MSCA announces leadership change

Published 6:17 am Tuesday, October 15, 2019

MAPLE PLAIN – Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association (MSCA) executive director Ashley Kohls announced her resignation and plans to leave the organization at the end of October to pursue other opportunities within the beef industry. Kohls joined the organization in 2014 and became the fifth executive director to lead the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association during its 47-year history. Her last day will be Oct. 31, 2019.

“I’m grateful for all of the people I’ve met during my time with MSCA,” she said. “The network of cattlemen and professionals I’ve gotten to work with has done great things for the members of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association. I’m excited for the next chapter of my life and plan to remain an active part of the association!”

“Though we are sad to see Ashley moving on to other opportunities, we are thankful for the strides we have made during her tenure with our organization.” Said MSCA President Mike Landuyt. “As we begin the search to fill the executive director position, we are excited to find a candidate that can help continue to build upon our strong past.”

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MSCA will immediately begin the search for a new executive director. The executive director serves as chief staff of the MSCA and reports directly to the MSCA Board of Directors. Current priorities of the executive director include, but are not limited to, working with MSCA’s contract lobbyist in managing state issues, monitoring state and federal policy issues, organizing meetings and events, and connecting with and recruiting new members. This is a contract-based position.  For a complete job description and information about how to apply for the executive director position visit

In the interim, MSCA business inquires can be directed to MSCA Business Manager Katie Davis at 763-479-1011 or at