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.


Nicole Ortiz

Administrative Director

  • In charge of KLA office facilities and management
  • Oversees coordination and planning of the convention, conferences and special activities
  • Oversees support staff
  • Serves as assistant to the CEO


 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

  • President of KLA Environmental Services, Inc.


Aaron Bain 

Director of Information Technology

  • Responsible for the overall planning, organizing and execution of all IT functions  
  • Provides support and maintenance of existing applications and development of new technical solutions


Scarlett Madinger

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

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


Rachel Waggie

Manager of Communications & Advertising

  • Serves as production manager of the Kansas Stockman
  • Responsible for all advertising creation and layout
  • Serves as editorial assistant of the Kansas Stockman and the KLA News & Market Report 
  • Maintains the association's social media platforms and website


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 Garagiola

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

Cole Sjeklocha

Director of Industry Relations

  • Responsible for providing services primarily to KLA Dairy Council members.
  • Assists in managing KLA Risk Management Services


Taylor Nikkel

Director of Stockgrowers Division

  • Responsible for providing services primarily to KLA members in the seedstock, cow-calf and stocker segments
  • Represents members in legislative and governmental affairs 


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


Shelbi Wiggs

Manager of Membership Marketing

  • Designs membership and event marketing materials 
  • Coordinates membership activities with director of membership
  • Administers KLF Scholarship Program  
  • Coordinates the KLA Convention Trade Show 


Megan Anguiano

Manager of Membership Services

  • Coordinates membership activities with director of membership
  • Oversees association and affiliate membership records and data base
  • Processes month end reports
  • Assists with county chair management  


Kaitlyn Skaggs

Administrative Coordinator 

  • Provides administrative support to membership, event planning, legal and legislative staff   
  • Receives incoming phone calls and greets visitors    
  • Provides assistance in all mailings and ordering of office supplies


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


Lisa Hanley


  • Prepares various financial statements for affiliated groups 
  •  Accounts payable


Sue Corrales


  • Processes cash receipts 
  • Accounts receivable


Wyatt Schroeder

Safety Director

  • Organizes, directs and coordinates safety programs for members of the KLA Risk Management Services pool
  • Helps feedyard and dairy members develop a strong safety culture
  • Plans and executes various safety seminars