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.
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.
Pete Gosar became the 3rd Executive Director of the Downtown Clinic (a free clinic serving low-income, uninsured residents of Albany County) in October of 2015. Pete previously served as a volunteer and member of the Downtown Clinic Board of Directors. He has been extremely fortunate to work with the most amazing people at the Downtown Clinic as they move healthcare beyond the Clinic’s walls. This “Upstream Medicine” has led to a MOU with the Laramie Recreation Center, the creation of a Downtown Clinic Walking Group, and the building of a parking-lot garden complete with a beautiful LPAC sponsored mural for Downtown Clinic clients and Albany County residents alike.
Pete was elected as an Albany County Commissioner in November of 2018 and is excited to serve as the commission’s representative to the LPAC Board of Directors.
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.
Susan Moldenhauer is the former Director and Chief Curator of the University of Wyoming Art Museum with curatorial expertise in contemporary art. She co-founded 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 Bredehoft. Moldenhauer has a Master of fine arts in Photography. She is 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 former Mayor of Laramie and in general “Jill of all trades”. She serves the LPAC as the Laramie Beautification Committee liaison. 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 Vice-Chair 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-founded the Laramie Mural Project with Susan Moldenhauer. Sherwood has a Master's in Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, supporting locally owned businesses and gardening at 7,220 feet.
Paul Weaver believes public art is an integral part of Laramie’s unique character. He is a Wyoming native and has lived in Green River, Rock Springs and Powell. Laramie is the community where he has lived and worked the longest. Mr. Weaver holds degrees from the University of Wyoming (B.A., B.S.) and Arizona State University (M.A.). He has a background in education, non-profit volunteerism and administration. Mr. Weaver is the City Council liaison for the LPAC, he currently serves on the Laramie City Council representing Ward 2.
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.
Michelle Visser is the new LPAC Director, starting in March 2019. Her duties include administrative work, community out reach, and project management. Visser moved to Laramie to finish her degree in education 23 years ago and has called the Gem City of the Plans home ever since. The access to outdoor recreation and the intentional efforts to enrich lives of the community are two factors that keep her and her family in the area. Michelle’s educator experiences have included teaching art at the elementary level through a granted funded program, ArtReach, in Teton County, Idaho, providing art instruction to students that would otherwise not have this opportunity as part of their educational experience in the K - 5 grades. She currently is also the Teen Coordinator for the UW Art Museum in which, through collaborating with local teens, she has developed T.O.A.S.T - Teen Open Art Studio Time. Michelle has been active in community projects over the past twelve years including founding the Laramie Montessori Charter School, contributing to the Big Hollow Food Co-op as a volunteer in its founding days, and later becoming a board member, to currently volunteering in support of the Pilot Hill Project. Michelle is grateful for the opportunity to expand her experiences into the realm of public art.
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.