We are volunteers & citizens of this great town of Lander, Wyoming.
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John Larsen, second term ending December 2018 (Co-Chair)
John moved to Lander with his wife, Debbie, and two young daughters in 1980 to work in the oilfield service industry. After two years, John, his brother Lloyd and father Lowell set out into the cold, cruel world of owning their own company, now well known in the community as Triple L, Inc. Having ridden the economic roller coaster for the past 31 years, they have not only managed to keep their heads above water, but currently employ a staff of 50 and work mainly in Wyoming and the mountain west region. John and Debbie raised their daughters in Lander. The girls attended the Lander public schools and both John and Debbie were involved in their daughters' school and recreational activities. They are also very active in their church and the community. John has a passion for flying, and joined a very worthwhile charitable organization called Angel Flight West. This gives him the opportunity to fly and also assists transporting families in need to get to medical appointments throughout the mountain west.
Liz Lightner, second term ending December 2019 (Co-Chair)
Liz has lived all over the U.S. as well as serving 2 ½ years in Togo, West Africa with the Peace Corps. She was born in St. Louis and attended Washington University there. She has also lived in Pittsburgh, PA, Marin County, CA, Bethesda, MD, Atlanta, GA, and Moab, UT. In Atlanta, she worked with an alternative transportation non-profit, then Zipcar as General Manager, and finally, a national parking company as Executive VP of Business Development before moving to Moab. She is married to Sam Lightner, Jr., who grew up in Jackson, and brought them to Lander in March of 2013, primarily for the rock climbing and the close-knit community. She has served on a number of boards including the YMCA, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Moab Trail Mix, and the Cottonwoods HOA. She currently teaches yoga and serves as a volunteer for Frontier Hospice, the Transportation Alternatives Project (TAP) Committee, the One Percent Project Committee, the Assisted Living Task Force, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wyoming, as a Big Sister to an adorable 5 year old.
Justus Jacobs, first term ending December 2018 (Vice Chair)
Justus is a Lander native who graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Business Finance. Upon graduation Justus moved to San Diego, CA where he gained experience in the banking and insurance industry working for US Bank Corp and Snapp & Associates. In 2011 Justus and his wife, Taylor, moved to Fort Collins, CO where he began working in the oil and gas industry. Soon thereafter they re-located to Cheyenne where he began working for Wyoming's Office of State Land and Investments as an Oil / Gas Lease Auditor. In February 2015 Justus, his wife and two sons had the opportunity to move to Lander to begin his career with First Interstate Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer. He is a member of Lander Kiwanis and serves on the Lander Care and Share Food Bank board. Justus has had his private pilot's license since he was 17 years old, is a farrier, and an avid hunter and outdoorsmen. He and his wife enjoy spending time working on his family's ranch and exploring the Wind Rivers. He is proud to be able to raise his two sons in such a wonderful community.
Patricia McGavran, second term ending December 2018 (Treasurer)
Pat moved to Lander in 2009, with her husband, W. Davis Merritt, a fly fisherman and physician, and their two teenage sons. She has a PhD in Toxicology from UNC and a Masters in Environmental Health from U of Minnesota and works as a consultant on dose reconstruction, hazardous substances emergency event and risk assessment projects. She has a special interest in improving the way scientific studies are communicated to citizens. She has served on a variety of technical workgroups and advisory panels and on several boards of non-profits.
Sarah Hamlin, first term ending December 2019 (Secretary)
Originally from northeast Ohio, Sarah moved to Lander in early 2006 when she took a job in the NOLS marketing department. Over the nine years that Sarah worked at NOLS she held roles in marketing, recruitment, and NOLS Custom Education. In 2012, Sarah graduated from the executive MBA program at the College of Business at Colorado State University. In 2014, Sarah joined the team at the Wyoming Small Business Development Center, providing confidential and cost-free business advising and educational resources to Wyoming business owners and aspiring entrepenuaers around the state. As the Fremont County Business Advisor, Sarah provides one-on-one advising on topics ranging from start-up assistance to bookkeeping to marketing. Her speciality at the network is in online marketing, where she helps clients create, revamp, and manage their websites and social media strategies. As a Lander Rotarian, Sarah is dedicated to giving back to the Lander community. As an avid ultra runner, Sarah and her husband Mark, find any reason to spend the day in the mountains or in a canoe with their dog, Ellie.
RaJean Strube Fossen, second term ending December 2020 (Director/Former Chair)
RaJean is a Fremont County native graduating from Riverton High School. She obtained a BS in Civil Engineering from MSU in Bozeman MT and is a registered Professional Engineer. She worked for the federal government until moving back to Lander in 1994 to be the co-owner/operator of Strube Construction where she developed and constructed the Indian Lookout Subdivision. From 2010-2014, she administered and worked for federal grant programs that educated youth-at-risk in the building and energy trades for BOCES and CWC. RaJean is the co-founder of the Lander Children’s Museum and served on that board for 13 years. She has also acted or chaired many other boards including the Lander Planning Commission and the Tiger Joint Powers Board which created the Lander Downtown Business Park. She is currently the Assistant to the Mayor for the City of Lander, utilizing both her engineering/development and community participation experiences. RaJean believes that there is no greater reward than investing in her community and is proud to serve the LCF as a continuing part of her investments in Lander.
Gina Colovich, second term ending December 2019 (Director/Bookkeeper)
Gina is a Wyoming native who grew up enjoying the outdoors with her family. After graduating with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Utah, she spent 14 years working in technology for the tourism and convention industry. She moved back to Wyoming in 2003 and worked for an engineering consulting business until opening her own business services company in 2013. Gina is the Chairman of the Lander Greenways Committee and has been a member of the Lander Community Foundation Challenge for Charities Committee since 2011. Gina and her husband Ken have two great kids who have introduced them to Nordic skiing, soccer, piano lessons and a variety of school activities.
Susan Brame, first term ending December 2018 (Director)
Susan first traveled to Lander for a NOLS mountaineering course in the Wind River Range. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree in Resource Economics at Duke University, and after working multiple summers for NOLS, Susan moved to Lander full-time in 1989. At the time, she just wanted to see all four seasons in Wyoming. Since then she has raised and homeschooled two daughters with her husband, Rich, coordinated K-12 reading instruction at St. Stephens Indian School, worked as a freelance writer and editor, and is now in her tenth year of teaching secondary math in the Lander School District. Susan was a founding board member of the Lander Children’s Museum and has professional and volunteer experience in grant writing, publications, nonprofit development, planned giving, and strategic planning.
Deborah Nunnink, first term ending December 2018 (Director)
Deborah and her husband Mark moved from Boston to Lander in June 2002. She serves as NOLS’ Director of Operations and oversees all of the school-wide operations, which include campuses in 19 locations (10 international). She also supervises the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability department. Prior to NOLS Deborah worked in the Boston corporate sector. She served as EVP for Explorica, a student travel company. Prior to that she was EVP for EF International. She earned her BA at Wellesley College and her MBA at the College of William and Mary. She studied in England and participated in executive education programs at Stanford University and the Darden School of Business. Locally she has taken classes at the Teton Science School and CWC. She and Mark reside in Lander in a home that they built. They enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, biking and gardening. They appreciate the arts and both served on the Lander Community Concerts Association board and are annual members of the Central Wyoming College theater program.
Heather Wisniewski, first term ending December 2020 (Director)
Heather was born and raised in a military family before settling in Lander Wyoming in 1998. She spent 15 years working for the National Outdoor Leadership School in a variety of roles including senior field instructor, Mexico program supervisor, staffing coordinator, major gift officer and assistant development director. In 2013, she joined The Nature Conservancy and is currently the Development Director for the Wyoming Chapter. She has an M.S in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy in addition to a BS in Outdoor Adventure Education. She and her husband, Chris Wisniewski enjoy traveling, hiking, and playing with their two dogs, Maya and Tucker.
Michael Cheek, first term ending December 2020 (Director)
Born and raised in the Midwest, Michael moved to Lander in 1990. After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1979 he spent the next several years living in Colorado and traveling, camping, hiking, climbing and skiing throughout the western U.S. Michael worked for 20 years with NOLS as a field instructor and in a variety of administrative positions. He currently works as a Trainer and Facilitator in the Workforce Development and Customized Training Department at Central Wyoming College. Michael has served on the board of the Lander Cycling Club, is active in the Lander Rotary Club and serves on the Lander Transportation Alternatives Program Committee. Michael, his wife Kathy and their two dogs live just outside Lander and are avid road and mountain cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts.
Rick Fagnant, Board Member Emeritus
Rick is originally from Kemmerer, Wyoming, and has been with McKee, Marburger & Fagnant since his graduation from the University of Wyoming in 1977. His areas of focus are tax planning and preparation, business valuations, and financial and managerial consulting.Rick is past president of the Lander Jaycees, Lander Rotary Club, Lander Chamber of Commerce, and the Wyoming Society of Certified Public Accountants. Rick currently is president of the Lander One-Shot Antelope Hunt (a world class competitive hunt), and is extremely active in his church. Rick and his wife Babes, have two grown children, Ben and Annie.
Former Board Members