Jenny Coelho, the OCW President, is from Klamath County and resides in Langell Valley east of Bonanza, Oregon. Jenny was raised on a commercial cow calf, hay and grain ranch near Dairy, Oregon in the Swan Lake Valley. Her family also had a warm-up feedlot on the ranch in which silage was produced as feed and she spent many hours driving silage truck during the summer seasons when she was home from college.
Jenny is an Oregon State graduate in Agricultural Resources & Economics with an Animal Science minor. Jenny first became an Oregon CattleWomen’s member in 1985 where she was recruited by her aunt, Pat Venable. Later she served as the Klamath County President in 1993-1994 and as their Treasurer from 2012-2018. She also served as the Klamath Cattlemen’s Association Secretary at the same time. Jenny has served as the OCW By-Laws Committee Co-Chair with Dottie Miles and as OCW’s President Elect 2016-2018. Her interest in the cattle industry started with her showing her first 4-H steer in 1974 and has continued even though she and her husband Tony have lived in California, Idaho, and Oregon over the last 28 years.
Agriculture has always been in the forefront for her and her family. Together she and Tony have three children who have given them six grandchildren. Jenny also works full time for the City of Tulelake while her husband Tony takes care of yearlings at Fort Klamath during the summer grazing season and practices at his golf game. The Coelho family has always been involved with the cattle industry and are passing the tradition onto to their children and grandchildren.
Diana Wirth is a fifth-generation rancher. She and her husband Dave have been married for 29 years and have two daughters. Dana the oldest, is currently obtaining her Master’s Degree in Opera Performance. Dayle, their youngest, has been accepted into the Ranch Management Program at Texas Christian University. They reside on their southeastern Oregon ranch outside of Klamath Falls, where they raise Red Angus Cattle.
Diana attended Sierra College and University of California, Davis where she majored in Botanical Sciences and she has obtained her Master’s of Beef Advocacy. Diana serves on both the OCW Legislative and Fundraising committees. She is a proud member of the Klamath County CattleWomen where she has served as President. She is a Lifetime Member of the American National CattleWomen, Red Angus Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. Diana is a member of Miss Rodeo Oregon Inc., and proudly serves on the National Advisory Council to Miss Rodeo America Inc.
Diana sits on three different scholarship committees, is FFA Alumni and has been an FFA Public Speaking, Creed, Horticulture and Parliamentary Procedure Judge. She also dedicates a portion of her spare time to judging Rodeo Queen Pageants across the western United States.
Diana says “The livestock industry is vital to our worlds existence. It’s incumbent upon CattleWomen to support it and work to educate the consumer about its nutritional and economic value to our society. Our rich, ranching heritage and culture is the product of generational dedication and perseverance and it is an honor to serve our community through the OCW.”
In her spare time Diana enjoys reading, antiquing, western art and Native American jewelry, gardening, baking pies, working on the ranch and promoting the beef industry.
I am a fourth-generation rancher and a proud mother of three children, Bryndon (age 17), Madeline (11), and Garrett (7). I am honored to serve as an Area Vice President for the Oregon CattleWomen. In addition to my home and OCW responsibilities, I currently represent Oregon beef producers on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and serve on the American National Cattlewomen’s’ (ANCW) Board of Directors as a Member at Large and am acting Chair of the Membership Committee. I have served on ANCW’s Awards, Nomination and Long-Term Planning committees, was President of OCW in 2015-16, and in 2013-14 was Klamath County CattleWomen President. In 2017 I was nominated Oregon CattleWomen of the year and in 2019 was honored with the ANCW CattleWomen of the Year award. I see ranch women as a driving force behind ranching families and believe that as CattleWomen, we should work together to promote the beef industry and our way of life.
When not volunteering my time for the beef industry, herding kids or cows, I work as a Long-Range Planner for Douglas County. Before the arrival of our son Garrett, I had a career assisting farmers and ranchers with ranch conservation projects in the Klamath Basin through various public and private organizations. Through my career, I have written grants and managed projects, researched water rights and developed cattle, grazing and long-term management plans. I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and Ranch Management from Oregon State University and a Master of Science degree in Agriculture from Washington State University. Born in Yuma, Arizona, I graduated from Yuma High School, home of the Criminal’s. Growing up, we spent the school year in Yuma and summers at the Gerber Ranch in Bonanza, Oregon riding the range moving cows through the Gerber Block.
I am a strong advocate for the preservation of family ranches through Succession Planning, enabling ranch legacies to be passed from one generation to the next. Raising children on horseback teaches them to appreciate the results of a hard day’s work as well as their natural surroundings. There is little that can replace the lessons learned from growing your own food and pulling a breeched calf in order to make ends meet. Ranch kids know that food does not come from the store.
I am an avid reader and full-time mom who enjoys fishing, camping, hiking and traveling. I look forward to brandings and cattle drives with my kids where as a mom, I can provide them tools they’ll need to be tomorrow’s beef producers.
Leslie Pierson, Oregon CattleWomen Secretary, became a member of OCW shortly after moving to Hermiston in 2015. Since then, Leslie has accepted positions with the American National CattleWomen’s Beef Education K-12 Committee and the Umatilla County CattleWomen. She also completed the Masters of Beef Advocacy 2.0 program in 2015.
Leslie earned an Animal Sciences degree in her hometown of Tucson, from The University of Arizona. She is passionate about advocating for agriculture and discovered her love for cattle during summers spent on her great aunt and uncle’s farm in Southern Illinois. Her professional experience includes assisting CAFOs with regulation compliance, chemical sales on dairies across the southwest and marketing for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program. She currently works as a Project Manager for Threemile Canyon Farms, LLC, assisting with multiple livestock operation projects.
Leslie is a proud mother of two young daughters, Grace and Cora; she hopes to instill in them the same passion for cattle and agriculture she treasures.
When she’s not at her day job or wrangling her one and three-year old, Leslie strives to soak up any amount of sunshine and heat the Pacific Northwest grants her. As a Southern Arizonan, sunshine and patio time are in her blood; if she can’t be outside, and the weather permits it, you can bet her windows are open. In fact, windows that don’t open are one of her biggest pet peeves.
Leslie has found more time to read these days and is loving all things Brené Brown, recently started Uninvited, by LysaTerkeurst, and just ordered Rebekah Lyons’s You are Free. Thanks to Amazon, her book collection is ever growing, and she has recently discovered binge TV watching – specifically, Downton Abbey. Probably a few years behind the rest of the world, she’s only just finished Season 3, so no spoilers, please.
To learn more about Leslie, you can find her at many Oregon CattleWomen events, or track her down on social media: Facebook: Leslie.M.Pierson; Instagram: @_lesismor; or Twitter: @lesismor.
Leslie is such an asset to our organization and is a great spokesperson for the beef industry. Any job we ask her to do, she willingly does it with 100% effort. We are grateful to have her on our team!
I was born in Baker, Oregon and raised on our family’s ranch near Durkee. I graduated from Baker High School then went on to Blue Mountain Community College where I received my Associate degree in Production Agriculture. From BMCC I went on to a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education and a teaching certificate from Oregon State University.
My love of the ranching lifestyle brought me home to the ranch instead of a teaching job. Shortly after graduation I met my husband Chuck who was working on another ranch in the Durkee Valley before moving on to Ash Grove Cement where he retired in 2017. He continues to help on the ranch. A few months after our wedding we moved into my great-grandmother’s house on Sisley Creek. That house is part of our seven generations strong Century Ranch.
We are a ranching family. My mom, Jean Bunch, is the driving force behind our operation; my brother Rodd and his family and my sister Susan are all a part of the ranch as well. Sister Susan has cattle on the ranch and her own small flock of sheep in the La Grande area.
My great-grandmother traveled the Oregon Trail in 1886 at the age of two; the land that her father homesteaded in 1887 is still a part of our family ranch. We are a cow-calf operation that also supports about one hundred head of sheep. We raise our own hay as well.
I am thankful that Chuck and I have been able to hand our love of cattle and the land down to our kids. We have been blessed with two sons who share that love. Our oldest son Brett and daughter-in-law Makayla, with our beautiful granddaughters Lainey and Landrey, ranch in the Eureka, Nevada area. We run cows with them. Lainey, at almost four years old, is already a hand horseback. Brett and Makayla also own Empire Leather, a custom leather shop specializing in all types of buckaroo and ranch gear as well as personal leather accessories.
Our youngest son Clint and his new wife Justine live outside Madras where they are a part of JSL Angus and Rising JC Livestock. Justine is a Genex rep for that area as well as ranch manager for 2 Sisters Ranch near Tumalo. When not helping with the cattle Clint is a Food Services Coordinator at Deer Ridge Correctional Institute outside Madras.
I have a history with the Cowbelles/Cattlewomen. My grandmother Eunice Smith, mom Jean Bunch, sister Susan Bunch and I have all been Baker County presi-dents as well as chairing numerous committees. At the state level, my grandmother was an area vice president, Mom was secretary for Beverly Loennig and I was secretary for Ann D’Ewart. This was all back when our organization was still known as the Cowbelles and now, twenty-five plus years later, I have returned as your state Cattlewomen secretary. I am honored to help to promote our industry.
Heidi is living the dream! She lives in Bonanza with her husband Stan and their twelve year old daughter Taylor. They take pride in working as a family to grow their black commercial cow/calf herd along with raising hay, both organically and for retail. Heidi has been an active member of Klamath County CattleWomen, serving as Past Treasurer and President. She has also served OCW as an Area Vice-President and worked on the OCW Junior CattleWomen Committee for the past two years.