March 14, 2018

Eagle Eye Golf Club, Bath, MI


8:00 – 9:00 am            Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 am            Welcome and Overview

Presenter(s): Xavier Jaramillo, Spectrum Human Services & Scott Little, SNAM

9:15 – 10:00 am          New to School Food Service Panel

Presenter(s): Missy Elliott, Armada AS; Kendall Lalko, Romeo CS; Mike McKay, SMART Systems; & Evan Robertson, Holt PS

We often ask who’s going to be replacing the current generation of Industry Partners and Food Service Directors. Join in the discussion with our panel of younger Industry reps and Directors. Learn how they prefer to communicate, how they’ve adapted to supervising a generally older work force, the challenges they face, and how everyone can work together to help prepare others to follow us.

10:00 – 10:30 am        Break and Exhibits 

10:30 – 11:00 am        School Meals Report

Presenter(s): Alyssa Sagolla, MDE

MDE’s Fiscal Team will provide an overview of the School Meals Report – including how it is used to monitor the school meals fund balance, monitor indirect costs charged to the school meals funds, and the components used to calculate state supplemental payments such as 31d and 31f.  It’s important to understand how to access and complete this report, as well as how inaccurate reporting can lead to lower state supplemental payments.

11:00 am – 11:30 am   Legislation and SNA Update

Presenter(s): Michael Miller, SMART Systems & Sara Simmerman, Huron Valley Schools

The School Nutrition Association’s Legislative Action Conference just concluded in Washington D.C. where food service directors from across the country met with their respective representatives and senators. Learn firsthand the latest updates on what’s being proposed for school nutrition programs across the country.

11:30 am - 12:15 pm    Lunch

12:15 – 1:00 pm           Networking and Exhibits

1:00 – 1:45 pm             Who’s Who in Industry

Presenter(s): Patrick Gibson, Sysco Grand Rapids; Mike Luch, Waypoint; Chad Lunsford, Winston Industries LLC; Tamela Porter, General Mills

Our Industry partners play a crucial role in a successful school nutrition program. Understanding the complex infrastructure of the food industry can often be a challenge, however. What roles do manufacturers, brokers, distributors, and consultants all play? Learn from our experienced panel how all of these pieces fit into the larger picture, allowing you to leverage these resources to the advantage of your program.

1:45 – 2:00 pm             STEPS Wellness Program

Presenter(s): Nick Drzal, MDE & Mary Kurkowski, Port Huron Schools

The STEPS Challenge is a wellness program created just for school nutrition professionals to make engaged, present, and resilient employees in our programs. Join SNAM, leading Food Service Professionals, and the Michigan Department of Education School Nutrition Program’s Team Nutrition to encourage all of us to STEP UP to the Challenge. Our goal is to sign up 200 Michigan School Nutrition Professionals for SNA’s free online STEPS Challenge Wellness Program ( by October 2018 (the next SNAM Annual Conference).  By signing up you will join an amazing group of Michigan School Nutrition professionals, gain access to fitness tips and workout ideas, healthy recipes, a toolkit, and have a chance to win prizes.  We want you to find ways to help your staff embrace small habits that add up to big differences!

2:00 – 2:30 pm            Break and Exhibits

2:30 – 3:45 pm            Recognize Generational Differences to Benefit Your Program

Presenter(s): Ken Wasco, Gordon Food Service

You’ll enjoy hearing Ken Wasco as he speaks on strengthening our interpersonal skills across generations. Learning ways to work and manage multiple generations is key to improving staff effectiveness and comradery. Once you know and recognize the difference among generations you can simplify communication, training and motivation! Whether you’ve heard him before, or this is your first time – you’ll walk away with new ideas and concepts to improve.

3:45 – 4:00 pm            Wrap Up and Prizes

Presenter(s): Xavier Jaramillo, Spectrum Human Services & Scott Little, SNAM