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2017 Speakers Bios

Indiana Milk Quality Conference

2017 Speaker Biographies


Dr. Bret Marsh, DVM - Indiana Board of Animal Health

Dr. Marsh serves as the Indiana State Veterinarian. He is responsible for all statewide animal health programs, as well as providing inspection services for the meat, poultry and dairy products industries. He is also an advisor to the Indiana State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Dr. Marsh previously served as the Special Detail to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Homeland Security Staff. In that role, he represented the views of the country’s state veterinarians on issues affecting the nation’s ability to preserve and protect its agricultural assets. Dr. Marsh was Treasurer to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for six years, and served in the AVMA House of Delegates for nearly a decade. Dr. Marsh is a past President of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and Executive Committee member of the United States Animal Health Association. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from both the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine and the Purdue College of Agriculture. He received his BS degree in Animal Sciences, and his DVM from Purdue University.



Greg Slipher - Indiana Farm Bureau

Greg Slipher joined Indiana Farm Bureau staff as a Livestock Development Specialist and began his duties in December of 2006.  He comes to Farm Bureau from a livestock production background and has championed livestock issues for the Indiana Pork Producers Association for 12 years as their Director of Industry Services & Development. His IPPA responsibilities included industry communications, educational program development and delivery, relationship building and local advocacy. He is largely responsible for the successful "IPPA, Building Strong Communities" and "IPPA, Good Neighbor" programs. Greg has extensive local government experience having served as chair of the Clinton County Area Plan Commission, chair of the Clinton County Soil & Water Conservation District and service on the Clinton County Board of Zoning Appeals. Since joining Indiana Farm Bureau, Greg has worked with Area Plan Commissions and County Commissioners as he has advocated for livestock in over 50 counties in Indiana.  He has been active in leadership development through the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Institute, Indiana and National Young Farmer Associations, FFA and National Council for Vocational and Technical Education in Agriculture.  Greg lives in Boone County and has two grown children, son Jordan and daughter Lindsey.



Jeremy Arend – Pro Active Solutions USA

Jeremy Arend grew up milking cows on his uncle’s 80 cow dairy in Southwest Michigan. He attended Michigan State University and earned a Dairy Technology certificate and a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management. While at MSU Jeremy completed internships with Monsanto and Cargill Animal Nutrition. He was also involved with student organizations such as, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and MSU Dairy Club. After MSU, Jeremy worked for five years as a field representative with Dairy Farmers of America and Dairy Marketing Services in Southern Michigan and Northwest Indiana.  He assisted farms with maintaining high milk quality, lowering somatic cell counts and passing Grade A surveys.  For the last 7 years he has worked for Pro Active Solutions as an Ag Quality Specialist and has recently taken the role of Business Development Manager.  For the last four years he has been on the board of the Indiana Milk Quality Professionals. The last two he has served as the Vice-President. Jeremy resides in southeast Michigan with his wife Lea and two sons Asher and Eli. He enjoys watching his boys play baseball and soccer and attending MSU sporting events.


Doug Leman - Indiana Dairy Producers

Douglas Leman is a native of Francesville, Indiana, a small farming community located in the Northwest part of the state. Upon graduation from high school, he attended the Purdue Agriculture Short Course and then returned home to the families’ grain and dairy farm. Doug and his wife, Margaret, took over the family dairy and continued as partners in the grain operation along with Doug’s three brothers. In 2001, Doug and Margaret, along with their four sons, decided to venture out on their own. Pursuing their passion for dairy farming, they built Sunny Ridge Dairy, an 800 head dairy farm. The family enjoyed working together for ten years before making the decision to sell the farm in 2011. In April of 2011, Doug became the Executive Director of Indiana Dairy Producers. During his tenure as Executive Director, one of Doug’s main objectives has been to bring more processing into the state, thus allowing for increased export potential for Indiana’s dairy industry. In 2014, Doug was invited by the Lt. Governor to participate in her Agriculture Trade Mission to Asia where they traveled to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Doug continues to expand his relationships, both locally and internationally, with the goal of supporting the dairy industry in Indiana and beyond.



Doug Metcalf - Indiana Board of Animal Health

Doug is a 1971 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  Additionally he has graduated from the University of Southern California, MSSM, Central Michigan University, MBA, Indiana University, MPA and the US Army War College.  Prior to becoming the Dairy Division Director, Doug served as the Chief of Staff for the Board of Animal Health and worked in the private sector in accounting and information technology.  Doug is a Retired Regular Army Officer who saw nearly 26 years of service in Germany and the United States. His capstone assignment was as the Director of Army Pay for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Army Meritorious Service Medal.  Doug and his wife Kathy have four adult children and five grandchildren and live in Carmel, Indiana.


Jackie Barber - American Dairy Association of Indiana

Jackie Barber has served as the Producer Relations Coordinator at American Dairy Association Indiana since 2013. Through her time working with Indiana dairy farmers, she has become passionate about the dairy industry. Although not from a dairy background, Jackie has always been an avid milk drinker and a cow lover. She studied Agricultural Communications at Oklahoma State University and is a native of Fishers, Indiana.



Dr. Jason Henderson – Purdue University

A nationally recognized expert in agricultural and rural issues, Jason R. Henderson is Associate Dean in the Purdue University College of Agriculture and Director of Purdue Extension. In this role, he leads statewide public engagement and research-based education in 4-H Youth Development, Agricultural and Natural Resources, Community Development, and Health and Human Sciences. As Purdue’s Assistant Vice President for Engagement, he provides leadership in university-wide initiatives that connect Purdue expertise and resources to statewide needs and helps form effective partnerships to grow Indiana’s economy and improve quality of life for its residents.  Jason previously served as Vice President and Omaha Branch Executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. While serving as the Bank’s regional economist and Nebraska representative, he also led Federal Reserve efforts to track agricultural and rural economies, including the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions and the Federal Reserve System’s Agricultural Finance Databook. He also managed the Main Street Economist, a bimonthly publication covering economic issues affecting rural areas, and has published more than 60 agricultural economics research articles in academic and Federal Reserve publications on such topics as land values, entrepreneurship, electronic commerce in agriculture, demographics, and many more. He holds masters and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Central College in Pella, Iowa. 



Kurt Fiene – GEA

Kurt grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Illinois with Surge buckets. He attended the University of Wisconsin Platteville (81-85) and received his BS in Tech Ag with Animal Science minor.  After returning to the farm, Kurt continued in a partnership with his parents dairying until leaving the farming operation in 1991. Kurt began his off the farm career at Midwest Dairymen’s Coop out of Rockford, Ill as a field representative. In 1994 he began working for Surge dairy equipment as a hygiene representative, and later as a divisional representative covering equipment and hygiene. In 1998, Kurt left Surge to work at a local Surge dealer, and then later to move to Wisconsin to work at another Surge dealership. In 2003, he moved his family to Ohio to begin working for A&L Laboratories as a technical sales specialist until the sale of A&L.  At that time he went to work for GEA as a Sales Specialist and remains employed there at this time.



Dr. Mike Schutz – Purdue University

Michael M. Schutz is Assistant Director of Extension for Agriculture and Natural Resources and Dairy Extension Specialist at Purdue University.  Schutz went on to completed post-doctoral work at USDA in Beltsville, MD, where he developed the genetic evaluation system for somatic cell scores. 

Schutz’s Extension program has covered a number of areas from breeding and genetics to milk marketing, and milk quality and safety.  Mike is a co-founder of Indiana Milk Quality Professionals, and counts receiving the Steve Atkisson Indiana Dairy Service Award as one of his most satisfying achievements.  Nationally, Schutz has served as President of the Dairy Practices Council and Secretary of the American Dairy Science Association and is a past Genetics section editor for the Journal of Dairy Science. 


Jeff Beer – Beer Dairy Inc.

Jeff Beer owns and manages a family farm in Milford, Indiana along with his father and brother, Fred and Regg Beer. He graduated from Purdue with a degree in Farm Management and then spent some time in Mexico before returning to the farm in 2006. He is married with two young kids and really enjoys the dairy industry. 


Nathan Kuehnert – Kuehnert Dairy Inc.

Nathan Kuehnert is a fifth generation dairy farmer from Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Nathan works alongside his wife Sarah, parents Alan and Cindy, brother Andrew and his uncle Stan in operating Kuehnert Dairy Inc where they currently are milking 300 Registered Holsteins with 4 Lely Astronaut robotic milkers.  Nathan works diligently in managing the well-being of the cows, the genetic decisions, and reproductive strategies of Kuehnert Dairy, where he performs the herd matings and sire analysis.  Nathan graduated from Purdue University in 2004 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics.  Before returning to the farm full-time, he spent 8 years as a District Sales Manager for Semex USA.  Nathan is involved in various aspects of the dairy industry.  He serves as an IN State Dairy Assoc. Board member and is a Director for Indiana Dairy Producers.  He also enjoys working with our youth in judging different county 4-H fairs throughout the state as well helping collegiate dairy judging teams and farm management teams. 

Nathan feels very honored to have been raised on a farm and to be able to work side by side with his family each day. It is a heritage that he wants to pass onto his children- 9 year old daughter, Allie and 7 year old son, Bryar.  Nathan believes himself and his family strives to feed the world by being good stewards of the land, excellent care takers of their cows, and great neighbors in their community.  


Dr. Jonathon Townsend, DVM – Purdue University Dairy Farm

Dr. Jonathan Townsend is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dairy Production Medicine at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. He grew up on a small Jersey farm in Maine, and after receiving his B.S. from the University of Maine, he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University 1995. He worked as a private practice veterinarian in New York doing primarily dairy medicine and surgery until beginning a Dairy Production Medicine residency at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University in 1998. After completing the residency in 2000, he began graduate work in the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue examining liver function in transition dairy cows which resulted in a PhD in 2007. From 2004 to 2010 he worked as technical services nutritionist in Michigan. He began his current position at Purdue in 2010. Dr. Townsend lives on a small farm in Lafayette with his wife, Wendy (who is also a veterinarian at Purdue) and their two daughters, Emma and Rachel where they have horses, goats, and a few Jersey cows.



Kimmi Devaney – Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Kimmi Devaney is the agricultural marketing and industry development manager for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. In this role, she manages various livestock and agritourism initiatives and programs. Kimmi grew up on her family’s third-generation farm in Washington State and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in animal sciences in 2010. 



Dr. Nicole Olynk-Widmar – Purdue University

Dr. Nicole Olynk Widmar is an Agricultural Economist specializing in farm business management and on-farm decision making.  She received her A.A.S. from Alfred State College in Animal Science, B.S. from Cornell University in Animal Science, and M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Agricultural Economics.  Dr. Widmar has an integrated program of applied research, extension and outreach, and teaching; she teaches AGEC 310, Farm Organization, as well as coordinates the graduate-level seminar course, The Business of Agriculture.  She has a strong interest in applied research which incorporates both the economic outcomes of an on-farm decision and the intricacies of the biological processes underlying the production system employed. Nicole has a strong interest in inter-disciplinary research which provides support for on-farm decision making regarding technology adoption, analysis of producer costs and benefits associated with alternative production processes, support for management of purchased inputs, and providing insight into the implications of changing consumer demand and preferences for agricultural producers.   



Adam Bradley – Wal-Mart

Adam Bradley leads Walmart’s U.S. dairy sourcing strategy team.  In this capacity Adam is responsible for all aspects of our dairy supply chain including identifying, engaging, and retaining producers.  For the past three years Adam has been leading Walmart’s strategy to build our first milk production facility in the world in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, Adam joined Walmart in 2003 as a buyer before assuming management responsibilities on the produce and dairy teams.  Adam holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Arkansas Tech University, and received his M.B.A. from John Brown University.



Dave Lattan – Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.

Dave Lattan has been with Prairie Farms Dairy for 38 years, starting out as a plant worker and having served as an assistant plant superintendent and division manager. He joined the corporate staff in 1982, and became Chief-Engineer in 1994 upon the retirement of Mr. Ron Dierolf. Dave was named Vice-President for Engineering in 2001.  Dave is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and has been involved with microcomputer development and experimentation since the mid-1970s. His interest in dairy plant operations and in microcomputer and RF electronics has helped him to be in the forefront of applying appropriate new technologies to process control systems within the dairy industry.  Dave is the Vice Chairman of the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, and presently also serves as Chairman of its Technical Engineering Review Committee. In addition to his support of the NCIMS Cooperative Program he serves as a member of the 3-A SSI Steering Committee, and as a member of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Sustainability Alliance.  Dave and his wife Jan have seven children and ten grandchildren and reside near Macomb, Illinois. Jan is retired from teaching English to International students at Western Illinois University, and is presently employed by Educational Testing Service of Princeton, NJ as a supervisor in the online scoring of the TOEFL exam. Dave and Jan are both involved in various youth and renewal ministries within the Anglican Church.



Shannon R. Havlik – Organic Valley

Shannon R. Havlik is the Sustainability Manager of Environment for Organic Valley where she oversees energy, waste & water programs for the co-op’s facilities. She also leads employee education & engagement programming focused on sustainability. Previously, Shannon spent 6 years managing sustainability and energy reduction programming at Western Technical College based in La Crosse, WI —efforts that led to more than $1.5 million in energy program cost savings.  Shannon was the first MPower Coordinator for the regional southwest Wisconsin Sustainability Institute, a program designed to help businesses and organizations build their internal sustainability programs. She was previously the President of the Wisconsin Local Food Network Board and now serves as a board member.  Shannon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management & Social Science from Viterbo University and an Associate’s Degree in Agri-business & Science Technology from Western Technical College.  Shannon grew up on a small family dairy farm in Vernon County, WI.



Louie Jolley – Ice Cream Specialties

Louie Jolley is the Director of Manufacturing for the Ice Cream Specialties (ICS) Division of Prairie Farms Dairy, Carlinville, Illinois, a position he has held since September 2013.  He began his career with ICS in March 2011 as the General Manager for the ICS facility in Lafayette, Indiana.  As a second generation ice cream maker, Louie began his manufacturing career with the Häagen-Dazs Division of Nestle in Tulare, California.  While at Häagen-Dazs, Louie enjoyed a 21 year career, rising to the position Production Manager.  Louie has extensive experience in Food Manufacturing Operations, Product Development, Quality Control, HACCP and SQF.  


John Cleland – Purdue University Alumni

John Cleland was born on a small farm at Rochester, Indiana, April 29 1951.  After graduation from Rochester High School, he enrolled at Purdue University in the fall of 1969.  As a student of Animal Science John worked part time at the Dairy Center milking cows and was later employed by Creamery License as an Assistant Creamery License Inspector.  He was a member of the Purdue Dairy Club and a member of the Purdue Dairy Judging Team.  While on the team he finished in the top 10 individuals at two of the 3 contests, being the runner-up at the Harrisburg competition.  With just over a month to go before graduation in December of 1973, John was diagnosed with testicular cancer.  Following surgery at St. Elizabeth’s and additional surgery and chemotherapy at the I.U. Medical Center, he was diagnosed as being cancer free.  At this time, John accepted employment as herdsman at the University Of Missouri’s Foremost Guernsey Farm.  This prestigious herd was originally owned by J.C. Penney and willed to the University at the time of his death.  Just six weeks after starting this job he was told the cancer had returned.  His wife Judy and he immediately returned to Lafayette.  Failing two other regimens of chemotherapy, and weighing only 106 pounds, John’s cancer was diagnosed as terminal. But he was offered a chance at a new chemotherapy.  Upon enrollment in this clinical trial, John was the very first successful patient using Cisplatin. This drug today cures almost 95% of all testis cancer patients, and is used extensively in many other cancer treatments.        After regaining his health, he was employed with Genetics Plus, a distributorship for Curtiss Breeding Service, an artificial insemination and semen sales company for five years. John also owned a handful of cows with two head making national class leading production records for the Guernsey breed in addition to one of them being a two time Honorable Mention All-American.   In 1979, John returned to school and earned his teaching license.  For thirty years, he taught Biology, Integrated Science, and Health at Zionsville High School while winning the Most Influential Teacher Award for 2006-2007.  During much of this time he coached cross country and track, and had the opportunity to coach 3 High School All-Americans.  For the past forty three years, John has taken an active role in the fight against cancer, raising funds for research and speaking to clubs, civic groups, high school and college classes.  He was named Sagamore of the Wabash in 2004, also being awarded the I.U. Cancer Center Torchbearer Award that year for his efforts in the fight against cancer.  The U. S. Olympic Committee selected John to carry the Olympic flame on a leg of the Torch Run through Indianapolis for the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake.  With his wife, Judy, he organized the Blaine Crowl Scholarship in Animal Science to honor his former academic advisor, mentor and friend. John has also strongly supported the Jack Albright Dairy Judging Team Endowment.  The Zionsville High School Distance Runners Scholarship was started by the Cleland’s as well.  He has been actively collecting Indiana milk bottles for the past 45 years, and recently began writing the history of Indiana dairies and creameries including the Purdue University Creamery.  Judy and John have been married since 1973, with three children and three grandchildren. They make their home in northwest Indianapolis. 



Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores – Ohio State Universiry

Rafael Jiménez-Flores originally from Mexico City. got his undergraduate education at La Salle University in Mexico City with a major in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Food Science. His MS degree is from Cornell and PhD at UC Davis in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry. Among his projects he was among the first scientists that cloned milk proteins for their structure-function studies. Further work involved the cloning, engineering and mammary gland directed expression in transgenic animals. He continued his work on dairy technology by focusing on milk fat, the milk fat globule membrane, and a process to remove cholesterol from butter oil. Rafael’s first academic position was as Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois in the department of Food Science and Nutrition, where he was in charge of the dairy chemistry and technology program. After 5 years at the University of Illinois, he moved to the California Polytechnic State University was part of the Dairy Products Technology Center. His areas of research focused on novel methods for dairy processing, characterization of the milk fat globule membrane, surface interactions of milk components and lactic acid bacteria, spore incidence in dairy processing plants, and biological activity of milk components. He was the Director of the Cal Poly Center for Applications in Biotechnology from 2013 to 2016. He has recently started his appointment as the JT ‘Stubby’ Parker Endowed Chair in Dairy Foods at The Ohio State University. Dr. Jimenez-Flores has 6 patents, numerous book chapters and over 150 peer reviewed articles covering several aspects of dairy science and technology.



Dr. Jeffrey Bewley – University of Kentucky

Jeffrey Bewley is from Rineyville, Kentucky where he grew up working on his grandfather’s (Hilary Skees) dairy farm.  He received a B.S. in Animal Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 1998.  In 2000, he completed his M.S. in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Dr. Roger Palmer.  His PhD work, under Dr. Mike Schutz at Purdue University, focused on the application and economics of Precision Dairy Farming technologies.  Jeffrey’s program focuses on precision dairy technology implementation, mastitis prevention, cow comfort, lameness prevention, and decision economics.



Elieke Demmer, Ph. D. – National Dairy Council

As Director of Nutrition Research at the National Dairy Council (NDC), Elieke Demmer, PhD, RD is involved in the development, design, initiation, management, and translation of scientifically sound and diverse research programs that examine the health benefits of dairy – particularly focused on Childhood Health and Nutrition. Additionally, Elieke works as a member of the Regulatory Affairs team at NDC where she is responsible for providing guidance on the interpretation of food labeling regulations, translation of scientific information into truthful and non-misleading nutrition messaging, and oversight of the regulatory compliance process.   Prior to joining NDC Elieke received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis where she completed her PhD in Nutritional Biology with an emphasis in both Immunology as well as Biotechnology. Her dissertation focused on the effects of dairy fat on postprandial inflammation. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis and is a Registered Dietitian.   Elieke serves as an active member of various professional societies including the Institute of Food Technologist (IFT), American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and the Chicago Food and Nutrition Network (CFNN).  When not at work Elieke enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with friends and family; anything from hiking, biking, running, camping, or rowing. 

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