MSNA’s 2017 Election Polls will open May 15th!

By  •  May 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

The “polls” for MSNA’s 2017 Election will open May 15th!

This will be your opportunity to join fellow MSNA members in voting for the candidates that will make a difference in advancing the Association and its efforts to improve school nutrition programs. As a member of MSNA, you should make casting your vote a top priority.  This year, the MSNA members will vote for the positions of Vice President, Nutrition Chair and 2 members for the Leadership Development Committee.

The MSNA Executive Board has approved the slate of candidates for the 2017 election ballot. The following candidates have MSNA volunteer experience, leadership talent and passion for child nutrition that have made them eligible to be placed on the ballot.

Vice President
Vicki Speltz, Lewiston/Altura Schools

Vicki Speltz has been in food service for 31 years. She started out in the restaurant world, then moved to health care. She is the Food & Nutrition director and has been with the Lewiston-Altura school district for 20 years.  She has served on the chapter 11, South East as President & Co President and is currently serving a term as Co President. She has attended and volunteered at multiple state conferences.  She is a passionate advocate of Farm2School and works on education with her staff and students promoting healthful eating and living.   She loves her job and finds it very rewarding. She is always amazed at how many lives they touch in this business. She lives in Rollingstone, Minnesota with husband of 30 years. They have two sons, Matthew and Andrew.


Nutrition Chair
Jackie Brown, Orono Schools

Jackie Brown has been in the school nutrition industry for over 5 years and has a B.S. in Dietetics and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.  Her passion for school nutrition all started after trying to find a career path that involved healthy eating and education.  She has worked as Cook Manager at Chaska High School where she was awarded the Louise Sublet Award of Excellence, Assistant Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District, and is currently the  Supervisor of Child Nutrition for Orono Public Schools. Jackie is currently serving as chair for the Fall Nutrition Conference Committee and has served on the committee for 4 years helping to create new themes and concepts to keep the conference fresh and interesting. Outside of work, Jackie can be found biking, gardening, traveling, volunteering, or working on house projects.


Leadership Development Committee:

Ali Diley, Owatonna Schools

Ali Diley has worked been with the Owatonna Public Schools for almost 3 years. After completing her dietetic internship and Master’s program in St. Louis, MO in 2012, she returned to the College of Saint Benedict to teach in the Nutrition Department for two years.  Working in school nutrition and with younger children was always something she would like to do and started with Owatonna in 2014. She feels like she is in the right place in the world of nutrition and dietetics. She will be taking on new a leadership role as Chapter President (Chapter 27 – Straight River) next school year.  Ali and her husband live in Faribault, and she enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews, reading, and playing with their rescue pup, Sia.”


Roxi Knops, White Bear Lake Schools

Roxi Knops has worked in School Nutrition in White Bear Lake for 23 years. She served as their Association President and as North Ramsey Chapter President 3 times over the years. Roxi has also held positions with MSNA, first as a Chapter Liaison, and then as the Member Services Chair on the Board of Directors for 2 years. Most recently, she served as the School Nutrition Employee/Manager Representative on the SNA Board of Directors for 2 years. In that role, Roxi served for 2 years as SNABoard Advisor on the Membership Committee, the Memberships Section Advisor, as a SNA Board delegate to the Delegate Assembly, and on the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) Scholarship Committee!


Amy Richardson, Stillwater Area Schools

Amy Richardson joined Stillwater Area Schools in 2013, after moving to Minnesota from Maine. She is currently the manager at Mahtomedi High School.Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Northern Arizona University and holds a Level 3 certificate with SNA.  She has worked in leadership roles for more than 25 years. Prior to school nutrition, she was co-owner of a web design firm, managed client accounts, designed and coded websites and provided client training; she was the East Coast Regional Director for a J-1 visa high school student exchange program, where she hired, trained and managed Community Representatives, who were in charge of finding host families and supervising students; Amy was also on management teams of several national restaurant chains, ranging from fine dining to casual family dining.

Amy is a certified Emergency Disaster Services volunteer with The Salvation Army and helps coordinate food service for large functions as well as serving emergency responders out of a mobile kitchen. Amy lives in Stillwater with her husband and teenagers. She loves quilting, cooking and camping.

Voting Rules

  • To be eligible to vote you must be a member in good standing as of April 15, 2017
  • You must enter a valid SNA ID member number to be qualified to vote
  • You may only vote once-duplicate votes will not be counted and will be disqualified.

Voting will be conducted May 15th through May 22nd through Survey Monkey. You must have a valid/current email address on file. If you do not have an email address you will be able to find the election link on the website under events.

The newly elected members will be installed at the state conference in Duluth.