Thank you for taking the time to get to know AAW leadership. The officers are elected to two year terms at our annual Convention in the fall. The Executive Assistant is contracted by the board to do administrative work for AAW.
Karolyn Zurn, President
Zurn farms with her husband, Bill, and two sons in Northwestern Minnesota where they raise corn, soybeans, sugar beets and wheat. As a Past President of Minnesota Agri-Women, she additionally served four years as AAW Chair of Government Issues. She has served on many agriculture boards including Minnesota Ag in the Classroom, Northern Crops Institute Council, and Minnesota Soybean Growers. On the Becker County Corn & Soybean Growers, she served as treasurer and government affairs representative. She coordinated the North Dakota Common ground program for four years and most recently she was appointed to Minnesota State FSA Board.
Jane Marshall, First Vice President of Vital Issues and Resolutions
Marshall enjoys life on a family dairy farm in Preble County, Ohio. She attends New Hope UM Church and is a leader in Bible Study Fellowship. Marshall has been sewing since she was a child and has become an avid quilter. As a leader in her community, she served as Preble County Commissioner, Preble County Fair Board member, Preble County Mental Health Board, along with a variety of other county boards. She currently serves as President on the Preble County Habitat for Humanity Board, she is a CASA for Juvenile Court and a United Way volunteer. Active in AAW since 2004, she has served as VERITAS Chair and is a past LEAVEN Award winner. Marshall is a past President of the AAW Foundation and was Nominating Chair while on the committee. In her home state, she was President and Secretary of Ohio Agri-Women and the co-chair of the 2014 Ohio Convention.
Carie Moore, Vice President of Communications
North Dakota Agri-Women
Carie is the current President of North Dakota Agri-Women and an avid promoter of agriculture education and local leadership, especially for youth and women. To be a working partner on the farm, spend time with her 4 children, and tackle agriculture issues head-on, she left her position as District Manager of her county Soil Conservation District where she worked actively with ag producers on various methods to improve soil health and crop productivity, as well as extensive outreach and partnership in the community. Being a “class farmer” for 8 classrooms a month has given many students an appreciation for agriculture. Her membership in a large variety of organizations including the North Dakota Farm Bureau provides communication and leadership development. Moore shares the reality of farm life through social media and interviews under the title “Tractor Rounds & Coffee Grounds”. This allows followers real-time learning of the things done on the farm as well as how specific crops are grown, harvested and their uses. Agriculture has always been important to her and her family so she stays informed and active on issues that will affect the industry now and for future generations.
Jacquie Compston, Vice President of Education
Jacqueline Rose Compston “Jacquie” is a lifetime member of American Agri-Women, and President of the newly formed Nevada Agri-Women Organization. She became an active member in 1986 as the representative for the American Hereford Auxiliary.
She received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno and taught at Smith Valley Schools and Western Nevada College. Jacquie is a fifth generation native Nevadan whose roots run deep in the history of ranching in central Nevada. They owned and operated sheep and cattle operations and were active in local and State politics.
She has held various positions in AAW that include, Natural Resources, Animal Welfare, Beef Cattle, Public Lands, Global Issues, Water Resources, and Climate Change. Jacquie has received a Leaven Award and two Presidents Awards.
Jacquie and her husband Mike raised two daughter’s and have five grandchildren. They owned and operated a large family ranching and farming operation in Western Nevada that included, registered and commercial cowherds, commercial feedlot, seed garlic, small grains, and alfalfa. She traveled and attended meetings with her husband during his terms as Executive Director of the State of Nevada Dairy Commission, and during his presidency of the International Association of Milk Control Agencies.
Kim Bremmer, Secretary
Kim Bremmer is a mother of two, graduate of UW-Madison, and was a dairy nutrition consultant for almost 15 years. She has been advocating for farmers as a professional speaker since 2015, traveling across the country, as well as internationally. Kim is a registered lobbyist in the state of Wisconsin and is passionate about protecting the use of science, technology and innovation in how we grow and raise food. She is the President of Wisconsin Women for Agriculture, a regular contributor on Rural Route Radio and serves on the Executive Advisory Council for the American Dairy Coalition. Kim is on the board of directors for her county Farm Bureau and loves being a quiz bowl coach for her Clark County Junior Holstein Association. She is a vocal champion of agriculture everywhere she goes…from the grocery store to the airport.
Katie Yost, Treasurer
Growing up in Montana, Katie Yost has been involved in agriculture throughout her life. Her family comes from a ranching background, and she now works for her family owned livestock liquid feed company, Nutra-Lix, Inc. Since 2007, she continues to share her passion for agriculture by actively participating in American Agri-Women and more recently as the treasurer for the AAW Foundation. On the state level she proudly served as the Montana Agri-Women secretary and heads up their youth outreach program each year through their “Ag Sprouts Barn” at the Montana Fair. In Katie’s downtime she loves to travel the World.
Jeanette Lombardo, Past President
Being the daughter of an Air Force veteran, Jeanette was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania on a multi-generational family dairy farm. After several decades in the agriculture banking sector, Jeanette started several of her own businesses. The first was California Food and Agribusiness Advocates which conducted legislative and regulatory advocacy for farmers, and Jeanette specialized in water, land use, crop protection tools, and international trade. The second company is Global Water Innovations Inc., which is an industry partner with the National Alliance for Water Innovation and creates innovative agricultural water solutions.
Jeanette has held several State and Federal appointments. In 2010 was appointed to the California EPA by then Governor Schwarzenegger, the Los Angeles Water Quality Control Board covers the 88 cities in Los Angeles County and the 10 in Ventura County. This state appointment lead to a federal appointment with the USDA Foreign Ag Services division on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade with fruit and vegetables. Most recently, Jeanette has been appointed to the US EPA Farmer, Rancher, and Rural Communities Committee. Jeanette belongs to and has served on numerous agricultural association boards, including State President for California Women for Agriculture and National President for American Agri-Women. She is well-experienced in advocating for farmers and ranchers and now adds farmer veterans to her list as she is the Executive Director for the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Jeanette is the mother of two daughters; Lauren and Nicole.
Lisa Campion Sullivan joined American Agri-Women in October of 2014 as the Executive Assistant. Lisa also works as owner and attorney at law of her firm LMC Law, PLLC in Colchester, Vermont. Prior to 2014, Lisa was involved with AAW as a Farmer to Farmer Volunteer, Sigma Alpha Sorority representative at Board of Directors meetings as well as the 2010 President’s Award recipient. Lisa grew up in Fraser, Michigan, but now lives in Colchester, Vermont with her husband, John, and their daughter, Addison, two dogs, Harper and Marty and cat, Bauer. In her spare time, she enjoys getting outdoors with her family.
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