KLA President Elect
Downey represents the fourth generation of her family in the ranching business. She and her late father, Joe Downey, started Downey Ranch in 1986. Downey and her husband, Joe Carpenter, operate the ranch, which consists of a registered Angus and commercial Angus-based cowherd that grazes pastures in Wabaunsee and Riley counties. The cattle are marketed as seedstock through a joint annual production sale with Kniebel Cattle Company of White City or finished and sold through U.S. Premium Beef, of which they are founding stockholders and qualified seedstock suppliers.
She has been extensively involved in leadership with both KLA and NCBA. Downey is a past chair of the Kansas Beef Council and currently is vice president of the NCBA Region VII Federation Division. Downey represents the Federation of State Beef Councils on the NCBA Executive Committee. She is a past chair of the KLA Natural Resources Committee, is a member of the KLA Stockgrowers Council and has served on the KLA Policy & Resolutions Committee. Downey is a past president of the Kansas Angus Association.
She has served on the USD 320 Board of Education. Downey is a past Wabaunsee County Extension Council member and a local 4-H club leader.
Downey graduated from K-State in 1986 with a degree in animal sciences & industry (AS&I). She and husband Joe, also a K-State AS&I graduate, received the K-State Block & Bridle Outstanding Stockmen Award in 2011.
The Carpenters have two daughters. Anna is a sophomore at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Laura is a senior at Wamego High School. Both girls work on the ranch during their free time.