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Midwest Dairy Elects Leadership

by Stephanie Cundith, MS, RD, LD | April 4, 2019 | 0 comments

2019 Midwest Dairy Corporate Board Officers

Corporate Board officers for 2019 include, from left: Barb Liebenstein, Charles Krause, Allen Merrill, Dan Hotvedt, Lowell Mueller.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Allen Merrill, a dairy farmer from Parker, South Dakota, was re-elected chairman of Midwest Dairy during the organization’s annual meeting held in conjunction with the Western Dairy Forum in Phoenix, Arizona.

Elections for the Corporate board officer team also were held. Charles Krause, Buffalo, Minnesota, was re-elected first vice chairman; Dan Hotvedt, Decorah, Iowa, was re-elected second vice chairman; Lowell Mueller, Hooper, Nebraska, was re-elected secretary and Barb Liebenstein, Dundas, Minnesota, was re-elected treasurer.

New members elected by their Divisions to the Midwest Dairy Corporate board include:

  • Sheri Atteberry, Conway, Missouri;
  • Kelly Cunningham, Atlantic, Iowa;
  • Margaret Johnson, Fountain, Minnesota;
  • Brent Mueller, Garden Prairie, Illinois; and
  • Joyce Racicky, Mason City, Nebraska.

Division board officers and new members are as follows:

Illinois Division

  • Chairman – Bill Deutsch, Sycamore;
  • Vice Chairman – David Jarden, Staunton;
  • Secretary – Amy Hildebrandt, South Beloit; and
  • Treasurer – Glen Meier, Ridott.

Iowa Division

  • Chairman – Dan Hotvedt, Decorah;
  • Vice Chairman – Bruce Brockshus, Ocheyedan;
  • Secretary – Jonna Schutte, Monona; and
  • Treasurer – Larry Shover, Delhi.
  • Patrick Jones, Spencer, was seated as a new member of the Iowa Division board.

Minnesota Division

  • Chairwoman – Barb Liebenstein, Dundas;
  • Vice Chairman – Charles Krause, Buffalo;
  • Secretary – Rita Young, Plainview; and
  • Treasurer – Suzanne Vold, Glenwood.
  • Megan Herberg, St. Peter; Kate McAndrews, Sauk Centre; and Eric Sonnek, Foreston, were seated as new members of the Minnesota Division board.

The Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council, a quasi-governmental group with the same board members, elected the following:

  • Chairwoman – Kathy Skiba, North Branch;
  • Vice Chairwoman – Chris Sukalski, Leroy;
  • Secretary – Kristine Spadgenske, Menahga;
  • Treasurer – Karen Kasper, Owatonna; and
  • Executive member at-large – Margaret Johnson, Fountain.

Mo-Kan Division

  • Chairman – Byron Lehman, Newton, Kansas;
  • Vice Chairman – Alex Peterson, Trenton, Missouri;
  • Secretary – Donna Telle, Uniontown, Missouri; and
  • Treasurer – Curtis Steenbock, Longford, Kansas.
  • Brian Haverkamp, Seneca, Kansas; was seated as a new member of the Mo-Kan Division board.

Nebraska Division

  • Chairwoman – Joyce Racicky; Mason City; and
  • Vice Chairwoman – Mary Temme, Wayne; and
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Jodi Cast, Beaver Crossing.
  • Mike Henn, Norfolk, was seated as a new member of the Nebraska Division board.

North Dakota Division

  • Chairman – Kenton Holle, Mandan;
  • Vice Chairman – Terry Entzminger, Jamestown;
  • Secretary – Rita Mosset, Linton; and
  • Treasurer – Lilah Krebs, Gladstone.
  • Dwane Wanzek, Cleveland, was seated as a new member of the North Dakota Division board.

Ozarks Division

  • Chairman – Nathan Roth, Mountain Grove, Missouri;
  • Vice Chairwoman – Marilyn Calvin, Mt. Vernon, Missouri;
  • Secretary – Brittany Groves, Billings Missouri; and
  • Treasurer – Mark Fellwock, Monett, Missouri.
  • Jack Dill, Conway, Missouri; was seated as a new member of the Ozarks Division board.

South Dakota Division

  • Chairman – Jim Neugebauer, Dimock;
  • Vice Chairwoman – Annelies Seffrood, Summit;
  • Secretary – Chris Fieber, Goodwin; and
  • Treasurer – Gary Jarding, Alexandria.
  • Jogchum Andringa, Brandt, was seated as a new member of the South Dakota Division board.
Stephanie Cundith, MS, RD, LD
Manager, Corporate Communications at Midwest Dairy

As a registered dietitian and nutrition spokesperson for Midwest Dairy Council, I work on behalf of dairy farmers to communicate the benefits of dairy nutrition. In addition to Dairy Makes Sense, I am a blogger for The Dairy Report.

I write from the perspective of a working mom who recognizes the challenges families face when sorting out nutrition information and putting healthy foods on the table. Dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt - all proven to play a critical role in overall health and development – take center stage in my family’s meal plan. As a runner who always is training for the next big race, I also write from the perspective of an athlete. I understand the important role nutrition plays in fueling an active lifestyle and believe that dairy helps me perform at my best.

My education background may be considered non-traditional in the field of dietetics. I have an undergraduate degree in journalism. After graduation I decided to go back to school to study nutrition and become a dietitian. I joined the Midwest Dairy staff eight years ago. Before that, I worked as a hospital dietitian and a weight management coach.

I'm originally from Pennsylvania, but Kansas has been my home now for more than ten years. Favorite pastimes include traveling east to visit family, cooking, and doing anything outside - especially distance running or chasing after my nine year-old son.

Let’s talk more about dairy nutrition, health and fitness! Follow me on Twitter @scundithRD.

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