Policy Staff

Mary Kay Hill                      Policy Director                                  307-777-8239

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.

Jerimiah Rieman      Director of Economic Diversification Strategy and Initiatives                                                                                                                       307-777-5629

Jerimiah L. Rieman serves Governor Matthew H. Mead as Director of Economic Diversification Strategy and Initiatives. Governor Mead created the ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) Initiative to develop a comprehensive, action-based approach to diversify Wyoming’s economy. Jerimiah previously served Governor Mead as his Natural Resource Policy Director. Prior to joining Governor Mead’s Policy Office in 2011, Jerimiah served as administrator of the Wyoming Workforce Development Council. During that time, he also served as Policy and Legislative Advisor to the Department of Workforce Services. Jerimiah graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor 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.

Nephi Cole                            Policy Advisor                                        307-777-3691

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 Lindsay, and their sons Griffin and Grant live in Cheyenne.

Jessica Crowder                 Policy Advisor                                      307-777-8204

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.

Matt Fry                                Policy Advisor                                       307-777-4510

Matt was born and raised in Staunton, Virginia. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry from Davis and Elkins College, and a Master’s in Natural Resource Law from the University of Denver – Sturm College of Law. Matt has worked in the natural resource field for 16 years, in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Governor Mead’s staff, Matt was an employee of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WGFD) for 10 years. At WGFD, he was most recently a Staff Biologist in the Director’s Office and worked on projects to balance economic development with the ecological needs of Wyoming’s wildlife. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Vicky and daughter Ainsley, as well as hunting, fishing, camping, running, biking, and anything else he can make time for in the outdoors.

Gary Hartman                    Policy Advisor                                         307-777-5771

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.

Colin McKee                         Policy Advisor                                         307-777-7930

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.

Michelle Panos                   Policy Advisor                                         307-777-8784

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.

David Willms                      Policy Advisor                                      307-777-8094

David Willms graduated from the University of Wyoming with a juris doctorate and undergraduate degrees in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology & Management and Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, David spent nearly ten years as an attorney with the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and in private practice, litigating and advising on natural resource matters relating to land, water and wildlife throughout the country. In his free time, David enjoys hunting, fishing, anything outdoors, basketball, and playing his saxophone. David lives in Cheyenne with his wife, Kiersti, and two daughters, Ella and Anneli.