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

Albert de Boer – Board Vice President since 2008
Dairy Farmer, Ferndale, WA

Dolores Werkhoven – Board Treasurer since 1996
Dairy Farmer, Monroe, WA

Debra French, RDN, CD – Board Secretary since 1999
Executive Director, Washington Dairy Council

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

Michelle CarterBoard Member since 2012
Member Communications Manager, Darigold

Leann KrainickBoard Member since 2015
Dairy Farmer, Enumclaw, WA

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

Sara OsborneBoard Member since 2015
Public and Government Affairs Director, Safeway

Tafline LaylinBoard Member since 2019
Leader of Digital Communications and Social Engagement, Darigold

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

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

 


 

Meet your Dairy Council nutrition team:

Debra French, RDN, CD
Executive Director
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Brianne Kappel, RDN, CD
Director of Nutrition and Wellness
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Tim Pierson, MS, RDN, CD
Nutrition Communications Manager
[email protected]

 

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