Jay Bodner

Jay Bodner took over the position of Natural Resource Director in 2002. Utilizing his strong agricultural background and education, he has developed and executed innovative campaigns for issues affecting the cattle industry. In June 2018, Jay was named the Executive Vice President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association.

Jay works with local, state, and federal officials to achieve workable solutions concerning complex issues such as water quality regulations, wildlife management, and federal land issues. In addition, he extends his strong relational skills and advocacy for the cattle industry as a lobbyist for the association during Montana Legislative sessions.

Jay serves as the Executive Secretary for the Montana Association of State Grazing Districts. Working with a proactive board of directors, he was successful in helping establish a newly formed grazing district—the first to be established in the last 60 years. Jay also serves as the secretary/treasurer of the Montana Public Lands Council, representing ranchers who run livestock on a combination of private, state, and federal lands.

Jay grew up on a cow/calf operation in Raynesford, Mont. He attended the University of Montana and received a degree in Business Administration. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, as well as spending time with his wife, Donna, and his children, Anthony and Janae.

Jay also serves on a number of industry and civic groups including: Statewide TMDL Advisory Group; Nutrient Work Group; Western Environmental Trade Association; Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative; Warren Community Park Board; Lewis and Clark 4-H Foundation; and Treasure State Resources Association.

Email: jay@mtbeef.org

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Katie Stokes

Katie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Wildland Interpretation with an emphasis in Biology from the University of Montana Western in 2003. With over 10 years of marketing experience, she currently functions as the director of member services and association marketing for the Montana Stockgrowers Association. She also directs the association’s event planning management, assists the MSGA Board of Directors, and handles sponsor relations.

Katie has strong ties to Montana’s ranching community from growing up in Choteau, MT immersed in Montana’s vast agriculture heritage.

Email: katie@mtbeef.org

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Lorrie Vennes

Lorrie Vennes joined MSGA as our bookkeeper in April 2013. Lorrie has an accounting degree from MSU-Billings and brings extensive experience as a finance manager. Lorrie and her husband Gail have two grown children and three granddaughters. They own a registered Angus herd and operate a donor management facility for beef cattle south of Townsend. In her spare time, Lorrie enjoys quilting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Email: lorrie@mtbeef.org

Website: www.galorgenetics.com

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Kori Anderson

Kori joined the staff as the Director of Communications in January 2016. Kori oversees all formal association communications including public relations, member communications, and association publications. Her tasks also include reporting on and disseminating industry information to MSGA stakeholders. Kori brings a love of agriculture and political strategy to the table; she’s never met a campaign she hasn’t loved analyzing.

Kori was raised in Alder, MT on her family’s ranch, The Ruby Dell, where she still holds the record for most calves wrestled at a branding. She attended the University of Montana before transferring to Montana State University. She graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. She has worked in both commercial print as well as magazine publishing.

Kori is an allied member of the National Farm Broadcasting Association and serves on the Lewis and Clark 4-H Foundation

When not at the office, you can usually find Kori outdoors exploring new areas with her dog, Thor.


Email: kori@mtbeef.org

Twitter: @thekorilla