Cherry Orchard

Board Members

Cherry Marketing Institute

Mike Van Agtmael - Chairman

Jeff Send - Vice Chairman

Terry Sorenson - Secretary

Marc Rowley - Treasurer

Dan Sievert- Board Member

Jay Jollay - Board Member

Melanie LaPerriere - Processor Member

Sarah Schlukebir - Processor Member

Gary Kaberle - Outside Director 

Julie Gordon - President/ Managing Director

Michigan Cherry Committee

Dave Smeltzer - Chairman - Tart Cherry Member

Andy Riley - Vice Chairman - Tart Cherry Member

Daryl Peterson - Treasurer - Sweet Cherry Member

Mark Schilling - Secretary - Tart Cherry Member

Paul Hubbell - Sweet Cherry Member

Joseph Murvin  - Sweet Cherry Member

Michael DeRuiter - Tart Cherry Member

Juliette McAvoy - District 1 Tart Cherry Member

Emily Miezio - District 1 Tart Cherry Member

Heather Throne - Michigan Department of Agriculture

James Flore - Michigan State University 

Julie Gordon - Executive Director

Michigan Tree Fruit Commission 

Jim Nugent - Chairman

Fred Koenigshof

Jim Engelsma

Mark Miezio

Steve Thome

Mike VanAgtmael

Bruce Veliquette

Trever Mechum

Chuck Rasch

Upcoming Meetings

Michigan Cherry Committee Board Meetings

December 6, 2021

Research Review - 9:30 a.m.

Board Meeting - 3:00 p.m.

Amway Grand Plaza- Grand Rapids, MI

December 7-9, 2021

Hort Show/ Expo - Amway Grand Plaza

Michigan Tree Fruit Commission Board Meetings

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Place - TBD 

9:30 am 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Place - TBD

9:30 am

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Zoom Board Meeting

9:30 am

Wednesday, August 9, 2022

Zoom Board Meeting

9:30 am

*Meetings will be held in-person if able to adhere to Public Health Orders that are in effect.

**If you need special accommodations for effective participation in any cherry meeting please contact the MCC office at (517) 669-4264 to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance at least 24 hours prior to the start of the meeting. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Cherry Marketing Institute Inc. is to increase the sales and use of cherries by expanding the market domestically and globally. To do this we need an effective staff of people dedicated to its grower membership, working in union with all other industry segments to market cherries effectively.

Cherries in a bowl