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Release: #18-27
April 6, 2018
Contact: Cynthia Butler
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Appoints New State Director for Nutrition Services Division

SACRAMENTO— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today the appointment of Kim Frinzell as the new Director of the Nutrition Services Division (NSD) at the California Department of Education (CDE). She began her new assignment on April 1.

Frinzell has over two decades of administrative and operations expertise in both federal and state nutrition programs and policy. She formerly served as the NSD’s Associate Director.

“Kim’s extensive experience, dedication, and comprehensive knowledge make her the perfect choice for this position,” said Torlakson. “She has played a key role in successfully collaborating with our schools, districts, and community centers to provide access to nutritious and healthy food for California students so they can be focused, alert, and ready to learn.” 

Frinzell received her bachelor of science degree in agricultural science: dietetics and food administration from Fresno State University and later became a Registered Dietitian.

She spent over seven years with Sacramento County as a dietitian for WIC (Women, Infants and Children), a federal child nutrition program, and an additional eight years with the California Department of Public Health WIC program.

In 2013 Frinzell joined the CDE as a Nutrition Education Administrator which allowed her to continue leading nutrition education, staff training initiatives, and policy development. She is the CDE representative for the Child Nutrition Advisory Council and the liaison for the State Nutrition Action Committee.

In her new role, Frinzell will continue the division’s focus on helping its partners maintain and improve services to children and its ongoing communication with staff at schools and centers to provide them with quality customer service and resources.

In her spare time, Frinzell loves hosting cooking “throw down” competitions with family and friends and tending to her vegetable garden.

Frinzell replaces Sandip Kaur, who retired in March.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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