Katie was raised in Cheyenne and wouldn't have it any other way. She travel just over the hill to Laramie for college and after getting her Bachelors in Marketing, decided to come back to the capital city. A true Wyoming girl through and through, she loves a constant breeze, lots of sky and a small town vibe. Over the last several years Katie has worked at and volunteered with several non-profit organizations including the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne, and United Way of Laramie County. Event planning is one of Katie's true passions and spreadsheets are her first language. Katie is excited to start work with the Wyoming Council for Women, hoping to bring new ideas, a lot of energy and some real change for the women of the Equality State.
(Albany & Carbon Counties)
Tara Muir, Laramie
Tara is the Public Policy Director with the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Since 2000, she has been involved with ending violence which often intersects with poverty, housing, healthcare, as well as child and vulnerable adult abuse. She has worked extensively with people experiencing homelessness, substance abuse and mental health disorders. Tara received a degree in Journalism in Nebraska and her juris doctorate from Creighton University. She has served in many volunteer leadership positions. She loves the Wyoming mountains and spends her free time riding horses, downhill skiing and keeping house for her two cats: Nancy & Ruth. Her husband Ed is on the verge of retirement and looks to join her in Wyoming soon.
(Lincoln, Sweetwater & Uinta Counties)
Jan Torres, Rock Springs
Entrepreneur Task Force Chair
Named Professor Emeritus at Western Wyoming College following a 43-career, Jan also serves as Vice-President for Sweetwater County Hospice and as a member of the Actors’ Mission Executive Producers. She volunteers as a community educator for the Wyoming Alzheimer’s Association and recently completed two certificate programs on Alzheimers from the University of Wyoming. A Licensed Professional Counselor in Wyoming, Jan also is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She previously served on the Wyoming State Board of Education, the Southwest Counseling Board of Directors and the Sweetwater County Library Board. She considers her crowning achievement a 50+ marriage to spouse Jerry.
(Johnson and Sheridan Counties)
Mary Ann (Belus) Cummins, Buffalo
Mary Anne was born and raised in Buffalo, Wyoming on a ranch northeast of town as the eldest of five children. She works as a Parish Administrator in Buffalo and is involved with the Council of Catholic Women at all levels – parish, deanery, state and national. Mary Ann taught 5 years at Holy Name Catholic School in Sheridan, WY in the 8th grade and has been a substitute teacher in Buffalo schools, coached volleyball, basketball and track. She retired from coaching in 2018. Mary Ann holds an MS degree from the University of Wyoming in Exercise and Sport Pedagogy. She has a BA in Sociology from Gonzaga University. She is married to Carey Cummins, a retired pharmacist. Their son was killed in a car accident in 2010 at the age of 21. She likes to read, walk with our dog or friends, run, go to our cabin in the Big Horns, and generally be outdoors.
(Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, Washakie Counties)
Belenda Willson, BA, BS, MST, Thermopolis
Belenda Willson received her BA from UTC and a BS and MST in chemistry from FAU. Recently she was a Quality manager for Mountain Pacific Quality Health. Previously, she was COO and quality manager for Hot Springs Health, chemistry teacher, gallery owner (17 years), pharmaceutical representative, and chemist. She is a mother of six and widow of Dr Howard Willson. The family moved to Wyoming in 1976. She has been an active volunteer in the medical alliance, Boy and Girl Scouts, Hospital Foundation, Rotary for over 30 years, Leadership Wyoming, the State Board of Education, school board and committee women and Wyoming Coalition on Aging. She is now retired but active in many volunteer activities, several boards, as well as most importantly, family time.
(Campbell, Crook, & Weston Counties)
Terri Lesley, Gillette
Terri Lesley serves as the Executive Director for the Campbell County Public Library System. For 25 years, she has worked to support reading, lifelong learning, technology access, and diverse cultural opportunities for her community. Terri supported career technical education as a long term member of the Perkins Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) Executive Board and the Wyoming Libraries Shared Purchases Committee to assist with consortium governance and selection of statewide electronic resources. As a life-long Wyoming resident, University of Wyoming graduate, and Leadership Wyoming graduate, Terri is devoted to Wyoming, the “small town with long streets.” She and her husband live in Gillette, where they raised three children. When time allows, Terri enjoys hiking, boating, and creative writing.
Lisa Scroggins, Casper
A native Texan, Lisa Scroggins moved to Casper in 2016 when she accepted the position as Executive Director of the Natrona County Public Library. It is important to Lisa that people become involved with organizations that can promote her profession or improve her community. She is a member of the Wyoming Library Association’s LEAD Interest Group (Leadership, Excellence and Development) and is a member and past chair of the WLA Legislative Committee. Lisa is an active Rotarian and was President of the Rotary Club of Casper, serves on the Board of Directors for Mimi’s House, is a member of the United Way of Natrona County’s Community Investment Committee, a PEO member, a Casper Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and is involved in the Cowgirl Run Fund. Lisa is also a 2019 Leadership Wyoming graduate and a proud member of the Wolfpack. Lisa served on the Edwards County (Texas) Chamber board, and volunteered for the 4-H Program and Edwards County Volunteer Fire Department’s auxiliary group. She is a former classroom teacher, speech and debate coach, and campus principal. Lisa and her husband have a teenage daughter, two grown sons, three grandsons, and four grand-dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, and is learning to quilt
(Converse, Goshen, Niobrara, Platte Counties Counties)
(Fremont, Sublette & Teton Counties)
Kate Debowe Hayes
Kate is the founder of a Non-Profit, Connect2Women which focuses on connecting women across Wyoming for networking, development and growth by hosting workshops around the state as well as a statewide mentor program and year-long connection opportunities. She is the owner and coach at High Ground Coaching and Development where her main goal is to influence the way people and organizations look at personal and professional development through one-on-one coaching, trainings and workshops, keynote speaking, and mentor programs. Kate moved to the I80 corridor in 2008 after years spent in Arizona, dreaming of Wyoming! She now resides in Fremont County with her husband Scott Hayes and loves the wide-open spaces. She enjoys walking the land, attending to her myriad of animals, crochet and reading. But most of all, Kate is passionate about inspiring Wyoming Women to reach for greatness.
Natalia Duncan Macker, Jackson
Natalia D. Macker is Chairwoman of the Teton County Board of Commissioners. She serves on the Wyoming County Commissioners Association’s (WCCA) Executive Committee as Treasurer and is the past chair of the Health, Safety & Social Services Committee. Macker’s work includes health-in-all policies, affordable housing, human services, and water quality protections. As the youngest member and only woman on the Commission, Macker focuses on advancing women’s representation in government and leadership. She passionately pursues collaborations to fight for the economic future of women and advance equity in the Equality State, including as the cofounder of the Wyoming Women’s Action Network and a founding member of Cowgirl Run Fund. This involves championing gender wage gap efforts, proposing pregnant workers fairness legislation, and early childhood education and care. Macker is a gubernatorial appointee to the Wyoming Council for Women and the DEQ’s Land Quality Advisory Board.
Commissioner Macker was the WCCA 2019 Commissioner of the Year—the first woman to receive the award. She was included in the Wyoming Business Report’s 40 Under 40 and received the Ruby Award from the Soroptimists of Jackson Hole for her service to women. She is a NewDEAL Leader, and, in 2019, she was nominated for the Young Elected Officials’ Network Barbara Jordan Leadership Award. She holds a BA cum laude from Yale University and lives in Jackson, WY with her husband and two sons where she is the Artistic Director of Off Square Theatre Company.
Jennifer is a government and psychology teacher at Rock Springs High School. She has served in various leadership positions for Sweetwater County School District Number One, including social studies department chair. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming. Jennifer graduated with the 2019 class of Leadership Wyoming and currently serves on the Leadership Wyoming board. She is also the vice chair of the Sweetwater County Museum board. She is a lifetime member of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, having served as a former member of the board of directors. She is a member of the Wyoming Education Association, American Psychological Association and Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools. Jennifer was named 2014 Teacher of the Year for Rock Springs High School, is a 2016 Founders Fellow for the Bill of Rights Institute, and served as the 2017-2018 Sweetwater Education Association vice president.
Kristin Walker, Jackson
Kristin Walker is the Principal of Three Elephant Public Relations. Prior to founding the firm, she spent six years working in Washington, DC as a Communications Director for Members of Congress and four years working in public affairs in Wyoming. She’s worked with local, state and national media to maximize earned media opportunities for clients, while leveraging multi-pronged public advocacy campaigns to achieve winning results. Kristin has designed, implemented and administered successful public relations strategies that include social media, digital outreach and advertising and website development. She spearheaded a winning senatorial campaign that garnered national attention and has directed public relations campaigns for a wide-variety of clients and projects including government agencies, businesses, non-profits, restaurants, start-up companies and many more. Raised in Jackson, Wyoming, Walker has a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
JoAnn Skeim-True is a petroleum geologist from Casper and has worked in the oil and gas industry for 20+ years. She received her BS and MBA from the University of Wyoming.
JoAnn volunteers her time with nonprofits and serves on several boards, both in Casper as well as across the state, including CASA of Natrona County, Advance Casper, Platte River Trails, the Wyoming Hunger Initiative, Wyoming Ag in the Classroom, the Central Wyoming Fair Board, and the Wyoming State Geological Survey Advisory Board. In addition, she is involved with the Cowgirl Run Fund, a nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) that encourages women to run for public office in Wyoming at the local and state level. She is also a Leadership Wyoming graduate. JoAnn and her husband, their six children, daughter-in-law, and son-in-law are all fortunate to live in the great state of Wyoming. She is passionate about the geology that abounds in the state and enjoys hiking and trail running with her dog.
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