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Our Team

CFB Staff Members

Taylor (Lobato) Szilagyi

Executive Vice President

Taylor (Lobato) Szilagyi

Executive Vice President

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 works across departments to ensure the voice of Colorado agriculture is heard far and wide while representing the organization, it's members and the industry.

Ashley House

Vice President of Strategy and Advocacy

Ashley House

Vice President of Strategy and Advocacy

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.

Jayde VanCleave

Director of Organization and Leadership Development

Jayde VanCleave

Director of Organization and Leadership 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.

Kacie Sallee

Director of Leadership Development

Kacie Sallee

Director of Leadership 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.

Anneliese Phippen

Associate Director of Membership & Operations

Anneliese Phippen

Associate Director of Membership & Operations

Anneliese Phippen is originally from Sedalia, CO and brings valuable experience from her time in camping ministry in central Oregon, time with Douglas County Farm Bureau, and her 8-year tenure with the National Western Stock Show.

Melissa Weaver

Director of Communications

Melissa Weaver

Director of Communications

Melissa came to Colorado from North Carolina. Prior to Colorado Farm Bureau, her experience has been in local government and private Christian schools. She served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for two years at the school, and as the Communications Specialist for four years with the City of Kannapolis. Melissa doesn't come from agriculture, but she is quickly becoming passionate about all things ag and is looking forward to learning more about farmers and ranchers.

Luke Munchrath

Associate Director of Digital Communications

Luke Munchrath

Associate Director of Digital Communications

Luke Munchrath 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.

Tim Miller

State Affairs Director

Tim Miller

State Affairs Director

Tim Miller came from the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, where he led the external relations team. Originally from Minnesota, Tim brings a wealth of experience in associations and public policy, having worked on state affairs at the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Neurology.

Travis Grant

Associate Director of Outreach and Communications

Travis Grant

Associate Director of Outreach and Communications

Travis came to Colorado Farm Bureau from the office of Congressman Ken Buck. He worked in legislative offices from 2019-2023, serving rural communities for State Representative Rod Pelton and Congressman Ken Buck. Travis's career has focused on representing rural communities in policy and constituent services, from agriculture to oil and gas, to rural healthcare. Before his work in these legislative offices, Travis grew up on the Eastern Plains of Colorado and attended Colorado State University to study Political Science with a focus on agriculture.

Brandon Bainer

Associate Director of Leadership Development

Brandon Bainer

Associate Director of Leadership 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.

Evan Eaves

Executive Assistant

Evan Eaves

Executive Assistant