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Ruth Coffey, Oklahoma

Ruth Coffey, and her husband, Chuck, fifth generation ranchers, and their children run the Double C Cattle Company in south central Oklahoma, a commercial cow-calf operation. In 2019, the Coffey's were awarded the Oklahoma Aldo Leopold Conservation Award and in 2020 they were the Region IV recipients of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association  Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). ESAP strives to recognize “outstanding stewardship practices and conservation achievements of U.S. cattle producers”. Both Ruth and Chuck have been active in the cattle industry for many years.

Prior to this position, Coffey served in the role of ANCW Region IV Director from 2020-2022 and served as a member on the ANCW Membership and Communications Committee. She was also named the ANCW Promoter of the Year in 2020, Oklahoma CattleWoman of the Year in 2019 and served as the OCW President from 2017-2019.

Her love for education began in her college years as she obtained a BA in Elementary Education and Art at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. After graduation, Coffey taught Art a few years and returned to Texas A&M to obtain a BS in Range Management. She married Chuck following her schooling and started a custom framing studio in Tishomingo, OK.  When the Coffey’s were given the opportunity by her father to live on the family ranch, they raised their children to be working participants on the ranch. After her last child entered school,  Coffey would return to teaching middle school art for a total of 15 years. She retired from teaching to focus on her family ranch and now devotes her time to supporting the beef community on a local, state and national level.

Coffey enjoys time spent outdoors with her horses, gardening,  and grandchildren. She is most looking forward to learning about the ways in which her fellow CattleWomen are leaving their ranching legacies to the next generations and building a working knowledge of different sectors within the U.S. cattle industry.

Nikki Weston, Utah

Raised in the urban setting of Watach Front near Salt Lake City, Nikki began her ranching experience when she married her high school sweetheart in 1994. Together they have raised 5 beautiful children and 2 grandchildren alongside their Black Angus cross cow-calf operation at Winecup Cattle Co., in Northern Utah and South Eastern Idaho.

Nikki is the immediate past Region VI Director of American National CattleWomen, past President of the Utah CattleWomen, and is currently serving on the Utah Beef Council. She was 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.

Weston’s first experience with the American National CattleWomen was during a Region VI meeting in St. George, Utah. She loved the passion for agriculture and the bond of sisterhood she felt there. Joining the Utah CattleWomen shortly after, Weston helped to establish the Utah Beef Ambassador Program. She has a immense passion for the youth of the agricultural industry and is excited to be working with her fellow CattleWomen to pave the way for the next generation of ranchers.


Casey Matzke, Texas

Casey Matzke was born and raised in Wharton, Texas. While her grandparents had a small herd of cattle, Casey spent most of her time on the softball field. After an injury sidelining her from playing college softball, Casey chose to finish her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University. Once there, she took an Animal Science class and her love for the industry blossomed. She quickly joined the Aggie Collegiate CattleWomen where she served as Treasurer and President.

While being involved at the Collegiate level, Casey got involved at the State and National level as well. For the past 8 years, she has served in positions from Vice President to her current position of Past President of Texas CattleWomen. During her time at the State level, she has helped with the creation of 11 new locals as well as helped implement a Grilling 101 program which she learned how to perform from her time interning at the Texas Beef Council. In 2018, she won Texas’s CattleWomen of the Year Award.

At the National level, Casey has served the last 5 years on the Board of Directors with three of those being an At-Large Member representation and two as her State’s Representative. She has also served on the Ways and Means Committee.

Casey graduated with her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Animal Science and Ag Economics. She is currently finishing her master’s degree at Texas A&M University in Animal Science.

Casey currently lives in Rosanky, Texas with her daughter who also has a love for the industry. She works for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, where every day she gets to share and promote her love for the industry. In her spare time, you can find her with a rod and reel in her hand on the coast, a book in her hand, or deep in the woods in a hunting stand with her daughter.

Pam Griffin, Arizona

Pamela was born in Anaheim, California surrounded by strawberry fields and orange groves. In 1974, the family moved to Glendale, Arizona then settling in Carefree. Both parents left agricultural roots. Her father’s family ran a farming and meat operation, and her mother’s side ran the family’s grain operation. Pamela grew up on what she considers a hobby farm with an array of livestock. As an adult, she worked in the legal field as well as commercial and residential real estate development. John and Pam live on his family’s third-generation 110-year-old cow/calf operation in Globe, Gila County, Arizona. Over a decade ago they began their own cow/calf business, X4 Cattle Company, LLC. They are also actively pursuing the custom beef industry.

She has served in numerous capacities, including President-Elect, Vice President of ANCW, past Region VI Director, Chairman of the Membership Committee, previous service on the Nominating Committee, sat on a sub-committee of Ways and Means, served as Arizona State Cowbelles President, Gila County Cowbelles President, and various committee member or board seats in the cattle industry within Arizona. She was appointed and served under past Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purdue as Chairman of the Arizona Farm Service Agency. Pam is a graduate of Project CENTRL for Arizona Rural Leadership Class XXIII. In 2019, she was the inaugural recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Arizona Woman Rancher.

Pamela currently serves as ANCW President, a Bylaws/Policies and Procedures Committee Member, Board of Trustees member for Arizona Cattle Industry Research and Education Foundation, President of Gila County Cowbelles, County Planning and Zoning Commissioner and a member of the Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation.

John and Pam have 7 children and 4 grandchildren who have all been involved in some aspect of agriculture and livestock. When time permits, Pam enjoys her garden, canning, quilting, cooking or baking and any opportunity to go fishing. Pamela believes that her involvement in the cattle industry comes with larger obligations and responsibilities, promotion of beef, education of our youth, supporting and lifting up women in this industry, learning from others, staying up-to-date on current events and becoming an active advocate in the industry by sharing her voice. She is truly humbled by and thankful for the opportunities that have presented themselves along her journey and the people who have mentored and welcomed her along the way.

ANCW’s 2024 Executive Committee

  • President: Ruth Coffey - Oklahoma
  • President-Elect: Nikki Weston - Utah
  • Vice President: Casey Matzke - Texas
  • Recording Secretary: Connie Tabor - Oklahoma
  • Executive Director: Ashley Hughes - Florida
  • Treasurer: Melinda Sarman - Nevada
  • Past President: Pam Griffin - Arizona
  • Region I Director: Brenda Kocher - Ohio
  • Region II Director: Beth Barber Jones - Tennessee
  • Region III Director: Debbie Chute – Minnesota
  • Region IV Director: Cheyenne Sparks – Oklahoma
  • Region V Director: Katharine Davis - Oregon
  • Region VI Director: Callie Martinez - California
  • Region VII Director: Rebecca Christensen – South Dakota
  • Chair of the Board of Directors: Leslee Lohrenz - Wyoming
  • Parliamentarian:  Wanda Pinnow - Montana

ANCW Past Presidents 1952-2021

  • 1952 – Mary Louise Lynman, Kansas
  • 1953 – Mattie Cowman, Arizona
  • 1954 – Marian Guthrie, California
  • 1955 – Arlene Watt, Wyoming
  • 1956 – Anna Dressler, Nevada
  • 1957 – Thelma Trego, Nebraska
  • 1958 – Yodie Burghart, Colorado
  • 1959 – Clelie Dekle, Louisiana
  • 1960 – Betty Smith, Oklahoma
  • 1961 – Azile Garrison, Montana
  • 1962 – Lois Claridge, Arizona
  • 1963 – Marie Tyler, North Dakota
  • 1964 – Ida Paxton, Nebraska
  • 1965 – Lourinda Wines, Nevada
  • 1966 – Viola Gouldin, Oregon
  • 1967 – Delores Finney, Oklahoma
  • 1968 – Maxine Larsen, Idaho
  • 1969 – Elizabeth Johnson, Wyoming
  • 1970 – Pat Stevenson, Arizona
  • 1971 – Florence Giorgi, California
  • 1972 – Phyllis Connolly, North Dakota
  • 1973 – Mary Kay Woodard, Ohio
  • 1974 – Irene Hoyt, Utah
  • 1975 – LaVonne Ater, Louisiana
  • 1976 – Evelyn Smith, Oregon
  • 1977 – Lucille Stone, Arizona
  • 1978 – Marie Holz, Iowa
  • 1979 – Rose Harris, Washington
  • 1980 – Connie Townsend, Montana
  • 1981 – Ann Woolley, Oklahoma
  • 1982 – June Bradley, Colorado
  • 1983 – Jo Berschet, Ohio
  • 1984 – Natalie McElroy, North Dakota
  • 1985 – Frances Owen, Texas
  • 1986 – Betty Bergner, Wyoming
  • 1987 – Gerda Hyde, Oregon
  • 1988 – Dorothy Vaugan, New Mexico
  • 1989 – Jeanette Barthle, Florida
  • 1990 – Jane Lindgren, Montana
  • 1991 – Phyllis Rothleutner, Nebraska
  • 1992 – Wilma Ackerman, Kansas
  • 1993 – Becky Terry, Texas
  • 1994 – Eleanore Jones, Wyoming
  • 1995 – Marilyn Weber, Colorado
  • 1996 – Betty Grum, Ohio
  • 1997 – Nancy Forth, Oregon
  • 1998 – Mary Henzel, Oklahoma/Kansas
  • 1999 – Janice Connelley, Nevada
  • 2000 – Kay Snyder, South Dakota
  • 2001 – Judy LaGrone, Arkansas
  • 2002 – Vicki Wilkinson, Arizona
  • 2003 – Patti Townsend, New Mexico/Oklahoma
  • 2004 – Susie Magnuson, Colorado
  • 2005 – Marlene Strickland, Florida
  • 2006 – Nancy Sterling Neuhauser, South Dakota  **
  • 2007 – Wendy Pettz, Arkansas
  • 2008 – Fita Witte, New Mexico
  • 2009 – Kristy Lage, Nebraska
  • 2010 – Lana Slaten, Alabama
  • 2011 – Jill Ginn, Texas
  • 2012 – Tammi Didlot, Oklahoma
  • 2013 – Barbara Jackson, Arizona
  • 2014 – Patti Buck, Colorado
  • 2015 – Melanie Fowle, California
  • 2016 – Ann Nogan, Pennsylvania
  • 2017 – Penny Zimmerman, Minnesota
  • 2018 – Gwen Geis, Wyoming
  • 2019 – Wanda Pinnow, Montana
  • 2020-2021 - Evelyn Greene, Alabama
  • 2022 - Reba Mazak, Florida


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