Opaa! Food Management announced that Clinton County R-III School District food service employee Jennie Miller has been selected as the recipient of its Employee of the Year Award for the 2006-07 school year. Jennie was presented the award at a surprise reception on May 3, 2007, by Opaa! President Kevin Short, Opaa! Executive Vice President Robert Sanders, Vice President of Operations Sheila Middleton, and Regional Director of Operations Louis Thorpe.

Jennie was selected for this award from among Opaa!'s 1,400 employees throughout the State of Missouri. Jennie has worked for Opaa! as a baker in Plattsburg for 7 years and has served the last 2 years as kitchen manager at Ellis Elementary. In introducing Jennie as this year's winner, Vice President of Operations, Sheila Middleton, described Jennie as a caring person with an accommodating, upbeat attitude for all of her customers, students and staff alike.

Phyllis Schaefer, Opaa!'s Director of Nutrition Services in Plattsburg, talked of Jennie's leadership ability and how her calming presence and child-centered attitude rubs off on all who work around her. Schaefer reminds everyone that she is a great baker and a "gentle giant of a person".

Executive Vice President Robert Sanders began the meeting by describing the Employee of the Year selection process and how it included written nominations from fellow employees with details of outstanding job performance, demonstrated leadership and initiative, and a genuine commitment to customer service. Sanders noted the significance of the award since it comes from nominations from her peer group.

In addition to the awards presented by Opaa! Food Management representatives, Jennie was serenaded by the Ellis Pride Choir under the direction of Kathleen Wilson. Superintendent of Schools, Mike Lord, praised Jennie's positive attributes and complimented the entire staff and how great a contribution they make to the school atmosphere and provide the nutritional foundation for student learning.

Jennie expressed how totally shocked she was at the surprise reception held in front of family, co-workers and Opaa! officials. "I can't believe it, it blows me away. I do this for the love of the children. I have such a great team…they share in this." Jennie and her husband Stephen live in Lathrop and have two children, David and Michelle, and six grandchildren. Jennie enjoys doing yardwork and just being outside in her spare time.

Opaa! Food Management, Inc., is based in Chesterfield, Missouri, and currently provides nutrition services to 60 Missouri school districts. Opaa! has been providing services to the Clinton County R-III School District since 1989.

At it's annual Summer Retreat July 17-19, 2007, Sheila Middleton, Vice President of Opaa! Food Management announced Kathy Diederich, Opaa!'s Director of Nutrition Services for the Southern Boone County R-I school District as the recipient of the fifth annual "Whatever It Takes Award". In making the announcement, Middleton stated, "This award was created to recognize the extraordinary efforts of an individual who embodies the "vision" of Opaa! It is given to a person who takes ownership of their position and who goes the extra mile for their clients, co-workers, vendors and the public in general. The person chosen for this award truly finds self-fulfillment in creatively carrying out the duties of their job. They see and act upon opportunities to benefit the company, themselves and everyone around them."

In presenting the award, Middleton described Kathy as being very dedicated to her job and the Opaa! family for the past 3 years. Kathy began working for Opaa! Food Management in 2004 as Director of Nutrition Services for the Southern Boone County School District and currently holds still holds that position. Company officials selected Diederich as the award recipient from over 1300 Opaa! employees across the state of Missouri.

Middleton added that "Kathy has never met a goal she could not obtain and has played a very influential role as the backup to the Regional Director of Operations within her region."

Kathy and her husband Robert live in Hartsburg, Missouri. Their daughter Sarah, will graduate from the College of the Ozark this year and has traveled to seven different countries doing Christian and agriculture mission work; their son Zachary work's in construction and helps a lot with the 1500 acre family farm were they raise soybean, corn, wheat, and cattle; their youngest son Jessie is a sophomore at the Southern Boone County high school and is very active in FFA as well as the family who is active in the livestock part of 4-H.

After the surprise of the moment settled in, Kathy said of the award, "I'm very honored to have received the "Whatever It Takes Award" and I'm still somewhat in shock as I guess I didn't realize directors could be eligible to receive this award. As I listened to the comments from those who nominated me, before I knew it was me, I was in awe of the person they were describing as very touching, personal, and heartfelt. I remember thinking WOW they [Opaa!] are really appreciative of that person and I was touched to discover that it was me they [Opaa!] were talking about." Kathy went on to say, "I want to thank Opaa! and my region for this great award. I love my job and am very passionate about my dedication to my position, with my Opaa! family, and school district. I work with an amazing group of people which makes my job something I'm excited to go to everyday because it's entertaining, challenging, frustrating, and very rewarding. My hat is off to my awesome lunch ladies and Fred, my family, the Southern Boone County School District, my region and my Opaa! family because they are a huge part of "Whatever It Takes"."

For several years, Opaa! was privileged to have the opportunity to work with a motivational speaker and coach, Carol Rogers-Sealy. "Whatever It Takes" was the philosophy of life that Carol Rogers-Sealy lived by and because of her impact on Opaa! Food Management, it was felt that is was an appropriate name for this award. Opaa! Food Management, Inc., is based in Chesterfield, Missouri, and is entering its 29th year of service. Opaa! currently operates the nutrition programs for 61 Missouri school districts.

At its annual Summer Retreat July 17-19, 2007, Sheila Middleton, Vice President of Operations for Opaa! Food Management, announced Millie Norman, Opaa!'s Director of Nutrition Services for the Hamilton R-II School District, as the recipient of the 2006-07 Director of the Year award. Company officials selected Millie as Director of the Year from among all of Opaa!'s Directors' of Nutrition Services across the state of Missouri. The criteria for selection included top ranking in the categories of creative marketing, employee training, employee safety, fiscal performance, and student and adult participation.

Millie has been an Opaa!'s Director of Nutrition Services at the Hamilton R-II School District for the past five years and with her husband George, they have two children (Linda and George, Jr) and two grandchildren. Millie says she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, loves gardening, reading and crafts.

In making the announcement, Middleton described Millie as a longtime District Foodservice Director that came on board when Opaa! contracted the account in January 2003 and is always willing to pitch in to do what is right for Opaa! and the district. Middleton went on to say, that Millie is also the recipient of multiple other awards such as; the Spirit Award, she is a two time President's Circle winner, and Director of the Year award, which this is the first time she has won this award and that Millie said "It's Great."

As Director of Nutrition Services, Millie supervises nine employees in the Hamilton R-II School District. Millie said, "This has always been my dream to be selected for this award and that being from a small school I didn't think I could ever reach my dream but I did and 'It's FANTASTIC' and still is." She went on to say, "Giving it a100% everyday and being there for the staff is so important plus going the extra mile and it's just the overall quality that can make this happen to anyone".

Opaa! Food Management, Inc., is based in Chesterfield, Missouri, and is entering its 29th year of operation. Opaa! currently operates the nutrition programs for 61 Missouri school districts and has been serving the nutritional requirements of the Hamilton R-II School District since 2003.

At its annual Summer Retreat July 17-19, 2007, Shelia Middleton, Vice President of Operations for Opaa! Food Management, announced Bonnie Timmerberg, Opaa!'s Director of Nutrition Services for the Odessa R-VII School District as the recipient of the 2006-07 Marketing Award. Bonnie was selected by company officials as the Marketing Award Winner from among Opaa!'s Directors' of Nutrition Services across the state of Missouri. The criteria for selection included top ranking in the categories of creative marketing, employee training, employee safety, fiscal performance, and student and adult participation.

Bonnie has been employed in the Odessa School District for the past 28 years and the last 13 have been with Opaa! Food Management. Bonnie began her employment with Opaa! as a cook and went on to become a Kitchen Manager, then moved into the role as an Assistant to the Director and now as a Director of Nutrition Services for the Odessa R-VIII School District where she supervises 30 employees.

Bonnie and her husband Doug are residents of Odessa. Their children are Lisa and Brady. Lisa is employed at the Oak Grove School District as an administrative assistant to the food services and has four children; Brady resides in Kansas City and is employed at KU Medical Center where him and his wife, Heather, are expecting their first child in December. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with their grandchildren and the family.

In presenting the award, Middleton recalled how hard Bonnie has worked from the very first day of school to achieve her goals and that she has been a long time Director with Opaa!. Middleton talked about how Bonnie has previously won this award and how she is playing a very positive role as the leader in her district. She went on to say, Bonnie demonstrates every month her commitment to the importance of having marketing events to sell our programs and services. Bonnie has held events from Muffin for Mom/Donuts for Dad to having "Cook-Out" meals at most her school buildings. Bonnie also understands the importance of involving teachers and principals in these special events.

Bonnie said, "Anytime you win an award your self confidence goes up which let's you know how much the Company appreciates what you are doing. It's my job, but I like doing it anyway". Bonnie also continued by saying, "this award was a team effort which includes Opaa! staff as well as a great district that gives us the opportunity to be able to plan events which are fun for students and staff."

Opaa! Food Management, Inc., is based in Chesterfield, Missouri, and is entering its 29th year of operation. Opaa! currently operates the nutrition programs for 61 Missouri school districts and has been serving the nutritional requirements of the Odessa R-VII School District for the past thirteen years.

At its annual Summer Retreat July 17-19, 2007, Shelia Middleton, Vice President of Operations for Opaa! Food Management, announced Vicki Beck, Opaa!'s Director of Nutrition Services for the Brentwood School District as the recipient of the 2006-07 New Director of the Year award. Vicki was selected by company officials as New Director of the Year from among Opaa!'s New Directors' of Nutrition Services across the state of Missouri. The criteria for selection included top ranking in the categories of creative marketing, employee training, employee safety, fiscal performance, and student and adult participation.

Vicki has been in the Brentwood School District for eighteen years, an Opaa! employee for eleven years, a Kitchen Manager for eight years and Director of Nutrition Services for the past school year.

Vicki and her husband Jim have been married for 31 years and have four children; Jamie a shift manger at St. Louis Bread Company; Melissa is an interior designer for an architectural firm; Brian who is in his second year as a law student at Washington University; and Angie who is attending cosmetology school and will graduate in January 2008 and has identical 3 year old twin girls, Kaliah and Camile . Vicki enjoys going out to dinner on weekends, spending time with family and friends, watching the twins, taking walks, reading a good book and swimming.

In presenting the award, Middleton stated Vicki had worked in the district for several years as a kitchen manager before deciding to interview for the Director position last year and that she worked on her goals from the very beginning. Middleton went on to say, Vicki is very accurate with reports that she submits to her RDO in a timely manner and that she has also achieved President's Circle status in her first year as the Brentwood School District Director.

Vicki supervises twelve employees, as Vicki says, "Are Awesome Ladies" in the serving sites at the Brentwood School District. Vicki said, "I was shocked about winning this award." She continued by saying, "The school has gone through a lot of positive changes since I was appointed as the Director. The District is more open, inviting, and the staff is happier along with the kids and guests. It is more inviting and there seems to be more satisfied people. We make the difference and do it for the kids." She ended by saying, "I look forward to continued success in the district with nutritional and educational strides to better our food service program for everyone."

Opaa! Food Management, Inc., is based in Chesterfield, Missouri, and is entering its 29th year of operation. Opaa! currently operates the nutrition programs for 61 Missouri school districts and has been serving the nutritional requirements of the Brentwood School District since 1996.