Attention SNAAZ Members! I would like to introduce myself as the 2018 School Nutrition Association of Arizona President, Lisa Thrower. I am currently the Child Nutrition Director at Yuma School District One. This is my 18th year in the school nutrition industry. I have 3 children with my husband, Judd Thrower. Brooke age 10, Gwen age 8 and Luke age 6.
My other “work family” consists of the 85 school nutrition professionals I work with every day. We are a very close department and I value the support I have received from them during my time on the SNAAZ Executive Board.I am the Child Nutrition Director in the same school district that I attended from Kindergarten to 8th Grade. I even work along the same school nutrition professionals that made sure I was served healthy meals growing up as a child.
As your SNAAZ President I would like to cordially invite you to Save the Date for the 2018 State Conference September 14th & 15th, 2018. The conference theme this year is “SNAAZ: Under the Big Top,”. This will be our first year at our new location, the Renaissance Downtown Phoenix Hotel. We will also be at a new area of the Phoenix Convention Center for the Food Show Our State Conference Planning Committee is already in full swing planning for this spectacular event!
Please feel free to reach out to me with any SNAAZ related questions or concerns you may have. We are currently working on a new Website that we will share with our members as soon as we can. I hope to see some of you at the School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) in Sedona in June and also at the Annual National Conference in Las Vegas in July. This is an exciting year to be a SNAAZ member, hope you enjoy the ride!
Sending my best,
School Nutrition professionals have the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to administer, manage and deliver healthy school meal programs.
Increase the availability of training/educational opportunities related to business operations of School Nutrition programs
Increase the availability of resources and opportunities to enable members to meet the new federal Professional Standards
Increase the value of SNA membership for school nutrition directors and their staff through education and professional development
Policy makers, school officials, and parents will rely on SNA as the authority for designing and funding school meal programs.
Increase the number of SNAAZ members trained in advocacy
Increase efforts to improve the understanding and knowledge of policy makers and other stakeholders of the scope and complexity of school nutrition programs
School nutrition programs nationwide will be strengthened through collaboration with members, state affiliates, industry and allied partners
Increase the number of School District Owned Memberships (SDM)
Strengthen SNAAZ through collaboration with members, state affiliates, industry and allied partners.
Actively recruit and develop future SNAAZ leaders
Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of decision making and work systems.
"SNAAZ membership allows access to attend conferences, meet school nutrition associates, share ideas, and learn new industry concepts."
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. "
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."
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."
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. "
“ 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!”
"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."
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."
“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.”
“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.”
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!”
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.”
Arizona Dairy Council