Our Team

Megan Slater : Interim Executive Director

Megan Slater

Interim Executive Director

Megan Slater is from Berthoud, Colorado, and is the interim 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

Lynn Valentine : Gelbvieh Media Productions Coordinator and Gelbvieh World Graphic Design and Publication Coordinator

Lynn Valentine

Gelbvieh Media Productions Coordinator and Gelbvieh World Graphic Design and Publication Coordinator

Lynn has been with the AGA since November of 2010 as the Graphic Designer/Gelbvieh Media Productions Coordinator. She works closely with breeders to manage and design advertising for Gelbvieh World and The Profit Picture, along with developing marketing and promotion material for the AGA and members. Lynn is also the graphic designer and publication coordinator for Gelbvieh World and The Profit Picture. She has prior experience working for a breed association publication. For several years she worked for American Simmental Association Publications, Inc. in graphic design and advertising customer service, designing ads and other promotional materials. She is a Colorado native and grew up in Fort Collins where she now resides and works from her home office.

lynnv@gelbvieh.org
303-465-2333

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

Kelsi Christian : Multimedia Coordinator

Kelsi Christian

Multimedia Coordinator

Kelsi was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where she was heavily involved in FFA growing up. She attended Texas Tech University where she graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a minor in advertising. Throughout her time in college Kelsi worked as a photographer for Show Champions Livestock Photography and held internship positions with National Sorghum Producers and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers among many others. She has been fortunate enough to win numerous awards for her photography, graphic and web design work. In her role as multimedia coordinator, Kelsi manages and develops AGA social media strategies, contributes to AGA publications and marketing team, keeps the AGA website up to date, develops marketing and promotional material for the AGA, as well as assists AGA members and customers with day-to-day registry questions.

kelsi@gelbvieh.org
303-465-233, Ext 482

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