Executive Council Members
Rosie Berger has more than twenty years of experience in public service and government, serving in senior-level and leadership positions in the Wyoming State Legislature, National Conference of State Legislatures, Council of State Governments, and Congressional Conference on Civic Education. She served seven terms in the Wyoming House of Representatives as a member of the senior leadership team. During her tenure in the Wyoming State Legislature, Berger championed economic development, land conservation, budget and education initiatives that benefitted Wyoming’s workers and families.
Berger served six years on the Wyoming Parks and Cultural Resources Commission as well as on numerous local civic boards, including the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce, WYO Theatre, Dog and Cat Shelter and the Sheridan Arts Council. She spent decades working in the travel industry as a travel consultant and business owner, and worked in various business management, film location and event coordination positions. Berger currently serves on the Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission, and boards of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation and the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus – which she founded in 2008. Berger resides in Big Horn with her husband, Bob.
Mark A. Christensen is a fourth-generation Campbell County native who was raised on his family ranch south of Gillette near the Pumpkin Buttes. He and his wife, Erika, live in Gillette with their two young boys.
Mr. Christensen graduated from Campbell County High School in 2001 and attended the University of Wyoming, receiving a B.S. in Finance and a B.S. in Management Information Systems. He then received a M.S. in Real Estate and Construction Management from the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver.
After finishing his graduate degree, Mark returned to Gillette in 2006. He owns and operates The MC Family of Companies, LLC, a holding company for his real estate development, construction, and other company projects. Since 2010, Mr. Christensen has worked with his wife Erika, and has developed a number of commercial and residential projects. Since expanding into construction management, his team has built homes around Gillette and is now involved in a number of commercial and industrial projects. He is also actively engaged in publishing, digital media, advertising management, and creative services through acquisitions and expansions of his companies. Mr. Christensen is involved in his family’s ranching activities and handles payroll, accounting, and human resources activities for the family ranch which has grown to include eight locations in three states.
Mr. Christensen was elected to the Campbell County Board of Commissioners in 2012 and began his first term in 2013. He was reelected to the Board in 2016. Prior to being elected to the Board of Commissioners, Mark served two terms on the Campbell County Public Land Board (which oversees the operations of CAM-PLEX). Mr. Christensen also served as treasurer of the Campbell County Healthcare Foundation from 2009 through 2013.
Mr. Christensen enjoys volunteering for various community organizations and remains heavily involved with the Campbell County Fair and 4-H.
Ray Fleming Dinneen, Psy. D, is the Founder and Executive Director of Climb Wyoming, a non-profit organization whose mission is for single mothers to discover self-sufficiency through career training and placement. She developed the Climb program in Laramie County, Wyoming in 1986 to meet the job and life skills needs of low-income single mothers. In 2004, she expanded the Climb program to six additional sites across Wyoming which now serve families in 12 counties.
Dr. Fleming Dinneen has been a longtime advocate of Wyoming families. She currently serves on the Supreme Court’s created Equal Justice Wyoming Board of Commissioners, the Governor appointed Wyoming Workforce Development Council and on the Board of the Wyoming Children’s Society. In 2014 Governor Matt Mead awarded Climb the Friend of Department of Family Services Award for its consistent, high-quality services for single moms trying to climb out of poverty. In 2016 Ray received Wyoming Business Report’s Women of Influence Lifetime Achievement award.
Ike Eastman is the president of Eastmans’ Publishing and oversees the daily operations of Eastmans’ Hunting TV, Eastmans’ Hunting and Bowhunting Journals, Eastmans’ Live Events and Eastmans’ Digital Media. He regularly lends his hunting expertise on Eastmans’ Hunting TV, films in the fall and is hands-on in almost every facet of the company.
Ike was born in Wyoming and graduated high school in Thermopolis after which he attended Northwest College in Powell where he met his wife Candi. Ike holds a degree from the University of Wyoming in Business and thoroughly enjoys fly fishing and backcountry snowmobiling with his two daughters and wife.
Mary Ellbogen Garland is the President and Chair John P. Ellbogen Foundation - Ms. Garland is generally and broadly involved personally as a volunteer and professionally in her position with the Ellbogen Foundation in service to the people of the State of Wyoming. She has taken the lead for a statewide Initiative in support of National Board Certification for Wyoming teachers.
Other focus areas include education leadership and early childhood systems building. She is a director on the Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation Board. She serves on the University of Wyoming College of Education Advisory Board, University of Wyoming Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors, University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic Advisory, Cathedral Home for Children Board, Wyoming Early Childhood Partnership Board, Healthy Birth Infant Brains Foundation Board, and as field support and board member for the Jason’s Friends Foundation. The focus of her work is in education and for the benefit of children and families.
Mary has a marketing degree with a minor in finance from the University of Wyoming and is a Leadership Wyoming graduate, class of 2001. She was awarded the degree - Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa - from the University of Wyoming in May 2009.
Ms. Hoeft has spent nearly 25 years in the family office and trust and estate profession and founded Willow Street Financial Services LLC, now Willow Street Group, in 2005. Under her leadership Willow Street also received the 2014 Wyoming Employer of Choice Award sponsored by the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues. In 2016 the firm added Willow Street Trust Company of Wyoming, LLC, an independent trust company chartered by the State of Wyoming.
Ms. Hoeft earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia and is a member of the Jefferson Society. Fluent in French, she studied 19th Century Literature and French Economics at L’Université de Paris–Sorbonne and obtained her Certificat from the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris. Barbara is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and has the Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation.
Ms. Hoeft has lived in Jackson since 1984. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole where she chairs the Health and Human Services Committee. Previously, she was Board President and Endowment Campaign Committee Chair of the Teton County Library Foundation. Barbara is an active member of the Chapel at River Crossing; she enjoys skiing, gardening and spending time with her husband Chris and their two children, CJ and Charlotte.
Karen Hostetler is the President and founder of Mountain Meadow Wool Co. Inc. She has been involved in the wool industry as a spinner, weaver, craftsman, and marketer of wool products since 1980. In 2007 she co-founded Mountain Meadow Wool. Mountain Meadow Wool procures wool from the ranches in Wyoming and processes the fine, soft wool into yarn. Currently the yarn is shipped all over the US and Canada and overseas to several countries. She has done extensive research on wool production methods throughout the country and has received four SBIR-USDA grants.
Karen has made Wyoming her home for 37 years with her husband, Mike and their seven children.
Matt Kaufman is a partner with Hathaway & Kunz, LLP based in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Matt’s legal practice focuses on business, corporate, transactional and litigation matters, ranging from entity formations, financings, and operational issues, to intellectual property protection, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance and technology.
Matt is deeply involved in local and regional entrepreneurship. Matt co-founded the Wyoming Entrepreneurs group that meets in Cheyenne, has a published academic article on developing entrepreneurship in Wyoming, is counsel to dozens of start-ups, emerging technology companies, and investment funds across Wyoming, is an active tech and real estate investor, and has been a guest speaker on topics such as capital raising, securities, and legal issues surrounding start-ups in Wyoming. Additionally, Matt’s latest venture includes being co-founder and acting Chairman of Array School of Technology and Design, which is Wyoming’s first private coding school, based in Cheyenne.
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 has been repeatedly selected as one of the Mountain States SuperLawyer “Rising Stars”, he has been selected multiple times by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40 for the State of Wyoming, has been selected by American Society of Legal Advocates as a Top 40 under 40 in Wyoming, and a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 for 2015. Matt also serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Wyoming Law School and is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming.
Matt, along with is wife, Dr. Reagan Kaufman, live in Cheyenne with their two children.
Cy Lee is currently the Executive Director of Wind River Development Fund (WRDF) located on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fort Washakie Wyoming. Wind River Development Fund is a certified Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). As the former CFO of the Arapaho Tribe, Mr. Lee has an understanding of tribal politics and recognizes the needs of the Arapaho and Shoshone people. Through educational programs, partnerships and cohorts, learning opportunities are provided to stimulate the economy by increasing the employability of individuals. Being a private corporation with no particular tribal affiliation, WRDF is working to become a community and economic development authority for the Wind River Reservation.
Steve Moldt was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa, located on the Mississippi River. He went off to Iowa State University in Ames to pursue a degree in civil engineering. It is there that he gained an interest in soil mechanics, or geotechnical engineering. Upon graduation, he was fortunate to be able to continue his studies in a Master’s Program developing specialized in-situ soil testing equipment. Even more fortunate was that he became married to Sharon in the time between graduation and graduate school.
Following graduate school, they moved to Madison, Wisconsin working as a geotechnical engineer. While Wisconsin is a great state, they felt the lure of the mountains. In the fall of 1982, they took a trip to Wyoming and Colorado, hitting Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Rocky Mountain Parks. Following that trip, the quest was on to move west. The chance came in 1983 when he accepted a position with Inberg-Miller Engineers in Riverton. By 1984 they had moved to Casper and opened an office. Twenty five years later, they find themselves back in Riverton, where he has taken over management of the company as CEO. The firm today enjoys great success with a staff of 70 talented engineers, geologists, scientists and technicians in five offices across Wyoming and associations with firms throughout the Rocky Mountains.
Steve has in the past held positions on the Natrona County Planning and Zoning Board, Casper Rotary Club and the Board of the Wyoming Association of the American Council of Engineering Companies. He is currently a board member of the Skilled Careers Foundation (Formally Construction Careers Foundation and associated with the Wyoming Contractors Association Regional Training Center in Casper), and the Wyoming Solid Waste and Recycling Association (WSWRA). In his role as a WSWRA Board Member, he was involved in the development of awareness and legislation to assist Wyoming communities in developing solutions to solid waste and recycling issues facing the State. The legislation ultimately led to programs that are currently assisting communities in closing old landfills and developing state of the practice methods of handling our waste and having a positive impact on the environment in Wyoming.
His personal interests include bicycling, fly fishing, scuba diving and gardening.
Bret Pizzato is the Plant Manager for the J.R. Simplot facility in Rock Springs. This facility manufactures both liquid and dry fertilizers. The facility is currently starting up a new Ammonia Plant expansion. The $ 400M ammonia plant will supply ammonia for fertilizer products in Simplot’s facilities in Rock Springs and Pocatello, ID. The facility employs approximately 300 talented individuals from Sweetwater County.
Prior to moving to J. R. Simplot in 2015, Bret worked at FMC Corporation’s Green River Trona Mine for 25 years. His roles included 15 years managerial experience in safety, environmental, operations, maintenance, engineering, distribution and supply chain. He has diverse experience in managing up to 240 personnel including union workforce which included oversight of operating budget of up to $40 million annually. Through his tenure at FMC, Bret had extensive corporate and governmental affairs experience.
Bret has been active at the State level and has served on the Wyoming Workforce Development Council, the Wyoming Youth Council chairperson, the University of Wyoming College of Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board. He also is committed to improving the quality of life in Sweetwater County and currently serves on the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport Board as well as the Rock Springs High School Career Academies Advisory Council.
Bret was born and raised in Kemmerer and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
Bret has been married 25 years to his wife Laura and has three children. He especially enjoys fishing, skiing, golf and supporting the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Cowboy Athletics.
Jesus Rios is the Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder of Ptolemy Data Systems; a tech-sector company headquartered in Sheridan, Wyoming. Ptolemy offers Managed Information Technology and Cloud Computing services throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. As a Managed Services company; Ptolemy specializes in Cybersecurity and network protective services.
Prior to cofounding Ptolemy; Mr. Rios worked as the Business Development Manager for Advanced Communications Technology; a Sheridan-based telecommunications company that offers broadband communication services across the region. During his tenure with ACT he worked to expand service offerings throughout Wyoming and Montana.
Mr. Rios recently served as the City Council President for the City of Sheridan. He has been actively engaged on the Sheridan Economic and Education Development Authority (SEEDA) Board, the Sheridan Business Incubator Board, the Sheridan Area Water Supply (SAWS) board as well as several other volunteer commitments throughout the community. He is married to his loving wife of ten years, Misty Rios, and together they have five children. As he likes to phrase it “We have ‘em in diapers and football cleats.” Mr. Rios is passionate about ENDOW and is committed to creating opportunity for future generations.
Steve worked for Hercules Inc. from 1969 to 1995 where he was instrumental in establishing them as a world leader in the field of carbon fiber. During his career, Russell worked in all aspects of the business, growing from a development engineer to vice-president of operations. Significant accomplishments during this time included development of the world’s first continuous PAN to spooled carbon fiber process, the first 12” wide hot melt carbon fiber epoxy prepreg line and leading the team that developed the IM family of carbon fibers which provided a 40% increase in available fiber strength.
He has spent time in business management, served as a consultant to the U.S. government and various aerospace and advanced development firms on carbon fiber related matters.
In 1997 he designed and constructed a carbon fiber line in Evanston, Wyoming for Aldila, Inc, a leading carbon fiber golf club manufacturer. This facility became a joint venture between Aldila and SGL Carbon in 1999 and Steve served as President and CEO of this venture until 2009.
Since 2009 he has managed facility projects for SGL Carbon including construction of an additional carbon fiber line in Evanston, Wyoming and the BMW-SGL joint venture carbon fiber line in Moses Lake, Washington.
Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites purchased the Evanston facility effective April 1, 2017 and Steve is now deeply involved in the smooth transition of this asset between companies.
Steve served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Business Council for the first eight years of its existence.
He earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1969.
Bill Schilling is the former President of the Wyoming Business Alliance/Wyoming Heritage Foundation. He was instrumental in the creation of the Wyoming Business Council, Hathaway Plan, and TOUR 23. He organized and founded Leadership Wyoming in 1999 and serves as its Executive Director. Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and two Master’s Degrees (Public Affairs and Economics; American History).
He has served as President of the Casper Symphony, Vice President of the Nicolaysen Art Museum, and Vice President of Boy Scouts of America. He is Past President of the Casper Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow Plus eight. He is an Advisory Board member of the University of Wyoming College of Business and served for eight years as a board trustee (2009-2017) of Iliff School of Theology (Denver University).
Barbara Sessions is Silver Star’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Barbara has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2002. Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wyoming.
Barbara currently sits on the US Telecom Engineering & Technology Policy Committee, as well as the US Telecom Traceback Committee. Barbara acts as a telecommunications consultant on the FirstNet Committee whose mission is to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. Additionally, she sits on the Competitive Carriers Association’s Wireless Regulatory committee. Barbara is also very active in the community, having served on the Afton Planning and Zoning Committee, the Star Valley Economic Development Board and the Lincoln County Republican Committee.
Barbara is married to her husband Rick and together they have three amazing daughters. In their free time, Barbara and her family enjoy camping, 4-wheeling and traveling to new places.
Jerad Stack is a successful startup founder, technology executive, angel investor and business mentor.
Jerad has nearly 20 years’ experience in the enterprise software and broader technology industries. In that time, he has worked in fields ranging from communication satellites, to consumer electronics, to Formula One racecars.
Jerad is a Founder Member of Breakthrough307 – a startup network and early stage angel fund focused on accelerating startups in the Rocky Mountain region. Additionally, he is the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wyoming Technology Business Center where he serves as an advisor to multiple emerging high-growth companies.
Jerad was founder and CEO of the Laramie-based, venture-backed, engineering software company, Firehole Technologies. As CEO, he formulated and executed the company’s strategies towards developing better design and analysis software, leading to multiple years of double-digit growth and an eventual 8-figure exit to the Fortune 500 software giant, Autodesk in March, 2013.
Jerad also volunteers with multiple community organizations, currently serving as chair of the Amoco Reuse Agreement Joint Powers Board – overseeing a massive redevelopment effort on the former oil companies’ Casper properties.
A fifth-generation Wyomingite, Jerad holds an M.S. and B.S. both in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.
Robert Viola is the Founder and Director of Engineering of Square One Systems Design. Located in Jackson, Square One delivers advanced robotic solutions to Big Science and high-tech industry. The firm’s Tri-Sphere Positioners are critical enabling technologies within the European Free Electron Laser in Germany, the National Synchrotron Light Source in New York, and Samsung’s Advanced Semiconductor Development Center in Korea. Its autonomous bio-crystal harvesting workcells are helping pioneer structure-guided drug discovery and its landmine detection robots are being readied for field testing by the US Army. Mr. Viola has guided Square One from its gritty, garage-shop origins in 2002 to its current status as the Singularity’s chosen avatar.
Mr. Viola got his professional start as a Schlumberger field engineer assigned to Wyoming’s Overthrust Belt. He has since worked as a design engineer for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, a program manager for the Superconducting Super Collider and head of automation for Zygo Corporation. He holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and an advanced engineering degree from Stanford. He serves on the Advisory Board of Thisavros Investment Management LLC, co-sponsors the annual Teton Serenade and remains an active member of Jackson’s outdoor sports community.
John D. Temte is founder, and the Managing General Partner of Temte Capital and is responsible for all activities of the firm and its venture, energy and traditional private equity holdings. He oversees all investments made by Temte Capital funds, serves as Chairman of the investment committee and sits on the board of managers. Mr. Temte works closely with Temte Capital's managing directors who are specific to each of our disciplines and with our limited partners (investor clients). Mr. Temte also works with the managers and operators with whom Temte Capital invests and sits on several boards.
Mr. Temte has launched numerous technology-enabled businesses, selling one before the age of 26 and has been credited, in part, for pioneering the online group-buying model now used across the web. After exiting his technology companies John worked as Managing Director for a New York City based private equity firm.
Prior to his entrepreneurial and finance experience, Mr. Temte worked in professional sports in the NFL and NBA. John serves on the Wyoming Business Alliance Steering Committee, and Chairs the Jackson Hole Global Technology Partnership and the annual Wyoming Global Technology Summit, for Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. John earned a B.S. in Business Management from California State University, Chico.
F.E. “Wally” Wolski is a Wyoming native and lifelong resident of Goshen County. He and his wife Teresa live on a family farm near Yoder where they raised two daughters, Amie and Ashley. Wally is President of Wyoming Goose Nest, Inc. and in 1987 began converting their farmland into a private hunting preserve by enhancing habitat cover for upland birds and creating wetlands for attracting migratory waterfowl. He was a founding member and an original host of the annual Goshen County 2-Shot Goose Hunt.
Over the past thirty years, Wally has held numerous leadership positions on a wide-range of state and national Board of Directors, including seven years as an officer while serving on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He is in his second term as a Goshen County Commissioner, the Vice President of Southeast Wyoming Economic Development District, and current Board Member and immediate Past President of Goshen County Economic Development. Wally is a Rotarian, proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard, is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Wyoming, and enjoys spending his leisure time either on a golf course or in a goose blind.
Sen. Perkins has represented Senate District 29 since 2007 having served as Senate Vice President in 2015-2016, Senate Majority Floor Leader in 2017-2018 and currently serves as Senate President.
Michael D. Greear, or Mike as he is known, graduated High School in Clearmont, Sheridan County, Wyoming in 1985. He then served two years in the United States Army. Upon return from the service, he attended Sheridan College for two years, and then graduated the University of Wyoming, receiving a B.S. Degree in Economics. He then attended and graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1994.
Mike Greear currently serves as a Republican member of the Wyoming House of Representatives, District 27. To review Mike's information regarding his work in the House of Representatives please click here.
Mike has practiced law in Worland, Wyoming since 1994, and has focused his practice in succession planning, which involves estate planning and business planning. He has also focused his practice in business organization planning and mergers and acquisitions.
Mike is a person who strongly believes in the benefits of succession planning, especially as it relates to agricultural clients and small businesses. He has an informal style and a strong belief that every Succession Plan must be custom made to fit the individual client's goals.
Mike has put together hundreds of succession plans, which includes revocable trusts, family limited partnerships, life insurance trusts, charitable remainder trusts special needs trusts and other tools. He has a strong understanding of agriculture coupled with business experience and familiarity with the tax code. Mike brings a unique combination of personal knowledge, experience and practice focus into the Succession Planning process that can help the client navigate the complexities associated with Succession Planning.
Mike has clients throughout Wyoming, although he has made his home in Worland since graduating from Law School. Mike lives in Worland with his wife, Tiffany and their two children, Seth and Taylor. He has been dedicated to his community, most recently serving on the Joint Powers Board overseeing the new Worland Community Center Complex. Mike has also served as a Bar Commissioner for the Wyoming State Bar, and been a Chairman on several key committees, including the Select Committee to review the Disciplinary Function and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. While currently not a litigator, Mike has significant court room experience, and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming from 1996 to 2001.
Harshman spent four years studying undergraduate education at Black Hills State University during 1982 - 1986 and earned his B.S. in education. He went on to receive his M.S. in Education from Oregon State University in 1987. After graduation, Harshman became a teacher at high school, and he is currently a teacher and a head coach of football team at Natrona County High School.
Harshman started his political career in 2003 by winning election to the Wyoming State House in 2002.Since then; he has won elections seven times in a row. He was mainly appointed to Committee on Capital Financing & Investments; School Facilities; and School Financing Recalibration. In 2017, Harshman became the Speaker of the House.
Sen. Anders has represented Senate District 28 since 2013. He currently chairs the Senate Minierals, Business and Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Senate Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee, the Casper State Office Building Advisory Task Force, Energy Council, and Interstate Compact on Students of Military Families.
Amber Pollock is a co-founder and partner at her family owned and operated distillery, Backwards Distilling Company in Mills, Wyoming. Backwards makes award winning, small-batch spirits from scratch and distributes products through Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and California. Amber grew up in Casper, WY and graduated from the University of Wyoming with her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Music Education. After three years teaching elementary general music for Natrona Country School District #1, Amber left the classroom in 2013 to pursue starting the distillery with her parents and brother.
Amber is responsible for directing marketing, customer and community relations, and the tasting room and cocktail program at Backwards. She is passionate about the food/beverage and hospitality industries and has gained experience in that field in her role with her company. She travels the state extensively, doing sales and working with bars and restaurants on menu development and special events. Amber was instrumental in the founding of the Wyoming Distillers Guild and served as the organization’s first president. She continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Guild. She is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance and was recently elected to the national board of the American Craft Spirits Association and serves there as the Co-Chair of the Education Committee.