2018-2019 Board of Directors
Left to right: (back row) Craig O'Kief, Lyle Phillips (former BOD), Ken Pelster, Eric Storer, Rick Marlatt, Brock Moreland, Dean Churchill, Shane Kime (former BOD) Eric Ravenscroft (front row), Darian Fuelberth, Bonnie Downing, Susan Gehl, Bree DeNaeyer, Jeremy Cast, Ryan Adamson, Dana Ramm, Matt Blackford, Sydney Dexter (Manager), Not featured: Ryan Sexson
2018-2019 Executive Board
President: Bonnie Downing - Dunning, Nebraska (Left)
Vice President: Matt Blackford - Brownlee, Nebraska (Middle-Left)
Treasurer: Dean Churchill - Valentine, Nebraska (Middle-Right)
Past President: Craig O' Kief - Wood Lake, Nebraska (Right)
2018-2019 Board of Directors
TERMS EXPIRE 2018
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. Currently, Craig serves on the following SCA Committee(s): Billing & ByLaws, Convention, EP&C, Finance and Marketing/Promotion.
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. Currently, Bree serves on the following SCA committee(s): Billing & ByLaws, Convention and Education.
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. Currently, Eric serves on the following SCA committee(s): EP&C
Matt Blackford, Brownlee: 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. Currently, Matt serves on the following SCA committee(s): Convention, EP&C and Scholarship.
TERMS EXPIRE 2019
Brock Moreland, Merriman: Brock is a fifth generation Nebraska Sandhills cattle producer. He has been ranching with his parents, Steve and Carol full-time since 2009 after graduating from Sheridan College, Wyoming with an associate degree in Agricultural Business. Would you believe that the cows have never asked for his credentials? Brock has been married seven years to his dear wife Chelsie, and they have a four-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter. It is Brock’s greatest wish that his children can someday value his family’s cattle ranching heritage and Sandhills traditions the way that he has, which is he serves as a board member for the Sandhills Cattle Association. Brock believes in this organization and its promotion of Sandhills cattle and the communities through seminars, networking, and social events. Currently, Brock serves on the following SCA committee(s): Ranch Tour
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. Currently, Jeremy serves on the following SCA committee(s): Convention and EP&C.
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. Currently, Eric serves on the following SCA committee(s): Convention and Marketing/Promotions.
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. Currently, Susan serves on the following SCA committee(s): Billing & ByLaws and Convention.
Darian Fuelberth, Stuart: Darian was born and raised and currently lives in Stuart, Nebraska with his wife, Wendi and family. Together Darian & Wendi have 5 kids, 4 boys and 1 girl. They have a ranch North of Stuart where they raise around 350 head of cattle. Darian is the third generation to work the ranch and he also has a small trucking company, Fuelberth Trucking, LLC that hauls hay and livestock.
TERMS EXPIRE 2020
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. Currently, Bonnie serves on the following SCA committee(s): Billing & ByLaws, Education, Finance and Scholarship.
Ken Pelster, Bartlett
Ryan Sexson, Kilgore: Ryan was raised on a ranch north of Whitman, attended a country school until 7th grade where he then started at Hyannis High School. Ryan went to LCCC in Cheyenne, Wyo and learned to be a diesel mechanic. He worked a couple of years then returned home to work on ranches. Jamie and Ryan were married in December of 2003 and have three children. Rylie is 8, James is 6 and Addie is 4. The Sexson family leased a place last November, south of Nenzel where they run their own cows as well as custom calving some heifers and cows. Ryan provides care for some cattle south of Cody through the summer and day work quite a lot. The Sexson family hopes to continue to expand their operation and someday purchase their own ranch. Currently, Ryan serves on the following SCA committee(s): Scholarship
Dean Churchill, Valentine: Dean Churchill is a 3rd generation rancher in Cherry County Nebraska and manages Rocking Arrow Ranch along with his parents Bob and Janet Grabher. Dean is a 1980 graduate of South Dakota State University with a Masters Degree in Reproductive Physiology. Since 1980 Dean has been involved in the family operation that runs a commercial cowherd and holds an annual Charolais bull sale the 2nd Tuesday of April at Valentine Livestock. Dean has two daughters Kelli who is an attorney in Omaha and Kayla and husband Joey who farms and Kayla works for the University of Nebraska (Rural Futures Institute). They have three sons (Lane, Samuel, and Liam) who live at Diller, Nebraska.
Dean has served on various boards and committees. Was a founding member of Nebr. Cattlemens Classic, Heart City Bull Bash, served 10 years on Valentine Community Schools as board member, National Charolais Association board of director, Nebraska Charolais Association board of directors and past president.
Dean has been a long time member of Sandhills Cattle Association and is a strong believer in the association’s purpose of promoting Sandhills cattle and assisting in educating the membership thru seminars and social events.
Ryan Adamson, Nenzel: Ryan Adamson is a 5th generation Sandhills rancher running a commercial angus based cow herd with his father, Marvin, & brother, Jeff. Ryan attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk where he studied Secondary Education & was part of the Hawks basketball team. After two years he decided to return home & pursue his true passion, ranching. Ryan & his wife, Sara, reside on his family's ranch south of Nenzel in Cherry County. In his spare time he enjoys fishing & everything Huskers.
TERMS EXPIRE 2021
Dana Ramm, Valentine: Dana Ramm grew up on a diversified farm in Northeast Kansas, where her family grew crops, fed hogs, and had a cow-calf operation. She was involved in 4-H and FFA through high school, sparking her interest to pursue livestock judging in college. Dana was on the Livestock Judging Team at Fort Scott Community College in Southeast Kansas, before transferring to Kansas State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2010.
During the summers, while in college, Dana worked as an intern on a ranch in the Sandhills and quickly fell in love with the ranching lifestyle, the beautiful Sandhills, and the wonderful people. She works alongside her husband, Shelby Ramm, with his family south of Valentine and are the very proud parents of their first son, Carter Thomas Ramm, born in November of 2017. Dana has had the pleasure to work with Elanco Animal Health Company of seven years and her favorite part of her job is educating people about utilizing technology and innovation to feed the growing world population, which is expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050!
Rick Marlatt, Wood Lake: Rick Marlatt grew up on his family’s purebred Angus operation, TK Angus, in Gordon, Nebraska and graduated from Gordon/Rushville High School. Rick then attended Chadron State College for 3 years and was accepted into Pharmacy school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2015. In the summer of 2015 Rick and his wife Jennifer moved back to Wood Lake, where his parents had relocated their operation to, and Rick took a job as the director of pharmacy at Cherry County Hospital. Since then, Rick has been able to purchase his own registered females and has been heavily involved in the day to day operations at TK Angus which holds an annual bull sale the first Monday of December and also recently expanded their offering by adding another annual sale on the first Wednesday of April. Rick enjoys AI’ing cows, looking at good cattle, and in the little amount of spare time that he has between his two responsibilities he likes to golf and spend time with family and friends.