Yakima, Wash... At its annual meeting held earlier this month in Yakima, members of the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) Board of Directors elected Miles Kohl to serve as its chairman. Mr. Kohl has been a member of the board of directors since 2010. He is the CEO of Allan Brothers located in Naches.
Mr. Kohl followed Brian Alegria as chairman. Mr. Alegria, CEO of CPC International Apple Company in Tieton, will continue on the board of directors serving on the Foundation’s executive committee as immediate past chairman.
Also elected at the meeting were Jeff Fagg, Vice-President – Account Manager for Northwest Farm Credit Services in Moses Lake, to serve as vice-chairman; Rachel Sullivan, CEO of Crane & Crane in Brewster, to serve as secretary; and Dwaine Brown, CFO at Tree Top in Selah, to serve as treasurer.
It was shared during the meeting that Mr. Kohl received a scholarship from the Washington Apple Commission a few years before the inception of WAEF. “I can attest to the importance of scholarships. My parents are apple growers and were impacted by stories of Alar in the late 1980s just as I prepared to attend college. Paying for college suddenly became a much greater obstacle,” shared Mr. Kohl.
WAEF honored retiring board member and long-time Foundation treasurer Stan Scheumann during the annual meeting. Mr. Scheumann joined the board of directors in 2004 and was first elected treasurer in 2006. He is the controller at Auvil Fruit Company. Berti Stewart, WAEF chairman in 2011-12, was also recognized for her leadership and service to WAEF. Ms. Stewart, Prosser, joined the WAEF board of directors in 2006. She is employed by ProAg.