Even Brande is the President and CEO of Handel Information Technologies, a technology company that provides software solutions to tribal, local and state goverment agencies. Originally from Oslo, Norway, Even moved to the United States in 1988 and finished his Bachelors of Business Administration at the University of Wyoming in 1991. He received an MBA from the University of Wyoming in 1993. Prior to founding Handel in 1997, he held executive positions with Aspen Tree Software and completed the Management Trainee program at Tandy Corporation. He is also a graduate of Leadership Wyoming Class 2006. He has served on several boards including the State of Wyoming Information Technology Policy Council, Wyoming Technology Business Center, Laramie Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), State of Wyoming Innovative Education Council, University of Wyoming College of Business Advisory Board and University of Wyoming Department of Computer Science Advisory Board. Even is a sought after speaker and frequently speaks at technology conferences on topics involving goverment and technology. Even is passionate about helping government agencies become more efficient and delivering better services to their constituents through better use of technology. In his spare time, Even likes to spend time with his wife and their three children at their ranch on the Wyoming/Colorado border. Even is also passinate about music, running, cross-country skiing and anything outdoors.
Randy Bruns, Cheyenne
Randy Bruns is CEO of Cheyenne LEADS, the economic development entity for Cheyenne and Laramie County.He started with Cheyenne LEADS in May 1999 and was named CEO in 2002.Prior to joining Cheyenne LEADS, Randy worked for Unicover World Trade Corporation for 11 years where he traveled extensively on international business.Randy has lived and worked in Lincoln, NE; Puerto Rico; Germany and Chappell, NE before coming to Cheyenne in 1987. He served as Vice Chair of the Nebraska Board of Educational Lands and Funds, is a Past Chairman of the Board of the Wyoming Economic Development Association; has served as the Vice Chair of the Rocky Mountain District Export Council based in Denver; served on the Laramie County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Steering Committee; is a graduate of Leadership Cheyenne, Leadership Wyoming Class 2004 and is Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra.Randy's hobbies include writing, hunting, fishing and flying.
Wanda Burget, Aladdin
Wanda is a co-owner and principal of Accord Resource Solutions, LLC, a woman-owned natural resource-focused consultancy based in Wyoming and serves as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Mining Natural Resource Foundation (Foundation). The Foundation is currently managing a large landscape-scale conservation effort created to benefit the Greater sage-grouse which was initiated by the mining industry in southwestern Wyoming. Prior to starting her consultancy, Wanda served as the Vice President of Environmental Services for Norwest Corporation based in Salt Lake City, Utah for 3 years and worked for Peabody Energy Corporation for 29 years. Her responsibilities with Peabody included serving as Director, Sustainable Development for Peabody’s U.S. operations and managing permitting and environmental compliance for four major surface mining operations in Wyoming. She was also the environmental lead for Peabody’s federal coal leasing efforts and a member of Peabody’s international project support team. Throughout her career, Wanda has been entrusted with positions of leadership and responsibility in numerous local, state, regional and national boards, workgroups and coalitions comprising a broad and diverse cross-section of stakeholders. She currently serves in the Board of Directors of the Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association, the Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation, the Board of Supervisor’s for the Crook County Natural Resources District, Women’s Mining Coalition Board of Directors and is an appointed member of the National Coal Council. She is graduate of Leadership Wyoming, 2005.
Joan Evans, Cheyenne
Joan is currently the First Vice President at George K. Baum & Company. She served as the Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services from 2007 to July, 2015. As head of Workforce Services, she steered the department in developing persons for a demand-driven workforce, responsive to private-sector worker and employer needs. Prior to her state service, Joan was with the Carbon County Higher Education Center in Rawlins for 16 years, including serving as the Director from 2004 to 2007. Joan has spent much of her career working with adult students who were seeking training for career advancement and developing training programs to meeting Wyoming’s economy. Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Wyoming. In 2011, she was selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program by the Council of State Governments.
Frank Galey, Vice Chair, Laramie
Frank Galey is currently the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. The college mission is to be a leader in cultivating healthy, sustainable systems for Wyoming’s agriculture, environment and natural resources, and rural communities. This is done through the application of the land grant principles of teaching, research, and extension. Before becoming dean of the college, Frank was the Director of the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. Prior to that, he served as a faculty member doing teaching, research, and service at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. A Wyoming native, Frank is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming Class of 2006.
Lindsey Krause, Cody
Lindsey Krause is an Associate Attorney at Simpson, Kepler & Edwards LLC, the Cody, Wyoming Division of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh and Jardine, P.C., as well as a part-time Public Defender for the State of Wyoming. Her practice areas primarily include, criminal law and personal injury. Lindsey grew up in Jackson before moving to Laramie to attend the University of Wyoming College of Law. She serves on the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Cody Culture Club Board of Directors. She is a member of Leadership Wyoming Class of 2016.
Joni Kumor, Treasurer, Casper
Joni Kumor is a partner in the firm Lenhart, Mason & Associates, LLC, one of the larger CPA firms in the state. Joni is currently serving on the peer review committe of the Nevada Society of CPA's who administers the AICPA's peer review program in Wyoming, Nevada, Nebraska and Utah. Joni is a member of the Wyoming Society of CPA's, as well as the AICPA. Joni is active in the Casper Five Trails Rotary Club and is currently serving Rotary District 5440 as Treasurer. Joni also serves on the Casper Advisory Board of the Wyoming Community Foundation. Joni received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Wyoming.
Linda Lindsey, Chair, Lander
Linda Lindsey is the Human Resources and Diversity Director for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). NOLS is a nonprofit international school dedicated to teaching wilderness skills, leadership, environmental studies, and wilderness first aid, with operations in twelve countries and 25 states. Linda is responsible for directing and administering the school’s human resources and diversity programs. NOLS is one of the largest employers in Lander, Wyoming. Past service to other organizations includes serving on the board for the Lander Chamber of Commerce and the Wilderness Medical Society. Linda is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming 2009.
Dan McGlade, Casper
Dan McGlade grew up in Iowa and South Dakota. In 1980, he moved to Casper and began work in the energy industry. To escape the bust of the early eighties, in 1985, he founded Energy Transportation Inc., with one semi-truck. Throughout his 30 years in business, the company grew to become one of the top ten privately held specialized crane, rigging and heavy hauling companies in the US, with up to 350 employees and over 450 specialized trucks, cranes and equipment. Early in 2015, desiring to start a new chapter in his life, he sold the company to an investment group. He remains with the company as a consultant. He also manages his commercial real estate portfolio with properties throughout Wyoming, Texas and New Mexico. Dan currently serves on the boards of the Wyoming Business Alliance, as well as the Montessori School of Casper and the Wyoming State Board of Education. He and his wife, Teresa, plan to remain in the State of Wyoming where they feel they can make a difference. Dan is 2012 Leadership Wyoming graduate.
Stephan Pappas, Cheyenne
Stephan Pappas is the President of Pappas & Pappas Architects, P. C., a Cheyenne based architectural firm providing commercial, residential, and space-planning design services, focusing on commercial, educational, and medical project types since 1982. He also serves as a Senator in the Wyoming State Legislature. Stephan was a former Assistant Adjutant General for the Wyoming Air National Guard, retiring as a Brigadier General in 2009. Other community service includes leadership positions in the Wyoming State Board of Architects and Landscape Architects, American Institute of Architects, National Architectural Accrediting Board, Nation Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Cheyenne Young Men’s Literary Club, Air Force Association, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and the Wyoming School Facilities Commission. Stephan is a member of Leadership Wyoming Class 2008.
Mike Peck, Alumni Representative, Laramie
Mike is the Vice President of Commercial Lending with First Interstate Bank in Laramie. He has over 25 years experience in many areas of banking, including commercial, residential and consumer lending. His community leadership positions include Vice Chairman of United Way of Albany County, board member of the University of Wyoming College of Business Advisory Board and board member witht the Wyoming Technology Business Center. Mike is also past chairman of Laramie Economic Development and sits on their Finance Committee. Since 2009, Mike has been an adjunct professor with the University of Wyoming teaching Entrepreneurial Finace for MBA and undergraduate students. Mike is a 2009 Leadership Wyoming graduate and is the current chairman of the Leadership Wyoming Alumni Association.
Tom Saprony, Evanston
Tom Saprony has been in public service to the Country, the state of Wyoming and his Uinta County communities for almost 30 years. He is a United States Army Veteran and retired law enforcement professional (25 years). In his retirement, he has worked to protect children and families with the Department of Family Services, and currently assists citizens through the Department of Workforce Services. Specifically, Tom assists eligible veterans find employment through the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program in Uinta, Lincoln and Teton counties. He is a true professional and proven leader, graduating from Leadership Wyoming (2012), and law enforcement’s prestigious FBI National Academy (2005). Tom is the past chair of Leadership Wyoming’s Alumni Association, previous gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Corner Standards and author of “Legacy: Leaving Our Best Behind” published article (2008) in an international law enforcement magazine. Tom and his wife enjoy spending time at their cabin they built in Lincoln County.
Ernie Skretteberg, Worland
Ernie Skretteberg is the Vice President of McGarvin-Moberly Construction out of Worland, Wyoming. He is a long-time resident of Wyoming with roots in Gillette prior to attending Casper College and the University of Wyoming. Ernie brings a positive and thoughtful approach to solving complex issues at his company as well as throughout the state. He is currently serving as the liaison between the Leadership Wyoming Board and the Wyoming Business Alliance Steering Committee. Ernie also enjoys activities such as golf, fly fishing, bird hunting, reading and sports.
Wendy Smith, Sheridan
Wendy Smith is the Marketing & Public Information Director for the Northern Wyoming Community College District. Wendy is passionate about community leadership and engagement. She graduated from the Academic Management Institute in 2007 and was one of 24 local leaders to participate in the Center for Vital Community CiViC Leadership Project in 2009. Wendy graduated with the Leadership Wyoming Class of 2011. Professional appointments include serving as a Trustee for the Center for a Vital Community, Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee, and President of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Wendy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chadron State College and a Master of Science degree from Montana State University-Billings.
Nolene Wright, Wright
Nolene Wright is a fourth generation Wyoming native, growing up on a ranch in Campbell County. Nolene was fortunate to spend seven years with Peabody’s Powder River Coal Company. In 2000 she left the mining business to spend more time on the family ranch. She also started doing more volunteer work, spending three years on the Gillette Abuse Refuge Foundation board and becoming involved in the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days. She also serves on the Casper College Alumni Board of Directors, is a member of the Campbell County League of Women Voters, and Pearls of the Prairie, a local group that promotes all arts in the Powder River Basin. Nolene served as Wright Area Chamber of Commerce President and Chair of Wright Days. She is Chair of the 2009 Leadership Wyoming Challenge Institute and is on the Leadership Wyoming Tenth Year Celebration Committee. Nolene has also been appointed to the Campbell County Joint Powers Lodging Tax Board. In 2003 she joined Mary Kay Inc. Nolene is a member of Leadership Wyoming Class 2007.
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