Matt Teagarden

Chief Executive Officer
  • Responsible to the KLA Board of Directors for all association business and administration of the staff and office.
  • Treasurer of KLA PAC Treasurer of the Kansas Beef Council
  • Secretary/Treasurer of the association

  • Legislative and governmental affairs


Dee Likes

Chief Executive Emeritus
  • Serves in an advisory capacity to the CEO, staff and voluntary leaders.
  • Directs special projects and initiatives on national issues.


Rich McKee

Senior Vice President
  • Administrator for KLA Risk Management Services, Inc. (WorkComp Pool)
  • Chairman of the Board for KLA Environmental Services, Inc.


Dean Klahr

Director, Stockgrowers Division
  • Provide staff support for the KLA Stockgrowers Council.   
  • Plan and execute educational events relevant to Stockgrowers Council members.

  • Serve as member of KLA's government relations team.


Clayton Huseman

Executive Director, Feedlot Division

  • Responsible to help feedlot members deal with government regulations
  • Cattle Feeders Council membership development
  • Provides seminars and bulletins pertinent to the feeding industry


Jordan Jones

Director of Industry Relations

  • Provide guidance and assistance to KLA Cattle Feeders Council and KLA Dairy Council members on regulatory issues.
  • Plan and execute educational seminars relevant to members of the KLA Cattle Feeders Council and KLA Dairy Council.
  • Assist with recruitment of feeders council, dairy council and direct pay members.


Scarlett Hagins

Vice President, Communications

  • Coordinates member and public communications on all KLA and livestock industry matters
  • Editor of the Kansas Stockman
  • Editor of the KLA News & Market Report

Sam Capoun

Manager of Communications

  • Serves as editorial assistant of the Kansas Stockman and the KLA News & Market Report
  • Maintains the association's social media platforms 
  • Designs and maintains association's website


Tammy Houk

Advertising Manager

  • Serves as production manager of the Kansas Stockman
  • Responsible for all advertising creation and layout


Stephen Russell

Director of Advertising & Promotions

  • Responsible for obtaining advertising and providing ring service for the Kansas Stockman
  • Represents the association and Kansas Stockman at breed association events
  • Manages the KLA Convention Trade Show


Aaron Popelka

Vice President of Legal & Government Affairs

  • Conducts research concerning the impact of existing and/or proposed legislation and regulations on producers
  • Assists members in interpreting existing laws and regulations
  • Acts as the association's general counsel
  • Represents the association in legislative and governmental affairs


Jackie Newland

Associate Counsel
  • Assists members with legal questions
  • Represents members in legislative and governmental affairs 
  • Conducts research concerning the impact of existing and/or proposed legislation and regulations on producers


Ryan Higbie

Director of Membership Marketing & Services

  • Responsible for direct pay membership retention and recruitment
  • Responsible for the KLA Leadership Conference and Young Stockmen's Academy
  • Coordinates educational, informational and other membership activities related to the direct pay membership


Letty Meek

Manager of Member Services

  • Coordinates membership activities with director of membership
  • Oversees association and affiliate membership records and data base


Shelbi Wiggs

Membership Services Coordinator 

  • Layout and design membership marketing materials   
  •  Assists with member recruitment and retention
  • Administers KLF Scholarship Program 
  • Coordinates KLA Convention Trade Show


Cindy Roush


  • Maintains all association and affiliated groups' financial records
  • Financial analysis - provides executive vice president with recommendations for expenditure of the association's funds
  • Oversees work schedules of accounting department employees
  • Administers payroll/employee benefit programs


Lisa Hanley


  • Prepares various financial statements for affiliated groups
  • Accounts payable


Sue Corrales


  • Processes cash receipts
  • Accounts receivable


Megan Anguiano

Administrative Coordinator 
  • Serve as office receptionist  
  • Provide support to staff  
  • Assist with convention, conferences and special events  Seminar brochure design 


Wendy Harms

Administrative Director

  • In charge of KLA office facilities and management
  • Oversees coordination and planning of the convention, conferences and special activities
  • Oversees work schedules of support staff 
  • Serves as the executive vice president's assistant