The Paula Barletta Memorial Scholarship was developed in memory of our friend and colleague Paula Barletta, one of the founders of the School Nutrition Association of Arizona (SNAAZ). An adored and admired member of the Yuma Chapter, Paula was tireless in her devotion to the association and the children of Arizona. She was a unique individual who came to America as a German war bride and went on to make her mark in our nation’s history. At the gateway to New York where the Statue of Liberty is located, her name can be found on the Ellis Island “Wall of Immigrants” as an immigrant that made a significant contribution in American history. She developed an amazing relationship with many leaders in American politics while furthering the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) goals of feeding all school children.

Paula loved to travel. It was the intention of Paula’s family and SNAAZ members to salute her memory with the establishment of the Paula Barletta Memorial Fund. Its purpose is to offer one scholarship annually to attend the SNA Annual National Conference (ANC). She believed the best opportunity for professional development for a school food service worker was at ANC. Towards this end, association members closest to her, worked together to develop this Scholarship for Association members at the kitchen manager\employee level.

We would all like to see her memory and love of the association and its members live on long after we are gone.

Paula Barletta Scholarship winners

  • April Smith
  • 2017 – Mandie Gotchie
  • 2016 – Cindy Byers
  • 2015 – Johnnie Johnson
  • 2014 – Joanie Burnap
  • 2013 – Lorrie Ahern
  • 2012 – Tina Ressler
  • 2011 – Isabel Saenz
  • 2010 – Mattie Defeo
  • 2009 – Louvina Johnson
  • 2008 – Gayla Robbins
  • 2007 – Patty Hunn

"SNAAZ membership allows access to attend conferences, meet school nutrition associates, share ideas, and learn new industry concepts."

Mary Venable

Paradise Valley Schools

"I have been involved in the School Nutrition Association and SNAAZ for over 20 years. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without the help and support of SNAAZ. SNA provided me with scholarship opportunities that helped me to finish my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. "

Michael Clark

Crane School District

"I appreciate the members of SNAAZ. They are always helpful and we can always count on their feedback and direction. We love getting new members involved and recommend everyone should be a part of SNAAZ and join their local chapter to get hands on experience and network with other professionals."

Corenda Lewis

Westside Chapter President

"My membership has afforded me the ability to stay up with the proposed regulations happening in congress that affect the school nutrition industry. And with the help of other state members, I have had the chance to help reorganize a chapter that has been disabled for 20+ years."

Stephen Protz

Tucson Unified School District

"SNAAZ gives me the opportunity to connect with many different Child Nutrition professionals throughout the state, helping me to grow professionally. "

Ronald Beck

Litchfield Schools

“ SNAAZ provides countless opportunities to grow professionally and network with amazing leaders in school nutrition. With every conference and meeting, I can always count on learning something new and valuable to take back to our schools. I highly recommend becoming a member of SNAAZ to anyone working in child nutrition!”

Brienne Berg

Creighton Schools

"My membership with SNAAZ has been extremely beneficial in networking and collaborating with peers to determine best practices for our nutrition programs. They offer plenty of opportunities to learn more, grow professionally, as well become a leader in the industry."

Jasmine Swier

Laveen School District

"I have been a SNAAZ member for 5 years now.  The conferences are great opportunities for new menu ideas and ways to increase student meal participation.  I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and networking with school nutrition professionals from other districts and across the whole state of Arizona. One significant opportunity that SNAAZ provided me, was by offering the SNS test at the State Conference."

Natalie Tenney

Gilbert Schools

“When I first got into the school nutrition, it was recommended to join SNAAZ. I am so glad I did. I have met some of my best friends through SNAAZ. When I became a director I was so fortunate to have a group of fantastic directors mentor me and help me get through my first year as a new director.”

Shannon Gleave

Glendale Schools

“I have been a member for 18 years and have been able to go to several State and National Conferences. I have been touched by many speakers. I have to say I have enjoyed every class I have taken and am so thankful that I have had this opportunity to learn more about my profession.”

April Smith

Yuma School District

“I’ve been with my district for over 31 years and have been a SNAAZ member most of that time. Over the years I have learned so much from Professional Growth, SNIC and the Annual State Conferences. The sessions offered at the conferences are always informative to help everyone keep up with the “latest and greatest” info and news when it comes to Child Nutrition.  And networking with our peers is always the best.  Thank you SNAAZ for all you do!”

Sandy Rogers

Paradise Valley School District

“Working with the School Nutrition Association of Arizona in partnership with my role at the Dairy Council of Arizona, is vital to meeting my goals and objectives. Through the years, SNAAZ has been a vocal champion of our focus on expanding school breakfast and summer food, providing equipment grants and supporting wellness policy activation with our flagship program, Fuel Up to Play 60.  I firmly believe we have had so much success with our outreach and impact to Arizona schools due to the direct partnership and support of SNAAZ with Dairy Council of Arizona.”

Pat Johnson

Arizona Dairy Council