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2018 National Child Nutrition Conference Program

2018 National Child Nutrition Conference


Welcome toTexas y'all!

National Child Nutrition Conference

CACFP Afterschool Summer Food

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk • San Antonio, Texas

April 19-21, 2018

Greetings & Welcome BOARD MEMBERS
April 2018 Senta Hester, CMP, CCNP
Founder & Executive Director
Dear Conference Attendees, Our Daily Bread of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Welcome to San Antonio, Texas. On behalf of the National CACFP
Sponsors Association Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to VICE PRESIDENT
our 32nd Annual National Child Nutrition Conference. As you may have Kati Wagner, CMP, CCNP
noticed, we have changed the name of the conference to the National Child President, Wildwood CACFP
Nutrition Conference to better reflect the professional development we offer Centennial, Colorado
to the entire child nutrition community. That’s not the only change made
this year. We have over 130 workshops, learning excursions and so much SECRETARY
more. We’ve grown quite a lot! Robin Paul, CMP, CCNP
CEO, Mid Michigan
This conference creates an opportunity to meet and network with other Child Care Centers
sponsors, state agencies, and USDA representatives from all over the Freeland, Michigan
country. Working together collaboratively is the most effective way to
ensure that our programs reach the children who need our services. This TREASURER
is also the time that we should use every opportunity to streamline our Melissa Moore, CCNP
activities so that our efforts are used where needed most: expanding access to Program Director of Food Access
our programs for our under-served population and ensuring that we are able Family League of Baltimore
to train and assist our providers in their efforts to embrace these changes. Baltimore, Maryland

There are many benefits of being here; this is the child nutrition IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
community’s number one learning opportunity and the number one place Vicki Lipscomb, CMP
to meet other professionals from all over the country. One reason our President, Child Nutrition Programs
conference continues to grow is due to the recognition that this is the Charlotte, North Carolina
place to come and learn about the CACFP, Afterschool and Summer Food
Programs. Denise Andrews, CMP, CCNP
Co-Founder & Executive Director
We respect the task that each of you has before you, ensuring our nation’s For the Children
children receive nutritious meals! Thank you for being a part of our Vici, Oklahoma
Debra Ghia
My Best, Vice President CACFP, Lehigh Valley
Children’s Centers
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Senta Hester, President Rhonda Kobylecky, CMP
National CACFP Sponsors Association Director of Food Services
Acelero Learning
Who is the National CACFP Sponsors Association? Las Vegas, Nevada

Since 1986 the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) has been the Annetta Rutland, CMP
leading national organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child Strategic Director, Quality
and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). We provide education and support Programs, 4C for Children
to the entire CACFP community. Cincinnati, Ohio

A national platform for the Child and Adult Care Food Program Blake Stanford, CMP
community, we promise to continue to uphold our mission, bringing President, SW Human
members information on legislation, regulation, and advocacy issues; shared Development Services
resources among the entire CACFP community, and engaging, informative Austin, Texas
annual conferences–offering the largest CACFP networking and training
opportunities in the nation.



10:00 am – 8:00 pm Conference Registration | Information Desk Open Schedule At-A-Glance 4
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm CACFP Creditable Roundtable *
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm USDA Paperwork Reduction Committee Meeting * General Information 6

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm City of San Antonio Pre-K 4 SA Tour * Learning Excursions 7

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm San Antonio Food Bank Tour * Lunch & Learn Sessions 8

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm USDA & State Agency Roundtable * USDA & State Agency Roundtable 8

THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH Preconference Training 10

7:00 am – 6:00 pm Conference Registration | Information Desk Open Exhibitors 12

CACFP Certified Professionals
Overview 14

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Preconference Training * First Timers' Orientation 14
9:00 am – 1:30 pm Exhibit Areas Open Featured Speakers 15

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm CACFP Professionals Certification Program Overview Regional Networking Sessions 16

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm First Timers’ Orientation Functional Networking 17

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm Conference Welcome & Featured Speaker Sessions General Session 18

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Regional Networking Sessions Friend of CACFP 19

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Functional Networking Sessions Workshops 20

FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH NCA Annual Meeting 29
Exhibitor Directory 40
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Conference Registration | Information Desk Open Presenter Directory 42
Certificate of Participation 69
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast Sponsored by
7:00 am – 1:30 pm Exhibit Areas Open – closed 8:00am – 9:30 am

8:00 am – 9:30 am National Conference General Session Sponsored by

9:45 am – 10:45 am Workshops Session One

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Workshops Session Two

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Grab-N-Go Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Learn haLpypooueon'krienwhgherwaet!h'sile
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm CMP/CCNP Professionals Reception *
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Workshops Session Three
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Workshops Session Four
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Workshops Session Five


7:30 am – 5:30 pm Conference Registration | Information Desk Open

7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:30 am – 10:00 am Exhibit Areas Open

7:45 am – 8:30 am National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting*

8:45 am – 9:45 am Workshops Session Six

10:00 am – 11:00 am Workshops Session Seven

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Workshops Session Eight

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Grab-N-Go Lunch TEXAS STATE FACTS
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch & Learn
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Workshops Session Nine "Fiesta San Antonio" is an
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Workshops Session Ten annual festival held in April in
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Regional Wrap-Up Sessions San Antonio, Texas, and is the
city's signature event since
the late 19th century.

Schedules are subject to change after printing. Please refer to our website at cacfp.prg/conference

or download the Yapp App for most current schedule. * Ticketed or by invitation event PAGE 3

Thursday, April 19, 2018

7:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration & Information Open - Ballroom Level Foyer
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
9:00 am - 1:30 pm Preconference Training - Refer to Ticket for Program Locations
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Exhibit Areas Open: Regency Foyer, Hill Country Foyer, Garden Terrace, Rio Grande Ballroom & Foyer

1:45 pm - Featured CACFP Professional Certification Overview - Regency West
3:00 pm Speakers
First Timers' Overview - Regency Center

Regency West Regency Center Regency East Blanco Llano Pecos Live Oak Bowie AB Maverick Navarro

USDA Policy Nourishing Your Sesame Street Mid-Atlantic
Update Preschool Child in Communities Tribal Nations

3:15 pm - Regional Southeast Western Southwest Mountain Plains Midwest Northeast
4:15 pm Sessions Sponsor Directors Center Staff

4:30 pm - Functional Afterschool Field Monitors Head Start State Agencies Nutritionists
5:30 pm Sessions & Summer

Friday, April 20, 2018

7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Areas Sponsored by

7:00 am - 8:00 am Exhibit Areas Open: Regency Foyer, Hill Country Foyer, Garden Terrace, Rio Grande Ballroom & Foyer
9:30 am - 1:30 pm

8:00 am - 9:30 am National Conference General Session & Keynote Speaker - Regency Ballroom Sponsored by

Ballroom Level Hill Country Conference Center

Regency Regency Regency Nueces Blanco Pecos Live Oak Pecan Bowie AB Bowie C Sequin Maverick Navarro
West Center East Frio Llano

9:45 am - Workshops CN Labels Eat. Create. Engaging Youth in Offering Water Managing Hunger Doesn’t Increasing Access
10:45 am One & Product Cultivate. Fun With Nutrition Education Generational End on Friday: and Participation:
Formulation Food Through Diversity Serving Meals on Strategies for
Procurement: Statements Defined Positive Mealtime Weekends and Streamlining Elements of a
Rules & Review Experiences Beyond Paperwork Successful Home
Visit: Monitoring,
11:00 am - Workshops Creating Cultural Foods Healthy CACFP: Mentoring to
12:00 pm Two Welcoming, Made Creditable Online Childcare Coaching Does it
Inclusive Meal Nutrition and Matter?
12:30 pm - Lunch Quick & Easy, CACFP and Head Let’s Get Cooking! Advocacy Leadership Sites Building a Better Feeding Education
1:00 pm & Learn Nutritious, Start Food Services Nutrition Education & Alliances: Defining Food Lessons: Hiring, The Road to 54 Sandwich for
Low-Prep Snacks Regulations for At-Risk Promoting Kids’ Marketing Terms Keeping & Million Meals Children
Afterschool Health Through Motivating Staff

State Agencies

1:30 pm - Workshops Out with the Old Civil Rights Successfully Workshops for My Plate: Setting Non-Profit Board Collaborating to Lead By Example: Prevention and Navigating Food Menu Planning Resources to Bridging the Gap:
2:30 pm Three and In with the Training: Mastering CACFP Early Childcare a Good Example Recruitment and Improve Access Healthy Training Treatment of Access with Popular & Support Healthy Getting Parents
New Meal Patterns Requirements 101 State Audits Providers to Create Healthy Development to Summer & for Educators to Childhood Obesity Nutritious Shelf Nutrition of Infants, on the Same Page
Eating Patterns Afterschool Meals Help Build Healthy Stable Tomatoes Toddlers,and
Students Preschoolers

2:45 pm - Workshops Avoiding Burnout Civil Rights Meal Summer Meals: Pre-Programmed Surviving Hurricane Effective Preventing Peanut Head Start as Support Spotlight on
3:45 pm Four Accommodations More than a Sack Meal Patterns Harvey Purchasing Allergies Leaders of Healthy Breastfeeding in Grains and Dairy
Lunch Practices Living Your Community
Connecting to the
Veggie Power Child Nutrition Reason We are
Training All Here
4:00 pm - Workshops Monthly Processes Healthy Kids Need Investigating Fraud, Policy-Oriented Supper Program: Farm to Early Care Creating an Transitioning to Don’t Eat Raw
5:00 pm Five for Online Claimers Healthy Adults: Waste & Abuse in Collaboration: Hunger Doesn’t and Education 101 Effective Summer Family Style Dining Cookie Dough – Seeds to Success:
CACFP Staff Federally Funded Forging End with the Food Marketing Exploring the Tracking Your
Wellness Programs: Red Relationships at the Dismissal Bell Campaign Safety of Flour Progress
Flags in the CACFP National, State, and
& SFSP Local Levels

Saturday, April 21, 2018

7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Areas
7:30 am - 10:00 am
7:45 am - 8:30 am Exhibit Areas Open: Regency Foyer, Hill Country Foyer, Garden Terrace, Rio Grande Ballroom & Foyer
National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Member Meeting - Regency East * By Invitation

Ballroom Level Hill Country Conference Center

Regency Regency Regency Nueces Blanco Pecos Live Oak Pecan Bowie AB Bowie C Sequin Maverick Navarro
West Center East Frio Llano

8:45 am - Workshops How to Plan Garden to Engaging Your Healthy Early Care Early Childhood Taking Action at Sponsoring Strategies to Tackling Presentation Summer Fun,
9:45 am Six Meals to Meet Classroom: Where Development in the Grassroots Homes? Learn How Engage Families Inefficiencies Pointers Summer Thrive
Meal Pattern Children Win Audience with & Education: It’s Latino Children Level To Sponsor Centers in Healthy Active
Requirements Too Living
Interactive Training Not Just Kid’s Stuff

Serving Your Behavioral Infant Care and
Communities Year- Interventions for Feeding
Round through Pediatric Feeding
Child Care Action: Afterschool Meals Disorders Success in the
Budgets and and the Summer Food Program:
10:00 am - Workshops CACFP Streamlining CACFP Creditable Eating Pasta Means Policies from the Nutrition for the Growing Head Food Service What Would You Training to Engage
11:00 am Seven Administrative and Automating Better Diet Quality Capitol to the Autistic Child Start Success with Program Do? Monitors’ Family Home Child
Budgets Processes: An Kitchen Farm to Early Care Real-Life Situations Care Providers
Introduction & Education

11:15 am - Workshops CACFP Center CACFP and the Menu Planning 101: Socially Just Money Talks Serving Whole Enroll Children Summer Meals The CACFP and Baby Steps to Beans and Meal Program
12:15 pm Eight Sponsor Success OMB Super Circular Incorporating the Environment Grain-Rich Online Outreach and Tribal Nations: Deliver Optimal Legumes: The Benefits for
New Requirements as Part of High- Marketing Successes and Nutrition in Child Power of Pulses Grown-ups
Quality Head Challenges Care
Start Preschool

12:45 pm - Lunch CORE for All USDA

1:15pm & Learn

1:30 pm - Workshops Technology Let’s Talk Serious 50,000 Providers Soaring High in Promoting Gaining Your Voice Science & Recipes Shelf-Stable Food Cost Allocation for Promoting Latino Role Models for Let’s Eat! Sprouts: Growing
2:30 pm Nine Based Resources Deficiency Can’t Be Wrong: Summer Food Nutrition Education and Standing for Plant-Based Means Greater Center & Home Childhood Nutrition Health Implementing Healthy Habits
Interactive Tour Nutrition, Training, Service Programs and Physical for the Children: Palates Food Access Sponsors and Health Family-Style Dining Curriculum
and Record Activity Empowerment at Afterschool & Through An Online
Keeping Made the National Level Summer Network

2:45 pm - Workshops Successful Training Navigating Food Record-Keeping Sponsoring Creating Equity Pasta-bilities! Vegetable Victory: Harvest of the Hot Topics: What Farm to Work Culturally Relevant Building an Summer Starts
3:45 pm Ten Approaches from Allergies and Training Summer Food: and Food Access Spice Up Your Month: Celebrate Science Says Wellness Programs Nutrition Education Effective Head in September:
Team Nutrition Intolerances Keys to Financial with Customized Veggies the Season & Start and CACFP Planning for
Management At Risk CACFP CACFP Partnership for a Meals and Quality
Programs Good Start to Grow Programs

4:00 pm - Regional Southeast Western Southwest Mountain Plains Mid-Atlantic Midwest Northeast
5:00 pm Networking

Schedule At-A-Glance

Surveys Wanted! Don’t forget to complete your conference survey and return them to the conference information desk before you leave town. We will use
your feedback to develop conference programming that you want. Be frank with us – we want to improve any area you think needs additional attention. Your input
will help our Chicago '19 conference be even stronger!

Here are some basics Continental Breakfast
GENERAL INFORMATION A continental breakfast will be provided throughout the Exhibit
Areas on both Friday and Saturday mornings. Visit with
Conference Information Desk Hours exhibitors while starting your day with a nutritious breakfast.
The National Child Nutrition Conference registration and
information desk will be open each day of the conference from Friday, April 20th 7:00 am – 8:00 am
the hours of: Sponsored by

Wednesday, April 18th 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday, April 21st 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Thursday, April 19th 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, April 20th 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Grab & Go Lunch
Saturday, April 21st 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
All conference attendees are encouraged to network or learn
Nametag & Ticket(s) Policy more during lunch, so NCNC has provided an easy lunch option
Nametags must be worn at all times during conference hours to for you. In your nametag holder, you’ll find tickets to pick up
gain access to workshops. Tickets and/or invitations must be a Grab-N-Go lunch on both Friday and Saturday. These are
presented for events when required. available in the hotel during the first thirty minutes of the lunch
break only. Find a regional friend to share lunch with, visit
Internet Access exhibitors, or check out any of the scheduled Lunch & Learns.
Note that internet access may be limited within the conference Read about the Lunch & Learn sessions on page 8.
halls. Check your email and social media prior to joining us each
day. Show Your Badge for VIP Discounts!

Social Media Our conference attendees are special guests in
Join the conversation at #cacfp18. Share your experience through San Antonio. By wearing your conference badge
the Yapp app on your smartphone and don’t forget to: around town, you can receive discounts and
special offers at over 50 restaurants and nightlife
Like us: establishments in downtown San Antonio. Simply
Follow us: show your conference badge at participating locations. Find the discounts and offers available on the
Tag us: @NationalCACFP conference app or at

Cell Phones

In order to avoid any interruptions, NCNC asks that all attendees
silence their cell phones during presentations, workshops and
other conference programs.

Conference Right At Your Fingertips

Download Yapp from the app store on your smartphone or tablet
to get access to:

» Conference Details & Documents » Find Friends
» Customize Your Schedule » Share Photos
» Explore Exhibitors » Post Comments
» Read Presenter Biographies

Download the App:
• Open the app and tap “Download an Existing App”

• Enter Yapp ID: CACFP18 in the field. The app will then download
into Yapp.

• You can also download here:

Yapp ID: CACFP18



Wednesday, April 18th │1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Wednesday, April 18th │2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Four year olds want to do it all, and they need to! At The San Antonio Food Bank confronts the ongoing conflict
Pre-K 4 SA, early childhood educators combine children’s of childhood hunger through the Summer Foods Service
energy with curriculum-based play to prepare students for Program at nearly 150 locations as well as through the
success in kindergarten and beyond. The vision behind Child and Adult Care Food Program at 15 sites. Nationally
Pre-K 4 SA is to invest in education to develop a strong recognized as a top operationally efficient non-profit, the
future workforce, lower school dropout rates, and encourage food bank team will showcase its anti-hunger efforts for
more engaged local citizens in the city of San Antonio. attendees. Attendees will tour the facility and the mobile
Pre-K 4 SA, a CACFP provider for 2,000 kids annually, also truck grocery market, Mobile Mercado. You will hear from
teaches nutrition education in the student classrooms as off-site partners who implement the food programs with
well as in parent classes. Attendees will tour one of the four meals prepared at the food bank, and partake in a CACFP
city facilities to see how students participate in growing, creditable snack while engaging with the health-conscious
harvesting and eating nutritious foods, how parents are kitchen team. Finally, attendees will create a memorable
actively engaged, and how the community is advanced experience through volunteer and team building activities
through the program. Transportation provided to and from that will have you further inspired. Following the tour,
the Pre-K 4 SA site. attendees have the option to return to the headquarter Hyatt
Hotel or explore the city’s historic Market Square.

Cindy Lumbreras Eric Cooper

City of San Antonio, Pre-K 4 SA San Antonio Food Bank

Say Cheese! Selfie Round Up Spot

Round up your friends and take a selfie at our NCA Selfie Spot, located
by the conference information desk. Stop by, snap a picture, post to
social media or send home to mom.
Get a raffle ticket each time you post to social media and tag #cacfp18 or
@NationalCACFP. Show us your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram posts
at the information desk to receive your raffle ticket. Winner will be
selected at the end of the conference.



Extended learning and networking opportunities are a lunch Roundtab le State Agency Staff Only
break away! Connect in one of these 30 minute scheduled
sessions to either learn about training developments, make new Wednesday, April 18th│2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
friends, share your story, or be appreciated for the part you play
in the child nutrition community. Join together with State Agency staff and the USDA for this
roundtable session. Come with questions from your state
Friday, April 20th │12:30 pm - 1:00 pm sponsors and providers for the USDA and leave with answers
and insight into the present and future of the Child Nutrition
USDA Nueces │ Frio Programs.

Family day care homes are important to the families they serve. S4 Regency West
They also provide employment opportunities for providers.

Help USDA find ways to support family day care homes by

sharing your experiences and insight into factors affecting

participation in CACFP.

CORE State Agency Staff Only B lanco │ Llano

CACFP Operational Resources & Education | Practical Training

Solutions for CACFP Administration: This information session

will provide an overview of an innovative training program

being developed for State Agencies.

CACFP Professionals Navarro

Those who have earned certification have displayed

commitment to the profession and willingness to uphold high TEXAS STATE FACTS

standards! All CACFP Child Nutrition Professionals (CCNP) and The armadillo is the official state animal.

CACFP Management Professionals (CMP) are invited to join

together for an inspirational message over lunch. Please present

your invitation for entry. Don’t forget your lunch voucher!

Saturday, April 21st │12:45 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch vouchers can be found behind your nametag in your

USDA Navarro nametag holder.

Family day care homes are important to the families they serve. LUNCH VOUCHER Examp le
They also provide employment opportunities for providers.
Help USDA find ways to support family day care homes by Friday, April 20th │12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
sharing your experiences and insight into factors affecting
participation in CACFP. Pick up your complimentary

CORE Open to All Regency East Grab-N-Go Lunch
join usthen
CACFP Operational Resources & Education | Practical Training for a Lunch & Learn

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Solutions for CACFP Administration: This information session Valid for one lunch, which includes: Sandwich, whole fruit, chips & drink.*

will provide an overview of an innovative training program One voucher per conference attendee on day listed above only. * One bottled water or one selected soda.

being developed for State Agencies. All CACFP entities are

invited to come and hear more about the new training program.

Smile! M edinaLOCATION: Next to Conference Information Desk

Enhance your professional profile with TIMES: Wednesday, April 18th │1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
a new photo! We'll take your headshot Thursday, April 19th │11:30 am - 1:30 pm
and email your new glamshot to you Friday, April 20th │7:00 am - 8:00 am
following the conference. Friday, April 20th │11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Over 4 Million Congratulations
children served through CACFP 2018 Scholarship
Heather Solus
Nutrition Education
Grant Programs Great Northern Services
Professional Development Weed, California
Scholarship Opportunities
Jennifer McClay
Food Bank of South Jersey
Pennsauken, New Jersey

Benu Chhabra

Family Child Care Provider
Concord, California

Kristy Hodges

Grayson Cty. Board of Ed.
Leitchfield, Kentucky

Carolyn Pancarowicz

East Hartford Public Schools
East Hartford, Connecticut

Dawn Denise Aragon

Eastern Shoshone and
Northern Arapaho Birth to Five
Head Start Program
Fort Washakie, Wyoming

Patricia Newton-Powell

Penfield Children's Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Joyce Mason

Richmond, Virginia

Terri Sluss Cole, CCNP

Child Care Resource Center
Lorain, Ohio

Chris Taylor

Food Bank of the Rockies
Denver, Colorado

Patricia Enneper

Children's Center of the Upper Valley
Lebanon, New Hampshire

Caitlin Vadini

Quality Care for Children
Atlanta, Georgia

Monique Torres-Perish

Choices For Families Inc,
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Audrey Pasion

Honolulu, Hawaii

Preconference Training Thursday, April 19th │8:00am - 12:00pm

These deep-dive sessions are classroom-style, limited Farm to Preschool: Getting
in size and require pre-registration. All preconference in the Game of Local Food
sessions are concurrent. & Learning in Early
Child Care
Meal Pattern Components: Lacy Stephens
Serving Up Great Nutrition National Farm to School Network
Holly Prestegaard, USDA FNS
Cheryl Buckley, Chobani Candayce Howard, Joshua Smith,
& Phillip Hester
Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak Our Daily Bread of TN
Produce for Better Health Foundation Jamese Kwele, The Food Trust
Julie Miller Jones
Grain Foods Foundation Farm to early care and education
Lana Frantzen, Dairy MAX (ECE), also known as farm to
Hawley Poinsett preschool, includes the use of local
Texas Beef Council foods in meals and snacks, gardening
opportunities, and food-based learning
Great nutrition is the keystone of the CACFP. activities. Farm to ECE initiatives are evidenced-based approaches to
Because we believe that healthy eating starts early meeting CACFP meal pattern and nutrition standards. At this training,
and is a learned behavior, it’s incredibly important actively engage in farm to ECE activities and learn about curriculum,
that program operators and providers know what resources, and tools to help start or expand farm to ECE initiatives.
makes the meal pattern components powerful when Whether you are a seasoned local foods expert or are just ready to plant
united. Fighting obesity, introducing healthy foods, your first seeds, you will walk away with a concrete plan to “grow”
and ensuring variety across food components are some of the important health and wellness, experiential learning opportunities, and parent
goals explored in this training. Go home on fire about great nutrition. engagement tools.

S1 Regency Center S1 Bowie A B
Preconference Preconference

HR Toolkit: Non-Profit Management TEXAS STATE FACTS
At 268,601 square miles, Texas is the largest
Lynn Richardson state in the contiguous United States and is the
Employment Group-Retired second biggest state in the U.S. (only Alaska is
bigger). Texas is larger than many nations of
Non-Profit management is key to operating a the world, including every country in Europe.
successful organization. Learn how to motivate staff, evaluate employee If it were a country, it would be the 40th
performance, manage generational diversity, and lead your team. largest country in the world.
Whether you are new to a management role or are looking for tools to
be more effective, this training will offer you solutions and resources to
use immediately.

S2 B lanco │ Llano │ Pecos

CACFP Head Start: CACFP Afterschool Matters:
An Indicator of Quality Serve Snack, Supper,
Child Care & Holiday Meals
Kati Wagner
Rhonda Kobylecky Wildwood CACFP
Acelero Learning Jenny Eyer, Children At Risk
Jenny Arredondo & Berta Macat
Kristi Lewis San Antonio ISD
The Institute of Child Nutrition Melissa Moore
Family League of Baltimore
Sylvia Melendez-Klinger Only 1 in 10 children who qualify for afterschool
Hispanic Food Communications and out-of-school time meals are receiving them.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program offers a
Helen Woo solution to this nationwide problem. Learn the basics
Jefferson Parish Head Start of CACFP Afterschool and hear from a panel who
are already implementing the program successfully at
Are you meeting guidelines specific to Head Start and CACFP? their sites. Discover how you can sponsor the program or work with
Come and learn how Head Start requirements align with the CACFP a sponsor to serve children who are at-risk. Congress has offered a
to provide good nutrition to children. Leave understanding the solution. Don’t send kids home hungry. This session is for anyone who
performance standards concerning child nutrition, how to implement works with afterschool programs in school or off-site and for CACFP
training, and understand how to better serve culturally appropriate sponsoring agencies.
meals and make family style dining successful.
S1 Live Oak
S1 Regency East Preconference
CACFP 101: Foundations of
Summer Foods: Planning, Success
Participation, Policy & Blake Stanford
Partnering for Success SW Human Development Services
Vicki Lipscomb
Clarissa Hayes Child Nutrition Program, Inc.
Food Research Action Center Senta Hester
Our Daily Bread of Tennessee
Andrea Farmer, USDA FNS Cheryl Jackson Lewis
Brian Wieher, Operation Food Search Kate Abernathy
Providers Choice
Jan Kallio, USDA FNS Victor Salazar
Hummingbird Child & Adult
The Summer Food Service Program Nutrition
(SFSP) is an important tool for New to the Child and Adult Care
addressing the nutrition gap low-income children face when the school Food Program? Learn the basics
year ends. Success depends on collaboration, proactive planning, and of CACFP from experienced CACFP sponsor operators and USDA’s
partnerships. Whether you are a CACFP sponsor operating SFSP for Nutrition Promotion and Technical Assistance staff. This 101 course
the first time, or a year-round sponsor looking to expand or sustain will cover Program Administration, Program Operations, Nutrition,
your current operations, learn all you need to know at this session and Financial Management, Non-profit Management, and Civil Rights as
leave with practical resources, new contacts, and a concrete plan to reach required to operate a CACFP sponsoring organization.
more children with nutritious meals during the summer months.
S2 Regency West
S5 Navarro Preconference
Show Me the Money: Getting Through Yapp ID CACFP18
the Budget Approvals Process Join the conversation with #CACFP18

Cherese Myree & Monica Miles PAGE11
MH Miles Company, CPA, PC

This training is a 101-level overview of the generally
accepted source documentation to support allowable
costs for CACFP operations. Attendees will learn about
best practices for determining if proposed program
costs are necessary, reasonable and allowable. Discover
the impact the management plan has on the budget;
what constitutes a related party transaction; and who
has the burden of proof for ensuring proposed costs are necessary,
reasonable, and allowable. Training will include group activities,
discussion on proposed program costs that are often questioned, and
tools to assist with avoiding common budget submission mistakes.

S5 Maverick

Thank you to our Comeveemryeoent e during
Exhibit Area Hours
Sponsors Thursday, April 19th

Silver Exhibitors 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Bronze Exhibitors Friday, April 20th

7:00 am - 1:30 pm

(closed 8:00 am-9:30 am)

Saturday, April 21st

7:30 am - 10:00 am

Exhibitor Check List

☐ Visit with exhibitors
☐ Enter door prize drawings
☐ Enjoy morning coffee

and continental breakfast

☐ Network with fellow


☐ Sit back and relax for

a moment

☐ Meet new friends!

Special thank you to our

Non-Profit Exhibitors for getting us off to a great
and healthy start by sponsoring
our continental breakfast on
Friday morning!

01 02 03 04 Rio Grande Ballroom (Ballroom Level)

01. JTM Food Group 13. Novick Brothers

02. Health-e Pro 14. The OrganWise Guys

05 03. Optimum Foods 15. Smart Lunches
CATERING 04. Post Consumer 16/17. General Mills
24 23 22 Brands Bell Institute of Health,
19 20 21 Nutrition & Food Safety
05/06. Dole Packaged
Foods 18. Diversified Foods

25 Rio Grande Ballroom 07 07. MH Miles 19. Brighton Training Group
26 Company, CPA, PC 20. Pepsico
(Ballroom Level) 21. ES Foods
27 08. CORE 22. The AccuTrak Group
28 CATERING 18 17/16 08 23. Link2Feed
13 14 15 09. CATCH 24. Nutrition Matters
25/26. Food & Supply Source
09 10. Great American 27/28. Preferred Meals
12 11 10 Insurance Group

11. SunButter

12. Red Gold
Tomato Products

42 43 Regency Foyer (Ballroom Level)

44 30 32 29. JA Foodservice
31 30/31. Minute Menu

52 Garden Terrace CATERING 32. Revolution Foods

(First Level) Regency Ballroom Foyer 33. CenterPilot EXHIBIT AREA MAPS
CATERING (Ballroom Level) 33 34/35. Chefables
51 36. Prime Sponsor Pro

46 Hill Country Foyer (Hill Country Level)CATERING
37. The Private Client Law Group
47 29 38. Gerber
49 48
34 39. Champion Foodservice
35 40. J&J Snack Foods

41. Gourmet Gorilla

CATERING 36 Garden Terrace (First Level)
Hill Country Foyer 42. Texas Beef Council
43. Texas Department of Agriculture
(Hill Country Level) 44. Healthy CACFP
45. Institute of Child Nutrition
37 47. Grain Foods Foundation
48. Pre-K 4 SA
38 39 40 49. Penn State Better Kid Care
50. The Humane Society of US
51. Common Threads
52. Feeding Texas

G et to know our exhibitors on pages 40-41 PAGE 13

We welcome Learn more about

Thursday, April 19th │1:00 pm - 1:30 pm CERTIFICATION PROGRAM OVERVIEW

We know why you’re here, and we’re so glad you chose to join Thursday, April 19th │12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
us and fellow members of the child nutrition community. It’s
been 32 years of this annual conference and we always love Interested in learning more about how to earn the CACFP
welcoming newcomers. If this is your first NCA conference, Management Professional or the CACFP Child Nutrition
please join us for the First Timers' Orientation where you’ll Professional designation? Join NCA Board members to hear
learn more about what to expect from the conference and how why the program was started, what the qualifications are, and
to get the most out of this annual event. Let’s make sure you next steps to getting the certification complete!
have all the information you need to navigate the next three
days so that you go home with a vast amount of knowledge to Invest in your career, invest in yourself!
Receiving your CACFP Certification shows your commitment
This event draws attendees who want to learn more about to your profession and your willingness to uphold high
the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food standards. You will be able to enhance your professional image
Service Program, along with At-Risk Afterschool, Head Start by adding credibility to your position and your agency while
and other child nutrition programs. They also want to hear staying current on the latest issues and solutions. Additional
from the USDA on all of these programs and what exciting benefits for those who obtain the CACFP Professional
new changes may be ahead. Attendees have a chance to designations include community recognition, competitive
network with fellow attendees from their region, state, and advantage, salary enhancement, and personal achievement.
★ Regency West
Get prepared to take home credit hours, handouts from CACFP Professionals
presenters, new contacts from the USDA, state agencies,
sponsoring organizations and providers, and maybe a prize 2018-2021 2018-2021
or tote bag goodie! There’s so much in store for you! Come
hear what we have planned. Take it all in but promise us you’ll For over thirty years our association has been elevating
spend some time enjoying the historical city of San Antonio the professional standards of our community.
and its famous Riverwalk with a coworker or new friend!
After all it is Fiesta! Now we have the means to recognize those who continually
go above and beyond with true passion for the program and
★ Regency Center
First Timers' what it means to millions of children.

TEXAS STATE FACTS Time to Celebrate!

The Texas flag is called the “Lone Star Flag” Friday, April 20th │12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
and has three colors: red to represent courage,
white to represent liberty, and blue to represent All CACFP Child Nutrition Professionals (CCNP) and CACFP
loyalty. It was adopted in 1845 when Texas Management Professionals (CMP) are invited to join together for
became a state. The large white star was first an inspirational message and to celebrate those who have showed
used on Texas flags in the 1830s during the their commitment to the CACFP and the children in their care.
battles between Texas and Mexico. Get your Grab-N-Go lunch and we will see you there! Don’t
forget your lapel pin. This event is by invitation only.
Join the conversation with #CACFP18

Howdy, y'all! Let's get started

Thursday, April 19th │1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

At the 2018 National Child Nutrition Conference Concurrent Welcome, we've got a great, big Texas welcome from
NCA Board Members: President, Senta Hester, Immediate Past President, Vicki Lipscomb, and Conference Chair Blake
Stanford. Following immediately to kick off your professional development are featured speakers on policy, nutrition, and
provider connections. We're excited to share San Antonio with you!

Sesame Street USDA Policy Update Nourishing Your
In Communities Preschool Child
Andrea Farmer & Angela K line
Dr. Jeanette Dr. Deanna
B etancourt will The USDA Food and Nutrition Service Hoelscher
(FNS) works to end hunger and obesity
share an inside through the administration of 15 federal Feeding a preschool
look at the creation of Sesame Street in nutrition assistance programs including child can be challenging. Learn
Communities: a brand new educational the Child and Adult Care Food Program about research-based and evidence-
model and resource center, recently and Summer Food Service Program. Hear based strategies for parent teacher
launched that uses research-based strategies from USDA as they present an overview communication, packing and offering
and materials to guide and support healthy of new and revised policy guidance foods that children will eat, and early
habits in young children, while also and share a state-of-the-state update of care and education-based programs to
engaging the important adults in their lives. those programs. Angela Kline, RD, is encourage healthy eating and physical
Learn about Sesame’s holistic approach, the director of the policy and program activity. The Michael and Susan Dell
reflecting current findings about the best development division, child nutrition Center for Healthy Living advances health
ways to foster health and well-being in programs. Andrea Farmer, MS, RD, is for children through it's research and
children, particularly the most vulnerable. the branch chief for the community meals programs. Hear lessons learned from
Sesame Street in Communities provides branch. Lunch is in the Bag, the Texas Childhood
educators, service providers, and trainers Obesity Research and Demonstration
with a wealth of free resources designed S4 Regency West Project (TX CORD), and CATCH Early
to engage child care givers and families Featured Speaker Childhood.
in everyday activities to help all children
become smarter, stronger, and kinder. S1 Regency Center
Featured Speaker
S1 Regency East
Featured Speaker

Congratulations to these new CACFP Professionals on receiving their certification!
★ Angie Holmberg, CMP, CCNP ★ Kasie Broherd, CMP, CCNP ★ Ramonita Figueroa, CCNP
★ Bethanie Roberts, CCNP ★ Kate Abernathy, CCNP ★ Sandy Zook, CCNP
★ Donald Reese Goff, CCNP ★ Kira Rodriguez, CCNP ★ Sara Sanchez, CCNP
★ Elizabeth Brenis, CCNP ★ Lisa Means, CMP, CCNP ★ Shannon Amos, CMP, CCNP
★ Jennifer Johnson, CMP ★ Margarette Stephens, CMP, CCNP ★ Shauna Kendell, CCNP
★ Jo Ann Elliott Miller, CMP ★ Margarita Avila, CCNP ★ Sheana Behringer, LPN, CMP
★ Joyce Wong, CCNP ★ Mark Wainwright, CCNP ★ Susan Lorenzo-Luaces, CCNP
★ Jslena Robertson CMP, CCNP ★ Mary L. Watson, CCNP ★ Tiffany McBride, CCNP
★ Kara Flaming, CCNP ★ Maves Ranola, CMP, CCNP
★ Karen Palmer McKenzie, CCNP ★ Nina Dodd, CMP, CCNP


Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico,
Thursday, April 19th │3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Oklahoma, Texas

MPRO NERO Sharon Ray
MARO Nutriservice
WRO MWRO Rockwell, Texas

SWRO SERO James Abraham
We know that networking is one of the most valued benefits of attending a national Southwest Regional Office
conference with fellow child nutrition community professionals. With over 1,000 Dallas, Texas
attendees, NCA helps to facilitate that right from the start by hosting the National
Conference Regional Sessions as our kick-off session. Meet your neighbors, get to Blake Stanford
know your USDA regional office team, the National CACFP Sponsors Association Southwest Human
board members and sponsor representatives. We’ll also have an opening roll call by Development Services
states so get your friends to join you and represent! Austin, Texas

S2 Regency East
Regional Networking

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri,
Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota,
South Carolina, Tennessee Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Sandra Ruballo Suzanne Zanella Susan Ison
Highland Foods YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Helping Hands
Miami, Florida Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Taylorsville, Utah

Rosie Daugherty Sandra Harris Debby Hammack
Southeast Regional Office Mid-Atlantic Regional Office Mount Plains Regional Office

Atlanta, Georgia Robbinsville, New Jersey Denver, Colorado

Vicki Lipscomb Debra Ghia Kati Wagner
Child Nutrition Programs Lehigh Valley Children’s Center Wildwood CACFP
Charlotte, North Carolina Allentown, Pennsylvania Centennial, Colorado

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Regional Networking Regional Networking Regional Networking

Don't forget... TEXAS STATE FACTS

REGIONAL WRAP-UP SESSIONS Did you know that the word “Texas”
Saturday, April 21st │4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
was the Spanish pronunciation
“Tejas” of the Hasinai Indian word
PAGE 16 meaning “allies” or “friends.”

Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii,
Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,

Alix Pasillas Ohio, Wisconsin New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Food for Kids
Reno, Nevada Cathy Harper Jean Bianchi
Nutrition for Children Claredon Early Ed. Services
Champaign, Illinois Bedford, Massachusetts

Lissa Ong Julie Mikkelson Jan Kallio
Western Regional Office Midwest Regional Office Northeast Regional Office
San Francisco, California Chicago, Illinois Boston, Massachusetts

Rhonda Kobylecky Robin Paul Melissa Moore
Acelero Learning Mid Michigan Family League of Baltimore
Las Vegas, Nevada Child Care Centers Baltimore, Maryland
Freeland, Michigan
S2 Regency Center S2 Navarro
Regional Networking S2 Maverick Regional Networking
Regional Networking


Thursday, April 19th │4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Meet with people who do what you FIELD MONITORS HEAD START
do every day! Join your moderator and Denise Meyer Ekta Patel
colleagues to talk about workplace issues. State Director Health & Nutrition Manager
Find a mentor. Share your experience. Association of Child Family Services Head Start/
Talk shop and learn from one another. Development Early Start
Make contacts and fill your rolodex
(okay, iphone). Don’t skip out on one S2 Regency Center S2 Regency East
of the most powerful sessions of the Functional Networking Functional Networking
Denise Andrews Maureen Lyons Alabama Coushatta
Co-Founder & Executive Director of Centers Tribe of Texas
Director Wildwood CACFP
For the Children

S2 Maverick S2 Navarro S2 Bowie A B
Functional Networking Functional Networking Functional Networking


Angela Olige Melissa Moore Charlotte Hachenberg
Assistant Commissioner Program Director of Food Registered Dietitian
Texas Department of Access Texas Department of
Agriculture Family League of Baltimore Agriculture

S2 B lanco │ Llano │ Pecos S2 Regency West S2 Nueces │ Frio
Functional Networking Functional Networking Functional Networking


Join us in the Regency Ballroom

Friday, April 20th│8:00 am - 9:30 am

Welcome by
Senta Hester Angela O lige

President Assistant Commissioner

National CACFP Sponsors Texas Department
Association of Agriculture

Founder and Executive Director of Our Angela has statewide administrative
Daily Bread of Tennessee, Senta’s organization sponsors child oversight for the operations, policy development, strategic
care homes and centers statewide, feeding over 15,000 children planning, and financial management of 12 federal nutrition
daily. Having begun her career as a child care home provider, her programs with a budget of more than $2.2 billion in Texas. These
roots are deep for the care of children. Under her leadership, the programs have an impact on the state’s public, private-nonprofit
national association will keep support and education of the child and charter schools, as well as numerous residential child care
nutrition community its highest priority. institutions, food banks, and other community and faith-based

Hear from our Keynote Speaker
Brandon Lipps

Administrator & Acting Deputy Under Secretary

USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Brandon Lipps is Administrator of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service where he leads the agency in
administering the nation’s 15 federal nutrition assistance programs. He is also currently serving as Acting
Deputy Under Secretary, reporting to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Prior to joining USDA, Lipps
served as the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chancellor in the Texas Tech University System, working closely with Chancellor
Robert Duncan to develop policy initiatives, identify strategic priorities, and execute plans to achieve goals across the system’s more
than 20,000 employees. Previously, Lipps served as counsel and senior professional staff to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
during the 2014 Farm Bill. He also served as Chancellor Duncan’s legislative aide and rural district director during his time as a Texas
State Senator. Lipps is a former associate at the Lubbock law firm of Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam. He hails from Woodson, Texas, and
earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas Tech and a law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Listen to their stories
Eric Cooper Will Lourcey

President & CEO Founder

San Antonio Food Bank Friends Reaching Our Goals

During Eric’s 16 year tenure, the San Antonio When Will was 7 years old, he saw a man
Food Bank has grown to 180 employees, on a street corner, holding a sign that read:
increased food distribution from 10 million pounds to more than NEED A MEAL. Will decided he could make a difference. He
61 million pounds through 520 agencies, and increased the number made a plan, gathered friends, and set out to change the world!
and impact of its programs. But that’s another story. This one is Will hopes to inspire others and show that even little kids can
about food access, hunger pangs, and personal experience of the make big differences.
need for government assistance and nutrition programs.



Jim McGovern

United States House of Representatives
Massachusetts's 2nd Congressional District
The National CACFP Sponsors Association Friend of CACFP Award honors and recognizes an individual
who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting and improving the USDA Child and Adult Care Food
Program (CACFP) through leadership and initiative. Individuals awarded have made significant and demonstrable contributions to
the CACFP through advocacy, legislation, education or professional endeavors that exemplify a positive impact or advancement of
the program.
Representative Jim McGovern understands the connection between poverty, hunger and health. The Ranking Member on the
House Subcommittee on Nutrition, McGovern has spent 20 years in Congress fighting to feed his constituents and other hungry
Americans. As founder and co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus and Chairman of the Board of the nonprofit Congressional
Hunger Center, he leads the movement to guarantee what he considers to be a fundamental human right: the right to food.
Protecting children, families, veterans, the disabled, and seniors from hunger through support of SNAP, CACFP and NSLP,
McGovern regularly champions all Americans who receive benefits. McGovern took part in the food stamp challenge, which
entailed living on the average $21 in food stamps over the course of a week. And since 2013 he has delivered more than 60
#EndHungerNow speeches on the House floor, each calling attention to a different aspect of the problem and sharing personal
stories of misfortune and triumph from across the country.
Congressman Jim McGovern is truly a Friend of CACFP.


The Board of Directors of the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) and the 2018 Conference Committee would like to express
its deepest appreciation to all of those individuals and organizations that made this conference an outstanding example of collaboration
and success. We honor your contributions to the educational mission of the National Association and thank you for helping make this
Conference a showcase for the CACFP and SFSP community.

What have you learned so far? Write it down before you forget.


Workshops Friday, April 20th Two Hour Session
SESSION ONE │9:45 am - 10:45 am
Procurement: Rules & Review
CN Labels & Product Formulation Increasing Access and
Statements Defined Participation: Strategies for Tamra Jackson & Amanda Anderson
Streamlining Paperwork Wyoming Department of Education
Lauren Iazzetti, Sysco Charlotte
Vicki Lipscomb, Child Nutrition Program We all think that procurement in CACFP is
The new CACFP guidelines can be a little new, right? Well it has been going on since the
intimidating for operators, but look no further! Tracy Mueck, Texas Department of Agriculture beginning of time with cooks, directors and
Learn how to use CN labels and product childcare workers. You know your stuff! Come
formulation statements to your advantage. Providers, both veterans and new members, and learn about the rules and how to document
We’ll review how to read and understand labels, sometimes struggle with the intricacies of the work that is already being done.
sample menus, and dedicate time to answering program paperwork. Join this panel to learn
questions about menus and labeling concerns. more. S5 Regency West
Financial Management
S1 Regency Center S7 Maverick
Nutrition Advocacy & Policy Two Hour Session

Two Hour Session Eat. Create. Cultivate. Cultural Foods Made Creditable
Fun With Food Through Positive
Elements of a Successful Home Mealtime Experiences Jennifer A. Hanson & Olivia Paden
Visit: Monitoring, Mentoring to Kansas State University
Coaching Does it Matter? Kate Abernathy, Providers Choice
Paola Paez, The Center of Excellence for
Annetta Rutland & Terri Burch, 4C for Children This train-the-trainers workshop offers ideas Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs
and tools providers can use to implement
Child care providers need support at times positive mealtimes. Topics include Smarter Denise E. Laursen
with meeting program guidelines and CACFP Mealtimes, examining picky eaters' behaviors US Army Child and Youth Services
Monitors know that there is a wealth of while identifying tips for creating adventurous
information to give providers around meeting eaters and engaging child participation in the Food and culture are tightly interwoven, and
the requirements of the program. This kitchen. Leave with strategies, recipes and mealtimes provide an excellent opportunity
workshop will explore how monitors can guide activities that engage children of any age! to explore different cultures. Ideas will be
providers to compliance by using strength based shared while discussing the importance of these
coaching methods. S1 Regency East experiences. Bring your recipes, as we will
Train-the-Trainer transform cultural dishes into recipes that are
S1 Navarro safe, creditable, and designed to meet the best
Train-the-Trainer practice guidelines.

S1 Bowie A B

Did you know your time here earns you credits toward the CACFP
Professional Certifications?

S5 Location TBD Specialities
Track S1 - Nutrition
S2- Program Operations
Look for the Specialty ID# S3 - Training and Technology
Each session and workshop provides hours towards S4 - Program Administration
CEU’s. Then log all the sessions you have attended on the S5 - Financial Management
Certificate of Training Participation log on page 69. S6 - Non Profit Management
S7 - Civil Rights & Policy

Apply Today! You can apply for the CACFP Professional Certification here at the National Child Nutrition

Conference. Visit the conference information desk to find out how to apply or hear more on the certification
program and the specialties. More information is also available at or by emailing
[email protected].


Managing Generational Diversity

Lynn Richardson
SOS Employment Group-Retired

This workshop identifies some influences
that effect how each generation views the
workplace and what leadership techniques work
effectively with all generations. Main points
will include how to identify key characteristics
of Traditionalist, Baby Boomers, Xers and
Millennials, what leadership style will work
with all generations and how to motivate
different generations.

S6 Live Oak


Offering Water Engaging Youth in Nutrition Hunger Doesn’t End on Friday:
Education Serving Meals on Weekends
Christina Hecht & Laura Vollmer and Beyond
University of California Nutrition Policy Institute Katherine E. Soule & Shannon Klisch
University of California Carolyn Wait, Share Our Strength
The CACFP now requires participants to offer
water. What’s working well for providers Develop strategies for integrating youth Clarissa Hayes, Food Research and Action Center
and what are the difficulties in fulfilling this engagement and positive youth development
requirement? Let’s work together towards full programming into your nutrition education For many kids, weekends, snow days, and
implementation as we give and get solutions services and projects with youth leaders. The school breaks are some of the hungriest times
for offering water to small children of all ages. workshop will describe the steps, lessons of the year. Afterschool and Summer Meals
We’ll review expert recommendations for infant learned and outcomes of integrating positive can fill this gap while bringing you additional
and toddler beverage practices, and provide youth development programming with revenue. This session will show you the options
educational and promotional resources. nutrition education services. and help you to plan effectively to serve at non-
traditional times.
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Research & Resources Program Admin. & Operations S4 Pecan
At-Risk Afterschool

Workshop schedule is subject to change after printing. Please refer to our website at or download the Yapp App for most current schedule.

CACFP Child Nutrition Professional (CCNP)

Education / Experience - Child Care Home or Center enrolled in CACFP and/or CACFP Agency (Sponsor, Head Start, State)

Experience: 3 Years Experience: 1 Year Experience: 1 Year

Education: Education: Education:

• 16 Hours of Nutrition Training OORR • Associates or Bachelors degree OR • Associates or Bachelors degree

2018-2021 • 16 Hours CEU Total w/ min. of 3 hours • 12 Hours in Specialty 1 • 16 Hours of Nutrition Training
in each of the Specialties 1-3 • 4 Hours in Specialties 2 & 3

CACFP Management Professional (CMP)

Education / Experience - Child Care and/or CACFP Agency (minimum 3 years)

Experience: 8 Years OORR Experience: 5 Years OR Experience: 1 Years

Education: Education: Education:
• 4 Hours of Nutrition Training • Associates or Bachelors degree • 12 Hours of Nutrition Training
• 4 Hours of Management Training • 4 Hours of Nutrition Training • 12 Hours of Management Training
• 8 Hours CACFP Specific Training • 4 Hours of Management Training • 12 Hours CACFP Specific Training
• 8 Hours CACFP Specific Training • 24 Hours CEU in Specialties 1-7 with

a minimum or 2 hour per Specialty

Note: CEU’s cannot be duplicated for Dual Certification.


Workshops Friday, April 20th Creating Welcoming,
SESSION TWO │11:00 am - 12:00 pm Inclusive Meal Sites

Advocacy & Alliances: CACFP and Head Start Food Clarissa Hayes, Food Research and Action Center
Promoting Kids’ Health Through Services Regulations
Cross-Sector Partnerships Veronica Day, CitySquare
Rhonda Kobylecky, Acelero Learning
Adriana Kohler, Texans Care for Children Kayte Partch, Nebraska Department of Education
This training will focus on the HSPS 1304.22
Shelby Massey, American Heart Association that govern child nutrition and how they align Inclusive, welcoming meal sites are key to
with the CACFP program to provide good any successful afterschool and summer meal
Using recent Texas initiatives as a case study, nutrition to children in Head Start. Also, learn program. Often families will not visit sites with
this session will explore ways to build coalitions what’s new in the HS Performance Standards their children because of language barriers,
across sometimes disconnected stakeholders to concerning child nutrition. dietary restrictions, immigration or cultural
promote policies that improve nutrition and safety concerns. Learn steps sponsors and
physical activity in child care. Discuss creative S7 Regency East advocates can take to create a welcoming, safe
ways to use media and strategies for working Head Start places and ultimately increase participation.
with state and community leaders to inform –
and shape – policies. S4 Pecan
Summer Food

S7 B lanco │ Llano Leadership Lessons: The Road to 54 Million Meals
Advocacy & Policy Hiring, Keeping & Motivating Staff
Keith Lewis & Betti Wiggins
Let’s Get Cooking! Nutrition Lynn Richardson Houston Independent School District
Education for At-Risk Afterschool SOS Employment Group-Retired
No longer under outside management, the
Carolyn Pancarowicz Learn why effective leadership, in addition Houston Independent School District has a new
East Hartford Public Schools to good management, is the primary factor energy. With a brand new nutrition officer
affecting your ability to recruit/retain top talent. and a focus on “good food,” Nutrition Services
Alicia White, USDA FNS Increase employee morale and successfully is excited to blaze a new trail. Hear about the
motivate your staff to consistently perform department’s commitment to reaching the goal
Kids love cooking! Learn how you can provide work at their highest capability. of serving 54 million meals in HISD through
hands-on fun while teaching kids about healthy NLSP, CACFP, and SFSP.
foods. Explore new USDA-developed materials S6 Live Oak
created especially for these settings, as well as Management S4 Bowie C
programming opportunities and experiences Program Spotlight
from the Crossroads Afterschool Programs in
East Hartford, Connecticut. Leave with a recipe
for success.

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At-Risk Afterschool

Nutrition and Feeding Education
Robert Bensley, Western Michigan University DOWNLOAD THE APP!
Jennifer Kozaczek, North Carolina Yapp ID CACFP18
Department of Health and Human Services Join the conversation with #CACFP18
The Healthy CACFP Internet-based nutrition
education and behavior change system is
designed for enhancing the adoption and
delivery of the new meal pattern by childcare
center staff. Get an overview of the system, hear
childcare center staff feedback, and leave with
lessons in hand.

S3 Maverick
Research & Resources


Quick & Easy, Nutritious,
Low-Prep Snacks

Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak
Produce for Better Health Foundation

Constance Brown-Riggs
CBR Nutrition Enterprises

Access to safe, nutritious and affordable food is
essential to building a healthy foundation for the
future during childhood. Learn the important
role that CACFP can play in creating health
equity and identify nutritious low-prep snacks
using the CACFP new meal pattern guidelines.

S1 Regency Center

Defining Food Marketing Terms CACFP Week is a national education and information campaign
Lutina Cochran, Institute of Child Nutrition
sponsored annually the third week of March by the National CACFP Sponsors
At a time when health is so important, do you
find yourself questioning the meaning of food Association. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of how the USDA’s
claims and terms? Don’t fret – this interactive
session will define food terms commonly found Child and Adult Care Food Program works to combat hunger. The CACFP
on product packaging. We’ll also provide tips,
tools, and strategies for selecting nutritious brings healthy foods to tables across the country for children in child care
centers, homes, and afterschool programs as well as adults in day care.
S1 Pecos
Nutrition NCA develops and provides tools for the entire child nutrition community

Building a Better Sandwich to share the message including press releases, celebration tool-kit, letters
for Children for raising awareness of the program for governors and congress, and social
Yanni Papanikolaou media materials as well as customizable member materials such
Nutritional Strategies for Grain Foods Foundation as a newsletter for parents and nutrition education materials.

Sandwiches have been associated with increased This last March, thousands of sponsors, child care providers, centers,
calories and nutrients to limit, however,
previous research has not distinguished between state agencies, associations, and caring people around the country took the
sandwich type. The aim of the current research
is to assess energy/nutrients contributed from Providers Challenge during National CACFP Week. Together,
all sandwiches in the diet, and complete a
modeling analysis using both whole grain and we spread the word and celebrated the people
enriched grain breads. Learn why sandwiches
should stay on your menu. who work tirelessly to ensure

S1 Sequin that over 4,000,000 children LCetACmIFeaPmtPelrlaoyvoiduewr!hy.
Research & Resources have access to healthy
meals and snacks through
continued the Child and Adult Care

Cultural Foods Made Creditable Food Program.


Elements of a Successful Home
Visit: Monitoring, Mentoring to
Coaching Does it Matter?


Procurement: Rules & Review


Workshops Friday, April 20th Successfully Mastering CACFP
SESSION THREE │1:30 pm - 2:30 pm State Audits
Emily Chatelain & Melissa Fox
Workshops for Early Childcare Menu Planning with Popular & Three O’clock Project
Providers Nutritious Shelf Stable Tomatoes
CACFP is a wonderful way to provide healthy
Amanda Merck Jodi Batten, Red Gold meals to needy children. Don’t let all the red
Salud America! UT Health San Antonio tape of administering this program get you
Looking for ideas to help you integrate caught in the weeds. Learn how to prepare for a
Early care providers are incredibly influential creditable vegetables in the new CACFP Meal successful audit and hear from Sponsors on best
during the young, formative years of a Pattern? Come to this session to learn about practices, tips, and tricks.
child’s life. With professional development nutritious, shelf stable tomato products and easy
opportunities, care providers are better and popular menu solutions, featuring complete S4 Regency East
equipped to reduce the achievement gap, reimbursable meal ideas plus DIY Grab N Go Financial Management
improve nutrition and physical activity, and Meal Kits.
provide a high rate of economic return for the Civil Rights Training: Requirements 101
children in their care. Get tips on providing S1 Sequin Kimone Paley, USDA FNS
effective ECE workshops to staff. Nutrition
An overview of the Civil Rights requirements
S6 Nueces │ Frio Non-Profit Board Recruitment for the CACFP state agencies and sponsors,
Train-the-Trainer and Development this training will provide information on the
Civil Rights obligations of State Agencies,
MyPlate: Setting a Good Example to Alexia Thex the contractual requirements for CACFP
Create Healthy Eating Patterns National CACFP Sponsors Association sponsors, and provide resources to assist with
administering CACFP in accordance with Civil
Barbara Jirka What makes an effective Board Member and Rights Requirements.
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion how do you find one? Join us for a look at how
to recruit high quality board members. Get S7 Regency Center
Are your staff members creating a healthy food an overview of what constitutes an effective Advocacy & Policy
environment for the children in your child care board and how to develop strategies to make
center? Discover the MyPlate Daily Checklist each board member an effective contributor Navigating Food Access
to assess eating patterns and learn about helpful and supporter of your organization. Leave Anne Valik, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
MyPlate resources to share with providers, with sample recruitment letter, sample job
center staff, parents, and children. description and networking strategies. Programs work diligently to serve nutritious
snacks and meals – but we know that identifying
S1 B lanco │ Llano S6 Pecos and accessing healthier options to fit a variety
Nutrition Management of meal patterns and menu planning needs is
challenging. Explore exciting new resources to
Resources to Support Healthy Bridging the Gap: help you more easily source nutritious options,
Nutrition of Infants, Toddlers, Getting Parents on the Same Page save time and support kids’ health.
and Preschoolers
Gretchen Elkins & Laurie Staples S2 Bowie C
April Powell Education Service Center Region 20 Research & Resources
American Academy of Pediatrics
Centers strive every day to provide nutritious Lead By Example: Healthy Training
Free, online resources developed by the meals and maintain a healthy active for Educators to Help Build
National Center on Early Childhood Health environment for children in their care, but Healthy Students
and Wellness support parents and child care how can we get families to live well and share Ivanna Neri, Common Threads
providers in serving healthy, nutritious foods. the same message at home too? We’ll provide
Review the Early Childhood Learning and resources to engage parents and encourage Nutrition education and healthy cooking expert,
Knowledge Center’s Growing Healthy tips, a families to live a healthy active lifestyle. Common Threads, will facilitate this hands
program assessment tool, and database of best on (and edible!) workshop as an example of a
practice guidelines. S2 Navarro professional development session to improve
Program Admin. & Operations staffs’ personal health and wellness as well
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Research & Resources bring relevant nutrition education to CACFP
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40,985 are paved farm and ranch roads.


Out with the Old and In with the Prevention and Treatment of Collaborating to Improve Access to
New Meal Patterns Childhood Obesity from Birth Summer & Afterschool Meals
Through Adolescence
Sylvia Melendez-Klinger Grace Norman
Hispanic Food Communications for Dyan Hes Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative
Grain Foods Foundation Gramercy Pediatrics for Grain Foods Foundation
Carolyn Wait, Share Our Strength
Gain a greater understanding of changes to the Child care providers and nutritionists/RDs can
meal patterns that equip care givers to provide make changes in diet and lifestyle to prevent Partnerships enhance your work while
children with healthy, balanced meals and obesity in children. Learn about programs connecting more kids with Summer and
snacks throughout the day, with an emphasis which have successfully reduced obesity in Afterschool Meals. Drawing on real-life
on Hispanic populations within care center young children and the medical complications examples, this session will show you how to
communities. We’ll make time for questions and of obesity in childhood. Most importantly, build a sponsor or stakeholder council that
facilitate sharing of tips and tricks found while prevention will focus on collaboration between effectively shares ideas, aligns resources, and
implementing the new meal patterns. the healthcare providers and community strategically expands program access. This
organizations. session will also share tools for identifying sites.
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Workshops Friday, April 20th Two Hour Session
SESSION FOUR │2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Child Nutrition Training
Avoiding Burnout Head Start as Leaders
Suzanne Zanella, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh of Healthy Living Cynthia Snyder, Marcia Wileczek,
& Caitlin Boland
Debra Ghia, Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers Dr. Michelle Lombardo, The OrganWise Guys Novick Brothers Corp.

When you experience work overload day in and Head Start Centers can be leaders in obesity This comprehensive training on the USDA
day out, you can start to feel as if you’re on a prevention since children spend the majority guidelines and nutritional requirements for
treadmill and that you’ll never catch up. This is of the day there and are still in the process early childhood and school age food programs is
upsetting, stressful, and often leads to burnout. of developing habits. Thus, interventions geared for all. Parent component trainings are
Learn how you can add more meaning to what addressing food, education, and exercise have also shared in this format for parent partnership
you do every day. significant potential. Learn how an intervention with their school’s food program. Learn about
that addressed these topics showed statistically CN labels, how to measure portion sizes, how to
S6 Regency West significant health improvements. read and identify a food label, and what a child
Management requires nutritionally in age groups 0-12 years.
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Civil Rights Meal Accommodations Head Start S1 Maverick
Teresa Murray, USDA FNS Nutrition
Summer Meals:
Hear about the updated requirements for More than a Sack Lunch Spotlight on Grains and Dairy
accommodating CACFP and SFSP participants
with disabilities, including food allergies, and Kayte Partch, Nebraska Department of Education Kathy Wiemer
learn how to work collaboratively with parents General Mills Bell Institute of Health
and representatives to reach an agreed-upon Learn about three main factors that can
reasonable modification to ensure an equal positively influence summer meals participation Keith Thomas Ayoob
opportunity to participate in CACFP and SFSP among eligible children: providing appealing Albert Einstein College of Medicine
and receive program benefits. meals, opportunities for fun learning and
activity, and building a sense of community Explore the holistic benefits of grain and dairy
S7 Regency Center around a summer meals program. foods, their contribution to nutrients and food
Advocacy & Policy group intakes, and how they fit into the Child
S1 Regency East and Adult Care Food Program. Participants will
Summer Food learn practical tips on how to easily identify
qualifying cereals and yogurts.

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Two Hour Session Support Breastfeeding Surviving Hurricane Harvey
in Your Community Jennifer Boesch & Keith Lewis
Veggie Power Houston Independent School District
Cristell Perez
Karla Dumas & Lauren Pitts Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living During Hurricane Harvey, HISD Nutrition
The Humane Society of the US Services was faced with critical issues: a
Hear an overview of practical accommodations flooded production facility, displaced staff
Join us to explore the nutrition research and and recommendations on how childcare centers and a desperate community. By maintaining
culinary demand for alternative protein options, can support both mothers whose infant attends communication with employees, district, city
international flavors and comfort foods with the center and their employees in meeting their and state officials, Nutrition Services played a
a twist, while identifying opportunities to personal breastfeeding goals. major role in Houston’s recovery by feeding
promote farm-to-school initiatives and allergen- thousands and securing free meals for all
friendly menus. Participate in a culinary S1 Sequin students.
workshop incorporating plant-based protein Nutrition
and fresh produce. Unleash your inner foodie in S4 Pecos
this fun and interactive workshop! Program Spotlight

S1 B lanco │ Llano Preventing Peanut Allergies Effective Purchasing Practices
Nutrition Chris Primiano, Food & Supply Source
Sherry Coleman Collins, National Peanut Board
Pre-Programmed Meal Patterns A reverse town hall style workshop, come
Angela Young, CenterPilot Based on recent research, new guidelines prepared to talk as we explore where to find
Learn how to use your Center Pilot software to recommend the introduction of peanut foods true costs as well as how to reduce costs, time,
pre-plan meals, weeks, and calendars and ensure as early as 4-6 months of age, based on risk. and effort in purchasing.
that all new meal pattern requirements are met. Hear the latest research, understand why the
guidelines changed, and learn how to provide S5 Live Oak
S3 Nueces │ Frio guidance regarding peanut food introduction to Financial Management
Research & Resources prevent peanut allergies.

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Coming this

Let’s Go on a Picnic!
Farmers Market:
When to Buy
What’s the Word
on Whole Grain

Grow Healthy Kids:
Get Outside!


Meet the new
CACFP Friends

‫׀ ׀‬Summer Cycle Menu Creditable Recipes Provider Showcase & more!

Workshops Friday, April 20th Supper Program: Hunger Doesn’t
SESSION FIVE │4:00 pm - 5:00 pm End with the Dismissal Bell

Connecting to the Reason Creating an Effective Summer Chandra Blackwell, Valerie Meinen,
We are All Here Food Marketing Campaign & Maggie Kennedy
Houston Independent School District
Tamra Jackson & Amanda Anderson Lucinda Perry Jones & Brian Wieher
Wyoming Department of Education Operation Food Search A healthy breakfast and lunch are essential to
learning. But, the importance of a nutritious
We are in charge of making sure policies and Learn how to plan and implement a powerful meal doesn’t end when classes dismiss. HISD
procedures are followed and integrity is upheld Summer Food Service Program promotion Nutrition Services is working to expand its
in our programs. While all of these training campaign to drive participation and raise Supper Program. While securing buy-in from
topics are important, what is most important community awareness. The strategy and tactics school leadership can be difficult, the program is
is that we are training individuals who have to be presented helped Operation Food Search, growing and is becoming a welcome addition.
direct contact with thousands of children across the largest non-profit SFSP Sponsor in the
our country. Do the people you are training St. Louis region, to increase participation. S4 Pecos
understand how much you value their work? Summer Food
This session is about people, children and the S6 Pecan
relationships that are so important. Summer Food Transitioning to Family Style Dining

S3 Navarro Farm to Early Care and Education 101 Helen Woo, Jefferson Parish Head Start
Lacy Stephens, National Farm to School Network Transitioning to family style dining can be
Monthly Processes for fear-inducing. Cooks worry about having to
Online Claimers Holly Prestegaard, USDA FNS deliver food and wash more dishes. Teachers
are afraid kids will sneeze into food, spill milk,
Lori Johnson & Dawn Perez Learn about the basics and benefits of the and lick serving spoons. Learn how a Head Start
Minute Menu Systems growing farm to early care and education succeeded in going from pre-plated cafeteria
movement which offers increased access to mayhem to a calmer, structured, learning
Learn how to use your Minute Menu software healthy, local foods, gardening opportunities, experience.
to process online claiming as transparent and as and food-based activities to enhance the quality
efficient as possible. of educational experience in all types of early S1 Bowie A B
care and education settings. Nutrition

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Get to know our
Kati Wagner, CMP, CCNP
Susan Ison, CMP B lakeStanford, CMP
9 Years CACFP
24 Years CACFP 32 Years CACFP President
Executive Director President, SW Human Wildwood CACFP
Helping Hands Development Services Centinneal, Colorado
Taylorsville, Utah Austin, Texas
• 784 Family Child Care Homes with 8,155
• 275 Family Child Care Homes • 1,100 Family Child Care Homes Children Served
with 1,822 Children Served with 12,000 Children Served
• 3 Centers with 187 Children Served
• 3 Centers with 310 Children Served I am proud to serve as a NCA Board • 51 Afterschool Sites with 2,630 Children

I have lifelong commitment to community Member and will commit the time and Served
improvement and involvement. I believe energy to advance the mission of the
that the individual can effect change Association. I am committed to providing My commitment to the NCA has been
person-by-person; and that is it up to each opportunities for sponsors to learn best solid and consistent and will continue to
of us to do what we can to change our management practices from each other, be so. My goal for NCA is to continue to
world for the better. share resources, and strengthen the gain national recognition for the CACFP
Program. and expand our outreach to under-served
areas, such as Tribal Nations and At-Risk
After School Sites.


Seeds to Success: Healthy Kids Need Healthy Adults: Policy-Oriented Collaboration:
Tracking Your Progress CACFP Staff Wellness Forging Relationships at the
National, State, and Local Levels
Valeria Anglin, Essential Needs Jennifer Weber, American Heart Association
Vicki Lipscomb, Child Nutrition Program
For new or small sponsoring organizations, Staff wellness programs are gaining momentum
while they may operate on a smaller budget, in early care and education settings. This session Jessica Rose-Malm
it does not mean that they cannot afford to will include lessons learned from the Healthy Child Care Aware® of America
have checks and balances in place to assure Way to Grow program along with strategies,
accountability within their CACFP program. tools and resources to facilitate healthy habits. Kate Clabaugh
Hear about different methods of how to develop National Recreation and Parks Association
free online claiming forms that are cost effective
and efficient to use, until your organization S1 Regency Center Jamese Kwele, The Food Trust
can feasibly afford to contract with a software Program Spotlight
company. Shannon Amos, Children’s Hunger Alliance
Investigating Fraud, Waste & Abuse
S4 Sequin in Federally Funded Programs: Our communities and states are unique and
Program Admin. & Operations Red Flags in the CACFP & SFSP both the opportunities and challenges facing us
are diverse in nature. Recognizing the work we
Don’t Eat Raw Cookie Dough – Cherese Myree & Monica Miles can do at all levels, whether that is locally within
Exploring the Safety of Flour MH Miles Company, CPA, PC your community, within your State Agencies
as well as state-based organization, or on the
Scott Hood Gain expert insight on investigating allegations national front, can make us more effective and
General Mills Bell Institute of noncompliance in the Child and Adult Care successful in educating for the best policies for
of Health, Nutrition & Food Safety Food Program and the Summer Food Service the children we serve.
Program. Learn how to identify red flags during
Do your child care providers make their own a monitoring review. Walk away with interview S7 Nueces │ Frio
play clay? Preschool children are likely to put techniques, sampling methodologies, and Advocacy & Policy
play clay in their mouths during play time. best practices that have been instrumental in
Learn why you need to share the message about identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in federally continued
the risks involved with consuming raw flour funded programs.
and get take-home strategies to share for using Child Nutrition Training
flour safely with kids. S5 Regency East
Financial Management continued
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Train-the-Trainer Veggie Power

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Tomorrow morning
Alice Zacharie
Saturday, April 21st │7:45 am - 8:30 am
24 Years CACFP
Executive Director Members of the National CACFP Sponsors Association for our annual
Supportive Nutritional meeting. Learn about where we are today, what we have accomplished this
Aid Program last year, and what we have planned for the future!
Jonesboro, Georgia We will talk shop, introduce staff, review financials, and share immediate
and long-term goals. You will get the chance to meet and hear from our
• 90 Family Child Care Homes with 317 candidates for the NCA Board of Directors. Last but certainly not least, you
Children Served will have an opportunity to share ideas of your own and ask us questions.

• 77 Centers with 4,218 Children Served ★ Regency East
• 33 Afterschool Sites with 2,716 Children NCA Annual Meeting

Served Service pins are available at the
conference information desk
I am committed to serving and for a nominal fee.
supporting CACFP on all levels. My
goal is to ensure that all participants are
receiving nutritious meals and the the
required meal components each day so
that they never go without a meal.


Workshops Saturday, April 21st Presentation Pointers
SESSION SIX │8:45 am - 9:45 am Jennifer Basey
National CACFP Sponsors Association
Early Childhood Development Engaging Your Audience with Presenting is hard work! We will discuss tips to
in Latino Children Interactive Training help you become a more successful trainer and
the key components for developing a complete
Amanda Merck Shannon Raymond, Massachusetts Department and engaging presentation.
Salud America! UT Health San Antonio of Elementary and Secondary Education
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This session will share the programs and Jumana Saleh, John C. Stalker Institute Train-the-Trainer
policies for improving early childhood Framingham State University
development in Latino children as well as the Sponsoring Homes? Learn How
latest research which summarizes the current Explore the resources available from To Sponsor Centers Too
state of Latino child development in America. MassCAMPS (Massachusetts Children’s Access Senta Hester, Our Daily Bread of TN
Take home keys for promoting culturally- to Meals Planned Smart), a product of a USDA Vicki Lipscomb, Child Nutrition Program
sensitive development experiences for at-risk Team Nutrition training grant. Attendees will Sponsors are needed for child care centers. If
populations. experience several research-tested MassCAMPS you are sponsoring homes, you already know
resources, including a sponsor training manual, CACFP. Now learn what it means to become a
S7 B lanco │ Llano culinary videos, and kid-friendly recipe cards. center sponsor and what steps you need to take
Research & Resources next to get started.
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Program Admin. & Operations
Two Hour Session Garden to Classroom:
Where Children Win Taking Action at the Grassroots Level
Behavioral Interventions for Candice McElhaney
Pediatric Feeding Disorders Amelia Smith & Audrey Lehn, Educare Lincoln National CACFP Sponsors Association
How do you make a difference in your
Bryant C. Silbaugh Educare Lincoln partnered with Community community? Learn what resources you may
The University of Texas at San Antonio Crops to connect early childhood education have available, how to access those resources,
with healthy foods for young children. The and how to reach out and partner with others in
Pediatric feeding disorders (PFD) are school garden allowed for family interactions, your community to spark positive change!
biobehavioral conditions with adverse effects on unique recipe activities within the classroom,
nutrition, communication, and social skills, and and therapeutic opportunities for children. Hear S7 Pecos
are common in children with developmental how this partnership benefited children in care, Advocacy & Policy
disabilities. This workshop will provide the and their families, while offering opportunities
audience with an overview of behavioral to use the garden to meet CACFP standards.
interventions for PFD and discuss the need for
interdisciplinary research.

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How to Plan Meals to Meet Summer Fun, Summer Thrive Strategies to Engage Families in
Meal Pattern Requirements Healthy Active Living
Veronica Day, CitySquare
Debra Eisenbarth & Xaviera Davis Krista Scott, Child Care Aware® of America
USDA FNS Want to enhance your summer food program? for the National Center on Early Childhood
Come learn about innovative practices for Health and Wellness
Discover how to use Team Nutrition resources Summer Feeding. We will look at different
to plan menus, make smart food purchases, types of summer models and how each is Child care and Head Start programs support
and meet CACFP requirements. Learn about successful. The presentation will focus on the healthy habits of families. However,
new tools that help you credit your recipes to how to help your programs not only grow but many programs struggle to engage families to
determine how they fit into the updated meal become a more robust service. continue these healthy habits at home. Learn
patterns. Explore easy, new recipes that reflect target healthy behaviors for children birth to
a variety of tastes and cultures. S4 Navarro 5 and implementable strategies for engaging
Summer Food families in their program.
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Nutrition Healthy Early Care & Education: S1 Pecan
It’s Not Just Kid’s Stuff Nutrition
Two Hour Session
Jill Cox, Penn State Better Kid Care Tackling Inefficiencies:
Infant Care and Feeding Increase Your Sanity and Workflow
Carolyn Hightower, Vitamix Foundation
Sonia Cotto-Moreno Amanda Tucker & Carolyn Miller
Dietitians Balance Health Diana Rosa & Kerry Riter Texas Education Service Center Region 11
The Centers for Families and Children
Review the revised infant feeding guidelines Learn how to improve and maximize policies,
and outline a blueprint for building a responsive Children’s health and wellbeing is a primary procedures, and training to counteract the most
infant and toddler care environment. By focus of child care professionals, even as common findings and inefficiencies in CACFP.
reviewing how learning happens holistically their own health and influence is often Receive step-by-step guidance on finding
and how it originates in relationships in this overlooked. Explore the importance of healthy opportunities for while receiving inspirational
age group, attendees will be able to promote eating practices for Early Care & Education ideas on how to strengthen business flow and
healthy eating behaviors while implementing professionals and identify strategies to promote keep the inefficiency monster at bay.
the CACFP guidelines. a healthier food environment for everyone.
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Nutrition Nutrition

Why We Do What We Do “Some days can be difficult of course, but the next
day the children come in with their sweet little faces
Few people can say that they truly love what they
do each day and could not imagine doing anything and we start a new day of fun together.”
else. Darlene Abraham is fortunate to be one of
these lucky few. Since 2001, she has operated From Croswell, MI, Susan has been a CACFP participant since 1990.
her own home child care. Darlene started in the
profession simply because she loves children and “This just comes naturally to me. I love it and I
wanted to be around them. Enjoying the smallest of life’s milestones and striving to enjoy working hard, encouraging the children
be a positive influence on the children in her care keeps her going day to day. to be creative and to continually create new
ideas and opportunities so that learning is
While going to work in the medical field, Faith Alexander dropped her children
off at a home child care. Almost every day, she fun.”
would play with all the children and soon came
to realize she was in the wrong profession. From Knoxville, TN, Janet has been a CACFP
Twenty-eight years ago, she created her own participant since 2008.
home child care business. Today, she and her
husband, Michael, work together to create a
family atmosphere and ‘one big happy family.’

These two child care providers from Baltimore,
MD, share a story common to care givers across
the country – a story of commitment and deep passion for raising children in a
loving, healthy environment. Darlene and Faith participate in the CACFP because
they know providing access to healthy foods for every child is an important and
critical part of growing healthy kids.


Workshops Saturday, April 21st Streamlining and Automating
SESSION SEVEN │10:00 am - 11:00 am Processes: An Introduction

CACFP Administrative Budgets Nutrition for the Autistic Child Alexandra Thurston, City of Fort Worth

John Kirwan, USDA FNS Maria Orlikoski & Ashby Tietgens This session will review some ways that
University of the Incarnate Word sponsors and sites can leverage existing and
Learn tips and best practices on the preparation free tools to work and communicate more
of an acceptable Administrative Budgets. We will examine nutritional aspects of autism efficiently, while improving compliance.
Topics will include the importance of regarding Food Allergies, Gastrointestinal Become familiar with how to send customized
strategic planning, using historical financial Disorders, Sensory Sensitivity and Food emails to multiple recipients with the effort
information to develop the budget, determining Selectivity. We will provide evidence-based of one message; gain knowledge of how
what expenses are allowable/unallowable, guidelines for Childcare, After School care to passively collect data using forms, and
identifying staffing requirements, how excess and Food Service Directors in regard to menu explore hidden features of existing software
administrative funds affect the budget and planning and meal provision for children with (MS Outlook). Potentially beneficial to all,
updating the budget throughout the year. autism. particularly sponsors.

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CACFP Creditable What Would You Do? Monitors’ Eating Pasta Means Better
Real Life Situations Diet Quality
Lisa Mack & Ericca Whitley
National CACFP Sponsors Association Maureen Lyons, Wildwood CACFP Yanni Papanikolaou
Nutritional Strategies for Grain Foods Foundation
We’re helping sponsors help their providers, As a food program monitor, we have all been in
center staff, and afterschool team with tools, unexpected situations. Our real-life experiences A secondary analyses was completed in
resources, and worksheets. Join the staff of the can help someone else know what to do if American adult and children using datasets from
National CACFP Sponsors Association for a they get in that same or similar situation. the National Health and Nutrition Examination
look at the available resources and go home This discussion based, role-play workshop Survey, 2001-2012. Pasta consumption was
with a tool-kit of new meal pattern handouts. is designed to help us be prepared in any associated with a better diet quality, improved
encounter in homes or centers. shortfall nutrient intakes and lower intake
S1 Regency East of nutrients to limit relative to non-pasta
Nutrition S2 Maverick consumption in Americans.
Program Admin. & Operations
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Research & Resources

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and Training Program You can pre-order at the registration desk,
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Each month of our 2019 Nutrition Calendar will highlight
a different member of our community who helps create a
positive world experience for our children. You will find fun
recipes, snacks, activities, nutrition education, and CACFP
Best Practices. Join the agencies who have made the calendar
available to over 50,000 providers. Distribute the calendar to
your child care providers and center staff this fall.


Success in the Food Program: Growing Head Start Success with Serving Your Communities Year-
Training to Engage Family Home Farm to Early Care & Education Round through Afterschool Meals
Child Care Providers and the Summer Food Service
Lacy Stephens, National Farm to School Network Program
Alexandra Hyman
Nemours Children’s Health System Helen Woo, Jefferson Parish Head Start Andrea Farmer, USDA FNS

Nemours Children’s Health System created Join this session to learn about Growing Head The Summer Food Service Program, Seamless
a train-the-trainer model with interactive Start Success with Farm to Early Care and Summer Option, and At-Risk Afterschool
bilingual user-friendly tools and materials Education (ECE), which aligns farm to ECE component of the Child and Adult Care Food
targeting family home child care providers activities with Head Start Program Performance Program all provide opportunities to serve
to support them with the new CACFP meal Standards and the Early Learning Outcomes children year-round outside of school hours.
pattern requirements: Success in the Food Framework, and to hear how practitioners are Learn strategies for making these programs
Program. Take a look at the trainer’s guide, putting farm to ECE into practice in Head Start operate efficiently, hear best practices (including
hear about the success and challenges in settings. transitioning between programs), discover
implementing this training, and learn where to resources for engaging school communities, and
find the free training packet online. S4 Pecan learn about other tools for increasing access to
Head Start nutritious meals when school is not in session.
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Program Spotlight continued S4 Bowie A B
At-Risk Afterschool
Child Care Action: Behavioral Interventions for
Budgets and Policies from the Pediatric Feeding Disorders continued
Capitol to the Kitchen
Infant Care and Feeding
Geri Henchy, Food Research and Action Center
Mary Beth Salomone Testa
National Association for Family Child Care Texas is the second most populous state in the U.S., after
California. Florida is the third most populous. In 2017, the U.S.
Join us to discuss the policies that matter for Census reported the population of Texas of 28,304,596, which is
your sponsorship, child care, Head Start or 8.62% of the total U.S. population.
after-school program. Congress is making
decisions that will impact access to nutritious DOWNLOAD THE APP!
meals and snacks in child care. Get the hot news Yapp ID CACFP18
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¬ Easy to Use Record Keeping Pages
¬ Training Module with over 5 hours

training (CEU’s) on:

• Meal Patterns
• Best Practices
• Healthy Habits
• Parenting Connections
• Business Records


Workshops Saturday, April 21st Socially Just Environment as Part
SESSION EIGHT│11:15 am - 12:15 pm of High-Quality Head Start
Preschool Classrooms
Baby Steps to Deliver Optimal Summer Meals Outreach
Nutrition in Child Care and Marketing Mari Riojas-Cortez & Toni Sturdivant
University of Texas at San Antonio
Erin Quann, Gerber Products Company Kara Panowitz
No Kid Hungry MD, Share Our Strength A socially just classroom environment should
Child care is a unique opportunity to improve be the premise for high quality preschool
the nutrition and early feeding habits of Melissa Moore, CMP experiences for underrepresented children.
our youngest generation. New research Family League of Baltimore Look at high quality experiences through
from Nestlé’s Feeding Infants and Toddlers a social justice lens which include the
Study (FITS) will be reviewed to determine Explore examples of marketing and outreach identification of funds of knowledge, cultural
how food consumption patterns compare used in Maryland to increase the number of kids and language identity as part of socioemotional
to recommendations. Meal and snack tips, attending summer sites. Examples will include development, and family integration in the
resources and tools will be shared. themes, materials, partnerships and using what learning process.
you have.
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Summer Food
Menu Planning 101: Incorporating
The CACFP and Tribal Nations: Money Talks the New Requirements
Successes and Challenges
Katherine Soule, Patti Wooten Swanson, Sylvia Melendez-Klinger
Debby Hammack, USDA FNS & Derrick Robinson, University of California Hispanic Food Communications
for Grain Foods Foundation
Join this panel discussion to hear creative and The UCANR Money Talks (MT) program has
new ways Tribes successfully implement their resource guides meant to promote financial We don’t need research to tell us it can be hard
CACFP, including ideas about integrating literacy and household resource management. to serve delicious and nutritious meals and
traditional foods into the new meal patterns. Learn about and identify MT resources you snacks that kids will actually eat, and dare we
Discuss challenges and issues with USDA can use to improve your CACFP participant’s suggest, enjoy? Complaints that top the list are
representatives and ways in which Tribes, understanding of the economic value of food lunches and snacks that don’t get eaten and are
States, and the Food and Nutrition Service can choices. time-consuming to prep. Explore a number of
collaborate to meet Tribes’ needs. simple solutions to help care givers keep out of
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Join the National CACFP Sponsors Association! Member benefits are much more than discounts on Agency
our annual conference, our popular calendar and record-keeping training program, and our National Member
CACFP Week materials! Members have access to the cutting edge resources and a working board of
directors who strive to build strong relationships within the CACFP community to better serve our

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conference scholarship eligibility, voting rights in NCA board of director elections, and inclusion in
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Member is the primary referral source of Sponsoring Organizations for child care providers, centers, schools, and other organizations who seek to join the CACFP.


CACFP Center Sponsor Success Beans and Legumes: Meal Program Benefits
Cindy Lumbreras & Rafael Gracia The Power of Pulses for Grown-ups
Pre-K 4 SA Krista Scott, Child Care Aware® of America
Learn about the City of San Antonio’s Karla Dumas & Lauren Pitts for the National Center on Early Childhood
innovative Pre-K 4 SA and their participation The Humane Society of the US Health and Wellness
in CACFP. Serving 2,000 four year olds on an We’ll review findings on child care
annual basis, Pre-K 4 SA shares success stories Pulses, or the term used to describe dried peas, professionals’ reported health and how nutrition
and challenges encountered as a center sponsor. edible beans, lentils and chickpeas, are emerging programs for children, like CACFP have a
as health and culinary all-stars. Pulses are a positive impact on the adults in child care
S2 Regency West great source of protein, while very low in fat; settings too. We will also share a framework to
Program Spotlight also providing many of the nutrients Health develop nutrition/CACFP promotion messages
benefits aside, pulses are an affordable protein that are specific to child care professionals
Serving Whole Grain-Rich with a low carbon footprint. Test your pulse which will help increase participation in CACFP
Kati Wagner, Wildwood CACFP knowledge throughout the session and you may programs.
Senta Hester, Our Daily Bread of TN walk away with a prize or two! Take a closer
Serving Whole Grain-Rich (WGR) is an look at these sustainable crops while identifying S1 Navarro
important element of the new meal patterns. simple ways programs are integrating pulses Management
Learn how you can support your CACFP into their menus.
operators in determining whole grain-rich PROVIDED BY MICHELLE BAGGETT
products. S1 Maverick
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Nutrition CACFP and the OMB Super Circular

Enroll Children Online Brian Tipton, The Private Client Law Group
Dawn Perez, Minute Menu System
Learn how to use your Minute Menu software The OMB Uniform Grants Guidance, better
to allow parents to enroll and re-enroll their known as the “Super Circular,” provides the
own children using any modern device such as basic framework for administering Federal
laptops, tablets, or phones. grants, including CACFP. Failure to follow the
Super Circular can result in major compliance
S3 Pecan problems. This session will explain the key
Research & Resources aspects of the Super Circular and differences in
CACFP requirements.

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More tips & resources are available at like these CACFP Connections

Pass along some craft, activity,
and recipe ideas while you raise
awareness all year long about
the Child and Adult Care Food
Program. NCA has created
activity newsletters for members
to share —connecting CACFP to
quality child care in communities
across the nation.


Workshops Saturday, April 21st Shelf-Stable Food Means Greater
SESSION NINE │1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Food Access Afterschool & Summer
Shannon Amos, Children’s Hunger Alliance
Promoting Nutrition Education Soaring High in Summer Food
and Physical Activity Service Programs Learn the ways in which shelf-stable food
can be used as a tool to provide greater food
Matthew Madsen, CATCH Global Foundation Kristi L. Lewis access for rural and summer programs, as a
The Institute of Child Nutrition, ARD back-up when unexpected issues in delivery or
Cassandra McElhiney inclement weather arise, or to supplement daily
Mesa County Partnership for Children & Families Sponsors of Summer Food Service Program food service when more children attend than
(SFSP) face many operational challenges anticipated.
Early childhood is an important time for providing meals to children during summer
establishing lifelong healthy habits. Learn months when schools are not in session. Gain S2 Pecan
how CATCH Global Foundation is building insights on research-based best practices, At-Risk Afterschool
the capacity of community resource providers partnerships, and marketing initiatives found to
to support nutrition education and physical help sponsors meet their program’s goals. Let’s Talk Serious Deficiency
activity in preschools across Colorado. Take Barbara Smith, USDA FNS
home sample activities designed to keep S6 Nueces │ Frio
preschoolers moving, learning, and having fun. Summer Food The purpose of the serious deficiency process
is to ensure that an institution is in compliance
S1 B lanco │ Llano Science & Recipes for Plant-Based with established Program regulation, guidelines
Research & Resources Palates and policies, or is in the process of becoming
so. Using scenarios, case studies and interactive
Cost Allocation for Center Karla Dumas & Lauren Pitts discussion, we’ll discuss the correlation of
& Home Sponsors The Humane Society of the US the serious deficiency process and Program
Alix Pasillas, Food for Kids As food and nutrition professionals, the
importance of incorporating more plant foods S4 Regency Center
Vicki Lipscomb, Child Nutrition Program into everyone’s diet is understood. However, Program Admin. & Operations
the science supporting the concept of meat
Brian Tipton, The Private Client Law Group reduction isn’t always accurately - or adequately Role Models for Health
- communicated to the general public. We’ll Lois Coleman, Institute of Child Nutrition
Confused about the requirements for cost break down the Academy of Nutrition and
allocation when you begin sponsoring Dietetics’ updated position paper on vegetarian You are in a unique position to impact the
unaffiliated centers? This workshop should diets and discover a variety of plant-based health of children and families by modeling
help. We will review the USDA guidance recipes with a focus on plant powered protein, healthy behaviors. Learn about key nutrition
concerning cost allocation and share some whole grains, and plentiful produce to and physical activity recommendations and why
examples of typical expense areas and examples incorporate at home and in school menus. they are important and leave with tools and tips
of a cost allocation plans. to help you lead a healthier lifestyle.
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Gaining Your Voice and Standing Sprouts: Growing Healthy Let’s Eat! Implementing
for the Children: Empowerment at Habits Curriculum Family-Style Dining
the National Level Brianna Holmes and Alexandra Hyman
Carolyn Sutter, Brenda Davis Koester, Nemours Children’s Health System
Christy Felling, Share our Strength & Elizabeth Villegas
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Have a seat and let’s eat! Family-Style dining
Sherry Rackliff allows program staff and children to eat
National Indian Child Care Association Sprouts: Growing Healthy Habits is a together in a relaxing environment while
curriculum designed to support children’s promoting healthy habits. This interactive
Stacey McDaniel, YMCA of the USA development of nutrition knowledge and session discusses the best practices, CACFP
healthy habits with 8 lessons that incorporate requirements and strategies to support early
Senta Hester, Our Daily Bread TN hands-on activities and interactive stories. This childhood programs in implementing family-
workshop will provide an introduction to the style dining in their program.
It can be difficult to find a way to represent the curriculum, example lesson, and discussion of
millions of children our programs help while effective implementation strategies with which S1 Maverick
running your own program. By joining with a you can train your program operators. Nutrition
national organization, your individual voice can
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national organization to have your voice heard!

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Technology Based Resources - 50,000 Providers Can’t Be Wrong: Promoting Latino Childhood
An Interactive Tour Nutrition, Training, and Record Nutrition and Health Through An
Keeping Made Easy Online Network
Sonya Barnes & Debra Eisenbarth, USDA FNS
Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association Rosalie Aguilar, Salud America!
Aleshia Hall-Campbell, Institute of Child Nutrition
Learn how the NCA Nutrition Calendar Salud America!, an online network of 200,000
Join us for a tour of technology-based resources Training Program impacts providers daily + members, uses campaigns along with action
geared to assist with your menu planning featuring nutrition information, CACFP best packs, stories, maps and multimedia tools to
and training needs. Come explore technical practices, table crafts, physical activities, and promote access to better food in neighborhoods
assistance resources from USDA such as the new meal pattern information. Take a look at and overall childhood health. Get to know these
Food Buying Guide (FBG), FBG Mobile App, the five-part companion training module and tools and how they can be used to take action
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Workshops Saturday, April 21st Summer Starts in September:
SESSION TEN│2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Planning for Meals and Quality
Building an Effective Head Start Creating Equity and Food Access
and CACFP Partnership for a Good with Customized At-Risk Leslie Gabay-Swanston & Dana Hammond
Start to Grow Smart CACFP Programs National Summer Learning Association

Simone Smith & Veronica James-Howard Anneliese Tanner Carefully planned, high quality summer
Gulf Coast Community Services Assoc. Austin Independent School District programs increase access to summer meal
programs, encourage participation and
Nutrition through CACFP in Head Start is the Using Austin ISD as a case study, we’ll discuss retention, providing youth with life changing
main ingredient in the recipe for good health how school districts can bring equity to, and experiences. Hear about exemplars connecting
for children. Head Start Standards require each expand, food access in their community with the meals and quality, and learn practical ways
child enrolled to be screened and nutritional At Risk CACFP. By creating clean label menu to implement assessment measures, using an
needs identified. Learn how to address the standards and offering custom service types, NSLA’s interactive program planning guide.
nutrition related risks at an early stage. school districts can increase meal participation
positively affecting their bottom line and the S2 Navarro
S7 Maverick community. Summer Food
Head Start
S4 B lanco │ Llano Harvest of the Month:
Culturally Relevant Nutrition At-Risk Afterschool Celebrate the Season & CACFP
Farm to Work Wellness Programs Lacy Stephens
Latrice Sales, IT’S TIME TEXAS National Farm to School Network
Amanda Reat & Julie Latcham
Using a personal empowerment framework, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living Isel Otero-Vera, The Food Trust
this workshop will help health educators and
wellness professionals understand and develop Farm-to-Work is a work site wellness program Dig in to Harvest of Month curricula—user-
culturally relevant nutrition education practices. aimed at improving employee health and friendly resources which support CACFP best
Adapting nutrition education to the cultural well-being by increasing access to low-cost, practices by encouraging providers to offer local
needs of the population can improve program convenient, seasonal produce from local and seasonal foods, including a variety of whole
effectiveness and empower individuals to live a farmers. This session will focus on strategies fruit and vegetable options and whole grains,
more healthful lifestyle. to engage employees and create a sustainable and offering experiential nutrition education
Farm-to-Work program. opportunities.
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Cherese Myree & Monica Miles Vahista Ussery & Chef Lindsey Schoenfeld Cheryl Jackson Lewis, USDA FNS
MH Miles Company, CPA, PC To Taste
Tessa Adcock
You’re already working the food program and Are the folks in your child nutrition programs Kansas State Department of Education
are ready to expand to summer feeding. Hear tired of preparing vegetables the same old
about best practices to ensure proper internal way? Are the kids craving more variety? In this Brittany Martens
controls for successful financial management chef-led demonstration class, Chefs will help Colorado Department of Public
and mitigate high risk program areas. you perfect techniques for steaming, roasting Health & Environment
and stir-frying vegetables using simple and
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Financial Management Team Nutrition Training Grants to provide
S1 Live Oak training on the updated CACFP meal pattern
Hot Topics: What Science Says Nutrition requirements. Explore how Kansas uses a Team
Up for CACFP Success model that includes
Dr. Keith Thomas Ayoob Pasta-bilities! workshops and mentoring, as well as Colorado’s
Albert Einstein College of Medicine culinary-based trainings for providers.
Diane Welland, National Pasta Association
This session is about the science/ideology of S6 Regency West
three of the hottest and most controversial Find out how pasta fits into the CACFP meal Program Spotlight
topics in food and nutrition: pesticides used pattern and why it is included in the Dietary
on fruits and vegetables, added sugar in foods, Guidelines. Learn how create fun, healthy Navigating Food Allergies and
and the use of sugar substitutes. Often ideology pasta meals and snacks which are convenient, Intolerances
and philosophy drive parents’ opinions but cost-effective, and easy to serve in a child care
we’re ethically mandated to make policy that’s setting. Discover tips and tricks for buying, Natalie Butler, Nutrition by Natalie
fact-driven. Learn how issues that have both serving and preparing pasta and learn where to
scientific and emotional components can co- find pasta resources. Childhood food allergies and intolerances are
exist. rising, worsening and are associated with the
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to identify triggers. Practical tips and simple
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at or download the Yapp App for most current schedule. nutrition with restricted diets will be shared.

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Record-Keeping Training

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Education Service Center Region 11

We’ll give you the outline, the worksheets,
and the tools you need to train family home
providers record-keeping. This free training
program from the National CACFP Sponsors
Association is designed for sponsoring agencies
to use in one-hour group training settings.
With a few tweaks, it can be used as an at home
training lesson too.

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Adriana Kohler, JD Amanda Anderson
Senior Health Policy Associate Nutrition Programs Consultant
Texans Care for Children Wyoming Department of Education

Adriana leads the Texans Care for Children’s efforts Amanda has been with the Wyoming Department
for infant and maternal health, children’s nutrition of Education for eleven years serving as a nutrition
and fitness, and access to health coverage for families in the state of consultant for the Summer Food Service Program, the Special Milk
Texas. She spent several years prior, counseling clients on legislative Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program for Homes.
and regulatory issues involving Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Amanda has a passion for children and is a strong advocate for nutrition
Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as well as Affordable Care Act education and its importance in a child’s overall development.
Amanda Merck, MPH
Alexandra Hyman, MPH Research Area Specialist
Content Specialist Salud America!, UT Health San Antonio
Nemours Children’s Health System
Amanda Merck curates multimedia content for Salud
Alex provides national support to states implementing America! Based at the Institute for Health Promotion
the National Early Care and Education Learning Research at UT Health San Antonio, Salud America! inspires people
Collaboratives Project. This project supports and trains Early Care to drive community changes to improve Latino child health, reduce
and Education providers to meet best practices for healthy eating and disparities, and promote lifelong well-being. Merck is also a member of
physical activity to create sustainable changes in their program. Alex the Active Living Council for a Healthier San Antonio.
is leading the development of a national curriculum online training
module. Amanda Reat, MS, RD
Graduate Assistant
Alexandra Thurston The University of Texas Health Science Center at
Administrative Assistant Houston | School of Public Health
City of Fort Worth
Amanda’s work as a Graduate Assistant is focused on
With a background that includes over a decade in assessing chronic disease and implementing policies that can effectively
municipal government, several years in the private prevent disease and food disparities. As a PhD student in Epidemiology
sector, and varying roles on committees, boards, and arts groups, at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public
Alexandra has seen business, communication and record management Health, her primary areas of research are breastfeeding policies and child
from many different angles, and shares what she has learned through nutrition assessment.
those experiences to help others develop and improve their processes.
Amanda Tucker, CHES, LSS
Alexia Thex, MEd Child Nutrition Consultant
Partnerships Manager Texas Education Service Centers Region 11
National CACFP Sponsors Association
Amanda has been working in child nutrition for over
Alexia is charged with forming mutually long-term 10 years, specializing in programs such as the CACFP,
and beneficial partnerships with corporations and At-Risk, SFSP and WIC. Having Lean Six Sigma Certification, Amanda
organizations that fit the mission of NCA. She has helped secure funding looks at how the whole organization operates most efficiently and works
for several organizations, including the Holocaust Museum Houston for the best success possible. She is a subject matter expert for program
and Downtown Houston YMCA. Alexia realized the lack of funding operations, resource and financial management, as well as meal patterns
available to develop health and wellness programs, which led her to a and menu planning and meal appeal.
career in Development.
Amelia Smith, MA
Alix Pasillas, CMP Assistant Director
Executive Director Educare Lincoln
Food for Kids
Amelia has spent the last 15 years working with
Alix has been with Food For Kids, Inc. for 19 years. at-risk children and families through her work in
She joined Food For Kids as a field monitor and has early childhood education, foster care, and by supporting families in
served the last 5 years as their Executive Director. Alix has provided their homes. She has worked with families on using positive parenting
guidance that has resulted in growth of the program and continues strategies, providing proper nutrition for their children, the importance
to reinforce its success with passion and determination for bringing of education, and supporting families to be self-sufficient.
healthy, nutritious meals to children and adults in programs that are a
part of the CACFP.


Andrea Farmer, MS, RD, LD
Angela Olige
Community Meals Branch Chief Assistant Commissioner
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Texas Department of Agriculture

Andrea found her passion in the Child and Adult Angela oversees the Food and Nutrition Division for
Care Food Program, first as a Compliance Specialist with the Florida the Texas Department of Agriculture and has statewide administrative
Child Care Food Program, then currently with USDA. She is leading oversight for the operations, policy development, strategic planning,
the USDA effort to create resources and guidance materials to help child and financial management of 12 federal nutrition programs. She started
care centers and home providers meet the nutrition, physical activity, working in finance for school districts over 30 years ago. A turning
and screen time recommendations in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act point in Angela’s career came while working in the Food and Nutrition
of 2010. Department of one of the fastest growing school districts at the time,
the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. There she
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Angela is the Director of Policy and Program Development with CenterPilot
the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Ms. Kline has presented at
numerous national conferences including the 2016 conference where the Angela worked for a large non-profit in Dallas, TX for
New Meal Patterns were announced. 26 years and administered the CACFP in day homes
and centers. With over a quarter of a century of CACFP administrative
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Anne Valik, MPH Barbara Jirka, PhD, SNS
Manager, Business Sector Strategies Nutritionist
Alliance for a Healthier Generation USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Anne contributes to the strategic expansion of the Barbara has been involved in nutrition education and
Alliance’s public-private partnership work, and marketing throughout her career with positions with
directly leads collaborative project implementation with organizations food manufacturing companies and nutrition education and promotion
from a variety of sectors including food and beverage, healthcare, and agencies. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Family & Consumer Science
technology. She is also a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Education, a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training, and a
and earned an MPH in Health Policy and Management. Doctorate in Foodservice Management from Iowa State University’s
Child Nutrition Leadership Academy.
Anneliese Tanner, MS
Food Services Director Betti Wiggins
Austin Independent School District Nutrition Officer
Houston Independent School District
Anneliese Tanner was appointed as Food Service
Director at Austin ISD in 2015. She began her career Betti is one of the foremost authorities on school
in finance before making the move to New York to pursue her Master’s nutrition and food service management. Currently,
in Food Studies. Anneliese has held management roles with several she is responsible for managing and implementing all the school
food distributors. Currently, she focuses on food access and the dining nutrition programs for Houston ISD, a district that serves over 280,000
experience for students within Austin ISD. meals to students at 287 schools every day, including free breakfast, free
lunch at 186 campuses, and dinner served at more than 50 sites.
Berta Macat, SNS
Annetta F. Rutland, CMP Child Nutrition Director of Compliance
Strategic Director, Quality Programs San Antonio Independent School District
4C for Children
Berta obtained her SNS and has been focused on Child
4C is a Cincinnati-based nonprofit that serves as an Nutrition Services for school districts for most of
advocate and resource for high-quality education and care. Annetta, her career. She began her Child Nutrition career as the Food Service
a 30-year veteran, has worked with her team to develop a series of Director for Carrizo Springs ISD and has worked in many other school
trainings for new family child providers that include Family Child Care districts ever since.
Orientation and How To Workshops: Maximize Your Dollars, Market
Your Business, and Establish Personal Insurance Benefits. She also NCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
recruits centers for participation in CACFP.
Blake Stanford, CMP
April Powell, MPH President
Resources Manager SW Development of Human Services
NCECHW, American Academy of Pediatrics
Blake founded Southwest Development of Human
April Powell is the Resources Manager for the National Services, a private, Texas-based, non-profit agency and sponsor
Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness at the of CACFP. He also founded Southwest Region CACFP Sponsors
American Academy of Pediatrics. She oversees the development and Association and has been on the board for Texas CACFP Sponsors
publication of online and print materials which support healthy and safe Association, Southwestern University, and Shade Project. He has served
environments for children in early childhood programs. on the National CACFP Sponsors Association Board for 15 years.

Data Coordinator
Educare Lincoln Brandon Lipps

Audrey works with teachers and staff at Educare Administrator & Acting Deputy Under Secretary
Lincoln to implement and provide new food USDA Food and Nutrition Service
experiences for children and families. She has been with Educare Lincoln
for almost four years working initially in the classroom. She has served Brandon leads the agency in administering the
at-risk families for the last 10 years. nation’s 15 federal nutrition assistance programs. Lipps served as
the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chancellor at the Texas Tech
Ashby Tietgens, MS University System, working closely with Chancellor Robert Duncan
Graduate Dietetic Intern to develop policy initiatives, identify strategic priorities, and execute
University of the Incarnate Word plans to achieve goals across the system’s more than 20,000 employees.
Previously, Lipps served as counsel and senior professional staff to the
Ashby’s desire to pursue nutrition and dietetics stems U.S. House Committee on Agriculture during the 2014 Farm Bill. He
from her own personal struggles with food after being also served as Chancellor Duncan’s legislative aide and rural district
diagnosed with several food allergies and ADHD. She is drawn to the director during his time as a Texas State Senator. Lipps is a former
relationship between nutrition and behavior, specifically regarding associate at the Lubbock law firm of Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam.
children with special needs. The ability to positively impact the quality He hails from Woodson, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in
of life of these children and their families is her ultimate career goal. agricultural economics from Texas Tech and a law degree from
Texas Tech University School of Law.


Brenda Davis Koester, MS Brittany Martens

Assistant Director Team Nutrition Grant Educator
Family Resiliency Center at University of Illinois, CO Dept of Public Health & Environment
Brittany is the team nutrition educator for CHOP -
Brenda’s research and policy work centers on food Cooking Up Healthy Options with Plants, a USDA
insecurity, children’s food programs and child and family health. Her grant. She provides technical assistance and program coordination to
work has been funded by Feeding America, Walmart Foundation, ensure that all sub-grantees can achieve their goal of providing fresh
USEPA, NIEHS, and the Christopher Family Foundation. fruits and vegetables through gardening, cooking, and curriculum.

Brian Tipton, Esq. Brianna Holmes, MA
Managing Director Technical Trainer
The Private Client Law Group Nemours Children’s Health System

Brian Tipton is a practicing attorney with almost Brianna focuses on providing professional
two decades of experience working with nonprofits development, training, presentations and technical
and grant-funded organizations across the United States. He regularly assistance to early childhood providers. Brianna co-led the development
advises and represents grant-funded entities in the areas of regulatory of Nemours’ National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative
compliance, audits, funding source disputes, administrative appeals, and Project’s national curriculum, Taking Steps to Healthy Success, which
litigation. was designed around the Let’s Move! Child Care goals and best practices.

Brian Wieher, SNS Bryant C. Silbaugh, PhD, BCBA
Director, Child Nutrition Programs Assistant Professor of Special Education
Operation Food Search The University of Texas at San Antonio

Brian leads and manges the USDA Summer Food Dr. Silbaugh is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food with a decade of experience providing applied behavior
Program for Operation Food Search. Wieher is an award-winning analysis interventions to children and adults with Autism Spectrum
school nutrition specialist with more than 20 years of experience in Disorder, other developmental disorders, and intellectual disability.
developing, implementing and managing nutritional and other public He has taught behavior analysis for several years, presented scientific
health related programs. research at multiple conferences, and published behavioral research in
national and international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Caitlin Boland, RD, LDN Carolyn Sutter, PhD
Registered Dietitian Postdoctoral Research Associate
Novick Brothers Corporation Family Resiliency Center at University of Illinois,
Caitlin is a registered dietitian with a passion for using
nutrition to make a positive impact on the lives of Dr. Sutter’s research focuses on children’s developing
children and their families. Prior to joining Novick Brothers, she was eating behaviors and risk of childhood obesity from early childhood
the Health and Nutrition Manager of a multi-site Head Start program. through adolescence, with specific focus on the role of parental and peer
During her time there, she focused on introducing the children to new, relationships in shaping dietary habits. Dr. Sutter has experience helping
healthy foods and ensuring CACFP compliance. to develop, implement, and evaluate multi-component, school-based
nutrition education interventions.
Candayce Howard, CCNP, CMP
Program Specialist Carolyn Wait, RD
Our Daily Bread of TN Senior Program Manager
Share Our Strength
Candayce has worked in child nutrition food
management for 10 years. She has participated in Carolyn, a Registered Dietitian, develops resources
many areas of child nutrition: cooking fresh produce with farm to table, and provides training to schools and non-profits in
foodservice management, and composting. She works with the farm order to improve and expand access to the Child and Adult Care Food
to table program Taking Root TN which brings healthy foods to the Program, especially Afterschool Meals. Prior to joining Share Our
classroom using indoor growing projects. Strength in 2015, Carolyn was a CACFP Specialist for the District of
Columbia State Agency.
Candice McElhaney, MA
Policy Associate Cassandra McElhiney
National CACFP Sponsors Association Quality Improvement Program Coach
Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families
Candice assists NCA’s policy chair, policy committee,
and board in advocacy for the CACFP through Throughout Cassandra’s 25-year career as an early
conducting research, outreaching to contacts and developing policy care and learning educator, she has held every position
partnerships, creating press releases, and producing policy-related within the center-based childcare work environment. Cassandra
content for NCA’s website and social media outlets. currently teaches/coaches Expanding Quality of Infant Toddler Care
(EQIT) to educate childcare providers on relationship-based care for
Carolyn Hightower, MBA infants and toddlers in childcare environments.
Vitamix Foundation Charlotte Hachenberg, MS, RD
Area Manager
Carolyn is the first director of the Vitamix Foundation Texas Department of Agriculture
and has served in this leadership role since 2014,
the same year the foundation was established. Prior to joining the Charlotte’s work at Texas Department of Agriculture
foundation she served as a health care executive for over 35 years in a focuses on NSLP, CACFP, and SFSP meal patterns,
variety of settings from individual hospitals, to the corporate office of a special dietary needs, and Boost Meal Appeal, a TDA initiative. Prior to
major national hospital system, to a regional health plan. TDA, Charlotte was a program manager for a CACFP program and a
dietitian consultant in adult care settings.
Carolyn Miller
Child Nutrition Consultant Cathy Harper, CCNP, CMP
Texas Education Service Center Region 11
Nutrition for Children
Carolyn is a consultant for CACFP and SFSP. She Champaign, Illinois
works closely with contracting entities in order to
assist in application processes, troubleshooting claims, and any request For 30 years, Cathy has served as the executive director
that the Texas Department of Agriculture requires. with the responsibility to oversee operations of the
501-C3 not for profit CACFP program located in Champaign, IL.
Carolyn Pancarowicz, RD, CDN She coordinates all aspects of the USDA CACFP including the annual
Head Start Health & Nutrition Manager management plan and budget. Cathy completed a dietetic internship at
East Hartford Public Schools Registered Dietitian the University of Illinois.

Carolyn is the district’s registered dietitian and Health ★ NCA REGIONAL SPONSOR REPRESENTATIVE - MIDWEST
and Nutrition Manager for the East Hartford Public
School’s Head Start Program. Over the past year, she successfully started We welcome for-profit
a community-school garden, coordinated several school wellness fairs, companies who sell goods and
and worked closely with the USDA to trial the new Team Nutrition Industry Partner services to the child nutrition
Cooks cooking program in one of her after school programs. community to join us as an
Industry Partner.


Chandra Blackwell Christy Felling
Area Manager Director of Media and Public Affairs
Houston Independent School District Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry
Chandra is responsible for directing and managing
operational activities providing leadership to Christy Felling has been fighting childhood hunger
Houston ISD operations managers, team leads and chef trainers. As with Share Our Strength and its No Kid Hungry
an administrative review committee member, she is responsible for all campaign for the past seven years. In her role, Christy leads strategies
audit and compliance issues and serves as a liaison between the district to connect more children to nutrition programs by building support
and the Texas Department of Agriculture. She has more than 20 years of among elected officials, engaging the media, and mobilizing a network
continuous experience in food services. to take action.

Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Christina Hecht, PhD
Vice President Senior Policy Advisor
MH Miles Company, CPA, PC University of California Nutrition Policy Institute
Ms. Myree is a certified fraud examiner. She specializes
in the USDA Food Programs and governmental Dr. Hecht leads NPI’s work in drinking water
compliance. She has over 15 years of experience in the fields of auditing, access and consumption, and is a co-investigator on
accounting, and consulting with specialized experience in governmental several current research projects and collaborations. She coordinates
contract auditing and contract compliance. She testifies as an expert the National Drinking Water Alliance, a network of individuals and
witness for the CACFP and SFSP and manages MHMC’s review, organizations across the country working to ensure that all children
consultant and training engagements across the United States. have access to drinking water.

Cheryl Buckley, MBA, MS, RD, CDN Cindy Lumbreras, MS
Director, Chobani Health & Wellness Senior Fiscal Analyst
Division/Corporate Affairs, CHOBANI Pre-K 4 SA
Cheryl drives nutrition, health, and wellness strategies
around product offerings, and navigates health Cindy Lumbreras is the CACFP administrator for the
and wellness issues toward the goal of improving community health City of San Antonio’s Pre-K 4 SA program. She has
through access to better food for more people. Cheryl has over 25 years developed program policies for grant management, reimbursement, and
of experience in the Food Service Industry ranging from restaurants, procedures for classroom meal distributions. She has paved the way for
hospitals, nursing homes, health and wellness Clubs, K-12, and the advanced training by creating enrollment process procedures and works
consumer goods industry. to ensure future Pre-K program participation for the city.

Cheryl Jackson Lewis, MPA, RD, LDN Clarissa Hayes
National Director, Nutrition Education, Training and Child Nutrition Policy Analyst
Technical Assistance Division Food Research and Action Center
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Cheryl is responsible for executing nutrition education Clarissa works with anti-hunger and youth-serving
and technical assistance for programs that provide healthy meals to organizations as well as with local, state, and federal
children. She also provides leadership and technical direction for Team agencies to expand participation in the federally-funded Afterschool and
Nutrition, the Healthier US School Challenge, Chefs Move to School, Summer Nutrition Programs. Clarissa was an Anti-Hunger Program
FNS’ Nutrition Council, Team Up For School Nutrition Success, and Associate at Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) and worked to
Local School Wellness Policy Resources. identify barriers, convene partners, and increase participation in the
child nutrition programs across the state.
Chris Primiano
Executive Vice President Constance Brown-Riggs, MS, RD, CDE, CDN
Food & Supply Source President and Owner
For the past five years, Chris has served in his role at CBR Nutrition Enterprises
Food & Supply Source, an organization which works
with child care centers and sponsors to lower costs. Previous titles Chris Ms. Brown-Riggs is an award-winning registered
has held include Manager of Strategic Sourcing for Bright Horizons dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and former
Family Solutions, a Global Child Care organization and Purchasing and national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She
Operational Manager for TJX Companies, Ames Department Stores and is the author of several books and has established herself as an expert
Zayre Corp. in nutrition, diabetes, and the cultural issues that impact the health and
care for minority populations.
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Research Specialist
PAGE 48 Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

Cristell is the Research Specialist for the Texas
Mother-Friendly Worksite Technical Assistance and
Support Program and the Maternal and Child Health Training Program.
Her background spans the fields of medical anthropology, gender
inequity, and workplace lactation support.

Cynthia Snyder Dawn Perez
Childcare Specialist Senior Implementation Specialist & Training Director
Novick Brothers Corporation Minute Menu Systems

Cynthia has been working with their 600+ childcare Dawn has personally helped over 200 sponsors across
clients for more than 8 years. She brings with her 22 the nation transition to Minute Menu software
years of school food programming experience, with 14 of those years applications, including both center and home sponsors. As one of the
in early childhood. She is also a certified PQAS trainer. Cynthia has a creators of the new Minute Menu training website, she manages and
passion for educating her participants on the importance of portion produces new content for the website in the form of documents, videos,
control and healthy dietary choices. blogs, e-Learning courses, webinars, and more.

Manager of Program and Systems Quality
National Summer Learning Association Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, RDN, LD, CNS
Dana implements projects and initiatives focused Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
on evaluating and improving the quality of summer
learning programs and systems. Her major areas of work include Dr. Hoelscher is the John P. McGovern Professor in
designing, managing and conducting formative evaluations, quality Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, and founding Director of
assessment projects and trainings as well as identifying and translating the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University
best practices into professional development products and services. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public
Health in Austin. Dr. Hoelscher’s research interests focus on teaching
children and their families how to engage in healthier behaviors to avoid
the development of chronic disease, with a special emphasis on low-
income, diverse populations.

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Chief Operating Officer
Debra Ghia The Centers for Families and Children
Vice President Diana Rosa has worked in the area of Health and
Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers Human Services for over 30 years. In her role as COO,
Diana has the responsibility of guiding the organization’s efforts around
Debra Joan Ghia serves as Vice President for the their nutrition strategy. Their primary focus is to provide access to
CACFP of Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers (LVCC) in Pennsylvania. healthy food and nutrition education to clients and staff.
Debra and the CACFP team at LVCC have grown the program over
the last 30 years to be the largest sponsor in the Commonwealth. It is Diane Welland, RD
located in 20 counties that sponsor 500 homes, 25 affiliated centers, and Manager of Nutrition Communications
13 unaffiliated centers serving over 4,000 children. National Pasta Association
Diane Welland is a registered dietitian. She provides
NCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS culinary and nutrition expertise, translates scientific
nutrition information into layman’s terms, manages nutrition policy
Denise Andrews, CCNP, CMP and regulatory issues and works directly with the culinary and scientific
Co-Founder & Executive Director communities.
For the Children CACFP
Dyan Hes, MD
Denise helped establish For The Children CACFP in Medical Director
Oklahoma in 2000. FTC is a non-profit CACFP Sponsor for licensed Gramercy Pediatrics for Grain Foods Foundation
child care homes. She represents small sponsor membership on NCA’s Dr. Hes is Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics
Board of Directors while participating in the development of programs, in New York City and a Director of the American
activities, and policy positions. Board of Obesity Medicine. She is Board Certified in both pediatrics and
obesity medicine, and practices both in her New York office.
Denise E. Laursen, RDN, LD
Nutritionist Ekta Patel, CMP, CCNP
U.S. Army Child and Youth Services Health & Nutrition Manager
Family Services Head Start/Early Start
Denise has worked as a registered dietitian since 1996 in high risk Ekta is a certified child care health consultant who
maternity, as a public health nutritionist, as a WIC and Nutrition holds an MPH in maternal and child health and
director, a special nutrition consultant for CACFP and SFSP in the bachelors in dietetics. In her role, she trains and consults ten partner
state of North Carolina, and with the Army as a civilian dietitian. She is child care sites to improve the nutrition quality of foods served and to
currently the Nutritionist for the U.S. Army’s Child and Youth Services provide a healthy classroom environment.
Elan Patterson
Denise Meyer Conference & Partnerships Coordinator
State Director National CACFP Sponsors Association
Association for Child Development Elan works to develop relationships with many
partners and with the participants in our annual
Denise Meyer is the State Director at the Association conferences including presenters, exhibitors and venue personnel. Elan
for Child Development (ACD), a sponsor of the graduated from The University of Mississippi with a BA in Journalism.
CACFP. Ms. Meyer graduated from Central Michigan University with
a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development and Community Elizabeth Sherman
services, and has 11 years of program experience monitoring family day Office Administrator
care homes and centers. National CACFP Sponsors Association
Elizabeth works with members and conference
Derrick Robinson, PhD attendees. She manages the NCA certification program
Youth, Families, & Communities Academic and social media. Elizabeth was a CACFP provider in
Coordinator, Money Talks Program South Dakota.
University of California, Division of Agriculture &
Natural Resources

Dr. Robinson is an economist who is very passionate about improving
the economic welfare of youth, families, and communities in
California. Specifically, he is focusing on improving household resource
management strategies, and an individual’s capacity to assess the value of
consumer decision-making choice sets.


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