Jodi Jordan of Rensselaer, Indiana, is the ANCW Region I Director. Jodi grew up on her family’s Hereford ranch near Hardin, Montana. After attending Clarendon College in Texas as part of the livestock judging team, and ultimately graduating from Oklahoma State University, she worked for several years at the American Hereford Association in Kansas City, MO. Jodi and her husband Toby, along with his family, own and operate Waukaru Shorthorns, Inc. Waukaru sells registered seedstock, has a growing freezer beef business, raises corn and soybeans, and operates a small feed dealership. Toby and Jodi’s four incredible children, Jack, Chloe, Charlotte and Jemma are the sixth generation of Jordans to live in their farmhouse at Waukaru. Since moving to Indiana, Jodi has become a registered nurse, and served on organizations such as the Indiana Beef Cattle Association executive committee, local Junior Achievement board of directors and the county 4H Council. In addition to serving as Region Director, Jodi has served on the ANCW Membership and Communications committees, edited the quarterly print newsletter, serves on the PR and the trade show booth committees, and writes the E-Moos. Jodi is most passionate about her family, raising cattle, and promoting the beef industry. She is grateful for the many friendships with and opportunity to learn from Cattlewomen from across the country, and looks forward to continuing to promote this incredible organization.
Region II | Beth Barber Jones - Bio and Photo coming soon
Region III | Debbie Chute
Debbie Chute lives in Central Minnesota near the small town of Aitkin, amongst the lakes, rivers and forests that make our part of the state a busy tourist destination. She is lifelong Minnesotan and other than her time spent attending vocational school, Debbie has lived in Aitkin County her entire life. Debbie and her husband John own a cow-calf farm. They have three grown children living in three different states. They raise their cattle from pasture to plate direct marketing farm fresh beef to customers, some of whom have been returning for over 30 years. They are in their 40th year of selling farm fresh beef.
Debbie has been involved with Minnesota CattleWomen for over 20 years serving as Membership Chair, Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect, on numerous committees, and just completed a two-year term as Minnesota’s President. She has attended ANCW Region meetings, ANCW Annual Meetings, NCBA Legislative Conference and a National Beef Cook-Off event hosted in South Dakota.
Debbie is a graduate of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program (MARL), a leadership development program for active and engaged adult agricultural and rural leaders in Minnesota. Debbie serves on the MARL Alumni Committee. She currently is a board member for their county farm bureau federation serving as Secretary/Treasurer. Debbie has a full-time off farm job at our rural electric cooperative as their Executive Assistant.
Debbie has wanted to be more involved with American National CattleWomen for years. She is looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone at Region III and ANCW events.
Region IV | Ddee Haynes
Ddee Haynes grew up in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma with a background in horses, hay and cattle. She received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a business option from Oklahoma State University. Ddee is a Technical sales Rep for Multimin USA covering western Oklahoma and western Kansas. Ddee resides in Hydro, a small dot on the map in western Oklahoma. Ddee’s family includes: husband Mitchell, daughters Melissa, Hattie, son-in-law Reno, grandson Owen and granddaughter Kodi Belle.
Ddee believes a girl can never have too many horses or too many boots and life is to short not to laugh till you snort!
Ddee’s motto: Do what you say, and say what you mean.
Region V | Katherine Bruce
I am a fifth-generation rancher and a proud mother of three children, Bryndon (age 20), Madeline (14), and Garrett (10). I am honored to have served as Klamath County CattleWomen President (2013-2104), Area Vice President for the Oregon CattleWomen and President 2015-2016, and on ANCW committees including past Membership Chair. In addition to my home and cattlewomen responsibilities, I currently represent Oregon beef producers on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Board. In 2017 I was presented with the Oregon
CattleWomen of the Year award and in 2019, was honored with the ANCW CattleWomen of the Year award. I see ranch women as a driving force behind ranching families and believe that as CattleWomen, we should work together to promote the beef industry and our way of life. When not volunteering my time for the beef industry, herding kids or cows, I manage my family's cattle ranch and work as a Soil Conservationist for NRCS. Through my career, I assist farmers and ranchers with conservation projects, research water rights and develop cattle, grazing and long-term management plans. I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and Ranch Management from Oregon State University and a Master of Science degree in Agriculture from Washington State University. Born in Yuma, Arizona, I graduated from Yuma High School, home of the Criminal’s. Growing up, we spent the school year in Yuma and summers at the Gerber Ranch in Bonanza, Oregon riding the range with my family moving cows through the Gerber Block. I am a strong advocate for the preservation of family ranches through succession planning, enabling ranch legacies to be passed from one generation to the next. Raising children on horseback teaches them to appreciate the results of a hard day’s work as well as their natural surroundings. There is little that can replace the lessons learned from growing your own food and pulling a breeched calf in order to make ends meet. Ranch kids know that food does not come from the store. I am an avid advocate, gardener, irrigator, and full-time mom who enjoys fishing, camping, hiking and traveling. I look forward to brandings and cattle drives with my kids where as a mom, I can provide them tools they’ll need to be tomorrow’s beef producers.
Region VI | Nikki Weston
Nikki Weston’s first experience with the American National CattleWomen was a Region VI meeting in St George, Utah. She loved the passion for agriculture and the bond of sister ship she felt there. She joined the Utah CattleWomen and helped establish the Utah Beef Ambassador Program. Nikki and her family own Winecup Cattle Co., a working ranch going back 7 generations that runs Black Angus cross cattle in Utah and Idaho.
Nikki is the immediate past President of the Utah CattleWomen Association, Region VI Director of American Cattlewomen’s Association, and has served as Vice Chair on the Utah Beef Council.
Nikki is President and Co-founder of West Sky Technology, LLC, focused on making life easier for ranchers by using technology to improve ranch management and herd value to enhance ranching as a way of life.
Nikki has a B.S. from Utah State University in Biology/Public Health with emphasis in Industrial Hygiene and a Chemistry minor. She has experience teaching science and health at Rich High School. She is married and mother of 5 beautiful well-adjusted children.
Region VII | Shirley Thompson
Shirley grew up on a diversified beef and farming operation north of Sioux Falls, SD. She attended South Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in Animal Science. Shirley started a career in animal health with Pfizer now Zoetis in 2004 as part of the beef sales team. She lives near Mitchell, South Dakota with her husband, David, and their four children.