J&C Committee


    Chair:  Stephanie Clark, Ph.D., Iowa State University
    Vice Chair: Rich Rogers, ACS CCPScardello
    ACS Board Liaison: Alyce Birchenough, Sweet Home Farm

    Members at large:

    Matt Bonano, Brooklyn South Cheese
    Craig Gile, ACS CCP, Cabot Creamery Cooperative
    John Greeley, Gourmet Foods International
    David Lockwood, Neal’s Yard Dairy
    Kirsten Hindes, ACS CCP, Laura Chenel’s Chevre, Inc.
    Tom Kooiman, Portland Creamery
    Shelli Morton, Crystal Imports/World’s Best Cheeses
    Rachel Perez, ACS CCP, Tony’s Fine Foods
    Julia Powers, ACS CCP, Peterson Company
    Karen & Richard Silverston

    ACS Staff Liaisons: Michelle Lee, Programs & Operations Director and Heather Tucker, Administrative Assistant

    The Judging & Competition Committee is inherently linked to the Annual Conference. This committee is responsible for determining all criteria for the cheeses entered into the competition by ACS member cheesemakers. The committee determines the roster of judges and their compensation, the categories of cheeses, the judging processes, scoring, reporting, and awards criteria. The committee also runs the Judging & Competition and Awards Ceremony, manages logistics, coordinates volunteers, and guides production of a printed awards brochure that is published onsite and made available to attendees at the Festival of Cheese.