Errol Rice

A recognized leader in the U.S. beef industry, Errol Rice joined the Montana Stockgrowers Association Inc. as Executive Vice President/Managing Director in 2006. Since that time Errol has built a responsive organization with talented staff that are keenly driven by a vision of being a premier institution that exemplifies leading global beef innovation while also preserving Montana’s complex natural landscape, history, economy, ethics and social values. Originally from Denton, Errol is a fifth generation Montanan, whose family has been farming and ranching in the state since 1877.

With a reputation for being an effective communicator and competitive team player, Errol’s strengths have been instrumental in creating a robust and proactive agenda that includes principles, values and thought leadership for which the organization stands on behalf of Montana’s ranching families, e.g. international trade, private property rights, strategic market development, agriculture policy, outreach, environment and media relations.

As a result, today’s MSGA has produced a more strategically aligned portfolio of key initiatives like Stockgrowers Inc., MSGA Research and Education Endowment Foundation, Beef Quality Assurance, Environmental Stewardship, Public Lands and Multimedia that are distinctively designed to take ranching and the beef industry into the 21st Century.

Errol’s career in the beef industry has spanned over the course of a decade and a half, beginning with leadership roles at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Errol facilitated and implemented strategic solutions to the organization’s complex communications, policy and government affairs platforms. His biggest achievement was leading a centralized effort to expand organizational opportunities for the U.S. beef industry’s live cattle marketing sector. From there, Errol rose through positions in both beef production and politics to offer MSGA a unique blend of executive acumen, global perspective, professional team building and operational enhancement.

Errol holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and Extension from Montana State University. Errol has also achieved certification in Executive Leadership from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. In 2011, Errol was named “Top Ten” industry leaders under forty by Cattle Business Weekly.

Errol’s involvement includes: Trustee, Montana State University Leadership Institute National Advisory Board; Fellow, Columbia University American Assembly Next Generation Project “U.S. Global Policy & the Future of International Institutions;” Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business Alumni Chapter; Montana State University Alumni Foundation Student Mentorship Program; NCBA Young Cattlemen’s Conference Alumni.

Errol is married to Kelley Edwards, who is a U.S. History and World Cultures teacher at Helena High School in Helena, MT. They have one son, Jack, and will welcome their second son this spring.


Twitter: @erroldrice

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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.

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 also 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.


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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 associate 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.


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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.



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Kori Anderson

Kori joined the staff as the Manager 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; most recently serving as the Montana Director for Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine.

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



Twitter: @thekorilla