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Midwest Dairy Elects Leadership

by Stephanie Cundith, MS, RD, LD | Apr 5, 2018 | 0 comments

2018 Midwest Dairy Corporate Board Officers

Corporate board officers for 2018 include, from left: Barb Liebenstein, Charles Krause, Allen Merrill, Dan Hotvedt, Lowell Mueller.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota – 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 elected second vice chairman; Lowell Mueller, Hooper, Nebraska, was re-elected secretary; and Barb Liebenstein, Dundas, Minnesota, was elected treasurer.

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

Kevin Buss, Hutchinson, Minnesota;

Karen Kasper, Owatonna, Minnesota;

Rita Mosset, Linton, North Dakota; and

Annelies Seffrood, Summit, South Dakota.

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.

Kelly Cunningham, Atlantic; Stephanie Dykshorn, Trenton; Madison Roth, Wayland; and Matt Schelling, Orange City; were seated as new members of the Iowa Division board.

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.

Minnesota Division

Chairwoman – Barb Liebenstein, Dundas;

Vice Chairman – Charles Krause, Buffalo;

Secretary – Rita Young, Plainview; and

Treasurer – Suzanne Vold, Glenwood.

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

Chairwoman – Kathy Skiba, North Branch;

Vice Chairman – Keith Knutson, Pine Island;

Secretary – Kristine Spadgenske, Menahga;

Treasurer – Chris Sukalski, Leroy; and

Executive member at-large – Peter Ripka, Ogilvie.

Mindi Arendt, Mazeppa; Sarah Kuechle, Eden Valley; and Jane Remiger, Wood Lake, were seated as new members of both the Minnesota Division board and the Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council.

Nebraska Division

Chairman – Marry Temme, Wayne;

Vice Chairman – Joyce Racicky, Mason City; and

Secretary/Treasurer – Deb Eschliman, Ericson.

Jodi Cast, Beaver Crossing, 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.

Janal Hoff, Richardton, was seated as a new member of the North Dakota Division board.

Ozarks Division

Chairman – Nathan Roth, Mountain Grove, Missouri;

Vice Chairman – Marilyn Calvin, Mt. Vernon, Missouri;

Secretary – Lloyd Gunter, Conway, Missouri; and

Treasurer – Mark Fellwock, Monett, Missouri.

Sheri Atteberry, Conway, Missouri; Earl Dotson, Marionville, Missouri; Brittany Groves, Billings, Missouri; and John Samek, Bolivar, Missouri; were seated as new members of the Ozarks Division board.

South Dakota Division

Chairman – Jim Neugebauer, Dimock;

Vice Chair – Mike Frey, Claremont;

Secretary – Chris Fieber, Goodwin; and

Treasurer – Gary Jarding, Alexandria.

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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