GOLDEN STAR: Melanie Konarik, MS, SNS, FSD for the Houston Spring ISD (3rd from l.), took the top honor in the annual FAME awards program. Flanking her (l. to r.): Basic American’s Jennifer McKenzie-Muell; Schwan’s Mary Begalle, PhD, RD, SNS; and Tyson’s Brenda Harvey.
Melanie Konarik, MS, SNS, giving her Golden Star Acceptance Speech at the 2013 FAME Awards ceremony.
The FAME Silver Leadership Award was presented to Lori Drenth, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Hernando County School District, Brooksville, FL (center) by Basic American's Jennifer McKenzie (left) and former USDA Undersecretary Shirley Watkins (right)
Former USDA Undersecretary Shirley Watkins introduces Silver Leadership Award Winner Lori Drenth at the annual FAME Awards Ceremony.
Lori Drenth, RD, SNS delivering her acceptance remarks.
Amy Harkey, MS, RD, LDN, SNS (center), Child Nutrition Assistant Director at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, accepts the Silver Spirit Award at the annual FAME Awards ceremony
Amy Harkey, MS, RD, LDN, SNS delivers acceptance remarks after receiving the FAME Silver Spirit Award.
Frank Harris, retired Child Nutrition Director for Norwalk (CT) Public Schools (center), accepts the Gertrude Applebaum Lifetime Achievement Award from Schwan's Mary Begalle (left) and Gertrude Applebaum.
Gertrude Applebaum introduces Frank Harris at the 2013 FAME Awards ceremony.
Frank Harris delivering his acceptance remarks.
Jim Hemmen, Executive Chef and Child Nutrition Services Supervisor at Roosevelt School District, Phoenix, accepts the Silver Rising Star Award at the 2013 FAME Awards ceremony.
Jim Hemman delivers his acceptance remarks at the 2013 FAME Awards ceremony.
Dr. Robert Lewis, Director of Nutrition Services at El Monte (CA) City School District accepts the FAME Silver Special Achievement Award from Tyson's Lori Gripentrog (left) and Julia Bauscher (right).
Gary Vonck, Vicep President of the Education Division for KeyImpact Sales & Service (center), accepts the Silver Friend of Child Nutrition Award.
Pat McCoy, Vice President of Sales, Schwan's Food Service, Inc., comments on the importance of the FAME Awards program to the school nutrition community.
Basic American Foods' Jennifer McKenzie-Muell speaks to the role child nutrition directors play in teaching children healthy dining habits.
The FAME Class of 2013: Front Row (L to R): Jim Hemmen; Gary D. Vonck; Melanie Konarik, MS, SNS,
RTSBA; Frank Harris, Mary Begalle, PhD, RD, SNS with Schwan's Food Service.
Middle Row (L to R): Lori Drenth, RD, SNS; Dr. Robert Lewis; Amy Harkey,MS, RD, LDN, SNS; Pat McCoy with Schwan's Food Service.
Back Row (L to R): Brenda Harvey with Tyson Foods, Jennifer McKenzie-Muell with Basic American Foods, Lori Gripentrog with Tyson Foods.
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