Meet the OBC Staff

The mission of the Ohio Beef Council is to engage with Ohio’s producers and consumers to strengthen the demand for beef. $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

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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Cambell Parrish

Director of Public Relations and Consumer Marketing

Cambell's position focuses on developing and implementing checkoff funded programs in the areas of consumer advertising, retail, foodservice, veal and nutrition. He also coordinates the Ohio Beef Expo junior show activities.

*Staff time spent predominantly on OBC programs.

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Ron Windnagel

Director of Accounting & Operations

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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Stephanie Sindel

Director of Member Services & Youth Programs

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

*Staff time spent predominantly on OCA programs.

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Amber Shoemaker

Administrative Assistant & Youth Program Coordinator

Amber 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 graphic design for both Ohio Cattlemen's Association and Ohio Beef Council. She also assists Stephanie with the BEST program and other association youth events and programs. 

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Lauren Corry

Director of Communications

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

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Emily Henes

Project Manager

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

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Operating Committee

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

Jim Beattie

Greenwich

Henry Bergfeld

Summitville

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Kathy Davis

Greenwich

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David Felumlee

Newark

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Jamie Graham

Patriot

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Randy Hollowell

Covington

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Brent Porteus

Coshocton

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Todd Raines

Seaman

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Sam Roberts

South Charleston

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Allan Robison

Cable

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Beverly Roe

Hamilton

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Bill Sexten

Washington CH

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Neil Siefring

Coldwater

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Stan Smith

Canal Winchester

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Barb Watts

Alexandria

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Ex Officios

David T. Daniels

Director of Agriculture,
Ohio Department of Agriculture

(614) 466-2732

Kathy Sautter

Cattlemen's Beef Board Representative

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Janelle Meade

Deputy Director,
Ohio Department of Agriculture

(614) 466-2732