Janet Despard, Director of Dining Services, is currently serving as chair of the 2019 NACUFS national conference taking place in July 2019. The University of Northern Iowa hosted the 2019 NACUFS regional conference in March 2019, supported by a committee led by many of Janet's dining team. It is the mission of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) to support and promote excellence in collegiate dining.
Additionally, Janet Despard has been appointed to serve a three-year appointment on the IFMA Advisory Board. It is the mission of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) to focus on critical issues affecting the foodservice industry.
The Department of Residence is appreciative of the service Janet provides to these organizations.