Rocky Dunnam, CEC, CDM, CFPP

Chef Rocky Dunnam, CEC, CDM is the Executive Chef for the Bivins Foundation, Bivins Pointe, EJB Culinary Center, NINETEEN49 Catering, and Rock'D Recipes in Amarillo, TX.


Rob Geile, CFSP, LEED AP

Rob Geile joined Ali Group North America in March 2014. He serves as Vice President of Consultant Services and is responsible for developing and cultivating relationships within the consultant and operator community on behalf of Ali Group North America and its operating companies within North America, namely: Aladdin Temp-Rite, ACP/Amana, Belshaw/Adamatic, Beverage- Air, Burlodge North America, Carpigiani U.S.A., the Champion Group including Champion – BiLine – Moffat – Moyer Diebel, CMA, Edlund, Electro Freeze, Eloma, Ice-O-Matic, Metro, Scotsman, Rancilio North America and Victory Refrigeration. Rob also provides support to the Ali Group globally by helping the Group to expand and deepen its relationships with U.S. consultants who are doing work abroad, with respect to both U.S. Ali Group brands as well as international Ali Group brands.  Rob has extensive experience in the commercial foodservice equipment industry.  Rob’s accreditations include Board and/or committee positions with FCSI-The Americas, FCSI-Worldwide, NACUFS, SHFM AHF, ANFP and HTA. Rob  is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and Certified Food Service Professional, Level III (CFSP).


Greg Gorgone, FMP, CDM, CFPP

Greg Gorgone is the Culinary Design Consultant at DRS Foodservice Design.  Greg has more than 30 years of foodservice experience working in hotels, restaurants, and healthcare foodservice operations. As a consultant, Greg travels throughout the United States helping foodservice directors with process improvement, master planning, and kitchen design in hospitals and senior communities.


Mary Hanna, BS, CDM, CFPP

Mary Hanna graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. Mary has been in the foodservice industry for more than 30 years. She taught at The New Orleans School of Cooking for several years before she moved to Arizona. She now serves as a District Manager for Health Care Service Group. She has responsibilities for both clinical and culinary production in five care centers in the greater Phoenix area. Mary has first-hand experience working with Huntington disease, dementia, Alzheimer's, mental illness, behavior disorders, eating disorders, long-term care, assisted living and short-term rehabilitation.

Mary has received leadership awards from by the Arizona Health Care Association and Nutritional Alliance. Mary received the ANFP 2015 Embrace Diversity award, serves on the Professional Development Committee and was the Chapter Spokesperson for the Arizona Chapter for HR. Mary is passionate about leadership, mentorship, and investment in each of her employees. Through community outreach programs, Mary has a created a diverse team of employees including those with special needs, first generation Americans, disadvantaged youth, former gang members and individuals from the LGBTQ community. She is recognized for her dynamic presentation skills, sense of humor, and ability to inspire others.


​Ken Hanson, CDM, CFPP

Ken Hanson is the Jail Services Supervisor with the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Des Moines, Iowa. Ken has a B.S. in Hotel Restaurant Management from Iowa State University. He has more than 30 years of foodservice experience in fast food and full-service restaurants, cafeterias, long-term care and corrections.  Ken currently oversees the food service operation of a 1,000 bed county jail facility. Ken has also been an adjunct instructor for the Dietary Manager Program at Des Moines Area Community College for more than 10 years. In addition to being a CDM, CFPP, he is also a Certified Public Manager (CPM) through Drake University. Ken is also the ANFP Board of Directors Chair-Elect.


Cindy Heilman, MS, NDTR, FAND

Cindy Heilman has a combined 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry and senior living marketplace, enhancing hospitality and food service quality. She has been a restaurant owner, healthcare food service director, healthcare market specialist with a broad line distributor, board member of the Oregon Health Care Association, and holds a Masters in Nutrition and Food Management. She is CEO of Higher Standards, LLC, author of Hospitality for Boomers and creator of Kind Dining® curriculum, her unique program that improves staff behavior. She’s been active in Oregon’s culture change coalition, has been recognized as Oregon’s Dietetic Technician of the Year, and received the American Dietetic Association (ADA) National Award for Excellence in Dietetic Technology. She recently received FAND recognition by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).  Cindy is exceptionally impassioned about the difference we can make within our senior living community, as well as the elder care marketplace. Her goal and intention is to light a fire within the leaders of this sector and make each community the best it can possibly be.


Rich Hoffman, WCC, CEC, CCA, CDM, CFPP

Rich has been in the culinary industry for more than 25 years. He graduated from the Southeast Institute of Culinary Arts and the Greenbrier Apprenticeship program. Rich has worked in four and five-star hotels, top restaurants and resorts before going into culinary education as an instructor. He is currently the East Division Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Hospitality for Genesis Healthcare.

Rich has trained under Master Chefs Peter Timmins CMC and Rudy Speckamp CMC. He has competed and placed in more than 15 culinary competitions and won the Maryland seafood cook off twice. Rich has achieved the professional levels of World Certified Chef, Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary administrator, Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional and Approved Culinary Evaluator.

Currently, Rich is the State representative for Maryland and Delaware for the American Culinary Federation and serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the ACF.


Matthew Hufman, MS, RD, LDN

Matthew Hufman is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who resides in the Orlando, FL. He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as his Masters of Science in Food and Nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Matthew is the Marketing Director and Education Coordinator at Nutritious Lifestyles, a nationwide food and nutrition services consulting company.

Matthew has had the opportunity to lead monthly webinars to a team of 100 plus foodservice professionals and speak to both local and national audiences including the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, Florida Health Care Association, Kentucky Health Care Association, and the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals.


Omar Humes, CDM, CFPP

Omar Humes, CDM, CFPP currently serves as President of NC ANFP and ANFP Board of Directors. For the past four years, he has been employed with Pruitt Health and is President/Owner of Genesis Training and Consulting, with more than 20 years of experience in long-term care. He enjoys consulting to support and mentor other CDMs and to mentor youth through coaching. He organized NC ANFP Hurricane Matthew relief effort, in which 100% of all proceeds were distributed to those in need.


Dick Hynes

A long-time member of Hobart Corporation’s Management Team, with a career spanning more than 49 years, Dick served an extremely successful tenure in a number of management positions prior to his developing the Consultant Services Group for Hobart, in addition to being Director of Healthcare and Military Services for the Company. 

Dick presently serves as Chair of the National Restaurant Association’s Military Foundation’s Advisory Committee Dick also has served on Industry Advisory Boards for the Association for Healthcare Foodservice, the Society for Hospitality Foodservice Management, and is on the Board of Directors of the International Foodservice Executives Association and the International Military Community Executives Association, the Industry Advisory Council for ANFP as well as numerous committees.  Dick’s love for the foodservice industry, the healthcare and military segments in particular is obvious. 
Dick has received numerous awards from the industry, including Society for Foodservice Managements’ Leadership Award, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association’s Executive of the Year, Healthcare Foodservice Management’s prestigious President’s Award, and in 2010, the National Association of College & University Foodservice awarded Dick the Daryl Van Hook award for outstanding service to the organization, and he most recently was awarded the International Foodservice Executives Association’s Industry Award of Excellence.  

Dick is a Navy veteran serving as a Navy corpsman during the Vietnam era.  During that time, he met a beautiful Navy nurse whom he married 52 years ago.  Dick and Judy have 3 children and four grandsons, and recently became great grandparents to Kailyn Faith. Because of heritage closely tied to the Canadian Maritimes, they also own a home on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.

Dick is a 49-year member of the Boy Scouts of America, presently serving on the Old Colony Council Executive Board. He is also a dancer at Native American powwows and a Committeeman for the AIS War Dance Society.

Dick holds a degree from Dean College, has CFSP Level 1 certification, is a Serv-Safe instructor, and is also HACCP certified.  


Scott Lesnick

Scott Lesnick is a high-content speaker who is motivational, informative and educational in style and tone. He presents powerful keynotes and breakout sessions and is a consultant and author. Also, Scott is a professional member of the National Speakers Association as well as the Dean of the Academy for Professional Speakers. He is a graduate of The University of Miami, Florida. His memoir, Kidjacked – A Father’s Story, was recently published to critical acclaim. Kidjacked is the true account of how he accomplished what few could ever do - rescuing his two small children who were kidnapped to the Middle East! In addition, Scott has 28 award-winning sales and management years at Shaw Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway Fortune 500 company. Scott’s motivational and inspirational messages center around topics including: HR, great leadership, generational and cultural inclusion, professional development, maximizing sales performance, excelling in leadership, maximizing operational performance, managing change through great leadership, focusing on what’s truly important, and useful tools to overcome adversity and stress both professionally and personally.


Jo Miller, MPH, RDN 

Jo Miller, RDN, MPH received a B.S. in Nutrition Science and Minor in Food Service Management from UC Davis then went on to complete her dietetic internship at Napa State Hospital. She then completed a Master’s in Public Health from UC Davis with an emphasis on Nutrition, Informatics and Journalism. Jo is currently the Vice President at Meals for All. Her focus is, but not limited to, volume emergency nutrition preparedness and education. She is an invited speaker on the topic of emergency nutrition preparedness throughout the United States and works closely with healthcare facilities to evaluate current emergency nutrition plans and anticipate future preparedness needs. Jo lives with her family and two dogs in Sacramento, CA and can be found climbing a mountain on most weekends.


Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, LD, CD, FAND

Brenda Richardson is the Business Development/Relations Director for Dietary Consultants, Inc, and Food Service Management Solutions, and President of Brenda Richardson MA, RDN, LD, CD, LLC. Brenda has more than thirty years of proven success in directing multi-million dollar foodservice and nutrition operations. Brenda is a national lecturer, author/contributing author of many professional books and publications, and serves on state and national offices in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her expertise is in demand as she has successfully assisted healthcare facilities cited with serious and immediate jeopardy deficiencies, achieve and sustain positive nutritional outcomes. Brenda serves on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) CMS Work Group and is the current national Past- Chair of the Board of Directors for the Academy Political Action Committee (ANDPAC). Brenda’s practical experience and skills put her in demand for advocating the profession, and professional speaking throughout the country.


Sarah Rink, MS, RD, LDN

Sarah Rink, MS, RD, LDN, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science & Nutrition, with a Dietetics Concentration from Middle Tennessee State University. She received a Masters of Science in Food Science & Nutrition from Northern Illinois University with thesis and research work focusing on purée consistency consumption in the long-term care setting. Sarah's experience includes working as the Nutrition Services Director in a skilled nursing facility. She has been with iit/SourceTech for nine years and currently works as an Outcomes Coordinator for long-term care facilities, assisting them with reaching budgetary and dining goals. Her previous responsibilities included development of menus, recipes, and various intervention protocols. Sarah is also an avid runner and enjoys learning about and sampling anything related to wine.


Marilyn Sherman, CSP

As a Front-Row Leadership expert, Marilyn Sherman inspires people to take charge of their career and life with dynamic keynotes and workshops that focus on three things: vision, goal achievement, and having a ‘no-more excuses’ mindset. It’s time to get out of that rut, stop settling for mediocrity, and it’s certainly time to end workplace stagnation. Attendees of Marilyn’s programs gain clarity, increase their confidence, take control of their attitudes, and are motivated to stretch themselves in all aspects of their life. Marilyn inspires people to get out of their comfort zone, overcome obstacles, and take a front-row seat in life. Her passion is helping people reach their true potential. For example, she inspires employees to go from an attitude of entitlement to an attitude of gratitude resulting in: better customer service, increased productivity, increased accountability for overcoming obstacles and less conflict in the workplace. She teaches people how going above and beyond truly makes a difference for others, as well as creating a positive impact in their own lives. Marilyn's clients hire her to deliver a message of hope and inspiration that resonates with each individual, so everyone can leave her presentation with the tools and confidence to set and reach goals. Attendees are engaged and inspired to be accountable for their own success, which affects their results in leadership and sales. In addition to being a popular motivational keynote speaker, Marilyn is also the author of three motivational career-focused books. In 2015, Marilyn was recognized as one of the Top 10 Motivational Keynote Speakers to hire (based on her content, presentation style, and value delivered to her audience). Marilyn is a graduate of Washington State University, and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the highest earned designation in the speaking profession (with fewer than 10% of professional speakers earning this certification).


Thomas Thaman, AHCFA, CDM, CFPP

Thomas Thaman has been the Director of Food and Nutrition at Eskenazi Health since 2004. Tom has 35 years of foodservice experience, of which 17 of those years have been with Eskenazi Health. Tom received his BS in Restaurant Management from Ohio State University and has been a CDM since 1998. He was the recipient of the ANFP 2015 Inaugural Innovation Award.


Barbara Thomsen, RAC-CT, ICAC, CDM,CFPP

Barbara Thomsen is an active Certified Dietary Manager/ANFP member, serving on both the National Certifying Board and State Chapter boards/committees and a 15+-year veteran long- term care CDM. She has worked as the MDS Automation/Educator Coordinator for the state of Iowa for seven years, currently serving on the CMS Technical Experts Panel for the Impact Act Data sets. Barbara has shared her regulatory knowledge across the nation with other ANFP state chapter meetings, district/national sessions as well as state health care associations seminars. Barbara has been published in numerous long-term care publications as well as authored various nutritional manuals/guidebooks. Barbara has been an adjunct instructor for the DMACC Dietary Manager Course for the past few years, preceptor and mentor. Recently, Barbara successfully organized and lead DMACC's first CDM exam prep session to prepare exam candidates for the CDM certification exam.


Melissa Vaccaro, MS, CHO, CP-FS

Melissa Vaccaro has a Master of Science degree in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Education – Biology and Environmental Education, both from Shippensburg University. Melissa is the Vice President of Consulting for PTI Consulting Group, a Division of Paster Training, Inc. PTI Consulting Group works with top food and alcohol retailers, manufacturers, processors, and operations. As a core member or the PTI management team, Melissa leads, develops, and oversees the PTI Consulting Group throughout the US as well as provides numerous public health related presentations and training.  Melissa is the co-author of the SURE™ HACCP book series. Before joining the PTI Team, Melissa was with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services for nearly 25 years during which she had dedicated her career to the service of safe food and the prevention of foodborne illness.  Melissa served as a Food Sanitarian and then as a Food Sanitation Program Specialist for the department during her tenure. She is a CP-FS, FDA Certified Retail Food Sanitation Officer, a PA Department Health Certified Health Officer, holds Advanced HACCP Certification, SURE™ Manager/Trainer/Proctor Certification, ServSafe™ Manager/Trainer/Proctor Certification, and TIPS certification. In addition, Melissa is the author of a monthly food protection article for the ANFP’s Nutrition & Foodservice Edge magazine. She is active in several industry and government organizations, including the Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Officials (CASA), The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).


Barbara Wakeen, MA, RDN, LD, CCFP, CCHP

Barbara Wakeen, is a registered, licensed dietitian nutritionist (RDN – LD) and principal/owner of Correctional Nutrition Consultants where she specializes in correctional foodservice and nutrition consultation nationwide.

Barbara has more than 26 years of correctional experience as a consultant, corporate dietitian and district manager providing foodservice and nutritional consultation to jails, prisons, treatment centers, ICE Family Residential Centers, contract management companies, food processors, manufacturers and food distributors, and also provides expert witness services. 

She holds a Master of Arts in Foods and Nutrition w/ Business minor from Kent State University and Bachelor of Science in Home Economics specializing in General Dietetics from The Ohio State University (1980).

She holds many leadership positions including representing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) on the National Commission on Correctional Health Care Board, serving as Chair Elect of NCCHC, serving as Chair of the NCCHC Juvenile Committee, and serving as a member of Academy’s Consumer Protection and Licensure Sub-Committee of LPPC. Barbara also chairs the Dietitians in Corrections for the Association of Correctional Foodservice Affiliates (ACFSA) and coordinates the worldwide Corrections Dietitians’ email listserv for ACFSA. 

Barbara is an internationally recognized writer, editor, speaker and expert on Correctional Food Service and Nutrition.