Patti Riesland has over 40 years of fundraising, event planning, marketing, and media relations. Her avocation since grade school, has been to provide assistance to the financially and socially marginalized in her community. This has included helping the elderly, the homeless, those needing medical care, and struggling youth. She has served in Rotary, Kiwanis, The People Project, Festival of the Trees, the Chamber of Commerce, and other community organizations. She serves on the Church Council at Ascension Lutheran Church. Patti is the Chair of the MCPD and is committed to bringing more awareness to the needs of those with disabilities and to support the rights of all people and all abilities to live full and abundant lives.
Mary E. Richey
Mary Richey is originally from North Dakota but has lived in Cheyenne for thirty-four years. Mary was in the Air Force for ten years before attending college and graduating from the University of Wyoming in 1991. She started her own CPA firm, MER Tax, Accounting, and Consulting specializing in tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll for small to mid-sized businesses and individuals. Mary is the Vice Chair for the council and has been a board member since 2014. Since becoming progressively disabled and finding many new challenges, Mary wants to increase the education of those in the community. Her goal for the MCPD is to make Cheyenne accessible for all people.
Steven Bates is originally from Colorado but travelled extensively as a military dependent including Germany where he graduated from High School. Steve served in the Air Force as a Security Forces member and in the Air Force Reserves for a combined total of eighteen years. He obtained an Associate's Degree in Security Administration wile in the military. Steve also has certifications in Crisis Intervention, Water and Reservoir Anti-Terrorism Management and various suicide prevention and intervention courses. He is a published poet with three books available that led to founding a nonprofit company, Poemspeak. Poemspeak distributes poems and words of healing and compassion to those struggling with PTSD, depression and suicidal ideations. Steve is also involved with Grace for 2 Brothers, a suicide prevention through awareness and education organization. He wants to be a part of making Cheyenne accessible for all and bring awareness to the difficulties people with disabilities face. His goal while on the MCPD is help provide a safe, accessible and non-threatening environment where all citizens can enjoy all the amenities Cheyenne has to offer.
Daryl Hensel is originally from Indiana but has lived in Cheyenne for ten years. He joined the MCPD board to make sure those who have a disability, physical or developmental, are treated with respect and have access to everything those without disabilities have. Daryl serves as the Treasurer for the MCPD and the Arc of Laramie County. His goal while in the MCPD are that all persons who have a disability are treated equally and have their voices heard.
Carole J. Martin (And Larry)
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Michelle Woerner, a Kansas native, has lived in Cheyenne for just seven years but says it felt like home immediately. She is a graduate of Kansas State University and has been involved in the Assistance Dog Industry since 1998. Serving as a board member and Accreditation Assessor for Assistance Dog International provided her the knowledge to help start K9s 4 Mobility in Cheyenne. Michelle is passionate about working with people who have disabilities, providing Assistance Dogs, so that they can become as independent as they wish to be. Serving on the MCPD has allowed her to continue advocating for all persons who have a disability and to advice the Cheyenne community on becoming more inclusive for all people.
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Justine Whitacre grew up in southern California with an older cousin who had Down Syndrome, remembering how welcoming and loving she always was despite their age difference. She served in the military for fifteen years before becoming disabled and settling in Cheyenne. Justine has always been interested in how society can be more inclusive for all people and enjoys working with people who are developmentally disabled. Her goal while on the MCPD is to help provide a culture made up of all people with different abilities living together peacefully and happily.
Kevin Yarbrough is originally from North Carolina but has lived in Cheyenne for twenty-one years. He served in the Air Force for twenty-two years before becoming disabled. Kevin grew up with a father who is Deaf which lead to his being fluent with sign language and interpreting. He enjoys being the Cheyenne Program Lead for Platter Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing and serving as the Treasurer for the Wyoming Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (WYRID). Kevin works at Laramie County Community College in Disability Services and looks forward to bringing that experience to the MCPD. His goal while on the MCPD is "Balance", bringing accessibility to our citizens with disabilities without taking away from our citizens without disabilities. Implementing this idea into our community for inclusiveness would be a win for all.
Marsha Dial is originally from Illinois but has lived in Cheyenne for fifteen years. She enjoys being a mother of three girls and a grandmother of four grandchildren. Marsha has been involved in Special Olympics for over thirty years and currently serves as the Area III director for the state of Wyoming. She is employed at FE Warren AFB Airmen and Family Readiness Center as the Community Readiness Consultant. Marsha joined the MCPD in hopes of helping to make Cheyenne a better place for people with disabilities. Her goal is the make the community more available and accessible for those that are utilized wheelchairs for mobility.
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Mary E. Richey
Howard A. Hill Sr.
Pete Laybourn Council Representative
Carole J. Martin
MCPD Monthly Meeting
Laramie County Library