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.


Chris Mickey                           Communications Director 

Chris was raised right here in Cheyenne. After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a degree in political science in 2009, he moved to Washington D.C. to work as the Press Assistant to U.S. Senator John Barrasso. In 2014, he headed back to Wyoming as the Media and Public Relations Manager for the Wyoming Office of Tourism. He began working for Governor mead in 2016. In addition to being the Communications Director, Chris also handles new and emerging technology policy for the office.  In his free time, Chris likes to travel the world and documents his adventures through photography.  


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