Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Austin, Tx - Oct 25, 2017 - Senta Hester of Knoxville, TN, Melissa Moore of Baltimore, MD, Robin Paul of Freeland, MI and Kati Wagner of Centennial, CO have been elected to serve a two-year term on the National CACFP Sponsors Association Executive Board of Directors. All bring a great depth of experience of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and are involved in the management of a sponsoring organization for family child care homes and/or child care centers which participate in the USDA child nutrition program. Since 1986 the National CACFP Sponsor Association (NCA) has been the leading national organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
Senta Hester, President-elect, established Our Daily Bread of Tennessee 22 years ago and continues to serve as the Executive Director. With first-hand experience as a provider, Senta is able to understand the importance of the CACFP program from the ground level. “It is rewarding for me to work with the CACFP because I have the opportunity to be a national voice for the provider, who in turn is the voice for the child. I am a piece of a puzzle creating a beautiful picture providing hope for children who might not have otherwise known of that feeling, by increasing access to nutritious food and expanding eligibility to the CACFP.”
Kati Wagner, Vice President-elect, is the President of Wildwood CACFP in Centennial, CO where they sponsor family child care home providers, centers, and afterschool programs which participate in the USDA food program. Kati has served on the NCA Board of Directors since 2012 as Secretary and Treasurer as well as on the finance, conference, strategic planning, and governance committees and brings a strong history of leadership and corporate perspective to the NCA. She feels it is important to further her involvement as NCA gives sponsors and the providers a voice that may not be heard otherwise. Kati’s goals are increased membership, developing mutual relationships, and helping providers educate parents on the importance of having their children in care with a provider on the food program.
Robin Paul, Secretary-elect, has worked with CACFP for 39 years and is the CEO of Mid-Michigan Child Care Centers and Michigan Child Care Centers where they sponsor Family Day Care Homes, Unaffiliated and Affiliated Centers, At-Risk, Head Start and Emergency Shelters. Robin shares, “My goal is to reach out to other agencies for continued growth and collaboration. Keeping the sponsors abreast of the current legislation and providing resources needed to manage their sponsorship and remain viable is very important.” By remaining an advocate for sponsors, Robin feels she can ultimately help children, families, and providers.
Melissa Moore, Treasurer-elect, has been the Program Director for Food Access at Family League of Baltimore in Maryland since 2012. Family League is the largest CACFP sponsor in the state, serving afterschool, summer and family childcare homes. Melissa oversees 300 CACFP and Summer Food Service Program vended sites. Under her leadership, the programs have continued to grow and become more efficient, reducing food waste and increasing food quality. Through the programs Melissa oversees, over two million meals are served each year. Through NCA’s Board of Directors, Melissa has served as the Website Chair and is also on the Conference, Policy, and CACFP Week committees.
The experience, talent, passion, and commitment these women share for the CACFP is inspiring. They are excited to serve in leadership roles for the entire membership and participate in development of programs, activities, and policy positions.
As a National Platform for the Child and Adult Care Food Program Community, the mission of NCA is to bring members information on legislation, regulation, and advocacy issues, share resources among the entire CACFP community, and provide an engaging, informative annual conference–offering the largest CACFP networking and training opportunities in the nation. CACFP is an indicator of quality child care. When children are cared for by providers who are part of the CACFP program they are receiving the best nutrition available.
Learn more at www.cacfp.org