Our
Cooperative

We are a purpose-driven cooperative, working to enrich communities and consumers' lives through all the possibilities of dairy. And at Dairy Farmers of America, we understand that these possibilities go beyond the traditional dairy case. They mean providing opportunities for rural communities to thrive, sharing nourishment to those in need and preserving natural resources for future generations. From our family farmers and field staff to product developers and finance teams, every member of our organization plays an essential role so that together, we can share the simple pleasures of real dairy with families everywhere. 

How We're Structured

DFA is an organization of local, family farmers from across the country, which means that we're owned by the family farmers we passionately serve. Divided into seven geographic Areas, our grassroots structure ensures every member is represented through elected farmer-leaders at all levels of Cooperative governance. This grassroots structure is overseen by a 49-member Board of Directors.

How We Work

We have an incredible team of employees who bring our mission to life every day. Take a minute to discover what makes our culture so special and check out our open positions.

Visit Our Careers Section

Board of Directors

Central Area

Byron Lehman Kansas
<a href=Byron Lehman" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Craig Elder Wisconsin
<a href=Craig Elder" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Doug Nuttelman Board Vice Chairman Nebraska
<a href=Doug Nuttelman" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Ken Birker Iowa
<a href=Ken Birker" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
<a href=Larry Shover" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Lilah Krebs North Dakota
<a href=Lilah Krebs" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
<a href=Steve Strickler" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Tom Oelrichs Missouri
<a href=Tom Oelrichs" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>

Mideast Area

<a href=Bill Besancon" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Dwight Nash Michigan
<a href=Dwight Nash" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
<a href=Garry Kibler, Sr." onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Greg Gibson West Virginia
<a href=Greg Gibson" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Jeff Raney Board Vice Chairman Pennsylvania
<a href=Jeff Raney" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
<a href=Larry Griffith" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Terry Rowlett Kentucky
<a href=Terry Rowlett" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>

Mountain Area

Chris Kraft Colorado
<a href=Chris Kraft" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Alan Gerratt Idaho
<a href=Alan Gerratt" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Brian Hardy First Vice Chairman of the Board Utah
<a href=Brian Hardy" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Rick Podtburg Colorado
<a href=Rick Podtburg" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Ron Shelton Colorado
<a href=Ron Shelton" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>

Northeast Area

Bruce Bartley Pennsylvania
<a href=Bruce Bartley" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
David White New York
<a href=David White" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Dean Handy Pennsylvania
<a href=Dean Handy" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Jacques Parent Vermont
<a href=Jacques Parent" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Jerrel Heatwole Board Vice Chairman/Treasurer Delaware
<a href=Jerrel Heatwole" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Larry Bailey New York
<a href=Larry Bailey" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
<a href=Patricia Bikowsky" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Sandy Stauffer New York
<a href=Sandy Stauffer" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Scott Lackey Pennsylvania
<a href=Scott Lackey" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Todd Hathorn Vice Chairman New York
<a href=Todd Hathorn" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
<a href=Travis Fogler" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Valerie Patten New York
<a href=Valerie Patten" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>

Southeast Area

Brian Rexing Indiana
<a href=Brian Rexing" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Glen Easter South Carolina
<a href=Glen Easter" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
<a href=Jerry Spencer" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Kent Herman Vice Chairman North Carolina
<a href=Kent Herman" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Larkin Moyer Virginia
<a href=Larkin Moyer" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Randy Mooney Chairman of the Board Missouri
<a href=Randy Mooney" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>

Southwest Area

Buster Goff New Mexico
<a href=Buster Goff" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Dan Senestraro Board Vice Chairman Kansas
<a href=Dan Senestraro" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
John Woelber New Mexico
<a href=John Woelber" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
<a href=Keith Broumley" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
<a href=Larry Hancock" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Neil Hoff Texas
<a href=Neil Hoff" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>

Western Area

Case Van Steyn Board Vice Chairman California
<a href=Case Van Steyn" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Leroy Ornellas California
<a href=Leroy Ornellas" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Melvin Medeiros California
<a href=Melvin Medeiros" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Perry Tjaarda California
<a href=Perry Tjaarda" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Pete Olsen Nevada
<a href=Pete Olsen" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>

Management

Rick Smith President and Chief Executive Officer Kansas
<a href=Rick Smith" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Alex B. Bachelor Executive Vice President, Administration, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary Kansas
<a href=Alex B. Bachelor" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Martin Bates Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ingredient Solutions  Kansas
<a href=Martin Bates" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Danelle J. Bender Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Treasury Officer Kansas
<a href=Danelle J. Bender" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Alan Bernon President and Chief Executive Officer, Dairy Brands Texas
<a href=Alan Bernon" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Andrew Brummel Senior Vice President, Legal Kansas
<a href=Andrew Brummel" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Kristen Coady Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs Kansas
<a href=Kristen Coady" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
David Darr Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer Kansas
<a href=David Darr" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Doug Glade Executive Vice President of Business Integration Kansas
<a href=Doug Glade" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Cory Gillins Chief Operating Officer, Mountain Area Utah
<a href=Cory Gillins" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Keith Gomes Chief Operating Officer, Mideast Area Ohio
<a href=Keith Gomes" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Jack Haak Vice President, Human Resources Kansas
<a href=Jack Haak" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Brad Keating Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Northeast Area New York
<a href=Brad Keating" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Jackie Klippenstein Senior Vice President, Government, Industry and Community Relations Kansas
<a href=Jackie Klippenstein" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Monica Massey Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Kansas
<a href=Monica Massey" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Randy McGinnis Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Central, Southeast, and Southwest Areas Kansas
<a href=Randy McGinnis" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Pat Panko Executive Vice President, DFA President, Dairy Brands North Kansas
<a href=Pat Panko" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Dennis Rodenbaugh Executive Vice President and President of Council Operations and Ingredients Kansas
<a href=Dennis Rodenbaugh" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Kevin Strathman Chief Financial Officer Kansas
<a href=Kevin Strathman" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Gary Stueve Chief Operating Officer, Western Area California
<a href=Gary Stueve" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Edward Tilley Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Beverage and Dairy Foods Kansas
<a href=Edward Tilley" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Jay Waldvogel Senior Vice President, Strategy Wisconsin
<a href=Jay Waldvogel" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Greg Wickham Executive Vice President Kansas
<a href=Greg Wickham" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
John Wilson Senior Vice President and Chief Fluid Marketing Officer Kansas
<a href=John Wilson" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>
Angela Wiltz Vice President, Human Resources Kansas
<a href=Angela Wiltz" onerror="this.style.display = 'none'"/>