2018 Safety & Workforce Summit

Speakers

Reed Aivazian

Senior OSHA Consultant, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Reed AivazianReed is a senior OSHA consultant for Wyoming OSHA's Consultation Program. He holds the Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager designations. Before starting a career with Wyoming OSHA, Reed worked as a private consultant for six years and a corporate safety manager for one and a half years.

Cary Ashley

Deputy Inspector of Mines, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Cary AshleyCary is the deputy inspector for the Bighorn Basin, which runs from Lander to Cody. He is responsible for building working relationships for safety in the mining industry and contractors on mine sites in the State of Wyoming. Cary has been with the Mine Inspector's Office for twelve years. Before joining the Mine Inspector's Office he worked ten years in the underground coal mines in Hanna, Wyoming, and 16 years in the trona mines in southwest Wyoming. He is a certified Mine Foreman in Coal and Metal/Nonmetal Mines in the State of Wyoming.

Dustin Berger

Attorney, Holland & Hart

Dustin BergerDustin is an attorney in Holland & Hart's Cheyenne office and a member of the firm's employment law practice. He represents and counsels clients on issues at the intersection of people, cybersecurity/information privacy, and technology. He regularly represents clients in discrimination and harassment cases throughout the United States, advises clients in developing employment law policies, and helps clients respond to reports of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Prior to entering the legal field, he was the chief technology officer for the community of Parker, Colorado. After law school, he worked for judges at the Colorado Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He also holds the degrees of Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Denver and the degree of Master of Laws with a focus on technology law from Columbia University in New York. He holds the Security + Cybersecurity certification from CompTIA and is recognized as a Fellow of Information Privacy by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He also is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Michael Ann Broad

State Director, Office of Apprenticeships, U.S. Department of Labor

Michael Ann BroadMike, a Wyoming native, is the Wyoming state director and the Montana federal liaison with the Office of Apprenticeship. She is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Masters in Education Administration. After 28 years in education, Mike joined the Office of Apprenticeship on March 15, 2009. Mike collaborates with business, local government agencies, associations, unions and education entities to develop and administer industry-driven training programs as a solution for businesses to recruit, train and retain highly skilled workers.

Nichole Brommer

Workers' Compensation Lead Risk Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Nichole BrommerNichole was raised in Cheyenne and graduated from Central High School. She went on to get her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wyoming and began working for the Department of Workforce Services in August of 2014. For the first part of her career, Nichole worked as a claims analyst with Workers' Compensation and began working as a risk manager in February of 2016. Nichole's care and commitment to the department has revitalized the Risk Management program, and she looks forward to developing her Risk Management knowledge in a manner that allows her to serve employers and promote a safety culture throughout Wyoming.

Dan Bulkley

Wyoming OSHA Division Deputy Administrator, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Dan BulkleyDan is a U.S. Air Force retiree and an OSHA employee with 39 years experience working as a health and safety professional. He has worked as a compliance officer, consultant, compliance manager, and consultation manager and now as the deputy administrator. Dan currently has oversight of both the Wyoming OSHA Division's Compliance and Consultation Sections. His primary duties are working with OSHA management, Wyoming OSHA Commission, OSHA Region VIII and staff to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements. He also participates, meets and presents through attending alliances, coalitions, expos, fairs, invites to various events/functions around the state. Dan also serves as an Occupational Safety & Health State Plan Association (OSHPA) Board Member and attends OSHSPA as a Wyoming OSHA Representative. OSHSPA meets at various times throughout the year to discuss how Wyoming and other States are addressing fatalities, accidents, injuries, fiscal issues, how to better manage their programs, how to implement rule changes and to present issues and concerns to Federal OSHA.

Denise Burke

Senior Policy Analyst, Wyoming Department of Insurance

Denise BurkeDenise is a senior policy analyst for the Wyoming Department of Insurance. In that role she primarily focuses on health insurance issues as well as being the DOI's public information officer. She is an expert on health issues and the ACA. Previously, Ms. Burke was the associate dean and taught Health Law and Education Law for the University of Wyoming College of Law. She also has served as the director of the Wyoming Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and served on several national health care committees, including the National Health Care Task Force. During her time as a Wyoming senior assistant attorney general, she represented the Department of Health, Medicaid, Aging, and the Department of Family Services.

Scott Calhoun

Workers' Compensation Customer Service Advocate, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Scott CalhounScott serves as the customer service advocate for Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Workers' Compensation Division. He is a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and, prior to joining the the department as a claims analyst in January 2016, he worked in the law enforcement, corrections and emergency management services professions. Scott is a current member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as well as the American Society for Public Administration.

Tobi Cates

Unemployment Insurance Director, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Tobi CatesTobi is the administrator of the Workforce Programs Division of DWS, which includes Employment and Training, Unemployment Insurance and Vocational Rehabilitation. Tobi was instrumental in the creation of the new WYUI software a $58 million multistate project. She has been with the department since 2008 and has 25 years of public service experience in the State of Wyoming.

Bill Cole

Market Conduct Section Manager, Wyoming Department of Insurance

Bill ColeBill is currently a manager of the Market Conduct Section within the Wyoming Department of Insurance. The areas of his responsibility are Consumer Complaints, Investigations, and Insurer Performance Analysis and Examination. Bill has more than 20 years with the state of Wyoming, with 10 of those years as deputy administrator of Wyoming Workers' Compensation Employer Services Section.

Todd Condelario

Workers' Compensation Safety Specialist, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Todd CondelarioTodd has been working with the State of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services as a contract employee and an employee since May of 2013. Prior to that, Todd was a safety director for a heavy highway company, a trainer/program manager for the McMurry Regional Training Center. Before that, Todd worked in the Department of Transportation (DOT) world as an auditor for a private company out of Virginia and for the Wyoming Highway Patrol for 20 years.

Scott Cotton

National Chairman, Extension Disaster Education Network

Scott CottonScott is ranch-raised and educated in Wyoming. He has served Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska as an extension educator for almost 30 years. In addition to rangeland ecology and livestock production, he has become nationally known as an emergency and disaster education specialist on a national level. Although now serving as the national chairman of the Extension Disaster Education Network, his career has been focused on helping agriculture producers be safer and more productive. His efforts include more than 20 years as an ATV Safety trainer, which combined well with his volunteer activities as an EMT and firefighter in rural communities. With an extensive background in both teaching ATV safety and responding to related accidents for more than 20 years, his insights may serve to keep operators safer in rural settings.

Joanna DeWald

Attorney, Holland & Hart

Joanna DeWaldJoanna is an attorney in the Cheyenne office of Holland & Hart and a member of the firm's employment law practice. She has deep experience in the areas of employment law, particularly workplace safety and equal employment opportunity. She represents companies in complex commercial, personal injury and business disputes before state and federal courts. Joanna's commercial litigation experience includes personal injury suits across a number of industries as well as high-stakes litigation concerning contract and lease interpretation. JoAnna is an effective advocate for her clients in a variety of forums, including formal and informal discovery disputes, dispositive motion hearings, mediations, trials and appeals. Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Joanna litigated in Omaha, Nebraska, focusing on insurance defense, products liability, legal and medical malpractice, transportation law and commercial tort and business litigation. She also obtained a prestigious judicial clerkship with Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Michael McCormack, during which time she assisted and advised Justice McCormack on cases in nearly every area of law. Joanna graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law with high honors. She was a member of the Nebraska Law Review, the National Trial Team and the National Moot Court team.

Greg Duncan

VelocityEHS

Greg DuncanBefore joining VelocityEHS in 2016, Greg spent six years working with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) to study the ecology of commercial fisheries in the North Pacific and Bering Sea and to monitor fishing industry compliance with environmental laws and occupational health and safety standards. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Environmental Law & Policy.

Lauren Easom

CTE Education Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education

Lauren EasomLauren currently serves as a Career and Technical Education (CTE) education consultant for the Wyoming Department of Education. Her primary responsibilities in that role include overseeing all five of the state's Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs); Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), SkillsUSA, and program management over the Wyoming's CTE Demonstration Project Grant. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Valdosta State University in December of 2011 and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Master of Education in December of 2014.

Penny Fletcher

Human Resources Manager, Little America Cheyenne

Penny FletcherPenny has been an HR and training professional for more than 25 years. After a career in public education, she made the transition to human resources in 2004. She holds both PHR and SHRM-CP certifications and is a certified Lean Leader. She has provided HR support for a school district; a government contractor with locations in multiple states; and the Fort Worth, Texas Police Department. Penny is currently the Human Resources Manager for Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne. She also is active in the Human Resources organizations in the state, serving as President for the Cheyenne SHRM affiliate; workforce readiness chair for Wyoming SHRM, and sits on the 2018 Wyoming SHRM state conference planning committee. She also co-chairs the Southeast Wyoming Workforce Advisory Group.

Jason Forbes

Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk Specialist, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Jason ForbesJason is a Workers' Compensation safety and risk specialist for the Department of Workforce Services. Before his recent move to Workers' Compensation, he was with Wyoming OSHA Consultation for nine and a half years. He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Industrial Health and Safety. Prior to working with Wyoming OSHA, Jason worked with a private safety and health consultation firm for five years. He enjoys working with employers to diversify and strengthen their company safety culture.

Karen Godman

Wyoming OSHA Consultation Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Karen GodmanKaren serves as the Wyoming OSHA consultation program manager for the Department of Workforce Services. She currently holds certifications for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Project Manager (CPM) and OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer. Her professional experience includes working with Oakridge Institute of Science and Education, Department of Defense, Wyoming OSHA Compliance, and Department of Environmental Quality. She holds a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in Environmental Health and master's degree from West Virginia University in Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Safety.

Michael Griffin

Deputy Administrator, Workforce Center Operations, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Mike GriffinMichael has worked for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services for 12 years within the Employment and Training Division. Positions have included: workforce specialist/case manager, Workforce Center manager, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) youth program coordinator, WIOA program manager, and currently as the deputy administrator within the Employment and Training Division. As Deputy Administrator, Michael is responsible for managing all statewide Workforce Centers (One-Stop) associated with the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and special programs; and oversees the service delivery of these programs in the Department's 20 Workforce Centers and Department of Workforce Services.

Ken Gulliver

Workers' Comp Business Consultant Unit Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Ken GulliverKen is the business manager for the Department of Workforce Services' Workers' Compensation Business Consultant Unit. His responsibilities involve leading a statewide team providing on-site coverage for Workers' Compensation, Wyoming Preference Act and Wyoming Residency Certificates. Ken is a U.S. Army veteran with two tours in Vietnam, worked 10 years in the natural gas industry and has served 28 years as a civilian in the Department of Defense (DoD). He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Palace Acquire (Contract Administration-Quality Assurance) Intern program. His DoD experience includes performing quality and safety oversight and evaluations of contractors' ammunition & explosives, missile, aviation, automotive and construction programs/projects throughout the U.S., Middle East and Finland.

Linda Hendrix

Technical Manager, SKC West Rocky Mountains, LLC

Linda HendrixLinda has been the technical manager for SKC West in the Rocky Mountain Region for eight years. During that time, she has served commercial clients in the fields of manufacturing, mining, construction, energy and the military, helping them to source products to achieve their safety and occupational health goals. SKC instruments are targeted to monitoring dusts (e.g. silica, lead, asbestos, hex chrome), gas and vapors (benzene, formaldehyde, VOC's, H2S, CO etc.), using air sampling pumps for compliance measurements and real time instruments for on-the-spot information. Additionally, a good portion of her time is devoted to adapting Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene and Safety tools to R&D applications, research at universities and government labs. Linda is an active member of AIHA, ASSE and the DJ Basin Safety Council.

Marcia Hess

Wyoming State Director for Adult Education and Literacy, Wyoming Community College Commission

Marcia HessMarcia is the Wyoming state director for Adult Education and Literacy. She has worked at the Wyoming Community College Commission for eight years guiding the federally and state funded program. She has extensive experience in the field of education, having taught in K-12, alternative education, and adult education for more than 20 years. Marcia is a member of the WIOA State Support Staff team.

Andrea Hixon

Public Affairs Program Strategy Team Supervisor, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Andrea HixonAndrea is the program strategy team supervisor in the Office of Public Affairs for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services and began working for the department in 2005. She also is the program manager for the Wagner-Peyser, Rapid Response and Jobs for Veterans State Grant Programs providing technical assistance to statewide staff, including representing Wyoming with the United States Department of Labor. Andrea previously managed the Cheyenne Workforce Center operations for six years and worked as a business representative for five years assisting employers with business services for recruitment and screening. She is certified in Career Development Facilitation (CDF) through Sheridan College and a graduate of the DWS Leadership Academy.

Guy Jackson

CTE Director, Wyoming Department of Education

Guy JacksonGuy has been involved in post-secondary career-technical education and education administration for the past 28 years and is the Wyoming State Career Technical Education director and works at the Wyoming Department of Education as the supervisor of the agency's CTE Section. Guy attended the University of Memphis and earned a Bachelor of Education Administration. Guy's CTE teaching background is in the area of aviation maintenance technology.

Matt Kerr

OSHA Training Institute Education Director, University of Utah

Matt KerrAs director of the Mountain West OSHA Training Institute Education Center for the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah, Matt has accumulated more than 30 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental fields and is a specialist and trainer in the areas of construction, general industry, oil and gas, disaster response and maritime safety. He also has served as an advisor/consultant to several government, education, non-profit and industry safety and health organizations including the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs and the oil industry's executive committee of the National Service, Transmission, Exploration, Production, and Safety Network.

Lane Miller

Instructor, Rocky Mountain Education Center

Lane MillerLane is the owner of Work Site Safety Inc. Lane has more than 14 years of combined experience in the oil and gas and construction industries. Safety is his life and passion. He has spent the last 10 years helping to develop policies, procedures and training for employers and employees alike. He has endeavored and made it his mission in life to teach and lead them to an understanding of how not to die or become injured in the workplace. With his combined workplace experience, enthusiasm and skill sets, Lane illustrates safety to individuals and communicates it to them in a way they can all relate to.

Shaye Moon

Employment First Consultant, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Shaye MoonOriginally from Montana, Shaye moved to Wyoming in 2007 after accepting a position with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a rehabilitation counselor in the Cheyenne office. She obtained her master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certification in 2014 while continuing to work in this position. In early April of this year, Shaye accepted the Employment First consultant/program manager position within the division. Her overall goal in this position is to improve the quality of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities throughout the State of Wyoming through the development of employer networks/partnerships.

Michael Moore

Research && Planning Editor, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Michael MooreMichael is the editor for the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. He oversees the development and pagination of all of R&P's publications and manages the content on R&P's website. Michael joined R&P as an associate editor in 2009 after 10 years as a reporter and editor in the newspaper industry in Texas and Wyoming.

John Mulcare

Wyoming Division Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

John MulcareJohn has been with the USDOT for 31 years, starting in Springfield, Illinois, then moving to the Concord, New Hampshire office. He then transferred back to Illinois and later to Wyoming where he has worked in the FMCSA office in Cheyenne since 2002. John's education includes a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University, a masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield and coursework at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. John has a passion for commercial motor vehicle safety on our highways. John's positions with the USDOT over the years include safety investigator, federal programs specialist and division administrator. He has conducted investigations on various motor carrier and hazardous material shipper operations around the country, focusing on hours of service, driver qualifications, CDLs, vehicle maintenance, motor carrier authority/insurance and hazmat compliance. John and his staff in Cheyenne put a great effort into educating the motor carrier industry and have worked closely with the Wyoming Trucking Association and other organizations in Wyoming in an effort to gain voluntary industry compliance.

Augie Pirmann

Safety Program Manager, Hill AFB

Augie PirmannAugie has been teaching at various OSHA Education Centers throughout the West since 2009. Prior to that, he worked at Hill AFB, Utah, for 34 years, retiring in 2012. As a Safety Program Manager at Hill AFB, he was responsible for all OSHA contacts, safety enforcement, and federal OSHA compliance at all construction projects on Hill AFB. Currently, Augie is a lead instructor for the Mountain West OSHA Education Center at the University of Utah, an authorized OSHA outreach trainer in both construction and general industry, and a partner in a safety training and consulting business that offers full service safety programs to many public and private organizations.

Adam Powell

Workers' Comp Safety and Risk Safety Specialist, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Adam PowellAdam is currently a State of Wyoming Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk safety specialist. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology Education from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Arts in Vocational/Technical Education from Ball State University and holds many certifications in both the education and safety fields. His current position for Wyoming Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk allows him the privilege to work hand-in-hand with both employers and employees in his home state of Wyoming.

Nick Pisciotti

Risk Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Nick PisciottiNick graduated from the University of Wyoming in the spring of 2016 with a Minor in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Nick started working for the State of Wyoming as a business representative for the Cheyenne Workforce Center in the fall of 2016. In the spring of 2018, Nick received a promotion to Risk Manager. He currently manages the Drug and Alcohol Discount Program and is working toward his Certified Risk Manager designation.

RobertRipplinger

Workers' Compensation Safety Specialist, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Robert RipplingerRobert is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics and a minor in Safety and Management. He also earned an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology from the Community College of the Air Force and holds an Airframe and Power Plant License from the Federal Aviation Administration. He spent 24 years in the Air Force and retired in 2012. After retiring from the military, he spent five years with Wyoming OSHA as a senior compliance officer. He then transitioned to Workers Compensation Safety and Risk in October 2017 working as a safety specialist.

Kendall Roberts

President, Young Producers Assembly with Wyoming Stock Growers Association

Kendall RobertsKendall is a graduate of The University of Wyoming, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business and her Master of Science in Agriculture Economics. Kendall currently serves as the Southeastern youth board member to the Wyoming Board of Agriculture and is the president of the Young Producers Assembly with Wyoming Stock Growers Association. She also serves as the Wyoming Seatbelt Coalition chair and grassroots representative to encourage seatbelt safety and save lives in traffic crashes. Kendall lives in Cheyenne with her husband James and her family. For more than 100 years, Kendall and her family have owned and operated the historic King Ranch Company in Cheyenne, where they produce beef cattle and hay.

Carmalee Rose

Deputy Administrator of Business Operations, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Carmalee RoseCarmalee is the deputy administrator of Business Operations for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. She oversees the agency's Business Training Fund and heads its business outreach efforts. After spending 25 years in the financial industry, Carmalee brings a wealth of knowledge in areas of business relationship building, customer service, management and finance. Carmalee holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration-Management from Regis University and is a graduate from Southern Methodist University Graduate School of Banking.

Kelly Roseberry

Labor Standards, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Kelly RoseberryKelly is a licensed attorney with extensive employment law experience. Prior to joining Labor Standards, she was a Senior hearing examiner at the Wyoming Office of Administrative Hearings. In that role, Kelly heard and decided contested cases arising between private entities and State agencies. Kelly also has served as a senior assistant attorney general at the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. While there, she advised the Department of Workforce Services on Workers' Compensation, OSHA, Labor Standards and employment tax issues. She also argued more than 30 cases to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and Vanderbilt University.

Patsi Sawyer

Special Investigation Unit Senior Auditor, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Patsi SawyerPatsi has been with Workers' Compensation for more than 20 years, currently holding the position of senior internal auditor for Quality Assurance section of the Special Investigation Unit. Patsi also has held Division positions in data management, mailroom manager, senior claims analyst, and provider services manager, allowing detailed experience with division logistics. She graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Phoenix University in 2010, a Bachelor of Social Psychology from Park University in 1999, and remains a certified member in good standing with The American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC). As senior internal auditor, she performs both random and targeted audits of all areas of Workers' Compensation and makes recommendations for changes based on policy compliance or enhanced customer experience.

Craig Shur

3M DBI-Sala

Craig ShurCraig has been in the fall protection industry for 32 years. He represents 3M DBI-Sala, the largest manufacturer of fall protection in the world. Craig has presented fall protection at various organizations and industry events several times over the past 30 years.

Daniel Snyder

Owner, SPAN International Training, LLC

Daniel SnyderWith more than 25 years of global consulting experience, Daniel partners with stakeholders to develop strategies for improving safety and health management systems, conduct workplace evaluations, facilitate research to improve safety performance, and design customized educational curriculum. As owner of SPAN International Training, LLC, he is a subject matter expert on certification exam blueprints, psychometrics, curriculum design, and serves on several standards and professional development committees. Mr. Snyder is dedicated to advancing health and safety professional development by offering certification exam preparation products and services. His research-based curriculum assists professionals with the challenge of illustrating competency through education, experience, and examination. Dan is an accomplished author whose recent works include the ethics chapter in the American Society of Safety Engineers' Consultants Business Development Guide (2015) and the National Safety Council's Pocket Guide to Safety Essentials, 2nd Edition (2014). Currently, Mr. Snyder is a doctoral candidate at the University of Arkansas conducting research to identify the most important competencies for influencing organizational leadership in making decisions about the occupational safety and health management system (OHSMS).

Matt Sonderup

Account Executive and Law Enforcement Liaison

Matt SonderupMatt is responsible for coordinating with internal and external agency resources to ensure the successful completion of all tactics associated with agency work plans for WYDOT, CDOT and NHTSA. As account executive and law enforcement liaison, Matt works largely in the field, coordinating community outreach initiatives and raising awareness of traffic safety issues within the diverse communities found in Region 8, including Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, South Dakota and North Dakota. Matt graduated with honors from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish. During his time at MSU, he successfully completed an internship with the Colorado State Patrol, which offered an opportunity to work in all divisions of the patrol, including traffic enforcement, patrol, communications and special investigations, as well as interning with local non-profit, Save Our Youth, where he was responsible for Hispanic and African-American community outreach and communications.

Jacob Sones

Workforce and Professional Development Program Manager, Laramie County Community College

Jacob SonesJacob is the program manager with LCCC's Office of Workforce Development. A large part of his duties include relationships with professional organizations, the assessment of the needs of professional partners and the development of trainings to meet those needs. These organizations range from non-profits, to businesses, and most needs include technical support and employee and team development. The development of training programs always involves the cooperation of committees and teams. Jacob's duty is to spearhead the teams, to be sure all stakeholders are well informed of actions and the need for these actions, and to ensure the commitment and satisfaction of all team members and successful attainment of organizational and business goals.

Mike Taylor

Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Mike TaylorMike currently serves as a safety and occupational health specialist/manager at a military installation planning, organizing, administering and evaluating safety and health programs involving diverse ground aviation and industrial safety and occupational health responsibilities. As a safety and occupational health specialist, he directly serves commanding officers fulfilling safety goals and objectives and carrying out program requirements in close cooperation with unit commanders/directors. Mike also provides advisory safety services to a number of logistic center maintenance groups. Mike is a Certified Safety Professional and holds a bachelor's degree in Management with a Logistics minor from Park University in Kansas City, Missouri.

Wendy Tyson

Unemployment Tax Administrator, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Wendy TysonWendy serves as the program manager for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services WyCAN Unemployment Insurance project. Wendy is responsible for Wyoming's participation on the WyCAN project and for managing Wyoming's specific project needs. WyCAN is a consortium of four states (Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and North Dakota) working together to replace their unemployment insurance systems with a web-based system that will meet the needs of all four states.

Teresa Wilde

Outreach Coordinator, U.S. Department of Labor

Teresa WildeTeresa is the community outreach and resource planning specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor - Wage & Hour Division (WHD) in the Salt Lake City District Office. The SLC District Office has jurisdiction over federal labor laws in Montana, Utah and Wyoming. A key component of Teresa's position is to assist employers in understanding their obligations and requirements under federal labor law. Teresa began her career with the department in 2000 as a wage & hour investigator and transferred to the outreach position in 2014. Teresa attended the University of Utah earning a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Criminology and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

Edward Winans

Special Agent, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Edward WinansEdward started his career in motor carrier safety with the Wyoming Highway Patrol in 1998; in 2008 he became the supervisor of the I-80 Port of Entry in Cheyenne. Ed started his career with FMCSA in June 2013. He is now a special agent for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. His agency is a division of United States Department of Transportation, which regulates the trucking industry in the United States. Special Agent Winans conducts investigations on motor carriers who are involved in interstate commerce. These motor carriers include carriers of passengers; household goods; hazardous materials; and all general property carriers. He currently is certified to conduct all North American Standard Level I Inspections. The primary mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

Jeff White

Vocational Rehabilitation Deputy Administrator, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Jeff WhiteJeff has lived in Cheyenne since 1981 and graduated from Central High School in 1987. Jeff studied Business and Public Administration at the University of Wyoming, completing his MPA in 1996 and his master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2015. He currently is a deputy administrator for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services-Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. He founded the Dads Making a Difference program in 2007 and the first Project SEARCH program for high school students with disabilities in 2017. He is a member of First United Methodist Church, a graduate of Leadership Cheyenne Class of 2005, and has volunteered with the Cheyenne Frontier Days Public Relations Committee for 23 years. He also has volunteered with the Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club, United Way of Laramie County, Laramie County Library, and the Friday Food Bag Foundation. Since 2015, he has served as a member of the Cheyenne City Council. He and his wife Christy enjoy doing everything they can to promote positive community and economic growth in Cheyenne.

Lauren White

Workers' Compensation Risk Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Lauren WhiteLauren was born and raised in Cheyenne and is a graduate of Central High School. Lauren has an associate degree in Health Sciences and is currently attending the University of Wyoming to complete her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. She has been with the Department of Workforce Services since 2014, working as a Claims Analyst for Workers' Compensation. In November 2016, she was promoted to Risk Manager and is working toward becoming a Certified Risk Manager. Lauren's past work experience, paired with her claims knowledge, makes her a great resource for the employers in Wyoming.