Name: Eric Brooks
Eric Brooks is the Director of the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy. In this role he oversees staff, programming, and budget for the Challenge Academy. Director Brooks is originally from Monrovia, CA where he earned a scholarship offer at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona to play football in 2007. After two years there, he graduated with his associate’s degree. In 2009 He transferred to play football at the University of Wyoming and graduated from UW in 2011 with his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. In 2011 Director Brooks was offered a position with the Cathedral Home for Children, in Laramie, Wyoming and held the following position over the next 6 years: Youth Worker, Crisis Coordinator, and Director of Crisis Services. Director Brooks also has experience working in adult corrections. Director Brooks was offered the Director position at the WCCA in December of 2016 and started in January of 2017.
Name: David Salazar
Position: Deputy Director
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.
Name: Edie Harris
Position: Executive Admin Assistant
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.
Name: Theresa Smith
Position: APM Coordinator
Theresa Smith is the Admissions Placement & Mentoring Coordinator & started her association with ChalleNGe in October of 2005. When she started the program was known as the Wyoming Youth ChalleNGe Program. She has held the same position since being hired and enjoys working with young people because it keeps her young at heart.
Name: Paul Holloway
Position: APM Assistant
Paul Holloway is a Recruiting, Placement & Mentoring Assistant that started in November of 2005. He has been in advocacy work, first with adults, now with at-risk youth for 15 years. Paul has been in the RPM Department since he started with the ChalleNGe program.
Name: Sandra Harold
Position: APM Assistant
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.
Name: Stacey Ferguson
Position: Recruiter Region 1
Stacey Ferguson started working for Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy in June of 2016. Stacey is a recruiter out of the Cheyenne region.
Position: Recruiter Region 2
Name: Don Shreve
Position: Recruiter Region 3
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.
Name: Amanda Kloeppel
Position: Recruiter Region 4
Amanda Kloeppel started working as a recruiter for the Wyoming Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy in 2016. She travels frequently to educate Wyoming communities and her local community about the mission and values of WCCA and helps aid families in the application and acceptance process. Amanda works out of the Casper region.
Name: David Kiiskinen
Position: Recruiter Region 5
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.
Name: Martha Ball
Position: Alpha Counselor
Martha Ball has been in the position of counselor since November 2012. She is the lead counselor for the alpha classes.
Name: Donna Dawson
Position: Bravo Counselor
Donna Dawson is the lead counselor for Bravo Company. Donna started at WCCA in July of 2012.
Name: Angie Schultz
Position: English Instructor and Lead Instructor
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.
Name: Corrin Noggle
Position: Social Studies Instructor
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.
Name: Michelle Lund
Position: Science Instructor
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.
Name: Nichole Espinosa
Position: Math Instructor
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.
Name: Linda Busch
Position: Medical Officer
Linda Busch started working for the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy in 2017 as the Medical Officer.
Name: Dakota Darling
Position: Logistics Specialist
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.
Name: Robyn Huber
Position: Budget Officer
Robyn Huber started working at Challenge in November 2005 as the Program Specialist. In February 2010, she began as the Wyoming Challenge Budget Officer.
Name: Kayla Wagner
Position: IT Specialist
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. Kayla helps facilitate the Photography Club.
Name: Edward Harms
Commandant Harms oversees the Operations Dept. including over 20 cadre, all cadet scheduling, discipline and ensuring Operations core component requirements are fulfilled by each cadet. He has spent over 12 years working with at-risk teens as well as investing time in secondary learning in Psychology and Sociology.
Name: Christi Parrish
Position: Ops Admin Assistant
Christi is a University of Wyoming alumni and has been with the State for several years. She joined WCCA in 2012 in what was then the RPM department. In 2015, she moved to the Operations department to become the Commandants Assistant, and puts special emphasis on scheduling & coordinating service to community events for the cadets.
Name: Cricket Reyher
Position: Bravo First Sergeant
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. She is currently holding the position of Cadre Shift Supervisor.
Name: Dean Crowe
Position: Alpha First Sergeant
Dean Crowe started working for WCCA in April of 2014. He is currently the 1st Sgt. for Alpha afternoon shift.
Name: Sheryl Kirkikis
Position: Alpha First Sergeant
Sheryl Kirkikis started working for WCCA in December 2016. She is currently the 1st Sgt. for Alpha morning shift.
Name: Joshua McGuire
Position: Bravo First Sergeant
Joshua McGuire started working for WCCA in August 2016. He is currently the 1st Sgt. for Bravo morning shift.
Operations-The Operations Department is responsible for all movement, discipline and scheduling throughout the cadet’s day. These Sergeants (cadre) teach, instill and role model the 5 core values of WCCA: Integrity, Courage, Honor, Commitment and Discipline. Cadre actively monitor and work alongside cadets at all Service to Community opportunities, drill and ceremony, on and off camp activities as well as regularly scheduled programming (meals, barracks maintenance, physical training).