Bio: Kari has a passion for cheese and it is with this enthusiasm that she earned her Wisconsin Cheesemaker License. The four years that Kari worked as the sales and marketing manager at Marieke Gouda offered an amazing opportunity to learn and to grow in her cheese experience. In Kari’s current position with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, formally called Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, she enjoys spending her days connecting with cheese companies across Wisconsin to help support them in their marketing efforts. Kari has been a volunteer on the B team at the U.S. and World Cheese Championships for 6 years. Kari has volunteered each year since 2013 at the ACS Conference in a variety of roles, including judging, Festival of Cheese, and registration. Kari is also a contributor to the ACS Body of Knowledge, has taught classes for the ACS CCP Exam, and will be a panelist for a seminar at the 2018 ACS Conference. Kari holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business and Animal Science as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Through Kari’s education and life experiences, she is able to understand the entire process of cheesemaking from farm to table.
Statement of Intent: From my first ACS Conference back in 2012, I have been a strong supporter of ACS and all that it has accomplished. There have been amazing and monumental changes to the organization in the last few years in every area. A few of these changes include advocating for American cheesemakers in DC, the improvement of judging practices, accommodating the amazing growth in Judging & Competition entries, increasing educational offerings and webinars, developing and making continual improvements to the ACS CCP Exam, implementing the new ACS T.A.S.T.E Test, and organizing resources around food safety.
ACS is an organization that wants to help all of its members in as many ways as possible. I believe my background in areas such as finance, marketing, cheesemaking, judging, and education/training can be used to advance the work of this fine organization.
It truly would be an honor and privilege to be part of the ACS Board.