Meet the Council




Governor Matt Mead
Matt Mead was sworn in as Wyoming's 32nd Governor on January 3, 2011. Born in Jackson, Wyo., Gov. Mead was raised on the family ranch in Teton County. He earned a law degree from the University of Wyoming and a BA from Trinity University in San Antonio. The Governor has served as a county and federal prosecutor, practiced in a private firm and served as U.S. Attorney for Wyoming from October 2001 to June 2007. After he stepped down as U.S. Attorney, Matt and his wife, Carol, returned full time to operating their farming and ranching business in southeast Wyoming. He first ran for election to the state's highest office in 2010. Matt and Carol have been married 22 years. They have two teenage children, Mary and Pete.



Jim Engel, Chairman
Engel & Associates









Leonard Scoleri, Vice Chairman
President, Oregon Trail Bank

Rocky Anderson
Training Director, Wyoming Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee

Jillian Balow
Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Wyoming Department of Education

Shannon Buller
Executive Director, Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

Felix Carrizales
County Commissioner, Big Horn County











Representative Cathy Connolly
State Representative, Wyoming House










John Cox

Director, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

John Cox has been Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services since October of 2015. He served as Director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation from 2005-2015.

John served 28 years in law enforcement service. He was Colonel and Administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol from 1998-2006. Prior service included Chief of Police in Powell, WY, for 10 years, and Patrol Supervisor on the Douglas, WY Police. He began his policing career in Chadron, Nebraska in 1976, and has called the Equality State home since 1978. He and his wife Meleny live in Cheyenne.

John is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course in Quantico, VA. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Academies in both Wyoming and Nebraska, attaining Professional Peace Officer certifications in both states. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

He serves as an instructor for the Pointman Leadership Institute, a global leadership and ethics development organization.


Ray Fleming Dinneen

Founder and Executive Director of CLIMB Wyoming


CLIMB Wyoming is a non-profit organization that trains and places low-income single mothers in higher paying careers. She developed the CLIMB program in Laramie County, Wyoming in 1986 to meet the job and life skills needs of low-income single mothers. In 2004, she expanded the CLIMB program to six additional sites across Wyoming which now serve families in 10 counties.

 

Dr. Fleming Dinneen has been a long time advocate of Wyoming families. She currently serves on the Supreme Court’s created Wyoming Center For Legal Aid Board of Commissioners and on the Board of the Wyoming Children’s Society. She has also served on the planning committee for the Governor’s initiative to bring the Family and Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard to Wyoming and the United Way of Laramie County’s Women’s Leadership Council. In 2004, Dr. Fleming Dinneen was honored with the Athena Award by the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact assisting women in reaching their potential. She also was named as the 2008 “Atta Girl” Award winner from the Equipoise Fund.


Thomas O. Forslund
Director, Wyoming Department of Family Services













Sid Gressette
Senior Project Engineer, Simplot Phosphates

Kevin Kershisnik
General Manager, Pertech Industries, Inc.










Steve Kravitsky
Director, Wyoming Veterans Commission

Katie Legerski
Executive Director, Wyoming Contractors Association











Fabian Lobera
Chief Operating Officer, Pitch Engine












Mark Madsen
Business Development Director, Simon Contractors











Delbert McOmie
Mayor, City of Lander

Gary New
Manager of Operations, National Center for Atmospheric Research











Scott Norris
Business Manager/Financial Secretary, Operating Engineers, Local 800

Shawn Reese
Executive Director, Wyoming Business Council











Jim Rose
Executive Director, Wyoming Community College Commission

He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming in architectural engineering, master of architecture from the University of Virginia and his doctorate in education from UW. He practiced architecture in Lander and served as a member and chairman of the Fremont County School District #1 board of trustees. Dr. Rose began teaching at UW in civil & architectural engineering in 1982. He's a former member of the Laramie City Council and Laramie mayor and taught for Loyola University of Chicago Rome Center.  He also served in the 55th Wyoming Legislature as a member of the House of Representatives. Prior to taking his current position, he was a campus administrator in Sonoma County, California. Dr. Rose is currently vice president of the City of Cheyenne Planning Commission and a member of the State of Wyoming National Register Review Board.  His wife, Michele, is a retired music educator.  They have three grown children: Sara, Andy and Emily.


Randal Six
IT Manager, Underwriters Laboratories

Stacy Strasser












Ron Van Voast
President and Chief Executive Officer, Security First Bank

Senator Michael Von Flatern

State Senator, Wyoming Senate

 

Sen. Von Flatern was first elected to the Wyoming Senate in 2004 from District 24, which includes most of the city of Gillette, and he has served ever since. He owns and operates an airplane charter and management company and has been a pilot for 25 years. Sen. Von Flatern is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and a member of the Senate Revenue Committee. He is married with two sons and four grandchildren.




John Walsh
President, Saddlestring Consulting, LLC

Ron Wild
Regional Business Manager, Rocky Mountain Power

Ron Wild grew up in Hanna, Wyoming and served in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Policeman for 10 years.  After his military service, Ron pursued and received degrees in math, engineering, and business leadership from Laramie County Community College, University of Wyoming, and Franklin University, respectively.  Ron then spent 13 years with a carbon fiber manufacturer in Evanston prior to being asked to join the team at Rocky Mountain Power in 2013.  Ron provided leadership to the Uinta County Economic Development Commission for 7 years, has served on many local boards and in 2011 earned the Citizen of the Year award.  Ron’s wife of nearly 30 years, Sonja, encourages him to follow his passion for trying to “make tomorrow better than yesterday” -- the motto that guides Ron’s life and to which his children lovingly refer as “the Ron Zone”.


Keith Zabka
Vice President, Mechanical Systems, Inc.