SAN ANTONIO, TX – During its 70th Annual National Conference, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) installed Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS, as president for the 2016-17 school year. Dr. Domokos-Bays, Supervisor of School Nutrition Services for Loudoun County Public Schools in Va., will represent SNA’s 56,000 school nutrition professional members nationwide.
Since September 2014, Domokos-Bays has managed school meal programs in Loudoun County, one of the fastest growing school districts in the nation. With 430 employees, the School Nutrition Services team serves more than 73,000 students in 87 schools, with plans to open one new school every year through 2022.
With just 17 percent of students eligible for free or reduced price meals, Domokos-Bays is focused on attracting new students to the cafeteria. She has hosted taste tests and surveyed students to gather feedback on menu items, and is utilizing social media to reach students and families. She also launched a new grab-and-go breakfast program that has helped boost breakfast participation by 28 percent districtwide.
To promote the nutritious choices available with school meals, Domokos-Bays introduced monthly “Taste It Thursday” and “Fear Factor Friday” events to allow students to sample different fruits and vegetables. With a goal of sourcing 30 percent of foods locally within 3 years, Domokos-Bays has expanded the district’s Farm to School program and is partnering with school garden coordinators to feature harvests on the menu. She also helped add nutrition education programming to the district’s after school programs.
Domokos-Bays has partnered with community groups to strengthen staff skills. She arranged for a local chef to train managers in knife skills and develop signature spice blends for use in recipes. Domokos-Bays has also been recognized by the district for improving the program’s financial systems and strategic planning.
Previously, Domokos-Bays served for 12 years as Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in VA. She is credited with launching Breakfast in the Classroom, afterschool snack, supper and summer feeding programs to ensure students in need have consistent access to good nutrition. Under her tenure, ACPS earned designation as an SNA District of Excellence and received several HealthierUS Challenge Awards. Prior to her time at ACPS, she served for 14 years as Support Operations Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools.
Domokos-Bays has a long history of service to SNA, starting as the Executive Director of the then-Georgia School Foodservice Association. She is a Past President of the School Nutrition Association of Virginia. Domokos-Bays served as chair of SNA’s Nutrition Committee prior to her 2013 election as Vice President.
Domokos-Bays earned a doctorate in adult and continuing education and a master’s in human nutrition and foods from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her bachelor of science degree in dietetics is from Marshall University.
About the School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 56,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated tomaking healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students.For more information about ANC, visitwww.schoolnutrition.org/anc.