Conference Scholarship

This year, with a grant from the National CACFP Sponsors Association, the National Child Nutrition Foundation will award fourteen (14) scholarships for the conference.

For 31 years the National CACFP Conference has offered unparalleled training, education, and networking opportunities to the child nutrition community. We know that sponsors are working hard to maximize every dollar and keep their organization strong. 


The scholarship includes conference registration, four (4) nights lodging at the conference hotel, and up to $300.00 toward transportation costs.  

The Scholarship Recipients have been chosen for San Diego, CA 2017. Thank you to all of those that applied this year and we invite everyone to apply for the 2018 Conference in San Antonio, TX. 



Conference Scholarship Winners

2017 – San Diego, CA

  • Cassandra Aldridge, Texarkana Special Education Center dba Opportunities Inc, Texarkana,TX
  • Dana Youkilis, Child Care Council of Nassau, Garden City, NY
  • Deborah Thomas, Volunteers of America of Los Angeles, North Hollywood, CA
  • Eva R. Jones, Alpha & Omega Nutrition Program, Memphis, TN
  • George Garcia, Geo-Son Child Care Services, McAllen, TX
  • Holly Pence, Comstock Public Schools, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Karen Turner, Council of Churches of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO
  • Kay Sunram, White Earth Tribal Council, White Earth, MN
  • Keturah R. Swenson, Child Development Associates, Bonita, CA
  • Lupe Villanueva, Catholic Charities, Chicago, IL
  • Michele Warner, Cambria County Child Development, Ebensburg, PA
  • Renee Griffin, Ohio County Schools, Wheeling, WV
  • SiKia Brown, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Little Rock, AR
  • Trina Tyson, City of Inglewood, Inglewood, CA

2016 – Orlando, FL

  • Jill Dockins, White River Planning & Development Dist, Batesville, AR
  • Afonda Johnson, Children's Hunger Alliance, Columbus, OH
  • Kristin Lampkins, 4C of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN 
  • Della Stocks, Nutrition Plus, Goldsboro, NC 
  • Carrie Sullivan, Provider's Network, Lincoln, NE

2015 – Las Vegas, NV

  • Tina Clifton, St Vincent de Paul, Coeur d Alene, ID
  • Geri Langseth, SENDCAA, Fargo, ND
  • Lori Mendoza, Association for Supportive Child Care, Tempe, AZ
  • Deborah Noel, Kids Unlimited Services, Charlton, MA
  • Carol A. Payne, Better Child Care, Jacksonville, IL

 2014 – New Orleans, LA

  • Patricia Carignan, Southern NH Services, Manchester, NH
  • Loraine Crump, Porter-Leath, Memphis, TN
  • Rebecca Lewis, Community Coordinated Child Care, Louisville, KY
  • Cody Robinson, Child Nutrition Services, Tecumseh, NE
  • Suzanne Zanella, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2013 – Minneapolis, MN

  • Edna Bonitto, Coordinated Child Care, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Colleen Downing, The Nurturing Center, Kalispell, MT
  • Patrice Siergiey, Central Vermont Community Action Council, Barre, VT
  • Abby Silva, Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
  • Sue Smith, Child Care Network, Seymour, IN

2012 – Austin, TX

  • Ryan Abernathy, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK
  • Tamee DeCoursey, Community Action of Southeast Iowa Burlington, IA
  • Deborah Holt, Alabama Family Health, Inc. Montgomery, AL
  • Lorraine Scuccimarra, Chile Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Sara Teece, Square One Springfield, MA

2011 – Memphis, TN

  • Gail Bultman Family Resources Network/SDSU Brookings, SD
  • Debbie Haub Clarke County Extension HP Osceola, IA
  • Billie Jo Meehan Child Care Resources Network Buffalo, NY
  • Beth Woerner Child Nutrition Services Washington, KS

2010 – Buffalo, NY

  • Nancy Allaband, Catholic Charities Dover, DE
  • Ruvine Jimenez, Benton Franklin Community Action Committee Pasco, WA
  • Ann McQuerry, Hawkeye Area Community Action Prog. (HACAP) Hiawatha, IA
  • Tosha Smith, Illinois Action for Children Chicago, IL
  • Bea Stellflug, Hi-Line Home Programs, Inc. Glasgow, MT

2009 – Bellevue, WA

  • Heidi Brown, Chelan-Douglas Community Action Center Wenatchee, WA
  • Terry Fox, TKT Family Resources Lawrence, GA
  • Melissa Horten, Chautaugua Opportunities, Inc. Jamestown, NY
  • Cathy Weisbrod, Child Day Care Association St. Louis, MO

2008 – Nashville, TN

  • Shirley Buckman, Central Kentucky Community Action Lebanon, KY
  • Janice Kirby, Mountainview Day Care Nutrition Program Marysville, WA
  • Karen Lechene, The Access Agency CACFP Willimantic, CT
  • Margie Steinecker, Square Meal, Inc. Boyceville, WI

2007 – Indianapolis, IN

  • Debbie Bennett, Helping Hands Food, Program New Castle, OK
  • Laura Brinker, YWCA of Lima Lima, OH
  • Maria Navarro, Child Care Resources Network Buffalo, NY
  • Vivian Parker, ABC Nutrition Program Camden, TN
  • Sue Perry, River Valley Family Day Care Services Huntington, WV

2006 – San Antonio, TX

  • Denise Andrews, For the Children Vica, OK
  • Debora Harris, Santa Barbara Family Child Care Center Santa Barbara, CA
  • Billy Moore, Southeast Nutritional Mattero, LA
  • Julie Reed, Family Child Care Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC
  • Lisa Smith, Child Day Care Association Maryville, IL

2005 – Chicago, IL

  • Debbie Haub, Clarke County Extension HP Osceola, IA
  • Suey Linzmeier, Southeast Alaska Child Care Food Program Juneau, AK
  • Charlotte Oliphant, Catholic Family and Child Services Yakima, WA