I hope it’s been a great start to a new year for you all. My name is Rick Hall and I’m the current President of School Nutrition Association of Arizona. My passion for school nutrition and helping our communities has grown throughout my years in child nutrition by becoming involved with SNAAZ. I have had the opportunity of learning more about school nutrition by attending State Conferences, School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference (ANC), School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC), School Nutrition Association’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) and SNA’s Leadership Conference.

I hope you all enjoyed our State Conference in September. We look forward to providing some more unique conferences in 2020 to include:

  • Professional Growth Conference in February which will be held in Flagstaff at The Little America Hotel & Convention Center
  • School Nutrition Industry Conference to be held in a new location at Tucson’s Westin La Paloma
  • Combining our annual State Conference with ADE’s Commodity Processing Show at The Renaissance Hotel in Phoenix in September

This year’s plan of action includes continuing many great things from last year including:

  • Thinking outside the box and offering ongoing high-quality continuing educational sessions at all meetings and conferences
  • Promoting membership growth to Chapter and State levels while bringing fresh faces to our Boards

Please check out all of our Strategic Plan Goals below.

I want to thank each of your for your continued support, commitment, and contribution in SNAAZ!!! I hope to see each of you soon, and thank you for your help in feeding the children in Arizona!!!

“And that’s all I have to say about that”,

Rick Hall

2020 SNAAZ President


Strategic Goal I: Professional Development

Goal:   School nutrition professionals will continually improve their knowledge and skills to administer, manage, deliver, and sustain successful school meal programs.

Objective: Increase individual certifications for Levels 1-4 and SNS


  • Establish clear expectations of each Executive Board members role in developing certification opportunities (per bi-laws).
  • Continue to incorporate sessions that meet all key areas (1-4) topics at conferences, chapter meetings, trainings and online work
  • Create state wide SNS prep-course with study group to provide assistance in test prep
  • Provide annual SNS exam

Strategic Goal II: Advocacy and Public image

Goal: Policy makers, school officials, parents and school nutrition professionals will rely on SNA as the leading advocate for school nutrition programs.

Objective: Increase efforts to enhance the public’s perception of school nutrition professionals and school nutrition programs.


  • Promote the value and qualification of school nutrition professionals through social media and conference recognitions
  • Promote the quality and nutritional value of school meals through nutrition related articles and images on social media, websites and direct communication with people outside of school nutrition
  • Sharing great accomplishments districts and individual schools are doing. Bring these accomplishments to the forefront with social media, SNAAZ website and recognition at state conferences
  • Continue to support legislative efforts by supporting SNA’s Legislative Action Conference and to visit Arizona representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Strategic Goal III: Membership & Community

Goal: School nutrition programs nationwide will be strengthened through the engagement, leadership, and collaboration among SNA’s members, state associations, the School Nutrition Foundation, allied partners and other stakeholders.

Objective: Increase involvement at chapter and state level


  • Look into implementing a future leaders program for SNAAZ to increase understanding of the process and build confidence in membership to run for office at chapter and state levels
  • Continue to outreach to districts that are not currently active members or participating members to encourage new membership and involvement
  • Explore collaboration opportunities between state association and state agency
  • Evaluate electronic methods to increase opportunities to attend meetings when driving distance is prohibitive to involvement

Strategic Goal IV: Governance & Operations

Goal: SNAAZ will have a financially sustainable funding model with a nimble governance and structure that is aligned with the strategic plan and reflects contemporary business practices.

Objective: Evaluate processes and options to improve efficiencies and communications


  • Evaluate the software and detailed reports to maximize the efficiency of the treasurer position on the board
  • Continue to improve online industry and membership registrations for conferences and sponsorships through the website and improve tracking and accuracy of website sales
  • Explore alternative cloud based online document storage location that is accessible to all board members (ex: google docs)

Strategic Goal IV: Governance & Operations

Goal:  SNAAZ will have a financially sustainable funding model with a nimble governance and structure that is aligned with the strategic plan and reflects contemporary business practices.

Objective:  Evaluate processes and options to improve efficiencies and communications


  • Evaluate the necessary software to minimize the hours needed and accuracy for the treasurer position on the board
  • Implement all online registrations for both vendors and members for conferences and sponsorships through the website to improve tracking and accuracy
  • Develop a cloud based online document storage location that is accessible to all board members (ex: google docs)


"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