SDCA LEADERSHIP

The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association is known for its strong representation of the state's beef producers. This is largely due to the incredible leaders SDCA has had in its 72 years and  their efforts to promote, preserve, and advance the state's industry. 
All SDCA Leadership is nominated and selected by SDCA's members. SDCA is made up of 16 local affiliates and 2 councils, a representative from each affiliate and council is elected to serve on the Board of Directors. The state is also divided into 5 regions, with a Regional Vice President who, together with the officers, make up SDCA’s Executive Committee.  

SDCA Officer Team 

 The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association officer team is made up of four individuals, the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and Past President. 

Eric Jennings

PRESIDENT

Eric Jennings owns and operates a beef cattle ranch with his wife Michelle in Spearfish, SD, living in the house he grew up in. After graduating from SDSU with a degree in Agricultural Education he taught vocational agriculture in Lennox, SD for two years before returning to his family’s ranch in 1988.  Because the ranch included land in the Black Hills National Forest and land along Spearfish Creek, Eric has been active in protecting the private property and public grazing rights, and educating the public on how responsible management of these lands can contribute to the ecological health of the land.  As a life time learner, Eric has attended many seminars and workshops along with graduating from South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (SDARL) and receiving training as Conflict Resolution facilitator.  Eric has had leadership roles in many organizations over the past years.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SDARL, Northern Hills Sources of Support, Spearfish Rural Fire Protection District, South Dakota Cattlemen Association, Black Hills Regional Multiple Use Coalition, and Society of Black Hills Pioneers.  Eric is also involved with United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge.      

 Warren Symens

VICE PRESIDENT

Warren Symens is a  4th generation farmer/rancher/cattle feeder in Amherst SD, where he lives with his wife, Stephanie, and 3 kids; Owen, Erika, and Emmett. Symens Brothers  Limousin is a family operation that includes Warren, a cousin, Brad, and uncle, John, as well as  Warren's dad, Paul and uncle Irwin, who are retired. The operation raises registered Limousin cattle, run a cattle finishing confinement lot, and grows crops for market and for feed. Warren graduated from Britton High School in 1996. Upon graduation Warren attended  South Dakota State University, obtaining a  degree in General Agriculture. Warren has served on the SDSU Ag & Bio advisory board, and has continued to stay involved with the board through volunteer work. He has also served on both the state and national Limousin board of directors. Warren was a Class VIII graduate of South Dakota Ag & Rural Leadership. Within his community, Warren has served on various church boards at the First Presbyterian Church of Britton, SD and sits on the Board of directors for the Full Circle Ag Co-Op. He also acts as  the secretary for the South Dakota Cattle Feeders Council.

Carl  Sanders 

SECRETARY/TREASURER

My wife, Kari and I own and operate a ranch in north-eastern Fall River County.  Our three kids are sixth generation in the county.  Megan 16, Kyle 14 and Ray 11 are a HUGE part of the operation.  We are mainly a cow-calf operation, with a handful of yearlings.  We also grow irrigated alfalfa and corn, where we get water through the Angostura Irrigation District. A little over half the cows summer on deeded ground and the rest summer on a Forest Service Grasslands permit.  The mature cows winter until calving on native creek bottoms, the young cows winter on crop residue.  I am a past president of the Black Hills Affiliate for SDCA and past Western Region VP.  I have served as a board member and past president of Angostura Irrigation District and currently appointed as treasurer.  I am also a director through SDCA on the South Dakota Beef Industry Council.  We are members of Prairie View UMC and have served as chairman for the board of trustees.

Steve Ollerich

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Steve Ollerich was 12 years old when he started helping his father, Robert Ollerich, milk cows and feed 350 head of cattle.  Steve married at 23, and started working at the Sioux Falls Stock Yards. After working there for 25 years, he decided it was time for his own operation. He bought a feed yard just south of Elkton in 2000 and is currently feeding 2,500 head of cattle, with the help of two of his three daughters, and his oldest granddaughter, who also own cattle in his cattle lot. For the first three years, they custom fed cattle, and after walking pens in near -30 degrees Steve thought “If someone else can do this. I can do this on my own.” So, with the help of a good banker, they started filling up each pen themselves. It hasn’t been easy, but having his daughters and grandchildren help clean and fix the lot up has made it enjoyable. Steve has been a member of the Sioux Basin Cattlemen since 1980, serving recently as President of this local SDCA affiliate.  

Regional Vice Presidents

Craig Bieber , Northern Region VP: [email protected]


Travis Bies, Western Region VP: [email protected] 


John Moes, Northeast Region VP: [email protected] 


Cory Eich, Southeast Region VP: [email protected]


Kory Bierle, Southern Region VP: [email protected]

SDCA Board Of Directors 

 Black Hills: Britton Blair-  [email protected] 


Clark Hamlin: Wayne Schlagel-  [email protected] 


Central: Bryan Eden-  [email protected] 


Dakota Southern: Keith Dvoracek -   [email protected] 


Davison-Hanson: Shirley Thompson-  [email protected]


East Central: Peggy Vostad-   [email protected] 


Kingsbury County: Blake Hojer-   [email protected] 


McCook-Miner-Lake: Dave Miller-   [email protected] 


North Central: Josh Bieber-  [email protected] 


Northeast: Nancy Johnson-  [email protected] 


Northern Oahe: Jay Jones-   [email protected] 


Sioux Basin: Jared Questad-   [email protected] 


South Central: Kent Geppert - [email protected] 


West Central: Bo Slovek-   [email protected] 


SouthWest: Open


Rosebud:  Open


Council Leadership

Cow-Calf Council Chair: Jared [email protected]  
Feeder Council Chair: John Reisch-  [email protected]                  
Young Cattlemen of South Dakota Council Chair: Emily Peterson- [email protected]

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

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

The SDCA Young Cattlemen of South Dakota Council helps young producers connect through education and networking as well as leadership experience.  

The  Councils are made up of members with an interest in those segments of beef production. Council leaders serve on the SDCA 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.

SDCA Staff

Jodie Anderson

Executive Director

Jodie Hickman Anderson grew up on a ranch in Haakon county and considers Pierre her hometown. After graduating from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Business, Jodie lived and worked in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana before returning to the Pierre area.  With more than 10 years of association management experience, Jodie is actively involved in legislative and regulatory issues and she works closely with local, state, and national industry leaders to provide opportunities for grassroots advocacy. 


 In her “spare” time, Jodie is an active participant in her family’s ranch in Haakon county and she is a principle in 3J Cattle Company. In 2010, Jodie was instrumental in helping bring the Leopold Conservation Award to South Dakota and served as the state’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) coordinator for 4 years. Her resume also includes experience at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American National CattleWomen and the Dakota Value Capture Cooperative.  

Primary Responsibilities: Public Policy, Issues Management, Annual Convention

Email: [email protected]

Janna Reeves 

Office Manager

Janna Hickman Reeves grew up on a ranch northwest of Hayes, SD and graduated from high school in Pierre. She attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion for two years before moving to Fort Collins and graduating with a B.S. in Agricultural Business from Colorado State University.  

 After college, Janna lived and worked on the family ranch in Blackwell, Texas before returning to her South Dakota home in 1997. She worked for a short time in and around Pierre before marrying Jim Reeves and moving to his family ranch south of Eagle Butte. 

Jim and Janna ranched with his family until 2004 when they moved back to her home place in Haakon County with their two children.  Jim and Janna are principles with Jodie Hickman Anderson in 3J Cattle Company in addition to helping manage the cattle operations of Hickman Livestock. Janna will be working as Office Manager full time while still helping out at the ranch when needed. 

 Primary Responsibilities:  Membership Updates & Renewals, SDCA Trade Show, General Office Management

Email: [email protected] 

Aimee Sitter

 Outreach Coordinator  

  Aimee  grew up on a farm in southwest Michigan. She was active in 4-H growing up, showing livestock and Percheron horses. Aimee attended South Dakota State University, graduating with a degree in Agricultural Leadership and a minor in Animal Science.  During her time in college, she was involved with Sigma Alpha, Block& Bridal and was a member of the South Dakota State University Wool Judging Team. She also worked for the State 4-H Office as a student intern thought her time at SDSU.  

  Upon graduation, Aimee moved to Ellendale, North Dakota where she worked as a County Extension Agent. She worked for NDSU for 3 years covering the areas of 4-H- Youth Development and Family & Community Wellness within Dickey County, ND.  After meeting her husband, Paul, she moved to Ortonville, Minnesota Aimee currently works part-time as the Outreach Coordinator for the SDCA. 


  Primary Responsibilities: Magazine Advertising, Communications, Social Media 

 Email: [email protected]