Our Team

Megan Slater : Executive Director

Megan Slater

Executive Director

Megan Slater is originally from Colorado, and is the executive director. In her role at the association, Megan is responsible for organizing and coordinating administrative duties and office procedures and works closely with the board of directors to successfully guide the association into the future. She also assists with developing and maintaining the Gelbvieh message through marketing team efforts and membership communication. Each year, Megan is the lead planner for the AGA’s national convention, which brings together AGA members to conduct association business and connect with other segments of the beef industry through the Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup educational symposium.  Megan is a graduate of Colorado State University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in animal science and minor in business administration. Upon graduation, Megan began with the AGA as the Gelbvieh Media Productions intern, which eventually lead into a full-time position and advancement within the organization.

megans@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333, Ext 485



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 will work 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 will also work with members to assist them in building Gelbvieh and Balancer bull demand.

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



Rebecca Mettler : Editorial Content Coordinator and Gelbvieh World Editor

Rebecca Mettler

Editorial Content Coordinator and Gelbvieh World Editor

Rebecca resides in Sarcoxie, Missouri with her husband and is near her family’s century old farm. Growing up on a commercial cow-calf operation in southwest Missouri’s “cow country” gave her the interest in the beef industry she still has today. Before working for AGA, Rebecca was freelance writer for national and regional agricultural publications and has prior experience working for beef industry associations on a national and state level. She attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri where she received bachelor’s degrees in both agricultural journalism and animal sciences. Rebecca is the editor of all AGA publications including Gelbvieh World and The Profit Picture and also serves as quality assurance for written AGA communications (AKA she helps us sound good).

rebeccam@gelbvieh.org



Malerie Strahm : Multimedia Coordinator

Malerie Strahm

Multimedia Coordinator

Strahm grew up and currently resides in Sabetha, Kansas. During her youth, she was actively involved in 4-H, which developed an interest in animal agriculture and the beef industry. Strahm 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 multimedia coordinator, Strahm will manage and develop AGA social media strategies and contribute to AGA publications and the marketing team. Her skills in photography, film production, and design will be valuable assets brought to the AGA marketing team for the promotion of Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics throughout the beef industry.

malerie@gelbvieh.org



Taylor Buckley : Data Services Coordinator

Taylor Buckley

Data Services Coordinator

Taylor Buckley grew up in the beef industry in Franktown, Colorado. Throughout her time in high school, she was actively involved in 4-H and FFA at the local and state region. She attended West Texas A&M University where she received her bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications as well as a minor in animal science.  Taylor expanded her communications skills by working at the Beef Carcass Research Center at West Texas A&M University. Taylor also completed internships at Friona Industries and Superior Livestock that helped develop her knowledge of the industry. In her role as the data services coordinator, she will continue to grow communication through the association and members by assisting members to better understand the AGA online registry and DNA process.

taylorb@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333, Ext 479



Jake Renner : Member and Youth Activities Coordinator

Jake Renner

Member and Youth Activities Coordinator

Jake Renner grew up in the rural community of Pratt, Kansas, where he was involved in 4-H and spent a large majority of his time focusing on livestock projects. In 2013 Renner graduated from Fort Hays State University where he studied animal science and competed on the livestock judging team. For the past five years he has been a county agent for K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) in Kingman County covering agriculture and natural resources as well as a 4-H and youth development. Renner is currently finishing his final year of graduate school at Kansas State University pursuing a master's degree in agricultural education and communication. In his role as member and youth activities coordinator, he guides the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) and helps to develop the next generation of leaders in the beef industry. Renner is also tasked with enriching the membership experience for AGA members.

jake@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333



Barb Standage : Office Operations Coordinator

Barb Standage

Office Operations Coordinator

Standage is a native Nebraskan, residing close to her family's farm near Eagle. The farm is a combined row crops and cow-calf operation with the original homestead remaining in the family. Barb and her husband, Doug, manage the commercial cow-calf operation as well as brome, prairie, and alfalfa hay crops. With a career starting in the hospitality field, Standage focused mainly on accounting and then expanded into human resources, earning her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation. In her role as office operations coordinator, Standage will organize and process accounts payable and accounts receivable, assist members and AGA stakeholders on the AGA online registry, including data input and DNA test ordering, and assist the executive director in administrative tasks. Her experience in office administration is a complementary fit to the AGA staff and is valuable in serving Gelbvieh and Balancer® stakeholders in today's modern beef industry.

barb@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333