January 25, 2016
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Three generations were represented at the FAME Awards in San Diego, CA. The first generation representatives were inTEAM founders: Gertrude Applebaum and Dorothy “Dot” Pannell-Martin. The second and third generation of inTEAM was represented by past-Director of Operations, Julie A. Boettger, and senior consultant, Kimberly M. Coleman, respectively.


Every New Year brings excitement and new beginnings, but it also allows us to reflect on the old beginnings as well. What a perfect way to start 2016 with the School Nutrition Association’s FAME awards at SNIC in San Diego, CA. This year, we celebrated Dorothy “Dot” Pannell-Martin as she received the Gertrude Applebaum Lifetime Achievement Award; which was awarded by none other than Gertrude Applebaum herself. This was a very exciting event for inTEAM Associates to come together and celebrate these two ladies; which are pioneers of the school foodservice profession and were the founders of inTEAM in 1994. It was also a time to reflect on the progress and impact inTEAM has made as a company in the school nutrition arena; and to make plans for the future.

“I’m so pleased to see Dot and Gert’s long-standing partnership recognized during the FAME awards. Their collective vision and published works continue to guide today’s inTEAM products and services as we all move together into the digital age. – Chip Goodman, CEO inTEAM

Gertrude Applebaum was the Director of Corpus Christi Schools, TX for 40 years and former SNA president.  Gertrude attended the very first meeting to organize School Foodservice after the National School Lunch Act was signed into law by President Truman in 1946.

Dorothy “Dot” Pannell-Martin, BS, MA, past Director of Fairfax County Schools in Virginia.  Dot has authored and co-authored many books including: the School Foodservice Management textbook, the USDA Food Buying Guide, and the Menu Planning Guide. Read More »

Julie A. Boettger PhD, RD – Director of Food and Nutrition Services for School City of Hammond, IN, past IL state president for SNA and past Director of Operations for inTEAM Associates.  Julie co-authored the School Foodservice Management 6th edition along with Dot; and has spoken at state and national conferences for SNA and AND.

Kimberly M. Coleman, RD – Senior Consultant for inTEAM Associates, and previously employed with Kentucky Department of Education and Citrus County Schools, FL.  Kimberly has spoken at ANC the last two years and is currently working on her MPA.

About inTEAM

inTEAM has a decades long history of providing solutions for child nutrition programs, developing and implementing a full suite of tools on line tools within CN Central for use in menu planning and compliance with the new meal pattern. Our extensive experience with software and consulting has now expanded, with connections to KidsChoose, a mobile app driving important nutrition and menu information and more from the cafeteria to home.

We have a long history partnering with states and districts implementing best practices. Our core belief is that neither consulting nor just technology alone is not enough. The thoughtful use of technology with just the right human touch has been proven to work.

Our partnership with operational experts in the field, coupled with our expert consultants with prior field experience, has resulted in the comprehensive development and implementation of best practices, backed by digital tools. Learn more at

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Beyond CN Central...What's Next?

Now that you have affordable access to great technology, what’s next?

That’s just the core of a menu centric approach proven to improve fiscal and nutrition outcomes. InTEAM has digitized the core concepts made popular by our co-founders Dot Pannell-Martin and Gertrude Applebaum and documented in their book: School Foodservice for the 21st Century. The vision of these award-winning Child Nutrition Directors was to apply their decades of knowledge and experience in creating standardized foodservice systems to help schools develop successful school meal programs.

The vision has not changed, the menu-centric philosophy remains and has evolved. We help guide you using proven change management processes and implementation strategies to balance the challenges of managing costs with acceptability. Read More »

Your Menu Centric questions can be addressed with inTEAM expertise and tools. Just go to our Ask The Community section and enter your own, or refer to some examples below:

Staffing, Equipment, & Work Schedules:

  • What is the best method for food preparation for my requirements? On site prep, a central kitchen, or a hybrid model?
  • What type of preparation best meets my needs? Scratch cooking, pre-processed, pre-plated?
  • What transport and storage capabilities do I need?

Training and Professional Development:

  • What skills are needed for each of my staff to deliver the new menu plan?
  • How can existing gaps be identified and addressed with training that meets the new Professional Standards requirements?

Pre and Post Costing:

  • How can per meal revenue and costs be estimated during the menu planning process?
  • What is the most efficient workflow to capture actual costs after meal service?

Supply Chain Management:

  • How does the new menu plan and my storage capabilities impact the supply chain decisions?
  • What are the best strategies to minimize waste?

Data Analytics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

  • How can everyday transactional data collection be leveraged to fuel data analytics?
  • Which Key Performance Indicators should be measured at the building level to quickly identify outliers?
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A National Network of inTEAM Consultant Practitioners

We have helped dozens of State Agencies and hundreds of districts both large and small. Since 1994 over 10,000 food service professionals have been trained using inTEAM’s textbooks and training courses. inTEAM’s software and services currently being utilized state wide in Kentucky, New Mexico and Rhode Island. In addition, hundreds of districts have benefited from assessments, training and software. Learn More.

Our customers are delighted by their engagements with inTEAM’s national network of consultants. Each are independent thinkers working collaboratively on behalf of our customers. At inTEAM, you’ll find a supportive environment where you are encouraged to grow and stay on the cutting edge of technology. Contact Us to learn more about becoming part of the team.