Sarah Dressel Named Chairperson of the New York Apple Association Board of Directors
FISHERS, NY - The New York Apple Association (NYAA) is expanding its Board of Directors after appointing Sarah Dressel, of Dressel Farms in New Paltz, New York (NYAA District 3), Chairperson of the Board of Directors. In addition to a new Chairperson, the NYAA Board also recently completed a strategic planning process as a means to evolve its presence in the marketplace.
“It is an honor and a privilege to help lead this organization at such an exciting time in the apple industry,” said Dressel, a fourth-generation apple grower who joined the NYAA board in 2016 and served as Vice Chair from 2017-2018.
Last month, Dressel took on the Chairperson position at the NYAA Board meeting, succeeding former Chairperson Jason Woodworth of Lamont Fruit Farm in Waterport, New York (NYAA District 6).
“This appointment is significant news for NYAA and for women assuming leadership roles throughout the ag industry,” said NYAA President Cynthia Haskins. “Sarah comes from a multi-generational apple farm with great experience in direct-to-consumer markets and wholesale. We look forward to her leadership.”
Dressel graduated from Cornell University in 2011 after earning a degree in agricultural sciences and completed the Young Apple Leader program through USApple. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Hudson Valley Research Lab, she currently works in her family’s business managing its retail stand, u-pick operations, and all horticultural aspects. According to a press release, she is a member of the Hudson Valley Young Grower group and recently toured apple growing operations in New Zealand as a member of the International Fruit Tree Association.
The NYAA represents 600 commercial apple growers across New York state, which is the second largest apple producing state in the nation.
Congratulations, Sarah Dressel, on your new role with the Board! For more happening in and around our industry, keep reading AndNowUKnow.