Gene White joined the Global Child Nutrition Foundation when it was first organized in 2006. Gene brings to the Foundation a 30 year career as a specialist in the administration, management and operation of school nutrition programs.
She is the former Assistant Superintendent and Director of Child Nutrition Programs, California State Department of Education. In this position she directed federal and state child nutrition programs that served daily over 2.5 million meals to children in schools and other agencies. Prior to this she was Director of School Food and Nutrition Programs, Sierra Sands Unified School District, Ridgecrest California. She has also worked as administrative dietitian in a general hospital and faculty in colleges and universities.
A native of Ohio, Gene received her undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition from Miami University in Ohio and a Masters Degree in Nutrition from Ohio State University. She is a registered dietitian, American Dietetic Association and a credentialed School Nutrition Specialist, School Nutrition Association.
Gene is Past-President of both the School Nutrition Association and the California School Nutrition Association. She has served in numerous leadership positions to advance nutrition education, state and federal legislation for child nutrition programs, and program quality standards.
Although much of Gene’s work has focused on child nutrition programs in the United States, she has also been actively involved in helping developing countries establish school feeding programs. She has worked in Tunisia on a USAID project, in Paraguay on a World Food Programme assignment, and throughout Latin America helping establish the Latin America School Feeding Network.
Gene lives on Whidbey Island, Washington State where volunteer work includes helping local school districts develop wellness policies to prevent obesity and promote student health.
Stanley C. Garnett currently acts as the Executive Director for the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, following a 40 year career of Federal service. Stan began his career in one of the first class of the Peace Corps in the Philippines before working for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), an international non-profit organization geared toward feeding programs in developing nations.
Stan was posted to Vietnam from 1965-67, where he worked with feeding programs benefitting refugees and local orphanages. Shortly thereafter he was transferred to Africa where he administered feeding programs firsthand in Kenya and then Nigeria during the Biafra conflict in the late 1960s. Following his work in Nigeria, Stan was reassigned to work in Ghana where he was CRS Country Director, responsible for development work, including school feeding programs. His work has reinforced the importance of food and nutrition in the development of the minds and bodies of children regardless of where they live.
Stan returned to the United States to work for the Food and Nutrition Service division of the US Department of Agriculture, from which he retired three years ago. After retiring, Stan has kept busy volunteering at the local food bank, driving for meals on wheels, and assisting in the last presidential campaign. He has also used his extensive professional experience to continue to advocate for child nutrition programs as an Executive Committee Board member of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. He has attended the Global Child Nutrition Forum since 2009 and has also been highly involved in GCNF’s latest school feeding projects in Angola and China.
Stan is married to his wife Eileen of 44 years and has three children and five grandchildren.