Monthly archive for December 2016

Congratulations Newly Elected GNJSHFSA Board Members

Newly Election GNJSHFSA Board Members

To our GNJSHFSA members and Vendor Partners ~ It is with great pleasure I’d like to introduce our 2017 Board of Directors!  Congratulations to board operators

  • Lynda Carpenito
  • Joanne McMillian
  • Amir Kamal
  • Steven Hodgins
  • Heather Duffy

They will be joining current operators Gary Triolo, incoming president; Debra Ryan, past president; Angela O’neill, Betty Perez, and Michael Atanasio.

Along with Congratulations to our Allied officers Michael Buoncristiano, Keith Fitzgerald, and Bernie Mulholland who will be joining our current allied officers, Sharon Sachenski and Marsha Diamond.

A huge thank you to all those that ran for the board this year!  We appreciate your support to the Organization.

Looking forward to an amazing 2017 together!

With warm regards,

Debra Ryan
GNJSHFSA President

Collaborate, Transform, Thrive




The Greater New Jersey Society for Healthcare Food Service Administrators, the  AHF – NJ Chapter,  held their Annual Educational Conference titled “Collaborate, Transform, Thrive” on November 17th.

The program was a full day event with great presentations and speakers throughout the day as well as a Food and Supply Show from 12 noon to 1:30 pm.

The day opened with introductions from the Chapter President, Debra Ryan, who then handed the program over the President Elect, Gary Triolo who had the key role in planning and coordinating the day’s event. The entire Board is very engaged and involved, and each member assists by taking a part to handle the many needs and responsibilities to run the program.

The titles of the presentations were – Tired to Inspired, The Balancing Act – Work, Life, Balance, Spice up your Kitchen – that included a live cooking demonstration, and Social Media and Marketing Boot Camp.

The Food and Supply Show – we average about 45 vendors that attend our event. Each vendor and our “Vendor Partners” are a huge support to the organization. We value these relationships tremendously.  And, the show is a great success year over year.

The final presentation of the day was led by Bruce Degn, AHF Executive Director and Kent Hamaker, AHF Director of Education, Communications, and Benchmarking. The Chapter was so appreciative of them both attending and presenting on a local chapter level. It showed great support and commitment from the AHF corporate team and the presentation was outstanding.

The NJ annual educational conference is a major focal point on the yearly calendar for the chapter.  The attendee list and participation is excellent and provides a great value to operators bringing a high caliber program to NJ for their teams,  and the conference offers  7 Credits with the AND, ANFP, and the ACF .