Dairy Farmers of America corporate board of directors elects officers

April 1, 2009

Kansas City, Mo. - Tom Camerlo, a dairy farmer from Florence, Colo., was re-elected to his seventh term as chairman of the Corporate Board of Directors for Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA). The election took place at the conclusion of DFA’s 11th Annual Meeting held March 24-25 in Kansas City.

Camerlo has served as DFA’s chairman since 2003. He also serves as chairman of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, serves on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and is on the board of Dairy Management, Inc.

Randy Mooney of Rogersville, Mo., was re-elected first vice chairman. He chairs DFA’s Southeast Area Council and serves on boards of the National Milk Producers Federation, Missouri Dairy Association and Milk Processor Education Program.

Tom Croner of Berlin, Pa., was re-elected secretary/treasurer and chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee. He chairs DFA’s Mideast Area Council and serves on the boards for the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program and Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association.

Four other members were re-elected to Corporate Board officer positions, and each will chair a committee on the Corporate Board. In addition, three of these leaders serve as chairmen for their respective Area Councils.

Jerrel Heatwole of Greenwood, Del., was re-elected as a vice chairman and chairman of the Government, Member and Public Relations Committee. He also chairs DFA’s Northeast Area Council, serves as treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and is a board member of the United Dairy Industry Association and National Milk Producers Federation.

George Mertens of Sonoma, Calif., was re-elected as a vice chairman and chairman the Fluid Marketing and Public Policy Committee. He chairs DFA’s Western Area Council and has been very active in the California dairy industry.

Wayne Palla of Clovis, N.M., was re-elected as a vice chairman and chairman of the Audit Committee. He chairs DFA’s Southwest Area Council, is a board member of National Milk Producers Federation and is a former corporate and southern region treasurer of Associated Milk Producers Inc.

Bill Siebenborn of Trenton, Mo., was re-elected as a vice chairman and chairman of the Value-Added Committee. He serves as chairman of the United Dairy Industry Association and vice chairman of the Midwest Dairy Association.