Speaker Bio

Pam Haupt

Pam Haupt

Foodservice Director

Embarking on a journey in the realm of food service after graduating with a B.A. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Michigan State University, Pam Haupt has unfolded a narrative that spans over 30 years—an exhilarating, challenging, and service-oriented adventure. Throughout this extensive career, she has immersed herself in diverse roles across food service retail, restaurants, quick-service establishments, and leadership positions in school nutrition.

In the early 2000s, while navigating her first school nutrition role, she discovered a profound passion for the critical mission of providing nutritious school meals to shape the success of future leaders. This revelation sparked a dedication to working in various local school districts, each facing unique challenges and striving for continuous improvement goals, with free and reduced meal percentages ranging from 5% to 82%. Over the years, she has garnered a wealth of experience, honing her skills in leadership and navigating complex landscapes in the realm of school nutrition.

Pam Haupt's journey has presented numerous opportunities to lead large-scale remodel projects, foster innovative menu partnerships with local farmers and cooperatives, spearhead emergency response plans during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic, implement retention and performance initiatives, and craft sustainability plans for her food service teams. These endeavors have not only expanded her professional repertoire but also reinforced her commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of students through nourishing meals.

In the dynamic field of school nutrition, leaders are called upon to break down barriers, innovate continuously, and maximize resources with minimal impact. It is with immense pride that Pam serves alongside the dedicated men and women who, day in and day out, make a meaningful impact on the lives of children. Throughout her journey, she has come to appreciate the resilience and innovation embedded in the fabric of school nutrition, and she remains steadfast in her commitment to contributing to the success of future generations through the power of wholesome and nourishing meals.