In addition to the Board of Directors, AHF's committees work to guide the association's strategic initiatives. Theses committees provide an opportunity for AHF members to use their unique experiences and skills to promote and defend the self-operated healthcare foodservice industry.


The Awards Committee develops, maintains and administers the AHF Awards Program annually presented at the Annual Conference.
Chairs:   Toni Watkins   |   Board Liasion: Patrick LaMont


The Benchmarking Committee reviews and makes recommendations for the use and maintenance of AHF Benchmarking Express program and develops tools and resources that support program use.
Chairs:   Julie Meddles   |  Board Liasion: Timothy Schoonmaker

Chapter Advisory Board

The Chapter Advisory Board is an official and direct link between the chapters, membership, national board of directors, and national headquarters staff.
Chairs:   TBD  |   Board Liasion:  Thom Pastor  

Conference Planning Committee

The Conference Planning Committee (CPC) is chaired by an operator and a business partner. Members of the committee include the president, president-elect, treasurer, business partners, and other members as deemed necessary by the AHF president. The CPC plans the Annual Conference.
Chairs:   Mary RuzziTodd Griffith

Culinary Competition

The Culinary Competition Committee is responsible for developing and administering the Culinary Competition during the Annual Conference including soliciting entries, selecting finalists, securing judges, and program execution.
Chairs:   Michael Vetro   |  Board Liasion:  Aatul Jain

Editorial Advisory Board

The Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) provides insight to create useful publications for AHF members. The EAB assists with developing topics on trend current and emerging practices to increase awareness and resources for members.
Chairs:   Amy Lewis  |    Board Liasion:  Leisa Bryant


The Education Committee creates the tools and educational resources that promote best practices. Duties center on curriculum development, including webinars, educational sessions, and identifying subject matter experts.
Chair:   Neal Lavender   

Leadership Development Committee

The Leadership Development Committee is responsible for succession planning for future AHF leaders. 
Chair:   Cyndi Roberts


The Membership Committee develops strategies to drive membership growth and submits recommendations for membership categories, structure, and costs.
Chairs:   Dexter Hancock  |   Board Liasion:  Eric Eisenberg

Self-Operated Project Team

The Self-Op Project Team develops resources to promote and defend self-operated foodservice, and offers assistance to all AHF Operator Members.
Chairs:   John Herzog |  Board Liasion:  Angela O'Neill

State of the Industry Report Development Committee

The State of the Industry Report Development Committee is responsible for developing the inaugural report in 2020. The report will provide insights into the healthcare foodservice industry. 
Chairs:   Dan Henroid  |  Board Liasion:  Robert Darrah