Leadership & Board

Leadership Team

Ray Fleming Dinneen, Psy. D

Founder and Executive Director


Colleen Cherrett

Statewide Director of Programs


Donna Nelson

Statewide Director of Operations


Shannon Brooks Hamby

Statewide Director of Advancement


Board of Directors

Mary Shafer-Malicki

  Climb Wyoming President

Prior to her retirement, Mary Shafer-Malicki was Chief Executive Officer of BP Angola. She currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering College at the University of Wyoming. She is a Trustee of Rainbow Acres, and a Director with McDermott International Inc., Ausenco, Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute and the Wood Group.

Kelly Barlow


Kelly and her husband, Rep. Eric Barlow, operate Gourmet Lamb of Wyoming, near Gillette. A former special education teacher, Kelly serves on the Gillette College Foundation Board of Directors and was named Foundation Volunteer of the Year in 2015.

Wendy Curran


Wendy Curran is the Senior Director, Care Delivery & Communication for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming. She served as a Health Policy Advisor for both Governor Matt Mead and Governor Dave Freudenthal and is a former executive director of the Wyoming Medical Society. She has also served as a board member for the Peak Wellness Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Center, Wyoming Health Resources Network and the Wyoming Small Business Development Center. She currently serves as a board member for the University of Wyoming WWAMI Curriculum Review Panel and an advisory board member for the University of Wyoming College of Health and Sciences.

Laura Hewitt Ladd


Laura Hewitt Ladd has over 25 years of experience in finance, strategic planning, marketing and project management. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude, from Pepperdine University and a Masters of Business from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2001, Ladd formed Hewitt Ladd, Inc., a management consulting business based in Jackson Hole. Hewitt Ladd specializes in real estate development, homeowners’ association management and economic advice for new business and energy initiatives. From 2006-2010, she served as an Energy and Economics adviser to Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal. Ladd has also served in an advisory capacity to the Powder River Energy Corp., Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole and Hillwood Development Company. She is currently the board chair for the Wyoming Retirement System, and serves on the Boards of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and as an Advisory Board member for Compass Working Capital. She is an emeritus board member of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Ladd and her husband Ted live in Wilson, Wyoming and are longtime supporters of Climb.

Tyler Garrett


Tyler Garrett is a staff attorney for Justice Michael K. Davis of the Wyoming Supreme Court. Before joining the Supreme Court, Tyler served as a law clerk to Judge Terrence L. O’Brien of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was in private practice with Jenner & Block in Chicago, IL and Holland & Hart in Cheyenne, WY. He earned his J.D. with honor from the John Marshall Law School, his B.S. in Business Administration from Montana State University-Billings, and was one of two American attorneys selected as a Pegasus Fellowship Scholar to study the English legal system. Tyler is involved in a number of community based organizations, is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law and a member of the Ewing T. Kerr American Inn of Court in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Tyler lives in Cheyenne with his wife Alexis and two amazing children, Jackson and Genevieve.

Carrie Kirkpatrick


Carrie joins the Climb Wyoming board with a keen interest in helping women and girls achieve success. She is the founder of the Raising Girls program, a nonprofit developed in 2010 to inspire thought and dialogue, and help girls thrive. She has a degree in Human Development from Boston College and has held several leadership positions on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, including serving as Chair in 2011. Carrie and her husband Scott live in Jackson with their two daughters, Lyla and Carly.

Tammy Valdez


Tammy Valdez is the owner of Bitter Creek Business Solutions in Rock Springs. She offers a wide variety of business services including bookkeeping / payroll, business startup and operations assistance, financial system conversion assistance and other special projects depending on her clients’ needs. She was formerly employed with EPC Energy Services and Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners. She was also employed with CH2M Hill for 19 years as Senior Accountant for the USA region. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Leadership Wyoming and is a Board Director for the Rock Springs Kiwanis Club. She is a former board member for the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on their Education Committee. She is a graduate from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and an MBA. She is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming's Class of 2003.

Jamie Legerski


Jamie Legerski is the Marketing Director for Western States Bank, headquartered in Laramie, WY with 13 branches across Northern Colorado, Western Nebraska and Southeast Wyoming. She has a 2014 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design from the University of Wyoming, and was a schoolteacher prior to her current career. A passion for community involvement and improvement has led Jamie to serve on the University of Wyoming Art Museum Board, the Design Team for Half Acre Renovation, the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance, the Cowboy Joe Club: Albany County Membership Drive Committee, the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Auction Committee, Laramie High School Booster Clubs, Legion Baseball and Laramie Youth Baseball. Jamie lives in Laramie, Wyoming with her husband Joe. They have 3 grown children, Zane, Madison and Joseph.