ROSEMONT, ILL. – Alexis Glick, chief executive officer of the dairy checkoff-founded GENYOUth wellness organization, announced she will step down from her position on July 1, with her eyes on new professional opportunities. 

Dairy Management Inc., announced the transition for longtime contributor Ann Marie Krautheim to become the next GENYOUth CEO already has started.

The youth wellness organization, founded 10 years ago, specializes in national initiatives that generate grants and equipment for the nation’s schools. Glick has been with the organization since its inception, and since then has seen GENYOUth raise $200 million for programs that promote the health of children. One such partnership is with the NFL, and its Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Krautheim already has served as GENYOUth’s president and chief wellness officer, and is a registered dietitian.

“The past 10 years have been some of the most extraordinary days of my life, and it has been an incredible blessing to wake up every morning and know that what I'm doing is on behalf of the health and wellness of our nation's youth,” Glick said. “I am honored to have worked alongside a world-class board of directors and to represent GENYOUth’s founding partners, American's dairy farmers and the National Football League.”

During her time with the organization, Glick contributed to partnerships with PepsiCo, SAP and more, helping pave the way for the End Student Hunger Fund. That particular fund increased access to school meals, and milk and dairy, among food insecure youth.

Barbara O’Brien, DMI CEO and president, said Glick’s passion made ventures successful, crediting her for attracting partners and funders for the cause, while working on the behalf of the country’s dairy farmers and children.

“While Alexis will be missed, this transition in leadership is part of a planned succession,” O’Brien said. “It also is an opportunity to support my vision for a next chapter of checkoff to ensure dairy’s place in feeding the world, and to maintain dairy farmers’ longstanding commitment to childhood wellness.”

O’Brien added: “With Ann Marie Krautheim as GENYOUth’s new CEO, we will work toward greater integration across the checkoff system and ensure that dairy and the work of America’s dairy farmers is always front and center as part of a healthy school community.”

DMI is funded by America’s 31,000 dairy farmers, as well as dairy importers.