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President-Elect: Irene Pawlisch, Chef, Madison Metropolitan School District
As a Certified Sous Chef with ACF, I am often training skills to staff in school nutrition. I worked for Taher Food Service several years training nutrition staff and building up their programs. I have created and conducted several nutrition education classroom activities. Education is the key to successful programs. I often find myself training the staff more than the students on how to taste food mindfully and being brave enough to try new foods. My background as an Activity Director and substitute teacher have made it a comfortable process to connect the cafeteria to the classroom to increase nutrition knowledge in my former schools. I have been a chef/director in a small district, traveling chef, and now chef at a large district's central kitchen. I should have my Wisconsin DPI GOALS certification for director within the year. I look forward to bringing my skills and experience to the association and helping guide the association in the right direction for the members of SNA-WI to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible.
Secretary/Treasurer: Stephanie Sticka, School Nutrition Coordinator, Howard-Suamico School District
Steph received her Bachelor of Science degree in human Biology with a Nutrition Science emphasis at UW-Green Bay, She's been working at the Howard Suamico School District since 2018 and prior to that, the Unified School District of De Pere as the Assistant Food Service Director.
She is currently on the SNA-WI Legislative Committee, has served on the SNA-WI Next Gen Committee and has received the SNA-WI Future Leader Award in 2019, was the Legislation Action Conference scholarship recipient in 2019, and USA Produce Safety Chicago cohort in June 2018.
"Flexible people never get bent out of shape." Each stage of School Nutrition calls for constant adapting and change to feed the kids. As Secretary/Treasurer, my attention to detail will ensure meeting minutes, ideas, and budget are thoughtfully recorded and share to our members. Optimal nutrition for children along with exceptional guest services are key values to keep innovations moving forward in our field through COVID-19 and beyond.
Legislative Chair: Jamie Wilson, Director of Food Service, School District of Superior
I have 30+ years of food service experience, 22 years hotel, restaurant, & bar, including managing all aspects of food and beverage as well as the owner of 3 individual bar & grills in the Duluth, MN area. I have more than 8 years of experience in child nutrition including 3 years as a food service manager of a Residential Childcare Institution and 5 years in a K-12 setting serving almost 5,000 meals each day. As a restaurant owner, my passion was always serving our customers and anticipating our guest's needs. When I first started in child nutrition, that passion transferred well, but I never anticipated how much more rewarding it was going to be serving our school-aged customers.
My membership in SNA started about 5 years ago as a quiet participant but as I started to attend more and more conferences, I have met some great colleagues who have inspired me to be more active in the organization. I have attended many state and national conferences as well as received the SNA-WI Future Leader Award in 2017-2018.
SNA-WI/WAND Advocacy Days spurred an interest in the legislation of child nutrition that led to inviting local legislators on school visits and attending SNA's Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in 2019 and again in 2020. It seemed a natural to be on the SNA-WI Legislative Committee and then run for the committee chair position.
I love the important, but mostly unnoticed work that goes on every day in our school kitchens and I really see this committee and the chair position as very necessary but that it also goes unnoticed. I enjoy working behind the scenes advocating for our child nutrition programs, our students, and for you.
Membership Services Chair: Joyce Gaulke, Food Service Director, Westfield School District
Hi, my name is Joyce Gaulke and I have been the Membership Chairperson for the last two years and feel that I am just learning what my position is really about. I started my career with school food service in Wausau School District in 1988 and then started at the Food Service Director for Westfield in 2008 and have been here ever since. I'm part of the Star Club for getting people to join the SNA.
I was the Treasurer for Chapter 7 for quite a few years, I volunteered to be on the Steering Committee for 6 years and now have been the Membership Chairperson for the last 2 years. I would like to continue working as the Membership Chair because I feel that this is one way for me to give back to the SNA for everything that it has done for me in the past. SNA has always been a great way for me to connect with other School Nutrition Members during all the different regulations and any other problem that I may have. I will keep on working to try to get new members and to be there for our current members!