MSNA Announces Candidate Slate for 2019 Election!

By  •  April 24, 2019 at 5:39 pm  •  0 Comments

It’s almost time to head to the polls to decide who will represent you on the Association’s Executive Board and Leadership Development Committee. This year’s election features candidates whose SNA volunteer experience, leadership talent and passion for child nutrition have earned them a place on the ballot.

The Leadership Development Committee has conducted the search for the open positions on the Executive Board and Leadership Development committee. The committee lead by Immediate past president, Wendy Knight, Ali Diley, Owatonna, Sherri Knutson, Rochester, Jess Pena, Mounds View and Jennifer Walters, Winona. They have prepared the 2019 slate of officers for the election to be held May 1-15, 2019. Each and every MSNA member’s vote counts in selecting those who will lead the Association to address the challenges and opportunities of the future.

The open elected positions are for Vice President, Nutrition Chair and one elected spot on the Leadership Development Committee.

Voting will be open from May 1st to May 15th  

Voting link 


  • To be eligible to vote you must be a member in good standing as of April 30, 2019
  • You must enter a valid MSNA ID number to be qualified to vote
  • You may only vote once – duplicate votes will not be counted
  •  All members may cast a vote for Vice President, Nutrition Chair and Leadership Development Committee

We will be using Survey Monkey for the election and a link will be emailed to all eligible MSNA members with a current email address on file. MSNA members that have not provided an email address to SNA will be able to visit the MSNA website during the voting timeframe and click on a link to cast their votes.

It is time to meet the candidates!


Carrie Frank

Carrie Frank is in her thirteenth year as Food Nutrition Director of Dover-Eyota Public Schools located in Eyota, MN, east of Rochester, MN. After receiving her education in Restaurant and Hotel Cookery, she began her career in restaurants and health care, but, found her passion in school nutrition. Carrie has been a SNA/MSNA member for over 12 years and holds a SNA Level 4 certificate. She has served as MSNA Chapter President, Chapter Liaison and on the Annual Conference Committee. She has attended numerous State and National Conferences. Carrie brought the Farm to School (F2S) initiative to Dover-Eyota schools, and is F2S advocate. She has presented on the benefits of F2S at meetings and conferences, including the MSNA Annual State Conference, and the National Farm to School Conference. She recently gave her testimony (sharing the school/food service perspective) at the MN State Capital to the House on the Farm to School & Early Care bill. She fully understands the requirements of the position, and is poised to undertake the responsibilities of Vice President, representing MSNA members state-wide. Carrie truly believes in the quote by John C. Maxwell: “If I want to do something GOOD, I can do it on my own.If I want to do something GREAT, I’m going to have to develop a TEAM.”  Being part of the MSNA “TEAM” as Vice President, representing MSNA members would be a joy and a “GREAT” honor.


Marie Carroll

Marie Carroll is the Nutrition Services Coordinator for North St Paul- Maplewood-Oakdale school district. She has been in school nutrition for over 15 years and holds a SNA Level 4 certificate. Marie has attended many national and MSNA conferences and participates in her local chapter. She is excited to run for the position of Nutrition Chair for MSNA. She is running for Nutrition Chair to meet the educational and training needs of our members.





Faith Ford

Faith Ford is the Chef Supervisor for Anoka-Hennepin ISD#11. She has managed complex projects in various environments within the food and beverage industry including c-store, schools K-12, retail channels, and foodservice. She holds a SNA Level 4 Certificate, has been a Chapter Co-President (2016-2017), (2017-2018) and Annual Conference and Workshop Committee (2017). Faith believes nutrition and food go hand-in-hand. Being part of an association is where we make thoughtful, long-term differences through influence, drive and providing sound choices to eat healthy foods. She will bring her passion to help make a difference by listening to your needs, thoughtful team planning, training opportunities that work for all skill set, and motivation.




Erin George

Erin George has worked in child nutrition for 14 years in various roles—working her way up from a short hour Nutrition Service Assistant to Supervisor at one of the largest high schools in St. Paul. She continues to be committed, dedicated, and passionate about feeding children’s bodies and minds as they are our future. Helping others through teachable moments, coaching, leading by example, and loving what you do creates leaders—not a title. She looks forward to working with you and for you on the MSNA Leadership Development Committee.




Michele Hawkinson

Michele Hawkinson is the Food Service Director for the Tracy Area School District. She started her career in School Food Service as a cook/manager at the Heron Lake/Okabana School District and Worthington School District as Food Service Director. She has been the Chapter 2 president and currently co-president and enjoys working with the chapter. She loves what she does and always go to the Minnesota conference. She believes running for the open position for Leadership Development Committee would be a good start to getting more involved on a state level.




Connie Johnson

Connie Johnson is the Food Service Production Manager at Hutchinson Public Schools and is completing her 19th year in school food service having worked in both Hutchinson and Litchfield public schools. Connie has recently served on the MSNA Annual Conference committee as exhibit hall co-chair and is exhibit hall chair for the upcoming 2019 Annual conference in St Cloud. She is allowing her name to be placed on the ballot for Leadership Development Committee because she believes it is vitality important to give back to the association for all she has received personally and professionally since becoming a MSNA member.




Andrea Schaak

Andrea Schaak is the Nutrition Director for Jordan Public Schools. She previously worked as a cook manager in Easter Carver County. She is finishing up her master’s program in Organizational Leadership. Andrea would work at identifying other great leaders that we have in our state and encouraging them to be a part of Minnesota School Nutrition Association. She is excited to be placed on the election ballot for the Leadership Development and hopes to help develop others to become great leaders for today and for the future of MSNA.


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