Alliance Welcomes New Staff, Board Member

May 14, 2014 – Following the incredibly successful 13th annual Stakeholders Summit and Board of Directors meeting last week, the Animal Agriculture Alliance is excited to announce additions to its Staff and Board of Directors.


Rossie Blinson, a third generation cattle breeder and former National Cattlemen’s Beef Association intern will join the Alliance staff as the new Manager of Membership and Marketing. Blinson, who has always had a strong passion for animal agriculture, recently graduated North Carolina State University from earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business Management and a minor in Animal Science from. Blinson, who will serve under Alliance Communications Director Emily Meredith, has been an intern at the alliance for the last four months and will officially begin her duties on May 27, 2014.

“Rossie’s passion for animal agriculture shines through in everything she does,” said Alliance President and CEO Kay Johnson Smith said. “In the four short months of her internship she has proven herself invaluable and we can’t wait to kick off our Stakeholders Summit knowing that she’ll be a permanent member of our team.”

There will also be four significant additions to the Alliance Board of Directors: Rebecca Cisek (Zoetis); Dr. Dave Sjeklocha (Cattle Empire, LLC); Delbert Christensen (United Soybean Board); and Terry Wehrkamp (Cooper Farms) will join the other 28 board members, each of whom serve a term of three years. Additionally, Tom Super Vice President of Communications for the National Chicken Council will replace Dr. Ashley Peterson on the Alliance Board and Ann
Nogan, Executive Vice President at the Pennsylvania Center for Beef Excellence will replace Barbara Jackson as the representative for the American National CattleWomen.

“We’re always looking for ways we can further strengthen the Alliance to benefit the entire industry,” said current Alliance Chairman of the Board Paul Pressley. “I have no doubt these five new board members will provide incredible knowledge and help drive the Alliance to achieve even greater success.”

All major sectors of animal agriculture are represented on the Alliance’s Board of Directors, making the organization truly unique. The Alliance’s legacy of leadership makes it the key organization for building meaningful coalitions across diverse industries to strategically address issues critical to the future of animal agriculture.

About the Alliance:
The Animal Agriculture Alliance is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. We connect key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. We engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. We protect by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation. Find the Alliance on Facebook and Twitter.

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