ANCW Leadership

President: Penny Zimmerman, Minnesota


Penny Zimmerman was elected the 66th President-Elect of the American National CattleWomen, Inc. (ANCW) during the organization’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN.

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.”


Foley beef producer is new ANCW president –

5 questions with … Penny Zimmerman, President, American National CattleWomen, Foley, Minn. – AgWeek


President Elect: Gwen Geis, Wyoming


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.


Vice President: Wanda Pinnow, Montana


Wanda Pinnow and her husband Craig own and operate the 3rd generation ranch originally homesteaded by Craig’s Grandfather in Baker, MT, the ranch is in the Southeastern part of the State.   They run a cow/calf operation with a few sheep on the side; the only crop they put up is dry land forage.  They have three children, Alexiss Miller (Brandon), Amber Hurley (Steven) of Baker, and Leevon (Maria) Pinnow of Colstrip.  They also feel blessed with eight grandchildren.

Wanda has been an active 4-H leader for over 23 years.  She served on the MT State 4-H Leaders Council from 1998-2002, where she was on the committee that designed the Mt 4-H license plate.  Wanda served on the Fallon County Fair board from March of 2006 to Oct of 2015. Served as county election judge for 18 years.

Wanda is a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Baker where she has taught Religious education since 1991.  Wanda has been a member of Court St Monica #1994 as a Junior Catholic Daughter and currently as a Senior Catholic Daughter.  Wanda has served on St. John’s Parish Council as President/Secretary for the past 10 years.

Wanda joined Baker CowBelles and Montana CattleWomen in 1996. She became a District Director in 1998, served as Beef Education Director from 2002-2008, and served as Vice president from 2008-2010. She then became the President-Elect from 2010-2012, served as the Montana CattleWomen’s President 2012-2014.  From 2014 – 2016 served as Immediate Past President for MT CattleWomen. Wanda is a member of the American National CattleWomen (1998) and has served as ANCW Membership Chairman for two years. She is working group manager of the ANCW Legislative Policy and Resolutions Working Group.

In her spare time, (if she is not with her grand children) you will find her on a golf course trying to improve her game.


ANCW’s 2017 Executive Committee members:

  • President: Penny Zimmerman – Minnesota
  • President-Elect: Gwen Geis – Wyoming
  • Vice President: Wanda Pinnow – Montana
  • Recording Secretary: Jennifer Scharpe – Colorado
  • Past President: Ann Nogan – Pennsylvania
  • 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: Pam Griffin – Arizona
  • Region VII Director: Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig – North Dakota
  • Chair of the Board of Directors: Becca Lasich – Oklahoma
  • Parliamentarian: Angela Whitlock – Wyoming