Staff Directory

Administrative Staff

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Name: David Salazar

Position: Director (Acting)

Phone: 307-836-7501

David Salazar assumed the duties and responsibilities as the deputy director in April 2017. He brings a wealth of leadership experience having served in the U.S. Marine Corps and as a Department of the Army employee for nearly 20 years. David helps facilitate the Photography Club.

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Name: Doug Hensala

Position: Deputy Director (Acting)

Phone: 307-836-7502

Doug Hensala retired from the Wyoming Air National Guard after 37 years of service. During his time with the Wyoming Guard he had to the opportunity to work with the WCCA and became a fan and as a result he continues to provide support as necessary to ensure success of the program.

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Name: Edie Harris

Position: Executive Admin Assistant

Phone: 307-836-7500

Edwina (Edie) Harris is the Executive Administrative Assistant and started at WCCA in 2016.  Each day brings a new challenge but nothing can be more rewarding than the privilege of seeing the youth here working on their growth as an individual. She is very fortune to be a part of the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy team.

RPM Staff

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Name: Kayla Wagner

Position: RPM Coordinator

Phone: 307-836-7503

Kayla Wagner started working for the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge academy in 2015 as the Bravo Company Casemanager. In 2017, she started working as the Information Technology Specialists and Program Training Coordinator.  In 2018, she accepted the RPM Coordinator position.

 

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Name: Susan Ducheneaux

Position: RPM Assistant

Phone: 307-836-7517

Transferred from Wyoming Women’s Center in January as Cadre. Took the position of RPM assistant March of 2018.

 

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Name: Sandra Harold

Position: RPM Assistant

Phone: 307-836-7524

Sandra Harold is a Recruiting, Placement & Mentoring Assistant at ChalleNGe. She first held a cadre position during the 2006 Inaugural class through Class 2, then left to pursue her education, get married and start a family. When a vacancy in the RPM Department recently opened, she decided to return to WCCA and re-joined the program on April 24, 2017.

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Name: Stacey Ferguson

Position: Recruiter Region 1

Phone: 307-331-4657

Stacey Ferguson started working for Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy in June of 2016.  Stacey is a recruiter out of the Cheyenne region.

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Name: April Corwin

Position: Recruiter Region 2

Phone: 307-677-6136

April Corwin started working for the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy in November of 2017. April is a recruiter out of the Evanston region.

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Name: Don Shreve

Position: Recruiter Region 3

Phone: 307-250-8468

Don Shreve has lived in Cody Wyoming and has been with the program since 2012. He is a recruiter and loves his job as he is given the opportunity to change young people’s lives.

 

 

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Name: David Kiiskinen

Position: Recruiter Region 4

Phone: 307-331-2564

David started working with the WCCA in 2017 as a Public Relations Specialist/Recruiter. David has a diverse background working with people in various fields including health care, law enforcement and film/television. David is proud to be a part of WCCA’s mission – enabling at risk youth to gain “the courage to change”; to do and be their best and be responsible citizens of Wyoming and our country. David works out of the Guernsey region.

 

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Name: Christi Parrish

Position: Recruiter Region 5

Phone: 307-836-7518

Christi is a University of Wyoming alumni and has been with the State for several years. She joined WCCA in 2012 in the RPM department as a recruiter and Bravo case manager. In 2015, she moved to the Operations department to become the Commandants Assistant. In March 2018, Christi returned to the RPM department as the region 5 recruiter.

Counselors

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Name: Martha Ball

Position: Alpha Counselor

Phone: 307-836-7514

Martha Ball has been in the position of counselor since November 2012. She is the lead counselor for the alpha classes.

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Name: Donna Dawson

Position: Bravo Counselor

Phone: 307-836-7513

Donna Dawson is the lead counselor for Bravo Company.   Donna started at WCCA in July of 2012.

Academics

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Name: Angie Schultz

Position: English Instructor and Lead Instructor

Phone: 307-836-7509

Angie Schultz began her career with Challenge in 2005 and came to Cowboy Challenge in 2006.   In 2007, Mrs. Schultz became the Lead Instructor.  She continues to teach Reading, Writing, Code of the West 10 Principles, and sponsors art club.  Mrs. Schultz is also a trained Freedom Writer Teacher as well as a Love and Logic instructor.

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Name: Corrin Noggle

Position: Social Studies Instructor

Phone: 307-836-7521

Corrin Noggle began working for WCCA in August of 2014, as the Social Studies Instructor.  She is also responsible for the Core Component Responsible Citizenship and is the Cadet Council Sponsor.

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Name: Michelle Lund

Position: Science Instructor

Phone: 307-836-7504

Michelle Lund started working for Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy September of 2015. Her position has been the Science instructor while at this program. Michelle is a licensed K-12 Special Education Generalist instructor.

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Name: Nichole Espinosa

Position: Math Instructor

Phone: 307-836-7523

Nichole Espinosa started working for the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy in 2016 as the Math Instructor. Nichole also oversees the Engineering Club that cadets attend weekly.

Medical Officer

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Name: Linda Busch

Position: Medical Officer

Phone: 307-836-7510

Linda Busch started working for the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy in 2017 as the Medical Officer.

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Name: Dakota Darling

Position: Logistics Specialist

Phone: 307-836-7511

Dakota Darling started working for the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy in January of 2015 as the Logistic Specialist. Dealing with cadet and staff supply, purchasing general needs and materials, controlling building keys, vehicles, and building maintenance she has the opportunity to cover a wide range of job activities.

Budget

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Name: Robyn Huber

Position: Budget Officer

Phone: 307-836-7520

Robyn Huber started working at Challenge in November 2005 as the Program Specialist.  In February 2010, she began as the Wyoming Challenge Budget Officer.

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Name: David Husted

Position: IT Specialist

Phone: 307-836-7505

David Husted accepted the IT position March 2017. He brings a wealth of leadership experience and knowledge having served in the U.S. Army as an IT Specialist.

Program Training Coordinator

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Name: Cricket Reyher

Position: Program Training Coordinator

Phone: 307-836-7526

Cricket Reyher started working for the Wyoming Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy in 2012 as a cadre. Cricket has also held the position of Operations Administrative Assistant and Cadre Shift Supervisor.

 

Operations

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Name: Grayling Alexander

Position: Commandant

Phone: 307-836-7515

Our newly appointed commandant, Grayling Alexander, comes from Texas with over five years Youth Challenge experience.  Commandant Alexander is highly knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled in working with at risk youth for over two decades.  He holds a master’s, certifications, and licenses.

 

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Name: Wendy Nikkel

Position: Ops Admin Assistant

Phone: 307-836-7522

Wendy Nikkel recently joined the academy in April 2018 as an Operations Assistant (assistant to the commandant).  She served in the Air Force for four years as an Information Manager and holds a bachelor’s in Human Services.  Wendy coordinates the service to community for the cadets.

 

 

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Name: Dean Crowe

Position: Alpha First Sergeant

Phone: 307-836-7508

Dean Crowe started working for WCCA in April of 2014.  He is currently the 1st Sgt. for Alpha afternoon shift.

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Name: Sheryl Kirkikis

Position: Alpha First Sergeant

Phone: 307-836-7508

Sheryl Kirkikis started working for WCCA in December 2016.  She is currently the 1st Sgt. for Alpha morning shift.

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Name: Joshua McGuire

Position: Bravo First Sergeant

Phone: 307-836-7508

Joshua McGuire started working for WCCA in August 2016.  He is currently the 1st Sgt. for Bravo morning shift.

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Name: Zechariah Owens

Position: Bravo First Sergeant

Phone: 307-836-7508

Zec Owens was fortunate enough to obtain a SGT position with the WCCA in December of 2016, shortly after he ended his army enlistment protecting the greatest country ever, the U.S.A. Moving to 1SG in May of 2018 he is a positive leader hoping to help shape Wyoming’s young adults to be productive citizens.