Meet the Staff

MARK MACKEY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
LIVESTOCK MARKETING ASSOCIATION

Mackey is a 1982 graduate of Kansas State University, with a degree in animal science. That was the year he joined LMA as a region executive officer, covering Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. In 1997, he joined LMA’s management team.

In September 2003, he was named CEO on an interim basis, and in February 2004, was named CEO. In a recent interview, he talked about the people LMA represents in the marketing sector. Market operators, he said, “are innovators in technology, genetics and marketing itself. Producers can and should draw on the knowledge of these marketers. Because of their knowledge, it’s important that marketers be at the table to discuss, with other organizations, issues we have in common.”

SC ProfileSHERI CRIST, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
LIVESTOCK MARKETING ASSOCIATION

Native to Kansas City, Crist attended Kansas State University where she received a degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance. Upon graduation she worked for several years at the CPA firm Peat, Marwick & Mitchell. She later worked as Corporate Budget Manager for Sprint, and Senior Accounting Officer at SFK Leblanc.

Crist joined LMA in April 2015 and became interim CFO in July 2015. Her hobbies include traveling, tennis, skiing, concerts, watching sporting events, and spending time with her friends and family which include 2 children and 2 grandchildren.


  • NEAL BROSNAN, FACILITIES MANAGER

    Neal Brosnan joined LMA in 1990 and today has over thirty-five years experience in property management. Neal serves as the Facilities Manager for the LMA headquarters located in Kansas City and is responsible for all LMA shipping and receiving. The father of four with three grandsons; he enjoys the outdoors and occasionally makes time to judge local BBQ competitions. Neal is also known as the “Grill Master” for the LMA team.

    JAN CAGGIANELLO, EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR

    Jan is a native of Eastern Kansas where she grew up and attended school. Joining the work force in 1969 following high school graduation, Jan began working for LMA, then known as the Certified Livestock Markets Association in the insurance agency under General Manager, Karl Heimke. Jan worked as a livestock claims clerk until 1976 when she shifted gears and became an assistant to the Region Executive Officers, a position she still fills today. Through the years, Jan has learned a variety of jobs.   Currently, Jan manages the accounts and records service, assists in HR matters and is an executive administrator to LMA management. Jan cherishes the LMA family atmosphere and the team spirit encouraged by Mr. Mackey.

    BRANDI CLIFFORD, ACCOUNTANT

    Brandi Clifford is a 2000 graduate of Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, Missouri, with an Associate of Arts degree. Her work in the insurance industry began in 2002 as a Technical Assistant at Arthur J. Gallagher; working her way up to an Account Coordinator where she earned her Associate in Insurance Services in 2005. Brandi joined LMIA in 2006 as an Assistant Region Administrator and in 2008 joined the accounting department full time as an accounting assistant. She handles all posting of receivables, assists with P/C invoicing, and handles accounts payable tasks. Brandi also works with membership services by keeping up the membership database and dues. Brandi is currently attending Maple Woods Community College again pursuing an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Accounting. Outside of work she is involved in her daughter Gracelyn’s Girl Scout troop, her son Joshua’s Boy Scout den and both of their various sporting activities, she also enjoys hanging out at home with her husband Jason and children.

    SHARON A. COOPER, RECEPTIONIST

    Sharon joined the LMA family in 1983 and will celebrate 25 years of service in 2008. As the friendly voice of LMA she maintains the LMA switchboard, answering calls and greeting visitors. LMA’s members are very important to Sharon and helping them properly is her main goal. Devoted to her family and two grandsons; just ask and she would be happy to brag about all of their activities.

    J. LEA JONES, SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

    J. Lea Jones is a native Kansas City girl. Following her passion for numbers she has worked in accounting since 1976. She started with LMA as a receivable & billing clerk for the insurance agency in 1987. In 2005 she was promoted to Senior Accountant and now holds the position of Accounting Manager. Attending to the company’s financial preparations and overseeing the accounting department are her main responsibility. She enjoys visiting with members and helping them with questions regarding their accounts. At home, she takes care of and loves playing with her rescue pup, Maddie Rae, enjoys her four sons and multitude of grandchildren. She is always ready to take a trip anywhere on the back of a Harley motorcycle.

    MELANIE HARRIS, DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES

    A Pennsylvania native, Melanie graduated from California State College, Hayward and entered the workforce in California as a legal administrative assistant. She continued in the legal field for 10 years, eventually as a paralegal, after re-locating to Kansas. Later, Melanie joined Donnelly Meiners Jordan Kline, a local Kansas City accounting firm which was eventually acquired by H& R Block then merged into the national firm of RSM McGladrey. As Office Administrator/HR Administrator for 13 years, Melanie gained extensive experience in office management as well as labor law and compliance issues. Melanie joined LMA in July 2005 as Director of Human Resources and administers HR functions including payroll, benefits, performance management, policy development and HR legal compliance.

    MORGAN MACKEY, ASSISTANT CONTROLLER

    Morgan graduated in 2013 from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree in Accounting. Prior to working for LMA, she was the Accounting Manager for a sales and marketing management firm for vendors of the world’s largest retailer. A Kansas City native, Mackey grew up on a cattle ranch, enjoyed showing her horses and has rescued as many pets as she could sneak home.

    DOUG ROONEY, SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR

    Doug began his tenure with LMA in1996. He supports and manages the in-house computer and telephone networks and is presently working toward Microsoft and Cisco certifications. Doug attended Mid America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, studying Business Administration and Music. Before coming to LMA he worked in the banking and manufacturing industries. Doug resides in Olathe with his loving wife and two beautiful sons. In his personal time he is involved in church, sports, scouting and school activities with his family and plays in a jazz group as time permits.

    DAN STARK, CONTROLLER

    Dan is a recent graduate of Kansas State University where he earned his B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting and Finance. He interned with LMA as an Accounting/Finance Intern in the summer of 2011 and joined the LMA family full time in May 2012. Dan will be learning the accounting system and assisting in the finance department with investments and special projects while working towards earning his CPA and CFA designations. Before joining LMA, Dan was an Operations Coordinator at AMC theaters where he oversaw theater operations and a staff of 100+ at a local theater. Dan was president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity during his time at K-State and remains involved with his fraternity as an assistant chapter advisor. While not at work, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, and their dog, Harley, and watching as much soccer as he can.


  • CHELSEA GOOD, VICE PRESIDENT GOVERNMENT & INDUSTRY AFFAIRS

    Chelsea is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law. She also has bachelor’s degrees in agricultural communications and journalism, political science, and public relations and a master’s degree in communications studies, all from Kansas State University. Prior to joining LMA, Chelsea worked at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, first as the Communications Director and then as a Staff Attorney specializing in animal health law and policy. A Parker, Colorado native, Chelsea comes from a beef industry background and is passionate about agriculture. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys live music, K-State sports, and spending time with friends and family.


  • ERNEST H. VANHOOSER
    VANHOOSER & EFTINK, P.C.

    Ernie has been practicing law since 1978. He has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is admitted to practice before the courts of the state of Missouri, the U.S. District Court—Western District of Missouri, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Ernie has written articles and been a seminar speaker on agricultural law topics for The Missouri Bar and the American Agricultural Law Association. In addition, he is the author of a chapter on the marketing of farm products in a farm law book published by The Missouri Bar. He is a retired Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He and his wife, Linda, have four children. He grew up on a grain, cotton and livestock farm in southeast Missouri.


  • KURT HAMILTON, PRESIDENT

    Hamilton was raised in central Missouri farming and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating in 1985 with a B.S. in Agriculture. He joined LMA in May of 1985 as a Region Executive Officer servicing the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa; later adding Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin to his region. In July of 2004 he joined the Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency management team as Vice President and was named President in July of 2005.

    JENNIE JONES, REGION MANAGER

    Jennie joined LMA right out of high school in July 1979 as an accounting assistant for the Membership and Insurance departments. In 1982, she moved to the insurance agency to handle livestock policies and claims in the Livestock Department. She earned her Property & Casualty License in 1986 and was promoted to Region Administrator in July 1997, handling the accounts in 10 states for two Region Executive Officers. In 2005, she became Co-Manager of the insurance agency and currently manages accounts in 13 states for three Region Executive Officers.

    CHRISTINE WESTBERG, CISR, REGION MANAGER

    Christine obtained her Property/Casualty/Life/Health Insurance License in 1986 working in personal lines for State Farm Insurance. Wanting the challenge that comes with working in commercial insurance, she began her career with LMIA in 1990 as an assistant administrator in the eastern region. In 1993, Christine was promoted to Region Administrator. A few years later she added the state of Texas to her territory. She is currently managing Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas.  In 2005, she became Co-Manager of the insurance agency.

    MiDONNA ALCANTER, REGION ADMINISTRATOR

    MiDonna Alcanter is a graduate of Missouri Western State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Before coming to Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency she worked as a supervisor in Trust Operations at Commerce Trust Company and as a supervisor at Van Kampen Mutual Funds. She joined LMIA in 2006 as an Assistant Region Administrator and obtained her Property and Casualty Insurance License. MiDonna was promoted to Region Administrator in April 2013 and currently handles Colorado, part of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

    KATHY CLAUS, LIVESTOCK INSURANCE OFFICER

    Kathy Claus is a native of Kansas City. Prior to joining Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency she gained commercial policy experience while working with the Country Companies Insurance Company. In 1986, Kathy joined LMA as an administrative assistant, later transferring to the livestock department. Kathy still works with members and insureds of LMIA, utilizing her extensive experience with claims processing and livestock policies.

    NORA LIERZ, BOND ADMINISTRATOR 

    Nora is a Kansas City native who graduated from Baker University with a Bachelors degree in Business.  While attending college and upon graduation, she worked for Kansas City Life Insurance Co.  During her 11 years with the company she worked with Group Disability, Group Life and Group Medical/Dental.  She later obtained her Property/Casualty/ Life/Health Insurance License through Farmers Insurance and enjoyed working with the public.  In 2009 she joined LMIA as Bond Administrator.

    JOSEPHINE McCOY, REGION ADMINISTRATOR

    Josephine McCoy obtained her Property/Casualty Insurance License in 1985 working in Property Casualty Lines for Fred S. James Insurance Company. She began her career with Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency in 1986 as a Region Administrator in the west & northwest region. A few years later she added the states of Florida and Georgia.

    BEVERLY TRUMP, CISR, REGION ADMINISTRATOR 

    Beverly Trump started her insurance career in 1983 as an Insurance Broker for Trump Insurance Agency. She joined the staff of Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency in January 2006 as a Region Bond Administrator. Beverly was promoted to Region Administrator in 2007 and currently is responsible for the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas.


  • LINDSAY GRABER RUNFT, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

    Lindsay Graber Runft is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Livestock Marketing Association. Graber graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master of Science degree in agricultural communications. While at Texas Tech, she completed media market research relevant to farmers and ranchers. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Kansas State University with dual majors of animal sciences and industry and agricultural communications and journalism. Originally from south-central Kansas, Graber Runft is a fifth-generation cattle producer. She and her fiance own and operate a seedstock Charolais ranch in northwest Missouri.

    Media Inquiries: Please contact Lindsay at lrunft@lmaweb.com.


  • KRISTEN PARMAN, VICE PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Kristen Parman is a native of Buffalo, Missouri, where she was raised in the livestock and livestock marketing industry. Growing up on a commercial cow-calf operation in southwest Missouri, working with the family livestock trucking company and the local livestock auction market has given her a well rounded view of the livestock industry and the importance of seeing an issue or service from the perspective of all sizes of operations. A 2001 graduate of Missouri State University, she spent time with LMA as an intern in the membership services department before earning her Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Business. Following graduation, Kristen returned to LMA to assume the role of Membership Services Coordinator. In 2003, she was appointed Vice President Membership Services. Kristen enjoys the close contact that her position allows her to have with the LMA membership and believes that it’s the relationships between the LMA staff and membership that is the key to current and future success and protection for the livestock marketing industry.

    CATHY COLLETT, MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR

    Cathy grew up on a small farm in southwest Iowa and is a 1997 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Business. That same year she joined LMA as the coordinator for the Agribase Communications Network (ACN). Cathy is now a key team member on multiple LMA member services including the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, LMAAuctions.com, LMAWeb.com, and works with the membership services team to assist and answer our member’s questions about utilizing LMA’s book of member services.

    MITCH PETERSON, MEMBERSHIP TECHNOLOGY ADMINISTRATOR

    Mitch was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He has lived in Kansas and Missouri most of his life from the bustling cities, to the suburbs of the Ozarks, and on the small farms of his family. Mitch grew up fascinated with the many aspects of growing technologies and in 2008 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science. He enjoys learning new technologies and helping others understand the need and focus of today’s up-and-coming technical sciences. Mitch is excited to expand upon the next chapter in his life by bringing his technical background to LMA and working with the members of Livestock Marketing Association. Mitch and his wife, Alexzandrea, reside in Kansas City and enjoy spending time in nature.


  • JENNIFER AIMAN, PRESIDENT

    Aiman graduated from Avila University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in General Management. In 2002, she earned an MBA in Management Information Systems from alma mater Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to joining Livestock Marketing Association in December 2003, she worked at Meara, Welch & Browne, a Kansas City CPA firm, from September 1991 until December 2003 in various positions including Firm Administrator and staff member in the business valuation department. Currently, she serves LMA as Vice President of the Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency, Inc. She is married to Alex Aiman and has twin daughters Alexis and Madison Aiman.

    LINDA GARNER, BUSINESS INFORMATION OFFICER

    Garner spent most of her career in the legal profession, as a legal secretary, paralegal and office manager before returning to work for LMA a second time in 1987 where she served as assistant to the then CEO of LMA. She held the position of Meetings & Events Coordinator, planning LMA business meetings and social functions including the WLAC for 17 years. For the past 4 years, she has served as a Business Information Officer of the Livestock Board of Trade. Garner has a B.A. degree from San Diego State University where she majored in Education with a minor in Theatre Arts and was a member of Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority.


  • JOE BARBOUR, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Raised in Florence, Texas, Joe earned a Master of Science degree from Texas Tech University in 2010 and a Bachelor of Science degree from West Texas A&M University in 2009. Both degrees are in Agricultural Education. Joe previously served as a field representative and insurance agent with Texas Farm Bureau and Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies where he served members’ needs in policy, education, training, volunteer leadership and insurance. Joe has a strong background in commercial beef production; he has worked in varying capacities at several large feedyards and conducted carcass research in packing plants across the United States. In his spare time, Joe and his wife, Kristin enjoy watching Texas Tech football, spending time outdoors with their dogs, and grilling or smoking BBQ with friends and family.

    ROY BARTA, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Roy Barta is a native of Nebraska and attended Chadron State College. Roy’s roots in the livestock industry served him well as a Brand Inspector with the State of Nebraska from 1980-1990. In 1990 he began work with North Platte Feeders handling the yard’s accounting. Roy worked briefly with the Maywood Cooperative in North Platte as a Facilities Manager and Assistant Grain Originator before joining the LMA family in 1993. Roy now resides in North Platte along with his wife and represents LMA and its members in the states of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

    JIM CARTER, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Born in Mississippi, Carter grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from
    Mississippi State University in 1976 he returned as third generation to the family livestock market. When growth in Memphis “consumed” the South Memphis Stockyards, he served as Executive of the Tennessee Beef Council for five years before joining LMA in 1991 as a region executive officer. Jim now resides in Walls, Mississippi, and represents LMA and its members in the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee. When he is home, Jim enjoys outdoor activities, which include working on his small farm, hunting, and fishing. Jim notes, “It is terribly satisfying working with an organization dedicated to helping an industry, where my roots are so deep.”

    JESSE CARVER, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Jesse Carver is a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Animal Science. In January of 1999, he started work for Jim Schwertner and Capitol Land and Livestock; a large livestock dealership in Central Texas. Jesse began his career as yard manager for Capitol and then spent 9 years as a buyer purchasing stocker and feeder cattle at daily auctions across Texas and Oklahoma. This is where Jesse says he began getting his “real education” in the livestock marketing industry. In August of 2007, he joined LMA as a region executive officer representing LMA and its members in Louisiana and Texas. He feels that the lessons learned as a buyer help him to better relate to market owners and livestock dealers within his region. Jesse currently resides in Montgomery, Texas, with his wife and son where he enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking and maintaining a stocker and feeder cattle operation.

    TERRY CHAPMAN, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Terry Chapman was born and raised in Haskell, Texas. Growing up working with his family’s farm and ranch, he worked at the local livestock auction along with his dad, mom, brothers and sister. Terry worked his way college working for the Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station and as a salesman for the Southwestern Company. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1975 with a BS degree in Agricultural Economics. In November 1977, Terry joined LMA as a region executive officer and currently represents LMA and is members in Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Terry and his wife Ruth make their home in Norman, Oklahoma. Terry and Ruth have two daughters, Haylee and Caroline.

    JOHN KISSEE, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    John Kissee is a Missouri native who grew up in a marketing family that goes back four generations. Most recently his grandfather and father operated livestock markets in Arkansas and Missouri. John worked as an employee at his father’s commission company while in high school and then went on to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received his B.S. in Agriculture in 1979 and Masters of Education in 1980. After joining LMA in 1981, John moved to Atlanta to work in the southeastern United States. He currently represents LMA and its members in the Atlantic Seaboard from Florida to Maine. John is married with three children and four grandchildren and lives in Woodstock, Georgia.

    FORREST MANGAN, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Forrest Mangan is a California native. Forrest grew up in a small town in north central California before attending San Joaquin Delta College. Transferring to Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, he graduated with a degree in Agribusiness with a concentration in International Management. Following graduation, Forrest was employed by the Cal Poly Animal Science Department where he served as the Livestock Judging Coach and was a part-time lecturer. Forrest joined LMA in 2006 and currently resides in California; representing LMA and it membership in the states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

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