Congratulations to the newly elected members who will serve on the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. 
President Elect

Cyndi Roberts
Foodservices/Clinical Nutrition Manager
St. Joseph Memorial Hospital

Background Statement:

AHF involvement to date includes:
1. Board of Directors, Treasurer (2016-present)
2. Board of Directors, Director at Large (2014-present)
3. Advocacy Committee Co-Chair/Chair (2012-2014)
4. Marketing Committee Chair (2010-2011)
5. Nominating Committee (2011)
6. Chicago Midwest Chapter Board Member (2010-present)

Additional activities/awards relevant to position:
1. Presenter on behalf of AHF at Menu Directions (2017)
2. Service Excellence Council Chairperson (St. Joseph Memorial Hospital) (2012-2014)
3. Panel presenter at AHF National Conference (2014)
4. Partner in Leadership Award, AHF (2011)
5. Empowering Manager Award, Healthcare Excellence Association (2009)
6. Service Excellence Super Coach (2008)
7. Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (2007)

I welcome the opportunity to continue to contribute to the AHF community by working with the AHF Board for the betterment of healthcare foodservice.  It would be an honor to serve you as President-Elect.

Priority Statement:
Involvement with AHF provides growth opportunities and challenges that assist in professional development. AHF also offers very strong networking with associates that are the best in the field of healthcare foodservice. Ultimately, advocating and working for our industry and association is critical to the success of our membership.

As President-Elect, I will commit to working collaboratively with the Board of Directors to advance the awareness of AHF and why self-operated foodservice is the best. Because our success is also related to growing our membership, I look forward to enticing and welcoming newer foodservice professionals into our organization.

Treasurer Elect 


Candi Johnson
System Director, Nutrition Services
Swedish Health Services - Seattle

Background Statement:

I believe simply being a member of an organization is not enough. One should seek to invest, serve, and guide the organization through leadership. I am excited to bring my energy to AHF and would be honored to have your continued support.I believe simply being a member of an organization is not enough. One should seek to invest, serve, and guide the organization through leadership. I am excited to bring my energy to AHF and would be honored to have your continued support.

Association positions currently held:
  • AHF Secretary 
Past offices held and/or contributions to professional organizations include:
  • AHF Board of Directors
  • Washington State AHF Secretary, President Elect, President & Past President
  • Marketing, Chapter President, Editorial, Benchmarking, Culinary Competition, & Advocacy Committees
  • Board Chapter Task Force 
The significant changes in healthcare will impact AHF members for some time to come.  As a member of award-winning teams during my 30 years at Swedish Health Services in Seattle, I’ve developed skills in managing change and transitions which I believe will benefit AHF and provide value to the association and all its members. 

Priority Statement:
I am very committed to the AHF organization both locally and nationally. As the AHF Treasurer, I will work diligently to assure AHF remains financially viable, contribute new ideas, navigate the changing healthcare environment, assure continued value to our members, and actively network to assure that the membership voice is heard. I would be honored to serve as Treasurer-elect and pledge my support of AHF during this very challenging time.  


Bill Marks
Director, Food, Nutrition and Environmental Services
Hennepin Healthcare

Background Statement:
Currently the Director of Food, Nutrition and Environmental Services for Hennepin Healthcare System in Minneapolis, Minnesota which includes a 443 bed level one trauma teaching hospital.  Successes at Hennepin Health include; converting Food operations from Sodexo and Environmental Services from Crothall to Self-Op, increased patient satisfaction from the 1st percentile to 82nd percentile via the Press-Ganey Survey, instrumental in creating an in hospital food shelf providing 225,000+ meals per year for those in need.

Very active in the community and currently holding the following positions:
  • Board of Directors for AHF
  • Board of Director’s for  Twin Cities’  Metro Meals on Wheels
  • Member of  Leadership Twin-Cities 
  • Alpine Patroller with the National Ski Patrol
Other accomplishments include 30+ years of experience working for the top three Service Contractors (Sodexo, ARAMARK, Morrison) in positions ranging from General Manager, District Manager, Sales, and Corporate Director. 

Priority Statement:
My focus for AHF is to increase the resources available to our members. Provide the tools and knowledge necessary to operate our facilities at exceptional levels; while eliminating contractor threats. We need to emphasize retail resources, financial management education, cutting edge culinary programs, and improved networking to keep AHF members strong.

Director at Large

Eric Eisenberg
Director of Dining Services
Rogue Valley Manor, A PRS Community

Background Statement:

I have been working in healthcare for the 14 years as the Corporate Executive Chef and Retail operations manager for Swedish Health Services in Seattle WA. During that time I have I have devoted myself to AHF and the legacy organizations and have participated at the national and local levels every year since 2004. Many members know me as the voice of the culinary competition however my contributions to AHF thus far are numerous. I have served as President of the Washington Chapter and on the culinary (Co- Chair), chapter advisory (Chair), editorial advisory, nominating and conference planning committees for 2 conferences. I am currently the co-chair of the conference planning committee for our 2018 conference in Minneapolis MN. I was awarded the inaugural Future Horizons Award in 2008 and the Exemplary Leadership Award in 2013 the same year I obtained my CEC certification at our Conference in New Orleans.

Priority Statement:
I feel I am uniquely equipped to support the goals of all of our operator members because of my unique perspective of our industry. At Swedish I was responsible for managing the culinary and retail operations of a 5 hospital system working closely with our parent company a 51 hospital organization. Recently I transitioned to a director role into long term care where I run dining operations serving 1000 residents daily. I am deeply committed to culinary and service excellence in healthcare and can bring my broad spectrum of experience to develop resources which can support all of our members.

Director at Large

Leisa Bryant
Director, Food and Nutrition Services
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Background Statement:
I have been in the Foodservice industry for over 20 years and an active member of AHF since 2007. My professional growth is credited to the benefits and valuable resources and tools AHF offers such as mentoring, benchmark express, educational conferences and webinars, networking and professional support. I was recognized in November 2017 as Director of the month by Foodservice Director Magazine and as one of 18 Future Foodservice Leaders of 2018 by Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine.

Priority Statement:
My membership experience has afforded me the unique opportunity to serve and support the AHF mission through;My membership experience has afforded me the unique opportunity to serve and support the AHF mission through;

  • Promoting the organization and expanding its membership through networking and championing the value of membership.
  • Expansion of the AHF resources and tools to ensure easy access and availability of evidence-based information to its members.
  • Advocating for self-operation among Healthcare Executives using data from Benchmarking Express

Nominating Committee Member

Mark Dunn
Regional Director of Hospitality
Providence St Vincent Medical Center

Background Statement:
During 30+ years in Healthcare Food Service, I have worked in a variety of capacities. I currently serve as the Regional Director of Hospitality for Providence St Joseph Health in the Portland, Oregon region. My team was the recipient of the 2017 AHF Spotlight Award for our system SharePoint work.

Priority Statement:
Most recently I have focused my energy on local, regional and system goal alignment within my organization. As operators, we are continually tasked with improving our services, while simultaneously meeting the diverse needs of our patients, guests, and leaders. I will bring that same focus to my work with AHF.

Nominating Committee Member

Timothy Schoonmaker
Director, Nutrition Services
Centra Health

Background Statement:
I have been in the healthcare food service industry for 18 years. I currently serve as the system Director of Nutrition Services at Centra Health, managing 4 hospitals, 2 café’s, and a food truck. My priority as a member at large of the nominating committee will be to ensure a diverse group of candidates with a wide range of skillsets are represented to lead AHF in the future.

Volunteer Experience:
  • AHF Member since 2016
  • AHF Benchmarking Committee -2017-Current
  • VA Board Member
  • ANFP- Ex-Officio Board Member- Meals on Wheels of Prince Edward County
  • American Culinary Federation Member
  • Mentor, Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Lynchburg City Schools partners in education member
  • Johnson & Wales University Alumni Association
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