To facilitate the basic function of the Conference, Councils have been appointed to consider the improvements in and modification of the NCIMS agreements.

Each Council consists of twenty members, plus a Chair and Vice Chair.  Membership consists of ten representatives from State Health and Agriculture Departments, five Milk Processor representatives, and five Milk Producer representatives.  In addition, each Council has an FDA consultant.

Additionally, there are Committees which study and evaluate “Proposals” submitted to the Conference for consideration.

The “Proposals” submitted for deliberation at a Conference are printed prior to the Conference and mailed to persons as they pre-register. When the Conference convenes, each Council discusses the proposals assigned to them by the Program Committee, and recommendations are made by the Council to the Delegates.  Registered Conference participants may attend and take part in the discussion of any Council.

Anyone who has attended a conference may volunteer to serve on a council or committee by sending an email to Please provide your name, agency or company affiliation, mailing address, email address and phone number where you may be reached when a vacancy occurs.  Also please indicate the council and/or committee on which you may wish to serve.  You will be added to an on-going list of volunteers for access by the council and committee chairs.

Members of the Councils are as follows:

  • COUNCIL I - Laws and Regulations
  • COUNCIL II - Responsibilities of Conference Participants
  • COUNCIL III - Application of Conference Agreements

Council I is responsible for Laws and Regulations.

Thomas Benthien, ChairVACANT, Vice Chair
Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.
Hazelwood, MO
Rating and/or EnforcementProcessors
Sam CarterSharon Balhorn
OK Department of AgricultureYoplait - USA
Oklahoma City, OKMinneapolis, MN
Michael ClinkscalesCindy Coulter
AL Dept. of Public HealthH. P. Hood, Inc.
Vincent, ALWinchester, VA
Clint GeorgeJoseph Delaney
TX Department of State Health ServicesPrairie Farms Dairy, Inc.
Dallas, TXCarlinville, IL
Christopher HylkemaPaul Hill
NY Dept of Agriculture & MarketsDean Foods Company
Albany, NYJohnson City, TN
Dustin CoxMIke Melville
NM Department of AgriculturePublix Supermarkets, Inc.
Albuquerque, NMDeerfield Beach, FL 
James ReyesAlternate Processor :
PR Department of Health Brad Suhling
San Juan, PRPrairie Farms Dairy, Inc.
St. Louis, MO**
Tony Shumaker
SD Department of Agriculture
Pierre, SD Producers
Dan TurcotteTom Berryl
MT Department of LivestockAssociated Milk Producers Inc.
Helena, MTNew Ulm, MN
James S. Williamson, Jr.Michael Campbell
SC Department of Health & Environmental ControlDarigold, Inc.
Columbia, SCSeattle, WA
Brian WiseRobert Cooksey
OH Department of AgricultureMaryland and Virginia Producer Cooperative
Reynoldsburg, OHWorton, MD
Alternate Agency Members:Michael Mund
Karel Smit - Rating Lone Star Milk
OR Department of AgricultureWindhorst, TX
Terry Philibeck - Regulatory 
MI Department of Agriculture & Rural DevelopmentAmanda Rife
Land O' Lakes, Inc.
FDA Consultant:   Randy L. ElsberryCarlisle, PA 
Exec. Bd. Consultant: Dr. Patrick Gorden
Alternate Producer:
Paul Humphrey
Foremost Farms USA
Indianapolis, IN

Council II is responsible for Conference Participants.

Thomas G. Angstadt, ChairLaura Traas, Vice Chair
Dairylea Cooperative, Inc.WI Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
Erie, PAMilwaukee, WI
Rating and/or EnforcementProcessors
George H. BlushKevin Lemmons
KS Department of AgricultureNational Dairy Holdings
Topeka, KSDallas, TX
Randall ChloupekJodeen F. Meenderink
NE Department of AgricultureDean Foods Company
Lincoln, NESalt Lake City, UT
Charles LindbergStephanie Olmsted
NY Department of Agriculture & MarketsSafeway
Albany, NYKent, WA
Steve DiVincenzoRebecca Piston
IL Department of Public HealthH.P. Hood, LLC
Springfield, ILPortland, ME
Don FallsDavid Robbins
MO State Milk BoardDean Foods Company
Jefferson City, MORockford, IL
Zachary ConlinAlternate Processor :
FL Department of Agriculture & Consumer ServicesDonald Pagh
Tallahassee. FLSaputo Dairy Foods
Dallas, TX
Lewis Ramsey
KY Department for Public Health
Frankfort, KYProducers
Robert G. WilsonNeil Bendixen
OR Department of AgricultureDairy Marketing Service
Salem, OREast Syracuse, NY
Anna VickreyJames H. Howie
NV State Dairy CommissionMd & VA Milk Producers Assn.
Reno, NVWaxhaw, NC
Michael K. WiggsDavid Kedzierski
ID Department of AgricultureAgri-Mark, Inc
Boise, IDWaitsfield, VT
Alternate Agency Members:Ronald Thompson
Gene Stegeman - RegulatoryContinental Dairy Facilities, LLC
SD Department of AgricultureCoopersville, MI
David Brown - Rating
IA Department of AgricultureRon Geiser
Dairy Farmers of America 
FDA Consultant:  Dennis A. GaalswykOrrville, OH
Exec. Bd. Consultant: Roger Hooi
Alternate Producer : 
Duane Blessing
Michigan Milk Producers Association
Constantine, MI

Council III is responsible for Application of Conference Agreements.

Casey McCue, ChairRobert Hagberg, Vice Chair 
Ny Department of Agriculture & MarketsLand O' Lakes, Inc.
Albany, NYSt. Paul, MN
Rating and/or EnforcementProcessors
Stephen BeamJohn R. Buchanan
CA Department of Food & AgricultureThe Kroger Co
Sacramento, CA Cincinnati, OH
Claudia ColesJason Crafts
WA Department of AgricultureGossner Foods, Inc
Olympia, WALogan, UT
Harris HollinsworthDavid Lattan
TX Department of State Health ServicesPrairie Farms Dairy, Inc
TXEdwardsville, IL
Ellen FitzgibbonsMarcia L. McGlochlin
MA Dept. of Public Health Clover Stornetta Farms, Inc
Jamaica Plaiins, MAPetaluma, CA
G.M. GallaspyHelen Piotter
AL Department of Pubic HealthDean Foods Company
Montgomery, ALRochester, IN
Steve InghamAlternate Processor :
WI Dept of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer ProtectionEdith Wilkin
Madison, WILeprino Foods Company
Denver, CO 
James Allyn
CT Department of Agriculture
Hartford, CTProducers
Nicole NeeserVACANT
MN Department of Agriculture
St Paul, MN
Gordon RobinsonDean Letter
MI Department of AgricultureMichigan Milk Producers Association
Greenville, MINovi, MI
Gene WisemanAntone Mickelson
MO State Milk BoardNorthwest Dairy Asociation/Darigold
Jefferson City, MOSeattle, WA
Alternate Agency Members:Damon Miller
Alvin Woods - RegulatoryDairy Farmers of America
MS State Department of HealthDallas, TX
VACANT - RatingKevin Olson
Department of Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc
Carlinville, IL
FDA Consultant: Robert F. Hennes
Exec. Bd. Consultant: Stephen BeamAlternate Producer:
Adam Jackanicz, DVM
Southeast Milk Inc.
Trenton, FL

Updated as of Executive Board meeting  May 17,  2017