Administrative Staff


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.


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.


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.


David Bush                                 Communications Director 

David comes to Governor Mead’s staff after eight years in the insurance industry as an agent, and most recently, a business consultant. Prior to that he managed Senator Enzi’s 2008 re-election campaign and worked for Senator Barrasso in his Cheyenne office. Bush cut his political teeth with Senator Craig Thomas in his Washington, D.C. office working on public lands, agriculture, and energy issues. He and his wife Sheila have two boys, Ben and Ryan, who keep their parents busy on the soccer fields, ski slopes and trout streams. David graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in History and is a die-hard Cowboys fan. Go Pokes!


Ruth Critchfield                       Scheduler 

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.


Phuong Tran                                  Administrative Assistant 




Dalena Phipps                               Administrative Assistant