Meet the Candidates....
West Des Moines Community School District
Director of Nutrition Services
Willow currently serves as the Director of Nutrition Services for the West Des Moines Community School District, a position she has held for the past 5 years. Prior to that she worked with the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing, assisting school districts in the state of Iowa for one year, and also served as the Nutrition Director for Grinnell Newburg Community Schools, a position she had held for 12 years. Willow is a graduate of Iowa State University in Dietetics and is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. She has three children; Cody, Jimmy and Olivia. Willow is originally from California but has been a resident of Iowa for the past 21 years. Her hobbies include softball, volleyball, gardening and cooking. Willow’s true passion is improving the overall health of our community focusing on nutrition and physical activity starting with our children. Willow believes that school nutrition professionals have the greatest opportunity to achieve these goals and plans to devote her professional career to improving access to nutrition education and nutritious foods for our students and families. Willow has served as Region III Co Chair and currently serves as Membership Co-Chair for SNAI.
Region I Co-Chair
Dubuque Community Schools
Assistant Manager Food & Nutrition Services
I grew up in Dubuque County and went to college at Iowa State University. I graduated from Iowa State University in Dietetics in 2016 and completed my Dietetic Internship through Iowa State University and received my RD credentials in December 2018. I have been working as the assistant manager of Dubuque Community Schools for the past three years. Prior to working for the school system I worked at a retirement home during college where I found my love for food service! I enjoy going to classrooms to do nutrition education with students to teach them the importance of healthy eating! Along, with nutrition educations I love getting students involved with cooking and reading recipes during our after school activities. I continue to look for ways to grow and involve the community in our lunch program!
Region II Co-Chair
Davenport Community School District
Supervisor of Food & Nutrition Services
Coni Dobbels, MS, RD, LDN has worked in Davenport Community School District for 3 years. She has already been promoted to Supervisor of Food & Nutrition Services. Her current responsibility is overseeing the districts 200 employees and 30 locations for meal service. Coni has received numerous awards throughout her professional career. She has worked as a registered dietitian in management and food service for 17 years. Coni loves being able to make a difference in the students’ lives throughout the district by providing well balanced meals and increase nutrition education. Coni volunteers for Junior Achievement throughout the district. She has served as an officer in her local dietitian association for over 5 years. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve the SNAI board as Region 2 Co-Chair.
Region III Co-Chair
Glenwood Community School District
Director of Food Services
Terry Marlow has been the Glenwood Director of Food Services for 11 years. He is a strong leader and advocates for a positive workplace throughout his years working in Glenwood. As a Food Service Director he enjoys building the best possible school nutrition programs for the students. He challenges the staff with positivity to prepare the best meal and atmosphere for Students, Staff and Parents.
Terry has been on the SW Iowa AEA Purchasing Committee for many years. He is a long standing SNA Member and has attended the last 2 LAC Conferences in Washington DC to advocate for school nutrition.
Previously Terry worked for 16 years as an area coach for 16 Pizza Huts in Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and Nebraska. He directed all aspects of operations in the Pizza Hut Franchise.
Terry lives in Glenwood with his wife Angie, has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. Terry enjoys riding his Harley, fishing, volleyball, camping, and going to movies with his family.
Challenges are Opportunities to Shine!
Region IV Co-Chair
Boone Community School District
Food Service Director
I grew up on a turkey farm the youngest of six children. We worked incredibly hard and had to work together to make sure all of the duties were completed. I have 29 year old twins and we are an avid rodeo family. I have raised,trained and shown horses and mules all over the country.
I have worked for the Boone Community School District for 20 years. I became director in 2014. Prior to coming to Boone, I was a customer service rep. for a worldwide company and owned my own business.
I love the world of school nutrition and all of the challenges that it brings. It is exciting to never know what your day is going to be. I don’t think anyone in our position is ever bored. One of my favorite things is teaching 1st grade nutrition ed. I love the reactions of those young kids trying new food.
Thank you to each of you for the hard work you do and the love that you give our kids each day !