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ASSOCIATIONS/ORGANIZATIONS: The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA), Philadelphia, Pa.
Alex Baloga, president and CEO of PFMA, and Gene Cleary, senior director, independent sales at C&S Wholesale Grocers, were appointed to the board of directors. Cleary was named board secretary, replacing Frank Puleo, vice president of retail marketing and services for C&S Wholesale Grocers. Board member Lisa Dell’Alba, president and CEO of Square One Markets, was named board treasurer, replacing Tom Cormier, manager of government affairs at Retail Business Services, a subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize USA. Cormier was promoted to board vice chairman, replacing Lou Mola, loss prevention manager at Wawa.
National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa David Newman was elected president. Newman is an associate professor of animal sciences at Arkansas State University, where he teaches and conducts research with an emphasis in meat science. Newman most recently served as board vice president on the 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force and on the Swine Health committee. He previously chaired the Domestic Marketing committee, served on the Producer Services committee and participated in Pork Leadership Academy. Mike Skahill, vice president for Smithfield Foods, was elected vice president. Skahill most recently served as board treasurer. He also serves on the National Pork Board International Marketing Committee, the U.S. Meat Export Federation Pork Allied Industries Committee and chairs the trade committee for the North American Meat Institute. Gene Noem, owner of KD Feeders, was elected treasurer. Noem also manages the contracted gilt multiplication for PIC North America. He most recently served on the 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force and co-chaired a joint We Care task force with the National Pork Producers Council. Noem also serves on the Iowa Pork Producers Association board of directors and on its promotions committee. And, Steve Rommereim, owner, manager and operator of Highland Swine, was named immediate past president. Rommereim most recently served as 2018-2019 board president. He is also part owner of SDI Pork LLC. During his tenure on the National Pork Board, he has served on numerous committees, including the 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force. He is past president of the South Dakota Pork Producers Association, and currently serves on South Dakota Animal Industry Board and was just elected to the U.S. Animal Health Association.
American Meat Science Association (AMSA), Savoy, Ill.
Collette Schultz Kaster was appointed new chief executive officer, effective July 1. Kaster maintains more than 25 years of technical experience in food safety, quality assurance and animal welfare, as well as managing teams across livestock industry companies and organizations. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO), a role she will continue. Kaster is a meat scientist, has been a member of AMSA for 28 years and is a past president of AMSA.
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