Anna Burns-Meza, a 2001 graduate of Paonia High School, has been named the 2016 Colorado Manager of the Year by the Colorado School Nutrition Association. She will be recognized at the annual summer conference of CSNA in June.

Burns-Meza has worked for Greeley-Evans School District 6 nutrition services for four years, serving as a kitchen manager at both Jackson Elementary School and currently at Northridge High School. Anna was recognized for her dedication to providing her students an excellent, unique meal experience at Jackson Elementary and for her above and beyond support of D6 nutrition services programs and promotions.

As the state winner for Colorado, Burns-Meza will now be considered for regional and national recognition by the School Nutrition Association. Nutrition services director Jeremy West said Anna embodies the mission of what the department is trying to accomplish every day: "Nourishing Students. Creating Success."

"Anna's exceptional customer service skills, positive attitude, creativity and dedication to her co-workers, students and school ensure all her customers feel cared for and receive quality meals each school day," West said. "Anna is an asset to our team and we are thrilled for her to receive this well-deserved recognition."

Burns-Meza earned an associate degree in advanced culinary arts from Front Range Community College.

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