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CDE Office of School Nutrition Staff

Jane C. Brand, RD, SNS -Director


Brehan Riley, MS, RD -Program Manager

Lyza Shaw, MS - Business Operations Manager

  • Assists with the financial management aspects of the Child Nutrition Program
  • Coordinates the Resource Management section of the Administrative Review
  • Liaison for fiscal management and financial reporting
  • Procurement

Sara Silvernail, MS, RD -Training Supervisor

  • Coordinates and oversees training and technical assistance programs
  • Coordinates dietetic interns
  • Liaison to Colorado School Nutrition Association (CSNA)

Megan Meermans -Grants Fiscal Analyst/Nutrition

  • Fiscal Management
  • USDA Reports

Amanda Mercer, MS, RD -Review Administrator

  • Coordinates Administrative Review Process
  • Lead for nutrient analysis protocols

Jan Bodnar, RD -Program Specialist

  • Charter Schools
  • Equipment Approval/ Equipment Grants
  • Food Service Management Companies (FSMCs)
  • New School Food Authorities (SFAs)
  • Procurement

Sara Rose Foreman, RD -Program Specialist

  • Afterschool Care Snack Program (ACSP)
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)

Julie Griffith, MPH, RD -Program Specialist

  • Free and Reduced Price Meals Process
  • Provisional Programs
    • Community Eligibility Provision
    • Provision 2
  • Residential Child Care Institutes (RCCIs)

Heather Hauswirth, RD -Program Specialist

  • Interim - Smart Snacks and Competitive Foods
  • HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC)
  • Nutrition Education
  • Smarter Lunchrooms
  • Team Nutrition
  • Wellness Policy

Kerri Link, MS, RD -Program Specialist

  • Civil Rights
  • Farm to School
  • Interim - Menu planning and meal patterns
  • Special Dietary Needs
  • Special Milk Program
  • Procurement

Ashley Moen, MS, RD -Program Specialist

  • Emergency/Disaster Feeding
  • Seamless Summer Option (SSO)
  • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Jennifer Otey, BA -Program Specialist

  • Claim System
  • Direct Certification
  • Independent Review of Applications
  • Renewals
  • Thursday Update
  • Verification

Jonathan Padia,  -Program Specialist (beginning Sept. 14, 2014)

  • Alternate Point of Sale (POS)
  • Meal Patterns
  • Menu Planning
  • Offer versus Serve
  • Smart Snacks and Competitive Foods

Stacey Macklin, BS -Program Support

  • Administrative Duties
  • Advisory Council for School Nutrition (ACSN)
  • Program Support
  • Website Content Coordinator



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