Voting for South Carolina SNA
Listed below are the positions and candidates on the ballot.
Candidates for South Carolina SNA
Your 2017-2018 candidates for the South Carolina School Nutrition Association
Sharon J. Hunt
Director Anderson 5 School District 2013 - present
Supervise 19 schools with over 120 employees. Highlights since I have been in Anderson County School District 5
- We purchased and designed a food truck for our summer feeding program.
- Have designed and renovated two high school serving lines.
- Increased our fund balance to a positive from a program that was losing money.
Education Associate, Food and Nutrition Services, SC Department of Education 2010-2013
School District of Greenville County-10 years with Food and Nutrition Services, 4 years as Director, 3 years Program Coordinator and 3 years Food Service Specialist. While in Greenville I was responsible for a 19 million budget and took the department from a loss 1.5 million to positive cash flow of $200,000 first year as Director. I managed and supervised 89 school food service sites and supervised over 570 employees. While in Greenville I developed promotional and marketing activities, coordinated the planning and design of new kitchen facilities and the purchase of new and replacement equipment .
I have served on the SNA SC Board for the past 3 ½ years. It has been a pleasure to be part of the team that supports all of our membership and food service employees across the State to ensure we provide nutritional meals to the students of South Carolina.
My husband Tom and I have been married for 41 years. We have 2 wonderful children who are grown and married. Martin and his wife Elizabeth have two children, Reese 3, Thomas 9 months and Catherine and her husband Chad who have two children, Caroline 6 and Dirgen 2. “They are the light of my life”.
My hobbies are “my four grandchildren”. Anyone that knows me well knows I love dancing especially “Shag Dancing” and all kinds of music. Last year I decided to pursue an item on my bucket list, “ tap dancing”. I enjoy event planning and decorating.
I am a member of Berea First Baptist Church in Greenville where I serve as one of the Wedding Coordinators.
I am honored to be nominated to be your next Vice President.
Single Unit Chair
Hi, my name is Jasper Graham. I am running for Single Unit Chair Person. Currently, I serve as the Pee Dee Area Representative and Food Service Manager for Williamsburg County School District. I am a certified ServSafe Instructor and Proctor as well as National Restaurant Association Proctor. I’m also the founder of Good Fellas Mentoring Program and former restaurant owner of Mr. Jasper’s BBQ. I am married and the father of three children. Leadership, dedication, perseverance, and determination are just a few of the qualities I possess which make me a viable candidate for Single Unit Chair Person.
Jason Richardson has been a resident of Charleston, SC since 1998 and has 20 plus years of retail and retail management experience. In 2012, Jason received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Culinary Management. Since then, Jason has been involved in nutrition training and food service, including restaurant, retail grocery and now nutrition management with Charleston County Schools at Orange Grove Charter Middle School. Jason was elected as a coastal area representative for the state SNA in 2016 and enjoys the opportunity to work with other state SNA leaders to make decisions dealing with educational nutrition for the children of South Carolina.
Jason attends Awaken Church of Charleston and is currently leading a small group (Bible Study) with his wifeand is seeking further leadership opportunities in the ministry and will be working in missions very soon. Jason has enjoyed working with kids over the last few years and has a passion for encouraging them to gain more knowledge surrounding new menus, food preparation, gardening and making sound nutritional decisions. When not working, Jason enjoys catering, cooking, reading cookbooks for new ideas, attending sporting events, volunteering his time with school events, and spending time with his wife, Sarah, who is also a manager with Charleston County Schools Nutrition Services.
Coastal Area Representative
Sarah Richardson has been a resident of Charleston, SC since 2001 and has 12 plus years of restaurant management experience. She has been with Charleston County Schools Nutrition Services for the last three years, serving and manager at Sullivans Island Elementary School.Sarah enjoys the opportunity to work with the children daily and loves the ability to discuss proper nutrition and the need to make better decisions around food with students, faculty and parents. She is very involved in the local Greenheart program that brings needed education and first-hand gardening training to the school. Sarah is an integral part of the wellness committee at Sullivan’s Island Elementary also, assisting and aiding faculty, parents and staff each week educating kids about exercise and diet importance in everyday routine. She has helped them finish in the top 3 the last two years in Boeings Wellness Competition in Charleston County. She works tirelessly to ensure any and all programs and innovations are utilized to better her and her students.
Sarah attends Awaken Church of Charleston and is currently leading a small group (Bible Study) with her husband and is seeking further leadership opportunities in the ministry and currently works with a few missions operations allowing her to travel to areas such as Peru and Haiti, where she works in children’s orphanages to help them adapt to teenage years and help them to better prepare for their future. Sarah enjoys cooking, singing, babysitting, volunteering her time for school events and spending time with her husband, Jason, who is also a manager with Charleston County Schools Nutrition Services.
Piedmont Area Representative
Kathy Kilgore has been the Director in Anderson School District Four for six years. Her prior experience includes fifteen years in the restaurant and hospitality business, working her way from an hourly employee to a multi-unit director. Kathy is very passionate about her role in student nutrition and loves working with students, staff, and administration to bring South Carolina fruits and vegetables to the schools in ASD4. She plans to continue to educate others about the great things going on in today's school cafeteries. Kathy was instrumental in bringing school gardens to all of the schools in her district and participating in the Farm to School program. She also plays an active role in each of the schools maintaining the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy School Award. She's happiest when she is on the serving line helping to serve the students in her district or simply talking with the students about what their favorites are!
I have had the opportunity to be surrounded by the food service industry my entire life. I grew up in a family that owned and operated a small country restaurant, so you can guess what my chores consisted of, dishwashing, food prep and the dreaded chopping onions, which my mother insisted went into every recipe. Later, after I finished college, married and started a family, I decided to open a child daycare center. In the daycare setting I was introduced to a whole new world of regulations for serving children. After my children started public school, I sold the daycare business and continued with my family fuel oil business, convenience store and restaurant businesses. Then in 2009, I decided that I would love to have a career that was “nine to five”. Thinking school food service was the path to take, I went to work with Chartwell in the Spartanburg school system. After two years with Chartwell I took a position in Cherokee and now serve as Food Service Director. Looking back I realize that School Food Service is NOT a 9 to 5 job, it is more like 24/7 calling, but I love it, the cafeteria staff and students are well worth the work.