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From SNEB: Embracing Change: New faces at SNEB

Posted by: on Monday February 26, 2024

Dear SNEB Community,

With great enthusiasm and a profound sense of responsibility, I am honored to step into the role of Executive Director of SNEB. As I embark on this journey, I am filled with gratitude for the trust placed in me by the board, staff, volunteers, and all of you who form this vibrant community.

I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for the remarkable work done by my predecessor, Rachel Daeger, and the entire SNEB team. Their dedication and passion have laid a robust foundation upon which we can build an even brighter future. I am eager to collaborate with each of you to continue advancing SNEB’s mission.

Bringing fifteen years of experience in the non-profit sector, including five years with associations, I have led organizations working in cancer prevention research, dermatology, radiology, and applied psychology. Prior to my work with associations, I served as the Executive Director for a non-profit organization focused on orphan care projects in Africa and Central America. One of our keystone projects involved establishing insect farming programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, highlighting the importance of childhood nutrition. Working with SNEB feels like closing a circle, and I am thrilled to get to support the vital work of our members.

Me with one of the giant tobacco crickets found in Congo. They are prepared with palm oil and salt and eaten like potato chips.
Palm Weevil Larvae in our insect farm in Kinshasa. Nutritious and….delicious? Palm Weevil Larva are rich in protein, fat, and vital micro-nutrients.
Three amazing orphanage workers after completing an insect farming training program. Urban orphanages without room for gardens can farm insect in a closet or small room to help maintain a renewable food source.

Change is inevitable, and it is through change that we find growth and opportunity. As we navigate this transition together, I am committed to upholding the values and vision that have guided SNEB throughout its history while also bringing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to propel us forward.

In the coming months, I plan to engage in deep listening and learning, seeking to understand the diverse perspectives and needs of SNEB’s members and partners. Your insights will be invaluable as we shape our strategic priorities and chart the course for the years ahead. Together, we will identify areas where we can enhance our impact and ensure that SNEB remains a driving force for positive change in the world.

Of course, nothing can happen without the amazing staff team of SNEB who I’m so excited to work with and learn from, Paul Bierman, Liv Fairchild, and Sam Zechiel. And welcome to Alex Rickert who joined the team this month as the Marketing & Communications Manager.

Thank you for your ongoing support, dedication, and belief in the mission of SNEB!

With gratitude and excitement,

Nicole Brandt, Executive Director
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

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