Meet the Candidates....

Vice President

Coni Dobbels
Davenport Schools
Food Service Director

Coni is the director of Davenport Schools Food and Nutrition Department. She currently serves as Region 2 Chairperson for SNA Iowa and serves on the Nutrition Education committeeand as Legislative Co-Chair. 

As a registered dietitian, Coni spent the first part of her career in healthcare.  She  has worked in school foodservice in Davenport and a SNA Iowa member for 5 years. 
She is a certified ServSafe instructor and holds an OSHA 30 hour certificate. Her passion is to make food and nutrition exciting for the students. One of her favorite accomplishments was incorporating themed meals and/or celebrations once a month. 

Coni and her husband, Chad have 2 children, Mallory age 12 and Dan age 10 and a feisty cat, Ginger. Coni enjoys long family walks, hiking as well as biking.

Region I Co-Chair

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Ginny Scott

College Community Schools

Director of Food & Nutrition

Ginny Scott has served as the Director of Food and Nutrition for College Community Schools in Cedar Rapids, IA since 2016.  Prior to that she served as the Director of Nutrition at Solon Community Schools from 2013-2016.  

Ginny is passionate about her role and loves her job and the team that she works with every day.  She enjoys finding and offering new menu items for students and staff and also enjoys using technology to reach students and to create more efficient ways to complete tasks.  

 

As a member of both the Conference Committee and Social Media Committee, Ginny is already serving on the SNA Iowa board.   She also attended the LAC conference in 2020 as an at-large representative for SNA Iowa.  Ginny enjoys the networking and friendships that SNAI provides.

 

Ginny is a firm believer in being able to laugh at yourself and not sweating the small stuff.  Look for the positive and for the teaching moments in all situations.  She and her husband Don have two daughters ages 12 and 14,  2 cats, Bubba and Pete, and a dog, Gidget.
 

Region II Co-Chair

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Jennifer Hamer

Davenport Schools

Manager

Jennifer has been a member of SNA Iowa for seven years.  She has been President of her local SNA Iowa chapter for the last two years and has enjoyed organizing events and outings for the district’s food service staff, to promote SNA membership and community in her department.  She also sat on the SNA Iowa board for 4 years as chair and co-chair in region 2.  She loved the experience and getting to meet people from all over the state who are as passionate about what they do as she is.    

 

Along with her husband of 20 years, Mike Jennifer volunteers with Quad Cities Missing Person’s Network and are ground search and rescue certified.   They also volunteer with Second Saturday helping elderly and veteran members of the community clean up their yards, make small outside repairs and build handicap accessible ramps for their homes.  Mike & Jennifer have two children - a daughter, Baylea, 20,  attends nursing school and works as a CNA, and a son, Wyatt, 17, a junior in high school.   Wyatt has food allergies that sparked Jennifer’s interest in school food service.  

 

Jennifer loves her job and working for and with students. 

Region III Co-Chair

Lisa Stewart

Council Bluffs Community School District

Food Service Director

Lisa 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 finally, Director of Nutrition/Warehouse.  She is in her 4th 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.

A 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lisa has dual degrees in Dietetics and Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences..  Her Dietetic Internship was through Iowa State University and she 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 and her husband Matt have 2 daughters, Aubrey & McKenna and 1 son, Rhett.
 

Region IV Co-Chair

Kim Belstene

Belmond Klemme School District

Food Service Director

Kim has been the Food Service Director for Belmond Klemme CSD since June of 2012.  She is passionate about her job, knowing that feeding the students nutritious meals every day is very important.  Currently, Kim serves on the Conference 2021 Committee as co-chair, as well as on the Membership Committee.  

The best part of Kim's day is when she is able to interact with the students.  During these crazy times of COVID that hasn't been as easy, but she still manages to find time to chat with kids on a personal level.  A highlight of the school year (so far) was doing an interview with Iowa Public Radio about how the pandemic has changed the way students are served/fed.