ACS Welcomes New Board Members, Celebrates Two Transitioning Off

4 years ago Jasmine Romero 2 Minute(s) to read

DENVER, CO – Today, the American Cheese Society (ACS) announced two additions to their Board of Directors, voted in
by their peers in the ACS membership. Jessica Little, ACS CCP™ and co-owner of Sweet Grass Dairy, and Daniel Utano,
proprietor of Daniel Utano Consulting, join the 2020-2021 Board of Directors.

Jessica and husband Jeremy purchased Sweet Grass Dairy in 2005 and have won over 30 national and international
awards. An ACS CCP™ and a Certified Sommelier, she is also a member of the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans &
Chefs of the Specialty Food Association, and the International Guilde de Fromagers and serves on the boards of the
Southern Cheesemakers Guild and Hands and Hearts for Horses.

Daniel has worked in the cheese industry for over 15 years in a variety of roles from cheesemonger to cheesemaker to
food safety officer for Jasper Hill Farm, Ferndale Farmstead, and more. Currently Daniel is the sole proprietor of Daniel
Utano Consulting, offering cheese and food safety services across the supply chain. He also serves as the vice-chair of
the ACS Regulatory & Academic Committee.

Each year, the ACS Nominating Committee seeks nominations from ACS members of cheese industry professionals to
serve in leadership positions on the Board of Directors.

Two board members, Cathy Gaffney, Wegman’s Food Markets, and Dr. Dennis D’Amico, University of Connecticut are
transitioning off the board after many years of dedicated service.

“I am grateful that our candidates were passionate about serving and I am happy to welcome Jessica and Dan as our
newest board members,” said Marianne Smukowski, ACS Board President. “And there is no way to thank Cathy and
Dennis that would equal the effort they have put in on our behalf.”

The Virtual Member Meeting, the first of its kind in the history of ACS, connected almost 300 members and industry
leaders through a day of sessions and networking. 

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