MSCA Leadership

The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association is known for its strong representation of the state's beef producers. This is largely due to the incredible leaders MSCA has had and their efforts to promote, preserve and advance the state's industry.  All MSCA leadership is nominated and selected by MSCA's members. MSCA is made up of 20 local affiliates and two councils. The state is also divided into nine regions with MSCA leadership consisting of a regional director together with the officers.  

MSCA Officer Team  


Jake Thompson


(218) 329-9293

[email protected]


Rachel Gray


(218) 766-4929

Immediate Past President

Grant Breitkreutz

Redwood Falls

(507) 430-0607

[email protected]


Kevin Hoge 


(218) 549-3337 | [email protected] 

Membership Chair  

Angie Ford   

Lake Wilson   

(507) 360-7937 

[email protected] 

Legislative Chair  

Krist Wollum


(507) 530-3854

[email protected]

Council Leadership

The Cow-Calf and Cattle Feeders Councils are made up of members with an interest in those segments of beef production. Council leaders serve on the MSCA Board of Directors and the councils also host meetings and events pertaining to their area of specialty. Communications that are specific to these operations are also provided to council members when necessary.

The MSCA Cow-Calf Council focuses on issues directly impacting cow/calf operators.  

   Cow/Calf Council Chair: Eric Zeltwanger

   (320) 766-0066 | e[email protected]

The MSCA Feeder Council focuses on special interests of feeders, particularly environmental regulations.          

  Feeder Council Chair: Josiah Ebeling

  (507) 236-1511 | [email protected]       


MSCA Regional Directors

James Widner

Region 1



[email protected]

Dustin Wiese

Regions 2 & 3

Pequot Lakes

(218) 537-0096 

[email protected]

Mark Schoenfeld

Region 4


(612) 325-4001 

Darv Keehr

Region 5

Little Falls

(320) 630-6337

[email protected]

Ryan Anderson

Region 6


(320) 364-0355

[email protected]

Thomas Salentiny

Region 7


(507) 329-2574

[email protected]

Jessica Lambrecht

Region 8


(952) 994-1249

[email protected]

Amanda Armstrong

Region 9


(651) 775-2284 

 a[email protected]

MSCA Staff


Heather DeLong

Business Administration

Maple Plain

[email protected]

Office: (763) 479-1011

Kaitlyn Root

Executive Director

Maple Plain

[email protected]

Office: (763) 479-1011

Heather DeLong

Heather is responsible for administrative, accounting and bookkeeping responsibilities for the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association and the Minnesota Beef Council. Contact Heather at the office for any assistance you may need!

Kaitlyn Root

Kaitlyn oversees the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association (MSCA) and is responsible for the coordination of the Beef Quality Assurance Program for the Minnesota Beef Council. She provides leadership to the MSCA members and manages trainings on best beef production standards.

Kaitlyn has a bachelor's degree in agricultural communication with a minor in animal science from North Dakota State University. Reach out to Kaitlyn with any questions, comments or concerns you might have with the MSCA or BQA!

Questions? Contact Kaitlyn at [email protected].