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.


Kurt Epprecht

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

Sheryl Meshke

IDFA Cheese Board Vice Chair / President and CEO, Associated Milk Producers, Inc.


Troy Ammann

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

Ebru Basaran-Shull

Executive Vice President, Compliance, Sargento Foods, Inc.

Gilbert de Cardenas

Chief Executive Officer, Cacique Foods LLC

Wilf Costello

Chief Commercial Officer - Cheese Glanbia Nutritionals

Peter Cotter

President & CEO, Lactalis Heritage Dairy

Patrick Criteser

President and CEO, Tillamook County Creamery Association

Jason Delaney

President, Ornua Ingredients North America

Steve Doyle

Director of Procurement & Industrial Sales, Sartori Company

Mike Dudas

Director of Procurement, Schuman Cheese

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

David Lynn

President & CEO, Agri-Mark, Inc./Cabot

Tom Murphy

President, Brewster Cheese Company

Tim Omer

President and Managing Director, Emmi Roth

Israel Santiesteban-Barrientos

Vice President – Head of Commodities, Ingredients & ESG, The Kraft Heinz Company

Greg Siegenthaler

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

Greg Somerville

CEO, Savencia Cheese USA, LLC

Doug Wilke

CEO, Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc.

Executive Council Members

Terry Brockman

Secretary / Senior Vice President Dairy Procurement, Ingredients and Industry Affairs, Saputo USA

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

Betsy Erdelyi

Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank

Rick Gessler

Vice President of Engineering, Delkor Systems

Scott Sexton

CEO, by Ever.Ag

NextGen Board Members

Alison Krebs

Director Dairy & Trade Policy, Leprino Foods Company

Andy Pfister

Executive Vice President, Masters Gallery Foods Inc.