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Stacy Foster Selected to Manage Oregon Dairy Industry Relations

With more than a decade of experience leading farm tours for thousands of students, teachers and parents at a nationally recognized Oregon dairy, Stacy Foster knows a thing or two about dairy farming. That background will serve her well as the new Industry Relations and Communications Manager for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council.

In this position, Foster will serve as the primary liaison with Oregon’s dairy industry and affiliated agricultural organizations. Working with Oregon’s dairy farm families, industry leaders and others, she will promote the growth and advancement of the dairy industry in the state and surrounding region. Foster succeeds Melinda Petersen, who joined Dairy West in Meridian, Idaho, as Producer and Community Relations Manager.

Foster was selected through a competitive recruitment process. In addition to possessing a strong dairy background, she has a degree in communications from Corban University and is an experienced homeschool instructor. She created the tour program for Rickreall Dairy from the ground up and recently began offering fall tours in addition to her spring visits.

“After leading farm tours for the past 10 years, I have discovered a passion for Oregon’s dairy industry and the families that make this community thrive,” said Foster. “I look forward to working together to continue building on positive messages about dairy farming and its products.”

Foster was recently honored by the Oregon Department of Agriculture as a recipient of the Farm to School Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that go ‘above and beyond to strengthen the relationship between kids, schools and food that’s being locally produced.’ Amy Gilroy, Farm to School Manager, presented the award to Foster on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol at a public event called Oregon’s Bounty in October. Earlier this year, Rickreall Dairy also won the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award.

“We are very excited to have Stacy working for dairy in Oregon,” said Pete Kent, Executive Director for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. “She brings a strong skill set to the table and possesses a vision and commitment to serve Oregon’s dairy farm families.”

Erin Hirte Brings Experience, Expertise to School Programs

Erin Hirte, Manager of School Programs

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with experience in school foodservice management and child nutrition programs, Erin Hirte is hitting the ground running as the new Manager of School Programs for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. The position reflects the Oregon dairy industry’s long-standing commitment to investing in child health and wellness.

Hirte started with the Council in September, filling the position formerly held by Crista Hawkins, who was promoted to Director of School Programs in June. “We were looking for a person with the right skillset, experience and vision to really take our programs to the next level, and we found that in Erin,” said Hawkins. “Having worked with her in her previous role with Portland Public Schools, we knew she’d be a great addition to our team and an asset for Oregon students and schools.”

The Manager of School Programs position is responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of Oregon’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program created by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In Oregon, that program is now well received by more than 700 schools and school districts throughout the state – at no cost to the schools. In fact, many schools also receive grant funding from the program to advance school wellness initiatives.

“I am thrilled to be working in a position where my efforts will help improve health and wellness for children in Oregon schools,” said Hirte. “We have the chance to put students in a better position to succeed both in and out of the classroom, and that cause is certainly one I champion.”

In addition to managing the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, the schools team is also responsible for school and district grants, School Wellness Awards, culinary trainings, school breakfast promotion and other school nutrition programs.

Providing Mentorship Today to Develop the Leaders of Tomorrow

dietetic intern

Anne Goetze, our senior director of nutrition affairs, was recently selected as a recipient of the 2016 Preceptor Award by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Only seven of these awards are available each year across the entire nation. A preceptor is a professional practitioner who is an exemplary educator, mentor and supervisor to students.

Did you know that the ODNC has an average of eight dietetic interns (future nutrition professionals) from Oregon State University and Oregon Health and Science University each year?  While here, they research the nutritional value of dairy, participate in dairy industry meetings, tour dairy farms and meet industry leaders and partners.anne goetze

“Serving as a preceptor is something all RDNs should do,” said Anne. “Not only is it our professional responsibility, it is a challenge that returns benefits time and again. I truly want each intern to succeed and am delighted to see them become colleagues and leaders as they develop their own careers. Interns bring a fresh perspective to our work, and I have learned so much from them through the years. I’m fortunate to work in an organization that values the education of dietetic interns.”

Anne is a recognized leader in the field of nutrition and dietetics throughout Oregon who has worked for ODNC for more than 25 years. Have questions about the nutritional value of dairy? Contact Anne at agoetze@odncouncil.org or 503-229-5033.