The membership of Delmarva Chicken Association voted to return existing board members and add several new members to the nonprofit’s board for terms beginning in 2024. In addition, the DCA Board of Directors elected Amy Syester, a chicken farm owner with a background in all aspects of the chicken industry, to be DCA’s board president in 2024.

The members elected to remain on the board are Rusty Covington, a senior growout and housing manager for Perdue Foods; Zach Evans, community relations manager at Mountaire Farms; Jenny Rhodes, a Maryland chicken grower; Syester, a grower who also works for Chemtrade Logistics; Far Nasir, a chicken grower and a DCA past president; Jennifer Feindt, an ag lending manager at Horizon Farm Credit; Matthew Hearn, director of operations for Perdue Foods in Georgetown, Del.; and Robert Watson, senior director of live operations at Allen Harim.

Also joining the board are Dr. Michael Quist, production veterinarian at Mountaire Farms, and Matt Stevenson, a regional sales manager for Clear View Enterprises.

Syester, the 2024 DCA President, began her career as a flock supervisor and held many positions in live production over the years while working at Perdue and Allen Harim. She received DCA’s Outstanding Flock Supervisor award three times. Syester is currently employed by Chemtrade Logistics as the sales manager of their poultry litter amendment product line. Her family has eleven poultry houses and raise over 1.5 million birds annually; she has served on the DCA board of directors since 2018.

“Leading Delmarva Chicken Association is a welcome chance for me to demonstrate to DCA’s members how valuable our organization is to them, and to encourage new members to join us,” Syester said. “We advocate tirelessly for the chicken community wherever we go, and our members give us the strength in numbers to do that. I’m excited for what our 1,500 members can accomplish in 2024.”