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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: Ellen Leasure, Foodservice Supervisor, Elkhorn Area School District
My name is Ellen Leasure and I am the Foodservice Supervisor for the Elkhorn Area School District. I am starting my 19th year working in school nutrition. I have been a member of SNA-WI for 19 years and I am Level 1 certified. I was previously the Secretary/Treasurer for SNA-WI serving two terms. During my food service career, I have been Chapter President, Co-Membership Chair, and a Co-President, multiple times. In 2013 I was the SNA-WI Future Leader recipient. I love working in school nutrition because as we have seen this year, it is never boring!
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!