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, Kimball

Steve Hellwig, Bath

Justin Tupper, St Onge


South Dakota Stockgrowers Association

Gary Deering, Hereford

Les Shaw, White Owl

Randy Volmer, Owanka 


South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation

Stacy Hadrick, Faulkton

Kent VanderWal, Bruce

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, Vice President, South Shore

Kati Knock, Willow Lake 


South Dakota CattleWomen

Evie Fortune, Belvidere

Becky Littau, Winner

Erin Yost, Treasurer, Gann Valley


South Dakota Beef Breeds Council

Craig Bieber, Leola

Dwight Hossle, Faulkton

VeaBea Thomas, Harrold


South Dakota Farmers Union

Mike Maher, Isabel

Eric Sumption, President, Frederick

Mary Ellen Cammack, Sturgis


National Directors

Cattlemen's Beef Promotion & Research Board

Vaughn Thorstenson, Selby

Cory Eich, Canova

Bill Slovek, Philip

Eric Sumption, Frederick


Federation of State Beef Councils

Becky Walth, Glenham

VeaBea Thomas, Harrold

Laurie Johnson, South Shore

Gary Deering, Hereford


US Meat Export Federation

Mike Gebhart, Meadow

Steve Hellwig, Bath

Craig Bieber, Leola


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. 


Caitlin Eckerman

Communications Manager

Responsible for development and management of website information, social media, news releases, and program marketing messages.


Darcy Krick

Industry Relations

Responsible for producer communications, private treaty compliance, and social media.