Volunteer of the Month

by Abigail Solazzo


This month we are honoring Regina St. Clair, CDM, CFPP of the Georgia (GA) ANFP chapter. Regina joined ANFP in 1992, when it was known as Dietary Managers Association, and became a Certified Dietary Manager in 1994. She started her volunteer career with the Ohio ANFP chapter very humbly, by handing out fliers and helping clean up after meetings. Then in 1995, Regina moved to Georgia and reignited her volunteer career with the ANFP Atlanta District in 1998.

During her time as a district volunteer, she worked closely with the president and assisted with a variety of jobs, including serving food, answering calls, coordinating raffles, and just about anything else where her help was needed.

Regina then began to volunteer at the chapter level starting with the role of the Newsletter Editor, from 2015 - 2018. Even to this day, she will occasionally help with these duties. However, now that she is currently serving as GA’s president-elect, she has focused her attention on continuing GA’s legacy of a strong chapter and improving the chapter for members. In addition to her district and chapter volunteer roles, Regina also served on the Chapter Leadership Team (CLT) from 2017 – 2019 as well as the Job Analysis Task Force from 2018-2019 and is currently serving on the Program Review Committee.

As a seasoned volunteer, Regina’s impact has been felt throughout the chapter by communicating with members on a regular basis, listening and placing value on their feedback, and not being afraid to tackle challenges head-on.

Moving forward, Regina would like to see the chapter embrace technology to expand and enhance their meetings, as well as see younger members get involved and eventually serve on the board. She would also like to see more collaboration and networking opportunities with other state chapters in the southeast region of the country. She ultimately wants to continue in her role as an agent of change and continue to move the chapter forward.

For those that are interested in volunteering, but have not worked up the courage, Regina has these encouraging words to share: “Volunteering can be very rewarding and challenging. You have to think outside the box and be ready for the ride; it could be long and bumpy. Look forward to new beginnings, stay focused, don’t let the word ‘no’ stop you from elevating your leadership skills. Reach out to members for support and guidance and once you get where you are going, pay it forward.”

Thank you, Regina, for your dedication, determination, and the time you have given to ANFP, the GA Chapter and our members. We are incredibly grateful for volunteers like you! We look forward to working with you in the coming volunteer year!

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