Katie Mrdutt, DVM, Food Armor® Outreach Specialist
Dr. Katie Mrdutt graduated with her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 2011 and worked as a large animal veterinarian for 3 years focusing on dairy production systems. In July of 2014, she joined the WVMA as the Outreach Specialist for the Food Armor® program. In her current role, Dr. Mrdutt works with producers and veterinarians to train them on the Food Armor® program, working towards the goal of long term proper drug use on our farms. She currently resides in Boyceville, WI with her husband, three children and their herd of beef cows.
Kim Brown Pokorny, MS, MBA, WVMA Executive Director
Kim Brown Pokorny has been Executive Director of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) since June 2008. The WVMA and Brown Pokorny developed the Food Armor® HACCP for Proper Drug Use. Prior to her position at WVMA, Brown Pokorny worked for the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) as program manager, was the local markets specialist for a public relations firm representing the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, and served as a Dairy and Livestock Instructor for the UW-Extension in Sheboygan County. Brown Pokorny holds a master’s degree in agriculture industries from UW-Platteville. She also earned her undergraduate at UW-Platteville where she majored in animal science with a minor in agricultural economics. In August 2016 she successfully earned her MBA degree from UW-Oshkosh.
Food Armor® Foundation Board of Directors
Brian Lubbers, DVM, PhD, DACVCP
Dr. Lubbers is currently the Director of the Clinical Microbiology section of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Lubbers graduated from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and worked in private veterinary practices in California and Iowa with a primary interest in dairy and beef medicine. In 2005, he returned to Kansas State University as a Clinical Instructor (Agricultural Practices), where he completed his PhD in Microbiology (Pharmacology). He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacologists and vice-chair of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute – Veterinary Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing subcommittee. His teaching and research interests are antimicrobial therapy, antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial susceptibility testing in food animals.
Kim Stackhouse, PhD
Kim Stackhouse is the Director of Sustainability for JBS USA where she is responsible for coordinating the JBS North American sustainability program, inclusive of the Company’s beef, pork, poultry, case ready, cattle feeding, transportation, and branded product business. In this role, Kim leads the Company’s internal sustainability program and public reporting initiatives to leverage best practices and reduce environmental and social impacts. Kim is a board member of U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and is active in the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Egg and Field to Market
Kim has spent the last ten years working in the area of sustainability. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Global Sustainability at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association where she led the first and largest sustainability assessment of the beef value chain and coordinated the establishment of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
Kim received her PhD in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis and was a postdoctoral fellow at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was recently recognized as a UC Davis “alumni spotlight” by the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science for her leadership in the area of sustainability.
M. Gatz Riddell, DVM, MS, DACT
Gatz Riddell was raised on a homesteaded farm near Conway, KS. He received his D.V.M. degree from Kansas State University in 1977. Following an internship and residency at Auburn University from 1977 to 1981, he practiced in Tennessee until returning to Auburn University in 1984. He became a Diplomat of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1982 and received his MS from Auburn in 1984. Dr. Riddell represented the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) on the AVMA Drug Advisory Committee and later served on and chaired AVMA’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents. He received the AABP Award of Excellence in 1999. He retired from Auburn University in 2005 as Professor Emeritus and was the Executive Vice President of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners from 2005 until December 31, 2016. He is a Past President of both the AABP and the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC). He lives in Auburn, Alabama and is married to Kay Pelly Riddell and they have three children, Molly, Wes and Jonathan.
Bruce Feinberg, Senior Director – Global Protein/Dairy Quality Systems McDonald’s Corporation
A food industry executive, Bruce has worked across a variety of food industry segments starting in 1977 before joining McDonald’s Corporation in November 1998, as Senior Director, US Quality Systems responsible for the development and deployment of quality systems for U.S. food suppliers and distributors.
Upon joining McDonald’s global team in 2003, Bruce has led numerous enterprise initiatives focusing on enhancing brand reputation, including global quality systems development and deployment, enhancing our customers restaurant experience via unique equipment and process innovation (6 US Patent granted) and serving as Global Animal Health and Welfare Officer for McDonald’s Corporation, responsible for directing McDonald’s Global Animal Health and Welfare team, focused on species specific health and welfare improvement and antimicrobial stewardship.
Currently Bruce is privileged to lead a team of highly committed professionals focused on continually improving quality systems for McDonald’s global protein category including beef, poultry, pork, fish and dairy in the 120 countries in which McDonald’s does business, proudly serving consistent quality, safe food to 70 million customers every day.
Bruce is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Animal Science, and holds advanced degree certification from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Scotland for International Animal Welfare, Ethic and Law. He and his wife Karen reside in the Chicago area.
David Rhoda, DVM
Dr. Rhoda was raised on a dairy and swine farm in Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1966. Following graduation, he served our country through a tour of duty in the U.S. Army from 1965-1969. After serving in the Army, Dr. Rhoda’s service to the dairy industry and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) began as he joined a four person dairy practice in Evansville, Wisconsin.
Dr. Rhoda has been instrumental in many capacities in the WVMA including the chairperson of the WVMA AMDUCA task force which was tasked with introducing the law to the WVMA membership, chairperson of the Best Practices task force which set the stage for transparency and accountability in drug usage on dairies, and chairperson of the Drug Residue Task Force (now the Food Armor® Committee) transferring his chairmanship in late 2014. He has also served on the Public Education and Marketing Committee, the Public Health and Food Safety Committee, the Personnel Committee, the Executive Committee, the Large Animal Welfare Subcommittee, the Convention Committee, and has served on the WVMA Executive Board.
Dr. Rhoda taught for the University of Wisconsin Farm and Industry Short Course program, provided a regular column for Hoard’s Dairyman for many years, and continues to deliver continuing education opportunities to dairy producers and their employees. He is a past recipient of the WVMA Presidential Award, the WVMA Meritorious Service Award and AABP’s Practitioner of the Year Award. In 2011, he was named WVMA’s Veterinarian of the Year.
Dr. Rhoda is a loving husband to his wife Joy and their grown children. He currently resides in Evansville, WI and continues to be instrumental in the dairy industry and veterinary profession.
“‘Passion’ is an overused word in current language, but Dr. Rhoda’s service to the WVMA exemplifies the most meaningful sort of passion: strong convictions that are translated into leadership, consensus building, and meaningful action on issues of importance, without a personal agenda or desire for recognition.” ~ the late Dr. Thomas Howard~
Charles (Chuck) Adami, CEO Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association
Chuck is the president and CEO of Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association, which is Wisconsin’s largest and the nation’s second largest independent livestock marketing agency. Chuck joined the cooperative in 2000 as the vice president of finance and CFO. He assumed the position of president and CEO in 2002.
Chuck serves on several state and national agricultural boards. His current involvement includes the Executive Committee and Past President of the Wisconsin Beef Council, the Executive Committee and Nominating Committee for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Chairman of NCBA's Livestock Marketing Council, the Director for the U.S. Meat Export Federation, the Vice Chairman of the Animal Ag Committee for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) and the Director on the Government Affairs Committee for NCFC
Chuck attended the University of Arizona at Tucson and received a B.A. degree in accounting and a master’s degree in economics. After graduating, he spent a few years in public accounting and then 20 plus years in the commercial airline business. Chuck is the proud father of two grown children and has one grandchild. He and his wife, Jill, live in Lodi, Wisconsin. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf.
Keith York, Owner Merry-Water Farms
Keith York is a sixth generation dairy farmer from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He owns Merry-Water Farms with his brother Ken and cousin John Tueting. Merry-Water milks 1600 cows, raises 1500 heifers on the farm and crops 720 acres. Keith is married to Laura and they have two children Michael and Katie, along with 4 grandkids.
Keith is a member of Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Beef Council, Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin Cattlemen, National Cattlemen Beef Association, Cattlemen Beef Board and Farm Bureau. He is also the President of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium and a member of the Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Committee. Keith have been serving as a committee member of PDPW and WVMA with "What Matters" since 2010 (which was the beginning of the Food Armor® program).
Marty Hallock, Owner Mar-Bec Dairy
Marty of Mondovi, Wis., is a first generation dairy producer. Starting with 40 cows in 1990, Mar-Bec Dairy today has 925 cows, 600 heifers and 400 heifers raised off farm at various neighbors. A graduate of UW-River Falls, Marty works 1850 acres owned and rented, which supplies the corn and alfalfa for the dairy. The farm is supported by 17 full-time and 10-12 part-time/as-needed team members. Held close by both owners and employees, the farm’s culture is to build a profitable dairy as a leader by providing an environment where people and cows can excel and enjoy.
Marty is active in his community having sat on the local school board for 17 years, 10 of which he held the role of president, the CESA board for 9 years, 7 of which he was president and works closely with UW-River Falls and the Chippewa Valley Technical College through mentorship programs and internships. He is also very engaged within the dairy industry, currently serving as president of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and Vice-chair on the Ellsworth Creamery Board of Directors.
Marty and his wife Becky have two sons, Jonathon and Josh. Jonathon is the next generation and will be joining the operation. Josh is a Senior at UW-Stout in Agriculture Business Finance.
Jennifer Walker DVM, PhD, Dip. ACVPM
A California Native, Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s in Animal Science (1994) and her DVM (2000) from the University of California at Davis. As an associate veterinarian in a California practice specializing in dairy herd health she developed her interests in on-farm education, udder health and animal welfare. In 2010 she completed her PhD in Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University where she also minored in University Education. Her work in education included the development and delivery of a graduate level course, “Current Issues in Animal Welfare” in addition to serving as in Assistant Instructor for the required veterinary ethics course, leading lectures on humane euthanasia and animal handling. Jennifer joined Dean Foods as their Director of Dairy Stewardship in July of 2010. In this role she has been putting to use her expertise in on farm milk quality and passion for animal welfare by working with customers, suppliers, dairy farmers to develop an industry wide standard that promotes the good welfare of dairy cattle. Over the last seven years she has had a firsthand view of the intersection between politics, policy, profit and people and how it can drive positive change in animal welfare as much as it can hinder it. Today she works with her team of Dairy Stewardship Specialists, executing the Dean program, working to help farmers identify areas where they need to improve to improve the welfare of their cows and the health of their business.
Jeff Bleck, DVM
Dr. Bleck graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Following graduation in joined Kettle Moraine Veterinary Clinic, which at the time was a mixed animal practice. In 2005, the large and small animal portions of the clinic split and Dr. Bleck became one of the three owners of Dairy Doctors Veterinary Services, Plymouth, WI. Dairy Doctors is a 7 doctor predominately dairy practice with clients ranging from 30 to 3000 cows. The clinic is committed to strong working relationships with their clients, helping them to achieve success for their business. They pride themselves in their efforts to anticipate, adapt to, and meet the exciting challenges present in today's dairy industry. Each doctor practices as an individual, but all share a common practice philosophy and teamwork approach providing our clients with consistent and high quality services. The clinic specializes in advanced reproduction and embryo transfer, ventilation consulting, milk quality and records analysis.
Dr. Bleck has been a member of the WVMA since 1996, serving on the Professional Education Committee, Best Practices Committee and the WVMA HACCP for Proper Drug Use Committee. On the national level, he has served on the AVMA Gender Task Force and the Pfizer Dairy Advisory Board.
Dr. Bleck and his wife Lea Ann, also a veterinarian, and two children, Elise and Brady, have a small farm where they raise about 10-20 show heifers each year. Dr. Bleck enjoys exhibiting Brown Swiss and Holstein dairy cattle with his family at various shows throughout the year, coaching his kids’ basketball teams and playing golf. He also helps coach the Sheboygan County Dairy Judging teams, the Sheboygan County Dairy Quiz Bowl teams and the Sheboygan County Dairy Herd Management Teams.
Karl Solverson, DVM
Dr. Karl Solverson graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He began practicing in Wittenburg, Wis., then moved to Westby, Wis where he currently owns Solverson Veterinary Services and primarily practices dairy medicine. A member of the WVMA since 1999, he has participated in the Food Armor® program becoming a Food Armor® Accredited Veterinarian, serves on the WVMA Executive Board, the One Health Committee and is a member of the UW SVM Board of Visitors.
Outside of veterinary practice, Dr. Solverson been involved in his local community including roles as the past vice president of the local Westby Syttende Mai board, past director of Vernon County Cattlemans, past director of Vernon County Humane Society, and member of the Vernon County Fair Meat Animal Sale committee
Dr. Solverson and his wife have three children. Dr. Solverson enjoys traveling when he has the chance, reading non-fiction books and attending Badger football games.
Food Armor® Committee
Chairperson: Jon Garber, VMD, DABVP (Dairy)
Nigel Cook, BVSc Cert CHP DBR MRCVS
Glen Johnson, DVM
Hunter Lang, DVM
Jeffrey Loomans, DVM
Julie McGwin, DVM
Terri Ollivett, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
David Rhoda, DVM
Tom Strause, DVM
Richard Wallace, DVM, MS
~To the memory of Dr. Thomas Howard, for all his commitment and support, we dedicate the Food Armor® program. Without his knowledge Food Armor® would not be what it is today. We will always remember you.~