SNAM 2017-2018 Slate of Officers

Voting for officers of the School Nutrition Association of Michigan will take place during the Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Votes will be cast on Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21 at the conference. Newly elected officers will be announced by the SNAM President at the Annual meeting.

The SNAM Executive Board is recommending the following individuals for the 2017/2018 Elected Positions. The members listed below have met all the requirements necessary to serve.

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Vice President

Carolyn Thomas, Macomb ISD

Why are you seeking election?

List any additional qualifications you have.

SNS Certification, CND Certification, 30 years experience in Child Nutrition, MBA

Legislative Chair

Sara Simmerman, Huron Valley Schools

Membership Services Chair

Jessica Endres, Thornapple Kellogg Schools


Why are you seeking election?

In my time as a food service director, I have gained a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding all aspects of School Food Service. I strive to work with a team of like minded individuals to have a positive impact on the Michigan schools and communities that we serve. SNAM has made such a positive impact on my professional life, I feel called to give back to this wonderful organization.

List any additional qualifications you have.

Child Nutrition Director Certification through MSBO, 7 years’ experience as a Food Service Director for three different school districts. MSBO Food and Nutrition Services Chair

Professional Development Chair

Dan Connors, Southgate Community Schools


Why are you seeking election?

I would like to see more districts using the Training Classes that are provided as well as making them more cost accessible to the districts.

List any additional qualifications you have.

I have been in school feeding for 16 years, been in the food industry for 40+. I am a Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation, Certified Child Nutrition Director by Michigan School Business Officials among other certifications and I received my MBA from Walsh College

Chair of Area Representatives

Peg Panici, Kenowa Hills Public Schools


Rachelle Bendall, St Johns Public Schools


Area Representatives

You may only vote for the Area Representative from your home area, see map below.

Area 1 Representative

Carl Williams, Detroit Public Schools CD


Area 3 Representative

Caroline Dylewski, Warren Consolidated Schools

Why are you seeking election?

I looking to get more involved in the organization. Over the years I have come to appreciate the organized professional training, as not only see it as an asset to myself but, to everyone that works in the school food service industry. I am impressed by the passion and commitment by our state's leadership, and want to be a part of something good.

List any additional qualifications you have.

BA in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University. I am now beginning my 12th year at Warren Consolidated Schools Nutrition Service Department

Area 5 Representative

Sue Malin, Davison Community Schools


Area 7 Representative

George Siedis, Fennville Public Schools


Area 9 Representative



Area 11 Representative

Mary Rose Vanas, Shelby Public Schools 

 Why are you seeking election?

Food Service and feeding people is a love and a passion, there is nothing better than making sure someone who is hungry gets fed. We all, working in this industry have one of the most valuable assets in any employee, the fact that we care.

In recent years there has been much hype centered around what we feed our students. We are highly talented focused individuals and awesome when we work in a team. Or students will respond to us because we know their name, we know if they look well, we can sense if they are happy. We need to demonstrate to our whole school community how much of a hot property we are and get the professional recognition we deserve.

I came to the USA in 2007 after working in inner city Breakfast for 14 years, Kids are Kids and need high quality nutritious food no matter where in the world they live.

My goal is to continue to feed our kids so no child goes hungry, to promote myself and my colleagues and get the recognition we all deserve.

We have to believe in ourselves first, then others will take notice.

 List any additional qualifications you have.  I have been in Food Service all my working life, starting my first job in an hotel at 14. 

Area 13 Representative

Barbie Ward-Thomas, Gwinn Area Community Schools