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April 21-23, 2015 

Join the CACFP Community in Las Vegas, Nevada for an incredible few days of training, networking, and learning opportunities.

  • Meal Pattern Proposed Changes
  • Seven General Sessions
  • Sixty-Four Workshops
  • Regional Discussion Groups
  • State Agency Symposium
  • Child Nutrition Partner Exhibitors
  • Preconference Training
  • USDA Regulations Training

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There's even a bit of free time in the evenings for shows, sightseeing, and shopping!



Valerie Wiener has Senator Valerie Wiener (Ret.), a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, has been involved in politics since serving as press secretary for Congressman and U.S. Senator Harry Reid in Washington, D.C. The former Nevada State Senator (1996-2012) is the state's longest-serving female legislator born in Nevada. Senator Wiener, who retired as the Senate's Assistant Majority Leader, is also the first woman to serve in both minority and majority leadership positions in the Legislature. As a legislator, Senator Wiener focused on several health care issues, including obesity, prescription drugs, preventative health care, access to care, and more. During her legislative career, Senator Wiener authored 90 measures, 75 of which became law. She currently chairs the Nevada Youth Legislature Foundation and the Nevada Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease. Professionally, Valerie has owned Wiener Communications Group since 1988 and PowerMark Publishing since 1998. She has earned 246 awards for her communications projects, publications, speeches, and programs. In 2000, Valerie--a state record-holder in both Fitness and Weightlifting--was named the Distinguished Senior Athlete by the Nevada Senior Olympics. In her spare time, Valerie reads, writes, exercises, performs community service, and nestles with her feline companions: Patriot, Liberty, and Freedom.

Josh Wachs is the chief strategy officer responsible for developing and implementing the long-term operating plan to ensure Operation No Kid Hungry's success. Central to that plan is defining and managing Share Our Strength's role at the federal, state and local levels, building the organization's fundraising capacity, increasing its organizational profile among key influencers, measuring organizational impact through its grant-making efforts, and fostering inter-departmental collaboration around the Operation No Kid Hungry campaign. Before joining Share Our Strength in 2009, Wachs was the NBA's Vice President of Community Relations. There he oversaw NBA Cares, the league's public service and community outreach program that provides funds, community service, and locations for kids and families to live, learn and play...just as Share Our Strength works to make sure that kids and their families have nutritious food where they live, learn and play.

Edward Burger is the President of Southwestern University as well as an educational and business consultant who has led creativity and leadership seminars at the World Bank, Microsoft, the United States Department of the Interior, the International Monetary Fund, and colleges and universities around the world. He is the author of over 60 research articles, books, and video series (starring in over 4,000 on-line videos viewed by over ten million individuals). Burger has received a long list of prestigious awards including Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching—the largest and most prestigious prize in higher education teaching across all disciplines in the English speaking world. In 2006, Reader's Digest listed Burger in their annual "100 Best of America" as America's Best Math Teacher. In 2010 he starred in a mathematics segment for NBC-TV on the Today Show and throughout the 2010 Winter Olympic coverage. That television appearance won him a 2010 Telly Award and another NBC appearance led to a second Telly Award in 2013. The Huffington Post named him one of their 2010 Game Changers; "HuffPost's Game Changers salutes 100 innovators, visionaries, mavericks, and leaders who are reshaping their fields and changing the world." In 2012, Microsoft Worldwide Education selected him as one of their "Global Heroes in Education." In 2013 Burger was inducted as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and in 2014 he was elected to The Philosophical Society of Texas.

Tina Fritz Namian is a former Presidential Management Fellow and current Section Chief in the Child and Adult Care and Summer Food Service Programs Section within the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Ms. Namian has nearly 20 years of experience working on Federal policy issues relating to children, including child nutrition, child welfare, and child labor. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from The Catholic University of America and a JD from the University of Kentucky.

Chris Fava is CEO of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, a nonprofit organization that trains people for successful hospitality careers. In this role, he directs all units of the organization and is responsible for fiscal oversight and strategic planning. Previously, Mr. Fava served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Food and Beverage, responsible for the food and beverage operations at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Springs Preserve, and the Academy. In this capacity, he successfully opened catering operations at The Smith Center in March 2012 and was instrumental in establishing an infrastructure for building revenue. At all three sites, he managed food and beverage staffs, oversaw all venues and events, developed and monitored budgets, and developed new catering menus. Mr. Fava also maintained executive management responsibilities and leadership of the daily operations of the Academy, including the culinary team, training, employer and student services, and contracted foods programs. Mr. Fava has 20 years of high-level management experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining the Academy, he served as Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations with MGM Resorts International at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. He serves as a board member for the Perry Foundation, a cabinet member for United Way of Southern Nevada, and a member of the International Special Event Society.

Chef Patrick Simon is Vice President of Sales and Culinary Operations at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. He is responsible for the management, administrative oversight, and direction of all culinary operations and the catering sales team. Previously, Chef Simon served as Director of Culinary Operations/Corporate Executive Chef at the Academy. Prior to that, Chef Simon was the Corporate Executive Chef for Sysco Las Vegas and spent 12 years working as a chef in Las Vegas hotels including the Silverton, the Mansions at MGM, Mandalay Bay, and the Mirage. Chef Simon has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality, hotel, and food service industries. The American Culinary Federation (ACF) awarded him Chef of the Year 2012 for Las Vegas and Associate of the Year 2010. He is a national and local professional chef member of ACF and serves on the board of directors for Chefs for Kids. Chef Simon received an associate of culinary arts from Erie Community College, Buffalo, New York. He also holds food service and ServSafe certificates.








You asked for it. So here it is! More, more, and more workshops. This year attendees have over 64 hours of workshops to choose from. Whatever training you need, you'll find it in Vegas in April!


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Meet the Presenters 


Call for Presenters 

Share your experience and expertise with the CACFP Community in Las Vegas from April 21-23, 2015! We welcome proposals on a variety of topics including nutrition, center management, provider training, HR, regulations, monitoring strategies, innovation, and more. 

To submit a Workshop Proposal please complete the Online Application. Closed

Presenter Information

  • Workshops will be offered on Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23, 2015
  • Workshops will be 60-minutes in length and Train the Trainer sessions will be two-hours across two workshop periods.
  • Standard A/V support will include screen, cart, power cords, and LCD projectors. Presenters must bring their own laptops.
  • No sales or promotion of sales materials will be allowed during workshop presentations.
  • All presenters are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel and travel expenses.
  • All presenters wishing to attend conference sessions and networking opportunities will need to register for the conference at registration fees in effect at time of registration.
  • All presenters should provide an adequate number of handouts based on the attendee workshop survey results.
  • All presenters must agree to provide an electronic copy of their presentation and handouts in PDF format for publishing on our website.
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Conference Registration Rates & Deadlines

  • EARLY (until March 5th)           $199 Members    $299 NonMembers

  • STANDARD (until April 2nd)      $279 Members    $379 NonMembers

  • LATE (after April 2nd)               $349 Members    $449 NonMembers

PreConference Training Registration Rates & Deadlines 

  • EARLY (until March 5th)           $  75 Members    $100 NonMembers per session

  • STANDARD (until April 2nd)      $100 Members    $125 NonMembers per session

  • LATE (after April 2nd)               $125 Members    $150 NonMembers per session



$99 per night single/double occupancy

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Or reserve your room at 1.888.373.9855 and ask for group SFCHI5 Rates.

Negotiated room rate expires March 27, 2015.


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For attendee tote bag promotional items~

  • Estimated 900 units.
    Final number confirmed April 2nd
  • Must arrive by Wednesday, April 15, 2015
  • Ship items in one box, less than 100 lbs.
  • Shipping instructions:
    The UPS Store
    ATTN: Jennifer Basey, 4/19/15
    Child & Adult Care Food Program
    3565 Las Vegas Blvd South
    Las Vegas, NV 89019 

For conference program advertisements~

  • Submit JPG artwork to
  • Deadline Friday, March 27, 2015
  • Full Page 8"w x 10.5"h
  • Half Page 8"w x 5"h
  • Quarter Page 3.75"w x 5"h

For internet ~

  • FAX order form

For shipping display materials~