Wanda Shockey and Institute of Child Nutrition
Wanda Shockey, a native of Monroe, Louisiana, began her child nutrition career in Bastrop, Louisiana, first as the home economics teacher and then becoming the child nutrition director. After moving to Arkansas, Shockey was child nutrition director for Little Rock School District for nine years and had fifty schools. Later she moved to the Arkansas Department of Education where she has been director of child nutrition for the past fifteen years.
Barbara Smith and Institute of Child Nutrition
Barbara Smith taught Home Economics for six years before becoming Food Service Director in Russellville, Arkansas, for four years. She then worked for the Arkansas Department of Education until her retirement is early 2008.
George Sneller and Institute of Child Nutrition
George Sneller has built a child nutrition career on both coasts. George, who hails from Jacksonville, Fl, was State Director of Child Nutrition Programs for the state of Florida before taking early retirement, moving across the entire United States, and taking the same position with the state of Washington. Read George’s story to see some of the similarities and differences in how child nutrition programs are administered from state to state.
Kathy Talley and Institute of Child Nutrition
Kathy Talley spent twenty years teaching Home Economics in West Virginia. Since then she has served for nearly another twenty years in the Nutrition Education and Training position at the West Virginia Department of Education. She is proud that her state was the first in the nation to mandate the School Breakfast Program.
Sue Uyehara and Institute of Child Nutrition
Sue Uyehara is a Louisiana native and a registered dietitian. She worked with the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) in Louisiana, before relocating to Hawaii, where she works with the Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs.
Rene Weber and Institute of Child Nutrition
Rene Weber became Director of Lunch Program for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1978, after working as a teacher for eleven years, and remained in this position for 22.5 years, starting with five schools and ending with 119. An active member of both the Ohio School Food Service Association and American School Food Service Association, she served as Legislative Chair for Ohio for eighteen years and three terms on the National Advisory Council for the USDA.
Debby Webster and Institute of Child Nutrition
Debby Webster is currently the Nutrition Services Director for Rainier School Districts in Rainier, OR. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Central Washington University, and has had a passion to feed students her whole career. Debby has worked in all sizes of districts from large to small, and had the pleasure of working as a consultant for the state agency doing nutrition analysis for SMI reviews. Debby is a member of the Oregon USDA Foods and Procurement Advisory committee and is active in several professional organizations. She has been training School Nutrition Professionals for over 27 years, and provides training for the Institute of Child Nutrition.
Gene White and Institute of Child Nutrition
Gene White grew up in Ohio and attended Miami University of Ohio, graduating with degrees in Home Economics Education and Nutrition, which was called Dietetics at that time. She then continued her graduate education at Ohio State University. She worked more than twenty years as Food Service Director in China Lake, California. She went on to become that state’s Director of Nutrition Services in the late 1970s and while in that position she served as President of the American School Food Service Association from 1977-1978. Currently she is involved with international feeding programs.
Gene White’s oral history interview was updated on May 15, 2013, by Jeffrey Boyce. The update can be found at the end of the original interview.
Gene passed away on June 23, 2021, at the age of 99.
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