Marianne Smukowski elected president of American Cheese Society

The Center for Dairy Research’s Marianne Smukowski has been elected as the 2019-20 president of the American Cheese Society (ACS).

Smukowski joined CDR in 1994 and is currently the coordinator of the Dairy Safety/Quality and Master Cheesemaker Programs at CDR. She is responsible for working with cheese and dairy product manufacturers as they implement food safety plans, as well as providing third-party
audits. She often serves as a liaison between dairy manufacturers and regulatory staff. Smukowski is the technical advisor for the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® program.

“Marianne is a strong advocate for cheesemakers, and a strong leader for ACS who values the important work we do to advance the industry. Marianne is also a great ‘connector’ – able to connect people, ideas, and information through her consensus-building style,” says Nora Weiser, executive director of ACS.

“I have been involved with ACS in a number of roles including a judge for the cheese competition, member of the regulatory and advisory, finance and nominating committees,” says Smukowski. “As one of just a few academics to serve as president of ACS, it is quite an honor and privilege to lead ACS.”