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About 2020 SNAAZ
Annual State Conference

You won’t want to miss out on the first ever in the history of SNAAZ our 64th Annual VIRTUAL State Conference. 

This year’s theme is “SNAAZ Honors All First Responders“. The State Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work putting together an event that will benefit and educate all levels of child nutrition. So, whether you are a front-line worker, manager, supervisor, or district director this conference will help and support you to further your knowledge and skills which in turn helps the students you serve each and every day.



Saturday, Sept 25, 2021

Jump on the Zoom Channel from 8:30 – 9:00 for Games & Trivia

Presenters: Natalie Tenney / Julie Bujan

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Zoom Meeting Room

9:00 -10:00 am

  • Welcome & Conference Overview
    Presenter: Stephen Protz, SNAAZ President
  • Conference Planning Committee Introduction
    Presenter: Rick Hall, State Conference Chair
  • SNAAZ 2021 Election
    Presenter: Rick Hall, SNAAZ Nomination Chair
  • SNA/SNAAZ Star Club
    Presenter: Holly Baran-Price, SNAAZ Membership Chair
  • SNAAZ State Awards
    Presenter: Stephen Protz, SNAAZ President
  • SNS Exam Information
    Presenter: Jennifer Gordon, SNAAZ Secretary

Your Location

10:00 -10:15 am

Stretch your legs, restroom break or grab a drink…

Zoom Meeting Room

10:15 -11:15 am

Keynote Presenter: Logan Weber

Program Title: Overcoming Life’s Goliaths – The Power of Vision

We all have “Goliaths” – those barriers, obstacles and challenges that try to hold us down or keep us back from achieving our goals. Trying to avoid them is not realistic. Hoping they go away is not a plan. We need to learn the keys of how to overcome them.

While most are somewhat familiar with the story of David and Goliath, very few realize the incredible, practical applications and life lessons it offers for dealing with today’s challenges! Many are facing more Goliaths now than ever and desperately need to hear this powerful message of vision and hope. You will learn the secrets that all great leaders have known and practiced for centuries … and you will never forget them!

Your Location

11:15 – 11:30 am

Stretch your legs, restroom break or grab a drink…

Zoom Meeting Room

11:30 – 12:15 pm

Moderator: Shannon Gleave, RDN, SNS – Director Glendale ESD

Your Location

12:15 – 12:30 pm

Virtual Break

Zoom Meeting Room

12:30 – 1:15 pm

  • Stuck on Special Diets? 8 Menu Tips to Inspire You!
    Presenter: Angela Gomez, RDN – Laveen ESD
  • Simple Solutions For Personal Wellness In A Crazy World!
    Presenter: Bart Christian – CEO Southwest Training Systems
  • Fruit And Vegetable Knife Skills For School Kitchen
    Presenter: Josh Singleton – Deer Valley USD

Zoom Meeting Room

1:15 – 1:30 pm

Presenter: Craig Weidel, SNS – SNAAZ Executive Director

Zoom Meeting Room

1:30 – 1:45 pm

Zoom Meeting Room

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Presenters: Natalie Tenney/ Julie Bujan


Pre-recorded Educational Sessions

In addition to the LIVE event there will be pre-recorded educational sessions, topics listed below:

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Child Nutrition Programs in a COVID-19 Environment

Presenters: Brian Haenel, RDN, SNS (Scottsdale USD), Patti Bilbrey, SNS (Scottsdale USD) & Jason Woods (Buckeye ESD) - "It is often what lies beneath the surface that poses the greatest risks. Hear from a pair of Arizona school food service directors as to what has them concerned.

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Production Records - Back to Basics, Why They Are Required

Presenter: Nona Dasenbrock, RDN (Deer Valley USD) - "Join me to learn why each of the required items are on the production record and how to avoid the pitfalls while you get the most out of this valuable tool."

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How to Be a Coach ... Not a Boss

Presenter: Craig Weidel, SNS, MNLP., MHt. - "Why is being a coach better than being a boss? What is the importance of treating employees like players? Is the secret to success in your CN program really coaching? This fascinating program will show you why being a coach at work is better than being a boss.

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To Sanitize or to Disinfect

Presenter: Bart Christian - "Sanitizing and disinfecting are absolutely not the same thing. This session will discuss the differences where each is appropriate and where they are not."

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Technology Tips To Make Life Easier In Email, Word, and Excel

Presenter: Brienne Ross, RD, SNS (Alhambra ESD) - "This session is back after rave reviews from last years conference. Join Brienne as she reviews some of the commonly used fundamentals of Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word and Exel. This program will help you to feel more comfortable, confident, and efficient on the computer at both work and home.

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The SNS Credential - What Are You Waiting For?

Presenter: Brian Haenel, RDN, SNS (Scottsdale USD) - "Join us to an up-close look at the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential. Who has the SNS and who can take this test? What does it take to prepare and pass the test? How will the SNS benefit you as a child nutrition specialist?

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How to Handle Teams With a Touch of Courage

Presenter: Craig Weidel, SNS, MNLP., MHt. - "Conflict resolution ... as a child nutrition leader you have to deal with it whether you want to or not. What would you give to be able to handle conflict with ease and comfort? Imagine if you discovered that there is a secret language of influence and persuasion!

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Nutrition, Physical Activity, And Wellness

Presenter: Jennifer Reeves (Tucson USD) - "As we develop new ways to deliver meals to our students, we are also finding ways to implement Wellness Policy goals ...

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