Bonnie Ayars Hired as Dairy Program Specialist

Dr. Maurice Eastridge, Dairy Specialist, The Ohio State University 

Bonnie Ayars started on Monday, June 4 in the Dairy Program Specialist position in the Department of Animal Sciences (position formerly held by Laurie Winkleman). Her responsibilities include coaching the 4-H and collegiate dairy judging teams, organizing the goat and dairy skillathons for the Ohio State Fair, and working with various youth and adult educational programs relating to dairy. Bonnie brings many years of experience in the dairy industry and in teaching to the position. She and her husband, John, own a dairy farm in Mechanicsburg, OH. Bonnie is very active in several Ohio and national dairy organizations. She has taught Family and Consumer Sciences in the Fairbanks and Urbana school systems and conducted some work for the Ohio Department of Education for about 6 months. She not only brings a lot of experience to the position but also a high level of enthusiasm and concern for the development of youth. As she expressed in her application for the position "My life has been devoted to cows, people, and my passion has been the opportunity to work with young people." Her office and contact information is: 222C Animal Science Building, 2029 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 688-3143, FAX (614) 292-1515, email:, web site: