AHF-NY 100


“Elevate...New Perspectives in Healthcare Food Service”

JUNE 14, 2024 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM SHERATON LAGUARDIA EAST HOTEL 135-20 39TH AVE., FLUSHING, NY 11354


8:00 - 8:30AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45AM

Welcome & Introductions: Simone Nicolas, MS, RDN, CDN, President of AHFNY; Nutrition Services Administrator 2, Kingsboro Psychiatric Center

8:45 - 9:45AM

Unlocking the Power of Your Brand: Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary Keynote Speaker: Leisa Bryant, MBA, MA, RDN, CPXP, FACHE, Executive Director, Food and Nutrition & Patient Transportation, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

9:45 - 10:00AM

Update from AHF National: Sarah Bennett, Program Manager

10:00 - 10:55AM

Artificial Intelligence (AI), the New Technology in Healthcare Food and Nutrition: Amanda Maucere, MS, RDN, LDN, Dietetic Internship Director, Florida Dept. of Health

10:55 - 11:15AM - BREAK

11:15AM - 12:45PM

Vendor Exhibition and Poster Session

12:45 - 1:15PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 - 2:15PM

Why the Future of Foodservice is Plant Powered: Lianna Levine Reisner, MSOD, President & Network Director, Plant Powered Metro New York, Inc.

2:15 - 2:30PM - BREAK

2:30 - 3:45PM

Food Disaster Planning for Healthcare: Georgie Shockey, Principal, Ruck-Shockey Associates, Inc. & Michael Salvatore, CEC, Senior Director, Ruck-Shockey Associates, Inc.

3:45 - 4:00PM

Closing Remarks, Evaluation & Raffle

6.0 CEU requested for RDN & CDM Commercial support for the symposium will be disclosed by the chapter’s president during the welcome remarks. The presenters for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.







Facility Operator/retired member: $50 each (after 6/1 $80) Non-Member or Guest: $125 each, including 2024 membership (eligible to attend future AHFNY events) Student: $25 each (verification of full-time student enrollment required)

DIRECTIONS: Contact the Sheraton LaGuardia at 718-460-6666 Train: #7 to the last stop, Main Street


Available at the underground parking lot of hotel for $14 all day. Space is limited. Another parking lot is available at the Municipal lot in front of the hotel, charges 25 cents per 10 minute.



Write check to AHFNY and mail to Mimi Wang 225 Cherry Street, Apt. 52D, New York, NY 10002 All vendors please register with application form on the next page Contact with questions: mimi.wang@va.gov or 347-675-5560


Exciting guest speakers join the 2024 Annual Educational Symposium & Vendor Exhibition, offering valuable insights and expertise.

Keynote Speaker Leisa Bryant, MBA, MA, RDN, CPXP, FACHE is the Executive Director for the Food and Nutrition and Patient Transportation departments at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Leisa holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from Hunter College, a master’s degree in community health education from Brooklyn College, and a master’s in business administration from the University

of Houston Downtown. With over 20 years of healthcare experience in Healthcare Support Services, Leisa has long championed “finding the sweet spot” for quality patient care, patient and employee satisfaction, and efficient business operations. She was an Adjunct Lecturer at Brooklyn College and seizes every opportunity to generously share her knowledge as well as learn from her colleagues and industry experts. Leisa is the 2024 President of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF), and is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Sarah Bennett is the Program Manager at AHF. As a member of AHF’s executive team since 2017, Sarah works with AHF’s Board of Directors, Industry Advisory Board, Committees, Chapters, and members to champion the self-operated industry. She received her B.A. in Visual Arts from Brigham Young University.

Amanda Maucere, MS, RDN, LDN is presently the Dietetic Internship Director at the Florida Department of Health. She is passionate about empowering dietetics professionals in publichealth and community nutrition with cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) tools for superior career preparedness. Amanda is a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and has also had roles as a wellness dietitian and sports dietitian/instructor at facilities in Florida, and is experienced in managing all aspects of nutrition services including clinical dietetics and food service in the post- acute care rehabilitation setting. She is a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard and holds a B.S. in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies in Marine Science from University of Georgia, and an M.S. in Health Sciences - Nutrition Concentration from Georgia State University.

Lianna Levine Reisner, MSOD is building a multicultural movement for health as President and Network Director of Plant Powered Metro New York, an organization she co-founded in 2019 to empower local communities to address their health concerns through evidence-based nutrition. Lianna has served in management, fundraising, and grantmaking roles in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center honored Lianna as a 40 Under 40 Rising Star in Food Policy in 2022. Lianna has a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Positive Organization Development and Change, and she holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

Georgie Shockey is a Principal in Ruck-Shockey Associates, Inc., an S-Corporation formed in 1997. She has 35 years of operational and project experience in the areas of dining services, retail, patient meals, environmental services, patient transport, and laundry. Georgie is experienced in conducting feasibility studies where large capital investments are needed, making appropriate recommendations, and providing implementation plans. She is the past chair of the AHF Industry Advisory Board and has presented at AHF’s National Conference. Georgie received her B.S. in Home Economics, Nutrition from The Ohio State University and participated in the Stanford University Executive Program in Financial Studies. Michael Salvatore is a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and presently the Senior Director at Ruck-Shockey Associates, Inc. Chef Salvatore has over 35 years of culinary, management, and ownership experience. He has brought hospitality into the healthcare segment and has applied safe food and personnel practices with self-audit tools that have passed rigorous federal, state and local inspections within large healthcare systems. Chef Salvatore’s largest undertaking was the rebranding of Sysco Metro NY for Manhattan while serving as Sysco’s Director of Culinary Resources for 15 years. He earned an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts at the Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing, NJ and is currently the treasurer of the NNJ Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.

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AHF HISTORY Founded in 1960 as the Healthcare Foodservice Administrators Association of Greater New York, our organization now serves as the New York Chapter of our national organization, the Association for Healthcare Foodservice. Our founder, Jacques Bloch, cemented his place in foodservice history in 1982, when he became the first hospital foodservice director to be honored with the Gold Plate Award from the International Food Manufacturers Association (IFMA). Bloch spent most of his career as the director of food and nutrition at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, New York. In 1967 he co-founded one of the two national foodservice associations that merged in 2009 to become Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF). Today, AHF New York salutes Bloch’s legacy and shares AHF National’s mission: To promote, support and connect healthcare foodservice professionals, assuring food and nutrition services are valued as an essential contributor to the mission of the healthcare organizations we serve. To learn more about AHF National and take advantage of the many national benefits they offer, click here. Who We Serve We’re dedicated to serving professionals in New York’s self-operated healthcare foodservice industry. Our members represent those healthcare facilities that, by choosing to keep their foodservice departments managed by the facility (instead of outsourcing them to third-party contractors), keep food and nutrition at the core of the healthcare experience. Our members manage some of the most successful and creative departments in healthcare. Our operators and vendors work together to create the dialogue that defines the future of the healthcare foodservice experience, while advancing our vision of self-operated healthcare foodservice as industry best practice.

To learn more about the many advantages of self-operated healthcare foodservice, click here.



BUSINESS PARTNERS Marc Fuchs M. Tucker Co., Inc. 973-484-1200

Board Member: Patrick LaMont, MBA Director of Food and Nutrition Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center Board Member: Veronica McLymont, PhD, RD, CDN Retired, MSK Cancer Center Board Member: Stephen Chow, RD, CDN VA VISN2 South Commissary Chief Board Member/Education: Livia Lam MS, RD, CDN Dietitian - Program Coordinator VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

President: Simone Nicolas MS, RDN, CDN Nutrition Services Administrator 2 Kingsboro Psychiatric Center President-Elect: Tania Collazo RDN, CDN, Senior Director of Nutrition Services, JASA

Dan Plaut Imperial Dade 347-524-8500

Treasurer: Mimi Wang, MA, RD, CDN

Chief Nutrition & Food Services VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

Diane M. Rossi Pro-Tek of New York 866-773-7717 Cory Perez PBAC & Associates 845-323-9139

Secretary: Ninel Shemelzman, MS, RD, CDN Clinical Nutrition Manager Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center

Board Member: Stephanie Giraulo,

Board Member: Anthony Verga, CSW, CFP Executive Chef St. John’s Episcopal Hospital

RD, CDN, MBA, CPPS, CPXP, Director of Patient Experience, Catholic Health St. Catherine of Siena Hospital

Matt Obergfell Hormel Foods 630-209-0942

AHF 2024 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AUGUST 23-25, 2024 | SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) National Conference is the largest national gathering of self-operated facilities, operators, vendors, and professionals in the healthcare and senior dining industries. Join us for our 2024 Annual Conference in San Antonio for critical take-aways, memorable networking, inspirational content, and so much more.




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