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Congratulations Karin Nichols, Oregon Nutrition Manager of the Year!

Congratulations Karin Nichols, Oregon Nutrition Manager of the Year!
Posted on 03/30/2015

The Oregon School Nutrition Association has named Karin Nichols of Sue Buel Elementary School Oregon's Nutrition Manager of the Year. The award recognizes her dedication to improving the school meal program at Buel. 

Karin was honored at an Oregon School Nutrition Association Conference in March. She is in the running for the national Manager of the Year award by the School Nutrition Association.


The following press release was distributed by the Oregon School Nutrition Association:

McMinnville School District Nutrition Manager Wins State Recognition

McMinnville, Oregon – 3/30/2015 – The non-profit Oregon School Nutrition Association has awarded Karin Nichols from Sue Buel Elementary the Manager of the Year Award, considered the highest honor a school nutrition manager can earn. The award recognizes a cafeteria manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity to improve his or her school meal program.

Karin Nichols has been employed by McMinnville School District for over 16 years.  She is the cafeteria manager at Sue Buel Elementary School and previously managed Memorial Elementary Kitchen.  Karin also assists with catering, and has worked in summer feeding and afterschool programs.  Most recently, Karin and one of her staff members were honored for administering the Heimlich maneuver to save the life of one of her students.   

“Dedicated cafeteria managers work tirelessly to implement projects and support initiatives to ensure students have access to healthy meals and to improve their dining experience,” said Cindi Hiatt-Henry, President of the Oregon School Nutrition Association. “Karin exemplifies excellence in school foodservice, going above and beyond to enhance the Buel Elementary School community.”

The Manager of the Year Award is in honor of Louise Sublette, a leader in school nutrition in her state and in the national School Nutrition Association. During her 43 years in the profession, Sublette worked in many areas of foodservice—public schools, colleges, hospitals and elderly feeding programs. Sublette dedicated her career to honoring school nutrition professionals and ensuring those who work in school cafeterias have access to professional development opportunities, empowering them to help their school meal programs flourish. 

Karin was recently honored at the Oregon School Nutrition Association State Conference, on March 14th in Salem Oregon. As the winner from the state of Oregon, Karin will also be considered for the national School Nutrition Association’s Manager of the Year Award.

The Oregon School Nutrition Association is made up of over 500 members of School Nutrition Professionals, including Nutrition Services Directors, Managers, Employees, and State Department Officials.  For more information go to:  

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