OUR COMPANY

Our firm began operations in 2001 when Crandall Corporate Dietitians, the nation’s largest dietary consulting firm, spun off its child nutrition division and created CN Resource. Our goal back then is the same as it is today–

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

  • To provide vital assistance to State Agencies that are constantly being asked to do more with less as they oversee USDA/FNS Child Nutrition Programs; and
  • To use our State Agency review and school food service experience to help schools become review-ready and remain in compliance, with our Menus Simplified services and Prep to Pass coaching.

We will always be grateful to our first few clients, which included SMIs for the Oregon Department of Education; CACFP reviews for the District of Columbia and the Louisiana Department of Education; as well as Summer Food Reviews for the Texas Department of Health. READ MORE >


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OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Rich Crandall, CPA, SNS
Founder, CEO

Rich has the privilege of serving as the Founder/Chair of CN Resource. His varied background brings unique insights to our clients at CN Resource. Rich has a Bachelors and Masters in Accountancy from BYU and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Rich served in the Arizona Legislature from 2007-2013 as both the House Education Chair and then as the Senate Education Chair. He resigned his Senate seat in 2013 when he was appointed by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead to head up the Wyoming Department of Education. Rich is married to Leann Crandall and together they have a lot of kids and grandkids, which drives his passion for child nutrition.

rcrandall@cnresource.com

Debbie Hawkins, RD, SNS
President

As CN Resource’s President, Debbie is an industry expert in menu planning and nutrition analysis, Her valuable leadership assures our clients are provided with skilled guidance in working with the USDA, State Agencies and local School Food Authorities. Prior to joining CN Resource, Debbie was a Child Nutrition Programs Specialist with the Arizona Department of Education. While there, she directed the Summer Food Service Program and was responsible for overseeing the online NSLP Guidance Manual. In addition, Debbie has boots-on-the ground experience as a food service manager faced with the daily challenges of operating multiple school kitchens. Debbie holds a BS in nutrition from Arizona State University.

dhawkins@cnresource.com

Joseph Neary
Chief Operating Officer

Joseph is grateful for the opportunity to serve as CN Resource’s Chief Operating Officer. His educational and military background enables him to provide expertise in running and improving processes that enable us to better serve our State Agency and school food authority partners. He received his Master’s from George Washington University in Educational Technology and Leadership while serving as a Nuclear Missile Launch Officer in the USAF. During his time in the Air Force, he served as Mission Lead for field operations and the Chief of ICBM Combat Crew Communications where he gained invaluable experience auditing one of the largest accounts in the USAF. He is excited to apply these skills and grow in this next phase of his adventure.

jneary@cnresource.com

Ahn Ei Sweeney, RD, SNS
Senior Vice President

CN Resource clients benefit from Ahn Ei’s extensive experience providing technical assistance and guidance related to federal regulations affecting all Child Nutrition programs. Her career has included work at the Maryland State Department of Education, The Colorado Department of Education and Fairfax County Public Schools. She is especially talented in developing resources and training programs for School Food Authorities and has provided nutrition education for children PK-12, adults and seniors. Since joining CN Resource, Ahn Ei has worked with 9 states, including managing a USDA Mid-Atlantic Regional Office contract, which involved overseeing reviews for the National School Lunch Program and the Summer Food Service Program. Ahn Ei is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BS in nutrition and dietetics.

asweeney@cnresource.com

Lindsay Healy, RD, SNS
Senior Vice President

With her considerable experience ensuring compliance and auditing school districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program, Lindsay oversees CN Resource’s State Agency contracts and the Administrative Review process. She is also instrumental in designing training manuals and developing nutrition education programs. Prior to joining the company, she worked with the Colorado Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition where she handled the review process, free and reduced eligibility, Provision 2 and Team Nutrition. Lindsay earned an associate’s degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America before completing her food and nutrition degree from SUNY Plattsburgh.

lhealy@cnresource.com

Jayna Nelson
Vice President

Jayna brings extensive experience with the Child and Adult Food Care Program. She has worked with multiple state agencies and has provided program reviews for both independent and sponsoring organizations, as well as At Risk programs, Head Start Programs and Emergency Shelters. Jayna works to develop streamlined methods that assist reviewers in conducting precise and complete reviews with accuracy.

jnelson@cnresource.com