American National CattleWomen Announce 2017 Leadership

Penny Zimmerman takes lead of ANCW


Members of the American National CattleWomen, Inc., gathered in Nashville, Tenn., for their annual convention. The ANCW meetings were held January 30-31 in conjunction with the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.

One of the many highlights of the annual convention was the selection and installation of the ANCW leadership for the coming year. ANCW’s 2017 executive committee consists of 15 members including officers and region directors.

Leading the CattleWomen as the organization’s 66th president is Penny Zimmerman, Foley, Minn. Zimmerman is the first-ever ANCW president from Minnesota. She and her husband Bill own and operate One Penny Ranch, a Charolais, Angus, Simmental seedstock herd in north central Minnesota. They also custom feed a few hundred steers and heifers annually. Last spring Penny retired from 28 years of teaching elementary students. The theme for Zimmerman’s year as president is “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much,” a quote from Hellen Keller.

Advancing to president-elect from vice president is Gwen Geis, Gillette, Wyo. Geis is a fourth generation rancher and helps operate their cow-calf operation of predominately Angus cows with her husband Gerry, and his brother and sister-in-law on his family’s ranch. The ranching operation also consists of a 2,500 head flock of sheep. Other business ventures for Gwen and her husband include owning a small oilfield service business and dealers for CowBos, a liquid cow feed.

Elected to the leadership team as vice president and beginning her three-year assent to president is Wanda Pinnow, Baker, Mont. She is a full-time rancher at Bracket Butte Ranch, part-time volunteer, wife, mother, and grandmother. Pinnow has a passion for legislative action and policy. She has been very active in ANCW’s legislation committee serving as the policy alerts and actions working group manager.

Ann Nogan, Tompkinsville, Penn., completed her year as the 65th ANCW president and now remains on the executive committee as past president. Nogan’s excellent leadership was vital to the success of ANCW as the organization embraced new opportunities and focus this past year.

Rounding out the officer team are Recording Secretary Jennifer Scharpe, Westminster, Colo., and Parliamentarian Angela Whitlock, Cody, Wyo. These two positions are appointed by the president.

The seven region directors also serve on ANCW’s executive committee. Serving as region directors for 2017 are: 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, and Region VII Director Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig, North Dakota.

The two additional members of the executive committee include Becca Lasich and Tammi Didlot, both of Oklahoma. Lasich is the chair of the ANCW Board of Directors. Didlot is the ways and means chair and chief financial officer.

The American National CattleWomen, Inc., consists of nearly 1,000 members from across the United States and has a 65-year history of uniting women in agriculture to focus on its core concepts of beef promotion, education, and legislation. Several membership levels are available including basic, junior, collegiate, and lifetime, as well as sustaining, associate, and state affiliate. By joining ANCW, members become part of a professional networking group who strongly support the cattle industry and America’s agriculture community to reach consumers and cattle producers across the country and to impact policy and trade. For more information about ANCW or to join today, visit