Chris Sawyer will help Dairy Council of California continue to engage teachers, health professionals and consumers with nutrition education programs supporting dairy products as an essential part of the diet, as the new board chair.
Sawyer is a fourth-generation dairy producer and president of the family owned Diamond S Ranch in Waterford. A board member since 1995, Sawyer succeeds Mike Newell, president of Crystal Cream & Butter Co., and will serve a 2-year term as board chair.
"Chris' long commitment to the board shows how dedicated he is to our mission of teaching children and adults to make healthy food choices," says Peggy Biltz, Dairy Council CEO. "His leadership and industry experience will be instrumental to us as our organization continues to grow and we expand our reach."
Biltz says Sawyer's family connection to Dairy Council is strong, as his father also served on Dairy Council's board and was chair in the early 1980s.
In addition to Sawyer, two new board members include Randall Dei, Safeway's director of dairy, and Fred Denier, a dairy producer from Galt. Dei and Denier have been appointed to Dairy Council's board by the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Dei was raised in a Northern California dairy family and is a dairy science graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has been with Safeway for 22 years.
Denier is from a third-generation farm family that began a dairy business in the 1970s. Denier is a partner with his brother, Richard, in Cal-Denier Dairy, which produces 11 million pounds a year from its herd of 450 registered Holsteins.