Feb 19, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterThe Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees will interview seven candidates Wednesday evening for the open Subdistrict 2 seat representing Riverton and Shoshoni.
The seat was vacated in January by Judy Pedersen, who resigned after being elected in November 2012 to four more years on the board. Her replacement will fill the spot through November 2014, when an election will determine who serves out the rest of the term.
The seven applicants all submitted letters of interest this month describing their qualifications and skills they would bring to the board. They will be interviewed in the order in which their paperwork was received, beginning with Gloria Philp of Lysite.
In her application, Philp describes herself as a responsible business manager with a background in education. She also has spent 30 years working as a rancher and has participated in rodeos and barrel racing events throughout her life.
For the past 10 years, Philp has been the owner and manager of Specialty EMS, and in the 1990s she worked as the supervisor of emergency medical personnel for Oilind Safety. She has a Wyoming substitute teaching certificate and a Red Cross instructor certification in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillators and bloodborne pathogens.
A past president for Wyoming Ag in the Classroom, Philp worked with other board members to run that group, teach workshops, and organize conferences statewide. She also is a past treasurer for the rodeo organization WyoBraska and was executive secretary for Shoshoni Recreation District, and she is now the treasurer for the Shoshoni Activities Association.
"My leadership and management skills and my interest in education would make me a qualified board member," Philp wrote, adding that she has taught and taken classes at the college.
Philp earned her bachelor's degree in business management in 1987 at the University of Wyoming.
Nicole Schoening of Riverton ran for Pedersen's seat in November, and she said her desire to serve the college remains.
"My parents instilled in me a dedication to public service," she wrote, noting that her mother served on the CWC board in the late 1980s and early 1990s while Schoening was in middle and high school. "My interest in serving on board of trustees is rooted in my belief that our community college system within the state of Wyoming is one of the best in the country."
She has personally sought services through CWC, and Schoening said her family enjoys attending athletic events and arts center activities on campus.
"CWC enriches our community," Schoening wrote. "It provides residents with activities that engage the mind, teach new skills and continue skill development."
The special education case manager for Riverton school said her occupation gives her insight into the needs of Fremont County students. She is particularly interested in CWC's workforce development and vocational education programs, and Schoening said she places value on the school's General Educational Development program.
As a board member, she said she would not micromanage or use the position to seek advantageous opportunities for herself.
"I envision my role in being one where I offer support (and) assist in policy discussion and decision making," Schoening wrote. "I believe I would be a positive addition to the board of trustees and that my perspective and opinions would be of value to the college as a whole."
Schoening has a master's degree in social work through UW.
Riverton's Tim Payne also ran for Pedersen's seat in November. He said he is interested in serving because he received some of his own education through a community college in Oregon.
"It's through this initial experience that I came to appreciate the quality and dedication of the faculty that this type of institute (has) to offer," Payne wrote. "I would like to take an active role ... and apply my experience and background to make a positive contribution to the success of the community college."
After graduating from Eastern Oregon State College with a bachelor's degree in business management, Payne said he worked as a manager in retail until he became a buyer for a variety retailer chain in California.
"I developed strong skills in organizing, directing, communicating, and working with others to achieve success in store operations," Payne wrote, also describing his work with budgets during that time.
For the last 25 years, Payne has worked in the construction industry, beginning as an office manager for Foster Construction in Riverton and eventually becoming a minority owner in a construction operation in Dubois where he worked as a project manager. Now he serves as project manager for a multi-million-dollar project on 17 Mile Road on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
"In my career I developed a discipline to be open to all views, ideas and options," Payne wrote.
Payne has been a board member for Help for Health Hospice since 1998.
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