Dairy Farmers Elect New Leadership for Checkoff Boards of Directors

Author: Jean Kummer | March 25, 2021

Dairy Farmers Elect New Leadership for Checkoff Boards of Directors

During the virtual ADA North East annual meeting on Tuesday, the dairy farmer board of directors elected fellow farmer Audrey Donahoe of Clayville, N.Y., to serve as board president, effective immediately. Jeff Raney of Adamsville, Pa., was previously re-elected to serve as chair of the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, which is managed by ADA North East, and will also serve as Donahoe’s first vice president.

A long-time dairy promotion advocate, Donahoe who farms with husband Jeff, has served as an ADA North East board member for 20 years. She also serves as chair of the National Dairy Council that is funded by national dairy checkoff to provide science-based research and education about the nutrition and health benefits that dairy foods provide. 

Raney has served the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program for 12 years and has been chair for four years. In his role as first vice president, working closely with Donahoe to execute checkoff programs for the benefit of the entire six-state region. 

American Dairy Association North East Officers: 
President - Audrey Donahoe, Clayville, N.Y. 
First Vice President – Jeff Raney, Adamsville, Pa. 
Second Vice President – Kris Brock, Schaghticoke, N.Y. 
Secretary – Barb Hanselmen, Bloomville, N.Y. 
Treasurer – Dina Zug, Mifflintown, Pa. 

ADA North East Executive Committee
George Andrew, Newark, N.Y. 
Skip Hardie, Groton, N.Y. 
Marilyn Hershey, Cochranville, Pa. 
Tim Kurtz, Elverson, Pa. 
Gary Truckenmiller, Watsontown, Pa. 
Eric Zuber, Byron, N.Y. 

Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program 
Chair – Jeff Raney, Adamsville, Pa. 
First Vice Chair – Bruce Bartley, Cogan Station, Pa. 
Second Vice Chair – Louie Diamond, Masontown, Pa. 
Secretary – Marie Canon, West Middlesex, Pa. 
Treasurer – Lolly Lesher, Bernville, Pa. 
Assistant Treasurer – Elaine Noble, Gillett, Pa. 
Finance and Audit Committee – Zane Garber, Chambersburg, Pa., and Doug Harbach, Loganton, Pa. 

Representatives to the ADA North East board – Jeff Raney, Louie Diamond and Lolly Lesher 

About American Dairy Association North East

American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com or call our Main Office at 315-472-9143.