Message From The President

Keba Laird, MSNA President

I am honored and excited to represent the hardworking, talented members of the Mississippi School Nutrition Association (MSNA), and begin my journey as your President. With 855 members across our great state, MSNA remains a strong and vital organization focused on being your “go to” professional resource for all things school nutrition. You play an important and valuable role in nourishing our students every day, and I am proud of the commitment and passion shown in all that you do.

I am looking forward to the events that are planned for you this year. One of which is our 52nd Annual Conference, that will take place at the beautiful Sheraton Flowood – Refuge Hotel and Conference Center in Flowood, MS. Registration is open now through October 7, 2022. You will be treated to lively keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions, fun activities, a silent auction, and an amazing exhibition show that will be held at the Clyde E. Muse Conference Center. This year’s conference theme is, “Leadership Next: Power of the Past, Force of the Future.” This emphasizes the notion that the baton has been passed from the sage hands of our past leaders into the eager hands of our future leaders to build upon MSNA’s rich tradition.

There are great things on the horizon! One new program that MSNA will launch in November 2022 is the L.E.A.D. Mentorship Program. This program is designed to match mentors and mentees so that together they build a relationship that provides a path to accountability, skill and knowledge transfer.

MSNA is dedicated to enriching your experience as child nutrition professionals, operators, and industry partners. Moreover, we are committed to representing you through legislative efforts at the local, state, and national levels. This is your organization, and I encourage you to reach out to any of your board members and myself at any time that you need us. We are always open to feedback on our current resources or how we can better serve you and the children of Mississippi.

MSNA will continue to strive for outstanding achievements, recognize and maximize the growth of membership, and celebrate our successes along the way. I look forward to the remarkable accomplishments that we will make together as we enter SY 2022-2023. I am confident that we can take on anything that comes our way. Continue to be safe, work hard, play hard and perfect love.

Best of health,
Keba Laird, MBA, RDN, SNS, ACSM EP-C