Meet the International Marketing Program Team

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Jamie Zmitko-Somers, International Marketing Program Manager

Jamie-Zmitko Somers

Agriculture Development Division Deputy Director
International Marketing Program Manager

517-284-5738 |

Education: Jamie attended Michigan State University and received her B.A. in Business Administration Pre-law in 2000.

Experience: Jamie has worked for MDARD for 18 years with the last 14 years working in the International Marketing area. Jamie serves on the Mid-Michigan Global Business Club Committee and has served on the Food Export Association of the Midwest’s Board of Directors.

Fun Facts: Jamie grew up on her family’s cash crop farm in Owosso. Her family currently resides on a 2,400-acre farm growing corn and soybeans and remains an active member of the Shiawassee County Farm Bureau.



Allie Fox VanDriel, International Marketing Program Coordinator

Allie Fox VanDriel

International Marketing Program Coordinator
517-284-5737 |

Specialization: Working with Michigan alcoholic beverage companies and hop growers.

Education: Allie graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 and received her B.A. in International Studies. While at MSU, she was a member of the Women’s Track & Field Team. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing at Central Michigan University.

Experience: Allie has been with the International Marketing Program since 2015 and is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). Previously, she worked as an International Marketing Intern for the Cherry Marketing Institute in Dewitt, MI.

Fun Facts: Allie has traveled to 30 countries across five continents! So far, her favorite country is Iceland.

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Kathryn Kendall, International Marketing Program Coordinator

Kathryn Kendall

International Marketing Program Coordinator
517-284-5740 |

Education: Kathryn graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 and received her B.S. in Animal Biology. Kathryn also received her Master of Agriculture from Sam Houston State University in 2017.

Experience: Kathryn has previous experience working in marketing with AgroLiquid. Kathryn is also a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).

Fun Facts: Kathryn is a leader for a local 4H club and enjoys riding horses in her free time.

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