Board of Directors

The SDBIC is comprised of three representative from eight agricultural organizations: SD Livestock Auction Market Association, SD Stockgrowers Association, SD Farm Bureau Association, SD Cattlemen's Association, SD Cattlemen's Auxiliary, SD Cattlewomen, SD Beef Breeds Council, and SD Farmers Union. 

South Dakota Livestock Market Association

Wayne Tupper, President, Kimball

Steve Hellwig, Bath

Justin Tupper, St Onge

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association

Gary Deering, Hereford

Ernie Mertz, Bowdle

Randy Volmer, Wasta 

South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation

Stacy Hadrick, Faulkton

Jeffery Gatzke, Hitchcock

Mike Gebhart, Meadow

South Dakota Cattlemen's Association

Becky Walth, Glenham

Scott Jones, Midland

Todd Mortenson, Hayes

South Dakota Cattlemen's Auxiliary

Shirley Thompson, Mitchell

Laurie Johnson, Treasurer, South Shore

Kari Sanders, Oral

South Dakota CattleWomen

Karla Pazour, Pukwana

Becky Littau, Winner

Erin Yost, Gann Valley

South Dakota Beef Breeds Council

Craig Bieber, Leola

John Symens, Amherst

VeaBea Thomas, Harrold

South Dakota Farmers Union

Mike Maher, Isabel

Eric Sumption, Vice President, Frederick

Mary Ellen Cammack, Sturgis

National Directors

Cattlemen's Beef Promotion & Research Board

Tammy Basel, Union Center

Cory Eich, Canova

Gary Sharp, Bath

Eric Sumption, Frederick

Federation of State Beef Councils

Becky Walth, Glenham

Scott Jones, Midland

Laurie Johnson, South Shore

Gary Deering, Hereford

US Meat Export Federation

Mike Gebhart, Meadow

Wayne Tupper, Kimball

John Symens, Amherst

Meet our Staff

Suzy Geppert

Executive Director

Responsible for management of staff, producer communications and oversight of all checkoff programs, activities and functions of the South Dakota Beef Industry Council. 


Holly Swee, RD, LN

Director of Nutrition and Consumer Information

Responsible for developing, recommending and implementing nutrition information programs, youth education programs and food communications. Target audiences include health professionals, health influencers, educators, consumers and youth. 


Teri Heninger

Finance Officer/Office Manager

Responsible for accounts payable and receivable, office management, contracts and collections/compliance.


Amanda Bacon

Director of Communications

Responsible for managing the South Dakota Beef Industry Council's internal and external communications, public relations and marketing. Serves as the public information officer and media contact for the organization.


Anthony Wannebo

Administrative Assistant / Compliance Officer