Charles Bloom, AICP, is the principal planner for the City of Laramie Planning Department and has been with the City since 2005. Charles has served as the past president of the Wyoming Planning Association (WYOPASS) and an adjunct professor teaching planning and sustainability in the University of Wyoming's Geography Department. Prior to Laramie, he was with the City of Little Rock, Arkansas as a Planner II and Historic Preservation Administrator and has worked at the University of Colorado Environmental Center. Charles has a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado. Charles’ experiences have included the adoption of a Unified Development Code, managing specific area plans, creation of a historic district design guidelines and creation of a Housing Study. Charles has received numerous awards including the Arkansas Traveler award in 2005, 2016 Wyoming Planner of the Year and was named as one of Laramie Young Professionals 2016’s top 20 Under 40 in Laramie, WY.
Margaret Brown has a long career of service in Laramie and Wyoming. After volunteering for several years for the Laramie Beautification Committee, she has recently become Chairman of that group. Margaret has been employed in development positions with WPR and UW College of Law. She has continued her fund-raising efforts with several organizations including Laramie Main Street Alliance, where she served on the board for several years. She has been a local and State president for League of Women Voters, and served two terms on that national board. Margaret served two terms in the Wyoming Legislature as a Representative from Carbon County.
Tim Chesnut is a native of Laramie and the graduate of Laramie high school. Attended the University of Wyoming in political science in journalism. He worked for the Laramie daily boomerang for 15 years as a photographer and is currently in AlbanyCounty commissioner and supporter of public arts.
Brandon S. Gellis is a new media artist creating work around contemporary issues of identity and place across intersections of art, science and technology. A native of Los Angeles, he received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and earned his M.F.A. in Emergent Digital Practices, at the University of Denver.
His creative practice – deeply rooted in my desire to work with his hands and a love for the mechanics of technology – visualizes relationships that exist between people and the environment, across vary communities, and explores notions of impact and biases.
In 2015, he joined the Department of Visual & Literary Arts faculty at the University of Wyoming. Brandon has exhibited art work in juried exhibitions across the country, including California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Utah, Washington State, Washington D.C., and Wyoming to name a few; and has presented his creative and written research at interdisciplinary conferences since 2012. In 2017, he won the First-Place Juror’s Choice Award at Circle Gallery’s “Focal Point,” a Maryland Federation of Art’s Juried Exhibition, and a Juror’s Choice Award at the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s, "Flora or Fauna" Juried Exhibition.
Susan Moldenhauer serves as the Vice-Chair for LPAC. She is the Director and Chief Curator of the University of Wyoming Art Museum with curatorial expertise in contemporary art. She co-administers the Laramie Mural Project with Trey Sherwood and is the co-founder of the Laramie Artists Project and its biennial exhibition Touchstone Laramie with Laramie artist Wendy Lemen Bredehoft. Moldenhauer has a master of fine arts in Photography. She is also a practicing fine art photographer.
Sylvia Parker is the Coordinator and Interim Director of the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center. She has worked as a teacher, researcher and advocate providing professional development and technical assistance to teachers, schools and communities seeking to create high quality public schools. Her work has primarily focused on rural education, place-based learning, community development, program evaluation and staff development. She holds a BA with honors from Colorado State University and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.
At the SMTC, Sylvia works with Wyoming schools and districts to identify needs for professional development for teachers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She then collaborates with UW faculty and others interested in developing programs and applying for funding to help meet those identified needs. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary work that integrates STEM with the arts and humanities and contributes to the community. She loves Laramie for all of the arts and entertainment, lectures and access to nature but still complains about the wind in winter.
Bailie Scott is the Operations Director at the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance, and the administrator for the Laramie Beautification Coalition. She moved to Laramie in 2011 when her husband’s term ended in with the U.S. Army. Bailie loves the lifestyle that Laramie offers. In her free time, Bailie enjoys, crafting, baking, and outdoor activities with her family.
Andi Summerville is the current Mayor of Laramie and in general “Jill of all trades”. She serves the LPAC as a City Council liaison bringing public art to more public projects around Laramie and Albany County. A musician at heart, Andi has a bachelor’s degree in Music and continues to perform with local ensembles and advocates strongly for music programs in Wyoming. In her spare time, she chases her children around, advocates for the Laramie community at a local, state and federal level, serves on several boards and commissions in Laramie and is a current member of the Governor’s Council for Women. In her former life we heard rumors that she was a Special Agent………
Trey Sherwood serves as the Treasurer for LPAC. She is the Executive Director of the Laramie Main Street Alliance, the economic development non profit charged with revitalizing downtown Laramie. Sherwood co-administers the Laramie Mural Project with Susan and serves as secretary for the Laramie Plains Museum board of directors. Sherwood has a master's in Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies. In her free time, she enjoys photography, shopping local and long hikes with her dogs.
Kris Whitfield is the Marketing & Outreach Coordinator for Greater Wyoming Big Brothers Big Sisters which has 8 branches across the state. Prior to Laramie, she was a small business owner, City Council Member and an active community member in Round Rock, Texas. Kris served in leadership positions on multiple boards including the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce as Chair, Economic Development Partnership Co-Chair, Brushy Creek Regional Utility District President, Rotary President, Round Rock Arts & Round Rock Arts & Entertainment President and board positions with Partners in Education Foundation, YMCA of Williamson County as well as the Executive Director for the March of Dimes and more.
Kris has been an advocate for the arts for many years through working with and helping found multiple arts organizations consisting of visual arts, theatre and music. She has served as a juror of art in multiple forms and helped organize many art exhibitions and fundraisers. Kris is an artist and photographer. She has expertise in working with and training non-profits in marketing, major gift fundraising, special event management and board & volunteer development. She has a servant’s heart when it comes to non-profits especially, related to children and the arts.
Kris and her husband Eric have had a cabin in the Snowy Range for 20 years but just moved to Laramie a year ago. They both love the outdoors, snowmobiling, fly fishing and hiking with their dogs.
Meg has the honor of being the first staff person hired by LPAC. Her duties include administrative work, community out reach, and herding cats (also know as keeping the executive committee on task). She is a practicing artist and artisan who works in several different media, heeding the story of the culture and landscape through visual form. In 2013 she co-founded Wyoming Art Party and won the call to design bike racks for downtown Laramie. In 2015 she worked for the public art consulting team, Renee Piechocki and Jennifer McGregor, developing a public art plan for Laramie. When she is not making things she enjoys playing outside with her family and friends.
Jodi Guerin served as the Chair and Vice Chair for LPAC since it’s inception until 2018. She works for the City of Laramie as the Recreation Manager, helping bring recreational and arts activities to the community through her work in the Recreation Division. Guerin is a long-time Laramie resident and graduate of the University of Wyoming in art. She has a passion for knitting, old buildings, gardening and a variety of other creative endeavors and has served the community as a Planning Commissioner, Downtown Laramie Business Association Chair and Mayor.
Mary Katherine Scott served on the LPAC board in 2018 until she moved out of town. She currently serves on the LPAC Advisory Team. Scott is the Program Developer in the University of Wyoming Global Engagement Office where she focuses on international education initiatives, especially in the energy sector. She formerly served as the Acting Director for UW’s International Programs Office from 2015-2017. In addition to her administrative role, Scott is an adjunct faculty member at UW and has taught a range of classes in art history, museum studies, anthropology and Spanish.
Scott received a Ph.D. in World Art Studies with a specialization in Latin American Art from the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the America, University of East Anglia (U.K.). Her previous degrees in Fine Arts (BFA, University of Wyoming), Spanish (M.A., University of Wyoming), Art History (M.A., Northern Illinois University) and Museum Studies (certificate, Northern Illinois University) broadened her training and academic interests in Latin America early on. Scott’s ongoing ethnographic research focuses in how Mexican tourist arts circulate and acquire value within local and international art markets. Her research in virtual reality likewise explores how audiences negotiate the value and authenticity of objects within simulated environments. She is actively involved in promoting and supporting arts and cultural programming in her hometown of Laramie, Wyoming.
Katrina McGee is the Director of Foundation Development at the University of Wyoming Foundation. She and her husband, Blake, are the founders of a nonprofit called Solstice Acre that strives to enhance access to fresh, high quality food in Albany County, while providing a launching pad to youth with disabilities.
Katrina has a bachelor’s degree in literature and creative writing from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University. She is a textile artist.