Minnesota School Nutrition Professionals Elect

New Executive Board and Leadership Committee Members

Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA), comprised of 3,000 school nutrition professionals in the state, has installed its 2020-21 Executive Board and Leadership Development Committee virtually on Monday, August 3. Typically, these members are recognized during MSNA’s Annual Conference in August, but due to COVID-19 restrictions the conference has been canceled.

 This year’s elected board has a proven record of volunteer experience, leadership, talent and true passion for child nutrition for MSNA as well as the national School Nutrition Association (SNA). They will join President Mary Jo Lange of Red Lake School District and President-Elect Carrie Frank, of Dover-Eyota School District, to lead the association for the 2020-21 school year.

Elected to serve from a talented group of candidates were:

  • Cheryl Pick of Foley Public Schools as vice president
  • Vickie Speltz of Lewiston-Altura School District as secretary/treasurer
  • Jennifer Walters of Winona Public Schools to the Leadership Development Committee
  • Steve Martel of General Mills as industry chairperson

Appointed positions include new Education Chair Michele Hawkinson, of Tracy School District, and new Public Policy Chair Brenton Lexvold, of Red Wing School District. Returning to the board this year are Nutrition Chair Faith Ford of Anoka-Hennepin School District, MN State Agency Representative Debra Lukkonen of Minnesota Department of Education, and Member Services Chair Loriann Landowski of Foley Public Schools.

“These dedicated school nutrition professionals exemplify the committed members we work with every day, they have proven records of leadership and dedication to the health and well-being of our state’s students,” said Minnesota School Nutrition Association Executive Director Sharon Maus. “We are extremely proud of everyone who ran for these positions and appreciate that we have such a talented group of individuals to lead us into an unprecedented school year with unique challenges.”