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Appointments made to Michigan Food Policy Council

Thursday, December 6, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced four appointments to the Michigan Food Policy Council.

Established in 2005, the 25-member council is funded in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It recommends programs and policies to the governor to support a healthy food system and enhance economic growth through the state's agricultural diversity.


"Cultivating a safe, healthy and available food supply for Michigan is of utmost importance," said Snyder. "I am confident these appointees will do outstanding work on behalf of the Great Lakes State in these roles."


Amy Klinkoski, of Grand Rapids, is the nutrition services coordinator for Grand Rapids Public Schools, a position she has held since 1996. Previously, she served as a food service administrative team member for East Lansing-based Burcham Hills Retirement Community and as food service director for Godwin Heights and Kelloggsville Public Schools. Klinkoski holds a bachelor's degree in dietetics, food and nutrition from Michigan State University. She will represent K-12 schools and replaces Renee DeWindt.


Howard Straub, of St. Johns, is owner and operator of Triple H Farm, a 250-acre dairy farm he and his wife opened in 1972. Triple H Farm has become a national leader and resource in grass-based seasonal dairies. Straub will represent sustainable agriculture and replaces Eugene Barnes.


Kendra Wills, of Lowell, is an educator for Michigan State University Extension - Kent County and the Kent County Purchase of Development Rights program manager. She is a member of the Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems advisory board. She earned a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and applications from Michigan State University and a master's degree in sustainable business from Aquinas College. Wills will represent sustainable agriculture and replaces Patricia Cantrell.


Gary Wozniak, of Shelby Township, is president and CEO of RecoveryPark, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization established in 2010. Previously, he served four years as chief development officer for SHAR Foundation. Wozniak received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Oakland University. He will represent non-food manufacturers and fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Jim Herbert.


With the exception of Wozniak, appointees will serve four-year terms that expire Oct. 31, 2016. Wozniak will serve the remainder of a four-year term that expires Oct. 31, 2013. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.