My first job out of college was as the registered dietitian for Pasadena ISD planning menus for almost 60,000 students. Then, I moved to HISD working for Aramark as a local then national Marketing Director. I then briefly worked with Cypress Fairbanks ISD, another large district in the Houston area as an Assistant Food Service Director. Next, I moved to New York to join Chartwells School Dining Services and later became a Vice President with them for about 11 years. I developed school nutrition programs and marketing campaigns for our 500+ school districts. I’ve had the opportunity to see school food services all over the country, and even traveled internationally seeing school meals all over Europe.
Best part of the job?
The best part of the job so far has been the great learning experience for me, working on such a dynamic system that is always evolving and always changing. PrimeroEdge utilizes customer feedback to build out the system and to make enhancements and tweaks making PrimeroEdge more user-friendly.
What’s your favorite PrimeroEdge product and why?
Right now, it would be SchoolCafé (menus, applications, and payments), as well as SchoolCafé TV, which is our new digital signage platform. I’m from the school district side, being a former customer, so those modules that are student facing are my current favorite.
Tell me about a call that stands out in your mind.
I don’t have just one call, but calls with State agencies like PA DOE (Pennsylvania Department of Education) and some accounts and getting to understand their business and how we can be of better service. I understand what they are going through because of my background. I feel I can add value by getting things taken care of in a timely fashion. I know what it’s like to have to get your information finalized to open up schools. All the demands a school food service department has on them to get applications ready, getting menus finished, making sure your point of sale is working properly, your grocery orders are complete, etc. There is so much detail involved, and whatever we can do to ease the burden, we should do. My focus is to be true to our company mantra: We help school nutrition professionals achieve excellence.