I grew up in the rural farming and ranching town of Circle, Montana, working on the family farm until it was sold in 1990. My interest in politics and public service began at an early age, first with my grandfather who was the mayor of Circle in the late 60’s and early 70’s and later going door-to-door with my father handing out brochures when he ran for a house seat in Colorado in the early 80’s.
In college, I studied political science with a dream of one day, running for political office. I went on to earn my bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Montana and later my master's degree in public administration from the University of Wyoming.
I ended up at the Department of Family Services in 2003, working as the program manager for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and the Weatherization Program. My job was to ensure that income eligible citizens across the State were able reduce their heating costs during the winter. As part of that job, I traveled across the state, auditing vendors and meeting program recipients, as it was my job to ensure that the State was helping them reduce their energy costs.
The other part of my job was to complete the installation of a new eligibility system for LIEAP. After that project was done, I worked on a multi-million dollar project for the agency and then developed and installed an internal training website for the agency. Transferring to Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) in 2012, I’ve work on a variety of assignments for a variety of different business units. Some of my projects include analyzing how ETS can use cloud services to reduce costs and examining current hardware/software infrastructure to determine if those solutions meet tomorrow's business needs.
I decided to run for State Auditor because I believe the issues facing the auditor's office can be solved with some technical innovation. I also believe my experience in information technology makes me an exceptionally qualified candidate for this job.
I’m looking forward to helping Wyoming become a more transparent government and a government that continually innovates so the Auditor’s Office can contribute to Wyoming’s success, not only today, but for years to come.
Wyoming government needs leaders who support innovation. Many decisions today are made without a clear understanding of what the data is telling us. Without innovation, leaders will continue to make decisions on gut feelings. Wyoming’s farmers, ranchers, miners, and other businesses do not operate in such a manner; state government and our rural communities should not either. In our connected world, the only way to inform citizens and participate in a global economy is through technological improvement & innovation.
Think that’s crazy talk…Here’s one example of how Wyoming government is falling behind...