• POLICY STAFF

Shawn Reese

Policy Director 777-8218
Shawn Reese is the policy director for Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. In this position since January 2011, Shawn oversees a staff of advisors and analysts who serve the Governor on a range of natural resources, health and human service and energy issues. Shawn is coordinating Governor Mead’s efforts to create a Wyoming energy plan that balances energy development and environmental protection. Shawn works closely with other states’ governor’s offices, western states and energy producing states in particular. Prior to joining Governor Mead’s administration, Shawn managed public infrastructure investments for Wyoming’s economic development agency, the Wyoming Business Council, where Governor Mead served on the board. The infrastructure projects Shawn managed included transportation, water and sewer, and buildings for business development. His career began as a municipal transportation planner with the city of Cheyenne, Wyoming’s capital. Except when he studied at the University of Wyoming, he has lived in Cheyenne. His wife, Amy, is the director of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum and they have two children.

Mary Kay Hill

Deputy Policy Director 777-8239
Mary Kay Hill has worked on the development and implementation of education policy in Wyoming since 1995. She advises Governor Mead on education issues from preschool through workforce. She is also asked to coordinate special projects as needed. Mary Kay served as Policy Director to former Governor Jim Geringer from 1995 through 1998. She has worked in leadership roles at the Wyoming Department of Education and at the School Facilities Department. She was Media Director for U.S. Senator Alan Simpson for ten years before returning to Wyoming. A fourth generation Wyoming citizen, Mary Kay and her husband, Bill, are the parents of two children. All four members of the Hill family are graduates of the University of Wyoming.

Melissa Bartley

Policy Advisor 777-3465
Melissa was raised in Alaska where she grew up hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Melissa has lived in Wyoming on and off for eight years, during which time she earned both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Wyoming. She also holds a master’s degree in Women’s Studies. Melissa’s work on health policy began with a legal internship at the Department of Health. Melissa began her public service career in the non-profit sector where she designed and implemented social service delivery programs for Catholic Social Services. Melissa enjoys spending time with her dog, gardening, and being outside.

Nephi Cole

Policy Advisor 777-3691
Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, Nephi worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 11 years. At the NRCS he was a soil scientist and the Watershed Coordinator and Partnership Liaison to the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts. Nephi has extensive experience with GIS technologies. He graduated from Utah State University with a Master’s Degree in Soil Science, following a Bachelor’s in Environmental Soil and Water Science with Geology and Agronomy minors. Nephi also served in Sao Paulo, Brazil with a non-profit for two years. Nephi, his wife, Lyndsay, and their son Griffin live in Cheyenne.

Jessica Crowder

Policy Advisor 777-8204
Jessica Crowder was born in Victoria, Texas and spent her childhood on a ranch in New Mexico. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Range Management and a Master’s of Science in Range Science from Texas Tech University. Prior to joining Governor Mead’s staff as Policy Advisor, Jessica worked as a Policy Analyst for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture for five years and was an Instructor of Agriculture at Northwest College in Powell for two years. Jessica enjoys tending her native plant garden, fishing and volunteering at Cheyenne Frontier Days. She and her husband, Jason, recently welcomed their first child, Adelynn Rose.

Gary Hartman

Policy Advisor 777-5771
Gary P. Hartman graduated from Basin High School and attended the University of Wyoming where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. He practiced law in the Big Horn Basin for 10 years and was later appointed to the District Court bench by Governor Ed Herschler. He served in the 5th Judicial District for 25 years before joining Governor Dave Freudenthal’s staff.  Gary and his wife Betsy enjoy traveling and riding their Honda motorcycle during the summer months. Gary is a U.S Air Force veteran and served 1 year in Vietnam.

Rob Hurless

Energy Strategy Advisor 777-3654
Rob Hurless is Energy Strategy Advisor to Governor Matt Mead. He also works as the Deputy Director of the Carbon Management Institute at the School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming. Prior to these current assignments he served as Energy and Telecommunications Advisor to Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal. He came to this position from a tour as Chairman of the Wyoming Public Service Commission. For the bulk of his career Hurless was Publisher of the Casper Star-Tribune. He served as an officer aboard the USS Quapaw, ATF 110, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Cameron Nazminia

Policy Advisor 777-6472
Prior to joining Governor Matt Mead’s staff as a policy advisor, Cameron worked for a multilateral development agency in Washington D.C. and a global gold mining firm in Denver. Cameron is multilingual and experienced in international business. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in finance and banking. He is currently a member on the International Board of Advisors at the University of Wyoming. Cameron also holds a graduate degree from Colorado School of Mines in international political economy with a minor in mining engineering. In his free time, he enjoys the great outdoors and reading.

Nathan Nicholas

Policy Advisor 777-8094
Nathan Nicholas is a fourth generation Wyoming native from Laramie. After receiving his B.S. in electrical engineering in 2006, he worked for a Fort Collins-based industrial robotics company as an engineer, project manager and international sales representative. In 2009, Nathan returned to school and obtained a Master’s in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor; completing his studies in December, 2012. Nathan speaks Mandarin Chinese and has experience living and conducting business in Asia. When he isn’t working, Nathan enjoys most outdoor sports including skiing, mountain biking and fishing.

Michelle Panos

Policy Advisor 777-8784
Michelle is a native Californian but has also lived in Massachusetts, Washington and Idaho. Before beginning her position as policy advisor to Governor Matt Mead, Michelle had a successful career in corporate marketing and sales at BakerCorp and in the public sector with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Michelle also worked for both the US House and Senate under United States Congressman Dan Lungren of California and United States Senator Larry Craig of Idaho. In both positions she concentrated on issues involving Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and the Internal Revenue Service as well as coordinating Service Academy Nominations. Michelle and her husband Bill live in Cheyenne and enjoy traveling, reading, participating in local faith-based activities, and exploring with their German shorthaired pointer.

Jerimiah Rieman

Natural Resources Policy Advisor 777-5629
Jerimiah L. Rieman serves Governor Matthew H. Mead as his Natural Resource Policy Advisor, a position he has held since January, 2011. Jerimiah oversees policy issues concerning the management or use of lands or natural resources in Wyoming. Jerimiah served as administrator of the Wyoming Workforce Development Council prior to joining Governor Matt Mead’s Policy Office. During that time, he also served as Policy and Legislative Advisor to the Department of Workforce Services. Since February 2010 he has overseen American Recovery and Reinvestment Act implementation, accountability and transparency efforts within Wyoming. Jerimiah graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism in 2001. The fifth generation Wyoming native also is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Wyoming. Jerimiah enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and Wyoming's great outdoors. He and his wife Kristen are the proud parents of identical twin boys Boden and Potter.

Merit Thomas

Policy Advisor 777-8206
Merit is a Wyoming native, born and raised in Worland. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in psychology. Merit brings many years of experience in state government to the Governor’s Policy Office. She worked in the Department of Family Services and most recently in the Department of Health. She and her husband Joe enjoy weekends in Glendo.

Mike Reed

Impaired Driving Council Coordinator 777-8093
James M. (Mike) Reed, was born in Wichita Kansas, but has lived in Wyoming for over 32 years and considers it home. Mike started his career in the private sector and quickly became involved in the community serving as chairman of many county and state boards including Carbon County Child Development Center, Carbon County Counseling Center, and Memorial Hospital of Carbon County. Mike worked in law enforcement for 24 years, and for 10 years was Rawlins Chief of Police. He is a graduate of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He holds numerous certifications and awards, and is a recipient of the State of Wyoming’s “Peace Officer of the Year”. Mike and his wife, Theresa, have one daughter, Nicole, who is enrolled in the Biology Program at the University of Wyoming.

Colin McKee

Energy Policy Analyst 777-7930
Colin McKee was born and raised in Missouri. After receiving degrees in Finance and Economics from Drury University in 2008, Colin accepted the position of finance director for a personal security firm located in Timor-Leste. Upon his return, he took on various opportunities working as a business development consultant. He and his wife, Hayley, live in Cheyenne. In his free time, Colin enjoys watching college football, reading non-fiction books and a host of outdoor activities, especially fly fishing.

Ellen Skinner

Policy Analyst 777-8922
Ellen has worked in a variety of businesses and agencies in policy, research, communications and marketing.  She grew up in Pinedale where her family operated a wilderness school and big game outfitting business. Ellen earned a bachelor’s degree in range management at the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in communication at Colorado State University. Ellen has one grown daughter, a mechanical engineer. She enjoys skiing, hiking, camping and reading.

Kathryn (Kathy) Lind

Policy Assistant 777-7928
Kathy grew up in northern Minnesota in a region known as the Iron Range. She moved to Colorado where she met her husband, Dave, and together they raised three children. In 2003, after moving to Wyoming, Kathy earned an associate’s degree from Laramie County Community College. Her career path has included working for small businesses, corporations, school districts and state government.

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Contact

 Office of Governor Matt Mead
Phone: (307) 777-7434
Fax: (307) 632-3909

State Capitol, 200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne WY 82002-0010

Public Schedule

  • Friday, April 18, 2014
    Governor participates in the 20th Annual Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom Bookmark Celebration
  • Friday, April 18, 2014
    Governor meets with students of the Wyoming Virtual Academy via the internet
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Governor speaks at the Pioneer Printing Open House celebration
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Governor meets with Taiwanese delegation
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Governor talks to Kim Love on Sheridan Media
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Governor signs the Wyoming Lineman Appreciation Day proclamation
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Governor reads to students as part of Week of the Military Child
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Governor chairs the State Building Commission meeting
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Governor meets with Sublette County elected officials
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Governor participates in the grand opening of the 4-H Livestock Facility
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Governor participates in event announcing STEM Initiative with QEP and Pinedale High School
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Governor participates in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Fort Laramie Rail Facility
  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    Governor participates in the Robing Ceremony for District Judge Catherine Rogers
  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    Governor signs Wyoming Financial Literacy Week proclamation
  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    Governor participates in the Financial Football event
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