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Source: Animal Agriculture Alliance news release

- Today, the Animal Agriculture Alliance announced new upcoming board leadership following its fall board meeting, held Nov. 7 in Washington, D.C. Lisa McComb, Dairy Management Inc., was elected as chair-elect. Tom Super, National Chicken Council, was appointed as treasurer.

McComb is the senior vice president of communications at Dairy Management Inc. (DMI). She will take the reins for a two-year term as chairperson from current board chair Derek Yancey, president of Morning Fresh Farms, beginning in January 2025. At DMI, McComb is accountable for multi-stakeholder proactive and responsive media relations and storytelling for the dairy community and consumers. She also leverages real-time insights and intelligence to take action on and prepare for key dairy issues. DMI joined the Alliance board in 2016 and has been represented by McComb since 2018.

Super is the senior vice president of communications at the National Chicken Council (NCC). Super's executive officer responsibilities will take effect in January 2024, as he takes over for current treasurer Joel Brandenberger, retiring president and CEO of the National Turkey Federation. In his role at NCC, Super is responsible for day-to-day media relations, media outreach, social media management, and strategic communications planning to supplement NCC's legislative, regulatory, and public affairs efforts. National Chicken Council has been on the Alliance board since 1999 and has been represented by Super for more than ten years.

"The Animal Agriculture Alliance Board of Directors represent the breadth of our membership and provide strategic direction for our programs and initiatives," said Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Alliance president and CEO. "Lisa and Tom have served on the Alliance board for several years and have been incredible champions for the organization. I'm confident in their leadership abilities and look forward to working with them more closely in these new roles."

In addition to new board leadership, several board seats have been renewed through 2026. The following organization seats were renewed:

American Farm Bureau Federation, represented by RJ Layher, Director, Government Affairs

American Sheep Industry Association, represented by Amy Hendrickson, Animal Health, Science and Research Programs Manager

Cargill, represented by Nick Wolfenden, PhD, Sustainable Animal Welfare Director - Global

Elanco Animal Health, represented by Colleen Parr Dekker, Executive Director, Global Corporate Communications

Farm Journal, represented by Dustin Johansen, Senior Vice President, Livestock Division

Genus PIC, represented by Srinu Reddy, PhD, Senior Manager of Regulatory Sciences and Compliance

Morning Fresh Farms, represented by Derek Yancey, President
National Cattlemen's Beef Association, represented by Rebecca Barnett, Director of Animal Health and Food Safety Policy

National Chicken Council, represented by Tom Super, Senior Vice President, Communications

United Egg Producers, represented by Oscar Garrison, Senior Vice President of Food Safety

The complete list of Alliance board members and organization representatives is available on the Alliance website at

About the Alliance

The Alliance safeguards the future of animal agriculture and its value to society by bridging the communication gap between the farm and food communities. We connect key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. We engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. We protect by exposing those who threaten our nation's food security with damaging misinformation.

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