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Lehigh Valley Children's Centers
Debra Joan Ghia serves as Vice President for the CACFP of Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers (LVCC) in Pennsylvania. Debra and the CACFP team at LVCC have grown the program over the last 30 years to be the largest sponsor in the Commonwealth. It is located in 20 counties that sponsor 500 homes, 25 affiliated centers, and 13 unaffiliated centers serving over 4,000 children.
Lehigh Valley Children's Centers is dedicated to incorporating fresh, nutritious foods in their menus, as well as, educating providers on the importance of teaching good nutrition to young children. She believes in not only educating the child, but also educating the entire family on the importance of good nutrition.
Debra is a graduate from Manor College in Jenkintown, PA and attended the ACCESS program in Business Management at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. In 1994 Debra was awarded the ATEHNA Award by the Two Rivers Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves as President of Pennsylvania State Sponsor Association and is also Board Member and Past-President of Meals on Wheels of Northampton County. In addition, Debra serves as a committee member for Health Kids Health Allentown.
Debra served eleven years on the Wilson Area School Board of Directors and held the position as Board Vice President and worked with the Negotiation, Building and Grounds, and Athletic committees. She has also served on the Board of Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 Educational Organization where she served as President of the Board and on various committees.
Through her service, Debra has a strong knowledge base for the needs of families and children, as well as adults, that participate with CACFP. As a board member, Debra reaches out to all sponsors at the annual NCA conference to learn about their concerns and important topics of interest. By serving on the Board of Directors, Debra finds it very rewarding to share the most up to date information with the providers and sponsors that she works with directly and across the CACFP community.