Lisa Suriano, CEO
Lisa Suriano, owner and founder of Veggiecation, is the creator of an innovative curriculum based lunch program that introduces young children to the nutritious world of vegetables. Utilizing existing school resources to minimize costs and seamlessly integrate Veggiecation into the classroom and school lunch programs, Veggiecation incorporates kid-friendly vegetable preparations into classroom lesson and empowers students to expand their horizons while simultaneously improving their nutritional status. Lisa founded Veggiecation in 2009, while simultaneously studying
for her Master of Science, Nutrition and Food Science at Montclair State University, which she received in May 2010.
Prior to founding Veggiecation, in 2005, Lisa joined and continues to be actively involved in her family business J.C. Food where she is Director of Operations and Team Nutritionist. J.C. Food is a premier school food service consulting company for independent schools in New York, Connecticut and Boston metro areas. In addition to supervising the daily operations in many of the schools, she coordinates J.C. Food’s annual food show where they discover and make available the latest, healthiest products for students. Always mindful of nutritionally based foods, Lisa also researches organic and natural food offerings for use in the schools.
As a nutrition expert, Lisa provides her food and nutrition knowledge to organizations throughout the tri-state area, such as Horizons Camp (Brooklyn, New York) where she worked as the Nutrition and Food Service Coordinator, and Look Sharp Performing Arts Center (Ramsey, New Jersey) where Lisa provides nutrition counseling to program attendees.
Lisa’s extensive study in food and nutrition includes a series of complimentary credentials, such as Certified Personal Trainer and Serv-Safe Certification for proper food handling and protection against food borne illness. Today, Lisa continues to study food processing and its effect of nutrient denaturation, sports-specific nutrition, FDA/USDA regulations, and food allergy safety and labeling. Prior, in 2005, Lisa received her Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from The College of New Jersey, and most recently, in 2010, her Master of Science, Nutrition and Food Science, from Montclair State University.
Lisa, a native of Queens, New York, was raised and currently resides in New Jersey where she is married to her childhood sweetheart. Together, they are raising Atticus, their three-year old Beagle.