Members

Bradley Barker

Bradley S. Barker, III, was elected for a four-year term in November 2014.  Born and raised in Cheyenne, Brad currently works at the Wyoming Department of Education as the Hathaway Scholarship Consultant. Prior to his work at the state he worked at LCCC in admissions. He earned an associate degree from Northeastern Junior College and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming.  He is a member of the Post 6 Baseball board and continues to help coach. Brad is a former college baseball player and an avid sports fan. He is the oldest of five kids and all of his siblings have attended LCCC. He is married to Carrie, a first grade teacher for LCSD #1 and they have two young children, Averi and Bo (Bradley IV).


Don Erickson

Don Erickson was elected to the board in 2012. He is a former mayor of Cheyenne, serving 12 years from the late 70s through the 80s. He has two degrees from the University of Illinois: BS in Health Education and a MEd in Medical Education Research. He also has a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina. Erickson has served on numerous civic and health related boards and organizations. Currently, he is the volunteer training director for the Wyoming Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and a member of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Heels and the Airport Golf Club.  He and his wife, Jacqui, have five children and six grandchildren.


Jess Ketcham

Jess E. Ketcham is a fifth generation Laramie County resident.  His wife Kelly is a second grade teacher at Henderson Elementary School.  Jess and Kelly have two boys Jace and Jack who attend Saddle Ridge Elementary School.  Jess went to school in Cheyenne from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated from East High School.  Jess attended LCCC to study Agriculture Education after which he transferred to the University of Wyoming where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture Business.  After graduation he accepted a position as a Personal Banker at Wells Fargo Bank in Cheyenne.  He furthered his banking career working as a Senior Auditor for the State of Wyoming in the Banking Division for eight years.  An opportunity arose when he was offered a position with the Budget Division as a Senior Budget Analyst and he has been with that office for five years.  An active community member, Jess is also a Lead Assistant Chairman for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Parades Committee.


Brenda Lyttle

Elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014, Brenda Lyttle is an attorney and works for the Wyoming Department of Family Services as the senior Administrator of the Assistance Division. She received a bachelor's degree in English and Theater Arts from Drake University in Iowa, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law. She has attended classes at LCCC, acted in and directed theater productions on campus, and has played clarinet in the LCCC Wind Symphony. Brenda is very active with Cheyenne Little Theater Players, is a founding board member of Arts Cheyenne, and is the secretary of the Wyoming Homeless Collaborative Board. She and her husband John have a blended family of three daughters and their husbands, one son and his wife, and five grandchildren.


Carol Merrell
Carol Merrell was chosen for the board in October 2009 and elected in 2010. She is a registered radiological technologist, an LCCC graduate and has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming. Currently she manages her family’s rental real estate business. She is an enthusiastic volunteer for several organizations. She has volunteered for Safe House, the Downtown Development Authority, the Parent Advisory Committee at Central High School, her church and Youth Alternatives. She has been an active volunteer at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for the past 10 years and is a past president. She also serves on the CRMC Foundation Board. One of her projects, as a volunteer, was Merrell’s Morsels, in which the volunteers sold cookies in the lobby to raise money for scholarships offered to LCCC students in the health-related professions. The volunteers' goal of $100,000 was met in May 2009. She is also an associate member of Civic League, a member of PEO and several other groups. Carol is married to Art, a psychiatrist, and has four children and six grandchildren. She enjoys tennis, reading, bridge, gardening and traveling.

Bob Salazar

Bob Salazar was elected to the board in 2016. Bob was born and raised in Cheyenne. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1977 with Bachelor of Science in Statistics and a Master of Science in Systems Science/R&D Management from the University of Denver in 1991. He worked in the Defense and Telecommunications industry for 24 years and lived in India for 3 years developing International Business for mobile telephone and entertainment services.

He returned to Cheyenne in 2002 and received an Education Teaching Certification from the University of Wyoming and was a Math/Statistic teacher at East High School and adjunct instructor at LCCC for 14 years. He retired in June 2016 and remains very active in the education environment. He is currently on the Board of PODER Academy Charter School and a HOPE member.

Bob's personal mission statement is "Seek Balance, Flexibility, Endurance and Strength" and applies it, to all areas of his life. He and his wife, Lorraine, enjoy travel and new adventures. They are members of St. Mary's Church.


Wendy Soto

Wendy J. Soto was born and raised in Wyoming and has spent most of her life in Laramie County. She is a charter graduate of the LCCC paralegal program, graduating in 1990. She obtained a general studies associate in 2004 while pursuing a bachelor's degree in social science from the University of Wyoming in 2005. She then obtained a master's in public administration from UW in 2012. She worked as a paralegal for private practice litigation firms for many years before joining the State of Wyoming in 1999. She served thirteen years with the Board of Equalization, and in June of 2012, became the executive director of Wyoming's Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics. She also served as an adjunct instructor in the LCCC paralegal program for many years. Wendy has served on the board of directors for the Legal Assistants of Wyoming, Community Action of Laramie County, Cheyenne Little Theater Players, Wyoming Equality, the Advisory Committee for the LCCC paralegal program and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.