Julia Bauscher, SNS, director of school and community nutrition services of Jefferson County (KY) Public Schools, has won the Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year Award in the 23rd annual Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards program. The other 2012 FAME Award winners include...
• Linda Stoll, MPH, executive director of food services, Jeffco (CO) School District (Silver Leadership Award)
• Craig Weidel, area supervisor, Mesa (AZ) Public Schools (Silver Spirit Award)
• Jane Johnson, school nutrition director, Crane School District No. 13, Yuma, AZ (Silver Special Achievement Award)
• Jessica Shelly, RS, REHS, MBA, food services director, Cincinnati Public Schools (Silver Rising Star Award)
• Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, president, Nutrition for the Future, Inc. (Silver Friend of Child Nutrition Award)
• Shirley Watkins, president, SR Watkins & Associates, LLC (Gertrude Applebaum Lifetime Achievement Award).
Bauscher is being honored for her leadership, innovation and dedication to the school nutrition industry. She has nearly 20 years of experience in school nutrition and has most recently used her skills and knowledge in her position as director over 144 school sites. In her position she is responsible for a $45 million budget that encompasses the entire school foodservice program.
Prior to tackling the role of director in her district, Bauscher was manager of the Nutrition Service Center, the districts central kitchen, and responsible for preparing over $3 million in food for the school food service program and distributing over $8 million in school food service products received in the central warehouse. As manager she was able to create a position for a Coordinator of Nutrition Initiatives. This position has had an impact in the local community by tackling nutrition related issues, including aiding the Louisville mayor’s Food Policy Council.
Bauscher has served in several capacities for the Kentucky School Nutrition Association (KSNA). Her most notable contribution to the association has been expanding the vendor show during the KSNA’s annual conference. The systems and processes she created to promote and improve the event have resulted in it being one of the largest state affiliate exhibits in the country.
Bauscher’s work was recognized last January when the Healthier US School Challenge, a program designed to provide students with strong nutritional environments and high-quality, healthy food choices, acknowledged the achievements of 77 schools in her district. Her school’s meals were also featured on the Facebook page, School Meals that Rock that showcased how the district uses fresh, locally grown foods.
The 2012 FAME Awards are sponsored by Basic American Foods, Schwan’s Food Service, Inc., and Tyson Foods, Inc. They will be presented at an event on Jan. 15, 2012, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in ChampionsGate, FL, during the School Nutrition Association’s Child Nutrition Industry Conference.
Anyone who is not registered for the conference but would like to attend the awards dinner can purchase a ticket by contacting the National FAME Awards via phone at 417-234-2296 or via email at email@example.com. For event updates throughout the year, visit www.fameawards.net or www.facebook.com/fameawards.