Joanne Kinsey, director of school nutrition services for Chesapeake (VA) Public Schools, has been named winner of the Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year award in the 20th annual Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards competition.
The other 2009 FAME Award winners include
• Stephanie Bruce, director of foodservice at Chaffey Joint Union High School District in Ontario, CA (Silver Leadership Award);
• Sally Spero, SNS, food planning supervisor for San Diego USD (Silver Spirit Award);
• Jodi Risee, MS, RD, LDN, supervisor of food & nutrition services at Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Annapolis, MD (Silver Rising Star Award);
• Debra Amos, SNS, foodservice director at Arcadia (CA) Unified School District (Silver Special Achievement Award).
Tracey Tinder, Southwest region manager for education at ConAgra Foods, was named winner of the Silver Friend of Child Nutrition Award.
The 2009 FAME Awards competition was sponsored by Basic American Foods, Hobart Corp., Schwan’s Food Services, Inc., and Tyson Foods, Inc..
Director of the Year Kinsey has been a foodservice director in five states over the last 30 years. She was recognized for her leadership, creativity and unwavering commitment to child nutrition. Among her achievements, she implemented staff training programs and POS systems that allowed school meal programs to run more efficiently, and educated administrators at many of the districts she has worked in on the benefits of nutritious breakfast and after-school snack programs. Kinsey is also active in the school foodservice community, serving as president of both New Hampshire and Pennsylvania’s child nutrition organizations. She currently advises several food manufacturers and hunger relief organizations domestically and abroad, and lectures and teaches at conferences, universities and schools.
The FAME Awards honor school foodservice professionals who raise industry standards by providing innovation and leadership within their districts and communities. The 2009 awards will be presented at an event on Jan. 18, 2009 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans during the School Nutrition Association’s Child Nutrition Industry Conference. For seat reservations for the upcoming award ceremony, contact National FAME Awards at (417) 234-2296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.