BUILD Dairy is overseen by the Western Dairy Center and a regional dairy farmer advisory board.

Our advisors are:

Eric bastian

Eric Bastian

Vice President, Industry Relations - Dairy West

Director, Western Dairy Center

Don Mc Mahon

Donald McMahon 

Professor of Dairy Technology, Director emeritus, western dairy center 

Utah State University

Rasmussen Kimberly

Kim Rasmussen 

BUILD Dairy Program Coordinator

Western Dairy Center

Joy Waite Cusic

Joy Waite-Cusic, PhD 

Associate Professor of Food Safety Systems, Dept. Food Science and Technology

Oregon State University

Mike Dunn

Mike Dunn

Professor of Food Science

Brigham Young University

Michael Minto

Minto Michael, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Food Science

Washington State University

Craig Oberg

Craig Oberg

Professor of Microbiology

Weber State University

Mc Dougal Owen

Dr. Owen McDougal

Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Boise State University

Unlu Gulhan


Associate Professor

University of Idaho | College of Agricultural and Life Sciences | Department of Animal, Veterinary, and Food Sciences

Taylor Oberg

Taylor Oberg

Assistant professor, Department of nutrition, dietetics and food sciences

Utah State University

Ballard Steve

Steve Ballard

Ballard Cheese

Gilbert Dan

Dan Gilbert

Dan-de Holsteins

Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson

Bridgerland Holsteins

Loren Ward

Loren S. Ward, PhD

Chief R&D Officer 


Chenchaiah Marella

Chenchaiah Marella, PhD

VP of Research & Product Development

Idaho Milk Products

Lenny Bass

Lenny Bass

Campus & Dairy Academy Manager

Lactalis American Group

Anand Rao

Anand Rao, PhD

Vice President of Ingredients Innovation


Hadi Eshpari

Hadi Eshpari, PhD

Sr. Product Development & Research Scientist

Tillamook County Creamery Association

Greg Chandler

Greg Chandler

Director Operational Improvement

Darigold Inc.

Brandon Carter

Brandon Carter

Director of Research and Development

High Desert Milk