"Do what you love and love what you do.” With a passion and zest for all things Wyoming, Diane has found the perfect opportunity to live out her mantra in her role as Executive Director for the Wyoming Office of Tourism. Diane has an extensive background in the travel and tourism industry, including hotel sales, event marketing and management, facility management, government relations and association management. Fueled by wanderlust, you’ll find Diane seeking new adventures in interesting destinations, enjoying the company of good friends and topping it all off with a delicious glass of wine.
Anita develops and manages all operational functions that support the office and state run Welcome Centers. She directs and manages all of the accounting and financial functions of the Wyoming Office of Tourism including the development and maintenance of the Wyoming Office of Tourism’s budget. She leads an excellent and dedicated business operations team to make sure all internal controls and operating procedures concur with laws, rules and regulations.
Dionne enjoys learning! Moving from the private sector to a state agency gave her the opportunity to experience accounting from different perspectives. She has a degree in accounting and business management, which enable her to use education and experiences to continue growing in her career. During her free time, Dionne loves taking runs, baking treats and reading good books.
Jennifer enjoys helping the tourism industry solve problems and collect data to make business and marketing decisions. She also likes riding her sweet bike on the Greenway and hanging out with her friends. Jennifer enjoys visiting Dubois, Wyoming, which has so much to offer, and she loves the architecture and feel of the town.
Kim loves people and she loves Wyoming. As the person who greets visitors coming to the office, Kim loves hearing the contagious enthusiasm Wyoming invokes in visitors from near and far. When Kim is not "fixing up" or decorating her little home, her happy place is anywhere that her grown children and grands are hanging out. She loves the beautiful chaos that accompanies family gatherings around a home-cooked meal, games, laughter and great conversation.
Becky likes meeting visitors and being on the move. She has worked at solving customer and client problems in the retail and non-profit settings. Becky loves the wide open spaces of Wyoming and cheering for the Cowboys!
Michell began her tourism career finding the perfect backdrops and scenic locations for projects including Modern Family, Starship Troopers, Flicka and Django Unchained. Michell transitioned her marketing strategy skills to overseeing the Wyoming Office of Tourism's Brand Studio which includes the Brand Integration, Communications & Content, and PR & Media programs. She is an adventure seeker and looks for experiences that connect her to other people and places. Examples include exploring unknown destinations, renergizing with outdoor activities and supporting the arts.
Angelina started working at the Wyoming Office of Toursim as a temp when she was 19 and it turned into her home. She enjoys running, making things pretty and hanging out with her family. Yellowstone in the winter is the most sparkly and breathtaking place Angelina has ever seen!
Lauren's love of travel and the outdoors brought her to the Wyoming Office of Tourism, where she gets to share these passions with others every day. There's nothing quite like sharing a photo or story to the response of, "Wow! I didn't realize that was in Wyoming." Exploring this breathtaking state and inspiring others to do the same is what Lauren enjoys most about promoting Wyoming tourism. The Wind River Mountain Range near Pinedale is one of Lauren's favorite parts of Wyoming. The best backcountry campsite she's ever experienced was en route to the area's Titcomb Basin.
Piper graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and minors in public relations and marketing. Outside of work, you can find Piper hiking with her rescue dog, baking anything with pumpkin and binge-watching Friends. She loves grabbing a bite at Dash Inn and walking the Historic Main Street in Buffalo, Wyoming!
As a graduate in communication working toward her master's degree, Heather loves working with other people, social media and editing. Innovation and teamwork excite Heather most about the Wyoming Office of Tourism. The restaurant in Laramie, Sweet Melissa, lands first on Heather's list of things to do when returning to the university. The restaurant has fabulous food and a wonderful hot chai.
The Wyoming Office of Tourism is a place for opportunity according to Becky. She loves to travel and experience the unknown. Becky enjoys spending time with her kids, but when she gets a free day from her kids' activites, Becky enjoys riding her road bike. She has ridden her bike accross Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota. There is no better way to see the state than on a bike, allowing riders to smell the air, hear the sounds and taste a few bugs here and there.
Chris recently completed his master's degree in tourism management at Colorado State University and is now applying his education in his current role as Brand Integration Senior Coordinator in beautiful Wyoming. Chris is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys taking his two beloved goldendoodles to nursing homes, hiking, camping, swimming in mountain lakes, pheasant hunting and on road trips across the state.
Charles is a media studies graduate of Fort Hays State University in Western Kansas. He has lived across the country, but is proud to call Wyoming his home for the last decade and can't bear the thought of living anywhere else.
New to the tourism industry, Blake brings web expertise from a variety of other industries. Blake began working on websites 12 years ago and enjoys her career. The friendly people who run the Wyoming Office of Tourism make work enjoyable, productive and fulfilling. In her job, Blake is also pleased to be able to create and try new things out for the website! While Blake is not working, she enjoys spending most of her time visiting micro breweries with her family. In addition to seeking out new beer to try, Blake and her husband brew their own beer at home.
A native of Michigan, James hung his Wyoming-loving hat in the Cowboy State for the last 15 years. Over his career, James has had the opportunity to oversee marketing efforts in multiple countries around the world and built a strong resource network. In his free time, James enjoys exploring the world with his wife and friends as he continues to discover new destinations both in his Wyoming backyard and abroad. In his Wyoming backyard, James loves backcountry hikes, Cirque of the Towers, Teton Crest Trail and Bachelor Area (YNP) to name a few locations.
Jim has a well rounded background in marketing, management, and planning. He likes the tourism industry and being able to represent the state of Wyoming. Aside from grabbing a beverage or two with friends, Jim enjoys snowboarding in the winter months and rock climbing during Wyoming's many beautiful days. Jim believes Vedauwoo has some great climbing routes, unknown to most!
A native Michigander, Nick previously worked in Chicago for one of the top public affairs firms in the country, advising clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to local non-profits. He is most excited about engaging with communities about their goals for the future and helping to identify new tourism opportunities and partnerships around the state. In his free time, Nick likes to explore new areas of the Equality State while fishing, hunting, backpacking, skiing, and playing hockey.
As a native of Michigan, Abigail came to Wyoming after a childhood of Wyoming summer vacations with her parents. Abigail's natural habitat consists of Gold's Gym and her local tanning salon, where she often thaws out during the cold Wyoming winters. She hopes to grow Wyoming as a destination of choice for others that have yet to discover the beauty and grit.
Amy is the fourth generation to call Wyoming home and the third generation to graduate from the University of Wyoming. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in tourism management. Amy likes the opportunity to share with others all that Wyoming has to offer, from its amazing scenery to its Western Hospitality! There truly is no place like "home".