At its annual Summer Retreat July 29-31, 2003, Opaa! Food Management announced Robin Paulson, Opaa!'s Regional Director of Operations for southwest Missouri as the recipient of the 2002-03 Regional Director of the Year award. Company officials selected Robin as Regional Director of the Year from among Opaa!'s Regional Directors of Operation across the state of Missouri. Robin is a two-time winner of this award having won the same award for the 2001-02 school year. In presenting the award, Vice President of Operations, Sheila Middleton, described Robin as, "someone that can aways be counted on, someone that treats her staff in a special manner and is very dedicated to the Opaa! family culture".
Robin has been an Opaa! employee since August of 1995 and previously served as Opaa!'s Director of Nutrition Services at the Nixa School District before being promoted to her current position. At the top on her list of priorities is spending time with her family. Robin and her husband of 21 years, Dan, live in Nixa and they have three children, Joshua, Moriah and Caleb. Robin and her family are fond of hiking and try to hit a new trail in the Missouri-Arkansas area at least one weekend a month. Robin also enjoys working in the garden and just recently, her family acquired a motorcycle and they enjoy spending time on it.
As Regional Director of Operations, Robin supervises eight school districts and 24 preparation sites in her region. Robin said, "I love working for a company that believes in you and what you are capable of and then gives you the opportunity to be yourself and have fun on the job."
Opaa! Food Management, Inc., is based in Ellisville, Missouri, and is celebrating its 25th year of operation. Opaa! currently operates the nutrition programs for 44 Missouri school districts.