During the fall board meetings held in Chicago, the International Dairy Foods Association and its three constituent organizations – the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA) – elected new officers and 23 new board members.

Leading the associations during the next year will be IDFA Chair Mike Reidy, senior vice president - corporate affairs, Leprino Foods Co.; Vice Chair Gregg Tanner, chief executive officer, Dean Foods Co.; Secretary Ron Dunford, president, Schreiber US, Schreiber Foods; and Treasurer Rachel Kyllo, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Kemps/Dairy Farmers of America

The new IDFA directors are: Gary Aggus, President & General Manager, Hiland Dairy Foods Co. ; David Ahlem, Chief Operating Officer, Hilmar Cheese Co. ; Paul Corney, President & COO, Saputo Dairy Foods USA; Michael Doyle, President and Chief Executive Officer, Foremost Farms USA; Carl Evans, Director of Operations – Manufacturing, Frozen Dairy, The Kroger Co.; Jim Lehman, General Manager, Pace Dairy of Minnesota; Brian Rice, Principal, Rice Dairy; Randall Rich, President, Rich Ice Cream Co.; and Jim Sartori, Chief Executive Officer, Sartori Co.

The new MIF board members are: Ralph Hallquist, Vice President, Sales, Borden Dairy Co.; Scott McGinty, President, Aurora Organic Dairy; Beau Mainous, Chief Customer Officer, Chobani; Frank Otis, President and CEO, Crystal Creamery; and Pat Panko, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Fluid Milk & Ice Cream, Dairy Farmers of America

The new NCI board members are: Dale Andersen, President & CEO, Delkor Systems,; Brian Baker, President, Baker Cheese; Wilf Costello, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Glanbia Foods; Jeff Fairless, President, Biery Cheese Co.; Frederic Nalis, CEO of Bel Americas & Bel Brands USA, Bel Brands USA; and Ed Pcolar, Senior Vice President of Operations, Cabot/McCadam.

The new IICA board members are: Cary Grover, General Manager, Hudsonville Creamery & Ice Cream Co.; Ken Jorgensen, Director, Dairy Operations, H-E-B; and Jon Laschenski, Director, Dairy Operations, Kwik Trip

“IDFA is extremely grateful for the industry professionals who serve as officers and directors. They provide our organization with a strong foundation and contribute a wealth of wisdom and energy,” said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. “We appreciate the time and talents that these volunteer leaders regularly give to IDFA and the dairy industry overall.”  


—Submitted by the International Dairy Foods Association