Office of the Governor

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

  1. Phone: (307) 777-7434

Kari Gray

Chief of Staff

Gray headed Mead’s Transition Team and managed finances for the Mead campaign. Gray is an attorney who served as Director of the Department of Family Services in the administration of Governor Jim Geringer.

Tony Young

Deputy Chief of Staff

Young is Deputy Chief of Staff, a role he also played for the transition. He also serves as Agency Coordinator. Young worked with Mead in the Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office as head of Wyoming’s Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, and he was the Assistant Campaign Manager.

Carol Statkus

Policy Development and General Counsel

Statkus is General Counsel to the Governor, which includes responsibility for policy oversight in the Mead administration. She was Chief of the Civil Division when she worked with the Governor-Elect in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Mead cites her depth of knowledge in numerous areas as a key to his preparation for serving as governor.

Richard Barrett

Special Counsel to the Governor

Barrett is Special Counsel to the Governor. The Lusk native was a longtime law partner of former Governor and Secretary of the Interior, Stanley K. Hathaway, and later established his own law firm in Cheyenne. A former president of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, Barrett has extensive litigation and trial experience in a broad range of areas.

Renny MacKay

Communication Director

Prior to joining Governor Matt Mead’s staff, MacKay was a reporter and anchor with Wyoming Public Radio, where he covered local and statewide issues for almost eight years. At Wyoming Public Radio, MacKay won numerous awards for his coverage of Wyoming issues. He also was the press secretary for Republican Mark Gordon, who ran for U.S. House in 2008. MacKay received a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri in 2001.

Ruth Critchfield


Prior to becoming Governor Matt Mead’s scheduler, Critchfield worked in the United States Attorney’s Office beginning in 2006 in the Administrative Services area. Although born and raised in Kansas, she moved to Wyoming in 1981 after graduating from St. John’s College in Winfield, Kansas, and considers the state her home. She worked for the Department of Education from 1983-1987, Gilchrist Elementary School from 1987-2000 and was the executive assistant at Unicover Corporation from 2000-2006. She and her husband, Dale, have two married daughters, and one granddaughter, and enjoy spending time outdoors in Wyoming.

Melissa Martinez

Executive Assistant to the Governor

Martinez came to the Governor’s Office with 25 years of experience in the legal field. She spent 9 years as Judicial Assistant with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She and her husband, Greg, have 6 kids and 2 grandchildren, 3 dogs and a parrot.

Pat Joyce

Office Manager

Pat Joyce is a westerner who has worked and lived in Wyoming, Montana and Texas with time in Washington, DC working for former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. She comes to Governor Mead’s office after most recently working for the Wyoming Legislature. Pat’s policy experience includes energy, transportation, water and State and Indian Government Relations. She holds a BA in Public Relations from Montana State University.

Leslie Arnett

Administrative Assistant

Leslie assists the Boards and Commissions members as one of her many job duties. Prior to joining Governor Mead’s staff, Arnett was a Regional Sales Manager for a printed circuit board company in Denver, Colorado. She worked for the school district in Sioux Falls, SD for several years, and is currently seeking her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. She enjoys spending her free time hiking with her dog, Lucy.

Tatum Soto

Administrative Assistant

Tatum has lived in Cheyenne for 35 years and has approximately 10 years of administration experience. She is married with 2 children and enjoys spending summer weekends with her family in Glendo camping and wakeboarding.

Michelle Dynes

Administrative Assistant

Prior to joining Governor Matt Mead’s office, Dynes was state government and military reporter with the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. The Casper native graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2003 with a degree in journalism. She’s also a 2008 graduate of Leadership Cheyenne and completed a fellowship with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland that same year.

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 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

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
    Governor participates in the Governor’s Panel at the Rocky Mountain Energy and Infrastructure Summit.
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
    Governor moderates the coal panel at the Rocky Mountain Energy and Infrastructure Summit.
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
    Governor holds a news conference to take general questions.
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
    Governor opens the Quadrennial Energy Review session.
  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    Governor speaks at the Stream-Flo USA Grand Opening.
  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    Governor makes opening remarks at the Mental Health Summit.
  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    Governor attends the WyoLotto Launch Day Winner Announcement.
  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    Governor attends the Capitol Restoration Oversight Group meeting.
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014
    Governor speaks at the dedication of the Thomas Moran Memorial Park.
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014
    Governor speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Police Department and Municipal Court Building.
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014
    Governor speaks at the Centennial Farm and Ranch Ceremony.
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014
    Governor rides in the Wyoming State Fair Parade.
  • Friday, August 15, 2014
    Governor speaks at the 44th Annual Wyoming Trauma Conference
  • Friday, August 15, 2014
    Governor participates in the robing ceremony for Judge Matt Castano, Sixth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge.
  • Thursday, August 14, 2014
    Governor chairs the State Loan and Investment Board and State Board of Land Commissioners meetings.
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