Webinar: Succession Planning

When:  Nov 13, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)

Succession Planning

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT (3:00 p.m. CT, 2:00 p.m. MT, 1:00 p.m. PT)


When AHF conducted a survey asking members what keeps them up at night, at the top of the list was staffing. Included as part of the staffing equation is the number of AHF baby boomers in director, manager, and other critical positions positions getting ready to retire. Who will take over their positions? Will that person be prepared to lead effectively?

Join us for a webinar that will explore strategies for successful succession planning. How do current critical position holders identify employee potential? What are critical elements to consider in employee development? What steps can employees take to develop their skills and abilities?

 Topics will include:

  • The importance of succession planning
  • Engaging with the C-Suite
  • Dealing and coping with change

Our Speakers:

Julie Jones

Julie is currently Director of Nutrition Services for Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio and is responsible for food and nutrition services provided across the five hospital system. She has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare food and nutrition services and her strengths lie in financial oversight, technology applications and the integration of food and nutrition services to improve patient outcomes.    

Julie fosters a strong team environment, embraces technology solutions for routine foodservice tasks and converts ideas into practice. She and her team have won awards for innovative design, service delivery, and technology applications. Julie was awarded the Silver Plate for Healthcare Foodservice from the IFMA in 2015 and the AHF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

She has served on a number of professional boards at the local, state and national level, including a tenure as AHF president.

She graduated from The Ohio State University, Division of Medical Dietetics with both her undergraduate and master’s degrees.     


Thomas Thaman

Tom Thaman is the Director of Food and Nutrition for Eskenazi Health. Tom has been with Eskenazi (formally known as Wishard Health Services) for 19 years and has been Director of Food and Nutrition for the last 14 years.  A native of Bryan, Ohio, Tom is in his 42nd  year in food service with 11 years in the hotel industry and 2 years in foodservice sales.  In 1992, Tom began his healthcare career at Indiana University Medical Center as the Catering Manager and eventually became the Cafeteria Manager of Riley Hospital. Tom spent several years in Long Term Care as a Dietary Manager including five years as the Dietary Manager of Wishard’s  Lockefield Village before becoming Foodservice Director at Wishard Hospital in 2004.  

Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Restaurant Management from The Ohio State University and his Dietary Management Training through the University of Florida.  Tom became a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) in 1998. 

Tom is an active member of the Association of Healthcare Foodservice since 2010 and has presented at the national meeting in 2011, 2012 and 2018.  Tom has also been active in the Indiana state chapter serving as treasurer from 2011 to 2015.  Tom also serves on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana and serves on the national Certifying Board for Dietary Managers. 

Tom has been the recipient of several AHF awards: the 2012 Spotlight Award, the 2014 Partnership in Leadership Award, and the 2018 Exemplary Leadership Award.