About The 10th Annual WYAA State Conference

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has helped to make the WYAA State Conference on Afterschool Programs a success for ten years!

We value the attendees who make time in their busy schedules, the presenters who share their knowledge and expertise, the sponsors that generously support the programming, and the exhibitors who share their products and ideas!

Afterschool programs are locally-driven solutions that help children learn and reach their full potential, families balance work with home, and employers hire the workforce they need. Teachers report that students in afterschool programs show more interest in learning, behave better, and complete their homework assignments. Afterschool programs offer new learning opportunities and help all students thrive in school and life.

The WYAA State Conference on Afterschool Programs is designed to help attendees focus on education and networking while also raising the profile of the afterschool profession throughout the Cowboy State and across the country. Your participation and support help to make that possible!

The conference provides professional development, technical assistance, and networking opportunities (including a special reception on Tuesday night) for afterschool providers and staff, coordinators and directors, school administrators, early childcare providers, youth development professionals, and key stakeholders from across Wyoming.

Empowering their future…because learning never ends!

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Sylvia Lyles
  • Jodi Grant
  • Jillian Balow
  • Dr. Jennifer Davis:
  • Dave Munsick
  • Shauna Bruce-Hamburger

Thank you to our sponsors! Please learn more at wyafterschoolalliance.org/sponsors.

WYAA18 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Sylvia Lyles: U.S. Department of Education’s Director of Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs, 21st CCLC Director
Dr. Sylvia Lyles has more than 30 years of experience in Federal service, having begun her career in 1980 with the U.S. Department of Commerce. In June 2007, she joined the Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), where she was the Group Director for Academic Improvement Programs before taking on her current assignment as Director, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality (AITQ). Dr. Lyles provides leadership for over 20 discretionary and formula programs, overseeing a $5 billion educational investment. She advises the Assistant Secretary on education matters, issues and initiatives that impact students at the pre-k through high school levels. She briefs the Secretary’s policy committee and senior staff on national educational issues and concerns where she recommends corrective actions or strategies for program development and improvement.

Jodi Grant: Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance
Since 2005, Jodi Grant has been Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. As Executive Director, Grant oversees all aspects of the Afterschool Alliance’s work – setting its goals and strategies for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, working with the field to help programs tap into federal funding streams, and supervising research to help national, state and local afterschool advocates and providers support, create and expand quality afterschool programs. Learn more at afterschoolalliance.org.

Jillian Balow: Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jillian Balow was elected to be Wyoming’s twenty-second State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2014. As State Superintendent, Jillian serves as one of Wyoming’s five statewide elected officials. She is constitutionally entrusted with general supervision of Wyoming’s public education system and sitting on critical state boards and commissions such as the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees and State Board of Land Commissioners.

Dr. Jennifer Davis: Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund
Dr. Jennifer Davis is a 2001 graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She currently specializes in preterm infants and children with disabilities. In her work as a consultant for the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund, she is enjoying the challenge of advocating for prevention efforts to drive our systems across the state. Jennifer Davis enjoys spreading her passion for prevention of child abuse and neglect in an effort to improve family stability.

Dave Munsick: Songteller Educational Services
Dave Munsick is a lifelong musician and educator from northern Wyoming. As a songwriter, Dave fully understands the potential that exists for a song to unleash an emotion. As a teacher, Dave quickly learned the necessity of student engagement. Dave has a unique perspective on Bloom’s taxonomy of learning in that he works “from the top down.” During his Songteller writing process, cognitive tasks such as applying, understanding, and memorizing are internally reinforced as a natural result of students consistently being immersed in the upper “creating” tier of Bloom’s pyramid.

Shauna Bruce-Hamburger: Divine Potential
Shauna is a dynamic motivational speaker, life coach, author, and owner of her speaking and coaching company, “Divine Potential.” She has been speaking professionally for over ten years and has spoken nationally as well as regionally and locally. Although born with Spina Bifida (the most common permanently disabling birth defect), she has always believed in living life to the fullest and with a positive attitude. Shauna has a B.S. in Wellness Management from Black Hills State University, and truly has a passion for helping others live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Shauna truly has a heart for inspiring others to become the best they can be and live in their highest potential.

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Schedule of Events

Tuesday, October 2

  • 7:00-8:00: Registration – Breakfast – Exhibitor Setup
  • 8:00-8:30: Welcome Address & WYAA Updates – WYAA Director Linda Barton and Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Dale Steenbergen
  • 8:30-9:30: Morning Keynote – Shawna Bruce-Hamburger
  • 9:40-10:55: Workshops – Block 1
  • 11:05-12:20: Workshops – Block 2
  • 12:30-2:00: Lunch & Plenary – Sylvia Lyles, U.S. Department of Education’s Director of Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs (21st CCLC Director), Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance Jodi Grant, and Wyoming Superintendent of Public Education Jillian Balow
  • 2:00-2:30: Share-A-Thon
  • 2:30-3:45: Workshops – Block 3
  • 3:55-5:10: Workshops – Block 4
  • 5:30-7:30: Reception – Inaugural Afterschool Professionals Awards, Unveiling of Wyoming’s State-of-the-State STEM Map, and Gubernatorial Candidate Meet & Greet | This event is included in event registration and open to special guests. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Kate Foster, katefoster@wycf.org.

 

Wednesday, October 3

  • 8:00-8:30: Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:30: Morning Keynote – Songteller Dave Munsick
  • 9:30-10:30: Lights On Rally for Afterschool – Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!! & Share-a-Thon
  • 10:40-11:55: Workshops – Block 5
  • 12:00-1:30: Lunch & Keynote – Dr. Jennifer Davis, Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund
  • 1:40-2:55: Workshops – Block 6
  • 3:00: Wrap-Up and Share-A-Thon Raffle

Wyoming Accreditation

WYAA18 Featured Presenters

Karen Aurand, State of Wyoming
Karen is a Graduate of University of N. Colorado with a Masters in Agency Counseling; emphasis Marriage & Family, Licensed (LPC). Her counseling focus has been with children & families. She has 21 years experience in the field and has offered trainings on the impact of trauma on the developing child, impact on family, managing stress, family relations.

Jillian Balow, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jillian was elected to be Wyoming’s twenty-second State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2014. As State Superintendent, Jillian serves as one of Wyoming’s five statewide elected officials. She is constitutionally entrusted with general supervision of Wyoming’s public education system and sitting on critical state boards and commissions such as the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees and State Board of Land Commissioners.

Erin Barnhart, Ph.D., Girls Who Code
Erin serves as the Girls Who Code Regional Partnership Coordinator, the Founder & President of Effective Altruism, LLC, Board Member for the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration, Advisory Council Member for Fund the People, contributor to Oregon Committee on Volunteerism, and a founding board member of AL!VE.

Matt Bertagnole, Youth Services Director/Director of Residential Services, Wyoming Behavioral Institute
Matthew is a licensed professional counselor who is the youth services clinical director and director of residential programs at Wyoming Behavioral Institute. He has a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming and an associates degree in psychology from Casper College.

Karen Bierhaus, Wyoming Department of Education
Karen is the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Consultant for the Wyoming Department of Education. In the past six years in this position, Karen has focused on building capacity of 21CCLC subgrantees to plan and design effective school year/summer learning programs with maximum impact for the children, youth and families served.

Danielle Bowen, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!
Danielle has been involved with the out-of-school time field for over 20 years. She creates synergy to engage key decision makers as she collaborates with various programs and businesses to implement high quality programs. She understands that focusing on collecting and utilizing program data can assist with program improvement & sustainability.

Brook Brockman, Training and Grants Coordinator, Wyoming Department of Education
Brook is the Training and Grants Coordinator for the WY Department of Education. She is a Certified K-8 teacher and assists the division to promote and educate students, nutrition programs staff, educators and community members about USDA Nutrition Programs. She is the Wyoming Farm to School representative.

Vivian Brown, Lander Lights On
Vivian is a site coordinator and the program assistant at Lander Lights On. She has been a part of Lander Lights On for 2 years. Previously she worked for Parks and Rec for ten years as a supervisor in Jackson Hole. She is certified in APAS and started the Science Action Club as part of Lander Lights On.

Shauna Bruce-Hamburger, Divine Potential
Shauna is a dynamic motivational speaker, life coach, author, and owner of her speaking and coaching company, “Divine Potential.” She has been speaking professionally for over ten years and has spoken nationally as well as regionally and locally. Although born with Spina Bifida (the most common permanently disabling birth defect), she has always believed in living life to the fullest and with a positive attitude. Shauna has a B.S. in Wellness Management from Black Hills State University, and truly has a passion for helping others live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Shauna truly has a heart for inspiring others to become the best they can be and live in their highest potential.

Shannon Buller, Executive Director, Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
Shannon has been the executive director of the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities since 2008. She sits on multiple boards and committees focused on education, employment for people w/ DD in Wyoming. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Journalism/Secondary teaching endorsement from the University of Nebr. Kearney.

Samin Dadelahi, Chief Operating Officer of the Wyoming Community Foundation
Samin is the Chief Operating Officer of the Wyoming Community Foundation. She strives to find the right balance between an engaged staff, the organizational needs of a growing and evolving statewide nonprofit, designing employee evaluation strategies, and staying up to date on charitable rules and regulations nationally and in the state of Wyoming.

Dr. Jennifer Davis
Dr. Davis is a 2001 graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She currently specializes in preterm infants and children with disabilities. In her work as a consultant for the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund, she is enjoying the challenge of advocating for prevention efforts to drive our systems across the state. Jennifer enjoys spreading her passion for prevention of child abuse and neglect in an effort to improve family stability.

Joan Evans, Joan K Evans Consulting, LLC
Joan was engaged in public service for over 26 years and currently focuses her efforts on public finance and supporting unique community based projec

Julie Elledge, Ph.D., NBC-HWC, LMFT, Elevate Life Workshops and Coaching
Dr. Julie combines the ability to clearly communicate the essence of the issues that individuals and organizations face with a warm and friendly style bringing topics to life and inspiring dialogue. Her outgoing and spirited presence will put you at ease whether in person or in front of an audience. She has a Ph.D. in Education and she is a coach.

Teddi Freedman, K-14 Project Coordinator, University of Wyoming, College of Engineering and Applied Science
Teddi is the K-14 Project Coordinator for the UW, College of Engineering and Applied Science. She looks forward to all opportunities to engage students and teachers in engineering education. Teddi received her BA in environmental geography from Colgate University, and MS in science education from the UW, Science and Math Teaching Center.

Carol Garber, WyomingPBS Education Coordinator, WyomingPBS
Mrs. Garber is the Education Coordinator for WyomingPBS. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Education from the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from the University of Wyoming.

Jayna Green, Lincoln County School District #2, 21CCLC
Jayna earned a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Millikin University in 1997 and her CDA in 2017. She helped develop the 21CCLC Gearing up for Kindergarten program at LCSD#2. She has been the pre-k teacher there for four years. She serves in the NLC Early Childhood Coalition, N.V. Education Committee, and the Alpine Rec. Committee.

Tina Jiminez, Infant Toddler Specialist, State Capacity Building Center (SCBC)
As the Infant Toddler Specialist for the State Capacity Building Center, Tina supports states in building the supply of high quality infant toddler care. Her background includes co-leading EC quality improvement efforts throughout California, keynote speaking, college teaching, training & FCC. She has a MA from Pacific Oaks College in Human Development.

Beth Kennedy, AWIM Trainer/Field Supervisor/Instructor, Montana State University
Beth Kennedy, teacher, after-school program coordinator, and district after-school coordinator, works closely with MSU students as an instructor and field supervisor with the MSU Afterschool Partnership. As a strong proponent of quality after-school programming, Beth is eager to bring hands-on STEAM curriculum to program coordinators and teachers.

Dr. Sylvia Lyles, U.S. Department of Education’s Director of Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs (21st CCLC Director)
Dr. Lyles as more than 30 years of experience in Federal service, having begun her career in 1980 with the U.S. Department of Commerce. In June 2007, she joined the Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), where she was the Group Director for Academic Improvement Programs before taking on her current assignment as Director, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality (AITQ). Dr. Lyles provides leadership for over 20 discretionary and formula programs, overseeing a $5 billion educational investment. She advises the Assistant Secretary on education matters, issues and initiatives that impact students at the pre-k through high school levels. She briefs the Secretary’s policy committee and senior staff on national educational issues and concerns where she recommends corrective actions or strategies for program development and improvement.

Shawna McBride, Director, Wyoming NASA Space Grant – University of Wyoming
Shawna is the Director of the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, which promotes STEM education, research, and outreach in Wyoming. She has a BS in Biology, an MS in Zoology and Physiology, and a PhD in Neuroscience. Working with NASA, she provides opportunities for students, teachers, and faculty to further their interest and excitement in STEM.

Susan McGuire, Executive Director, Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education
Susan has been involved in out-of-school education for 30 years, developing programs for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, the Teton Science Schools, WyAEE, and other organizations. She has trained classroom teachers, after-school providers, and environmental educators. She has a BS and MS in zoology.

Songteller Dave Munsick
Dave is a lifelong musician and educator from northern Wyoming. As a songwriter, Dave fully understands the potential that exists for a song to unleash an emotion. During his Songteller writing process, cognitive tasks such as applying, understanding, and memorizing are internally reinforced as a natural result of students consistently being immersed in the upper “creating” tier of Bloom’s pyramid.

Tiernan McIlwaine, Instructor, University of Wyoming
Tiernan is an instructor for the University of Wyoming with a Master degree in Psychology. Tiernan has provided training in Wyoming for over 25 years. The Ellbogen Foundation for Excellence in Early Childhood Education funds Tiernan’s work as a trainer and consultant for programs across Wyoming. Contact Tiernan for FREE support to your program.

Martha Nesslinger, Licensed Professional Counselor, The Clinic for Mental Health and Wellness
Martha (Marcy) is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Laramie, Wy for over 25 years. She has worked with Department of Family Services, Head Start, public schools and the court system to bring workable solutions and valuable insight into children and family dynamics.

Kelsey Noroski, Program & Volunteer Manager, Junior Achievement, Junior Achievement
Kelsey has been program and volunteer management for six years, all of which have involved teacher and volunteer program instruction, community presentations, and conference trainings.

Markie Scholz, Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppets
A full time professional puppeteer and educator for 48 years, Markie holds a BS from USD and an MA from BHSU. She has performed in 46 states, Europe, and Canada; she has taught college credit courses MSU/Minot ND, NSU/Aberdeen, and SDSU/Brookings; and she has taught how to use puppets in education — in schools both as inservice and to students. Website: dragonsaretooseldom.com.

Heather Sorenson, Site Coordinator, Lander Lights On
Heather is a site coordinator at Lander Lights On and has been a classroom leader for the program. Heather attended the University of Wyoming and is currently working on her Special Education teaching certificate. She is a special education paraprofessional at Gannett Peak Elementary and is certified in D.O.S. from the PEAR Institute for key aspects of a quality STEM program

Louise Stephenson, Early Childhood Liaison, Carbon County School District #1
Louise has extensive experience in public education and working with young children. She was instrumental in developing the pre-k program in Rawlins and works between school and community to increase awareness of the skills needed for entrance to kindergarten. She is also serves as a board member for Raising Readers of Wyoming.

Lynn Storey-Huylar, Director/Forensic Interviewer, Safe Harbor, A Children’s Justice Center
Lynn Storey-Huylar is the Director of Safe Harbor, a children’s justice center. Safe Harbor is a Child Advocacy Center providing programs of Forensic Interviews for LE and DFS of children who have been alleged victims of child abuse, Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchanges and Facilitates MDT meeting on children who are placed in DFS care.

Sarita Talusani Keller is the Artmobile Educator at the UW Art Museum, Serving Various Communities Throughout Wyoming
Sarita holds an M.Ed. in art education from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, with an emphasis on community arts. Her experience includes teaching in K-8 classrooms and various art institutions.

Christine Turner, Grant Director, LCSD#2
Christine Turner has a B.A. in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Reading. She is the Grant Program Director for Lincoln County School District #2 for their 21CCLC Cohort 9 and 12 Grants. She serves in the North Lincoln Early Childhood Coalition. She served on a committee to develop indicators for our Wyoming Program Quality Practices.

Chris Van Burgh, Database Instruction Librarian, Wyoming State Library
Chris Van Burgh is the Database Instruction Librarian at the Wyoming State Library. She provides training and information to Wyoming libraries on the vast collection of databases and other online resources that span pre-k through college.

Catherine Villnave, Community Schools Resource Coordinator, United Way of Laramie County
Catherine Villnave is leading the first Wyoming Community Schools strategy with United Way of Laramie County. She creates partnerships with local resources to meet family needs that impede learning. For ten years she worked in Title I schools as an afterschool provider, classroom teacher, and district administrator. She has her MS in Education.

Ceatriss Wall, Program Director, Lander Lights On
Ceatriss Wall is the program director for Lander Lights On, a 21st CCLC program. She holds Bachelor’s Degree from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN and a Masters Degree in Education from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi. Ceatriss has over 15 years experience with after school programming and has been a high school principal for over ten years.

Summer Wasson, Digital Communications / Partner, Vantage View Technology
Summer Wasson has a B.S. in Communications and 20 years experience in the field of IT. She managed the WEN Video for the Wyoming Department of Education and Enterprise Technology Department where she found a passion for distance education and Wyoming students. Her vision is to help students use cutting edge technology to explore our world.

Wendy Weisbart, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!
Wendy has spent 20+years creating the best path of success for all students, watching the students play important roles in their own education! She has served as a classroom teacher, 21st CCLC Facilitator and District Administrator. Wendy’s main focus is creating collaboration through effective communication tools. Wendy has presented nationally on various topics including: Quality Programming, Community Involvement, Student Engagement, Grant Writing and Creative Solutions in Education. Through the combination of being a life-long learner and always being up for an adventure, she is extremely passionate about enjoying the purpose of life and establishing value in what we do.

Debra Wilcher, Wyoming Behavioral Institute
Debra is a licensed professional counselor and the lead therapist for Wyoming Behavioral Institutes’s residential services. She has a master’s degree in counseling and human development from Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. Her past work experience includes providing treatment services in corrections, residential and outpatient settings.

Nicole Williams, Curriculum & Training Manager, WINGS for Kids
Nicole joined WINGS in 2011 first as Program Assistant, then Program Director, and now as Curriculum and Training Manager. She has extensive experience in behavior management, program implementation, coaching, and training design and delivery. Nicole has an undergraduate degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus in elementary education.

Elizabeth Winn, District Director, Junior Achievement
Elizabeth has a BS in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska. A nonprofit fundraiser for 18 years, Elizabeth has held previous regional leadership positions at American Heart Association and Girl Scouts. Over 10 years experience with community presentations and conference trainings.

Benjamin Wolff, Partner, Vantage View Technology
Benjamin Wolff has a M.S. Degree from the University of Wyoming and a multitude of IT experience. He previously managed the WEN Network, supporting Wyoming schools for the Enterprise Technology Department as well as the Wyoming Army National Guard network. His forte is network design, planning, and optimization for Wyoming K-12 educational entities.

Registration Refund Policy: Did something come up? You may receive a full refund before August 1 and a 50% refund until September 14. After September 15, no refunds are available.