2021 -2022 YAVAPAI COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE ELECTED OFFICERS
Upper From left to right:
Secretary: Anne Roper
Chairwoman: Lois Fruhwirth
Assistant Secretary: Suzanne Cook-Catlin
Second Vice Chair: Connie Martin
Lower From left to right:
Assistant Treasurer: Kelli Woods
First Vice Chair: Steve Zipperman
Treasurer: Kara Woods
Meet your Yavapai County Republican Committee Executive Committee
Lois Fruhwirth was born and raised in New York, growing up in a community-active, Republican family. Throughout her youth, Lois was active in student politics, culminating in being elected President of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College in her junior year. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business at Boston College, joining Procter & Gamble upon graduation. In her 33+ year career, Lois relocated 9 times across the US and Puerto Rico – serving in various North American, International and Global roles as a Supply Chain Executive. Through her career, Lois gained experience in leading large organizations, running regional talent development systems and growing the business with top retailers. Lois was inducted into P&G’s Magnus Society – currently 1 of only 67 recognized Global Masters in P&G’s Supply Chain. She also was recognized by the Consumer Products Industry, receiving a Top Women in Grocery Award from Progressive Grocers Magazine.
She has been married to her husband Gary for over 26 years, raising two sons in Cincinnati, OH. Planning for their future, they purchased land in Prescott, AZ in 2008. They began building their AZ home upon retirement in 2017, finally relocating to Prescott in 2018. Since moving to Yavapai County, Lois is an active member of several Republican Clubs and has volunteered with both county and city campaign teams. She is a graduate of the Prescott Citizens Academy, and currently serves on the Prescott Library Board. Given her commitment to invest in future generations, Lois serves as a Guest Lecturer in Supply Chain for the Eller School of Business at UA, and a classroom volunteer at Lincoln Elementary for the Prescott Unified School District.
In 2019, Lois became an appointed Precinct Committeeman (PC) for the Yavapai County Republican Committee, rising quickly to be elected as Precinct Captain in November ‘19 for the Fair Precinct. She became an elected PC in 2020 and was also elected as a county delegate to the 2020 State Republican Convention. For the 2020 election cycle, Lois renewed her precinct team to become amongst the top county precincts in grassroots metrics – including neighborhood walks, phone calls, doors knocked, texts sent, flag waving sessions and poll observing. This grassroots experience deepened Lois’ commitment to serve this ever-growing, new Republican movement, keeping our party unified and focused to take back our State, defend our Constitutional freedoms and fight for our Republic. Lois was elected County Chairman on January 9th, 2021
Steve is an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the United States Army, having served on active duty for 3 ½ years. He was awarded the good conduct medal while on active duty. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology/Chemistry (Pre-Med) from California State University, Long Beach; a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) also from California State University, Long Beach; and a Law Degree from Southwestern University School of Law. Mr. Zipperman has excelled at many careers including: X-Ray technician, Nuclear Medicine Technologist and Quality Control Manager of a Nuclear Medicine Pharmaceutical company. He obtained a California Real Estate Broker’s license in 1983 and in that field, he owned and operated a Century 21 office in Fountain Valley, California for several years. Steve has actively participated in thousands of real estate transactions and negotiations involving residential, commercial and industrial properties. During Law School, he worked in the Hardcore Gang Unit of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, where he obtained extraordinary trial experience. During law school, Steve wrote a research paper which was published in the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. Upon graduation from law school, he passed the California Bar Exam on his first attempt. As a new lawyer, Mr. Zipperman worked at both small and large law firms in the fields of Environmental Law, Medical Malpractice, and Real Estate. Over the next 28 years, he owned and operated a law firm, where experience was gained in all aspects of real estate and business law, including but not limited to: land use, zoning, development, variances, conditional use permits, contract negotiations, transactional matters of all descriptions, boundary disputes, property management, litigation, arbitration, mediation, and informal dispute resolution. Mr. Zipperman also volunteered as a Los Angeles Municipal Court and Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, as well as a Mediator and Arbitrator for the Orange County Bar Association. In addition, Steve served as an Adjunct Professor at Rancho Santiago College and Saddleback College, where I taught 90 units of real estate Broker licensing courses. For over 25 years, he volunteered time to the Realty Investment Association of California (RIAOC), giving weekly legal updates to commercial/investment Real Estate Brokers about timely matters of interest. Steve served as a member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer and ultimately President of the CZ Master Homeowners Association, with over 5,000 homeowners and an $8.5 Million annual budget, where issues related to land use frequently arose and were resolved. For the past three years, Steve and his wife Sharon teach a 10-12 week Constitution 101 course in Prescott, based on a curriculum designed by Hillsdale College. Steve is currently licensed as a Real Estate Broker in the States of California and Arizona. Steve has served as a Precinct Committeeman, State Delegate, and is currently the First Vice Chair of YavGOP.
Connie Martin is a Retired Corp Purchasing Manager for ConAgra Foods.
She moved from California to Arizona in 2014 and right away joined a Republican Club. Then another, then another. The more she learned, the more she wanted to know.
She eventually became involved with the Yavapai Republican Committee as, 1st a Precinct Committeeman, then Captain of Golf Precinct. Most recently she was the Education Chair and now she serves as the the YavGOP Second Vice Chair.
Wife, Military Spouse, Mother, Grandmother, Small Business Owner, School Board Member, YavGOP Treasurer and life-long Republican.
“My name is Kelli Woods. I’m a Banking and Business professional currently running a small business. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our young son.”
Anne Roper was born and raised in New Jersey, but traveled often to France as a child, as her mother was a French born naturalized American citizen. She speaks fluent French and still visits relatives in France. After marrying her English husband in 1969, she lived with him in England and raised their three children there until 1991, when they returned to the USA and settled in San Diego, California. She worked in the travel industry with airlines, business travel and lastly working in the niche market of golf travel.
After 18 years in CA, Anne and her husband John moved to Prescott Valley and when Anne retired, she became more active in the local community. She has been a member of the Republican Women of Prescott, serving on and chairing the Caring for America Committee and now is a full member of the new Prescott Valley Republican Women’ s Club, as well as an associate member of Granite Mountain Republican Women and Yavapai County Republican Women.
She has been a past Secretary of Troop 1A of the Arizona Rough Riders Association. She served 5 years as the Secretary of the St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Germaine Catholic Church, in Prescott Valley and is now District 10 Secretary for St. Vincent De Paul, covering Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt and Chino Valley Conferences.
Anne has been part of the office staff at Republican HQ since January 2018. After serving as Assistant Secretary for 2 years, she had the opportunity to run for Secretary and was elected to the position. She welcomes the challenge of keeping the local community aware and educated on all candidates, events, opportunities and civic duties and with a great group of volunteer assistants, works to make the office a welcoming, informative and friendly place.
Suzanne Cook Catlin has lead classes in the Constitution and Public Policy in the community for five years, along with lectures on the media, socialism and other topics. She was instrumental in stopping the passage of the National Popular Vote Compact in Arizona. As Assistant Secretary, she works on special projects to support the Red Wave ’22 Strategic Plan. She recently became a founding member of the Granite Mountain Republican Republican Women where she serves as 1st VP – Programs. She has been a State Committee member for over two years. She’s a retired human resources executive with expertise in organizational development.