ABOUT MIKE BIRKMEYER
Mike started at MSDE as the Processing Specialist in 2005 and was promoted to his current position in 2007. Before joining Maryland he was Purchasing Manager for Maines Paper and Foodservice. Mike has more than twenty year’s foodservice experience, which includes a wholesale produce buyer for Marriott Distribution Services and a local produce company, Director of Operations for foodservice at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and various management positions for Hyatt Regency hotels. Mike has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Widener University. He is active in SNA and is the Exhibits co-chair for the MdSNA. Mike is a Past President of ACDA, the former co-chair of the Processing Committee, and has held other ACDA Board positions. In his spare time Mike enjoys traveling with his family and spending time at the beach.
ABOUT SANDY HOPPLE
Sandy has worked for Department of Agriculture since 2011; currently as the Assistant Director, ordering USDA commodities, administer SAE funds, monitors TEFAP funds, and administers the Farmers Market Nutrition Program and State Food Purchase Program. In addition, she attended and received her M.B.A. in Food and Agribusiness from Delaware Valley College. Sandy has been highly involved in ACDA since 2015. She was the Treasurer of ACDA from 2015-2017 and as a valuable member of the board, Sandy was invited to attend the Strategic Planning Retreat. Outside of work, Sandy is involved in the Keystone International Live Stock Exposition and the Pennsylvania Livestock Association.
ABOUT GARRICK HOWELL
Garrick has been with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture since July 2009. He began as processing specialist for USDA Foods in Kentucky. In 2014, in addition to managing orders for Processing Diversion for Kentucky, he began work coordinating the Commodity Advisory Council and direct delivery products. In 2016, Garrick served on the ACDA Processing Committee as co-chair of the Forms subcommittee. In 2017, he was elected to the ACDA Board as Southeast Region State Representative. He has enjoyed his time serving on the board and looks forward to the opportunity to serve further as a member of the Executive Board.
ABOUT ELIZA-JANE Cruse
Eliza-Jane has been with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture since 2013 as an Agriculture Inspector II in the USDA Foods Program. She is based in Central Kentucky and helps with the Training, Development and Continued Education for New Food Service Directors as well as their Staff. In 2015 Eliza-Jane began working with Garrick Howell in the planning and execution of their yearly Kentucky Department of Agriculture Food Service Director Conference. She assists with the overseeing of Education Classes, Speakers, Receptions and helping to manage the budget for the entire event. Eliza-Jane is a Graduate from Western Kentucky University and plans on continuing her education with a Master’s Degree in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities. When she isn’t working Eliza-Jane spends time with her daughter, Ada Scout and family.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
ABOUT ANGELICE LOWE
Angelice Lowe is the Education Administrator for Child Nutrition Programs-Food Distribution and Statewide Procurement section with the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). She passionately worked with Food Distribution for the past 7 years, where she has handled the management of entitlement, ordering and logistics of USDA Donated Foods for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which includes DOD-Fresh Fruits and Vegetables as well as further processing of USDA Foods. Angelice also administers one of only two Statewide Procurement buying groups in the nation, whereby the state department manages the procurement contracts for commercially purchased foods, food supplies and warehousing for all School Food Authorities (SFAs) members who are apart of Alabama’s NSLP. Angelice is the current Vice President, Resolution and Bylaws Chairperson and the Chairperson of the Buy American Task Force of the American Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA). She obtained both her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Troy University. In her spare time, Angelice enjoys traveling with her husband of 22 years, spending time with her children and her enormous extended family.
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ALLIED & AGRICULTURAL REPRESENTATIVE
SCHOOL DISTRICT RECIPIENT AGENCY REPRESENTATIVE
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