Board of Directors

How it works: 

Each agricultural organization appoints three members to be a Council Director to represent their organization. Each Director serves a three-year term and is appointed by the membership organization every three years. The representatives from each organization shall serve three-year staggered terms.    

Function of a Director: 

The primary role of a Council Director is to serve the Council and the beef industry. They should represent their appointing organization but must incorporate those philosophies into the greater interests of the SD Beef Industry Council. Specifically, a Director on the Council shall serve to: 

  • Set organization policy; 
  • Identify and establish program goals and budget priorities;  
  • Approve the budget; 
  • Serve on committees; 
  • Approve projects; 
  • Represent the Council at meetings when required; 
  • Report to the constituent organization the actions of the Council; 
  • Present constituent organization recommendations.

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

Christina Christensen, Kimball

Casey Perman, Mobridge

Justin Tupper, St Onge


South Dakota Stockgrowers Association

Gary Deering, President, Hereford

Les Shaw, White Owl

Randy Volmer, Owanka 


South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation

Josh Geigle, Wall

Kent VanderWal, Treasure, Bruce

Mike Gebhart, Meadow

South Dakota Cattlemen's Association

Marshall Edleman, Willow Lake 

Carl Sanders, Vice President, Oral

Todd Mortenson, Hayes

South Dakota Cattlemen's Auxiliary

Kelsey Geraets, Humboldt

Laurie Johnson, South Shore

Emily Peterson, Highmore


South Dakota CattleWomen

Becky Littau, Winner

Danielle Kartak, Colome  

Erin Yost, Gann Valley


South Dakota Beef Breeds Council

Chris Effling, Highmore

VeaBea Thomas, Harrold

Amy Blum, Chamberlain 


South Dakota Farmers Union

David Reis, Oacoma

Eric Sumption, Frederick

Lance Perrion, Ipswich 


National Directors

Cattlemen's Beef Promotion & Research Board

Veabea Thomas, Harold

Larry Stomprud, Mud Butte

David Uhrig, Hermosa

Laurie Johnson, South Shore 


Federation of State Beef Councils

Emily Peterson, Highmore

Todd Mortenson, Hayes

Josh Geigle, Wall


US Meat Export Federation

Jared Knock, Willow Lake

David Reis, Oacoma

JT Rickenbach, Oelrichs


Meet our Staff: 

Jodie Anderson

JODIE ANderson

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.


Shannon Schweitzer 

Office Manager

Responsible for maintaining office services by organizing office operations and procedures including general administrative duties and activities.


Riley Zoss - Littau

Communications Manager  

Responsible for media communications, social media and marketing materials.

Holly Swee

Holly Swee 

Director of Nutrition 

Responsible for recommending, developing, and implementing nutrition education programs and content that supports beef in a healthful lifestyle.