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OBC Staff

The mission of the Ohio Beef Council is to increase demand for beef by investing Ohio’s checkoff funds in key areas such as promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing. $1.50 of every $2.00 collected remains in the state and is used to strengthen the beef industry’s position in the marketplace. The other $.50 is utilized in a national effort to develop programs implemented by the states. The Ohio Beef Council’s operating committee is made up of 15 beef producers appointed by Ohio’s Director of Agriculture. The operating committee’s main responsibility is to determine the best use of checkoff funds.

Ohio is structured as a two-hat state meaning our staff work for both the Ohio Beef Council and the Ohio Cattlemen's Association. This efficient structure allows for the most effective use of resources. Each staff person keeps time sheets and their time is billed to the appropriate entity on a monthly basis. Some staff members' time is spent working more for the beef council than others.


Elizabeth Harsh

Executive Director

The Executive Director plans, directs and coordinates all activities of the Ohio Beef Council and the Ohio Cattlemen's Association. She is responsible for compliance with the beef checkoff Act & Order and for all OBC/OCA financial statements. Contact Elizabeth at eharsh@ohiobeef.org.



Cambell Parrish

Director of Programs & Industry Relations

Develops programs in the areas of consumer advertising, retail, foodservice, veal and nutrition. Coordinates the OCA Young Cattlemen's Conference, oversee the Foundation's fundraising and scholarship program and coordinates the Ohio Beef Expo Junior Show activities. 

*Staff time spent predominantly on OBC programs.


Ron Windnagel

Director of Accounting & Operations

Responsible for fiscal activities of the Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Cattleman Magazine, Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation and Beef Checkoff, including monthly payables and receivables. Generates all monthly financial statements and assists in preparing the annual budget for each entity. Records all remittances, Ohio and out-of-state, makes deposits and is responsible for the bi-monthly Checkoff Update mailing to Ohio collection points. Responsible for payroll and all tax reports and oversees computer maintenance, hardware and software, as well as coordinating all building maintenance and repairs. Contact Ron at rwindnagel@ohiobeef.org.


Stephanie Sindel

Director of Member Services & BEST Coordinator

Coordinates OCA membership activities including recruitment and retention programs, county affiliate services and recognition programs, and membership processing. Staff liaison for Beef Quality Assurance program. Manages the Ohio Beef Expo Trade Show and Genetic Pathway. Coordinates the OCA BEST Program, the association’s youth development program, and advertising for the Ohio Cattleman and The Ring publications. Contact Stephanie at ssindel@ohiobeef.org.

*Staff time spent predominantly on OCA programs.


Amber Shoemaker

Administrative Assistant

Manages daily tasks around the office include mailings, scheduling and general organization. Processes memberships and assists directors in many of their efforts, including writing and designing for both Ohio Cattlemen's Association and Ohio Beef Council. Contact Amber at ashoemaker@ohiobeef.org.


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