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CDE Office of School Nutrition (OSN) Staff

Brehan Riley, MS, RD, SNS - Director
P  303-866-6299  C  720-202-3338

  • Manages all Child Nutrition Programs administered by CDE; determines program goals and objectives.
  • Formulates, interprets and implements state and federal statutes, rules and regulations for the Child Nutrition Programs
  • Provides leadership and expertise in planning, developing, promoting, implementing, and evaluating Child Nutrition Programs
  • Oversees budgets related to federal and state funding
  • Liaison to Colorado School Nutrition Association (CSNA)

Amanda Mercer, MS, RD - Program Manager

  • Interprets regulations and develops and disseminates written guidance to ensure compliance with federal, state, local policies and rules and regulations for all participating entities
  • Plans, develops, implements and evaluates child nutrition programs to meet changing priorities that support the mission of the program
  • Oversees the development of outreach activities to expand the scope and effectiveness of child nutrition programs
  • Oversees the CDE OSN internship program
  • Coordinates and oversees child nutrition-related grant activities.

Lyza Shaw, MS - Business Operations Manager

Please contact Amanda Mercer for training and technical assistance and information regarding new school food authorities.  

  • Heather Hauswirth will be on extended leave from early March through early June. 

Please contact Sara Rose Foreman regarding emergency feeding, Seamless Summer Option and Summer Food Service Program. 

Please contact Megan Meermans regarding Summer Food Service Program claim questions

Denise Meredith, Nutrition Consultant


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Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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