Rollin Abernethy is an emeritus professor at the University of Wyoming. As the university’s recently retired Associate Provost, his areas of responsibility included: administration of general education (USP) and curriculum, assessment of student learning outcomes, improvement of student academic success, faculty development programs, and is the Wyoming Community College academic liaison for UW. Rollin was instrumental in the creation of the Wyoming P-16 Education Council and served as its President. Prior to his Academic Affairs appointment, Rollin served as Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture. On the faculty at UW since 1978, he has taught courses in plant and seed biology, agroecology, laboratory methods and first-year student seminars. Rollin is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming Class of 2005.
Even Brande, Laramie
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 and is Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra.Randy's hobbies include writing, hunting, fishing and flying.
Greg Dixson, Casper
Greg Dixson is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Hilltop National Bank in Casper. Prior to moving to Casper, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Bank of the San Juans, Division of Glacier Bank (FKA First National Bank of the Rockies), with thirteen branches in Western Colorado. Prior to moving to Steamboat Springs, he was a banker in Cheyenne, his city of birth. Greg graduated from the University of Wyoming with degrees in Geology and Finance, as well as a degree from Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in Seattle. Greg's previous non-profit involvement includes twelve years as Board Member and Treasurer of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, United Way, and a host of others throughout his career.
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.
Ron Hansen, Lander
Ron Hansen is the owner of several Lander businesses including: Wind River Outdoor Company, one of Wyoming's premier outdoor stores. He additionally is the owner of Sweetwater Food & Beverage LLC, a one stop market and travel center which includes a wine and spirits store and a car wash. As well as Wind River Troutfitters, North Fork Land & Cattle and Sweetwater Investment Properties. As a local businessman, Ron has also served on the boards of local and state organizations, including the Lander Planning Commission and the Wyoming Liquor Association. He received his MBA from the University of Wyoming and his interests include photography, fly fishing, biking, hiking and hunting. Ron is a member of Leadership Wyoming Class 2013.
Rick Kaysen, Cheyenne
Rick Kaysen is currently the Interim Executive Director of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities. He served as Mayor of Cheyenne from 2008 to 2016. A Cheyenne resident since 1985, he has devoted his time and skills in helping build a better community for over 30 years. In 2007, he retired as President and CEO of Cheyenne, Light, Fuel and Power. Customer service was a major focus in his career. His active service and leadership positions on boards and committees include the Chyenne Botanic Gardens Foundation, Cheyenne LEADS, Laramie County Community College Foundation, Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, Progress and Prosperity, and the Wyoming Business Alliance/Wyoming Heritage Foundation. He is a 2003 Leadership Wyoming graduate.
Joni Kumor, 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.
Gary Negich, Treasurer, Laramie
Gary Negich is currently the President of First Interstate Bank in Laramie. In addition to his duties at First Interstate, Gary has been appointed by the Governor to the Wyoming Business Council and is on the Board of Leadership Wyoming, Cowboy Joe Club and the University of Wyoming Art Museum. He has served as Chair of the United Way of Laramie and Laramie Jubilee Days and past board member of Ivinson Memorial Hospital and Laramie Economic Development Committee. He is active in the Laramie Rotary Club. He is a graduate of Penn State and is a member of the Leadership Wyoming Class of 2002.
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.
Bill Schilling, Secretary, Casper
Bill Schilling recently stepped down as President of the Wyoming Business Alliance/Wyoming Heritage Foundation, a position he held since 1986. In 1999 he began organizing Leadership Wyoming and became its first Executive Director in 2000 in addition to his Wyoming Business Alliance/ Wyoming Heritage Foundation responsibilities. Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and two Master’s Degrees – one in Public Affairs and Economics and the other in American History. A native of Cincinnati, Schilling has lived in Wyoming since 1983. He has served as President of the Casper Symphony, Vice President of the Nicolaysen Art Museum, Vice President of Boy Scouts of America, and President of the Casper Rotary. He was instrumental in the creation of the Wyoming Business Council and Hathaway Plan.
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.
Tammy Valdez, Rock Springs
Tammy Valdez is employed with EPC Energy Services as Controller. She was previously employed with Samuel Engineering, Inc. and Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners. She was also employed with CH2M Hill for 19 years as Office Manager for the Wyoming Office and Senior Accountant for the USA region. She is past chair and current Secretary for the State Board of the Wyoming Red Cross as well as past board member for the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the boards for the Southwest Wyoming Industrial Association and Rock Springs Little League Baseball and is an officer for the PTO’s for her sons’ schools. She is a graduate from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and an MBA. She is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming's Class of 2003.
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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