About Us

We’ve been doing this
a long time, but we’re always
learning something new.

Washington’s dairy farmers help make our state a unique, special, and amazing place to live.
That’s why we champion, promote and give voice to their products and the businesses and organizations that support them.

Meet the Board

Michelle Schilter

Western Washington at-Large

Tony Veiga

Vice Chair
District 3

Jim Werkhoven

Washington State at-Large

Adam Dolsen

Eastern Washington at-Large


District 1

Lana Smaciarz

District 2

Dick Bengen

District 4

Mike Ragsdale

Darigold Dealer

Ignacio Marquez

Position 9 – WSDA Representative

The Dairy Farmers of
Washington Staff

Scott Kinney


Loria' Heerensperger

Deputy Director

Celeste Piette

Operations and Business Sr. Director

Debra French

Partnership Development Sr. Director

Kimmi Devaney

Community Relations Director

Linda Mendoza

Nutrition Partnerships Director

Brianne Kappel

Nutrition Partnerships Manager

Jeff Steele

Partnership Development Director

Brittney Johnson

Accounting and Purchasing Agent

Allie Elison

Research Partnership Manager

Chelsi Riordan

Media Communications Sr. Manager

Steve Seppi

Creative Director

Lindsay Reller

Digital Media Specialist

Kaysha Keel

Marketing Support Specialist

Vala Hallgrimson

Staff Accountant