The Center for Dairy Excellence is fortunate to have seven individuals employed who are passionate about dairy and seeing dairy farm families thrive in Pennsylvania. Three employees are full-time, while three are part-time. Staff members include:
Jayne Sebright, Executive Director
Jayne has been with the Center since September 2006. She graduated with highest distinction from Penn State and has 20 years’ of experience in strategic marketing and communications, holding positions with Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association & Land O’Lakes. Jayne and her husband Robby have a dairy and crop farm in East Berlin.
Alan Zepp, Risk Management Program Manager
Alan began his role with the Center in March 2009. Prior to that, he received his B.S. from Penn State in Animal Industry, then returned to the home dairy farm for more than 30 years. That experience provides insight as he promotes risk management concepts in his weekly columns and with dairy producers and the allied industry.
Heidi Zimmerman, Dairy Resource Coordinator
Heidi returned to the Center in March 2014 as the Dairy Resource Coordinator after having worked previously as the Program Manager. Heidi grew up on a dairy farm in Dauphin County, graduated from Messiah College with a bachelor’s degree in music education and remains involved in various dairy organizations. She and her family reside in Lebanon County.
Karen Purnell, Accounting Manager
Karen joined the Center in 2011 and oversees daily accounting administration. Graduating from Shippensburg University with an acounting degree in 1988, Karen spent working eight years working in the accounting industry. She grew up in Belleville, Pennsylvania, surrounded by dairy farms.
Mary Foote, Dairy Education Program Manager
Mary joined the Center in 2015 and oversees the youth development programs. She graduated from Penn State with a bachelors in ag education and a minor in ag communications. She also has an associate’s degree from SUNY Cobleskill. As a New York native, Mary grew up on a small registered Guernsey farm.
Melissa Anderson, Dairy Programs and Operations Manager
Melissa began her role with the Center in April 2012 and handles operations and customer care services. She has an associate’s degree in business administration from Harrisburg Area Community College and brings more than 30 years of experience in office management and operations to her role.
Myrannda Kleckner, Communications Specialist Myrannda began her role with the Center in 2017 by overseeing communications and marketing. She is a student at Penn State where she is completing her degree in agricultural science with minors in agricultural communications and leadership development.
To contact any of the staff members, call the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or click on their name above to access their email address.