IDFA Cheese Board

The board members are tasked with providing strategic vision, policy direction and leadership on segment-specific issues. The board will conduct business in coordination with the IDFA Executive Council, through the chair and vice chair.


Doug Wilke

IDFA Cheese Board Chair / CEO, Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc.

Kurt Epprecht

IDFA Cheese Board Vice Chair / Vice President, Cheese Quality and Dairy Policy, Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc.


Troy Ammann

Vice President, Cheese Sales, Agropur U.S. Operations

Wilf Costello

Chief Commercial Officer - Cheese Glanbia Nutritionals

Patrick Criteser

President and CEO, Tillamook County Creamery Association

Ron Dunford

President and CEO, Schreiber Foods

Ivan Giraud

CEO, Bel Brands

Scott Graham

Chief Operating Officer, Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc.

Cary Grover

President & CEO, Lakeview Cheese Products, LLC

Sheryl Meshke

President and CEO, Associated Milk Producers Inc.

Tom Murphy

President, Brewster Cheese Company

Tim Omer

President and Managing Director, Emmi Roth

Israel Santiesteban-Barrientos

Vice President - Head of Procurement, MFC, The Kraft Heinz Company

Neal Schuman

President, Schuman Cheese

Greg Siegenthaler

Vice President of Milk Marketing and Supply Chain, Grande Cheese Company

Greg Somerville

CEO, Savencia Cheese USA, LLC

Executive Council Members

Terry Brockman

Secretary / Chief Business Officer, Saputo Dairy Division USA

Peter Cotter

President & CEO, Lactalis Heritage Dairy

Mike Durkin

Vice Chair / President and CEO, Leprino Foods Company

Jeff Gentine

President & CEO, Masters Gallery Foods, Incorporated

Louie Gentine

CEO, Sargento Foods Inc.

Gold Business Partner Representatives

Dale Andersen

President & CEO, Delkor Systems, Inc.

Betsy Erdelyi

Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank

Scott Sexton

CEO, by Ever.Ag

NextGen Board Members

Ebru Basaran-Shull

Executive Vice President, Compliance, Sargento Foods, Inc.