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The Holstein Foundation is pleased to welcome three new members to the Board of Trustees. Nate Janssen, Nick Randle, and Tim Perotti are the newest members joining the board which oversees the direction of the Holstein Foundation’s youth and young adult education and leadership development programs.
Nate Janssen resides in Wheaton, Ill. with his wife Sarah and sons Joey and Will. Janssen has a deep understanding of the dairy industry and stays involved in the dairy community in many ways, including serving as the past President of the Board of Directors for the National Dairy Shrine.
Janssen currently serves as the Vice President of Farmer Relations for Dairy Management Inc. where his main responsibility is working closely with state and regional promotion organizations to engage dairy farmers in two-way conversations around the value of the dairy checkoff. He also spent over 13 years as a Dairy Operations Manager on for a farm in Northern Ill., and still maintains a small herd of Registered Holsteins.
“It’s a great honor to join the Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees,” Janssen expresses. “Engaging young people in the dairy industry is so vitally important, and I look forward to serving in this role to help the Holstein Foundation develop tomorrow’s dairy leaders.”
Nick Randle is a Red and White Holstein breeder from Mass. where he lives with his wife, Ashley. Originally from Indiana, Randle and his family exhibit nationally through their operation, Starlight Genetics. They have been very fortunate to have owned and exhibited All-American cattle while winning numerous championship and breeder awards.
As a class 10 Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) graduate, Randle credits a large portion of his growth as a leader to the focus on youth development from the Holstein Foundation. He is currently the United States Marketing Lead at Zoetis for Dairy Productivity and Milk Quality as well as the President of the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association.
“I am truly honored to join the Board of Trustees for the Holstein Foundation. The foundation has shaped so many parts of my career and personal life. I look forward to building on the great foundation of youth development,” remarks Randle.
Tim Perotti grew up on Lone Pine Farm, a Registered Holstein dairy farm in Eastern New York. He graduated from Cornell University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, and then attended the University of Albany to earn his Master of Business Administration. Perotti currently lives in Louisville, Ky., and works as an independent consultant focused on business management, and business processes, as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Over the years, Perotti has been active in the New York Holstein Association serving as a member of the Executive Committee, State Treasurer, and Chair of the Junior Advisory Committee, as well as overseeing the State Dairy Bowl contest for 15 years. He also served on the Holstein Association USA’s Junior Advisory committee, and volunteered with numerous National Dairy Bowl, and Distinguished Junior Member interview contests. For the last nine years, he has been a member of the Holstein Association USA’s Audit Committee.
“As someone who greatly benefited from both Holstein Youth Programs and YDLI, I am thrilled for this opportunity to join the Holstein Foundation Board and help steward these vital programs going forward,” Perotti shares. “Holstein Foundation programs were so important in developing my passion for the Holstein cow, expanding my knowledge of the industry, and providing a strong foundation of skills, all while introducing me to lifelong friends across the country.”
For more information on the Holstein Foundation and the programs offered, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org.
The Holstein Foundation's education, leadership development and outreach programs serve both youth and young adults across the country who are involved with all breeds of dairy cattle.
The Holstein Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1989. It is headquartered in Brattleboro, Vermont, and shares office space with its parent organization, Holstein Association USA, Inc.