Presenter: Laurie Farkas
Title: Community Affairs Manager
Organization: Black Hills Energy

With finding balance between her job at the Wind River Hotel and Casino, providing motherly care, and running her newly found nonprofit, Wind River Grow Our Own 307, Deneica has found it all very rewarding being a grant recipient of Wyoming Community Foundation, Wyoming Interfaith Network, Riverton Peace Mission and United Presbyterian Church of Laramie.

Presenter: Laurie Farkas
Title: Community Affairs Manager
Organization: Black Hills Energy

Robin Bocanegra, Executive Director of the COMEA House and Resource Center, has over 19 years experience in housing and program development. She serves on the Wyoming Homeless Collaborative Board, and the Leadership Cheyenne Steering Committee. Robin holds a BA in Psychology from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD.

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With finding balance between her job at the Wind River Hotel and Casino, providing motherly care, and running her newly found nonprofit, Wind River Grow Our Own 307, Deneica has found it all very rewarding being a grant recipient of Wyoming Community Foundation, Wyoming Interfaith Network, Riverton Peace Mission and United Presbyterian Church of Laramie.

Greta grew up in Fort Collins, CO, graduated from CSU, moved to Cheyenne in 1974 and retired from teaching high school English in 2002. In 2006, after recovering from cancer, Greta started Day of Giving and remains on the board, working to help those who are sick or in dire need.

Jan lives in Casper and is currently the President of the Boys and Girls Club of Central WY and the President of the Casper College Alumni Association. She enjoys volunteering for these wonderful nonprofits that make a tremendous difference in so many lives, especially WY’s young people.

As VP of Align, Jody helps lead the organization and works with clients in planning, facilitation and association management. She also serves as the Executive Director for the Wyoming Nonprofit Network. In this role, she advocates for the sector and provides resources and support. Most recently, this included coordinating WyoGives.

Laurie Andrews took the helm at the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole in March. The Community Foundation established a new pandemic response fund, raising $4 million in emergency support for community nonprofits. Prior, she directed the Jackson Hole Land Trust for 15 years, protecting open lands and spearheading community projects.

Lynn A. Storey-Huylar is currently Director of Safe Harbor, a children’s justice center in Cheyenne. Ms. Huylar has dual roles, and is also an onsite forensic interviewer. She is on Children’s Justice Act Task Force/Child Fatality Review Team, State Chapter of Child Advocacy Centers and Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund.

Misty has worked with Climb Wyoming since 2012. She is honored to support staff and participants as they reach for their goal of long-term success. She lives with her husband and three wild and wonderful children.

Raizy Mendelsohn, together with her husband, Rabbi Zalman, founded the Chabad Jewish Center in Wyoming. Under Raizy’s dynamic leadership, Chabad has developed into an indispensable resource for Wyoming’s Jewish community. Raizy teaches, inspires, uplifts, counsels, mentors, lectures, feeds and serves, all while homeschooling her six beautiful children.

Robin Bocanegra, Executive Director of the COMEA House and Resource Center, has over 19 years experience in housing and program development. She serves on the Wyoming Homeless Collaborative Board, and the Leadership Cheyenne Steering Committee. Robin holds a BA in Psychology from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD.

Rosie joined Climb after working for a decade as an immigration attorney representing vulnerable populations in the Jackson area and beyond. She has also served as a crisis services case manager, pro bono refugee attorney, and volunteer on issues ranging from affordable housing to nonprofit community radio.

Stella Montano is retired and very active in the community/state supporting various organizations and actively serving on boards. She is a member of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. She has a passion for working with the elder population. She has many hobbies and interests keeping her busy. She is married with two adult children, one cat and a big garden!

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