Washington State Dairy Council Board - Washington Dairy

Washington State Dairy Council Board

Mission Statement

Inspire lifelong health and enjoyment of dairy through evidence-based nutrition education and leadership.

Nourishing students is a top priority for our dairy farmers and the Washington State Dairy Council. We support school nutrition professionals in numerous ways in their efforts to feed youth and provide important nutrients through school meals.

As you know, milk is an integral part of the federal school meals programs because of its beneficial nutrient package. Many students fall short in meeting daily dairy recommendations and school meals are an opportunity to close that gap and help them meet their needs for calcium, vitamin D and other needed nutrients provided by milk. From mind to body, real milk is an important part of living well with 13 essential nutrients in every glass.


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Our Board Members

Dustin Highland – Board President since 2012
CEO, Smith Brothers Farms

Leann KrainickBoard Vice President since 2021
Dairy Farmer, Enumclaw, WA

Terri Raymond, MA, RDN, CDN, FAND – Board Member since 2005
Owner, Dietitian Consulting Services

Michelle CarterBoard Member since 2012
Member Communications Manager, Darigold

Lana Smaciarz, RDNBoard Member since 2017
Dairy Farmer, Raymond, WA

Steve Seppi – Board Member since 2020
Executive Director, Dairy Farmers of Washington

Leanne Eko – Board Member since 2020
Child Nutrition Services Director, OSPI

Bill Wavrin, DVMBoard Member since 2021
Dairy Farmer, Ferndale, WA

Dan DeRuyterBoard Member since 2023
Dairy Farmer, Outlook, WA



Meet your Dairy Council Team:


Njongenhle Nyoni, PhD
Sr. Director of Sustainability
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Brianne Cowan, RDN, CD
Nutrition and Wellness Director
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Tim Pierson, MS, RDN, CD
Sustainable Nutrition Director
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