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

Larry Barttelbort
Director, Military Department - Veterans Commission

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

Felix Carrizales
County Commissioner, Big Horn County

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

Tony Haller
Business Agent, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 192

Kevin Kershisnik
General Manager, Pertech Industries, Inc.

Katie Legerski
Executive Director, Wyoming Contractors Association

Fabian Lobera
Chief Operating Officer, Pitch Engine

Mark Madsen
Business Development Director, Simon Contractors

Representative Robert M. McKim
State Representative, Wyoming House

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 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

Keith Zabka
Vice President, Mechanical Systems, Inc.