ABA is very pleased to announce that long-time former B&CMA team member Vanessa Vial has been promoted to Assistant Director of Education. She will assume many of the responsibilities of Kathy Kinter Phelps who will be departing ABA next month to devote her attention full-time to family needs. Vanessa brings almost 10 years of experience managing cookie and cracker education programming, including the highly regarded online training components that are the core of the Cookie and Cracker Academy.
“We are very excited for Vanessa and the dedication she brings to our education efforts. A pressing need for the baking industry, we look forward to seeing how Vanessa will grow and develop even more relevant training to meet the industry’s needs,” said ABA President and CEO Robb MacKie. “Vanessa will work closely with Kathy to ensure a smooth transition for the members.”
“One of my joys since joining B&CMA, and now ABA, is Vanessa’s growth and the growth of the education platforms,” said Senior Advisor to the President & CEO: B&CMA Transition & Development Dave Van Laar. “In many ways she is the learning management system and has nurtured it from the outset.”
ABA will be conducting a search for a Manager of Education to assist the Education team.