Beef Board Leadership

Officers of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board are elected by fellow board members and serve as volunteers. Please click on the name of the member to view their profile and contact information. You may contact the Beef Board office if you wish to be put in contact with any of the officers or the staff CEO.


Joan Ruskamp and her husband, Steve, operate a feedlot and row-crop farm west of Dodge, Nebraska, that has been in Steve's family for more than 100 years. On the farm, Joan's main jobs include walking pens, cattle doctoring/ processing, and office manager. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Curtis, where she earned an associate degree in veterinary medicine in 1980. Joan has been very active in the beef industry, with service to organizations including the Dodge County Cattlemen, Nebraska Cattlemen, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, American National CattleWomen; Nebraska Farm Bureau and Nebraska Soybean Association. In addition, she has been a 4-H leader for 26 years, an EMT for 16 years, and a religious education teacher for 30 years. Joan currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Cattleman’s Beef Board (CBB) and has co-chaired the Innovation and Taste committees of the CBB. Joan is on the committee for the annual Ag-Ceptional Women's Conference held in Norfolk, NE; is an alum of the Nebraska LEAD program; and volunteers for CommonGround. Joan and Steve have been married for 36 years and have five children, three sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.


Chuck Coffey is a fifth-generation rancher who grew up on a ranch in the hill country of Harper, Texas. He proudly earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in range science from Texas A&M and now has three children, all of whom attend Oklahoma State University. Chuck taught agriculture at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla. after completing his master's in 1985, eventually chairing the department there, until he joined the Noble Foundation as a pasture and range consultant in 1993. He is extremely passionate about ranching and feels blessed to be able to work on the ranch every day, especially after a serious horseback-riding accident that threatened to leave him paralyzed before several surgeries and months and months of rehabilitation. With a wealth of activities on and off of the ranch at any given time, Chuck says he has learned that "staying busy keeps you young."


Jared lives and runs a cow-calf/stocker operation in southern Idaho. He is a fifth-generation rancher. He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in agricultural economics and is a diehard Aggie football fan. He also is a past president of the Idaho Cattlemen's Association and continues to serve on a number of other livestock committees and boards.

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Stuart has been a part of the livestock industry his entire life, having grown up on his family's commercial cow/calf ranch in north-central Colorado and later in northwest Montana. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Business and Economics from Colorado State University, and attended Law School at the University of Wyoming for a short time. In 1988, Scott began his 30-year career with National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA). For four years, he maintained a position of managing the NLPA commodity futures brokerage, and in 1992 was named CEO. From 2009 to 2018, he served as managing director for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, and since 2012, has held the position of director of administrative services for the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. On February 1, 2018, Scott took his position as CEO of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB). He and his wife Katie reside outside of Colorado Springs and they have two grown sons, Sam and James. Scott also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, one of the nation's Top 10 professional rodeos.