Tonya C. Schoenfuss
Associate Professor, Dairy Products Technology
Dr. Schoenfuss owes her love of milk and cheese to raising nubian goats and dairy replacement heifers in 4-H in San Jacinto, California. She studied Dairy Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and decided to study in a country famous for dairy product research for her Junior year at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. She then headed east for her Master’s in Food Science at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, then south to Louisiana State University for her Ph.D. in Dairy Science. After 11 years at General Mills working as a product developer in various divisions, she decided to get back to work on cheese and joined the faculty at the U of MN in 2008. In addition to her research, Dr. Schoenfuss is the faculty advisor for the Joseph J. Warthesen Food Processing Center, the Associate Director of the Midwest Dairy Food Research Center, judges local and national dairy product contests, and coaches the collegiate dairy product evaluation contest team.