Luke F. Brubaker
On May 3, 2011, Governor Corbett named Luke Brubaker Chairman of the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board. Mr. Brubaker was first appointed to the Board by Governor Thomas J. Ridge in 1997; he was re-appointed by Governor Edward G. Rendell and unanimously confirmed by the State Senate in September 2003 and reappointed for a third term in 2009.
Mr. Brubaker is a dairy farmer with 30 years of experience in the Pennsylvania dairy industry. With his two sons, he manages a 1,000 acre dairy agri-business partnership. He has served as Chairman of Lancaster Farm Service Agency from 1996-2004 and is a participating farmer in the Chesapeake Bay Program. Mr. Brubaker is also past president of the Lancaster County Farm and Home Foundation.
Mr. Brubaker was a member of the East Donegal Planning Commission from 1986 to 1992 and was Chairman of the East Donegal Board of Supervisors from 1993 to 1997. He is Chairman of Environmental Coordinators for Lancaster, Lebanon, York, Dauphin, and Berks Counties in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, past member of Board of Trustees of the Lancaster County Farmland Trust and winner of the 2001 Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders Pacesetters Award. He has also been the recipient of the Dairy of Distinction Award. In 1999 Brubaker Farms was awarded the National Environmental Stewardship Award in recognition of production and practices and concern for community and in 2002 completed the Pennsylvania Environmental Agricultural Conservation Certification of Excellence (PEACCE) Program. Mr. Brubaker also received the Country Folks 2005 Keystone Farmer of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic States for Ag Production, leadership and community involvement. In 2008, Brubaker Farms received the Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer Award and the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award in 2010.
Internationally, as a member of an economic development team, Mr. Brubaker assisted in developing small businesses in Bolivia. In 1997, 1998, and 2001, he served as an ambassador to the Russian Republic and Ukraine for dairy management, nutrition, marketing, and overall expertise for the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs. In 2007, Mr. Brubaker was invited to Morocco by invitation of Royal Government on the Dairy Heifers interest and conference on ag issues.
Mr. Brubaker and his wife Barbara reside in Mount Joy, Lancaster County. They have three children - Cindy, Mike and Tony, and ten grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Brubaker are active members of the Mount Joy Mennonite Church.
James A. Van Blarcom
Jim Van Blarcom of Columbia Cross Roads, Bradford County, was unanimously confirmed by the state senate on June 17, 2014 to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board.
Mr. Van Blarcom is a dairy farmer with 40 years experience in the Pennsylvania dairy industry. With his son and two sons-in-law, he manages a 500 cow dairy farm. Mr. Van Blarcom also owns, with his brother, a 5,600 farrow to wean hog facility.
Mr. Van Blarcom served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission from 2012 until his appointment to the Board. He also was a director of the Bradford County Conservation district from 1989 until his appointment to the Board, serving as chairman from 1999 to 2009. Mr. Van Blarcom’s public service also includes serving as a Troy Area School District Director and as a member of the Troy Area School District Foundation, of which he was a founding member, since 2003.
In addition to his public service, Mr. Van Blarcom has been active in dairy and agricultural organizations. He was a Bradford-Sullivan County Farm Bureau Director from 1990 to 2005, serving as County President from 1995 to 2005. Mr. Van Blarcom has also been a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau State Dairy and Natural Resources Advisory Committees. He has also served on the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council board.
Mr. Van Blarcom has also received the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Award and the Bradford County Conservation District Outstanding Operator Award.
“I am honored to be appointed and excited for the opportunity to serve Pennsylvania dairy families, citizens, milk dealers, and the entire Pennsylvania dairy industry,” Mr. Van Blarcom stated regarding his appointment.
Lynda J. Bowman
Lynda J. Bowman was appointed to the Board by Governor Tom Corbett and was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on June 22, 2011.
A graduate of J. P. McCaskey High School, she served in the Tom Corbett for Attorney General and Governor Committees as Comptroller in 2003 through June, 2011. She also was a part-time senior associate with Capital Associates, Inc. From 1998 to December 2003, Lynda Bowman served as Secretary for the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board. Formerly, Ms. Bowman was Budget Analyst for the House Majority Appropriations Committee; Administrative Services Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; Systems Administrator for the Tom Ridge for Governor Committee; Executive Director for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee; and Executive Director of the Republican Committee of Lancaster County. In 2002-2003, Ms. Bowman served as President of the International Association of Milk Control Agencies and is an honorary life member in IAMCA.
Ms. Bowman resides in Lancaster, Lancaster County, and is the proud mother of a daughter and son, and the very proud grandmother of six grandchildren. Ms. Bowman is a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster and a former choir member, Sunday school teacher and vestry member.