Technology Stakeholder Advisory Group

Multiple stakeholders are involved in the design and testing of this solution, including, program operators, state agencies, suppliers and distributors, ag groups, GPOs and national policy groups. Each is providing valuable input and feedback to the development of the solution by identifying and refining their informational needs.  Our current roster of stakeholders includes:

Laura Hatch, Senior Director, Healthy School Meals Initiative, FoodCorps

For over 10 years, Laura has worked with school nutrition leaders, industry stakeholders, and national non-profit organizations to develop solutions to ensure children have access to the healthiest school meals in every zip code across the country. She thrives on partnership and relationship building with the amazing school nutrition professionals who are making change happen on a daily basis. Laura lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two young sons, who eat school lunch every day at their local elementary school.

Andrew Williams, Director of Marketing, K-12 Channel, Tyson Foods

Andrew has been with Tyson Foods for 14 years with 9 years on the K-12 team. As the Director of Marketing for Tyson’s K-12 Channel, he is excited about helping the K-12 industry feed America’s students great tasting and nutritious food.


Carol Chong, National Nutrition Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

As a National Nutrition Advisor, Carol provides technical assistance to Healthy Schools and Communities on nutrition, nutrition education, food service management operations and compliance strategies for meeting federal regulations and professional development training for staff in the CN program. Her training topics include but are not limited to nutrition education and integration into curriculum for teachers, marketing and merchandising to prompt students and participants to select the healthiest options offered in school meal programs, customer service and marketing your program to increase revenue and participation and cost controls and safe food handling.  Carol previously worked for almost 15 years at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, serving as the Director of Food and Menu Management.

Sal Valenza, Food Service Director, West New York Schools, New Jersey

Sal has over 25 years of experience in school food service working in self-operated districts in addition to large and small management companies.   Sal was instrumental in leading Memorial High School in West New York to achieve Gold level recognition from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program.  Sal is the Past President of the New Jersey School Nutrition Association and the recipient of the President’s Award of Excellence as well as both the New Jersey and Northeast Region’s Outstanding Director of the Year award from the State and National School Nutrition Associations.  Sal was also recognized as one of 21 outstanding individuals across the nation as a National Champion for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Carol Erb, Director, Education Sales, JTM Food Group

Now in her 15th year with JTM, Carole is a graduate of Xavier University.  She is currently serving on the ACDA Board as the Industry Representative and attends all SNA national events.  “I feel enormously blessed to be working with such a phenomenal team of professionals.  We’re dedicated to helping Directors throughout the country redefine the serving line!”

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