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.

Email: eharsh@ohiobeef.org

Michaela Kramer

Director of Communications

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

Email: mkramer@ohiobeef.org

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.

Email: rwindnagel@ohiobeef.org

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.

Email: ssindel@ohiobeef.org

Shelby Riley

Project Manager

Shelby 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. Shelby also serves as a staff photographer and supporting graphics designer.

Email: sriley@ohiobeef.org



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.

Henry Bergfeld

Summitville

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Mike Carper

Delaware

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David Felumlee

Newark

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Jamie Graham

Patriot

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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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Garth Ruff

Napoleon

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Bill Sexten

Washington Court House

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Stan Smith

Canal Winchester

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Kurt Steiner

Creston

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Erin Stickel

Bowling Green

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Barb Watts

Alexandria

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Ex Officios

Dorothy Pelanda

Director of Agriculture,
Ohio Department of Agriculture

Kathy Sautter

Cattlemen's Beef Board Representative

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