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.
JJ Chen, Cheyenne
JJ Chen is a 2018 Leadership Wyoming graduate. A psyciatrist, he has practiced at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for the past four years. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine's WWAMI program, where he met his wife, a native of Rock Springs. JJ is also a rare dually-trained preventive medicine specialist in Wyoming. He participates in downtown Cheyenne economic development and revitalization and serves on the Cheyenne/Laramie County Economic Development Joint Powers Board. JJ is Secretary/Treasurer of the Wyoming Medical Society and a director of the Steering Committee of the Leadership Cheyenne Program, the Cheyenne Symphoney Orchestra Board, and the Laramie County Community College Foundation. He is a Rotarian and one of the youngest members of the Young Mens' Literary Club of Cheyenne. He enjoys playing the piano and volunteers at local nursing homes.
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.
Jean Garrison, UW Representative, Laramie
Jean is the director of the Center for Global Studies and professor of political science and international studies at the University of Wyoming. Across 2017-18 she served as special assistant to the president and chair of the UW Engagement Task Force. As director of the Center for Global Studies and formerly as director of the International Studies Program, Jean has fostered faculty and student international research opportunities and organized a decade-long partnership with Wyoming's community colleges and communities to sponsor more than 30 lectures and events around the State of Wyoming. In 2015, she was a fellow at the Free University of Berlin, she also is the past recipient of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship and has worked in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC. Her teaching and research interests focus on U.S. foreign policy with an emphasis on U.S.-China relations, leadership, small group dynamics and energy security. She holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina and B.A. in political science from the University of Wyoming. She is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming Class of 2015.
Bill Knickerbocker, Casper
Bill is a 4th generation native of Gillette and grew up on his great grandparents homestead. While in high school, Bill played football and worked at a local radio station, graduating with the Class of 1987. His radio job lead to an education at Brown Institute in Minneapolis with an Associate's Degree in Radio Broadcasting. After college, he returned to Gillette to work in radio, however that was short lived. Bill worked for Gases Plus for over 20 years. In 2012, he was and wife relocated to Casper where he went to work for Energy Transportation (now known as NCSG) as General Manager. He has two daughters and two grandchildren. Hobbies include: long walks/hikes plus enjoying the mountains and wide open spaces of Wyoming. He also serves as the Vice President of his HOA. For the future he will continue to Pay It Forward in as many ways as possible to help the people and the State of Wyoming. Bill is a 2016 Leadership Wyoming graduate.
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.
Linda Lindsey, Past 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.
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.
Tom Scott, Dayton
Tom Scott is a long time resident of Dayton, Wyoming and the former CEO and then Chairman of First Interstate Bank. The Scott family manages the Padlock Ranch and IXL Ranch. Tom is proud of his two children and five grandchildren. Tom is passionate about leadership and civility and was deeply involved in the founding of Leadership Montana as well. Tom is eager to get to work in shaping leaders for Wyoming's future.
Tim Sheppard, Cheyenne
Tim retired from the Army after a 40-year career which included serving as the Chief of Staff for the Wyoming Army National Guard. As an Army Engineer, he enjoyed completing construction projects throughout Wyoming. Currently, he serves as the governor for the Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis; president of the board of directors for Raising Readers in Wyoming; vice-president of the board of directors for the Cheyenne After School for Kids program and a board members for the Cheyenne YMCA. He holds a MS in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. He is married with seven children, including two sets of back to back twins. Tim graduates from Leadership Wyoming in 2007.
Wendy Smith, Chair, 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.
Erin Taylor, WBA/WHF Representative, Cheyenne
Erin is the founder and owner of her own consulting business, Taylor Strategies & Consulting, LLC where she represents her clients in the public policy arena in Wyoming. Her areas of expertise include energy, technology, transportation, higher education and tax policy. She is active in Cheyenne Rotary Club and serves as the Vice Chair of the Management Committee for the Wyoming Business Alliance and Wyoming Heritage Foundation. She earned her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Wyoming in Environmental and Regulatory Economics, and is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming Class of 2006.
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.