ADA Mideast Board of Directors

The American Dairy Association Mideast Board of Directors consists of dairy farmers representing both cooperative and independent producers. The Board also appoints one non-voting advisory director representing dairy processors and manufacturers. The 2020 Board of Directors are:

  • Bill Besancon
    Wooster, Ohio
  • Donald Bickel
    New Vienna, Ohio
  • Rob Bouic, Secretary
    Milford Center, Ohio
  • Greg Conrad, Chair
    New Holland, Ohio
  • Lois Douglass
    Marshallville, Ohio
  • Greg Gibson
    Bruceton Mills, WV
  • Larry Griffith
    Bethel, Ohio
  • Mark Hoewischer, Vice Chair
    Mechanicsburg, Ohio
  • Lee Kohler
    Baltimore, Ohio
  • Joe Miley, Treasurer
    West Salem, Ohio
  • Heidi Rennecker
    Smithville, Ohio
  • Ken Ruprecht
    Butler, Ohio
  • Travis Thompson DVM
    Navarre, Ohio
  • Bill Thurston
    Delaware, Ohio
  • John Wuebker
    St. Henry, Ohio
  • Advisory Member – Dannon
    Minster, Ohio

The board members set policy and approve program direction and budgets to help increase sales and demand for dairy products and protect the image of dairy foods and farmers.

Programs focus on building trust and sales in dairy foods, creating lifelong dairy consumers, and advancing innovation through partnerships with industry leaders.

ADA Mideast is one of 15 state and regional dairy-farmer funded promotion organizations that work with Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff program and is funded by the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) and the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB).

The ADA Mideast Board of Directors appointed Chair Conrad and re-elected Vice Chair Hoewischer to serve as Directors to UDIA, the federation of state and regional dairy farmer-funded promotion organizations that provides marketing programs developed and implemented in coordination with its members.

Ohio and West Virginia dairy farmers are represented on the NDB by ADA Mideast Board Member Greg Gibson, who was appointed by USDA. The 38-member NDB, formed under the authority of the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983, carries out coordinated promotion and research programs to help build demand and expand domestic and international markets for dairy products.

The ADA Mideast Board of Directors also appointed a representative from the Dannon Company, Inc. of Minster, Ohio, to serve as their non-voting advisory director and represent Ohio’s dairy processing and manufacturing community.