Committees & Groups

WCMA's enthusiastic and productive member committees and groups help to direct Association endeavors, from the development of policy positions to the categories judged at our Contests. Get engaged today!

Contest Committee

Members of this closed committee devote hundreds of hours each year to planning and executing the World and United States Championship Cheese Contests.

Interested? Contact WCMA Events Manager Kirsten Strohmenger.


Dairy Food Safety Alliance 

This partnership between WCMA, the Center for Dairy Research, and Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin offers all interested dairy farmers, manufacturers, and processors the latest in food safety education and regulatory resources.

Interested? Contact WCMA Events Manager Kirsten Strohmenger.


Health & Safety Group

This open group of WCMA members meets regularly to help develop and share resources designed to help dairy processors assess and improve their health and safety policies, prepare for future inspections, and connect with their peers.

Interested? Contact WCMA Senior Director of Programs & Policy Rebekah Sweeney.


Membership Committee

This closed group reviews WCMA’s current membership structure, develops member recruitment and retention strategies, and shares new ideas to support the success of all WCMA members.

Interested? Contact WCMA Business & Membership Manager Sara Schmidt.


Policy Committee

This open group shapes WCMA’s policy initiatives and legislative agenda via annual meetings, conference calls, and frequent electronic updates.

Interested? Contact WCMA Senior Director of Programs & Policy Rebekah Sweeney. 


Recognition Committee

This closed committee meets annually to consider and recommend long-time industry leaders for honors from WCMA.

Interested? Contact WCMA Events Manager Caitlin Peirick.


Supplier Committee

This group of Supplier members meets annually to review WCMA events, including CheeseExpo, the Cheese Industry Conference, and the WCMA Golf Outing and Trap Shoot.

Interested? Contact WCMA Events Director Judy Keller


Technology Committee

This open committee, now with more than 50 members, meets three times each year to explore regulatory and technical issues in the industry.

Interested? Contact Executive Director John Umhoefer.


Workforce and Education Committee

This open, energetic committee aims to support members’ efforts to attract, train, and retain a high-quality workforce. Members meet quarterly to direct WCMA training endeavors and contribute to the Association’s annual Wage & Workforce Survey.

Interested? Contact WCMA Senior Director of Programs & Policy Rebekah Sweeney.


Young Professionals

This open group, intended for individuals who are 40 years old or younger, hosts networking events designed not only to foster friendships, but to help the industry’s next generation learn more about their craft.

Interested? Contact WCMA Events Manager Kirsten Strohmenger.