The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA), the international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry, recently elected new leaders for the organization’s 2021–2022 term.
Dr. Normand St-Pierre, Perdue AgriBusiness, was elected to the office of vice president for a one-year term. Dr. David W. Everett, Strategy Lead, Foundational Science, AgResearch, was elected Dairy Foods Division director, and Dr. Laura Hernandez, University of Wisconsin– Madison, was elected Production Division director. Both will serve three-year terms.
ADSA congratulates St-Pierre, Everett, and Hernandez, and thanks all of the candidates for their willingness to serve the association. ADSA also thanks the members who made their voices heard by voting in the election.
Normand St-Pierre, ADSA Vice President
Normand St-Pierre grew up in Quebec, Canada, and earned his BS (1978) and MS (1979) degrees from Laval University in dairy nutrition. After a two-year stint in the feed industry, he moved to The Ohio State University, where he received his PhD (1985) for his work on stochastic models in dairy nutrition and management. Following a one-year post doc in New Zealand, he started a 10-year career in the feed industry, working for both large and small corporations. In 1997, he returned to Ohio State and moved through the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor of dairy management until his retirement in 2016. At that point, he became head the research and development department within Perdue AgriBusiness-Animal Nutrition. He has authored or coauthored 112 peer-reviewed articles (most of them published in JDS®), published nearly 400 abstracts, written more than 600 popular press articles, and made 780 presentations.
He became a member of ADSA in 1980, and the organization has been his professional home. He has participated and volunteered in many of its activities. These include being a member of and chairing the ADSA/ASAS/CSAS Management and Production Committee; ADSA/ASAS/PSA Production, Management, and Environment Committee; ADSA/ASAS International Committee; ADSA Finance Committee; ADSA Audit Committee; as well as a few ADSA awards committees. Between 2014 and 2017, he served as a director for the Production Division on the ADSA Board of Directors. He has served as section editor for the journal (2010–2015) and reviewed countless manuscripts for JDS. He served as FASS treasurer (2004–2006), and then as its interim CEO for four months in 2005.
David Everett, ADSA Director — Dairy Foods Division
David Everett is originally from Australia and completed his PhD in food science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has 34 years of experience in research and teaching at universities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States, as well as at the CSIRO Division of Food Processing (Dairy Research Laboratories), an Australian federal government research center. He is currently the strategy lead for foundational science at AgResearch, New Zealand, an agricultural and food research organization. Prior to this, he was the director of the Dairy Innovation Institute and held the Leprino Foods Endowed Professorship in Dairy Food Science (2015–2018), both positions at California State University, San Luis Obispo. Everett is a principal investigator and fellow of the Riddet Institute National Centre of Research Excellence in New Zealand, and a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology, where he served as president and chairman of the board for two terms (2013–2015). He currently serves as an Editorial Board member of the International Dairy Journal and the Journal of Texture Studies, and is a section editor of the Elsevier Encyclopedia of Dairy Science. Everett is the immediate past chair of the Dairy Foods division of ADSA (2019–2020) and has been a member of ADSA for 27 years. He is currently an elected member of the Science and Program Coordination Committee of the International Dairy Federation. He has published over 150 research papers, conference abstracts, and book chapters.
Laura Hernandez, ADSA Director — Production Division
Laura Hernandez grew up in El Paso, Texas. She spent three years at Iowa State University, received her BS and MS degrees in animal science from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, and did her PhD at the University of Arizona in nutritional biochemistry. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular physiology at the University of Cincinnati Medical School, and then joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. Hernandez’s main research focus is the regulation of mammary gland function and maternal homeostasis during lactation. She has authored 69 peer-reviewed publications, given 66 invited presentations in the United States and other countries, and has two patents for her research. She has trained four PhD students and three MS students. She was the winner of the 2017 American Dairy Science Association® Foundation Scholar Award in Production and has been a section editor for the Journal of Dairy Science in the physiology section since 2019. She also was on the Lactation Biology Section Committee from 2013–2016 for the ADSA Annual Meeting.