 of 2)

Room: Pearl (Amway)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

40 - Michigan Farm Fresh Skills #160

Presenter(s): Amy Klinkoski, SNAM & Chef Xaviar Jaramillo, Spectrum Juvenile Justice Services

Room: Affinity Group - Michaels Test Kitchen (Off Site)

50 – Fresh Eyes Workshop

Presenter(s): Gelnn Noffsinger; Jean Ronnei & Kymm Mutch, Pro Team

Room: Grand View (Amway)

It's All About the Menu

1:00 – 4:00 pm

60 – Leverage Technology in Your Professional and Personal Life

Presenter(s): Fred Sharpsteen, Mecosta-Osceola ISD

Room: Haldane (Amway)

70 – ServSafe® Review & Exam #134/136 - Canceled

Presenter(s): Dan Connors, Southgate Community Schools

1:00 - 3:00 pm

MDE Consortia Lead Meeting

Room: Thornapple (Amway) 

3:00 - 4:00 pm

10 Cents Pilot Training

Room: Grand View (Amway) 

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Area Representative Meeting

Room: Pearl (Amway)

Friday Evening Events

5:00 - 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception with Start to Paint

Room: Ambassador East Ballroom (Amway)

Education Room & Silent Auction Open

Center Concourse (Amway)

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Industry Appreciation Reception (Directors only)

Room: Imperial Ballroom (Amway)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

6:15 - 6:45 am

Grand Rapids Walk

Meet at Center Concourse (Amway)

7:00 – 8:00 am

Breakfast, Sponsored by UDIM

Room: Ballroom CD (DeVos)

8:00 - 9:30 am

Opening General Session, Keynote Speaker: Elnian Gilbert, ZingTrain

Room: Ballroom CD (DeVos)

Education Sessions

Breakout Session #1

9:45 - 10:45 am

101 - The Power of Language

Presenter(s): Elnian Gilbert, ZingTrain

Room: River Overlook A (DeVos)

102 - Accommodating Food Allergies

Presenter(s): Howard Leikert, MDE

Room: River Overlook B (DeVos)

103 - Multicultural and Special Meals

Presenter(s): Mandy Sosnowksi, Utica CS & Mariann Romsek, Bloomfield Hills Schools

Room: River Overlook C (DeVos)

104 - Community Collaboration & Partnership

Presenter(s): Rachelle Bonelli, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan; Christi Demitz, MSU Extension; & Carolyn Thomas, Macomb ISD

Room: River Overlook D (DeVos)

Handouts: Community Partners

105 - Increasing School Breakfast in Secondary Schools

Presenter(s): Phillip Greene, Grand Rapids PS; Samantha Mozdziers, Hazel Park Schools; Moh'd Shamali, Kentwood Schools; Bryan Van Dorn, United Way; Emily Mattern, UDIM (moderator)

Room: River Overlook E (DeVos)

106 - Practical Approach to Safety & Sanitation

Presenter(s): Mike McKay, SMART Systems

Room: River Overlook F (DeVos)

Breakout Session #2

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

201 - Make Cents of Your Cycle Menu

Presenter(s): Sue Bevins, Richmond Community Schools

Room: River Overlook A (DeVos)


202 - Produce Palette - Increasing Vegetable Consumption

Presenter(s): Kristen Harthorn, Van Eerden Foodservice

Room: River Overlook B (DeVos)

203 - The National Outlook

Presenter(s): Mary Kurkowski, Port Huron Schools

Room: River Overlook C (DeVos)

204 - Joining Forces to Feed Kids Throughout the Summer

Presenter(s): Sherie Davy, Capital Area Meals Coalition; Phyllis Hepp, Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes; Amy Nichols, South Haven Schools; Bryan Van Dorn, United Way; Emily Mattern, UDIM (moderator)

Room: River Overlook D (DeVos)

205 - Effective Evaluation of Staff

Presenter(s): Julie Gillepsie, Ottawa Area ISD

Room: River Overlook E (DeVos)

206 - How to Utilize Internship Programs

Presenter(s): June Altom, Watervliet PS; Richard Browder, Brighton AS; Dan Gorman, Montague/Whitehall District Schools; & Peg Panici, Kenowa Hills PS

Room: River Overlook F (DeVos)

Breakout Session #3

12:15 - 1:15 pm

301 - Food Waste: The Latest Movement

Presenter(s): Jean Ronnei, Pro Team

Room: River Overlook A (DeVos)

302 - There's an App for That!

Presenter(s): Amy Nichols, South Haven PS

Room: River Overlook B (DeVos)

303 - Speed Scratch Techniques

Presenter(s): Moh'd Shamali, Kentwood PS

Room: River Overlook C (DeVos)

304 - Shop Healthy at Home

Presenter(s): Sarah Van Eerden, Registered Dietitian

Room: River Overlook D (DeVos)

305 - What Comprises a Reimbursable Meal Under Offer Versus Serve?

Presenter(s): Heather Holland & Melissa Lonsberry, MDE 

Room: River Overlook E (DeVos)


Exhibit Show (Directors only)

Room: Ballroom AB (DeVos)

Exhibit Show (All Attendees)

1:15 - 3:15 pm

Room: Ballroom AB (DeVos)

Breakout Session #4

3:30 - 4:30 pm

401 - Meet Your Customers

Presenter(s): Student Panel; Dan Gorman, Montaque Area PS/Whitehall DS & Branda Jansen, Kelloggsville Public Schools

Room: River Overlook A (DeVos)

402 - Balance Your Life and Survive the Role of a School Nutrition Professional

Presenter(s): Andrew Heney, Specialty Equipment Sales Co

Room: River Overlook B (DeVos)

403 - The Unconference for Directors

Presenter(s): Jessica Endres, Thornapple Kellogg Schools

Room: River Overlook C (DeVos)

404 - Product Versatility - Recipe Designing

Presenter(s): Roger Doseck; Chef Tarrice Gibson; & Chef Robert LaFond, JTM Foods

Room: River Overlook D (DeVos)

405 - We Need More Than Just a Warm Body

Presenter(s): Michelle Fuller, Madison Schools 

Room: River Overlook E (DeVos)

3:00 - 6:00 pm

Education Room & Silent Auction

Center Concourse (Amway)

4:00 - 6:30 pm

Get Artsy with a Henna Tattoo

Center Concourse (Amway)

6:00 - 11:00 pm

Dinner & Reception with DJ!

Room: Ambassador Ballroom (Amway)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 am


Room: Ambassador Ballroom (Amway)

8:00 – 9:00 am

Installation of Officers & Annual Meeting

Room: Ambassador Ballroom (Amway)

9:00 – 10:00 am

Closing General Session: Kelly Swanson, Author & Motivation Speaker

Room: Ambassador Ballroom (Amway)

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

All full conference attendees will earn 6 CEUs. Pre-conference sessions may qualify as additional CEUs.