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MMPA leaders elected

NOVI, MI -- Delegates attending the 101st annual meeting of the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) on March 23 elected Mark Iciek of Gladwin and Kris Wardin of St. Johns to at-large, three-year terms on the board of directors.

During the board’s reorganizational meeting, held after the delegate meeting, the following officers were elected: President: Ken Nobis, St. Johns; Vice President: Mark Halbert, Battle Creek; Treasurer: Eric Frahm, Frankenmuth.

Board members reelected at the district level were: Timothy Hood in District 2, David Pyle in District 3 and Anthony Jandernoa in District 6.

Delegates at the district level also elected representatives to the MMPA Advisory Committee. Members of this committee—five in each of the eight districts—serve as a liaison between the membership and the board of directors and management.

Each leader on the Advisory Committee and Board of Directors is dairy farmer member-owner of the MMPA cooperative.

Advisory Committee members elected this year to a two-year term are:

District 1: Brad Hart of Clayton, Josh Lott of Mason and Art Riske of Hanover

District 2: Danny Ransler of Gobles, Dan Ritter of Potterville and Richard Thomas of Middlebury, Indiana

District 3: William Stakenas of Freesoil, Burke Larson of Scottville and Gary Nelson of Grant

District 4: David Folkersma of Rudyard, Russell Tolan of Ossineke and Ronald Lucas of Posen

District 5: Tom Jeppesen of Stanton, Bruce Benthem of McBain and Amy Martin of Leroy

District 6: Aaron Gasper of Lowell, Steve Thelen of Fowler and Brad Ritter of Byron

District 7: Scott Kleinhardt of Clare, Jason Elenbaum of Mayville and Philip Gross of Weldman

District 8: Michael Noll of Croswell, Michael Bender of Croswell and Nick Leipprandt of Pigeon