Carol Mead, First Lady of Wyoming
Jillian Balow, Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Amber Nuse, CPA
CMC Board of Directors, Treasurer
Amber Nuse has had the pleasure of living in Cheyenne, Wyoming since 2005. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 2001 with a Master of Science in Business Administration, emphasizing in Accounting. She earned her license as a Certified Public Accountant in 2003. Amber is a Partner at McGee, Hearne & Paiz LLP. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing the piano, traveling, and exploring the outdoors. Amber is passionate about the importance of early childhood education and believes the children’s museum will provide an amazing platform for learning, creativity and fun.
Gordon “Max” Mickelson III
Charman, Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
Rock Springs, Wyoming
After attending University of Kansas, Max carried on the family traditions and made Rock Springs his home in August 2000 where he owns a business that provides care for those with disabilities. He has served on youth recreation boards, Community Fine Arts Center board, and United Way of Southwestern Wyoming board. Currently he is the clerk and a member of the Sweetwater County School District #1 board and serves as chair of the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. He also serves on the Governor's Employment First taskforce. He is married to the most amazing wonderful lady ever with one phenomenal daughter and another on the way.
Meredith Asay, JD, LLM
CMC Board of Directors, Vice President
Meredith was born and raised in Wyoming. She attended the University of Wyoming where she received her undergraduate and law degrees. Meredith currently serves as a health policy advisor for the Wyoming Department of Health. Having grown up in Cheyenne, she understands the benefits of raising her children in this city. Meredith is excited to contribute to improving Cheyenne’s charm to keep young families in Wyoming, and also attract families from out of state.
Mike McGee, CPA
Mike is a former certified public accountant who played a key role in laying the foundation for Laramie County's highly successful economic development program. He was the 2009 recipient of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle's Community Spirit Award.
After working as a CPA in Iowa for many years, McGee joined the Cheyenne branch of the national accounting firm McGladrey & Pullen in 1983. With eight other partners, he bought the firm in 2000 and renamed it McGee, Hearne & Paiz. McGee and has since retired from the firm.
In the 1980s, McGee also served for eight years on the board of STRIDE Learning Center for children with learning disabilities, including six years as president. McGee also served on the Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees for six years, including a term as chairman. He also served on the United Way of Laramie County board for five years, including three as president, and also is a past-president of the Laramie County Library Foundation board.
McGee has been a member of the Cheyenne Rotary Club since 1968 and is still active in the local club. He served on the club's board for 10 years, including stints as treasurer and president. McGee also has been a member of Cheyenne's Young Men's Literary Club since 1988.
McGee has served as president of Honor Flight, an organization that raises money and organizes trips so Wyoming veterans can travel to Washington, D.C., to see the new World War II Memorial and several other war memorials and national monuments.
for the jet charter, food, lodging and ground transportation.
Derek Baker, P.E., P.G.
CMC Board of Directors, Member
Derek moved to Wyoming shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2001 with degrees in Geological Engineering and Geology. After a stint in Casper, Derek and his family settled in Cheyenne in 2009 and have never looked back. Derek earned his Professional Engineering license in 2006 and his Professional Geologist license in 2007. He is Vice President at Inberg-Miller Engineers, a Wyoming based full service Civil, Environmental, Geotechnical Engineering, and Land Surveying consulting firm. Derek has enjoyed getting involved in the community through service to the Cheyenne Rotary Club and the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Derek is also a proud graduate of Leadership Wyoming, class of 2011 (the best class). Derek enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, skiing, cooking, home brewing, and following the Green Bay Packers. Finally, through his involvement with CMC, Derek hopes to be part of a major anchor project that will help spark a catalyst of redevelopment in downtown Cheyenne, which will be enjoyed not only by his children, but for generations to come
Andrew Rose, MD
Dr. Rose is a graduate of the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, Seattle, Washington. After completing his pediatric residency at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, he joined the Cheyenne Children’s Clinic in 2011.
Dr. Rose has an interest in childhood development and behavior, as well as exercise and nutrition. He also has a keen interest in sports medicine. A native of Laramie, Dr. Rose enjoys bike riding and spending time with his family hiking, camping and fishing throughout Wyoming.
Curator of Art
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Adam Duncan Harris has been the Curator of Art at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, since 2000. His current title is Petersen Curator of Art and Research. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University before continuing on to the University of Wyoming for a Master’s degree in American Studies. He finished his academic studies at the University of Minnesota, where he received a Ph.D. in Art History. Harris is the author of Wildlife in American Art: Masterworks from the National Museum of Wildlife Art and editor of the award-winning Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct, both published by the University of Oklahoma Press. He recently curated a touring exhibit in conjunction with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, entitled George Catlin’s American Buffalo.
He was a founding member and first full-term Board President of the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, which opened in 2011.
Thank you Janelle for the awesome photos!!
Jen Seitz, BA in Education
CMC Board of Directors, Member
Jen was born and raised in Wyoming, and lives here in Cheyenne with her husband and three small children. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1999 with BA in Education. Several years in a 3rd grade classroom with additional experience as a real estate broker and freelance artist round out her diverse training. With an affinity for travel and all things outdoor: hiking, camping, snowboarding, rock climbing; Jen thoroughly enjoys exploring the beauty and diversity Wyoming has to offer alongside her family. Jen believes the Children's Museum would be an invaluable asset to our community; one that represents growth both culturally and fiscally, and provides the youth and families of Cheyenne a venue to learn and explore within their own city limits.
Jakob Norman, CEO, JD
Jakob Norman is the President and CEO of Mesa Natural Gas Solutions. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science with Honors from the University of Utah. He has served in the United States Army for over twenty-one years and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Wyoming Army National Guard. Prior to serving as the President of Mesa Natural Gas Solutions, he served as the Vice President and Director of Moser Energy Systems. Under his leadership, the companies have grown to be the nations largest manufacturers and distributors of prime power natural gas generators that are powered by wellhead gas.
Monica Jennings, MA Organizational Leadership
CMC Board of Directors, Member
Monica Jennings is originally from Richmond, VA and went to undergraduate school at the University of Virginia. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Monica is committed to the well-being of children and families. Some of her previous experiences include casework and counseling for abused, neglected, and adjudicated youth. It is not uncommon to find her advocating for educational, social, and physical needs of children; her most recent advocacy resides with special education where she has partnered with school district leaders, teachers, and support staff in multiple states to close achievement gaps by addressing literacy needs in grades K-12. Monica currently works for Cheyenne Regional Medical Center as part of the Wyoming Institute of Population Health where she serves the state providing health insurance and health literacy education. She eagerly works with community partners and local organizations to promote health, wellness, and access to quality health care. She is fluent in Spanish and has served many families by eliminating communication barriers. For fun, Monica can be found spending time with her family, traveling, eating, and African dancing.
Susanna Bird, MS in Social Work
CMC Board of Directors, Secretary
Susanna Johnson Bird received a Master of Social Work at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 2006. After graduating, she worked on several research projects related to patient satisfaction and mental health. Susanna has been drawn to community based organization that provide services for at-risk adolescents and has spent the past two years volunteering with two local agencies by providing therapy groups for adolescents and individual counseling. She has also been interested in international service opportunities. Over the past fifteen years, Susanna has spent time in southern Africa working with non-profit organizations that provide services for women and children. She has coordinated international volunteer experiences for groups of students and volunteers, participated in research (i.e. qualitative field work) and worked on program evaluation in South Africa and Zambia. Currently, Susanna is enjoying time at home with her children and when there is a free moment she will jump at the opportunity to go on a run or a bike ride!
Caroline Veit, MS
CMC Board of Directors, President
Caroline Veit is the Community Relations Director at Life Care Center of Cheyenne. Caroline loves being a part of the Cheyenne community, where one can really be a contributing member of our town. Caroline volunteers for several nonprofit organizations and is currently President of the Board for Cheyenne Day of Giving. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and her Masters Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Denver. No matter the age, Caroline likes being a positive influence in other people’s lives.
David Bush, BS History
CMC Board of Directors, Member
David grew up in Cheyenne and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor's degree in History. He began his career in Wyoming politics working for Senator Craig Thomas in Washington, D.C. before returning home to work for Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi. He now serves as Communications Director for Governor Matt Mead. David is married to Sheila and they have two incredibly active boys, Ben and Ryan, who keep their parents on their toes. David is excited to be a part of the wonderful adventures and learning opportunities Cheyenne's children will have at the Children's Museum!