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SNA-NC Elections

Candidates for Vice President

Kathy Coble
Child Nutrition Supervisor
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Kathy Coble received an Associate’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism from Harcum Jr. College in Bryn Mawr, PA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA.  She is a strong advocate for School Nutrition and believes in the power of feeding students excellent quality food.  
Kathy has been in school nutrition for over 15 years.  She started her career in School Nutrition while living in Houston, TX.  She developed a catering company and was contracted with three private schools serving healthy hot lunches. When the opportunity to move back to the east coast came with her family, Kathy wanted to learn and grow with the public sector in School Nutrition where she restarted her career as a Child Nutrition Manager in New Hanover County. There, she became a lead trainer for the Internship and the Assistant Manager programs.  Kathy then got the opportunity to step into the role as a School Nutrition Supervisor with Davidson County Schools in Lexington, NC where she was in charge of 19 schools and wore many different hats.  She is now currently a School Nutrition Supervisor for Area 5 with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.  
In New Hanover County, Kathy served on her local SNA board in the positions of Secretary and Vice President and on the SNA-NC Board as District Director.   While in Davidson County, she was the Advisor of the local chapter with Thomasville City Schools, Lexington City Schools and Davidson County.  Kathy was SNA-NC Manger of the Year in 2015.  She has currently taken on the role again as the District VI Director.  
Kathy is very active in her community volunteering with the Susan G. Koman Foundation, American Cancer Society and Make a Wish Foundation.  On her days off, she loves to spend time with her family and when she’s not with her family, she loves to be outdoors on her paddle board, kayaking or going on a long-distance hike.  She also participates with the Piedmont Community Band in Concord playing the flute/piccolo.  Here goal is to become a Director of School Nutrition.
  
Janet W. Johnson, SNS
Assistant Director
NC Department of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Division

My name is Janet Johnson, and I am honored to have been chosen as one of the candidates for the critical position of Vice President of SNA-NC.  This year, the association is blessed to have three highly qualified candidates on the ballot.  I believe my vast experiences and leadership of School Nutrition Programs, at the national, state and local levels, in conjunction with a deep commitment to SNA-NC, express my sincere desire to have SNA-NC recognized as “the experts” in school nutrition in North Carolina. I truly believe the membership already knows the impact they have on the future of our state and, the children we serve, but we need to share with elected officials, stakeholders, media, and others that can impact change.  Our voices need to be heard and I believe that we can do that together.
My career in School Nutrition began twenty-five years ago in Guilford County Schools.  I was hired as an Accounting Technician in 1995 and over the course of the next nine years, I continued to be promoted to different roles that allowed me to gain knowledge in all the critical areas of School Nutrition at the central office and in the schools.  In 2004, I transitioned to the NC Department of Public Instruction as the Financial Management Consultant and over the past sixteen years, I was promoted to an Assistant Chief and ultimately to the role I currently have, Assistant Director.  
While my career on paper only goes back to 1995, my deep love for the School Nutrition programs and for the SNA-NC started when I was in elementary school.   Yes, I loved school meals as a child, but my love of School Nutrition goes even deeper. I was blessed to spend time helping my mother, who was a cafeteria manager, with production records, month end reports and preparing bulletin boards to invite students to enjoy meals at school.  I guess you could say I “grew up” in School Nutrition.  I always knew the association was an integral part of the success of School Nutrition profession and from an early age, it was clear to me that the SNA-NC is a strong family of professionals who support one another and make a difference in the lives of students today, tomorrow and in the future.  I guess you could say that SNA is in my professional DNA.
I am proud to have served on the SNA -NC Board of Directors as an officer.   I am currently finishing my final year as the Secretary/Treasurer and have served on the Public Policy & Legislative Committee for the past six years.  Since 2004, I have attended the annual conferences, trade shows and provided professional development opportunities at many State conferences.   I have also attended the SNA Annual National Conference since 2010 and the Legislative Action Conference each year beginning in 2013.  I have also served on national SNA Committees representing the great School Nutrition Professionals in NC.  
I would be honored to have your Vote!  
 
Joanne Kirven
School Nutrition Director 
Beaufort County Schools
 
I would like to introduce myself as I am a candidate for the position of Vice President.
I am currently the Director of School Nutrition for Beaufort County. I began my School Nutrition career in 2007 as a cafeteria manager with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. I was a manager trainer, auditor, and training manager. In 2014 I became an Area Supervisor for Gaston County Schools. After a short period as Assistant Director in Winston Salem Forsyth County I moved to eastern North Carolina to assume my current role.
SNA has played a very important part in my career development. I joined SNA as soon as I began working for CMS. I have been blessed by the opportunities that I have had both in the workplace and with SNA. I have served as treasurer and VP at the local level and as an advisor to the chapters in Gaston County and now Beaufort County. At the state level, I have had the honor of serving as a District Director, District Director Chair and Membership Committee Chair. I currently serve on the Industry Committee. I have attended Future Leaders Conference and served as a School Nutrition Foundation Ambassador to NC. I was fortunate to be awarded a scholarship to attend the ANC in Atlanta. I have invested countless hours in the organization behind the scenes for state conferences and have been hospitality co-chair and chair as well as serving as a judge for the culinary competition.
I believe that SNA-NC is an organization for the people by the people. Learning and networking are key to its success. After a tumultuous year due to Covid-19, I am excited to see what the future holds for us. My primary goal is for the organization to become all inclusive; encouraging all employees to become active members while empowering them to have the desire and confidence to serve. The more you invest, the more you receive. My untiring enthusiasm for school nutrition lends itself to me being your choice for VP. I have served well in the past and have the desire to continue to do so. I have the support of the BCS executive team in my pursuance of this goal and I would feel honored to earn your vote. 
Thank you.
 

Candidates for Secretary-Treasurer

Jamie Narron
Supervisor of Menus & Special Diets
Johnston County Public Schools
 
 When I walked through Johnston County School Nutrition doors five years ago, I did not know how much my life was going to change. However, looking back I should have known.  School Nutrition runs deep in my veins.  My mama worked in School Nutrition for 13 years as the cashier and baker. In High School for Career Day, I dressed up as a “lunch lady” donning that crisp uniform, flour-soaked apron, and the ole so glorious hairnet.  

I began my school nutrition career as the Bookkeeper for Johnston County Public Schools in July 2016. Within my first day, I learned about SNA and its importance. As I like to say the School Nutrition bug “bite” me and I knew that this was my home.  I became more involved attending LAC, National, and State conferences.  I began taking classes offered by DPI and even earned my Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science.  In July 2019, I was promoted to Supervisor of Menus & Special Diets for the District where I started a menu committee with managers and employees creating a menu based on our student’s likes.  When COVID-19 hit, we continued to stand by that menu offering our students hot meals from the beginning.  

Locally, I have served as the Secretary of SNA of JC from 2017-2018, President from 2018 until present where we have increased our membership.  I also serve on the School Health Advisory Committee for our District.   For SNA-NC, I have served on the marketing committee (2019-2020), Nutrition Committee (2020-Present), and Co-Chair for Culinary Arts (2020-Present).  I am married to Steve Narron and we have four beautiful children, Trevor (20), Trace (18), Tate (14), and Sadie (6).  We enjoy spending time by the pool, at the beach, or grilling out with our family and friends. I also co-own a woman’s boutique, Pink Cotton Boutique, where I get to shop until my heart’s content.
 
School Nutrition was my destination long before I walked through those doors.  It would be such a great honor and blessing to represent SNA-NC as their Secretary/Treasurer.

Lorie Reece
Child Nutrition Supervisor
Lincoln County Schools
 
My name is Lorie Reece and I am a candidate for SNA-NC Secretary/Treasurer. I’m a native North Carolinian, the proud mother of two adult sons, and live in Catawba County with my husband of 35 years. I have been in School Nutrition for twenty-seven years, first in Newton-Conover City Schools and then in Lincoln County.  I received a BS degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University and hold a Level 4 Certificate in School Nutrition. Since coming to Lincoln County in 2005, I have served in several capacities at the state level having been the State Certification Chair, State Registration Chair, District 6 Director, District Director Chair, and the Conference Program Design Chair as well as serving on the Resolutions and Bylaws Committee, the Leadership Development/Awards Committee, the Member Services Committee, the Education/Certification Committee, and the Steering Committee. I previously served as the SNA-NC Secretary for 2015-2017.

I am very supportive of my local chapter which has won the Chapter of the Year Award for the past fourteen years.  I attend our local meetings, provide guidance and encourage our members to take on roles locally and at the state level.  I encourage members to grow by becoming certified and entering competitions.   SNA-NC is a vital part of what we do and it all starts with each member.  We have such an important role in the health of the kids in our schools.   We should endeavor to be the School Nutrition professionals that our children can look to during this world of change we are experiencing in School Nutrition.

As a candidate for SNA-NC Secretary/Treasurer, I humbly solicit your support and will serve each member of this great professional association to the best of my ability.
 


Candidates for District Directors

District I Director
Tammy Rinehart
School Nutrition Director 
Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools
 
I have twenty-five years in Child Nutrition. I am originally from Preble County, Ohio where I served as supervisor for Preble Shawnee Public Schools, nine years. My husband and I moved to North Carolina, and I started working in Carteret County Schools. There, over a period of fourteen years, I moved to every position from a part-time employee to Deputy Director. For the last year and a half, I have been honored to be the Director of Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools.
 
I joined SNA my first year in North Carolina and I’m certified as a School Nutrition Specialist. I currently serve on the Industry Committee. 
 
My husband, Gary, and I have been married thirty-five years. We have four grown children and eight grandchildren. We have averaged one new grandchild each year for the last eight years, so I have a growing interest in our business! I am passionate about Child Nutrition and our association. 

District III Director

Amber Sharpe 
Supervisor 
Wilson County Schools
 
Greetings, SNA-NC members.  My name is Amber Sharpe, and I am currently a supervisor for Wilson County Schools. I began my career with Wilson County Schools in 2013 as a cafeteria manager. I have a background in the restaurant industry and operated my own catering business, but I knew School Nutrition would be my final career choice.   Within my first 3 years, I became the bookkeeper for School Nutrition, and at that point, I joined SNA.  In 2016, I was a speaker at a SNA district meeting in Edgecombe County showing off some of my culinary background with cutting skills and garnishing techniques.   In 2020, I was promoted to a supervisor position, which gave me the opportunity to attend my first Industry Conference and Legislative Action Conference in DC.  I am a level 4 certified member of SNA.  I have been happily married to Kevin Sharpe for 21 years and we have 2 children Chloe (20) and Taylor (18). We enjoy kayaking, refurbishing old antiques and working around our family farm. I live in the wonderful town of Elm City, North Carolina.

District V Director

Lynn Essick
Supervisor
Davidson County Schools
 
My name is Lynn Essick and I currently work for Davidson County Schools. I have worked for the School nutrition team for the past 14 years. I started my career as a cafeteria sub and quickly moved into a full-time position working in the kitchen. While employed, I have worked in every position within the cafeteria. After several years, I found myself wanting to do more and applied for a manager’s position and was accepted as a manager with hard work and dedication.  In 2015, I became the supervisor of school nutrition. Having worked in many different schools throughout the district, it gave me the experience and knowledge to lead my team through difficult times. Throughout my employment with Davidson County Schools, I improved morale by training employees and strived to become a great leader and lead by example. I continue to lead and bring a strong work ethic and passion for school nutrition.

I have always been a part of SNA and served as President of my local chapter for Davidson County, Lexington City and Thomasville City Schools.  I am currently serving on the Membership and Teller committees of SNA-NC. In 2020, I became a certified Servsafe Instructor and Proctor and look forward to teaching food safety. A goal I have set for myself is to obtain my SNS certification soon.

I have risen above many obstacles through hard work and determination. I have hands-on experience and want to continue learning more and teaching others who have chosen this path. I look forward to serving as the next District V Director of SNA.

District VII Director

Kathy Buelin Caudle
Child Nutrition Director
Alexander County Schools
 
Hello, my name is Kathy Buelin Caudle.  I am the Child Nutrition Director for Alexander County Schools.  I have been involved with SNA for over 25 years.  I taught Home Economics before moving to the wonderful Child Nutrition world.  I never looked back.  I retired from Lincoln County Schools and did contract work, all while maintaining my membership in SNA—and attending the State Conferences.  I came back to School Nutrition to help Alexander County—and this was supposed to be as an interim director, but 6 months later decided to come out of retirement and have been working full-time for over 3 years.  I was one of the first North Carolinians to take the exam to be credentialed.  I love the Child Nutrition world, and I love helping provide healthy meals to our children.  

I have served in every area of SNA-NC—beginning with becoming a Nutrition Advisory Council Committee member after my first state Conference and moving all the way to the state presidency before I retired. I am married and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren (none of whom I have seen since the Pandemic—except via FaceTime).   I am looking forward to “RETURNING TO NORMAL.”