Seven volunteer trustees, and one representative from the MSGA Board of Directors, are appointed by the MSGA Board of Directors to oversee the foundation.

Della Ehlke
Della Ehlke
Foundation Chairman

Hometown: Townsend

A fourth generation Montanan, Della’s family homesteaded in Roosevelt County in the late 1800’s. In 1996, Della and her husband Mark bought land in Broadwater County and leased 60 registered Hereford cows and started our registered Hereford seedstock operation.

With the help of their daughters, Lacey and Jane’a, Ehlke Herefords has grown to 350 owned mother cows and over 5,000 managed acres. The Ehlke’s have been members of the MSGA for over 20 years. They also own and operate Montana Hydraulics, a metal fabrication and railroad field service operation with locations in Townsend and Helena and a staff of 47. Della was a contracted part time employee to the MSGA as the Montana Marketing website manager; a joint project between the MSGA and the MGGA. Della has served as MSGA Seedstock committee chair for the past several years, past director and president of the Montana Hereford Association, was instrumental in the origination of the MHA Feeder Calf Sale and ongoing management of such for over 10 years. Della currently serves on the Montana Chamber Association’s Montana Manufacturing Association board.

Ty McDonald
Ty McDonald
Vice Chairman

Hometown: Bozeman

Ty is a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed. He concentrates on farm and ranch succession/transition planning and those industries allied with agriculture. His passion for next generation planning and production agriculture comes from personal experiences on both sides of his family.

He grew up as the 5th generation on his family’s 109-year-old beef cattle ranch north of Geyser, MT and continues to play an active role. Other hobbies include leatherwork, Bobcat football, western dancing, fitness, and spending time with his wife, Jyll, daughter, Kymber, and son, Lyam.

John Grande
John Grande
MSGA Board Representative

Hometown: Martinsdale

John operates Grande Ranch Co., a crossbred cow-calf operation near Martinsdale, MT. They run an extensive AI program specializing in collecting both phenotypic and genotypic data for use in progeny testing genetics and improving their herd performance. John has served on the Foundation board for ten years and is currently Second Vice-President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association.

Cheryl Curry
Cheryl Curry
Foundation Trustee

Hometown: Valier

Cheryl and her husband, Gene, have been engaged in ranching and farming in the Valier area since their graduation from MSU in 1971. Cheryl retired from the Pondera Regional Port Authority where she was Executive Director for nine years. Prior to that she had a 24-year career with the US Postal Service. Cheryl is a lifelong community servant and leader who is dedicated to improving life in her state. Cheryl continues to serve on several boards in her community, region, and state, including the One Montana and Valier Area Development Corporation, among others.

Dusty Hahn
Dusty Hahn
Foundation Trustee

Hometown: Townsend

Dusty Hahn is a 4th generation rancher from Townsend, MT. Hahn Ranch is a diversified agricultural operation that produces cattle, hay, small grains, and specialty crops. Hahn Ranch is a past Montana and National Cattleman’s Beef Association Regional Environmental Stewardship Award winner. Dusty graduated from Montana State University – Bozeman, and is actively involved with Montana Stockgrowers. He has served as a committee chairperson, nominating committee delegate, and currently serves as a Foundation trustee.

Buzz Tatom
Buzz Tatom
Foundation Trustee

Hometown: Big Sky

Buzz joined the Foundation Board in 2018. He resides in Big Sky and still owns a small ranch in Texas where he runs a bred heifer operation. A ranch broker at Engel & Völkers who also teaches part time at MSU, he enjoys helping the Foundation affect future generations of Montana ranchers.

John Patterson
John Patterson
Foundation Trustee

Hometown: Columbus

Originating from the high county straddling the border of Stillwater and Carbon Counties, John ranches on land his grandfather homesteaded after forsaking the forests of western Montana. He raises purebred Angus Cattle and has marketed cattle, embryos and semen nationally and internationally; additionally he has worked in sales management and private treaty marketing. Patterson has been active in local and state Angus Associations and is a past President of the Montana Angus Association. He and his late wife Pam were named National Junior Angus Advisors of the year in 2005. John has and continues to be involved in several Foundation Boards. A graduate of Montana State University, he was awarded the MSGA Scholarship his senior year. He has two married sons, Tom and Mark.

Wayne Slaught
Wayne Slaught
Foundation Trustee