Each of the members of our advisory board brings a unique set of skills and expertise to our organization.   They are leaders and innovators, with a passion for improving the quality of school meals across the nation.   Many of their own popular recipes are featured on this website.

Patrick Garmong

Associate Director of Culinary Education and Training at the Institute of Child Nutrition in Oxford, MS.

Patrick Garmong is the associate director of culinary education and training at the Institute of Child Nutrition in Oxford, MS. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education (Manhattan, NY), Patrick has been the executive chef in various fields of the hospitality industry including higher education, restaurants and catering.  Previously he was the child nutrition director for the Ellensburg School District. When not cooking he enjoys time with his family, waterfowling, golfing and woodworking. @ichildnutrition

Dayle Hayes

Owner, Nutrition for the Future, Inc.

Dayle Hayes is an award-winning author and educator. Her creativity and common-sense have made her a sought-after speaker across the USA. As a parent and member of the School Nutrition Association, Dayle is dedicated make school environments healthy for students and staff. She received the Silver FAME Award as a Friend of Child Nutrition from the national School Nutrition Association. FoodService Director magazine recently named her as one of their “20 Most Influential” for 2012. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awarded her the Medallion Award in 2013 and she was the 2017 FNCE Cooper Lecturer. @SchoolMealsRock

Rachel Petraglia

District Executive Chef for Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia.

Rachel Petraglia is the district executive chef for Gwinnett County Public Schools.  Since 2009, she has worked for Gwinnett creating Recipes and overseeing Food Safety for the district’s 180,000 students.  Rachel earned her Bachelor’s in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales in Miami Florida. Her passion for cooking has led to many career highlights including; traveling to South Africa, cooking at the James Beard House in New York, writing a cookbook and being featured on the Today Show. She is also a mother of two boys, both of whom eat school lunch and breakfast in Gwinnett every day.   She can be followed on Facebook at Gwinnett County School Nutrition Program, and on Instagram @CafeGwinnett .

Rebecca Polson

Minneapolis Public Schools

Rebecca Polson C.C., SNS, has 5 years’ experience as a Chef working in School Nutrition Programs. Currently, she is Chef for Minneapolis Public Schools. A love of food, living a healthy lifestyle, and children led her to a rewarding and successful career in the School Nutrition field. She is a champion for all School Nutrition Programs and shares her passion with others for Chefs Move to Schools, Real School Food, and Farm to School on Social Media, you can follow her @chefrebeccak12 on Twitter and Instagram.


Cyndie Story

Owner, Culinary Solution Centers LLC.

Cyndie Story and the K-12 Culinary Excellence Team work together to bring their skills and experience in developing a culinary systems approach to enhance school nutrition operations.  The team has a combined skill set that includes nutrition, kitchen operations, culinary arts, food safety, recipe development, and adult education programs. The White House recognized Chef Cyndie with a Champion of Change award in 2011 and she received the 2018 Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics School Nutrition Services DPG Award of Excellence. The team brings to the table a passion for delicious and nutritious foods that entice the customer to return day after day.  @chefcyndie

Jeanne Reilly

Director of School Nutrition at RSU 14 Windham / Raymond School District in Maine.

Jeanne Reilly is director of school nutrition at RSU 14 Windham / Raymond School District in Maine where she oversees feeding 3100 hungry students innovative and nutrition meals. In 2013, Jeanne was the School Nutrition Association’s Outstanding Director of the Year for the state of Maine, and for the Northeast Region. Jeanne served as President of Maine School Nutrition Association and is a Team Up for Success Mentor for the Institute of Child Nutrition. She is also a member of the Chef’s Move to School Task Force and a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. @Lunch4KidsRSU14

Sharon Schaefer

Director of Nutrition Services of the Gretna Public Schools District in Nebraska.

Sharon Schaefer, SNS is a classically trained chef turned Lunch Lady. Owner of the company Evolution of the Lunch Lady, LLC she offers services as a conference speaker, culinary educator, and as a K12 chef. She is best known for reporting K12 industry trends and creating healthy food that kids want to eat. Sharon is the MidWest Representative for SNA’s Chef Task Force and a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America AOS ‘98, BPS ‘02.
Follow her on Twitter @ChefSharonSNS
FB and Instagram @Evolution of the Lunch Lady and view videos on YouTube @Chef Sharon Schaefer, SNS

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