ANCW Leadership

President: Ann Nogan, Pennsylvania


Ann Nogan with her husband Jeff and two sons Dave and Ben, his wife Allie and son Levi own and operate Applewood Farm/Applewood Farm East located in beautiful Scott Township of Northeast Pennsylvania.   After completing college at Penn State University and Marywood University, their son’s recent return to the farm have the next generation active in all aspects of the operation.   They are BQA certified and the family farm is enrolled in the PA Preferred program in Pennsylvania.  In the spring Black Angus cows and calves are found in the rolling hills and the fields are planted with soybeans and corn.  The crops are harvested and fed to the cattle in the feedyard or sold as a cash crop.  The fed cattle are sold direct to Cargill, Wyalusing or JBS, Souderton in Pennsylvania.

Cropland is all under an approved conservation plan and best management practices include water diversions, catch basins, piped waterways, and stream crossings. The soybeans are planted no-till to reduce soil erosion.  Some of the corn is planted no-till, but most is planted in minimal till strips.

Ann Nogan currently serves as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Beef Excellence and President of the American National CattleWomen.  Active in many agricultural organizations, she has served on numerous boards.  Recently serving as an officer in the Pennsylvania CattleWomen’s Association, Executive Secretary of the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association, board member of the Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s Association, committee member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, American Angus Association, PA Soybean Association, PA Corn Growers Association.  She values the opportunities these membership based organizations provide for the beef industry.

As a member of her community, she believes the community benefits from the environmental issues addressed through on-farm conservation plans.  “Living in a rural area with the need to be able to expand our operation we focus on continually implementing practices that will not only benefit us, but also those in the community we are a part of.”  Nogan said, “Many appreciate the efforts we make to be a good neighbor and this is extremely important for us to be able for the next generation to continue farming.”


President-Elect:  Penny Zimmerman, Minnesota


Penny Zimmerman was elected the 65th President-Elect of the American National CattleWomen, Inc. (ANCW) during the organization’s 2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN, Penny treasured the week or two she spent every summer on her grandma and grandpa’s farm in central Minnesota.  Then after raising her four children, she turned to elementary teaching for 28 years.  As a 4-H leader and with her youngest son, then a senior in high school, along with an USDA employee, she helped to establish Poland’s first 4-H Clubs.

Penny and husband Bill raise Charolais, Angus, and Simmental seed stock. The Charolais cattle have been in Bill’s family since the late 1950’s.  In addition, each year they custom feed a few hundred steers and heifers.

Penny says about ANCW, “We can be proud of who we are and what we represent.”


Vice President: Gwen Geis, Wyoming

Gwen Geis

Gwen Geis from Gillette, WY is a fourth generation rancher in Campbell County and helping to operate the cow/calf operation of predominantly Angus cows with her husband Gerry and his brother and sister in-law on his family’s ranch. They run approximately 350 cow/calf pairs and she helps with all the daily operations. The operation also runs approximately 2500 head of sheep on an adjoining ranch that they lease.

She married and started her family early and hasn’t slowed down since. She has been involved with CattleWomen (Cowbelles) since high school and held all the offices at the local and state levels. She also has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for American National CattleWomen.  She completed the MBA program 5 years ago and is trained as a National Beef Speaker through the ANCW as well as being BQA certified.  She currently serves as Region Vice President of her area for the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association.

Gwen and her husband are also the owners of a small oilfield service business and are dealers for CowBos (a liquid cow feed) in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. She has taken numerous hours of college courses in the area of computers and computer programs.  When working off the ranch she has held jobs ranging from school bus driver to operations supervisor in a bank but has always been a part of the operations when and however needed.

Gwen enjoys spending time with her husband of 35 years and their three grown children and their spouses along with the 8 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She embraces the western way of life and ranching.


ANCW’s 2016 Executive Committee members:

  • President: Ann Nogan – Pennsylvania
  • President-Elect: Penny Zimmerman – Minnesota
  • Vice President: Gwen Geis – Wyoming
  • Recording Secretary: Shelia Bowen – California
  • Past President: Melanie Fowle – California
  • Region I Director: Jennie Hodgen – Indiana
  • Region II Director: Emily Dent – Alabama
  • Region III Director: Kasey Wallace – Iowa
  • Region IV Director: Debbie Gill – Texas
  • Region V Director: Jeannie Kiehn – Washington
  • Region VI Director: Annalyn Settelmeyer – Nevada
  • Region VII Director: Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig – North Dakota
  • Chair of the Board of Directors: Evelyn Brown – Alabama
  • Parliamentarian: Susie Magnuson – Colorado