2019 Safety & Workforce Summit


Mohamed Ahmed

Associate Professor, University of Wyoming, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Mohamed AhmedDr. Mohamed M. Ahmed is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming. He received a Bachelor of science in civil engineering from Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, and Master of science and Ph.D. degrees in transportation engineering from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Ahmed has more than 17 years of practical and research experience in the field of transportation and traffic engineering with a focus on traffic safety. His research interests include traffic safety analysis, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Connected Vehicle, Naturalistic Driving, and statistical and data mining applications in transportation engineering. He has conducted various research projects and provided technical assistance to a number of clients including the Florida Department of Transportation, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, and the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

Cody Beers

Public Relations Specialist, Wyoming Department of Transportation

Cody BeersCody is a senior public relations specialist for the Wyoming Department of Transportation in Riverton. He also serves as tribal liaison with WYDOT and its focused efforts on saving lives through engineering, education and enforcement on the Wind River Reservation, the home of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. He's an appointed member of the Governor's Council on Impaired Driving and Wyoming Seatbelt Coalition.

Jodi Bower

Workers' Compensation Claims Division Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Jodi BowerJodi is the Program Manager for the Workers' Compensation Claims Division. She started her career with the Division as a Claims Analyst in 1995. She left the Division to relocate to Portland, OR, and returned to the Division in 2001. She worked as a Claims Analyst until 2011 and as a District Manager from 2011 through 2017 when she assumed her current position as Program Manager.

Nichole Brommer

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

Nichole BrommerNichole is Wyoming-rooted as a Cheyenne native and a graduate of the University of Wyoming. She began her career with the Department of Workforce Services in August of 2014, where she worked as a claims analyst for two years until becoming a risk manager in February of 2016. Nichole immediately began leading the Risk Management team as well as contributing to a variety of other divisions within DWS. To supplement her already widespread agency knowledge, and to better serve the employers of Wyoming, Nichole is working toward her Certified Risk Manager designation through the National Alliance for Insurance.

A.W. Bruning

State Trooper, Wyoming Highway Patrol

A.W. BruningTrooper Bruning has been employed by the Highway Patrol since 2007. Trooper Bruning has been stationed in Casper since 2011, and was stationed in Buffalo from 2007-2011. Trooper Bruning has been a Drug Recognition Expert since 2011, and a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor since 2013. Trooper Bruning is a DUI instructor at both the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy. Trooper Bruning is the Central Wyoming Regional Coordinator for the DRE program.

Daniel Bulkley

Health and Safety Professional

Daniel BulkleyDaniel has a vast and prominent experience as a health and safety professional. Dan proudly served as the OSHA program manager, consultation supervisor and compliance supervisor for the State of Wyoming. In addition, he also served as the OSHA compliance program manager for the State of Hawaii. Dan has more than 25 years of experience in safety, health and industrial hygiene. His extensive work history has included 20 years with the Air Force providing safety, health and industrial hygiene services for military operations in that span not only the United States, but also the United Kingdom, Greenland and South Korea.

Justin Burkart

Reentry Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Corrections

Justin BurkartJustin has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. He has served as the Reentry Program manager for the Wyoming Department of Corrections since 2017. Justin started working with the Wyoming Department of Corrections in 2010 as a case manager, promoted to case team leader where he supervised the Intensive Treatment Units and the Sex Offender Unit, and he was promoted as the institutional reentry coordinator in 2013.

Seth Calkins

Owner, Elite Safety Solutions

Seth CalkinsSeth is the owner of Elite Safety Solutions and Certified Safety Professional. He is a trainer and safety and health consultant with over 18 years of safety and health experience and a passion for teaching. He has worked in a wide variety of environments including manufacturing, asbestos abatement, pharmaceuticals, construction (both residential and commercial) and oil and gas. Seth is a former OSHA compliance officer and Safety Team Leader at the Suncor Refinery where he was not only a HAZMAT Technician and Industrial Firefighter, he was also responsible for the sites safety, industrial hygiene, the Refinery's Emergency Response Team and Contractor Safety.

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.

Noel Cooper

Executive Director, Injury Prevention Resources

Noel CooperNoel is the Executive Director of Injury Prevention Resources. For the past 7 years, Noel David and his staff at Injury Prevention Resources has worked to save lives on Wyoming roads with an emphasis on the Wind River Indian Reservation, Fremont, Sweetwater and Park Counties. He enjoys serving on the Governor's Council on Impaired Driving, educating as a Child Passenger Safety Instructor, and providing road way safety support to a multitude of agencies throughout the State of Wyoming.

Lee Dickinson

Wyoming State Broadband Manager

Lee DickinsonLee is the founding partner of Dickinson Law, P.C. in Cheyenne. His practice focuses on business law, contract drafting and negotiation, corporate governance, trademarks and franchising. Lee previously taught for four years at Vanderbilt University Law School. He also served as senior business counsel in-house to Dollar General Corporation, a national retailer with more than 15,000 locations. Lee is licensed to practice law in Wyoming and Tennessee.

Russ Elliott

Wyoming State Broadband Manager

Russ ElliottRuss is the new Wyoming State Broadband manager. He brings 25 years of C-level, private industry leadership, including 12 years building and running and eventually transacting western Colorado's largest independent ISP/CLEC, Brainstorm Internet. Russ has served on the Colorado Governor's Innovation Council, the Colorado PUC Telecom Advisory Group and participated in other state boards and regional telecommunication organizations. In the nine months Russ has served as the Wyoming State Broadband Manager, he has introduced a Broadband Grant Program and created a State Broadband Plan and a website/mapping initiative. Russ has built trust with state and national providers by making discussion inclusive, open and mission-driven and has participated in countless community and statewide discussions on improving broadband throughout the vast expanse of Wyoming.

D'Anna Feurt

Policy Analyst, Wyoming Department of Insurance

D'Anna FeurtD'Anna is a policy analyst for the Wyoming Department of Insurance. Her primary responsibilities include conducting compliance reviews of property and casualty policy forms and providing technical advice and assistance to the department with regard to property and casualty insurance. She has been with the department for 14 years. Prior to joining the department, she worked for five years as a multi-line adjuster for a national insurer handling claims for liability, auto and homeowners insurance. She also holds several top insurance designations including the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE).

Penny Fletcher

Certified Human Resouces Professional and President of Frontier Human Resources

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. She has served as the human resources manager for Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne and currently is an adjunct instructor for Laramie County Community College. She is active in the human resources organizations, serving as president for the Cheyenne SHRM affiliate and sits on the 2019 Wyoming SHRM state conference planning committee. She also co-chairs the Southeast Wyoming Workforce Advisory Group and serves as an industry champion for the Laramie County Hospitality and Tourism Sector Partnership.

George Flynn

Owner, OSHAssist, LLC

George FlynnGeorge is the owner of OSHAssist, LLC, a consulting firm providing comprehensive OSHA compliance assessment and assistance services. For 30 years he worked for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in a variety of positions, including Senior Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer, Compliance Assistance Specialist and Assistant Area Director. George is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences.

Karen Godman

Wyoming OSHA Deputy Administrator/Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Karen GodmanKaren serves as the Wyoming OSHA deputy administrator/program manager for the Department of Workforce Services. She currently holds certifications for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Project Manager (CPM) and OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer. Her professional experience includes managing the WY OSHA Consultation Program, WY OSHA Compliance, Department of Environmental Quality, Oakridge Institute of Science and Education, and Department of Defense. She holds a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in environmental health and a master's degree from West Virginia University in occupational hygiene and occupational safety.

Christian Graham

Wyoming OSHA Compliance Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Christian GrahamChristian serves as the Wyoming OSHA Compliance Program Manager for the Department of Workforce Services. He currently is a Certified Public Manager (CPM). His professional experience is in Retail Loss Prevention and Safety, and he has honorably served in the United States Air Force, Security Forces, as well as the Wyoming Air National Guard.

Mike Griffin

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

Mike GriffinMike has worked for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services for 13 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, Mike is responsible for managing all statewide Workforce Centers associated with the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and special programs; and he oversees the service delivery of these programs in the department's 20 Workforce Centers and Department of Workforce Services.

Susie Harrison

Workers' Compensation Nurse District Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Susie HarrisonSusie serves as the nurse district manager for Workers' Compensation. She has 18 years of experience as a registered nurse and is a graduate of Laramie County Community College with her associate degree and the University of Wyoming with her Bachelor's degree. Prior to joining the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, she worked for the Division of Health Care Financing as the clinical manager for Long Term Care. Susie also served for 13 years at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center as the clinical nurse manager of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Transitional Care Unit, and CRMC Home Health.

Amanda Heeren

Toxicology Technical Leader and Senior Forensic Analyst

Amanda-HeerenAmanda is a toxicology technical leader as well as senior forensic analyst in drug chemistry. She has a Master of Science in forensic science from Marshall University and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with a minor in biology from South Dakota State University. Amanda is a published speaker and has provided training at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. Amanda successfully set up the Toxicology Unit for the Wyoming State Crime Lab, which is now accredited through ANAB.

Matt Kaufman

Partner, Hathaway & Kunz

Matt KaufmanMatt is a partner with Hathaway & Kunz, focusing on business, corporate, technology, capital formation, intellectual property protection, mergers and acquisitions. Matt is well equipped to provide highly-skilled representation to entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging companies - as well as established companies on complex transactions and strategies. Matt is one of only a few attorneys in Wyoming advising companies on blockchain, cryptocurrency and utility token offerings. He was appointed by Governor Mead to serve as one of three members of the public on the legislatively created Blockchain Taskforce. He co-founded the Wyoming Entrepreneurs group that meets in Cheyenne and has been a guest speaker on topics such as capital raising, securities, blockchain, and legal issues surrounding start-ups in Wyoming. In addition to graduating from the University of Wyoming with a B.A. and J.D., Matt also has a graduate law degree (LLM) from the University of Colorado. Matt serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Wyoming Law School and is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming.

Robin Kepple

Information and Education Specialist, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Robin KeppleRobin has nearly 15 years experience as an Information and Education Specialist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. She works on all aspects of public outreach, including writing news releases and working with the media, writing articles for Wyoming Wildlife magazine, maintaining the Laramie Region webpage, developing content for social media, conducting public presentations, wildlife education programs for schools, teaching outdoors skills, and serving as a counselor at summer youth camps. She covers a five-county region, including Laramie, Albany, Goshen, Platte and Carbon counties.

Jessica Mangus

Physical Therapist,General Manager, North Platte Physical Therapy Cheyenne South

Jessica MangusJessica is a physical therapist and general manager of North Platte Physical Therapy Cheyenne South. She has seven years of experience as a physical therapist and 12 years in the field of physical therapy. She is board certified in several disciplines of therapy and studying for more. She is passionate about a range of issues but specialized in orthopedics, with a significant interest in back pain, chronic pain, pelvic health and hand therapy. She values her patients and understands they can become passionate and informed about their health and wellness, giving them tools for prevention and management of musculoskeletal pain.

John Melville

CEO, Collaborative Economics

John MelvilleJohn is CEO of Collaborative Economics and an advisor to civic leaders nationwide. Over the past 35 years, he has worked with public and private leaders in more than 100 communities across the United States and abroad, helping them launch concrete partnerships to improve workforce development, economic development, regional innovation and quality of life. He is a national leader in the design and practice of "next generation" industry engagement. He co-founded Next Generation Sector Partnerships, a national network of practitioners leading more than 75 partnerships across the country, including nine in Wyoming to date. He works directly with business leaders, supporting them as they chair industry-led partnerships. He also supports partners from workforce development, economic development, education and other community institutions, helping them work productively with business leaders to achieve shared outcomes. Including the Next Gen network, he has helped design, launch and manage more than 10 learning networks of regional partnerships, ranging from state-level networks involving 10-20 regional partnerships to national networks for regional economic and community development leaders. He specializes in the design of learning experiences, curriculum, how to guides, best practice assessments, tool kits, action clinics, academies, summits and other modes of customized technical assistance to ensure effective launch and implementation of transformative processes at the local and regional levels. John co-founded Collaborative Economics in July 1993 after a decade as a senior policy analyst with SRI International's Center for Economic Competitiveness. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in political science from Stanford University and has co-authored two books on civic entrepreneurship.

John Mulcare

Wyoming Division Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

John MulcareJohn is the Wyoming division administrator with the USDOT, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Division. John has been with FMCSA for the past 32 years with stints in Illinois, New Hampshire, and the past 18 in Cheyenne. John believes that effective safety partnerships in the CMV industry are critical to reducing the number and severity of crashes involving CMVs.

Tom Musick

Transportation Safety Senior Program Manager, National Safety Council

Tom MusickTom is a senior program manager for transportation safety at the National Safety Council, which is based in Itasca, IL. He is involved in several NSC transportation safety initiatives as car crashes continue to be a leading cause of preventable death, both on and off the job. He leads the Check To Protect campaign, which encourages organizations and vehicle owners to check for open safety recalls and to schedule free repairs.

Lance Naef

Senior OSHA Consultant, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Lance NaefLance serves as a senior OSHA Consultant for the Department of Workforce Services. He currently holds a certificate as a Microsoft Networking Specialist. His professional experience includes facilities management, IT consulting, construction, excavation and trenching, as well as sand and gravel mining. He holds a degree in Applied Science from Laramie County Community College.

Mike Petruso

Patrol K9 State Trooper, Wyoming Highway Transportation Department

Mike PetrusoMike has worked for the Wyoming Highway Transportation Department for six years as a state trooper, and his K9 partner's name is Becky. The team works out of the Laramie field office.

Nick Pisciotti

Risk Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Nick PisciottiNick graduated from the University of Wyoming in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in communications, with a minor in marketing. Nick grew up in Newcastle and is a graduate of Newcastle High School. He has been with the Department of Workforce Services since 2016, working as a business representative for the Cheyenne Workforce Center. In April of 2018, he was promoted to risk manager and is working toward his CRM. Nick currently manages the Drug and Alcohol Discount Program.

Adam Powell

Workers' Compensation 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.

John Privette

Regional Director, Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network

John PrivetteJohn is the regional director for the Wyoming SBDC Network. John provides business advising services to Wyoming small business entrepreneurs in Laramie and Goshen counties. His work experience spans the mining, manufacturing, information, financial and retail industry sectors. He has held corporate management positions in product development and international marketing and managed foreign operations offices. John has been a Series 7 qualified general securities representative and a small business owner in information technology and retail start-up companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in geology from Appalachian State University and a Master of Science in business from Colorado State University. John holds the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) Certified Global Business Professional ™ certification. John also is a certified trainer with Profit Mastery™, Growth Wheel™, and Economic Gardening™.

Scott Rigg

Workers' Compensation District 2 Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Scott RiggScott was born and raised in Worland, and he graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in business management in 1998. He came to the Department of Workforce Services as a Workers' Compensation claims analyst in 2002. Since 2011, he has served as the Workers' Compensation District 2 Manager.

Barbra Roach

Deputy Director, Wyoming State Crime Lab

Barbra RoachBarbra has been the deputy director of the Wyoming State Crime Lab since January 2018. Prior to working at the Crime Lab, Barbra was the special agent in charge for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the four-state region of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Montana and was employed by DEA for 32 years, working in international drug law enforcement, security programs overseeing physical, personnel and facility security worldwide. Barbra has a degree in social and behavioral sciences and business administration from the University of South Florida.

Kelly Roseberry

Labor Standards Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Kelly RoseberryKelly is a licensed attorney with extensive employment law experience, and she serves as the manager of the Labor Standards program within the Department of Workforce Services. 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 hundreds of 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.

Marc Russell

State Trooper, Wyoming Highway Patrol

Marc RussellTrooper Marc Russell joined the Wyoming Highway Patrol in July of 2011. He is currently assigned as a State Trooper stationed out of Rock Springs, WY. Previously, he served as a Patrol Deputy with the Platte County Sheriff's Office from September of 2007 to July of 2011. Prior to serving in the Patrol Division, he was assigned to the Detention Division from December of 2006 to July of 2007. Trooper Russell graduated from the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in March of 2008 as a Wyoming P.O.S.T certified peace officer and later attained his professional peace officer certification in March of 2011. Trooper Russell graduated from the Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Basic Academy in October of 2011. Trooper Russell has been a certified Drug Recognition Expert since 2009 and a certified Drug Recognition Expert Instructor since 2010. Trooper Russell is an Academy Instructor both at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and the Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Academy. In 2015, Trooper Russell was selected as a narcotics canine handler. Trooper Russell has served as the Wyoming Southwest Regional DRE coordinator since 2017. In addition, Trooper Russell serves or has served as a Field Training Officer and member of the Peer Support Team.

Ashley Schluck

State of Wyoming Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Laramie City Attorney's Office

Ashley SchluckAshley is the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) for the State of Wyoming. She works for the Laramie City Attorney's Office in Laramie, Wyoming where the Traffic Safety Resource Program is administered with funding provided by a grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation Highway Safety Program (this grant includes funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). She also serves as the Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Laramie supervising the City's prosecution efforts. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Wyoming where she obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology and criminal justice in 2001, followed by her juris doctorate in 2004. Prior to becoming the Wyoming TSRP in 2013, Ashley was a Senior Assistant and Prosecuting City Attorney for eight years with the City of Laramie. During that time, she prosecuted countless DWUIs, both alcohol and drug related, and assisted in the creation and subsequent enactment of tougher DWUI laws for the City of Laramie. As a prosecutor, Ashley also participated in several impaired driving trainings including the SFST Instructor Training School, DWUI Case Development, Intoxometer EC/IR Certification Training, and the Wyoming Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DRE). As a TSRP, Ashley serves as a specialized attorney whose primary focus is equipping prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and other traffic safety professionals with the resources necessary to combat impaired driving and other traffic safety issues. To do this she provides education, training, and technical assistance within her state and nationwide. Additionally she serves as both a consultant and liaison to these traffic safety groups by participating in state, regional, and national traffic safety meetings and events. Her work allows her to stay abreast of the common defenses, complexities, and challenges in the traffic safety arena. The ultimate goal of the Wyoming TSRP program is to improve traffic safety, thereby reducing the incidence of impaired driving and related highway injuries and fatalities.

Brian Sebade

Extension Educator, University of Wyoming Extension

Brian SebadeBrian works for the University of Wyoming Extension and is an extension educator based in Laramie. He covers southeast Wyoming and provides agriculture and horticulture education for adults and youth.

Chad Seidel

Quality Assurance and Investigation Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Chad SeidelChad is the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Quality Assurance and Investigations Manager. After completing a tour with the United States Marine Corps, Chad served as a police officer with the Cheyenne Police Department and also served with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation CJIS unit (Criminal Justice Information Services). Chad has worked with all Wyoming law enforcement agencies, the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, Wyoming prosecutors, and non-criminal justice agencies throughout Wyoming. He continues to assist in the development of anti-fraud programs and strives to identify, investigate and reduce fraud. Chad teaches regularly on a variety of fraud related subjects and workplace safety. Chad is a Certified Fraud Examiner, accredited by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Chad graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Erin Shore

Senior Professional Research Assistant, Center for Health, Work & Environment

Erin ShoreErin is a senior professional research assistant for the Center for Health, Work & Environment. She is the study coordinator for the Small+Safe+Well Study. Erin works on multiple research projects at the Center for Health, Work & Environment, including program evaluation and occupational health and safety. She earned her MPH with a concentration in epidemiology from Emory University. She also has a Bachelor of Science in health and exercise science from the University of Oklahoma.

Severn Shores

Seputy Reentry Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Corrections

Severn ShoresSevern is the deputy Reentry Program manager for the Wyoming Department of Corrections. Based out of the Casper Probation & Parole office, he has worked with the Wyoming Department of Corrections for six years. He supervises nine reentry specialists who are stationed throughout the state, providing reentry assistance and education to inmates returning to the community and coordinating all parole board-related activity within the WDOC.

Susan Talkington

State of Wyoming Compliance Review Auditor, Wyoming Highway Patrol

Susan TalkingtonSusan is the compliance review auditor for the State of Wyoming. Susan has worked for the Wyoming Highway Patrol since 2011 in the Port of Entry system. Susan conducts investigations on motor carriers who are involved in interstate and intrastate commerce ensuring compliance and helping Wyoming companies better understand the FMCSA rules and regulations. Susan has a passion for educating the CMV industry in order to help reduce the number of crashes and injuries that involve many CMV on our highways.

Meredith Towle

State Occupational Epidemiologist, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Meredith TowleMeredith serves as the state occupational epidemiologist at the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. She compiles information about work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities in Wyoming to help identify state-wide health and safety priorities, inform policy makers and educate employers and workers about hazards and risks on the job. Meredith has more than 15 years of experience in public health research, surveillance and program management. She holds a master's degree in public health from the University of Colorado and is a member of Delta Omega, the honorary society in public health. She is an active member of several national and regional committees, including the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda Oil & Gas Extraction Council and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Occupational Health Leadership Committee.

Joe Underwood

Workers' Compensation Claims Analyst, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Joe UnderwoodJoe joined the Department of Workforce Services as a Workers' Compensation Claims Analyst in November 2016. He transitioned to the role of Customer Service Advocate in October 2018. As a Customer Service Advocate he provides case support, mediation, training, claim reviews, and general assistance to all parties regarding Workers' Compensation. Joe is a graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelors in Social Work. Prior to joining the Division, Joe worked in benefit eligibility for public assistance programs.

Christina West

WIOA Title I Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Christina WestChristina is a Wyoming native and has devoted her career to helping others. She has a passion for working with young adults and has worked with youth for more than 20 years in various settings, which include residential treatment centers, Department of Family Services, Job Corps and Vocational Rehabilitation. Christina has worked with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services for more than five years. She started as a workforce specialist, and then spent two years working with Vocational Rehabilitation as VR counselor and is now currently the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I program manager. In this role, she develops policy and procedures, provides guidance to Workforce Center staff and oversees the overall service delivery of the Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs within the Department of Workforce Services. Christina serves on the Employment and Training Committee for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and holds a bachelor's degree in social psychology from Park University.

Brad Westby

Wyoming OSHA Interim Consultation Program Manager

Brad WestbyBrad serves as the Wyoming OSHA interim consultation program manager for the Department of Workforce Services. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming and a master's degree from University of Phoenix. His professional experience includes working five years in Washington, D.C., for Senator Al Simpson and Senator Mike Enzi, and he has worked for the Department of Workforce Services for the past 10 years.

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's 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 became certified in ergonomics in June of 2017 and has performed several ergonomic assessments. Lauren's past work experience, paired with her claims knowledge, makes her a great resource for the employers in Wyoming.

Jennifer Wilch

Special Investigations Unit Operations Coordinator, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Jennifer WilchJennifer has worked for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services for 10 years. At Workforce Services, Jennifer serves as the operations coordinator for the Special Investigations Unit. As the operations coordinator, Jennifer is responsible for day to day case management, coordinating contract investigators, establishing priorities, and being a liaison between claims analysts. Prior to being in the special investigations unit Jennifer was the Workforce Investment Act state monitor. Jennifer has given numerous presentations throughout her time with the State to include the 2018 Wyoming State SHRM Annual Conference, 2016 Safety and Workforce Summit, 2014 National Career Development Association's Global Conference, 2011 US Department of Labor Regional Technical Assistance Forum and other local training events. Jennifer earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming. She also holds the designation of a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Teresa Wilde

Assistant District Director, U.S. Department of Labor - Wage & Hour Division

Teresa WildeTeresa is assistant district director for the U.S. Department of Labor – Wage & Hour Division (WHD) in the Salt Lake City District Office. The Salt Lake District Office has jurisdiction over federal labor laws in Montana, Utah and Wyoming. Teresa began her career with the department in 2000 as a wage & hour investigator, transferred to the community outreach position in 2014, and to the position of assistant district director in 2018. Teresa attended the University of Utah and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and criminology and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

Kurt Zunker

Drug Court and DUI Court Program Director, Laramie County

Kurt ZunkerFor the past 17 years, Kurt has served as the director for the Drug Court and DUI Court programs for Laramie County and is the coordinator for the Laramie County Veterans Treatment Court. Kurt has an extensive work history and experience in program management specifically targeting the drug- and alcohol-addicted offender. Kurt has served as the president of the Wyoming Drug Courts Association, the chair of the Cheyenne Meth Initiative, and as an executive board member of the Governor's Advisory Board on Substance Abuse and Violent Crime. Kurt is a graduate of Leadership Cheyenne (2013) and recently completed a three-year term on the Leadership Cheyenne Steering Committee. Kurt was the chairman of the City of Cheyenne Fire Department's Civil Service Commission from 2013 to 2019 and is currently a board member for Legal Aid of Wyoming and an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at Laramie County Community College. Kurt holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from the University of Wyoming (2000) and a Master of Arts in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati's College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (2015).