Wellness staff joins Dairy West

Heidi Martin, MS, RDN, LD, SNS, has joined Dairy West as vice president of health and wellness, replacing Crystal Wilson, Ed.S, RDN, LD, who was recently named vice president of employee development and engagement. Dairy West, a regional dairy promotion organization established last year to represent dairy farmers, processors and supply chain partners in Idaho and Utah, also has hired Rashel Clark as a health and wellness manager.

Martin oversees nutrition and education programming and is responsible for the strategic planning, development and execution of programs for health professionals and educators in Idaho and Utah. Both Dairy West founders — United Dairymen of Idaho and the Dairy Council of Utah and Nevada — have worked hard over the years to promote the health and nutritional benefits of dairy foods.

Clark works in the Draper, Utah, office and serves as a vital link supporting nutrition science and research to educators, school food service professionals, and health professionals.

Wilson now guides Dairy West’s talent management and leadership development strategy, provides coaching for employees as appropriate, and manages the talent attraction process, performance evaluation system and internship program.

“As we continue to represent the dairy community’s best interests in nutrition and health, we are building a team of highly capable professionals who can protect dairy in the diet, promote healthy, wholesome dairy products and work closely with health professionals to ensure they have current and adequate scientific research,” Dairy West CEO Karianne Fallow said. “Building our team capabilities requires a focus on employee development and engagement, and the organizational changes we’ve made reflect how important that is to our dairy farmers.”

Before joining Dairy West, Martin worked as a corporate health and wellness manager at Saint Alphonsus Health System. She also worked as a child nutrition coordinator at the Idaho State Department of Education and as a health and wellness instructor at University of Phoenix Idaho Campus. A licensed dietitian, registered dietitian nutritionist, and credentialed school nutrition specialist, Martin earned her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition and a master’s degree in adult and organizational learning and leadership at University of Idaho.

Clark worked as a graduate research assistant at West Virginia University and a program coordinator at the University of Arizona Nutrition Network prior to joining Dairy West. A registered dietitian, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics, and food science at Utah State University and a master’s in human nutrition and foods at West Virginia University.

Wilson has worked at Dairy West and United Dairymen of Idaho since 2010. A licensed dietitian, registered dietitian nutritionist, and certified health coach, Wilson has worked in the field for more than two decades, including stints as an educator and coach in the Meridian School District and as assistant supervisor and nutrition coordinator at Boise School District Food and Nutrition Services. She earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition, a master’s degree in adult education, and an Ed.S. in adult and organizational learning and leadership at University of Idaho and maintains her occupational specialist teaching certificate.

Dairy West is a regional dairy promotion organization established in 2017 to represent dairy farmers, processors, and supply chain partners in Idaho and Utah. A Qualified Program regulated by the USDA National Dairy Promotion & Research Board, the 501(c)(6) organization raises awareness of the importance of dairy farming, promotes the health and nutritional benefits of dairy foods, and encourages global demand for Idaho and Western U.S. dairy foods through coordinated marketing and communications efforts, nutrition counseling, and research programs. Visit DairyWest.com for more information.