ADA Mideast Board of Directors

The American Dairy Association Mideast Board of Directors consists of 14 elected dairy farmers representing both cooperative and independent producers. The Board also appoints one non-voting advisory director representing dairy processors and manufacturers. The 2018 Board of Directors are:

  • Larry Alexander
    Big Prairie, Ohio
  • Donald Bickel
    New Vienna, Ohio
  • Rob Bouic
    Milford Center, Ohio
  • Greg Conrad, Treasurer
    New Holland, Ohio
  • Davis Denman
    Courtland, Ohio
  • Greg Gibson
    Bruceton Mills, WV
  • Larry Griffith
    Bethel, Ohio
  • Robert Hartline
    Marietta, Ohio
  • Mark Hoewischer, Secretary
    Mechanicsburg, Ohio
  • Lee Kohler
    Baltimore, Ohio
  • Axel Lundstron, Advisory Director
    Minster, Ohio
  • Joe Miley
    West Salem, Ohio
  • Charles Moellendick II, Vice Chair
    Pleasantville, Ohio
  • Heidi Rennecker
    Smithville, Ohio
  • Robert Sprunger
    Dalton, Ohio
  • Earl Stitzlein, Chair
    Loudonville, 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 18 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 re-appointed Chair Stitzlein and re-elected Board Member Larry Alexander of Big Prairie, Ohio 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 of Bruceton Mills, West Virginia 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 Axel Lundstrom of Dannon Company, Inc., Minster, Ohio to serve as their non-voting advisory director and represent Ohio’s dairy processing and manufacturing community.