Stephanie Tragesser Leads Us to Victory in the 2024 New Age School Foodservice Design Contest

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Join us for the School Foodservice Design Contest Product Reveal at SNA Booth #424

Join us for the exciting reveal of a brand-new school foodservice product, the winning design from our School Foodservice Product Design Contest, at the SNA Annual National Conference in Boston, MA, on July 15, 2024. This never-before-seen school foodservice equipment will be unveiled when the doors open. Don’t miss your chance to see how creative solutions are shaping the future of school meals.

Celebrate the brilliant minds behind the innovation! Come by to congratulate winners Nicole Moorhead from MSD Decatur Township and Stephanie Tragesser from Zink Foodservice, in collaboration with Lancaster-Schert. They’ll receive airfare, hotel accommodations, badges for the SNA Show, tickets to the Closing Party on July 16th, and the manufactured version of their winning product design! Plus Stephanie, our winning manufacturers’ rep, also receives a $500 cash prize. Visit us at Booth 424 to witness the future of school foodservice!


Currently serving as the Child Nutrition Director at MSD of Decatur Township for the past 2 years, Nicole Moorhead is a dedicated School Nutrition professional with a passion for serving her community. With a career spanning 8 years in the Child Nutrition industry, she consistently demonstrates a commitment to excellence and innovation.

Her love for School Nutrition is evident in her approach, where she seamlessly blends her culinary creativity with a keen understanding of nutritional requirements, always striving to enhance the overall dining experience for students through innovative solutions. Her dedication extends beyond culinary expertise, as she possesses a strong commitment to staying up to date with the latest technology in the industry.

Recognized for her exceptional leadership skills, she has successfully led her team at MSD of Decatur Township to new heights. She fosters a collaborative and inclusive work environment, encouraging her team to share in her passion for delivering nutritious meals to students. Her ability to inspire and motivate others has contributed significantly to the success of the Child Nutrition program under her direction.

Balancing the demands of a successful career with her responsibilities as a devoted wife and mother to a 4-year-old demonstrates her exceptional time management and organizational skills. Her commitment to both her professional and personal life reflects her dedication to achieving excellence.

As she continues to make strides in the Child Nutrition industry, Nicole’s unwavering commitment to improvement and innovation ensures that she remains a dynamic and influential figure in her field. Her journey in the industry is marked by a genuine love for food, a passion for technology, and a commitment to nurturing the well-being of children through nutritious and exciting dining experiences.

Stephanie Tragesser is a seasoned foodservice and nutrition professional driven by wellness and innovation. She is currently working as the Regional Account Manager for Zink Foodservice serving Kentucky & Indiana. Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role, and for the past 20 years she has dedicated herself to shaping the foodservice landscape with a focus on health, efficiency, and innovation. She provides top-notch service and solutions to her customers. Stephanie’s dedication to foodservice is evident in her commitment to staying current on industry trends and advancements. Her strategic approach and attention to detail have earned her a reputation as a trusted and reliable partner in the foodservice community. Stephanie’s drive for excellence and proven track record makes her an invaluable asset to any organization she works with.

Stephanie’s professional journey began in the prestigious role of Director of Food and Nutrition Services for one of Indiana’s largest school systems. In this role, she was involved in complete kitchen renovations in multiple buildings, ensuring thousands of students had access to delicious and nutritious meals prepared in modern, well-equipped facilities. Fueling her passion for foodservice is a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s Degree in Dietetics from Ball State University, and her Registered Dietitian status. She translates this knowledge into tangible results, emphasizing healthy options while catering to diverse dietary needs.

Her commitment extends beyond professional boundaries, as she is actively involved in numerous organizations, including memberships with the Indiana School Nutrition Association (ISNA), Kentucky School Nutrition Association (KSNA), Association for Healthcare Foodservice – Buckeye Chapter, Club Managers Association of America – Ohio Valley Chapter, American Culinary Federation (ACF), Kentucky Restaurant Association, and the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association. Notably, she was recently chosen to sit on Delfield’s Education Council, highlighting her expertise and leadership within the industry.

Beyond her professional achievements, she finds joy in life as a proud wife and mother of two children, residing on the northeast side of Indianapolis.