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), board director of the Cheyenne Regional Air Service Focus Team, 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.
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Jess E. Ketcham is a fifth generation Laramie County resident. His wife, Kelly, is a teacher at Henderson Elementary School. Jess and Kelly have two boys, Jace and Jack. Jess went to school in Cheyenne 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. Jess is now the Budget Administrator of the State Budget Department. An active community member, Jess is also a Lead Assistant Chairman for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Parades Committee.
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Kathy Emmons was elected to the board in 2023. Kathy was raised in the Sandhills of Nebraska and relocated to Cheyenne in 1987. She raised her family in Cheyenne and her daughter Katie continues to reside here. Kathy attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, followed by a Masters degree with double majors in Career/Vocational Guidance and Guidance and Counseling from Chadron State College. In 2018 Kathy earned a Doctorate of Management in Organization Development and Change. Kathy has volunteered her time serving on several boards including Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Family Promise, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Foundation, and the Laramie County Juvenile Joint Powers Board.
During her time in Cheyenne Kathy lead multiple non-profit organizations, was Director of the Children’s Discovery Center at LCCC, served on Governor Dave Freudenthal’s Cabinet as Director of the Department of Workforce Services, provided organizational and leadership development at CRMC and is currently the Executive Director of Cheyenne Laramie County Public Health.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Janine Thompson was elected to the board in 2018. She is an alumna of LCCC obtaining AS degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. She received her BS in Business Management from Regis University, and her MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University. Janine was an LCCC adjunct teacher of accounting for 12 years and has been the owner of the Cheyenne accounting firm of 1st Accounting Solutions since 2001. She has served on numerous boards including the Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission and the Wyoming Board of Professional Responsibility for attorneys. She has also volunteered her time for many local organizations such as the Cheyenne Competitive Baseball Association, the Center for Dispute Solution, CLIMB Wyoming and Holy Trinity Church. Her husband Rick is a senior partner in the law firm of Hathaway & Kunz, and they have three sons, Reed, Trey and Brett.
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