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Kayla McDonald
President and Education committee chair

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Kayla McDonald is the Economic Development Specialist for the Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition (SEDC) in Sweetwater County. Kayla was instrumental in the development and creation of the countywide economic development organization in 2016 which is a partnership with the City of Rock Springs, City of...

Brayden Connour
Vice President

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Brayden Connour, CEO of Goshen Economic Development. Brayden started with Goshen Economic Development as the Business Development Director in August of 2019 and took over as CEO in January of 2022. The biggest achievement to date is passing the ¼ cent sales tax for economic...

Kevin Kershirsnik
Treasurer, Officer

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Kevin has lived in Wyoming since 1995 and his relatives have lived here for generations.  He has an MBA from the University of Wyoming, two engineering degrees, and a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wyoming.  He has been successfully working for and managing manufacturing companies...

Betsey Hale
Secretary- Legislative Committee Chair

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Betsey most recently served as the President of Three Rivers Development Corporation located in Corning, NY. Three Rivers is a 54-year-old economic and community development organization that serves a three-county region in the Finger Lakes Wine Country. Prior to her work in New York State,...

Jared Routh
Board Member

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Prior to accepting the High West Energy CEO position, Routh served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Cooperative Services at Shelby Energy Cooperative in Shelbyville, Kentucky, which has more than 17,000 accounts. Before working at Shelby, Mr. Routh served in a variety of capacities...

Bill Hayes
Board Member

I was born in Laramie, WY where my parents were attending UW. My dad was a petroleum geologist, so we lived in MS, LA, and TX. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970 and started as Management Trainee with JCPenney and...

Brandon Marshall
Board Member

Brandon has served the Economic Development Community in Wyoming for over two decades and bring a strong background and knowledge in the needs of the communities around the state.  Brandon has worked to develop connections across the state and region that can be very helpful...

Andy Gramlich
Board Member

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Andy is a retired healthcare executive who serves on a number of business and community organizations. Experienced in strategic planning, business development and recruiting as well as grant writing, review and administration. Former President of Leader Corporation and currently a member of the Lander Economic...

Jon Conrad
Board Member

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Jon Conrad currently serves as the Environmental and Governmental Affairs Manager for Tata Chemicals in Green River Wyoming.  Jon has been in Soda Ash manufacturing holding various leadership positions over 27 years. Jon serves on the Uinta County Economic Development Commission and as the Chairman...

Josh Dorrell
Ex-Officio Member

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Dorrell has served as Senior Vice President of Technology Services and Solutions with Laramie-based Trihydro Corporation since 2015. The engineering and environmental consulting firm started in Laramie in 1984 and today has 22 offices nationwide, and staff resources in 28 states. Dorrell also teaches...

Robin Sessions Cooley
Ex-Officio Member

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Robin Sessions Cooley Ex-Officio Member Wyoming Director of Workforce Services Governor Mead appointed Robin Sessions Cooley to the Public Service Commission beginning March 16, 2017. Ms. Cooley graduated from the University of Wyoming, College of Law, in 1992, entering private practice in...

Ron Gullberg
Ex-Officio Member

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Ron Gulberg joined the Wyoming Business Council in March 2014 as communications director following a 25-year daily newspaper career. He was promoted to business development director in September 2017, where he managed the business relocation and expansion, finance, market development and agribusiness efforts, and the creation of...

Heidi Peterson
Ex-Officio

Executive Director Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce PO Box 418 Laramie, WY 82073

Brett Kahler
Executive Director

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Brett Kahler joins WEDA from the University of Wyoming, where he was most recently an assistant director for UW’s IMPACT 307 business incubator, and previously served as a director of development at the UW Foundation. Brett has also held roles working with both state and...

Zachary Valerio
WEDA Client Services and Operations Specialist

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Zach has joined WEDA as of May 2023. Zach is working as the WEDA Client Services and Operations Specialist. Zach has a variety of work experience from managing the Cheyenne Fitness 307 locations, an internship at Impact 307, and an internship with the Wyoming Business...

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