Fresh Bites Spring Edition 2022


E L E C T I O N R E S U LT S Introducing the WINNERS of the 2022 Election


Have you considered getting involved in NYSNA by joining a committee or serving on the Board of Directors? We asked some of our past presidents about their experience serving and they have some messages for all of you. Take a look!

Bryan McCoy Southern Tier Area School Lunch Director Broome-Tioga BOCES

What was your favorite thing about being the president of NYSNA?

Supporting and establishing changes that had a big impact! Knowing that I had been part of positive changes that set the foundation for many years to come.

Making the 3 year commitment made me step outside of

The people I met! Not just in our amazing state, but from all around the country! It energized me and gave me a sense of purpose outside of work and family.

The immense feeling of accomplishment when I was able to lead the association through a very rough time and we came out stronger on the other side.

my comfort zone and work to improve my communication skills and my self-esteem.

Connie Babino Southern Tier Area Food Service Director Delaware-Chenango-Madison- Otsego BOCES

Joe Kilmer, MS. Ed,SDBL Southern Tier Area Regional Director of Food Services Greater Southern Tier BOCES

My favorite thing was seeing, and being part of, what this amazing group could accomplish when we joined together with the guidance of the headquarters team.

Looking back, I have to say it was being pushed outside of my comfort zone. I didn’t particularly like the idea of traveling without my family, but each trip and each task pushed me.

What would you tell NYSNA members to encourage them to get involved in committee or board service?

Debra Donleavy Southeast Area Director Director of Food & Nutrition Services Enlarged CSD of Middletown

Tracie Middleton, SNS Western Area

Food Service Director Bolivar-Richburg CSD

Without NYSNA, child nutrition would not be anything like it is today. NYSNA is the reason there have been such positive changes in school food service. Get involved. Be happy.

Don’t be afraid! This organization “has your back”. The learning and sharing of information is amazing and this is an excellent turn-key operation.

If you want growth and professional development opportunities jump in! You will meet so many wonderful people and you will be a better director/ manager.

NYSNA is the most valuable tool for professional and personal growth. The experiences and opportunities to network with other school food professionals is phenomenal! You will meet great people from all around the state and the country and you will be part of growth for the association.

The personal growth is so beneficial, and the HQ team and other members are there to guide and support you.

It is challenging yet very rewarding work. You will get way more out of it professionally and personally than you put in.

Serving is the best way to affect change, to learn from others, and to advance our profession.

Kelly Filus Northeast Area Director of Food Services Carthage CSD

Alexandra Tepoel-DeWitt Western Area Director of Food Services Victor CSD







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