2022 Annual Conference Sessions

DAY ONE - Wednesday, June 22, 2022


8:30am | Registration Opens


9:30am - 10:00am | Welcome Remarks


10:00am - 11:30am | Keynote Session

How to Attract and Retain Amazing Employees

Why Attend?
You will learn how to effectively attract, recruit and retain staff by:
     - Being prepared throughout the entire employee lifecycle
     - Implementing employee training & development programs
     - Becoming or hiring true leaders who listen and use empathy
     - Getting rid of poor performers and those with bad attitudes
Join our session and look forward to a successful future. Don't look backwards, we are not going there!
Key Area:
Administration
Speaker:

Wendy Sellers, The HR Lady® 
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11:30am - 12:30pm | Lunch


12:45pm - 1:45pm | Educational Sessions

Managing Personalities and Conflict

Managing Personalities and Conflict is a four-hour course designed to help participants identify the many factors that may influence how people interact and respond to conflict. Self-reflection is a critical component of this training that aims to help participants identify characteristics of their own personalities and attitudes, in addition to any existing biases and stereotypes. Finally, participants will engage in identifying non-productive behaviors and in building skills that will help promote successful conflict resolution. MAX 40 participants, must pre-register during registration and attend all four sessions on Day One.
Key Area: 
Administration
Speakers:
Jane Rose, Trainer, Institute of Child Nutrition
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Equipment Purchasing: The Players and the Process

Discover the process, the people, the resources, and who offers each function in the process of purchasing equipment. Explore the decision-making process and detail alternative purchasing strategies.
Key Area:
Operations
Speakers:

Howard Cohen, Sales - Principal, Culinary Equipment Group

IMRF Member Overview: Income Protection for Your Lifetime

The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is the second largest and best-funded public pension system in Illinois. Since 1941, has partnered with local units of government to provide retirement, disability and death benefits for public employees. Learn more about the IMRF programs that are available.
Key Area:

Speakers:

Paul Parise, Field Representative, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund
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2:00pm - 3:00pm | Educational Sessions

Managing Personalities and Conflict

Managing Personalities and Conflict is a four-hour course designed to help participants identify the many factors that may influence how people interact and respond to conflict. Self-reflection is a critical component of this training that aims to help participants identify characteristics of their own personalities and attitudes, in addition to any existing biases and stereotypes. Finally, participants will engage in identifying non-productive behaviors and in building skills that will help promote successful conflict resolution. MAX 40 participants, must pre-register during registration and attend all four sessions on Day One.
Key Area: 
Administration
Speakers:

Jane Rose, Trainer, Institute of Child Nutrition
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Religious Inclusion and Equity through Food and Nutrition Programs

If you missed this session at Winter Conference, here is another chance! Diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of current public conversation and policy. As a result, it has become more important than ever for school nutrition professionals to understand the different dietary practices followed by families in our communities. As populations continue to grow and diversify, religious dietary restrictions, such as Kosher and Halal, are increasingly followed. Come and learn basic knowledge on how to incorporate these meal patterns into your menu and apply a more intentional approach to practicing inclusion within your program. 
Key Area: 
Nutrition
Speakers:

Michele Clark, K12 Sales, National Food Group
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The State of Child Hunger in Illinois

Food insecurity increased during the pandemic for households with children. We will explore how school nutrition program usage has changed during the COVID era and discuss policies that can help schools meet the nutritional needs of their students going forward.
Key Area: 
Administration
Speakers:

Collen Burns, State Engagement and Innovation Lead, Greater Chicago Food Depository
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3:15pm - 4:15pm | Educational Sessions

Managing Personalities and Conflict

Managing Personalities and Conflict is a four-hour course designed to help participants identify the many factors that may influence how people interact and respond to conflict. Self-reflection is a critical component of this training that aims to help participants identify characteristics of their own personalities and attitudes, in addition to any existing biases and stereotypes. Finally, participants will engage in identifying non-productive behaviors and in building skills that will help promote successful conflict resolution. MAX 40 participants, must pre-register during registration and attend all four sessions on Day One.
Key Area: 
Administration
Speakers:

Jane Rose, Trainer, Institute of Child Nutrition
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Spice It Up

Why are foods high in sodium so popular? Learn the difference between sodium and salt and identify which foods are high in sodium. Get tips on making food taste good without extra salt and mix up a sodium-free spice blend to take with you.
Key Area(s): 
Operations
Speakers:

Leah Erke, ABCs of School Nutrition, University of Illinois Extension
Diane Reinhold, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, University of Illinois Extension
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LAC22: A Legislative Update

Join us for a recap of the roller coaster ride at LAC22. We will discuss the amazing virtual and in person experiences that took place in Washington DC, and what each member can do in the future for the success of our programs. 
Key Area: 
Communications and Marketing
Speakers:

Kevin Harris, Director of Food Services, McHenry CCSD 15
Michele Hepner, Director, Geneseo CUSD 228
Tina Woods, Assistant Director of Nutrition Services, Comm. Cons. Sch. Dist. 15

4:30pm - 5:30pm | Educational Sessions

Managing Personalities and Conflict

Managing Personalities and Conflict is a four-hour course designed to help participants identify the many factors that may influence how people interact and respond to conflict. Self-reflection is a critical component of this training that aims to help participants identify characteristics of their own personalities and attitudes, in addition to any existing biases and stereotypes. Finally, participants will engage in identifying non-productive behaviors and in building skills that will help promote successful conflict resolution. MAX 40 participants, must pre-register during registration and attend all four sessions on Day One.
Key Area: 
Administration
Speakers:

Jane Rose, Trainer, Institute of Child Nutrition
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School Nutrition Programs Meal Pattern Overview

Join the Illinois State Board of Education for an overview of the meal pattern requirements for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. This session will cover the meal pattern components and dietary specifications for the upcoming 2022-23 school year, including the recently finalized Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains and Sodium.
Key Area: 
Nutrition
Speakers:

Deb Kains, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
Beth Tanner, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
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Food Allergies

Rising numbers of children have food allergies – do you know how to keep them safe at school? We will identify the most common allergens and how to recognize allergic reactions. Prevention measures such as reading food labels, cleaning, and sanitizing will be covered. (NOTE: This is not an ANSI-approved course.)
Key Area(s): 
Nutrition
Speakers:

Leah Erke, ABCs of School Nutrition, University of Illinois Extension
Diane Reinhold, ABCs of School Nutrition, University of Illinois Extension
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6:30pm - 7:00pm | Cocktail Reception


7:00pm - 8:30pm | Dinner and Awards


8:30pm - 9:30pm | Entertainment — Randy Andrews


DAY TWO - Thursday, June 23, 2022


7:30am - 8:15am | Breakfast & ILSNA Business Meeting


8:30am - 9:30am | Educational Sessions

Conducting Your Kitchen to Sing in Harmony

Does your kitchen staff sing off-key? Do they each sing their own song, or do they all sing the same tune? Learn how diversity and inclusion can help your staff expand their repertoire to make beautiful music together.
Key Area: 
Administration
Speaker:

Jill Riggs, SNA Director
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Acing your School Nutrition Program Review

A review is coming. It isn't a question of 'if,' it's a question of 'when?' If there ever was a time to be proactive about preparing for this – it's right now. As the dust settles from the pandemic and things begins to stabilize, we will give you the tools and resources to help you prepare for your next School Nutrition Program review.
Key Area: 
Administration
Speaker:

Kim Nesler, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
Kari Perkins, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
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Getting the Most Out of Your Entitlement Dollars

Learn more about the Food Distribution Program and receive tips on how to use more than 100% of your entitlement dollars every year.
Key Area: 
Administration
Speaker:

Kevin Harris, Director of Food Services, McHenry CCSD 15
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9:45am - 10:45am | Educational Sessions

The Advantages of Alternative Breakfast Programs

Children of all ages do better in school when they start the day with a good breakfast. Research has shown time and again that students who eat breakfast are ready to learn. Schools that implement breakfast programs see improvements in attendance and behavior. Join the discussion on different types of alternative breakfast programs and their advantages.
Key Area: 
Nutrition
Speaker:

Scot Gregory, District Manager, Aramark K-12
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CACFP Refresher Workshop

Join in on the discussion regarding the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Principal consultants will discuss requirements related to all CACFP program types. Topics will include Eligibility requirements, Pre-school Program Requirements, Afterschool At-Risk Program, Meal Pattern Requirements and Record Keeping. Bring your questions to this interactive session.
Key Area: 
Administration
Speaker:

Shaista Shaikh, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
Bri Rigg, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
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Not Nutrition Until Eaten: Preventing Waste with Share Tables 

Food tossed in the trash = wasted nutrition and money. Share tables are a way for nutrition programs to maximize their dollars and offer additional helpings to students. Join us to learn more about share tables: types, logistics, managing food safety, and what to do with extra foods and beverages.
Key Area: 
Administration
Speaker:

Leia Flure, Visiting Outreach Associate, University of Illinois Extension
Michelle Fombelle, Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension
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10:45am - 12:45pm | Exhibit Hall/Food Show


1:00pm - 2:00pm | Educational Session

MEN are the Cause of all STRESS

Controlling stress is the key to health. What most don’t know is that stress is the cause of all disease, and MEN are the cause of all stress. Stress comes in three flavors; Mechanical, Emotional, and Nutritional. Once we can identify the type, we can work to fix it!
Key Area: 
Administration
Speakers:
Dr. Sean McCaffrey, Founder, McCaffrey Health Center and McCaffrey Laboratory


2:05pm - 2:50pm | Educational Session

ISBE Updates

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Nutrition Department administers a variety of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) child nutrition programs. Attend this session and receive the most up to date information available on the USDA School Nutrition Programs, and upcoming ISBE projects.
Key Area: 
Administration
Speakers:
Roxanne Ramage, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
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2:50pm - 3:00pm | Closing Remarks