Meet our Staff

Thank you for your interest in Ranchland Trust of Kansas. We look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to stop by our office or just give us a call if you need anything. Our staff contact information can be seen below. 

 


Mike Beam | Executive Director
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                     Mike Beam was raised on a diversified grain and livestock farm in north central Kansas that his parents and brother’s family continue to own and operate. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University, and has been employed by the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) for over 30 years. Beam’s current KLA duties include governmental affairs activities and association services for the association’s cow-calf and stocker producer members. The charter board of directors for RTK designated Beam as its first Executive Director and Secretary-Treasurer of the organization on October 1, 2003. He continues to serve in this capacity, in addition to his Senior Vice President responsibilities with KLA. Beam has earned his “Certified Association Executive” designation from the American Society of Association Executives. He is a past president of the Committee of Kansas Farm Organizations, the Kansas Society of Association Executives and past Chair of the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City. He is married to Shari Bennett and has two grown daughters.                                                             


Samantha Weishaar | Associate Director

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         Samantha Weishaar joined RTK as associate director in July, 2013. A graduate of Kansas State University (2012), she earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture, majoring in agricultural communications and journalism. She grew up on a hog farm near Wheaton, KS. Her family also owns and operates Kohman Hunting Preserve and Lodge. As a student at K-State, Samantha was involved in National Agri-Marketing Association, served as advertising manager for the Kansas State Agriculturist magazine and volunteered for state FFA conventions. She also volunteers at Cool Springs Golf Course in Onaga, Kansas and manages Cool Springs’ social media. At RTK, Samantha will focus on developing and maintaining public communication programs including the web site, newsletter, news releases, social media and informational publications; coordinate fundraising activities, plan events, and assist staff and board members with RTK’s program of voluntary land preservation. Samantha, her husband Wes, and son Will, live in Silver Lake, KS. Together they enjoy golfing and playing other sports, attending K-State athletic events, hunting, and spending time with family and their dogs Dax and Blair. 

 

Stephanie Manes | Smoky Hills Coordinator
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         Stephanie Manes joined RTK as the Smoky Hills Project Coordinator in early 2009. A graduate of Oklahoma State University (1999), she holds undergraduate and Master’s degrees in wildlife ecology and management and rangeland ecology, and has been a professional member of The Wildlife Society and Society for Range Management for 20 years. Between 1999 and 2007, she was employed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to coordinate Farm Bill conservation programs and deliver funding to private ranchers to implement grazing plans, prescribed burning and habitat restoration on over 30,000 acres in Oklahoma and Kansas. In addition to co-authoring and collaborating on research papers on eastern wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, wood storks, wolverine and prairie-chicken, Manes has also been instrumental in the development of the North American Grouse Partnership, the first national organization to specifically address grouse conservation. Since 2009, Manes has been employed by RTK as the coordinator of the first voluntary conservation offset project for a wind energy facility in the nation. Stephanie, her husband Rob, and their two young children live south of Wamego, KS.