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.

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

  • Saturday, November 08, 2014
    – Governor speaks at the Wyoming Army National Guard 115th Field Artillery Brigade Presentation for Meritorious Service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Thursday, November 06, 2014
    Governor speaks at the Cable Cutting Ceremony for the Biogas-Powered Microsoft Data Plant operations
  • Thursday, November 06, 2014
    Governor holds live News Conference to take general questions
  • Thursday, November 06, 2014
    Governor appears live on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to discuss how the price of oil affects Wyoming’s state budget
  • Monday, November 03, 2014
    Governor signs Radiologic Technology Week proclamation
  • Monday, November 03, 2014
    Governor talks with Mark Bentley live on Big Horn Mountain Radio - Buffalo
  • Saturday, November 01, 2014
    Governor and First Lady attends the Cowboys Against Cancer 20th Anniversary Event
  • Saturday, November 01, 2014
    Governor and First Lady greet participants in the Comea House 5K Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble Kids Fun Run
  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    Governor and First Lady welcome trick or treaters
  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Governor speaks at the 2nd Annual Landscape Discussion on Energy Law and Policy in the Rockies
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Governor speaks at the Wyoming Water Association Annual Meeting Luncheon
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Governor speaks with Brian Scott live on K2 Radio - Casper
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    Governor and First Lady attend funeral services for the Honorable Clarence A. Brimmer
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    Governor serves lunch at the Comea Shelter
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    Governor speaks at the Chick-fil-A Ground “Moooving” Ceremony
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