Diane Schweitzer

Diane Schweitzer

Director of Buildings and Grounds for the School City of Hammond in Hammond, Indiana

Dr. Diane Schweitzer is Director of Buildings and Grounds for the School City of Hammond in Hammond, Indiana.  She obtained degrees from Purdue University in Nursing, Food Service and Lodging Supervision, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. She obtained a Master’s Degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and her PhD in Foodservice Management from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Diane is a guest lecturer in the Purdue Calumet Hospitality Management Program teaching procurement and non-commercial food service management.  She is the author of numerous professional articles related to worker safety, contract management, food service productivity and design.  She is also author of “Planning and Designing Innovative and Modern School Kitchens and Dining Rooms,” a book used by a number of school food service directors and kitchen consultants.

Her professional designations include an RN (Registered Nurse), Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM), Foodservice Management Professional (FMP), School Nutrition Specialist (SNS), and Certified Food Service Professional (CFSP).

Diane was previously a Director of Child Nutrition for over 30 years and she has served

The (national) School Nutrition Association on the executive board as chairperson of the Research Committee, and the Indiana School Nutrition Association Executive Board as Secretary and Chair of the Regional Representatives.

Awards include Indiana Outstanding Foodservice Director by the Indiana School Nutrition Association, Outstanding Regional Director by the School Nutrition Association and Outstanding School Support Person, Region 1, Indiana School Business Officials (IASBO). The Child Nutrition Program under the direction of Diane Schweitzer was awarded the first national “District of Excellence Award” by the School Nutrition Association in National Harbor, Maryland.

In addition to her duties as Director of Buildings and Grounds, Diane chairs the Risk Management Committee for the School City of Hammond, saving thousands of dollars annually in workers’ compensation costs by using strategies outlined in her doctoral dissertation related to food service worker safety.