Volunteer of the Month

by Abigail Solazzo


This month we are honoring Gloria Spottswood CDM, CFPP, of the Virginia (VA) ANFP chapter as our Volunteer of the Month. Gloria has been a member of ANFP since 2002 and became certified in 2004. Gloria has been in the foodservice industry for over 20 years and has served in many different settings including healthcare and hospitality. 

Gloria began her volunteer career with the VA ANFP chapter in 2017. National sent out a call for volunteers to all VA ANFP members in hopes of finding individuals to help rebuild the chapter after previous leadership had resigned. Gloria graciously answered the call to lead members, as chapter president, in the revitalization of the chapter and has been at the helm since. During her time, Gloria has been able to help the chapter get back on track and build a chapter that is more engaged and dynamic. She oversees the chapter meetings, where members can share their experiences and knowledge and earn many needed CEs. Her determination, thoroughness and dedication to the chapter and the members is what has kept the chapter going, through these last few years. 

Looking ahead Gloria would like to see more involved, committed, forward thinking, dedicated members who are willing to invest and make the VA ANFP chapter the best it can be. She welcomes all help from members and would like to have a more robust team of volunteers as well. 

If there are VA ANFP members that are hesitant to volunteer, Gloria states “Being a CDM, CFPP matters. As a member owned association, it lies with us to elevate and maintain our profession, locally, statewide, nationally, and around the world. This pandemic has proven culinary nutrition professionals throughout various institutions to be "essential and frontline employees, and critical members of safety teams everywhere.”

Thank you, Gloria! Your hard work, positive attitude, and perseverance to continue to build the chapter are very much admired and appreciated! ANFP cannot be the organization it is without our dedicated volunteers like you. Thank you! 

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