2020 ACDA Board Candidates

VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE

ABOUT ELYSIA DICAMILLO


Elysia DiCamillo has been with the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) of Education as a Program Specialist since 2017. In her current role she oversees The Emergency Food Assistance Program for the District of Columbia.  In addition, she administers two grants for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and organizes, supports,  and executes national and local events promoting the Child Nutrition Programs. Prior to working at OSSE,Elysia worked at the Capital Area Food Bank in DC where she supervised six feeding programs for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Elysia has been serving as ACDA Secretary since August, 2019. Elysia is passionate about her work to make quality nutrition more accessible to her community. Elysia has a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her spare time, Elysia enjoys scuba diving and spending time with her     family.

You can view Elysia's Candidacy Video HERE.


SECRETARY CANDIDATE

ABOUT BRANTLEY TUCKER


Brantley Tucker is a Food Distribution Specialist for Child Nutrition Programs at the Alabama State Department of Education. He is experienced with NSLP, USDA Foods, DOD Fresh, TEFAP, CSFP, and the Alabama Statewide Procurement Bid. His background before Food Distribution was in procurement, policy and warehousing. He has been with the state since 2011 and first came to the Department of Education in 2014. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and U.S. History from Troy University in 2008 and received his Master’s Degree in Legal Administration from Auburn Montgomery in 2009. He spends his personal time pursuing to live a good life with his wife and daughter.

You can view Brantley's Candidacy Video HERE.


ASSOCIATE REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATES

ABOUT ROBIN BOWMAN

Robin Bowman - These past two years have flown by and MANY challenges have occurred in the last few months.  It has been my pleasure to represent the Associate Members over the past two years.  I am honored to be part of this team.

I would like the opportunity to Represent our Associates for the next two years to finish projects that have been started.  Sharing ideas, information, and collaborating with Industry has proven to be a huge success recently.  One example is working with Industry to create the NEW Processing Committee, which is broken down into sub-committees, that are working together for a common shared result.  This has been a very exciting project and proves to bring value to ACDA.  All the USDA updates over the last three months have been coming at us FAST and FURIOUS, and my effort to keep everyone informed will continue to be a top priority. 

I encourage you to reach out to me or the ACDA board anytime, we are always here to listen and promote ideas that will benefit all parties.

Please consider voting for me for this next term, we have a long way to go in the next two years and I want to be part of the journey.

Thank you.

You can view Robin's Candidacy Video HERE.


ABOUT STEPHANIE EWING

Stephanie Ewing, RD, SNS is the Senior Vice President of Business Strategy and Government Relations for Gold Star Foods, Inc. Ms. Ewing’s successful career in the food industry spans over 25 years, including leadership positions in the restaurant industry, health care, college food service, government, distribution and technology. She’s well-respected nationally as a leader in procurement andUSDA Foods, and has held positions on several national boards created to solve issues associated with the operational constraints of the child nutrition programs.

Stephanie studied at the University of California, Davis and earned a bachelor of science degree in clinical nutrition with an emphasis in food service management. She continued her education at Vanderbilt University, completing her postgraduate didactic residency to become a Registered Dietitian and completed her executive education at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

You can view Stephanie's Candidacy Video HERE.

ABOUT KAREN MOORE

Karen Moore, SNS. Shamrock Foods Company, Enterprise Sales Leader – Education. Karen has over 30 years’ experience in K-12 Food Service Industry with a background in Manufacturing, Brokerage and Distribution. She was a K-12 Broker in Texas before moving to Arizona in 1998 as a Region Manager for Schwan’s Foodservice. Throughout her career, she has managed Supply Chain channels for USDA Foods products in multiple western states. 

As the Enterprise Sales Leader for Shamrock Foods, she currently manages Education Sales for School Teams in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, and New Mexico; over 25% of Shamrock’s education business is comprised of USDA Foods processed products.  She is active in ACDA, SNA and earned her SNS in 2004.  She has served as the Co-Chair for the SNAAZ School Nutrition Industry Committee for the past 10 years and received the SNAAZ Industry Member of the Year Award in 2017. 

Karen is a graduate of Texas Tech University, the proud mother of two, and enjoys gardening and travel. She and her husband, Mike, live in the Phoenix Metro area.

You can view Karen's Candidacy Video HERE.

SCHOOL RECIPIENT AGENCY REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATES

ABOUT ALICIA ARNETT

Alicia Arnett is currently the Coordinator Food Procurement for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in Louisville, KY.  She has a Master’s degree in Dietetic Administration from The University of Kentucky.  Alicia has 12 years of experience in School and Healthcare Nutrition.  Alicia started her journey in School Nutrition as the first Dietetic Intern with JCPS.  After completing her internship, Alicia was offered a position for Supervisor of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Alicia ran this program for 3 years were each year she increased school participation and started to build relationships with local farmers.  During this time she worked with local farmers to create a local produce bid. Alicia left school nutrition and went to UK Chandler Hospital where she was the Manager of Nutrition Services.  Alicia quickly realized that her heart and passion was back with school nutrition.  After a year in healthcare, Alicia returned to JCPS with a new position as Coordinator Food Procurement.  She is a voracious learner, always looking to improve her bid specifications, tackling contract writing and forecasting to optimally use USDA foods.  Alicia is a Commodity Advisor Counsel Member for Region 2 in Kentucky. She is one of the inventory software trainers for her district. Alicia is also member of 2 committees with ACDA, Planning Committee and Buy American Task Force.  

Alicia is running for School RA Representative and would love to have your vote. Alicia loves her job and the connections she has made with local farmers, brokers, distributors and other administrators across the US.  Alicia is outgoing and loves to learn so that she can continue to improve and grow in her position. Alicia is always available to help answer bid and/or commodity questions.  She can be reached at Alicia.Arnett@jefferson.kyschools.us

Alicia would like to thank everyone that nominated her and would like to thank everyone in advance for their time, efforts and consideration. School Nutrition ROCKS because of you!! 

You can view Alicia's candidacy video HERE.


ABOUT STEPHANIE BRUCE

Stephanie Bruce is the Director of Nutrition Services for the Palm Springs Unified School District in Palm Springs, CA. Stephanie has worked in the food service industry for over 30 years and in Child Nutrition for 20 years. She has been with the Palm Springs Unified School District for the past 6 years. She holds a Culinary Arts Degree from College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA; a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from California Polytechnic College in Pomona, CA, and an M.B.A in Finance from the University of Redlands. Stephanie currently sits as the outgoing chair for the Nutrition Services Professional Council for California School Business Officials (CASBO), as the West Region Leadership Development Committee representative for the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and is an Instructor for both the CASBO, CBO certification program and the USC Rossier School of Business. Stephanie also participated in SNA’s Ethics task force in June 2017. She has served in several positions for professional organizations and is a past President of the California School Nutrition Association.

You can view Stephanie's Candidacy Video HERE.


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