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Wednesday, November 17 2021 10:00 AM - Friday, November 19 2021 12:00 PM [MST]
800 N Poplar,
Please register attendees from your district.
Wednesday, November 17 2021 10:00 AM - Friday, November 19 2021 12:00 PM [MST]
Casper Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, 800 N Poplar, Casper, Wyoming, 82601, United States.
The 2021 WSBA conference features keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich, award-winning author and motivational speaker, along with Steph Davis, professional rock climber, BASE jumper, and wingsuit flyer. This event will also include multiple breakout sessions, student performances, awards ceremonies, and the annual legal update from Tracy Copenhaver and Scott Kolpitcke. Check back often for additional details about this event.
The cost to attend is $300 per participant.
Cancellation policy You may cancel your registration at any time.
You may cancel your registration at any time.
The Wyoming School Boards Association is the official voice of its member local school boards. We are dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all of Wyoming’s public school students through the improvement of local school board governance.
Mark’s career as a motivational speaker began with the Josten’s film, “The Greatest Days of your Life…(so far)” which was featured in over 10,000 high schools worldwide. His ability to connect with students and keep them engaged with humor and life-changing messages earned him a reputation for being the top speaker in education. Today, Mark is an award-winning author and a much sought after speaker known for his authentic delivery, his talent for delivering unique stories and his comedic timing.
Steph started climbing when she was a freshman at the University of Maryland in 1991. She is one of the world's leading climbers, having completed some of the hardest routes in the world. She is the first woman to have free soloed a 5.11 grade climb, the first woman to summit all the peaks of the Fitzroy Range in Patagonia, the second woman to free climb El Capitan in a day, the first woman to free climb the Salathe Wall on El Capitan, the first woman to free solo The Diamond on Longs Peak in Colorado, and the first woman to summit Torre Egger.
Dr. Richard Schroeder is an experienced Academic with a demonstrated history of working in the Publishing industry. Skilled in Educational Technology, Behavior Management, Professional Learning Communities, Business Development, and Adult Education. Strong research professional with a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) focused in Organization, Change, and Leadership from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Kessler has been serving the Wyoming School Boards Association the past three years as the Director of Leadership Development. Rod spends most of his training time in local school district settings with board members and administration that make up the District Leadership Team. His background includes 35 years of teaching and administration. The majority of Rod’s career was spent in Wyoming in Sweetwater School District No. 2 (SCSD#2) for 11 years and Johnson County School District No. 1 (JCSD#1) for 16 years, where he retired in 2014 after 16 years as Superintendent for JCSD#1. Dr. Kessler believes the keys to Extraordinarily Successful School Districts are centered around Quality Relationships and Clear Roles and Responsibilities for all the team players.
A life-long learner and educator since 1973, Sue moved from the Midwest to Wyoming over 45 years ago. After serving Sheridan County School District #1 in a variety of capacities (instructional coach, curriculum director, special education director, middle school principal, superintendent) she began her first retirement in 2011. Not proficient in retirement yet and not finished learning, Sue has been exploring new opportunities in the field of education by working as a dean and vice-president of academic affairs at Northern Wyoming Community College District, serving as WSBA’s Director of Leadership Development, coaching leaders and leadership teams, and participating as a member of the Wyoming State Board of Education.
Tracy Copenhaver is the senior partner in Copenhaver, Kath, Kitchen & Kolpitcke, LLC. He graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1982. Tracy is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Wyoming, as well as the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Current areas of practice include: insurance defense work for all liability claims, as well as public entity representation. Tracy does a considerable amount of work in education law and defense of public employers and employees.
After graduating from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1996, Scott passed the bar exams in Wyoming and Colorado and began working for a small law firm in Laramie, WY. Scott joined Copenhaver, Kath, Kitchen & Kolpitcke, LLC in 1998 and represents school districts, cities, towns, hospitals, and other local governmental agencies in Wyoming. Scott regularly gives presentations to school boards, city councils, and other groups on issues such as employment law, school law, public records, open meetings, government ethics and other issues.
Cory is the superintendent of Platte County School District #1. His father was an administrator for 44 years and always said that there are other things out there that do not involve administration. Well, you know how well a son listens to his father! Cory is a retired science teacher, building administrator for 10 years, and currently in his second year as a superintendent. Prior to teaching, he worked in Antarctica as a blaster and Ice Runway Supervisor. Those careers were his first taste of leadership and what better situation to learn than working with 700 pounds of ANFO Explosives on an active volcano? Cory is excited to utilize his leadership experiences to enhance the leadership team at #onePlatte1.
Katrina Beckman took a leap of faith in the summer of 2019 when she founded Kalen Marketing Solutions, a full service marketing agency based in Casper Wyoming. What started as a small company with just a handful of employees has quickly grown to a team of 18 talented professionals. She caught the marketing bug while working for Verizon Wireless and there has been no turning back. Katrina loves to see the impact of good marketing and how it can make a difference for her clients. For Katrina no client is too big or small and creating meaningful content is a priority for her. Producing effective marketing material for her clients had never been more important than during the COVID pandemic. Kalen played an integral part in helping the businesses within their community thrive when they needed it the most.
Greg has been a member of the Park County School District #1 school board for 14 years, serving his community and advocating for a high-quality education for students. Born and raised in Powell, WY, Greg graduated from Northwest College with a degree in Science. He spent 26 years working on his family's farm before becoming an Agricultural Lender in 2004. Greg's passion for education and a desire to be a lifelong learner are central to his work on his school board.
Janine Bay Teske had a 25-year career as an auto executive for Ford Motor Company where her responsibilities ranged from starting Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT), targeting the performance enthusiast with high performance vehicle and Chief Engineer for the Ford Mustang. She is currently in her 5th term as a school board member in Teton County and spends her time advocating for education for the students in Wyoming. Janine has served on NSBA Policies and Resolutions Committee and on NSBAC for four years. In 2018, Janine was elected to the NSBA Board of Directors from the Western Region where she has served as a co-chair of the Policy and Resolutions Committee, on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and on the Policy Committee.
Brian Farmer is the executive director of the Wyoming School Boards Association (WSBA), a position he has held since 2014. As a former school board member, Mr. Farmer is a strong advocate for public education and high-quality educational opportunities for all students. Mr. Farmer also serves as the chair of the Organization of State Association Executive Directors and is a member of the board of directors for the National School Boards Association. Mr. Farmer previously worked for the Wyoming Legislature and the University of Wyoming. Brian has taught in the Departments of Political Science and Criminal Justice at UW as well as courses in the College of Business and College of Education. He is recognized as an expert on education policy and law.
Gallagher Benefit Services
10:00a Pre-Conference Sessions (Hilton Garden Inn)
12:00p Lunch on your own
1:30p Business meetings
4:00p Wyoming Exposition and Trade Fair
Wyoming State Representative
Wyoming State Senator
Director of Leadership Development
Requires separate registration.
Immediate Past President
7:00a Breakfast for conference attendees
8:30a Student Musical Group
9:30a Keynote 1 - Mark Scharenbroich
10:45a Keynote 2 - Steph Davis
11:45a Awards Luncheon
1:30p Breakout Session 1
2:30p Breakout Session 2
3:30p Breakout Session 3
5:15p Hospitality Time
6:00p Annual Banquet
Rock Climber, Speaker
8:30a Student Performance
8:45a Legal Update
10:15a Legal Update (continued)
11:30a Conference adjourns
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