Executive Vice President
Chad Vorthmann was born and raised on a fourth generation row crop and cattle farm in southwest Iowa. He attended the University of Nebraska, competed on the livestock judging team and studied journalism and diversified agriculture. After college, he worked as a beef nutrition specialist. Two years later, he joined the staff of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Beef Association and was eventually hired to run the national Beef Quality Assurance program for NCBA. Wanting to work more closely with grassroots members, Vorthmann went back to the state level, joining Colorado Farm Bureau in 2002 as the Director of Communications. He was promoted to Vice President of Organization in 2007 and Executive Vice President in 2012. Chad’s wife, Garin, works for Colorado Legislative Services, who provides contract advocacy services for Colorado Farm Bureau. The couple has two daughters. Chad enjoys cycling, and hunting elk, deer and black bear on the family's cattle ranch in Southwest Colorado.
Vice President of Advocacy
As the Vice President of Advocacy for the Colorado Farm Bureau, Shawn works to cultivate relationships with community, political and business leaders to achieve CFB's goals in agriculture, wildlife, public lands, water, and many other areas of public policy. Shawn previously worked as a consultant in communications and issue advocacy for oil and gas industry clients, ranging from large multinationals to family-owned firms both in Houston, TX and in Denver, CO. He worked on projects related to the Keystone XL pipeline, offshore and Arctic energy production in Alaska, and directed campaigns on hydraulic fracturing and public lands energy production in the Mountain West. Prior to his work in the energy industry, Shawn served as the Communications Director for the Colorado Farm Bureau from 2008 to 2012. He comes from a diversified ag background and graduated from both Northeastern Junior College and Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Senior Director of Membership and County Development
Jayde Van Cleave was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to Douglas County, Colorado, when he was 3 years old. He graduated from Northeastern Junior College with an associate’s degree in ag science and later finished his higher education at Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences. Jayde has been involved in agriculture all his life with his family working on ranches in Colorado and Nebraska. He now runs his own small ranch in Rush, Colorado, and loves ranching, fly-fishing and restoring motorcycles. Jayde started working for Colorado Farm Bureau in 2002 and is currently serving as the Regional Manager for Districts 3 and 6.
Director of Policy Communications
From a cattle ranch in the San Luis Valley, Taylor’s family has been in Colorado since 1765. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in strategic communications and public policy from the University of Denver. Taylor then honed her communications skills at a Denver communications firm focused on public issues. At CFB, Taylor loves telling a good story -- especially when it comes to sharing the great work members are doing for agriculture and Colorado as a whole.
Director of Public Policy, National Affairs
Ashley’s love of the land and the agricultural industry began on her family’s commercial cow-calf ranch in south Texas. She remains actively involved in the wildlife and cattle enterprises on the ranch, with a deep appreciation for Tex-Mex cuisine. Prior to Colorado Farm Bureau, Ashley served as the Executive Vice President and CEO for the Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA) where she managed the association’s advocacy, outreach, and educational activities. As Director of Leader Engagement with Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Ashley served as the liaison between the association’s 135 member Board, federal agencies, state agencies, and allied industry. With the Texas Agricultural Land Trust, she worked on early case-making for the Texas Farm and Ranchlands Conservation Program; which resulted in $2 million in appropriations funding for the purchase of agricultural conservation easements. She also has a background in agricultural finance, working for three years as a Loan Officer with Lone Star Ag Credit. In her spare time, Ashley serves on the College of Fine Arts Board of Visitors for her alma mater, Texas Christian University, and is involved as a team lead for the TCU Institute of Ranch Management’s activities in Scotland.
Director of Public Policy, State Affairs
Austin Vincent was raised on his family’s fifth generation cow-calf ranch in north eastern New Mexico. He attended Texas Tech University, competed in college rodeo and received a bachelor of business administration in energy commerce and a bachelor of science in agribusiness. He remained in Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University School of Law.
Director of Technology and Membership
Rebecca Edlund is a Colorado native. The granddaughter of a dairy farmer in Maryland, she was raised a city girl with a love and curiosity for creation. She came to us from Colorado Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and brings with her more than ten years of experience in office management and customer service. She is married to Hans and they live in northwest Denver where she favors her rapidly growing indoor garden. Together, they are active in their church and community.
Associate Director of County and Member Development
Kacie Sallee is a native Coloradan who was raised on her family's cow-calf ranch in Paonia, Colorado. Kacie attended the University of Wyoming where she received a B.S. in Agriculture Communications. She joined the CFB team after completing a fellowship with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. Kacie focuses on offering support to county farm bureaus, coordinates the young farmer and rancher programs and leads the execution of the Elite Leadership Academy. She now lives in Fowler, Colorado with her husband.
Jake Lebsack recently earned his Master of Public Policy at the University of Denver, where he specialized in security and agriculture policy. Prior to joining CFB, Jake was the marketing manager for the American Lamb Board. Before entering the agriculture world, Jake also gained experience in content creation, marketing and research.
Associate Director of County and Member Development
Brandon was born and raised in Colorado. He spent the first 18 years of life in Ft. Collins before moving to Grand Junction to get a degree in Political Science. Following graduation, Brandon went to work for Congressman Scott Tipton, and spent five years working for him. While working for him, he was able to get involved with Agriculture policy, and meet with numerous farmers and ranchers to hear first hand the issues they face on a day to day basis. At Colorado Farm Bureau he looks forward to continuing to assist farm bureau members moving forward.
Member Services Specialist
Originally from San Diego, CA, Vanessa Reyes has been enjoying Colorado for almost 6 years now. Her favorite activities are hiking in the summertime and visiting small Colorado towns all year round. It's a pleasure to join CFB and she is looking forward to working with members and learning all about the culture of agriculture.
Luke Munchrath is the most recent addition to the Farm Bureau Federation staff. He moved to Denver from Ft. Worth, Texas. Luke graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with an honors degree in communications. He has an emphasis in public relations and event management with a double minor in wildlife science and technical writing. For the past two years, he has been a consultant for his fraternity, FarmHouse. In his free time, Luke enjoys photography, hunting, fishing and being outside with his red heeler, Rue. Luke is excited to live out the values of the Farm Bureau and native Coloradans. He hopes to be a great asset to the Farm Bureau family.