Niels Hansen, Immediate Past President

Niels is a third generation rancher from Rawlins Wyoming, the family ranch is a cow/calf/ yearling operation operating on the high desert of Wyoming.
Working cooperatively with the University of Wyoming and the BLM the ranch has collected over 20 years of monitoring data that supports the benefits of good land and livestock management for the livestock, the wildlife and the community.

Niels served as Chairman of the Wyoming State Grazing Board and President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. In 2000, the ranch received the BLM Rangeland Management Stewardship Award and in 2004 was co-winner of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association Stewardship Award.



Mark Roeber, President

Mark Roeber is the fourth generation on his family’s ranch in Paonio, Colorado, which was homesteaded in 1889 by his great grandfather. Mark and his wife Jody have a cow-calf operation that runs on both BLM and Forest Service land. His operation is a member of Homestead Meats. Homestead meats includes six local Colorado ranches that raise and harvest natural, high-quality meat.

Since 2012, Mark has been represented Delta County as country commissioner. Mark has been a serving member on the board of directors of Colorado Counties Inc. since 2016 and was the 2019 president of the board. Mark also serves as a member of the Southwest Colorado BLM Resource Advisory Committee, and has been active since 2014.



Tim Canterbury, Vice President

Steve was born and raised in Utah and has lived in Summit County since 1970. He attended Utah State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Minor in Chemistry. Steve and his wife Vickie have 7 children; 6 sons and 1 daughter and 18 grandchildren. Steve continues to work as a rancher. In addition to his family and his land, Steve participates in national, state, and local issues.






Brenda Richards, Treasurer

Brenda Richards runs a cow/calf operation in Reynolds Creek, Owyhee County, Idaho with her husband Tony where they manage 55,000 acres of public land. Brenda is a past-president of the Public Lands Council (2015-2016), and has served in various leadership roles across other associations including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Idaho Cattle Association, and the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association.

Additionally, Brenda served on the Boise District Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council for seven years and engages with the Owyhee Initiative, a multi-stakeholder group addressing management of public lands in southwest Idaho.




Board of Directors

Every national association affiliate and western state member has a Board member representative. Contact your State Affiliate here for contact information for the below Board members.

Emmett Sturgill – Arizona
Mike Byrne – California
Robbie LeValley – Colorado
Darcy Helmick – Idaho
Vicki Olson – Montana
Keith Winter – North Dakota
Duane Coombs – Nevada
Matt McElligott – Oregon
Frank Bloom – South Dakota
Jordan Willis – Utah
Neil Kayser – Washington
Jim Hellyer – Wyoming

Niels Hansen (WY) – Immediate Past President
John Helle (MT) – American Sheep Industry Association
Ross Nielsen (SD) – Association of National Grasslands
JJ Goicoechea (NV) – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Public Lands Council Committees Leadership


  • Chair: Matt McElligott – Oregon
  • Vice Chair: Dan Anderson – South Dakota


  • Chair: Robbie LeValley – Colorado
  • Vice Chair: Jordan Willis – Utah

Multiple Use

  • Chair: Dr. J.J. Goicoechea – Nevada
  • Vice Chair: Tim Canterbury – Colorado

Industry Issues

  • Chair: Shaun Sims – Wyoming
  • Vice Chair: Vicki Olson – Montana

Ecosystem & Environment

  • Chair: Dr. Dave Daley – California
  • Vice Chair: Darcy Helmick – Idaho

PLC Staff

Executive Director: Kaitlynn Glover

Kaitlynn Glover serves as the Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Government Affairs. Prior to joining PLC, Glover served as a policy advisor on agriculture, natural resources, and Tribal policy issues in the United States Senate.

Before returning to Washington, Kaitlynn spent several years working for Teagasc, the agriculture semi-state authority in Ireland. During that time, she received a Masters of Agriscience in Innovation Support from University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.

Originally from Wyoming, Kaitlynn has a diverse background in agriculture policy and production, and strong ties to grazers, recreationalists, and many other users of public land resources. She is an alumna of the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture where she studied agriculture communications, international agriculture economics, and farm and ranch management.

Kaitlynn can be reached at, or at (202) 347-0228, ext. 9128.

Director: Sigrid Johannes

Sigrid works as the Associate Director for the Public Lands Council and NCBA Government Affairs. Previously, she worked on the NCBA communications team and got hooked on the policy issues impacting federal grazing permittees. She is thrilled to be able to advocate for Western livestock producers in this new role.

After graduating from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Sigrid did communications work for the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger. She is originally from Washington, D.C.

Reach Sigrid at, or (202) 347-0228 ext. 9122.



Associate Director of Operations: Will Baugh


Will hails from the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Born and raised in the agricultural community of Cleveland, he was inspired to study at Mississippi State University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Education, Leadership, & Communications. While at MSU, Will gained a passion for public policy through various organizations and opportunities, such as volunteering for state wide campaigns and working for MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.

Following his undergraduate studies, Will received his master’s in Public Service & Administration from the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Reach Will at, or (202) 347-0228 ext. 9135.