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 | Debbie Gill
Debbie serves proudly as the current ANCW Region II Director and is the 2019 Past President of the Florida CattleWomen’s Association, where she continues to serve on a number of Committees on the FCW Executive Board. She currently serves on the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation Board and was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Florida CattleWomen of the Year Award in 2017. Debbie has been instrumental in bringing awareness of the importance of the Florida RanchWomen’s role in today’s Florida cattle families that produce Beef. With the support of the FCW she was able to highlight the Florida Working RanchWomen through a collection of wonderful promotional videos, highlighting Florida RanchWomen on Social media, and she is extremely proud of the beautiful display cabinet that was built with cypress wood from a heritage cattle families timber. It holds and preserves some of the most wonderful history items and achievements of Florida’s CowBells and CattleWomen. You can usually find Debbie on her cracker horse working in their cattle operations alongside her husband Anthony of 38 years. Whether working the cattle, preparing bookwork in the office, picking up parts, or just loving on one of her six beautiful grandchildren that help, she truly lives the life she says she is so blessed to have.
Her homestead in the small town of Fort Lonesome, Florida is designated by the State of Florida as a Century Pioneer Family Farm where generations have continued to work and live on the land for over 100+ years. Debbie is a Founding Member of Florida Agri-tourism, a partner in the Fresh from Florida program, and a member of Florida Farm Bureau. Besides her families commercial cow/calf operation, she also runs a UPick Florida Peach Orchard where she host Ag-Farm Tours and hands on classroom Agriculture field trips. Debbie works closely with her family in their Ag environmental company that relocates Gopher Tortoises and other endangered species to large ranch properties within the state of Florida, and she also host some of the most beautiful weddings through Florida Agri-tourism at her Southern Grace Venue on Lonesome g Ranch.
One of Debbie’s favorite committees that she co-chair’s is the FCW “Beef for the Holiday’s” where amazing Florida CattleWomen from across the state sponsor the children of the Hope Children’s Home by giving Christmas gifts to all the children of the home, she also works with the Florida CattleWomen and Cattlemen to raise monetary funds for FCW to present Beef Certificates to the Children's Home so they are able to purchase enough Ground Beef for the Children's meals throughout the entire year.
Debbie is very dedicated to her faith, family, and has a servants heart to others. Debbie is dedicated to always promoting the Beef industry through FCW, ANCW, and her everyday life, as she knows the seeds she plants today in her Beef promotion is the future growth of what her hopes for her grandchildren’s families will be for generations to come.
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 | Ruth Coffey
Ruth Coffey comes from a fourth generation farming and ranching family. From childhood she has been an active part of her family's operation. Ruth and her husband, Chuck, are blessed to have all their three children married and enjoy two grandchildren so far.
Throughout Ruth's life, she has owned and operated a framing business, taught art to middle school students, served as a Cub Scout, Weblo leader, 4 H leader, and Sunday School teacher through the years. As her children have grown up working on the ranch, she has tried to teach them the importance of preserving the land, improving livestock practices, and ensuring a legacy to leave for future generations as they they grow up.
Recently, Ruth has served as a member of the ANCW Membership and Communications Committee and served a two year term as Oklahoma Cattle Women's President. She is honored to have received the ANCW Promoter of the Year, OCW Cattlewoman of the Year, and OCW Presidential Appreciation Award.
Region V | Angela Whitlock
Born and raised in a suburban area in Baltimore County, Maryland, Angela moved onto a farm upon marrying George almost 37 years ago. George and Angela are proud parents of six children and eight grandchildren. They were blessed with our first great-grandchild in late November (2020).
Growing up in the suburbs, cows were animals in fields as they drove by. When she married George, cattle became a little more personal. They are ‘first generation cattle ranchers’, neither being raised on a farm or ranch. They now have three generations living on and working the ranch. They raise Polled Herefords/Herefords and grow enough hay to feed them. Irrigation is a full time job in the summer.
In MD, Angela was involved with MD Poll-ettes, the women’s side of the Polled Hereford Association, serving as Secretary, Vice President and President. In 1998, when they moved to WY, she was voted Area 12 Director for the National Organization of Poll-ettes. During her four years as Area Director, she served as Secretary one year and was either a member or chair of various committees.
In 1999, Angela was invited to attend a Cody Country CattleWomen’s meeting and has been an active member ever since. She has served as Secretary, Vice President and President, multiple times as well as being active on many committees, including scholarship.
When their children graduated from college, she became more active in WY CattleWomen, serving as Secretary, Vice President (2 times) and President (2 times.) While serving as Vice President, she attended her first ANCW meeting. As she attended ANCW meetings, she tried to learn as much as she could. Angela really liked the programs and promoting all beef not a specific breed. She was asked to serve on the Membership Committee, and continued serving when it became the Membership & Communications Committee. She really enjoyed participating at a Metro cooking show. This was a great way to showcase beef and interact with the public. In 2017, she became the Parliamentarian at the request of Penny Zimmerman. Angela became the Region V Director in January of 2018, and is now starting the last year of my term, serving through 2021. Angela has served as Co-Chair on the By-Laws, Policies and Procedures, and Resolution Committee, a member of the Legislative Committee and has completed the Masters of Beef Advocacy, including Beef Quality Assurance, and Women’s Leadership programs.
Angela's activities outside of the beef industry include being active in her church, Christ Episcopal. She loves being a member of the Bell Choir, and active on the Fellowship Committee, having served as Chair several years and the Communion Bread Bakers committee for the past 20 years.
Locally, Angela is am a member of the Irma Flats Mothers’ Club, an organization that is over 100 years old and PEO Chapter D. She have served in various capacities in these organizations including Secretary, Vice President and President.
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.