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Boards & Committees

Board of Directors

WCMA’s Board of Directors consists of 21 members elected by the industry to direct the association’s strategy and spending via quarterly meetings.  Here’s a look at those individuals currently serving WCMA in a leadership capacity.


President – Kim Heiman, Nasonville Dairy
1st Vice President – Kerry Henning, Henning Cheese
2nd Vice President – Dave Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Company
Secretary – Steve Bechel, Eau Galle Cheese Factory
Treasurer – Chris Sandretti, Saputo Cheese USA

Pictured: Members of the 2017-18 WCMA Board of Directors, at a meeting in December 2017.


Jim Bleick, Graf Creamery
Craig Filkouski, Great Lakes Cheese
Gary Gosda, Lake Country Dairy
Kyle Jensen, Hilmar Cheese Company
Jeff Kent, Foremost Farms USA

Linda Lee, Swiss Valley Farms
Craig Linz, Tetra Pak
Ken Meyers, MCT Dairies
Mike Neu, Chr. Hansen
Laurie Olm, Pine River Dairy

Paul Scharfman, Specialty Cheese Co.
Chris Simon, Agropur
Greg Siegenthaler, Grande Cheese
Jeff Wideman, Maple Leaf Cheese Co-op
Mark Witke, Zimmerman Cheese
Tayt Wuethrich, Grassland Dairy Products


Serving on a WCMA committee is a great way to give back to the industry that’s done so much for us all – and to influence its future.  WCMA thanks the many members who volunteer their time and talent to make our committees productive and successful.

Get active in these committees…

Education Committee: Evaluate and improve existing WCMA educational offerings, review workforce resources, and contribute ideas for future training programs. (Accepting Members)

Contest Committee: Plan and execute the World Championship Cheese Contest and the United States Championship Cheese Contest. (Currently Fully Enrolled)

Policy Committee: Shape WCMA policy initiatives and legislative agenda.  (Accepting Members)

Supplier Committee: Assess and improve the International Cheese Technology Expo, the Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference, the WCMA Golf Outing &  Trap Shoot and other WCMA events.  (Currently Fully Enrolled)

Technology Committee: Explore regulatory and technical production issues within the dairy processing and industry supplier community. (Accepting Members)

Recognition Committee: Consider and recommend long-time industry leaders for honors from WCMA. (Currently Fully Enrolled)