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Our Team

Continental Dairy Facilities is a dairy processing plant located in Michigan in partnership with Select Milk Producers, the 5th largest dairy co-op in the United States, made up of more than 92 dairy farmers from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Texas and New Mexico. Our plant produces over 300,000 pounds of dry, non-fat milk per day for use as the base ingredient for a wide variety of consumer products including ice cream, cheese, yogurt, whipped cream, pasta sauce and more.

Awards

  • Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award by the U.S. Government
  • Exporter of the Year in 2014 by Michigan Department of Agriculture
  • Community Revitalization Award by Michigan Manufacturers Association
  • Enhanced Dairy Traceability Commitment by Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
  • Top 100 Dairy Processors by Dairy Foods Magazine
  • 2ND Most Efficient for Receiving Times in Country by Dairy.com
  • Level Three Certification by "Safe Quality Foods" after only one year of operation
  • The 2015 international Dairy Foods Association Safety Award

Meet Our Team:


Steve Cooper
President/General Manager of Dairy Manufacturing Operations

Steve currently serves as the President/General Manager of Dairy Manufacturing Operations of Continental Dairy Facilities LLC, where he was involved in the business development and design of a new powder processing plant in Coopersville, Michigan which started operations in March 2012. He brings 40 years of experience and vast amounts of knowledge of the dairy industry to his role at Continental Dairy. During his career in Dairy, Steve has been responsible for plant operations, marketing and logistics as well as the startup of numerous dryers, evaporators, ultrafiltration and butter operations. Steve studied at California State University – Fresno where he received a degree in Dairy Industry.

Bruce Born
Director of Finance

Bruce has worked for Continental Dairy Facilities since December of 2012 and currently serves as the Director of Finance. A CPA, Bruce has over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. During his career, Bruce has worked in a variety of industries, including a combined 17 years of previous work for companies in the food production industry. Bruce studied at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Ml where he received a Bachelor's of Economics degree. Bruce enjoys spending time with his family (especially his grandkids), golfing and biking in his spare time.

Cheslie Stehouwer
Director of Sales and Marketing

Cheslie joined Continental Dairy Facilities in May 2011, after graduating from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Continental Dairy has provided Cheslie with the opportunity to learn multiple areas within the company, allowing her to gain valuable experience in logistics, marketing and information technology. She lives in Spring Lake and enjoys running in her spare time.

Jeff Galbraith
Director of Operations

A California native with 15 years of dairy experience, Jeff moved to Michigan in 2011 to continue growing in his career in Dairy Manufacturing Operations. He is currently Continental Dairy Facilities, Director of Operations. Jeff is responsible for the Michigan Continental Dairy Facilities plant and the Texas Continental Dairy Facilities Southwest plant. Jeff started his career in 2001 working for California Dairies Inc. the second largest milk marketing cooperative in the U.S. His career there spanned 10 years starting out as a milk receiver and ending as the Assistant Plant Manager; overseeing the daily operations of one of the largest drying facilities in the nation. Jeff's experience ranges in operations with a vast knowledge in Evaporation, Drying, UF/RO and Butter. He is a very motivated individual who enjoys work and spending quality time with his family.

Derrick Scheidel
Division Environmental Health & Safety Manager

Derrick is the Division Environmental Health & Safety Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. degree in Occupational Health and Safety Management. Derrick has 11 years' experience the Occupational Health & Safety field with experience working in the food processing, automotive, surgical device manufacturing, concrete precasting, and electrical transmission industries. Derrick is from West Michigan and lives in the Coopersville area with his wife who works in the Healthcare Industry.

Chance Rupe
Maintenance Manager

Chance joined Continental Dairy Facilities in December 2011 after serving 9 years of active duty in the United States Coast Guard as an Electrician's Mate 1st Class. During his time with U.S.C.G. he received many awards while maintaining a variety of systems from facilities and ships to lighthouses. He currently lives in Fruitport with his wife and children, while still serving in the reserves. In his spare time, Chance enjoys spending time with his family and doing anything outdoors.

Bryan Hoekstra
Business Analyst Manager

Bryan Hoekstra is the Business Analyst Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He has been with the company since October 2011. He attended Calvin College and now lives with his wife in Zeeland.

Denise VanderMale
Division FSQA Manager

Denise VanderMale is the Division FSQA Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC & Continental Dairy Facilities Southwest. She has been with the company since December 2011, prior to the start of production in March 2012. She has 28 years of Food Safety and Quality Assurance experience in the food industry. Denise received her Bachelors of Health Science from Grand Valley State University and is pursuing her Masters of Food Safety through MSU. She lives in Allendale, Michigan with her three daughters.

Sherri Gereaux
Human Resource Manager

Sherri Gereaux has been with Continental Dairy Facilities since January 2014 and currently holds the role of Human Resources Manager. She has a Bachelor of Business Degree with concentration in Human Resource Management from Baker College. She is a dedicated Human Resources Manager with several years of combined experience in Human Resources, Business Management, Accounting and Executive Administration. Sherri oversees the company's recruiting, employee relations, workforce planning, onboarding, employee benefits, and compensation management.









Ronald Thompson
Directory of Food Safety, Education & Technical Services

Ron currently works for Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC/Continental Dairy Facilities Southwest, LLC as Director of Food Safety, Education, & Technical Services providing his technical dairy, environmental, food safety and regulatory expertise to the operation of the facilities. Ron has over 25 years of experience in Dairy Foods industry and has been involved in the planning and commisioning of five new milk dryer plants. Ron has developed and implemented quality and food safety systems for dried dairy ingredients, fluid milk, and butter over the course of his career.

Ron is an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University teaching a 5-week class on Food Safety. Ron currently serves as an official lead butter judge to the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, as a member of the Scientific Committee for the National Conference for Interstate Milk Shippers (NCIMS), as a Subject Matter Expert for DMI's Innovation Center Plant Food Safety Workshops, as a member on the 3-A Sanitary Standards Steering Committee, and as a member of the American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) Training, Education and Development Committee.

Ron has a BS degree in Dairy Science from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, a MS degree and Ph.D. in Dairy Products Technology from Louisiana State University. Ron also is a Certified Food Scientist (CFS) through the Institute of Food Technologist (IFT).

Ron and his wife, Tammy, met at a running group in Holland, MI. They have four adult children: 2 in Michigan and 2 in California, and one granddaughter. Ron and Tammy spend their free time training for their next marathon, visiting family, and exploring Costa Rica.

Shawn Storm
Butter Manager

Shawn Storm is the Butter Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He has been with the company since December 2011, prior to the start of production in March 2012. He has a background in pharmaceutical where he gained 15+ years of experience before entering plant production. Shawn currently lives in Muskegon. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and lots of fishing.

Dustin Sarber
Engineering Manager

Dustin Sarber is the Engineering Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He has been with the company since June 2011, prior to the start of production in March 2012. He’s been in the automation field for 14 years in the automotive and office furniture industries. Dustin has attended Grand Rapids Community College focusing on industrial automation as well as successfully completed many classes from Rockwell Automation. He is a lifelong native to the Grand Rapids area, and enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors.


Henry Owsiak
Warehouse Manager

Henry Owsiak is the Warehouse Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He has been with the company since January 2013. Continental Dairy has provided Henry with the opportunity to learn multiple areas within the company, allowing him to gain valuable experience in Logistics and Warehousing. He currently lives in Grand Haven with his family. In his spare time, Henry enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Rich Clark
Plant Manager

Rich Clark is the Plant Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He has been with the company since January 2012, prior to the start of production in March 2012. He worked as a foreman for several years at a food plant prior to Continental. Also, owned and operated a mortgage company till 2009. In his spare time he enjoys bird hunting and fishing.


Jennifer Domanski
Operations Manager

Jennifer Domanski is the Operations Manager responsible for the Michigan Continental Dairy Facilities plant and the Texas Continental Dairy Facilities Southwest plant. Jennifer started with the company in May 2012 and graduated in 2019 from South Dakota State University with her bachelor's degree in Dairy Manufacturing. She lives in Grand Rapids and in her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Markus Bentley
FSQA Manager

Markus Bentley is the FSQA Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. degree in Biology. Markus has 8 years of Quality Assurance experience in the food industry. Markus is from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area and currently lives there with his wife and 2 daughters.


Juan Ramirez
Packaging Operator

Juan Ramirez has been with Continental Dairy Facilities since October 2018 where he started in butter as a packaging operator. He helped with the startup of the Butter Room from bulk butter to retail butter, and worked his way through all the positions in the butter department and was promoted to Butter Room Manager in April 2021. Juan studied Automotive and was in the process of starting his own automotive shop when he started with the company. Now in his spare time he enjoys working in his shop and teaching his kids his passion as a hobby. Juan's dream is to have one of his kids get their degree in Automotive and to open the family auto shop.


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