About Us


First Association 100% Focused on Senior Housing

The SDA is the first professional / trade organization focused entirely on dining for the senior housing industry. 

Our purpose is to connect and educate hospitality industry professionals with careers in senior housing and support current talent with the training and resources they need to achieve their personal best.

Communities often struggle to recruit and retain high-quality dining staff. With SeniorDiningCareers.com, we connect hospitality industry professionals with careers in senior housing. 

“Food is at the heart of any senior living community,” said association founder and CEO Harris Ader, a 20-year senior food service veteran. “The SDA is committed to improving the industry by bringing operators and industry partners together.”

Your SDA membership shows your staff that you care about their development and their careers. We offer a wide array of opportunities for both remote and live classroom learning.

By having more education on industry trends and sharing best dining practices among all senior housing professionals, you're investing in yourself and your organization. 

Webinars and SDA video chats—free for all members—allow them to pursue career development from the convenience of their own locations. Led by industry experts, these events help professionals throughout your community—chefs, directors of dining services, dining service managers and others—enhance their knowledge on topics such as food cost control, dining trends and using technology in senior dining operations to develop new income streams. 

For a more intensive experience, on the other hand, SDA boot camps give them a chance to supercharge their knowledge with in-depth, live training.

By bringing your employees into the SDA, you also give them a sense of belonging to a larger community. No longer will your staff feel isolated from their peers. Forums and SDA events help energize them and make it clear they are part of an exciting, fast-growing industry.

Come witness the future of senior dining March 17-20 at the first ever Senior Dining Association Conference and Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The SDA’s conference and expo offers a wide range of learning opportunities as well as a chance to network with committed professionals across the country. The conference and expo is the industry’s foremost gathering of senior dining professionals, providing an unmatched opportunity to pick up essential skills and remind yourself why you’re passionate about senior dining.

Leading experts in the senior dining space will be on hand to present recent trends and best practices, while SDA Chats and Innovation Ideation discussions give you the opportunity to ask questions and share your experience.

Food, education, collaboration and experience are the themes of the Senior Dining Association Conference and Expo. We want you and your team to be re-energized as you hone your skills and make new connections with senior dining professionals around the country.

Businesses also have a chance to increase their visibility with SDA sponsorships. As the country’s leading professional / trade organization for senior dining professionals, the SDA gives you access to the country’s move valuable audience in this rapidly growing industry.

Don’t wait, invest in your people & your organization! You have it within your power to make the senior dining experience a joyful one for residents and guests as well as yourself and your coworkers.  



To unite industry partners and operators to collectively enhance the dining experience for their guests. 



To be an essential dining resource for all senior living providers. 



Integrity | Passion | Innovation | Quality  

Relationships | Collaboration | Growth 

Leading The Way

Harris Ader

Harris Ader

Founder & CEO

Senior Dining Association


Maggie Fogel

Maggie Fogel

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Senior Dining Association


Melissa Klingberg


Event Manager 

Senior Dining Association 


Barbara Kane


Vice President of Industry Relations


SDA Advisory Board Member

Jonathan Pinsker


Regional Director Culinary and Nutrition Services

ACTS Retirement-Life Communities

SDA Advisory Board Member

Bethany Runyan Meadows


Senior Manager of Channel Marketing

Tyson Foods

SDA Advisory Board Member

John Andrews


Division Director of Culinary & Nutrition Services

Ohio Living

SDA Advisory Board Member

Schelley Hollyday



The Hollyday Group

SDA Advisory Board Member

Aaron Fish


Vice President of Food & Beverage

Civitas Senior Living

SDA Advisory Board Member

Stephen Eggles


Vice President of Dining & Wellness Services

ACTS Retirement Life Communities

SDA Advisory Board Member

Shayne Varnum


Director of Consultant Services

Hobart Corporation

SDA Advisory Board Member

Bob Raymond


Vice President of Dining

Commonwealth Senior Living

SDA Advisory Board Member