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Dairy Council of California Appoints Four New Board Members; Justin Leyendekker and Amy DeLisio Comment

Dairy Council of California Appoints Four New Board Members; Justin Leyendekker and Amy DeLisio Comment


SACRAMENTO, CA
Monday, January 8th, 2024

Four distinguished figures in the dairy industry have joined a dynamic team led by the Dairy Council of California. The nutrition education and advocacy organization has announced the addition of four new board members as it continues to achieve its goals.

Amy DeLisio, Chief Executive Officer, Dairy Council of California“We are thrilled to welcome Laura Bosch, Justin Leyendekker, Michael Oosten, and Pauline Tjaarda to Dairy Council of California's Board of Directors,” says Amy DeLisio, Chief Executive Officer. “Their diverse backgrounds and deep-rooted commitment to the dairy community will enrich our organization's ability to continue to promote healthy eating patterns and sustainable food systems that include dairy foods.”

The four newly appointed members include:

  • Laura Bosch: Co-Owner of Bosch Dairy Farms
  • Justin Leyendekker: Owner of Hoppy Cows Dairy
  • Michael Oosten: Owner of Marvo Holsteins
  • Pauline Tjaarda: Co-Owner of Tjaarda Dairy

As a press release noted, the addition of these new board members brings the total number to a full board of 24, with 12 producers and 12 processors representing both sides of the dairy industry.

The Dairy Council of California announced the addition of four new board members

Each of the new board members has familial connections to the dairy community that span generations. Board members are elected for three-year terms and are approved by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Justin Leyendekker, Owner, Hoppy Cows Dairy“Alongside my fellow new board members, I'm excited to join the Dairy Council of California and be a part of a great team working to educate California about the nutritious properties of dairy milk,” stated Leyendekker.

In addition to these appointments, the organization also reappointed four members:

  • Stacy Heaton: Director of Communications for California Dairies
  • Dennis Roberts: CEO and President of Crystal Creamery
  • Patrick Schallberger: CEO of Hollandia Dairy
  • Richard Shehadey: Chairman of the Board for Producers Dairy

Congratulations to each of these leaders for playing a vital role on this team!

Dairy Council of California
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