SNAI is Iowa’s state organization of school nutrition professionals committed to advancing the quality of school meal programs through education and advocacy.

Meet the Candidates....

Vice President

Chad Taylor, SNS
Des Moines Public Schools
Executive Chef

Chad Taylor is a lifelong Des Moines, Iowa resident. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management. He has 5 years experience in the country club industry and over 25 years experience in the school foodservice industry.  

Chad is active in his industry associations and previously held positions as Polk County Chapter of SNAI Treasure, SNAI Board—Co Chair and Chair of Region 3 and currently holds the Chair position of Social Media for SNAI. 

Chad displays a passion for food safety and creativity in the school food industry along with promotion of locally sourced products into schools. Chad has received awards from the American Commodity Distribution Association, The Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs, School Food Focus and was named one of the 2018 Iowa Ag Leaders Award. His is married to Darby and has two dogs that enjoy traveling and consider themselves “Foodies”.  

Billie Veach

Waukee Community School District
Purchasing & Production Manager

Billie Veach is the Purchasing and Production Manager for Waukee Community School District. Her path in school nutrition 18 years ago as the Nutrition Director of a private school before coming to Waukee School District 9 years ago.  With a background in restaurant management, it was a big change adjusting to a much younger customer base. She learned fast that our kids desire the same quality and customer service as any adult customer desires; they just did not know how to ask for it.  With those first few years of working in school nutrition under her belt, her passion has only grown more into wanting to help lead in providing students an experience when they come into our lunchrooms that they can learn, grow and model from. 

Billie has served on the SNAI board in a variety of ways, Membership committee (2019-20), Co-Chair & Chair for Region 3 (2018-19), As a Future Leader (2018-19), on planning committees and as a presenter at past conferences.  She says her goals as an SNAI board member is to be an engaged leader who will be present for all the members of the association and come alongside those who are not members to give them the guidance they may need to be a part of the SNAI mission to learn, grow and serve together. 

Billie and her husband live in Des Moines and have three grown boys and one very active 2-year-old grandson.
 

Secretary / Treasurer

Stephanie Hawkins

Fairfield Community School District

Food Service Director

Since June of 2016, Stephanie Hawkins has been the Food Service Director at Fairfield Community School District. She is passionate about feeding children nutritious meals during the school year as well as during the summer.  

Stephanie got her start in child nutrition at Davis County Community Schools in 2008.   Stephanie loves the networking, mentoring, comradery, and friendship that comes with being a part of the School Nutrition Association.  She has had the privilege to be a member of the SNAI Board for the last two years, representing Region 2, as Co-Chair and Chair and has served as Nominations Chair and Legislative Co-Chair.  She has been a member of the School Nutrition Association since 2014.  

If, elected, Stephanie is excited to serve the SNAI members as Secretary/Treasurer.  

Region I Co-Chair

Carrie Nachazel, RD, LD

Grinnell-Newburg Community Schools

Food Service Director

Carrie has been the food service director for the Grinnell-Newburg CSD for almost eight years.  Prior to coming to Grinnell-Newburg, she worked for six years at the Operation Threshold WIC program in Waterloo, Iowa as a registered dietitian and team leader.

Carrie loves working in the child nutrition field and has been on the SNAI board as a co-chair and chair for Region I and also served as the nominations chair.  She is currently, finishing out a two-year term as the secretary/treasurer.

 

Carrie and her husband at Iowa State University and have been married for fourteen years.  They have 8-year-old twin boys, Oliver and Arthur who are in second grade.  They stay very busy and continue to be amazed by the boys every single day. 
 

Region II Co-Chair

Alisha Eggers

Muscatine Community School District

Food & Nutrition Supervior

Alisha came to Muscatine Community District off the street in August of 1999 with an extensive management background in fast-food & customer service. She started as the manager of the Muscatine High School, providing meals to an additional 5 locations and was promoted to the District Supervisor’s position in less than a year. In addition, there was also period of 2 years that she also served as the Supervisor for the Custodial Department. 

Alisha has served on the SNAI board in the Co-Chair & Chair positions in the past & looks forward to doing it again. 

On a personal level, Alisha and her husband Steve have been married for almost 16 years. They have 7 adult daughters between them, 1 grandson, 3 granddaughters, 1 dog & a pot belly pig named Hamlet. She attributes her success in management to her  love of helping people and caring about their feelings.  Her favorite pastime is spending time w/her daughters & grandchildren. 

Heather Smith

Cardinal School District

Food Service Director

Heather Smith has been the food service director for Cardinal School District for the last eight years and as a graduate of Cardinal she was very excited to become their first food service director.  Heather graduated from IHCC in 2018 with an AA degree and has set her next goal is to earn her SNS credentials.  
    
In 2012 Heather was selected to participate in a pilot program through NFSMI in Southaven, MS.  This program was a week long training in School Nutrition Management. After her first year in school nutrition she discovered that it was her dream job and went after her SNA Certification.  She received her level 3 certificate from the SNA in 2013. 

Alisha lives in rural Batavia with her husband of twenty two years, Aaron, and her two children Abby, 14 and Zach, 12.  She enjoys mentoring other schools and staff in school nutrition and believes that if it wasn’t for her mentors when she first started she would not be where she is today.  She is honored and humbled to be nominated to serve in this position with the School Nutrition Association of Iowa.

Region III Co-Chair

Pauli Smith

Des Moines Public Schools

Child Nutrition Manager

Pauli Smith was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and currently lives in Des Moines, IA with her husband and two kids ages 6 and 12.  She graduated from culinary school in Chicago, IL and has worked in many areas of foodservice over the years.  As a Child Nutrition Manager for the Des Moines Public schools, where she has worked for the last 6 years, she oversees multiple schools and their Food and Nutrition Program.  

During the school year, Pauli is President of her son’s PTO, volunteers her time doing a Cooking club at an elementary school and teaches kids and adult cooking classes.  In the summer, she runs a cooking and baking camp for kids.

 

Pauli is passionate about her job and always shares her passion with her co-workers. She believes that providing students with life skills is important and takes pride in feeding and teaching kids about food.  Pauli is always looking for a new challenge and would be honored to serve on the Board for the School Nutrition Association of Iowa.  
 

Lisa Stewart

Council Bluffs Community School District

Food Service Director

Lisa Stewart has worked for the Council Bluffs Community School District since the 2010-2011 school year.  She started off her career with the school district as a Nutrition Education Assistant, then moving to the Free & Reduced Computer Coordinator and then lastly, Director of Nutrition/Warehouse.  She is in her 3rd year as Director, with her school district offering CEP at every building, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program, After School Snack Program, Nutrition Education, Summer Breakfast & Lunch, and free meals during unanticipated school closures.

 

Lisa graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Dual Degrees in Dietetics as well as Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences in 2008.  Her Dietetic Internship was through Iowa State University and received her RD credentials in January 2013.  She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, participating in her local chapter, is a member of SNA and also has her SNA Certificate.  She is also certified to teach ServSafe which she teaches in Council Bluffs.  

 

Lisa is married to her husband Matt and they have 2 daughters, Aubrey & McKenna and 1 son, Rhett. 
 

Region IV Co-Chair

Jane Anderson

Lawton Bronson Community School District

Food Service Director

Jane Andersen has been with Lawton-Bronson CSD for 20 years.  She assumed the responsibilities of the Food Service Director Position 3 years ago, and is committed to lifelong learning in everything she does. She engages the students through brainstorming and taste testing sessions. She builds a positive environment for students through positive interactions and always having a smile on her and her staffs’ faces. Jane feels this is especially important as this may be the only positive interaction with adults some students receive throughout the day. Through Jane’s efforts, the nutrition department recently received a grant from Delta Dental for a water bottle filling station to be placed in the commons of the Elementary Building. This is important for the students as easy access to water is an important part of fueling the mind and body. 
 
Jane currently lives in Sioux City with her husband Rich. They have 1 son, 2 daughters, and a son-in-law. In her spare time, Jane likes to scrapbook, go camping, and spend time outdoors.

Kim Belstene

Belmond Klemme School District

Food Service Director

Kim Belstene has been the Food Service Director for Belmond Klemme School District since June of 2012.  She loves her job at the school and continues to learn and roll with the changes as each year (or day!!) passes.  

Kim enjoys being on the SNAI Board for multiple reasons; from the important legislative work we do, to the friendships she has made along the way.  She feels that her position on the Board has helped her to grow in her job, as well as in her personal life.  

Kim & her husband Keith have been married for 15 years.  They have 2 sons; Dylan (23), and Jackson (13).  Jackson is an 8th grader in her district, and she enjoys seeing him in the school setting on a daily basis, as well as hearing input on her program from him and his friends.