LENA WILSON, MS, RD, SNS
About Lena Wilson
Lena Wilson has worked for various Food and Nutrition programs since 1993. She currently serves as the Food and Energy Assistance Division Director for the Colorado Dept. of Human Services. Her Division is responsible for NSLP Food Distribution, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Electronic Benefit Transfer, and Systems Automation.
Lena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from Louisiana State University and a Master’s Degree in Management from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. Lena is a Registered Dietitian and has been involved in many leadership roles in various organizations. She is a current member of the American Dietetic Association, School Nutrition Association, ACDA, ASPHA, and serves on the Board at AASD and ACDA.
About Chris Facha
Chris Facha is the USDA Food Distribution Program Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Education. He is the President-Elect of the American Commodity Distribution Association and an active member of the School Nutrition Association. Chris has been with the Department since 2008. While at the department he also worked as a Child Nutrition Program reviewer. Before joining the Department, he was a food service director for Chartwells School Dining Services and oversaw food service operations for school districts in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. He previously worked as a student supervisor for Sodexo. Chris graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow. In his spare time, Chris is remodeling his house and following the latest Star Trek/Star Wars news.
About Kara Kearce
Kara Kearce is the National School Lunch USDA Foods Program Director for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). She is responsible for overseeing the development, coordination and monitoring of the National School Lunch USDA Foods Program while working closely with USDA staff, associations and industry representatives to meet program goals. Kara has been with FDACS for 13 years and specialized in accounting, grants and contract management. She is the current Vice President of the American Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA). ACDA is committed to improving the USDA Food Distribution Program on behalf of all stakeholders and is a recognized leader and voice for continuation and improvement of USDA Food Distribution Programs. Kara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Manager. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and children on their farm outside of Tallahassee expressing her green thumb through herb and hydroponics gardening.
About Sandy Hopple
Sandy Hopple has worked for Department of Agriculture in various positions since 2001. Currently, she is the Assistant Director, FMNP Administrator and SFPP Administrator. She graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1989 with degree in Business Education and in 2009 with an MBA in Agribusiness from Delaware University. Sandy has a diverse professional background in which she taught high school business classes from 1991-1998 and then joined Cognos as a software instructor from 1998-2001. Sandy has served on several boards such as; NAFMNP Annual Conference Chairperson (2004), NAFMNP Secretary (2004-2005), NAFMNP President (2006-2007 and 2012-2013), PA NEN Chair (2008-20019) and ACDA Treasurer (2015-2017).
About Amanda Wasko
Amanda Wasko is the Commodity Procurement Specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. She is responsible for overseeing USDA Foods for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Amanda graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in International Business and minors in Spanish and French. She is the current Secretary of the American Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) and previously served on the Membership Committee and Processing Committee. Amanda also serves on the board of several local organizations in the Harrisburg, PA region.
SOUTHEAST REPRESENTATIVECHRISTINE MERESSE
Florida Department of Agriculture and
600 Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
SOUTHWEST REPRESENTATIVEMACK WILLIAMS
Louisiana Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 3481
Baton, LA 70821
MID-WEST REPRESENTATIVEANDREA DENNING
Ohio Department of Education
25 South Front Street, Third Floor
Columbus, OH 43212
NORTHEAST REPRESENTATIVEJANA ENGLE
Connecticut Department of Social Services
55 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
MOUNTAINS PLAINS REPRESENTATIVEMARK MOEN
South Dakota Department of Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVEJODI BATTEN
510 Luna Vista Drive
Austin, TX 78738
ASSOCIATE REPRESENTATIVECLIFF MEYERS
K-12 Services, Inc.
11 North Washington Street, Suite 510
Rockville, MD 20850
ALLIED & AGRICULTURAL REPRESENTATIVEKATHLEEN PREIS
The Mushroom Council
1284 Gap Newport Pike Avondale, PA 19311
SCHOOL DISTRICT RECIPIENT AGENCY REPRESENTATIVEDARREN FRYMOYER
Senior Area Specialist
St. Lucia Public County
HOUSEHOLD PROGRAM RECIPIENT AGENCY REPRESENTATIVENICOLE LANDER
Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall Street
Houston, TX 77029