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LEADERSHIP

Boyd Heilig, President

Boyd was born in Havre, Montana but has spent the majority of his life on a beautiful farm just south of Moore.  He split his high school days between Moore and Hobson before heading to Montana State in Bozeman. Boyd received his bachelors degree in AG Business in 1994 then returned home to the farm. He is a proud father of two children Hailey and Hayden. He is also proud to be a grandpa of two beautiful granddaughters Kali Rose and Ella Lynn. Boyd has a passion for the game of Basketball and was a coach for the Moore Bulldogs and Tri-City Titans for 9 years. He was also on the Central Ag Research Advisory Committee for 4 years. In the off times he works as an Independent Crop Adjuster. His hobbies include playing golf and promoting Agriculture with MGGA.

Klayton Lohr, Vice President

Klayton Lohr is a 4th generation farmer, born and raised on the Lohr family’s original homestead south of Devon, Montana. Klayton had the opportunity to lease a neighboring farm in 2014 and started farming with his dad until 2019 when he took over his family’s farm as well. In doing so, Klayton has received an education in experience, and by attending informative cropping seminars and conventions like the MGGA’s Annual Convention. MGGA is especially important to Klayton as his Great Uncle Ray Lohr was on the founding board of MGGA in 1956. Klayton has served on the Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee and currently serves as a director on the US Durum Growers Association board. Klayton farms 3,000 acres with the occasional help of his parents and siblings, raising durum, spring wheat, barley, pulses and grain hay.

Steve Sheffels, Trasurer

Born in Bozeman and raised in Great Falls and Glasgow, Steve has been farming on his family’s farm NE of Great Falls since 2007. Steve worked summers on the farm from junior high through the first round of college. He has an electrical engineering degree from MSU and an MBA from the University of Washington. Prior to returning to farming, Steve worked for 20 years on the west coast in the aviation and high-tech industries. Steve and his wife Michele are proud parents of Taylor, Nathan, Nicole and granddaughter Mackenzie. He has proudly served on the MGGA board since 2016.

Dale Flikkema, Secretary

Dale Flikkema is a MGGA Director and farms outside of Bozeman with his wife and daughters. He is 4th generation on his family farm. They run a cow-calf operation and raise a vast variety of crops, including alfalfa, barley, canola, corn, peas, sunflowers, wheat, and hemp. Dale is the Board President of the Pacific Northwest Canola Association, a Board member of the US Canola Association, and a Farmer’s Canal Board Member

Nathan Keane, Past President

Nathan Keane grew up in the suburbs of St. Paul, MN married a farmer’s daughter and has farmed with his father-in-law, Kerry Upham, on a 4th generation homestead near Loma, Montana. With a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Northwestern in Saint Paul and a background in sales, Nathan brings this experience to the family farm as it has transitioned from primarily winter and spring wheat crops to growing a host of alternative crops. He and his wife, Dianna, have three young children. Nathan serves on several community boards and is the current District 5 Grain Grower’s board member and holds the President officer position. In his free time, he enjoys snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and playing music.

Nathan is currently running for Secretary of the National Association of Wheat Growers.  Elections will take place at Annual Convention in conjunction of Commodity Classic in Houston in March.

STAFF

Alison Vergeront, Executive Vice President

Alison was raised in Polson, Montana, where the mountains, trees and lake are a plenty. She currently lives in Great Falls with her husband and his daughter and they welcomed a miracle baby, Ledger in 2023.  Alison has long been passionate about rural life; 4H, farming and ranching. She served as a Senate Page in both the Montana Senate and the United States Senate during high school. Alison later staffed during a couple legislative sessions in Helena and then served as the Ag Liaison & North Central Montana Field Representative for U.S. Senator Steve Daines for six years. She enjoys golfing, playing with their Cockapoo, attending church and agvocating for Montana grain.

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Shawna Severson, Office Manager/Event Coordinator

Shawna was born in Butte and moved to Great Falls Montana at a young age where she currently resides.  She married her high school sweetheart and they have two daughters and one son that keep them on their toes.  Shawna is always up for any excuse to bring people together and has a lengthy background in event coordinating not only as a hobby for friends and family, but for various professional events as well.  She came to Montana Grain Growers Association after a thirteen year endeavor for a company in the pipeline industry as a Project Coordinator and Estimator.  She enjoys concerts, attending her children’s extracurricular events, making new connections in any setting, camping, fishing, traveling, and football is her favorite season.  

Loree Morgan, Bookkeeper

Loree was raised in Butte, and attended Concordia College in Portland, OR, where she earned an AA with emphasis on Accounting. She worked for a bank, a local CPA and a doctor prior to joining the Montana Grain Growers Association staff as bookkeeper in 2006. Loree and her husband have 4 adult children and one grandchild. She is active in her church and also enjoys camping with family and friends.