A Voice for Cattle Producers

Building a sustainable future for the U.S. cattle industry.

USCA works tirelessly and strategically for only one policy priority: strengthening the bottom line of the U.S. cattle producer. From working towards fair and balanced trade agreements to reestablishing a country-of-origin labeling program to protecting the health of the domestic herd, everything we do is to make your everyday life easier and your profits stronger.

As a grassroots organization, we depend on producers like YOU to serve as leaders of our industry. We're focused on the future of the industry - not just tomorrow, but five, ten, fifteen years down the road - and we're based in Washington, D.C. to ensure our message is heard loud and clear by lawmakers. You have the best genetics, the best management program and the best marketing strategy - all you're missing is the best representation on Capitol Hill.


Our Leadership

To contact our leadership team, please email usca@uscattlemen.org.


Justin Tupper


Chuck Kiker


Beaumont, TX

Whitney Klasna

Vice President

Lambert MT

Brooke Miller

Past President

Amanda Kita



Curtis Martin

Region I: Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii

2020-2023 | North Powder, OR

Jack Payne

Region II: California and Nevada

2021-2024 | Fallon, NV

Open Seat

Region III: Arizona and New Mexico

Brett Crosby

Region IV: Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado

2020-2023 | Cowley, WY

Paul Looney

Region V: Texas

2021-2024 | Mineral, TX

Samantha Ferrat

Region VI: Montana and Idaho

2023-2025 | Toston, MT

Lee Reichmuth

Region VII: Nebraska & Iowa

2020-2023 | Lindsey, NE

Larry Kendig

Region VIII: Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma

2021-2024 | Osborne, KS

Kevin Smith

Region IX: Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama

2022-2022 | Decatur, AR

Larry Kinev

Region X: North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota

2023-2025 | Dawson, ND

Kevin Escobar

Region XI: Florida and Georgia

2020-2023 | Dade City, FL

Jeff Clark

Region XII: West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina

2023-2025 | Alderson, WV 

Samuel Ebenkamp

Region XIII: Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan

2020-2023 | Otwell, IN

James R. Smail

Region XIV: Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois

2020-2023 | Wooster, OH

Robert Groom

Region XV: Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut New Jersey, Delaware and Rhode Island

2021-2024 | Lyons, NY

Jordan Booth

Region XVI: Native American Reservations

2021-2024 | Wister, OK

Leo McDonnell

Director Emeritus

Permanently Appointed | Columbus, MT

Brad Cotton

Affiliate Director Seat

2023-2024 | Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas

Our Team

Kelly Fogarty

Chief Operating Officer


Kelly maintains the day-to-day operations of the Association to ensure its mission and objectives are reflected in all actions and work.

Lia Biondo

Executive Vice President


Lia is responsible for advancing USCA’s policy priorities in Washington, D.C. She also serves as the point-of-contact for all media requests.

Jess Peterson

Senior Policy Advisor


Jess advises the organization’s policy objectives and leads on strategic planning, outreach, and coordination with external partners.

Kelly Polzin

Director of Membership Services


KP is responsible for the management and execution of membership services.

Mary Jo Foley Birrenkott

Director of Partnerships & Outreach


Mary Jo oversees the development and recruitment of new partnership opportunities.

Kristen Albers

Director of Financial Services

Kristen is responsible for the management of the organization’s finances.