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2023 SNAAZ Annual
State Conference
Begins In

Keynote Speaker

SATURDAY – SEPT 30, 2023

Vanessa Hayes, MA, SNS

Conference Keynote Speaker

Vanessa holds an associate degree in culinary arts from the Art Institute of Atlanta, Georgia.  She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tuskegee University in Alabama and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Valdosta State University in Georgia.

Vanessa’s school nutrition journey began in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as a cafeteria manager, then to Dougherty County Schools as the School Nutrition Program Director, and finally on to Tift County Schools as the Chief Nutrition Officer where she resides today.

She has served within the Georgia School Nutrition Association as Education Chair, System Level Chair, Conference Chair (numerous times), State President, Advisor to the President, and Regional Director for the Southeast for the School Nutrition Association.

Vanessa soon learned that Child Nutrition Services were the heartbeat of the educational process.  Without us being successful at what we do the entire mission is compromised.  In 1994 her life was forever changed by this job.  And at this point she truly understood that hungry children cannot learn.

Who is Vanessa Hayes?  She is a wonderful chef, speaker and trainer with an assortment of tools in her possession – passion, education, tenacity, integrity, spiritually and morally accountability.  Vanessa is also the mother of an incredible human Vanae Briann … she is a gain changer!

Register for 2024 SNAAZ
Professional Growth Conference

We are so excited to announce the 2024 Professional Growth Conference (PGC).  This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful Little America Hotel and Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The PGC planning committee has planned a spectacular event for every level of child nutrition.  So, if you are a director, supervisor, manager, frontline team member, or central office/warehouse there will be some wonderful education classes and information geared specifically for you.  Also, we will be presenting an education track in Spanish for those more comfortable learning in that language.

We are a state affiliate to the School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents over 55,000 individuals who have made a commitment to child nutrition.

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