Hall of Fame

The NCIMS Hall of Fame was created in April of 2013 to recognize individuals who have devoted significant time, resources, and leadership skills—sometimes sacrificing greatly—in order to enhance the NCIMS documents and program. Through the volunteer efforts of all NCIMS members the incidence of milk-borne illness in the United States has been almost eliminated.

The details of this program can be found in Resolution No. 11.

2015 Hall of Fame Award Recipients


Alfred R. Place, New York
23rd NCIMS Chair. Mr. Place saw through the pivotal time when the drug residue issues became public with congressional hearings and the ultimate development of Appendix N and associated Memoranda that strengthened the NCIMS Grade A Program. He was always the calm voice and his elder statesman approach to issues, as both Chair and Past Chair, allowed for all parties to work together toward improving the regulatory oversight of the industry-based drug residue program which became the Appendix N Beta-lactam testing program.

Dan Borer, Nebraska
28th and 29th NCIMS Chair. Mr. Borer successfully worked to maintain cooperation between the state dairy regulatory bodies, the dairy industry, and FDA during a time of significant stress from many sources.

Dan Rackley, Oklahoma
24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th including the 1997 Special NCIMS Conference Chair. Mr. Rackley’s vast technical understanding of how the NCIMS program operated, as well as the dairy farm and processing industry, resulted in significant modernizing of the PMO, solidifying the laboratory committee and technical testing methods, as well as requiring EML and 2400 forms to be updated. Mr. Rackley was the longest serving NCIMS Chair.

Earl Helmreich, Ohio
A true student and master of all NCIMS documents and internal procedures, Roberts Rules of Order, and particularly knowledgeable on the roles and responsibilities of the three key stakeholders to the NCIMS: State Dairy Regulatory Agencies, the FDA, and the dairy industry. Mr. Helmreich was a formidable debater and his interventions turned the tide on many key votes at the biennial NCIMS Conferences. He was particularly known for keeping FDA representatives humble.

Dr. J. L. Rowland, Missouri
1st and 2nd NCIMS Chair. Dr. Rowland worked tirelessly in organizing the early conference in Missouri. He set forth the objective “The Best Possible Milk Supply for all People.” Dr. Rowland chaired the first two NCIMS Conferences and without his tireless efforts publically and behind the scenes, there would have likely been no NCIMS Conference today.

Jim Kennedy, Missouri
20th, 21st, and 22nd NCIMS Chair. Mr. Kennedy chaired the conference through the Salmonella outbreak in Chicago and the Hispanic cheese listeria outbreak, both in 1985, that resulted in FDA launching the “Dairy Initiatives,” with assistance from State Dairy Regulatory Agencies. These initiatives, with Mr. Kennedy’s support resulted in a massive update on training for both state dairy inspectors and the dairy industry.

Marlena Bordson, Illinois
30th and 31st NCIMS Chair. Ms. Bordson had a passion for ensuring the NCIMS provisions were carried out and her legal-like mind ensured that the proceedings during the Conference were carried out with a minimum of uncertainty and wasted time for participants. She also protected the Conference and Executive Board from drifting into troubled waters. Ms. Bordson is the first woman NCIMS Chair and her service to the NCIMS program continues to this day, serving as the Executive Secretary for the Conference.

Jay Boosinger, Florida
18th and 19th NCIMS Chair. Mr. Boosinger was also the Past Chair for three more Conferences 1985, 1987, and 1989 while James Kennedy was Chair. Following the 1989 Conference, he was appointed to the Drug Residue Monitoring and Enforcement Committee that was Chaired by Dan Rackley. This committee went on to be called the Drug Residue Committee at the 1991 and 1993 Conference and worked on the development of Appendix N of the PMO.