About Us

The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada is a non-profit organization comprised of a small team of dedicated professionals devoted to the promotion of local agriculture, lifelong health, and the enjoyment of food. We work on behalf of Utah & Nevada’s Dairy Farm Families to provide timely, scientifically based nutrition information to the media, health professionals, consumers, and others concerned about fostering a healthy diet in addition to promoting fun, community-based events to showcase dairy foods and dairy farmers.

The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada is a non-profit organization comprised of a small team of dedicated professionals devoted to the promotion of local agriculture, lifelong health, and the enjoyment of food. Dairy Council works on behalf of Utah & Nevada’s Dairy Farm Families to provide timely, scientifically-based nutrition information to the media, health professionals, consumers, and others concerned about fostering a healthy diet.

In Utah, Dairy Council was founded in 1953. At that time, its staff worked solely on nutrition education projects until the council merged with the Utah Dairy Commission in 1971 to offer local dairy education and promotion. At that time, the organization became quasi-state entity whose public purpose relates to the state and its citizens. The organization’s efforts are 100% funded by dairy farmer dollars – no tax payer dollars support dairy council activities. For more information on the Dairy Council’s promotion and education spending, see our Financial Report below.

The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada is one of 18 state and regional dairy council organizations that works in conjunction with the National Dairy Council. With a rich 100 year history, National Dairy Council was was founded in 1915 by America’s dairy farmers to offer nutrition education and research.

Who are we cow

Dairy Council

Staff Members

Jenn Harrison - CEO

Jenn Harrison, MBA

CEO

Jenn is in her 18th year with Dairy Council, taking over as the organization’s CEO in 2014. She has a passion for the dairy industry and admires and respects the dairymen who work hard every day caring for their animals and the land. When not at work, Jenn trains and competes in triathlons. She enjoys watching her daughters achieve goals both academically and physically and is constantly running to soccer, basketball and horseback riding.

Libby Lovig, RDN

General Manager, Nevada

Libby is a Nevada native and serves as General Manager of Nevada operations. Libby’s work is multifaceted and includes daily promotions, public relations, education, and promoting the region’s dairy farmers. A dressage rider, horse lover and runner, Libby’s favorite dairy indulgence is a glass of ice-cold milk. Libby will don her dietitian hat and blog about hot nutrition topics, issues unique to Nevada, and how families can use dairy to build a healthful diet.

Libby-Lovig DairyUTNV - General Manager NV
Kristi Spence - Sr VP

Kristi Spence, MS, RDN, CSSD

Senior Vice President 

As the Dairy Council’s Senior Vice President, Kristi is a registered dietitian and board certified as a specialist in sport dietetics. She oversees all aspects of communications and industry relations for the Dairy Council. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, Kristi is not a farm native, but the knowledge she has gained working with dairy farmers and her on-farm experiences have instilled a passion for connecting people with the people, the land, and the cows behind the dairy foods they enjoy. Through all aspects of her job, her mission is to tell dairy farmers’ stories – from the farm to your table.  Kristi loves cooking, hiking, running and spending time with her family.

Becky Low, MS

Vice President

Becky is the Vice President of the Dairy Council of UT/NV and has been providing nutrition research and educational materials for schools, health professionals, and nutrition educators since 1999. Becky has also been the expert on a weekly cooking segment since 1995 on KSL’s Studio 5. When she’s not helping consumers integrate the science of nutrition into their diets, Becky enjoys cooking, camping, and collecting books. Becky is in charge of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in Utah – helping students, program advisors, and schools eat healthy, get active, and make a difference.

Becky Low - Vice President Dairy Council UTNV
Kayli Cummings - DairyUTNV

Kayli Cummings, RDN

Communications & Events Manager

As a registered dietitian, Kayli is passionate about translating the complicated field of nutrition research into practical tips for families to encourage lasting health and enjoyment of food. Kayli’s roles at the dairy council include planning and organizing events, managing the refuel program, and assisting with Fuel Up to Play 60, farm tours, and social media. On the side, Kayli enjoys running, cooking, guitar, and spending time with friends and family.

Debbra Vaughn

Office Manager

Since January 2010, Debbie has been the Dairy Council’s Office Manager. Born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, her grandparents were farmers, so she feels right at home working with the dedicated dairy men and women of Utah & Nevada. Debbie oversees the Dairy Ambassador Program and serves as the vendor liaison for the annual Utah Dairy Convention. She loves interior design, gardening, reading and traveling, but her main focus in life is her husband, children and four grandsons.

Debbra Vaughn - DairyUTNV
Ashley Gerratt - DairyUTNV

Ashley Gerratt

Replenish Grant Program Coordinator

Ashley served as both a county and state Dairy Ambassador before her role as Marketing and Events Manager. Though life has taken she and her family in different directions, she continues to work with the team on special projects – currently serving as the Replenish Grant Program Coordinator. Ashley has a passion for nutrition education and dairy promotion and is married to a dairy farmer!

Dairy Council

Board Members

Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson

Central Cache

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Salt Lake, Tooele, Davis

Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark

Weber, Morgan

Chace Fullmer

Chace Fullmer

Sevier, Piute, Wayne, Garfield

Jeff Hardy

Jeff Hardy

– Chairman –

Box Elder

Malarik Harrison

Malarik Harrison

Wasatch, Summit, Unitah, Duchesne, Daggett

Matt Leak

Matt Leak

North Cache

Louise Nielsen

Louise Nielsen

Dairy Women

Hal Olsen

Hal Olsen

South Cache

Taunya Otten

Taunya Otten

Sanpete, Carbon, Emery, Grand, Juab, San Juan

David Roberts

David Roberts

Millard, Beaver, Iron, Washington

Travis Waller

Travis Waller

Utah Department of 

Agriculture & Food

Don McMahon

Don McMahon

Utah State University

Steve Martini

Steve Martini

2016 Mentor Member

Dairy Women’s

Organization

The dairy women’s organization is a vibrant part of Utah’s dairy community. They operate the statewide Dairy Ambassador program as well as plan and organize events throughout the year. Learn More about the Utah Dairy Women’s Organization.

Utah Dairy Commission

2015 Financials


  • National Plan $750000

  • Child Health $470000

  • Nutrition Affairs $490000

  • Integrated Communications $710000

  • Strategic Initiatives $30000

  • Board/Operations $165000