Ohio Beef Council Staff

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 detailed 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 OBC than others.

Elizabeth harsh

Title: Executive Director

Job Description: As Executive Director, Elizabeth 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. Finally, she supervises all OBC/OCA staff.

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kagney collins

Title: Director of Education

Job Description: Kagney plans and implements most producer and consumer educational programs for the Ohio Beef Council, including Virtual Field Trips, Masters of Beef Advocacy and Beef 509/510, and serves as the state coordinator for the Beef Quality Assurance program. She also manages producer communication and compliance efforts, and plans the Young Cattlemen’s Conference for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation. 

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Anna Gibbons, MS, RDN, LD

Title: Nutrition Coordinator

Job Description: Anna builds relationships with Ohio’s health professionals and disseminates information on nutrition and health issues. She regularly presents beef nutrition information to dietetic students, as well as practicing health professionals, and helps coordinate on-farm visits for members of the nutrition community.

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Michaela Kramer

Title: Director of Communications

Job Description: Michaela is responsible for regular updates of the Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Cattlemen's Association websites and social media platforms. She also oversees graphics design for OBC and OCA published materials, as well as design and layout for the Ohio Cattleman and The Ring magazines. Additionally, she serves as the staff photographer and maintains media relations through press releases.

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Shelby Riley

Title: Project Manager

Job Description: Shelby coordinates event planning and organizational programs for the Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen's Association and Ohio Cattlemen's Foundation. She also monitors Ohio cattle sales and checkoff compliance. Shelby also serves as a staff photographer and supporting graphics designer.

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Tracie Stanley

Title: Administrative Assistant

Job Description: Tracie manages daily tasks around the office, including mailings, scheduling and general organization. She also processes memberships and assists directors in many of their efforts.

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Stephanie sindel

Title: Director of Member Services and Youth Programs

Job Description: Stephanie coordinates association membership activities including recruitment and retention programs, county affiliate services and recognition programs, and membership processing. She works with various agri-business companies who are members of OCA’s Allied Industry Council and therefore manages the Ohio Beef Expo Trade Show and Genetic Pathway. She is also responsible for coordinating the OCA BEST Program, the association’s youth development program, and advertising for the Ohio Cattleman and The Ring publications.

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Ron windnagel

Title: Director of Accounting & Operations

Job Description: Ron is responsible for all fiscal activities for Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Cattleman Magazine and Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation. He generates all monthly financial statements and assists in preparing the annual budget for each entity. For the checkoff, he records all remittances, Ohio and out-of-state, makes deposits and is responsible for the Bi-monthly Checkoff Update mailing to Ohio collection points.

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Ohio Beef Council operating committee

The Ohio Beef Council’s operating committee is made up of 15 beef producers appointed by the Ohio Director of Agriculture. The operating committee’s main responsibility is to determine the best use of checkoff funds.

Would you like to contact a member of the operating committee? Contact OBC and we'll put you in touch.

Jamie graham

Chairman, Patriot

Todd raines

Vice-Chairman, Seaman

Erin Stickel

Treasurer, Bowling Green

Henry Bergfeld


Mike carper


david felumlee


brent porteus


Sam Roberts

South Charleston

Allan Robison


beverly Roe


Garth Ruff


Bill Sexten

Washington Court House

Stan Smith

Canal Winchester

Kurt Steiner


Barb Watts


Dorothy Pelanda

Director of Agriculture

Ohio Department of Agriculture

Kathy Sautter

Cattlemen's Beef Board Representative