OCM Board of Directors

President: Vaughn Meyer
Vaughn and his family manage Sodak Angus Ranch, located in northwest South Dakota. Sodak Angus was originally homesteaded by Vaughn’s grandfather, Otto Meyer, in 1909. Vaughn’s late father, Raymond Meyer, introduced Angus genetics to the operation in 1954, and today the ranch consists of a 600-head purebred cow herd and a dry land farming operation. Sodak has both spring- and fall-calving programs from which they market 200 bulls annually with a sale on the ranch each February. AI, embryo transfer (ET) and ultrasound evaluation are incorporated into the breeding program.

In his youth Vaughn assisted with ranch chores and participated in 4-H and FFA. Following graduation from Lemmon High School he attended South Dakota State University (SDSU) and received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science production. At SDSU Vaughn was active in Block and Bridle and Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). While attending SDSU, Vaughn met his wife, Lois, and after graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps.

In 1972, after serving in the Army, Vaughn returned with Lois to Sodak to raise their family and assist with the purebred cattle operation. Vaughn and Lois have one son, Jeffrey, who is an active partner and manages the haying and farming operation. They also have two daughters. Jessica, husband Royce, daughter Haelee and son Tucker who reside in Rapid City, S.D. Jeny, husband Quinten and son Jace live in Rushville, Neb. Both daughters and their families assist with ranch duties in addition to their careers.

In addition to ranching, Vaughn has been privileged to work with numerous organizations. He has served as master for his local Masonic Lodge, president of the West River Shrine Organization and was a past director and president of the Black Hills Angus Association. He is a member of the Perkins and Harding County Livestock Improvement Associations and a director for the Perkins County Farmers Union. Vaughn was a director on the South Dakota Beef Industry Council, where he has served as treasurer and chairman of the Research Committee.  Vaughn currently serves as Marketing Committee chairman of the South Dakota Stock Growers Association and was appointed to a directorship on the Cattlemens Beef Board (CBB). Vaughn has been a lifelong member of R CALF USA and is currently serving his second term on the American Angus Board of Directors. 

Vaughn is committed to the preservation of competitive agricultural markets which promote family ownership and management of our industry.

Vice-President: Fred Stokes
OCM founding member and cattle producer from Porterville, MS
Thomas F. “Fred” Stokes was born and raised on a small diversified family farm in Kemper County, Mississippi. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in the Army and later completed Infantry Officers Candidate School and received a commission. His twenty years of military service included two tours in Vietnam. He retired in 1972 as a Major  and returned to his home county in Mississippi. He has been involved in the cattle business and active in agricultural and rural life issues ever since. Fred is deeply concerned about the disappearance of independent family agriculture and the decay in rural America. He and is an outspoken critic of U. S. farm and trade policy. He was instrumental in founding Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA). He and his wife of more than sixty years have three children and six grandchildren. They have lived on their small cattle farm in East Central Mississippi since 1972. While Fred is winding down some in his active involvement as an advocate, he rejoined the OCM Board at the organization’s convention in Kansas City in August 2018 and remains vitally interested in its work. He acknowledges the past lack of success and understands the formidable challenges ahead, but is reassured by the current highly talented staff and increased resources. He is very optimistic that OCM is now poised for significant progress in advancing its mission.

Secretary:  Tom Dierks, from Ewing, Nebraska, where the family ranching operation is located and raises Angus cattle; he is currently working as a social worker in Lincoln, Nebraska

Treasurer: Jonathan Buttram for 38 years has been a Poultry & Cattle farmer he also serves as a Volunteer Fire Fighter and President of the Alabama Contract Poultry Growers Association. He believes one man can make a difference if he puts Jesus first.

Director: Joaquin Contente, Dairy farmer from Hanford, CA

Taylor H. Haynes, M.D.

Dr. Haynes was raised by his parents, Taylor and Lourie Haynes, on a produce farm in Louisiana.  They instilled in him very strong Judeo-Christian values and an all American work ethic. These formed the foundation for, and fabric of his life.

Dr. Haynes worked as a Teamster and a Stevedore while earning a mechanical engineering degree from Southern University and was then recruited into an engineering position in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Kennecott Copper Corporation Research Center. While there he began medical school at the University of Utah and graduated with honors. After completing his surgical residency in Urology, he opened a private medical practice. Dr. Haynes’ research has been published in major surgical journals. Additionally, he developed and patented a surgical stapler.

Dr. Haynes is a certified trauma surgeon and was an instructor of Advanced Trauma Life Support training for physicians.

He owns and operates an all-natural, grass-fed cattle ranch in southeast Wyoming and is an advocate for local sustainable food production and healthy eating. In 2006, Dr. Haynes was presented with the Award of Merit by the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture for his contributions in the field. In 2008, he was inducted into the Multicultural Western Heritage Hall of Fame in Fort Worth Texas and Oklahoma City.

Dr. Haynes has been elevated to leadership positions in most of the in-state and national organizations with which he has been affiliated.

  • He was appointed by two consecutive governors to the Board of Trustees of the University of Wyoming and served 12 years. He was Vice –President of the UW Board and Chairman of the Fiscal and Legal affairs Committee.
  • He served as president of Laramie county Stock Growers, Regional Vice-President of the Wyoming Stockgrowers and President of the Pole Mountain Grazing Association. 
  • He was a Founder and served as President of the Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming (ICOW) Board of Directors, 
  • He served on the Board of the national Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF USA) Board of Directors. 
  • He was a member of the Board of Directors of Security First Bank.
  • He was Vice-Chief of Staff at DePaul Hospital and Chairman of Patient Care.

Dr. Haynes’ volunteer activities include teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture. Additionally, he has been a frequent presenter at Health Forums where he speaks on the benefits of prevention and healthy lifestyles.

Taylor Haynes, M.D. is co-owner and serves as President and Chief Medical Officer of Prodegi Corporate Benefit Services, a third party administrator of employee benefits. His experience as a medical expert and a leader in business allows Prodegi the ability to offer clients the unique advantage of physician involvement in the administration of their health plans.

Dr. Haynes is active in politics. He had unsuccessful bids for Governor of Wyoming as a pure constitutionalist. He was selected as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention. He is often invited to speak at political rallies.

Dr Haynes is married to Elisabeth Wasson. He has four children and three grand children.

Director:  Marty Irby, former Communications Director and Sr. Policy Advisor on Ag in the US House of Representatives.  Hill’s top lobbyists for 2019.  Washington, DC

Director:  Mike Schultz, family homestead in NW Kansas and run a 100 head cow/calf operation, haying and baling business, founded the KS Cattlemen’s Association as well as worked with founders of R-CALF USA. Brewster, KS

Director:  Craig Vejraska, runs a herd of commercial and registered Angus cattle.  Sunny Okanogan Angus Ranch is a third-generation ranch started by himself and his father in the early 1960’s

Mike Weaver is a Director and Past President of the Organization for Competitive Markets.

He also serves as President of the Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias, which represents broiler, pullet, egg producers and turkey growers in West Virginia and Virginia. He is a board member or officer of Allegheny Highlands Alliance, West Virginia Special Olympics, Potomac Highlands Wounded Warrior Outreach, and South Fork Ruritan Club. He is also a member of American Legion and National Wild Turkey Federation.

Mike is a retired Special Agent for U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement and former State of West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Section Conservation Officer.

He owns and farms 350 acres in Pendleton County, West Virginia, raising broilers for Pilgrim’s Pride that are processed at the Moorefield, WV processing plant, and angus beef cattle.

Mike started in the poultry business in 2001 with turkeys, and switched to broilers in 2004. His broiler facility is two houses, 50×624 feet, starting up to 99,000 birds per flock.

Mike and wife Melissa live on their poultry farm near Fort Seybert, WV and also have another farm in Upper Tract, WV. Mike has two sons, Christopher, who is a PhD in Forensic Psychology and teaches at Palo Alto University, and Zachary, who teaches at University of Colorado, and a daughter, Hanna, who is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of Fairmont, WV.

Director: David Wright, District 4 Director and Past President of Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska, ranches in Holt County, NE and owns JD Printing & Publishing in Neligh.

David Wright ranches in Holt County, NE and owns JD Printing & Publishing in Neligh. Wright is a fourth-generation rancher and his day-to-day operation includes a cow-calf operation with just enough grass to feed the cows and enough cows to eat the grass. He is proud his grandfather was a cattle-trader. Along with his son Isaac, the ranch hand, he backgrounds the calves to 600-700 lbs. Wright also sells hay.

Wright says, “I love putting up hay; I like the baby calves in the spring and enjoy weaning them. There isn’t anything about ranching I don’t like. I’m a fourth generation rancher and my son Isaac is the fifth. I have a huge burden to those before me and my successors coming up to keep this business alive and well. If I don’t stand up for the independent rancher, who will? No one.”

Wright’s wife Joan is a Registered Nurse and member of the Neligh Rescue Squad. Son Isaac is married to HollyAnn and they have two sons. He has a degree from Southeast Technical College in Diesel Mechanics and works the ranching operation where he gets paid in beef. Daughter Katie is married to Jared and they have one son. She teaches Spanish and elementary and is the high school’s head volleyball coach. Youngest daughter Hannah is a marketing director for a nonprofit health center in Omaha.