Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance

Tim Miranda,  Texas

Ward Burroughs, California (vista@fire2wire.com)     
Ward dairies in Merced County with his wife Rosie, daughter Christina and her Brian Bylsma and son Zeb and his wife Meridith Burroughs. Ward is on the board for his second time, previously serving as second vice president from 2007-2010. He is a 1974 graduate in Farm Management from Cal Poly, SLO. California Cloverleaf Dairy and Full Circle Dairy ship their milk to Organic West.
Sean Mallett,  Idaho 
208-308-2590 (seanmallett@msn.com)
Sean Mallett and his wife Staci own Harmony Organic Dairy in Twin Falls, Idaho. They have been certified organic since 2007 and  producing organic milk since January 2008. Harmony is a grazing dairy utilizing Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) practices on diverse pastures.  Like the pastures, the cowherd is filled with diverse breeds suitable for the grazing .  In his free time, Sean enjoys spending time with his children - Spencer, Sawyer and Savannah - out in Nature.  Sean's Motto: "Treat the Earth Well...It was not given to us by our Grandparents, but lent to us by our children."

Richard Mathews (rhmathews51@comcast.net)

 (717) 457- 0100

Richard joined WODPA as its first Executive Director on May 15, 2013. He has nearly 34 years of experience serving American Agriculture through various USDA positions and programs. He was the lead regulation writer responsible for the second proposed rule and final rule establishing the National Organic Standards. Shortly after publication of the organic final rule, Richard was promoted to the Program Manager/Associate Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program. He also researched and wrote pasture and other livestock provisions providing clarity and specificity to the NOP livestock standards. 

Executive Director

Upon graduating from California State University, Chico in 2006, Darby became manager of the newly transitioning organic dairy at the Chico State University Farm. The Chico State Organic Dairy milks 85 cross bred cows and uses a seasonal calving, grass based system.

Ex Officio

Andrew Dykstra, Washington


Andrew and his family operate their farm in Northwest Washington.  The Dykstra's have been farming their land organically since 1989.  Their farm includes vegetables, seed crops, and dairy. The Dykstra's dairy operation began in 2004 and contains all holstein cows. 

Tony Schilter, Washington (sunny@localaccess.com)
Tony and his wife Sunny, dairy in Lewis County, in Chehalis, Washington with their son Lonny and his wife Michelle, who are partners in the family business. Lonny is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Lonny and Michelle plan to carry on the family dairying tradition. They milk about 250 Holstein cows and run about 250 head of young stock. Tony and Lonny focus heavily on milk quality and have had many years of success. They started shipping to Horizon Organic in 2006. Tony has served on several Boards throughout the years including Farm Credit Board of Directors, Dairgold Board of Directors, and has more than 30 years of service with the USDA Soil Conservation Board. Tony was nominated as Treasurer of WODPA in the Fall of 2013. Tony and Sunny have two sons and one daughter. Wendy, their daughter attended Cal Poly San Lois Obispo, then received her Masters from the University of Florida. She now lives in Illinois and is a counselor at Freeport Community College. Tony and Sunny's youngest son, Monty is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he studied Agriculture Economics, he is now in upper management within Darigold. 



Darby Heffner, California (WODPA@outlook.com)   

2nd Vice President

Vice President