Meet the team

Wyoming Guardianship Corporation utilizes a team of industry leaders with extensive experience in their field to ensure that every person served has a voice. Our team is dedicated to providing quality services so that you can have peace of mind.


Managers

Emily Smith

Emily Smith, Executive Director

Emily Smith joined WGC in 2010 as a guardian and ombudsman, becoming the Executive Director in 2011.  She has a degree in Social Work from Boise State University and has completed course work towards her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado.  She is a Certified Social Worker and a Nationally Certified Guardian from the Center for Guardianship Certification.  Ms. Smith has more than 20 years of experience working with a diverse population of people who have disabilities including people with serious mental health illness, substance abuse issues, intellectual disability, Alzheimer’s and other dementias. She sits on the Wyoming State Adult Protection Team and the Governor’s Elder and Vulnerable Adult Task Force.  She has provided numerous workshops on guardianship, fiduciary work, protective services and advocacy.  She lives in Cheyenne with her husband and two daughters, and spends her free time volunteering for Black Dog Animal Rescue.

Heather Raimondo-O'Brien

Heather Raimondo-O'Brien, Representative Payee Program Manager; Guardian and Conservator Program Manager

Heather Raimondo-O’Brien started as a guardian for WGC in 2014, but became the program manager for both the guardian and conservator program and the representative payee program in 2016.  She has a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from the University of Wyoming and has completed work at the University of Wyoming towards a master’s degree in psychology.  Ms. Raimondo-O’Brien has more than 20 years’ experience working with people who have intellectual disabilities dual diagnosis, acquired brain injury, and elders and is a nationally certified guardian through the center for guardianship certification.  She enjoys living in rural Cheyenne on her hobby farm with her husband.

Charlie Simineo

Charlie Simineo, Pooled Trust Administrator

Charlie Simineo is the Pooled Trust Administrator for WGC and has held that position since 2012.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology and an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  Mr. Simineo has extensive experience in health care and human services administration having previously worked as a Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman, the Director of Wyoming Department of Healthcare Licensing, Regional Administrator for Nebraska’s Health and Human Services, Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Executive Director of Wyoming Seniors Citizens, Inc.  In addition he has provided numerous workshops in both Wyoming and Nebraska on aging issues, Alzheimer’s disease, Medicare, Medicaid and health facility licensure issues. In his spare time, Mr. Simineo enjoys reading and playing the piano.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Ombudsman Program

Jessi Westling

Jessi Westling, Lead Ombudsman

Jessi Westling has served as the Lead Substance Abuse and Mental Health Ombudsman since 2013.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master of Science in Public Health, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences.  For 15 years, she has worked in the field of behavioral health at the community, state, and federal level.  Before coming to work for Wyoming Guardianship Corporation, Ms. Westling was the Director of Operations for a private behavioral health research firm where she was the project manager for a National Institutes of Health grant and a federal contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her family be it camping and riding bikes in the summer or skiing and sledding in the winter.

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Valerie Thomas, Ombudsman

Valerie Thomas joined the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Ombudsman Program in 2014.  She draws extensively from over 30 years’ experience working with federal, State, county and tribal government in conjunction with the legal community regarding substance abuse, juvenile and criminal justice, health care and poverty programs.  Ms. Thomas is a retired attorney who also holds certificates in human services and public administration as well as a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies.


Guardians

Nicole Neider

Nicole Neider joined WGC as a guardian in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in human services management from the University of Phoenix.  She began her career in social services at the Wyoming Department of Corrections and the Wyoming Department of Family Services.  Ms. Neider has experience in protective services and investigations.  She resides in Cheyenne with her husband and two children, she enjoys fostering dogs for Black Dog Animal Rescue.

Jennifer Elliott

Jennifer Elliot began serving as a guardian in 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University and has extensive experience working with intellectually disabled and dually diagnosed individuals.  Ms. Elliot has 18 years’ experience as a provider and case manager in the Medicaid Waiver system. In her free time, Ms. Elliott likes to hike, read, travel and spend time with her animals.

Amanda Parks

Amanda Parks joined the WGC team as a guardian in 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  In addition, Ms. Parks holds a certification in school counseling from the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board.  She has experience as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and working with a diverse population of people including people with intellectual and physical disabilities, sensory issues and acquired brain injury. In her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking and camping with her 2 boys. When its chilly outside, you will find her in the kitchen, baking up a storm.

Liz Hamann

Elizabeth (Liz) Hamann joined WGC as a guardian in 2014.  She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Tennessee State University.  Her professional experience includes managed care, medical case management, quality improvement, federally qualified health care/grants, utilization management, workers compensation case management and cardiac intensive care.  Ms. Hamman enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and swimming in addition to being active on her rural cattle ranch.

Kenna Hill

Kenna Hill has been a guardian with WGC since 2007.   She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and has been a Nationally Certified Guardian through the Center for Guardianship Certification since 2009.  Ms. Hill has extensive experience working with individuals who have serious mental health illness, acquired brain injury and intellectual disability.

Steve Snead

Steve Snead came to WGC in 2016 with many years of experience in pastoral counseling, small business ownership and in Wyoming Industry.  He is an ordained minister who has pastored three rural churches and assists churches to regain their momentum. In addition, Mr. Snead is also a Marine Corps veteran who enjoys being a father, grandfather and husband.


Fiduciaries

Doris Loseke

Doris Loseke began her tenure at WGC as representative payee in 1997 when the organization was created.  Previously, Ms. Loseke worked in the banking industry and retired from that industry as a trust officer.  Her expertise lies in trusts and other fiduciary work such as conservatorship and veterans administration accounts. In her spare time, Ms. Loseke loves to play bridge, and socialize with her friends and family.

Winter McGee

Winter McGee joined WGC in 2017. She has an accounting certificate from LDS Business College in Salt Lake City Utah. She has experience accounts payable, accounts receivable and insurance. Winter enjoys being outdoors, camping, and bike riding with her family.

Dalton Lopez

Dalton Lopez joined WGC as a fiduciary in 2016.  He has previous experience in operations management.  Mr. Lopez is currently completing an associate’s degree in Multimedia and Accounting with a goal of a master’s degree in accounting and a CPA.  He enjoys helping others and as a fiduciary he can do the two things he really takes pride in doing.  In his spare time he enjoys bowling with friends and family.

Brenda Lyday

Brenda Lyday has both an accounting and sociology degree for Laramie County Community College. She has provided accounting services for several small businesses in the Cheyenne area as well as provided administrative work, social media and website development. She has previous experience working with people who have intellectual disabilities and homeless populations. In her spare time Brenda enjoys dancing with the Mt. Sinai Israeli Dancers, playing on the Frontier Methodist Women softball team, photography and cooking.


Administration

Teri Prince, office assistant

Teri Prince grew up in Southeastern Idaho and attended Idaho State University and Montana State University while pursuing a degree in buisness and accounting. She has previously held positions at Westmark Credit Union, Montana State University and Marriott Hotels—where she practiced in all areas of accounting. Terri has enjoyed every place she has lived due to the beautiful geography, tasty food and the lifelong friends she has made. She has learned to see the unique gifts in everyone and uses that skill in her work here at WGC! In her free time she is a mom to five and a “Nonni” to 3 grandchildren. She loves watching baseball games, swim meets, reading, scrap booking and spending time with her family.

Nancy Creech, office manager

Nancy Creech joined WGC in 2007 as a file clerk but quickly became the Office Manager.  She has experience as a paralegal, receptionist and in preparing invoices.  Ms. Creech spend 23 years at the Wyoming Department of Insurance before she retired from that position.  She lives in Cheyenne with her husband and enjoys traveling the country and the world.

JoDee Palmer, accounts manager

JoDee Palmer joined the WGC team in 2012 as the accounts managers in the representative payee program.  She attended Business College in South Dakota obtaining an associate degree in business and accounting.  Ms. Palmer has experience in bookkeeping, office management and accounting.  She enjoys scrapbooking and mixed media, antiquing, calligraphy, camping and playing Candy Crush.  She currently resides in Cheyenne with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

Kayla Lyday, filing clerk

Kayla Lyday started at WGC in 2014 working on special projects although she quickly became a regular staff member. Kayla processes the filing and employment records for the representative payee program. She has experience in office management and working with children. In her spare time Kayla enjoys spending time with her 2 rescued pit bulls.