Mariella Rhoads has served as Dairy Council of California’s office coordinator and database technician for over 25 years. Her passion for organization, data integrity and helping others drives her success, enabling her
to manage the organization’s database with ease.
As the lead database technician, Mariella tracks, inputs and reports on all activity related to customer and staff activities, such as managing orders, community engagement and historical data. She also supports the organization by recording outreach efforts and media placements to measure impact. As an office coordinator, Mariella provides administrative support to the office and staff, as well as managing the front desk to provide customer service and support.
Mariella is extremely passionate about improving the health of the next generation. A mother of four grown children and Mimi to six grandchildren, Mariella knows the impact food and physical activity have on health and health outcomes. Each of her children were involved in competitive athletics, and the foods they ate directly impacted how they felt and how well they performed. This sparked her desire to feed them healthy foods and continues to drive her passion for inspiring other parents and families to make healthier food choices to support lifelong health.
I believe children are our future. To help them live healthy, active lives, they must be supported to make nutritious and informed eating decisions.
Phoebe Petersen is the Community Nutrition Program Manager and leads Dairy Council of CA’s team of community nutrition advisers across the state.