Our Team

Tom Strahm : Commercial Marketing Director

Tom Strahm

Commercial Marketing Director

Tom is native of Sabetha, Kansas, where he currently resides with his wife, Carrie, and three children, Payton, Elliott, and Vivian. Tom is a graduate of Kansas State University and has a wealth of beef industry experience, having spent time in several sectors of the industry including cattle procurement for Laura’s Lean Beef Company and cattle sales through his time with United Producers, Inc. Tom also has experience in the cow-calf sector having worked as herdsman on both commercial and seedstock cattle operations. In addition, Strahm also has experience in lending and finance after working as a loan officer for several years. In his role as commercial marketing director, Tom works toward creating feeder calf and commercial female marketing avenues for Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics while serving cow-calf producers and the entire beef industry. Tom also works with members to assist them in building Gelbvieh and Balancer bull demand.

tom@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333, Ext. 472

Megan Underwood : Communications Coordinator

Megan Underwood

Communications Coordinator

Megan was raised on her family's Hereford seedstock operation in Campbellsville. Kentucky, and spent her summers showing cattle at the state and national levels. She received her bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences and Industry with a minor in Mass Communications and Journalism and a Professional Strategic Selling certificate from Kansas State University. Additionally, she received her master's degree in Agricultural Education and Communication from Kansas State University. Her research focused on the uses and gratifications of beef cattle breed association magazines for United States beef cattle producers. In her role, Megan will lead the communication efforts of the association, serve as editor and assist with advertising for the AGA's monthly publications, and assist the marketing team in developing a national advertising campaign.

meganunderwood@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333, Ext. 486

Malerie Markley : Multimedia Coordinator

Malerie Markley

Multimedia Coordinator

Malerie grew up in Sabetha, Kansas and currently resides with her husband in Bluffton, IN. During her youth, she was actively involved in 4-H, which developed an interest in animal agriculture and the beef industry. Malerie graduated from Kansas State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism, as well as a minor in agribusiness. She then began her professional career at KSi Conveyors, Inc., a leading manufacturer of conveyors and seed handling equipment, as the marketing coordinator. In her role as AGA multimedia coordinator, Malerie manages Gelbvieh Media Productions and contributes to AGA advertising and the marketing team. Her skills in photography, film production, and design are valuable assets brought to the AGA marketing team for the promotion of Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics throughout the beef industry.

malerie@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333, Ext. 478

Tawnie DeJong : Member and Youth Activities Coordinator

Tawnie DeJong

Member and Youth Activities Coordinator

DeJong grew up on a beef cattle ranch in South Dakota where her family raised club calves with primarily Maine Anjou genetics. She studied animal science at South Dakota State Univeristy where she was a member of the livestock judging team. She returned to school for a master's degree in animal science with a focus in viral epidemiology at Michigan State University. She enjoys judging and officiating livestock shows and has been fortunate enough to evaluate livestock at events in 20 states. In her role, DeJong will serve as the staff advisor to the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) board of directors and members, coordinate all junior activities, help plan the AGA National Show, and assist Gelbvieh members and customers with the AGA Online Registry.

tawnie@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333, Ext. 483

Sarah Mumm : Performance Programs Coordinator

Sarah Mumm

Performance Programs Coordinator

Sarah grew up on her family's farm and ranch in Bertrand, Nebraska. She was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA showing cattle and horses. She received her bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2020. She was involved in the Sigma Alpha agricultural sorority and the Alpha Zeta national honor society. During college, she pursued many animal science related internships but she didn't find her niche until she interned with the AGA in 2019. In her role, Sarah will assist AGA members and customers with the AGA Online Registry Service, support AGA data collection projects, help members with DNA testing questions, and focus on member education efforts.

sarah@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333, Ext. 484

Margo McKendree : Office Operations Coordintaor

Margo McKendree

Office Operations Coordintaor

McKendree, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and holds a Bachelor of Science in organizational and relational communications, a degree she plans to put to work for AGA. In her office operations coordinator role, McKendree organizes and processes accounts payable and accounts receivable, assists members and AGA stakeholders with the AGA online registry, and assists the executive director in administrative tasks.
margo@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333, Ext. 481

Shianna Bradley : Office Services Specialist

Shianna Bradley

Office Services Specialist

Shianna grew up in South Whitley, Indiana, where she was an active 4-H member and FFA officer. She graduated from Purdue University with her bachelor's degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Animal Agribusiness and a minor in Farm Management. During her time at Purdue, she was an active member of Block and Bridle. In her role, Shianna will assist members and customers with submitting data to the online registry service, create educational resources for AGA members, and work with the DNA department to organize the DNA sample storage library.

shianna@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333, Ext. 487