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, Treasurer, 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, President, South Shore

Kati Knock, Willow Lake 

 

South Dakota CattleWomen

Evie Fortune, Belvidere

Lindy Harkin, Winner

Erin Yost, Gann Valley

 

South Dakota Beef Breeds Council

Chris Effling, Highmore

VeaBea Thomas, Vice President, Harrold

Jeanne Johnson, Centerville 

 

South Dakota Farmers Union

Mike Maher, Isabel

Eric Sumption, Frederick

Jeff Kippley, Aberdeen

 

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

Kati Knock, Willow Lake

Steve Hellwig, Bath

Craig Bieber, Leola

 



Meet our Staff: 

Suzy Geppert

Executive Director

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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

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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 Wonnenberg

Communications Manager

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

Merretta Anderson

Program and Events Coordinator

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Responsible for general administrative duties associated with multiple programs, events, and activities of the south Dakota beef industry council.

Shannon Schweitzer

Office Manager

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