Volunteer of the Month

by Abigail Solazzo

Cathy Oberbeck

This month we are featuring Cathy Oberbeck, CDM, CFPP of the UT ANFP chapter. Cathy began her career in 1981 as a kitchen supervisor and consistently rose up through ranks throughout her forty-year career, where she is currently the Patient Services Manager overseeing 500 beds in an acute care setting.

Cathy earned her CDM, CFPP in 2007 and began volunteering with the chapter that same year as the Newsletter Editor. After serving as the Newsletter Editor for four years, Cathy stepped into the role of President, which she still holds today. Cathy has also served on three national committees: the Leadership Development Committee, Program Review Committee, and the Professional Development Committee.

While serving on the chapter board of directors, Cathy has ensured her members have access to free CEs. One way she ensures this is by partnering with local and national sponsors that have donated their time and provided speakers at meetings.

Moving forward, Cathy would like to see the new volunteers move into leadership roles that will bring in fresh ideas and a new perspective on chapter management and the foodservice industry. Additionally, the chapter is exploring the possibility of virtual meetings as well as microlearning as an education option for busy members.

Through volunteering, Cathy has found camaraderie among other volunteers as well as CDMs and has been able to share challenges as well as successes with those she has connected with.

Congratulations to Cathy and the many years of success as a volunteer as well as a CDM! We appreciate all that you have done for your chapter as well as ANFP!

If you would like to nominate yourself or another volunteer, please email Abigail Solazzo at asolazzo@ANFPonline.org.