MMPA leaders elected to board of directors and advisory committee

NOVI, Mich.—Delegates attending the 101st annual meeting of the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) on March 23 elected Mark Iciek of Gladwin and Kris Wardin of St. Johns to at-large, three-year terms on the board of directors.

During the board’s reorganizational meeting, held after the delegate meeting, the following officers were elected: President: Ken Nobis, St. Johns; Vice President: Mark Halbert, Battle Creek; Treasurer: Eric Frahm, Frankenmuth.

Board members reelected at the district level were: Timothy Hood in District 2, David Pyle in District 3 and Anthony Jandernoa in District 6.

Delegates at the district level also elected representatives to the MMPA Advisory Committee. Members of this committee—five in each of the eight districts—serve as a liaison between the membership and the board of directors and management.

Each leader on the Advisory Committee and Board of Directors is dairy farmer member-owner of the MMPA cooperative.

Advisory Committee members elected this year to a two-year term are:

District 1             Brad Hart of Clayton, Josh Lott of Mason and Art Riske of Hanover
District 2             Danny Ransler of Gobles, Dan Ritter of Potterville and Richard Thomas of Middlebury, Indiana
District 3             William Stakenas of Freesoil, Burke Larson of Scottville and Gary Nelson of Grant
District 4             David Folkersma of Rudyard, Russell Tolan of Ossineke and Ronald Lucas of Posen
District 5             Tom Jeppesen of Stanton, Bruce Benthem of McBain and Amy Martin of Leroy
District 6             Aaron Gasper of Lowell, Steve Thelen of Fowler and Brad Ritter of Byron
District 7             Scott Kleinhardt of Clare, Jason Elenbaum of Mayville and Philip Gross of Weldman
District 8             Michael Noll of Croswell, Michael Bender of Croswell and Nick Leipprandt of Pigeon

MMPA—established in 1916—is a member owned and operated dairy cooperative serving approximately 2,000 dairy farmers in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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