Committees

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

Contest Committee

Committee members devote hundreds of hours each year to planning and executing the World Championship Cheese Contest and the United States Championship Cheese Contest.

Interested? Contact Events Manager Kirsten Strohmenger.


Dairy Food Safety Alliance 

This partnership between WCMA, the Center for Dairy Research, and Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin offers members the latest in food safety education and regulatory resources.

Interested? Contact Events Manager Kirsten Strohmenger.


Membership Committee

This 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 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 Senior Director, Programs & Policy Rebekah Sweeney. 


Recognition Committee

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

Interested? Contact 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 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 group aims to support members’ efforts to attract, train, and retain a high-quality workforce. Meeting quarterly, committee members direct WCMA training endeavors and contribute to the Association’s annual Wage & Workforce Survey.

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


Young Professionals Committee

This committee, 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 Events Manager Kirsten Strohmenger.