At its annual Summer Retreat July 26-28, 2005, Sheila Middleton, Vice President of Operations for Opaa! Food Management, announced Lu Czerniewski, Opaa!'s Director of Nutrition Services for the Montgomery County R-II School District, as the recipient of the 2004-05 Director of the Year award. Company officials selected Lu as Director of the Year from among all of Opaa!'s Directors' of Nutrition Services across the state of Missouri. The criteria for selection included top ranking in the categories of creative marketing, employee training, employee safety, fiscal performance, and student and adult participation.
Lu has been Opaa!'s Director of Nutrition Services at the Montgomery County R-II School District for the past four years Lu lives in Montgomery City with her husband Greg and they have four children (Veronica, Eric, Zac, and Adam) and one grandchild (Zoe). Lu says that she doesn't get too much spare time with a baby and following two teenage boys who are active in sports, but she enjoys reading and boating.
In making the announcement, Middleton described Lu as a good motivator and is blessed with a great staff with which to work. Lu is always ready to help and has, in fact, helped Opaa! to pilot many new projects for the company. To illustrate Lu's dedication, Middleton talked about how last summer Lu didn't want to miss any of the comradrie or information presented at Opaa!'s Summer Retreat, so she brought along her one-week old baby. Middleton also talked about how special this award was in that Lu is one of the few to be previously honored as Opaa!'s new Director of Nutrition Services. Lu won that award for her work during the 2001-02 school year.
As Director of Nutrition Services, Lu supervises five serving sites in the Montgomery County R-II School District. Lu chooses to give a great deal of credit to her staff. "They are the ones who deserve this award. The make my job easy and I enjoy working with them. With the help of my staff, we hope to have an even better year this year."
Opaa! Food Management, Inc., is based in Chesterfield, Missouri, and is entering its 28th year of operation. Opaa! currently operates the nutrition programs for 52 Missouri school districts and has been serving the nutritional requirements of the Montgomery County R-II School District since 1985.