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Employee of the Year

Going Above and Beyond to Serve Others


Going Above & Beyond to Serve Others
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The Employee of the Year award recognizes non-managerial school nutrition employees for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.Employee of the Year Award winners will be recognized at SNAL’s state conference and SNA’s Annual National Conference each year. Award winners will receive the prizes below:

  • State winners will receive a plaque (SNAL’s state conference), certificate and ribbon.
  • Regional winners will receive a pin, certificate, and $50.
  • National winners will receive a plaque and an all-expense paid trip to ANC, up to $1,000. Expenses include ANC registration, airfare, ground transportation, and lodging.


Karen Williams is an employee of Orleans Parish School Board Child Nutrition Department. She is employed at Lusher Middle and High school. She has 12 years of expereince as a technician and 4 years as a manager. She cooks, bakes, and does her job with great pride and dignity to produce great quality of food. Mrs. Williams is happily married to Mr. Emery Williams for 29 years and has three children Dianelle, Jamal, and Darrius, and six grandchildren. She is a teamplayer and goes above and beyon the call of duty.



SNAL is pleased to announce that Ladessa, Orleans Parish Public Schools has been named our Employee of the Year!

Ladessa Smothers has been working with Orleans Parish Public schools for 15 years. She goes above and beyond with service in her district. Her dedication to serving children is demonstrated each and every day.

SNAL recognizes the outstanding work and effort by presenting her with this distinguished award. Thank for all that you do!

John Doe

Why choose Us

Being a member of SNAL has so many benefits including networking, education, opportunities for professional development, and so much more.Visit the membership page to read about being a SNAL member.

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Our Mission

The School Nutrition Association of Louisiana is a state based, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 3,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the state of Louisiana.

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What you get

SNAL Conference Committee puts on a great program each year that is designed specifically for the SNAL members. This 3 day program is filled with professional development, networking opportunities with vendors and fellow professionals, exhibits, and most of all fun!

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What Our Members Say?

By participating on the Board and attending the many conferences and meetings, I was provided opportunities to spread my wings and take on challenges that I otherwise would not have tried.Are you ready to SOAR?

Jo Lynne Correro Ouachita Parish School System
The association does an outstanding job informing members of new and upcoming issues that affect Child Nutrition programs in the country and in state of Louisiana.
Joni J. Blum St. Bernard Parish School Board
I have sampled new food items, seen new equipment and networked with managers, technicians and directors from throughout our state at our fun-filled conferences.
Pat H. Farris, Supervisor St. Tammany Parish
Being a member has afforded me the opportunity to grow professionally and to network with other colleagues across the state and country.
Rosie Jackson Orleans Parish Public Schools

My SNAL membership provides numerous opportunities to grow in my profession and meet lots of wonderful nutrition professional across the state of Louisiana.

Teresa Brown, MS, RD, LDN St. Charles Parish Public Schools

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