WSGA Board
WSGA Staff


Jim Wilson - President
Niels Hansen – First Vice President
Gwen Geis – Region I Vice President
(Sheridan, Crook, Campbell & Weston Counties)
Scott Sims– Region II Vice President
(Albany, Platte, Goshen & Laramie Counties)
Dustin Cushman– Region III Vice President
(Natrona, Johnson, Converse & Niobrara Counties)
Joe Nield– Region IV Vice President
(Teton, Sublette, Lincoln, Uinta, Sweetwater & Carbon Counties)
John Griffin– Region V Vice President
(Park, Big Horn, Washakie, Hot Springs & Fremont Counties)


Jim Magagna, Executive Vice President
Jim is a native of Rock Springs and a lifelong sheep rancher in southwestern Wyoming. He has served as President of the American Sheep Industry Association and President of the National Public Lands Council. He has represented agriculture on numerous national, state and local councils and advisory boards. Prior to assuming the position of Executive Vice President of WSGA, he served as Director of the Wyoming Office of StateLands and Investments. Jim took over the reigns at WSGA in December of 1998.

Call on Jim for: Issue-related questions, comments and updates related to state or national agriculure issues, and information/input on the Association's policies and directives.

Vera Lightfoot, Office Manager

Vera was born and raised in Kemmerer, Wyoming. She and her husband Michael moved to Cheyenne in July of 1998 to be closer to their daughters who live in Fort Collins, CO. The Lightfoot’s have two daughters, four grand-daughters and one grand-son. Vera joined the Wyoming Stock Growers in January of 1999.

Call on Vera for: Membership questions, accounts payable/receivable, convention registrations, and general inquiries about the day-to-day activities of the Association.

Haley Lockwood, Communication, Publications and Programs Director

Haley LockwoodHaley is a native of Big Piney, Wyoming where she grew up on the family ranch in western Wyoming. While at home on the ranch she was active in the historic Green River Drift as well as 4-H for ten years, showing horses and beef cattle. She is a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Agricultural Communications. Throughout her college career she was an active member of various Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) such as the UW Range Club, UW Ranch Horse Team, UW Food Science Club, and served as vice president for the Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association in 2012 and 2013. Haley began work with WSGA on May 20th and has recently been selected as a Fellow in Class XIII of the Wyoming L.E.A.D. Program. Contact Haley

Call on Haley for: Publications (e-BULLetin & No Bull Sheet), news and media relations, social media efforts,, and the Wyoming Ag Ownership Network (WAGON) Program.Taking over from Kosha: Inquiries about special events and programs, and partnership opportunities.

Liz Lauck, Editor Cow Country Magazine

Liz worked for the Wyoming Stock Growers for four years as the Communication and Publications Director. She Liz Laucknow works beside her husband, Tyler on their family farm in Wheatland, Wyo. and helps WSGA with various events throughout the year.

Call on Liz for: Advertising and content for Cow Country Magazine

Kosha Olsen, Former WSGA Employee
& Contractor for Grants and WSGA OutReach Internship Program
We are happy to announce that Kosha is expecting twins in January. She has left WSGA to care for her children and raise a wonderful family. We will miss her, but look forward to watching her family grow! Best of luck to you, Kosha!

Kosha was born and raised on a farm/ranch outside of Albin, Wyoming. She attended college at NorthwestCollege in Powell, WY and Kean University in Union, NJ and earned a B.A. in Communications. After working for two years on a ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills, she moved to Cheyenne in 2003 in order to marry her husband Brian. She began working at WSGA in October of 2003.

Call on Kosha for: Grants and WSGA Outreach Internship information