The American Angus Association® announced new members and officers for its Board of Directors during the 130th Annual Meeting of Delegates in Louisville, Ky. Those serving the Association for three-year terms are: Thomas Burke, Smithville, Mo.; John Elbert Harrell, Opelika, Ala.; Leo McDonnell, Billings, Mont.; John Pfeiffer, Mulhall, Okla.; and Kevin Yon, Ride Spring, S.C. Harrell, McDonnell, Pfeiffer and Yon are serving their second term on the Board.
Gordon Stucky, Kingman, Kan., was elected as the new Association president and Board of Directors chairman. He succeeds Phil Trowbridge, Ghent, N.Y. Cathy Watkins, Middletown, Ind., was chosen by delegates to serve as Association vice president and Board of Directors vice chairman. Jim Sitz, Dillon, Mont., will serve as the 2013-2014 treasurer.
A total of 311 elected delegates from 42 states and Canada represented Association members during the Annual Meeting of Delegates, held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC) in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Super-Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show.
2013-2014 American Angus Association Officers
As the Association’s newly elected president and chairman, Gordon Stucky will help guide the course for the business breed and its more than 25,000 members across the United States and Canada. Most recently, Stucky served as vice president and vice chairman of the board. He and his family own Stucky Ranch, west of Wichita, Kan.
Stucky’s roots in Kingman County trace back to 1937, when his parents established a diversified crop and livestock operation. Stucky began the transition to a registered Angus cattle herd in 1976. After graduating from Kansas State University with an animal science degree, he returned to the ranch to fulfill his lifelong commitment to the Angus breed.
Stucky has four children: Jesse, Jacob, Elizabeth and Jonas.
Cathy Watkins, the incoming Association vice president and Board of Directors vice chairman, has been a dedicated leader for the Angus breed for several years, including serving as Association treasurer in 2012-2013.
Watkins and her husband, Bob, raise Angus cattle at Beaver Ridge Farm in east central Indiana. They also work with Schaff Angus Valley in St. Anthony, N.D., which is one of the oldest on-going Angus herds in North America. Watkins divides her time between both operations in Indiana and North Dakota.
A graduate from Michigan State University, she has a degree in animal science. While there, she was a member of the meat judging team and the livestock judging team. Off the farm, Watkins worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 33 years, retiring in 2007.