Past Conferences

2017 Joint Conference Recap


Thank you to everyone who made the 2017 Annual Training Conference a fantastic success!  This year’s NANASP conference was held at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, IL, and we partnered with NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) and the Association of Illinois Senior Centers (AISC) to create a truly unforgettable joint conference.

NISC Chair Lynn Fields Harris kicked off the conference on Jim Firman and Bob BlancatoWednesday, and then Executive Director Bob Blancato and President/CEO of the National Council on Aging Jim Firman held an opening session entitled “NANASP/NISC Policy and Politics 2017: Stronger Together,” moderated by NANASP board member Paul Downey. They discussed the new Administration, federal funding, political activism, and more. Marci Phillips, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for NCOA, led a general session on “The New Washington: What it Means for Seniors and Those Who Serve Them,” focusing on the details of these policy proposals. During these general sessions, we also heard remarks from Steve Janicak, Chief Growth Officer of Tivity Health and former U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, President/CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, both sponsors of the conference. After breakout sessions, Abbott sponsored one of the best Opening Welcome Receptions we’ve had!

Thursday’s programming began with a general Ashton Applewhitesession introduced by NANASP Board Chair Tony Sarmiento and led by Ashton Applewhite, anti-ageism activist, on “This Chair Rocks: How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life.” The day also included some valuable networking time with our excellent sponsors at a lunch sponsored by Valley Services. Afternoon sessions included Malnutrition among Older Adults and the Continuum of Care, SCSEP and Senior Centers: Fighting Ageism Together, Beyond the Meal: The Value of Socialization in OAA Congregate Nutrition Programs, A Fundraising Fit for All: Urban, Rural or Suburban, and NCOA’s Next Steps to Better Nutrition.

During the NANASP Business Meeting and breakfast sponsored by PhRMA on Friday morning, the 2017 Resolutions were adopted and Board of Directors officer elections were held. Holly Hagler was voted in as the new Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of NANASP, Elaine Clark as the new Secretary, and Mary Beals-Luedtka as Treasurer. We would like to thank Karen Jackson Holzhauer and Shirley Chao for their service to the NANASP Board as Secretary and Treasurer.

An advocacy video on federal senior nutrition funding was debuted (more information below) and we honored outgoing board members Elaine Brovont and Martha Peppones. As a past Board President and Board Member for nearly two decades, Martha has always been an extremely valuable part of NANASP. We thank her for her service, leadership, and engagement. We also thank Elaine for her extensive and dedicated service to NANASP.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!!

Private Reserve Sponsor


Classic Gourmet Sponsors


Valley Elior

Decadent Dessert Sponsor


Elegant Entrée Sponsors


Bateman Community Living


Delivery Concepts

Diversified Foods

Chef’s Special Sponsors


golden gourmet

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True Sense



Thank you to everyone who participated in making the 2016 Annual Training Conference an outstanding success!  This year’s NANASP conference was held at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, and had a great group of first-time attendees, former attendees, and exhibitors—and a significantly increased crowd!

Executive Director Bob Blancato opened the conference with some of NANASP’s “greatest hits” from the past year, including the passage of the Older Americans Act, increased funding for nutrition programs, and our vaccine outreach program. Blancato and President/CEO of the National Council on Aging Jim Firman then held the popular Washington Update in the form of a Q&A session moderated by Paul Downey. They discussed the OAA, the upcoming presidential election, and more! Mary Beth Arensberg, Director, Health Policy and Programs, Abbott Nutrition, and Meredith Ponder presented talks on malnutrition, and Jeff Klein presented on advocacy and reframing senior services.

Thursday’s programming began with a general session led by Connie Benton Wolfe, former Executive Director of NANASP, on the changing landscape of the aging network. The day also included some valuable networking time with our terrific sponsors! Afternoon sessions included Delivery System Reform and Nutrition Providers: Finding Your Niche and Adding Value, Closing the Senior SNAP Gap, HHS and USDA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines and Their Effect on the OAA Nutrition Programs, A Closer Look at the Aging Mastery Program, and Helping More Seniors Use the Internet through Community Partnerships.

During the NANASP Business Meeting on Friday morning, the 2016 resolutions were passed and Board of Directors officer elections were held. Tony Sarmiento was voted in as the new Chair of the Board of Directors of NANASP.

Click Here for a Link to the 2016 Conference Presentations

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Special thanks to everyone who participated in making the 2015 Annual Training Conference an outstanding success!  So great to see many familiar faces and meet so many new nutrition, SCSEP & senior services providers from around the country!  Attendees gathered at the Hyatt Regency Louisville to celebrate our own “Champions for Healthy Aging” during three days of education and networking!

Annual Training Conference PhotoSome of the highlights of this year’s conference included the Directors Training pre-conference intensive with Pat Bohse and Holly Greuling and Jewish Family & Career Services Site Tour/Lunch on Wednesday morning.

Executive Director Bob Blancato opened the conference with the always popular Washington Update, followed by Cecilia Pozo Fileti’s presentation on Optimizing Health for Diverse Older Adults - sponsored by Abbott Nutrition.  Bob Blancato and Paul Downey facilitated a fruitful discussion and helped gather some importantAnnual Training Conference Photo solution recommendations that will be passed along to the White House Conference on Aging.  The evening ended on “high note” as participants gathered on the 19th floor of the Hyatt and to network and enjoy some great food and 360 degree views of Louisville for the Opening Reception sponsored by our friends at Valley Services Inc.

Annual Training Conference LogoThursday’s programming kicked off with a three hour interactive presentation on integrating ethics into our work with staff and volunteers. Attendees gained practical ideas from Katherin Campbell on how to incorporate ethics into the fabric of their organizations.  The day also included some valuable networking time with our terrific sponsors and exhibitors – not to mention some outstanding prizes including four (4) FitBits, a mini iPad as well as numerous gift cards.  Congratulations to our all our winners!  Afternoon sessions included workshops on Kitchens Coming Together to Reduce Costs, Falls and Social Isolation Reduction, Understanding the Role of Nutrition Services in Healthcare Integration, Hot Tips to Raise Money for Senior Nutrition Programs and Messaging Learning from the SCSEP Model. After the conference ended for the day, participants headed over to an evening of fun at the historic ChurchHill Downs!

Annual Training Conference PhotoAfter the NANASP Business Meeting on Friday morning, participants enjoyed a session by Marsha Frankel who shared strategies for assessing and intervening with the growing problem of social bullies in nutrition and senior services centers.  The morning wrapped up with concurrent breakout session on evidence-based healthy programming, using RSVP as a valuable ally, connecting older adults with iPads and the internet and how to improve participation and satisfaction with onsite chef programs.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors & Exhibitors!

Thank you to our sponsors for helping us to put on such an extraordinary event.

We receive inspirational stories each year from attendees about the positive impact their participation in the conference has on their lives, sites and their community’s older adults. They are always grateful for the opportunity to expand their knowledge to provide effective, relevant services. With the growing need for services, and demand for information and resources, it’s imperative that the conference continues to grow. This can’t be done without the support of attendees and community advocates, who work year-round for this event. This conference is a launch pad for conversations, alliances, networking opportunities, and life-changing friendships that have impacted the nutrition and aging services world for the past 40 years!

Valley Logo Abbott Nutrition
Phrma Logo Pfizer Logo
Senior Services America WellMed Logo
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Bateman Senior Meals Logo Golden Cuisine Logo

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Experience Works, Inc.—


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Nutri-Systems Meals on Wheels

Preferred Meals

Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc—

Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER)—.

Special thanks to everyone who was able to join us June 3-5, 2015 in Louisville this year!  Conference materials are available at


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NANASP Annual Training Conference 
May 28-30, 2014 
Westin San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX

Just wrapped up a great conference in San Antonio, Texas!  Thanks to all our great speakers, sponsors/exhibitors and attendees!


Conference highlights included

  • A site tour of  the Alicia Trevino Senior One Stop Center  - Special thanks to the Department of Human Services City of San Antonio
  • The always popular Washington Update with NANASP Executive Director Bob Blancato
  • The opening networking reception sponsored by Valley Services, Inc.
  • A special keynote address by Administrator, Administration for Community Living
    Asst Secretary for Aging
     Kathy Greenlee
  • The Emerging Role of the Senior Center in Health Care General Session

Breakout Sessions Topics included:

  • Reach More with Less: How to Integrate Services to Better Connect Seniors to Resources
  • Opportunities through Public/Private Partnerships
  • SCSEP and Senior Nutrition Programs: An Enduring Partnership Now at Risk?
  • Arts and Aging in an Urban Context
  • Can Meat & Potatoes co-exist with Soup & Sandwiches: Meeting the Nutrition Needs of our Changing Senior Demographics 
  • An Uncertain Future for Senior Corps?
  • An Opportunity for Building Excellence: Senior Center Self-Assessment
  • Calculating the True Cost of a Meal
  • Grant Writing and More...The Perspective from the Foundation's Point of View
  • By the Numbers:  How to Calculate Social ROI for Funders and Advocacy
  • Endless Opportunities in Grant Writing
  • Designing and Managing a Successful Social Media Program


San Antonio Mariachis perform at the NANASP Opening Reception