MSNA Slate Of Candidates Selected For 2015 Election Ballot

By  •  March 28, 2015 at 4:20 pm


The MSNA Nominating Committee has selected the official slate of candidates for the 2015 MSNA election ballot.

The “polls” will be open for MSNA members to cast their ballots between May 15 and June 1, 2015. Voting will be conducted online through an electronic vote. Election results will be announced in early June. The newly elected board members will be installed at the State Annual Conference held in St. Cloud, August 3, 2015.

We are requesting all members update their contact information with SNA for the voting procedure by May 10th. A valid/current email address and membership will be needed. If you do not have an email address you may request a paper ballot be mailed to you. Please call the MSNA office for paper ballot at 877-251-2344.  All paper ballots must be postmarked & returned to the MSNA office by June 1st.  Members can update their email address and other contact information by logging in to My SNA on

If the Association is to continue serving as the voice of child nutrition programs it’s critical that you participate in the selection of your future leaders. Please review the biographies of all the candidates.

Vice President

Wendy Knight, RDN, LD, SNS

Knight, Wendy 2015Wendy Knight is the Director of Child Nutrition Services for District 196. Wendy has been an active member of MSNA. She has over 23 years of school food and nutrition experience. Wendy has served as the River Valley Chapter 35 Vice President and President, spent three years on the MSNA Legislative Committee, three years on the state annual conference committee and three years as acting Commander and Sergeant for the MSNA Boot Camp! Who-aaa! Wendy also was part of the MSNA Trainer Network for seven years. She was the Education Chair for the MN Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ and had worked for 12 years in nutrition health care as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/ Licensed Dietitian.

Wendy has a strong love and passion for child nutrition and the MSNA mission of feeding hungry kids.  Minnesota school meals professionals are the hardest working group in the state.  It would be an honor and a privilege to work alongside all the MSNA Members and would be truly grateful for the opportunity to represent the association as Vice President.

Amy Thering
Amy Thering PictureAmy has been involved in school nutrition since 2006. She was the Business Systems Manager for St. Paul Public Schools for 7 years and is currently the Business Specialist for the Child Nutrition Program at Anoka Hennepin Schools.

Amy served as the MSNA Secretary/Finance Chair for 4 years from 2010 – 2014 and has been active in several MSNA committees including Annual Conference, Exhibit Hall, Nominating, Finance, Marketing and Industry Conference. She is currently serving on the Marketing Committee and the Industry Conference planning committee.

Amy was able to help steer MSNA’s finances in a positive direction yielding net profits the last 3 years she was on the Executive Board. She helped implement the MSNA Investment Policy that was approved by the Board in June 2014 to provide a long term strategy to maximize the association’s long term funds.

Net  2011 -$32,473   2012 –  $45,798   2013 –  $50,701   2014 –  $34,062

Amy is running for MSNA Vice President to continue to serve the MSNA members. Her goal is to provide a voice for you in this member-run association. She will advocate for your needs and the needs of the students we feed.

Amy can hit the ground running on the Board, having worked with the Strategic Plan while on the Board and currently from the work of the Marketing Committee.

She is married and has 2 boys in college.

Nutrition Chair

Spencer Fischer, SNS

Spencer Bio PicSpencer Fischer, SNS, serves as the Nutrition Services Assistant Manager for Eastern Carver County Schools. He has well-documented success in managing food, finances and people, as well as understanding and meeting federal regulations around the school breakfast and lunch programs and a’ la carte options.

Spencer is credentialed as a School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) by the School Nutrition Association. He earned a Graduate Certificate in Management of Child Nutrition Programs in 2013 and has a bachelor’s of science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. Spencer has held a Food Manager’s Certificate and ServSafe Certification for more than 20 years. Prior to working in school nutrition, Spencer worked in corporate restaurants, including serving as a training manager.

Spencer enjoys collaborating with nutrition and school staff to share information and inspiration about developing life-long healthy eaters. As a leader, Spencer values clear communication and working alongside teams to successfully meet goals.

Bobbi Varichak, DTR, SNS, MBA

Bobbi Varichak PicutreBobbi Varichak, has been in school foodservice for 14 years.

She has a Dietetic Technician Register (DTR) degree for over 20 years  and is SNS credentialed and holds a Level 3 SNA Certificate. Through School Nutrition Association (SNA), Bobbi was awarded several scholarships to continue her post education and graduated with a MBA in 2010. She is currently serving as Food Service Manager in the Mounds View School District. Nutrition, customer service and training will always be a high priority in our career.

By example, Bobbi is out getting to know her customers and how they are enjoying their meal. She holds daily meetings with foodservice staff and discusses pertinent information. She cares deeply about the nutritional needs of all students, guidelines that are set by USDA and how to provide training to all school foodservice employees.   One of her professional goals is to keep the lines of communications open between students, school foodservice staff and parents. In addition, she is currently serving on the MSNA Bylaws committee. She has served several years as the President of Chapter 31 – Metro.

Bobbi Varichak is honored to be considered for the Nutritional Chair, and if elected she will do her very best to serve on the Executive Board for all members of MSNA.