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2016-2017 Board of Directors

Pictures Above (Left to Right): Jeremy Cast, Katie Kubacki (SCA Manager), Ken Pelster, Craig O'Kief, Eric Storer, Tim Shaw, Shane Kime, Matt Blackford, Eric Ravenscroft, Susan Gehl, Bonnie Downing, Duane Sedlacek, Bree DeNaeyer, Ryan Sexson, Brock Moreland

2016-2017 Executive Team


President: Shane Kime - Nenzel, Nebraska (right)
Vice President: Craig O' Kief - Wood Lake, Nebraska (left)
Treasurer: Bonnie Downing - Dunning, Nebraska (middle)





2016-2017 Board of Directors


Bonnie Downing, Dunning: Bonnie Downing and her husband Tim operate Downing Ranch, LLC, 12 miles southwest of Dunning, Nebraska in the northeast corner of Logan County. Their cow/calf operation consists of running Simmental X Angus cow/calf pairs on wet hay meadows and sandhills pasture as well as some custom grazing on their ranch. Bonnie earned her Bachelors Degree of Arts in Business and Management from Chadron State College. When not golfing, cooking or appraising real estate, Bonnie enjoys following their 16-year-old daughter, Taylor, and their 13-year-old son, Brett, around to all their different activities. Bonnie is an active member of the following organizations: Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Stapleton, Nebraska Grazing Coalition, Nebraska Women in Agriculture, Nebraska Chapter of America Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

Tim Shaw, Bassett

Neil Jorgenson, Callaway

Shane Kime, Nenzel

Ken Pelster, Bartlett

Ryan Sexson, Kilgore


Craig O’Kief, Wood Lake: Craig O’Kief, his father Larry and brother Dan, own a family ranch with a Cow/calf operation that is Angus based. They also sell feeder calves and show calves. Craig attended Torrington, Wyoming and received a two year degree in Welding and Diesel Mechanics. When Craig isn’t busy at the ranch, he loves to golf and hunt. Craig is the President for the FFA Alumni and serves as the Fire Chief for the Wood Lake Fire Department.

Lyle Phillips, Mullen

Bree Denaeyer, Brownlee: Bree ranches with her husband, Martin and their 3 kids on the Flying D ranch near Brownlee in south central Cherry county. They run a commercial red angus cow calf operation on the land that Martin’s family homesteaded in 1886. Bree was raised north of Bismarck, North Dakota and earned her B.S. in Animal and Range Sciences from NDSU in Fargo. She later attended graduate school studying Ruminant Nutrition at UNL. In past years, Martin and Bree have had cattle in the feeding contests and enjoyed various meetings and events conducted by the SCA.

Eric Ravenscroft, Nenzel: Eric Ravenscroft has a family owned cow/calf and yearling ranch in the middle of Cherry County. They also have pure bred Red Angus herd and sell two year old bulls that have been raised on the ranch. He graduated from Valentine High School and attended Chadron State for one year. Eric and Shannon have four children. Eric was involved in many rodeo, but now he is hauling his kids to High School rodeos and to Junior Rodeos.

Matt Blackford, Thedford: Matt and his wife Kristina will be married 10 years in August. They have two children Katelyn who is 2 and a ½ years old and William who is 6 months. Matt and Kristina moved back to the family ranch in June of 2014 where Matt is working for his dad. Matt has a bachelor of science in Animal Science from the University of Wyoming. He is glad to have the opportunity to raise his children in the Sandhills.


Susan Gehl, Ericson: Susan Gehl and her family own a commercial Angus cross cow/calf operation with a few club calf producing cows. They also develop and breed replacement heifers and have background steers and raise operations herd bulls. The Gehls produce majority of feed and grain required for their cattle operation. Susan received her bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness at University of Lincoln. Susan is involved with many different organizations that include: Wheeler Central School Board, Nebraska Junior Chianina Association Advisor, and Wheeler Country 4-H Council Treasure and Awards committee Chairman. When Susan gets some free time, she loves attending Cattle Shows with her three daughters.

Eric Storer, Whitman: Eric Storer and his wife, Tanya, run a cow/calf operation with mostly black cows using Simmental X Angus bull. They have recip cows that they will place ranch owned embryos in as well as thee embryos of customers. They AI approximately 80-100 cows to raise club calves and then they sell them privately in the fall. Eric attended high school in Arthur and received a two year degree in Curtis and finished his education at the University of Lincoln. Eric is a part of the Nebraska Cattleman’s and Farm Bureau. He also served two years as the Chairman for Cow/Calf Council and 12 years on the Upper Loup NRD director. 

Jeremy Cast, Ansley: Jeremy and his wife Brooke run a Simangus cow/calf operation between Ansley and Miller. Together they have three children Payton, 11, Avery, 8, and Preston, who is five. Jeremy is also herdsman at Triangle J Ranch, a Simmental and Angus ranch where they have an annual production sale in January. Jeremy graduated from Southeast Community College in Beatrice with a degree in Ag Business Management. Jeremy enjoys attending Husker football games and spending time with his family. Jeremy is currently serving on the EP&C and Convention committees.

Brock Moreland, Merriman 

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