Board and Staff

WTA Staff

WTA’s staff offers our membership the critical oversight of taxation issues necessary to ensure they remain informed and able to participate in key tax decisions.

Our legislative monitoring, third-party advocacy and education are the answer for individuals and businesses that don’t have the time to monitor these issues themselves, but appreciate the impact our work has on their bottom line. 

Ashley Harpstreith

Ashley Harpstreith

Executive Director

Bio

Ashley Harpstreith is the new Executive Director for Wyoming Taxpayers Association which provides the essential connection and information between the State’s taxpayers and the Legislature. WTA’s unique mission is to advocate for sound tax policy for a healthy Wyoming economy. 

Prior to joining WTA, Ashley was the CEO of Goshen County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) where she managed a county-wide economic development effort which included the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce, Goshen County Tourism Promotions, Visitor’s Center, and Main Street programming. Goshen County is the only county utilizing an economic development sales tax which Ashley passed for the 5th time in 2018 by 72% margin. While at GCEDC, Ashley was the Legislative Co-Chair for Wyoming Economic Development Association and worked together on several statewide initiatives.  Prior to joining GCEDC, Ashley worked 10+ years in business and workforce development. Ashley lives in Cheyenne with her husband, Grant, and two children, Price and Adelyn. 

Dani Wiblemo

Dani Wiblemo

Office Manager

Bio

Dani Wiblemo returned to Wyoming after 20 years in Washington, DC. A graduate of Kelly Walsh High School and Casper College, she moved to DC with her husband. While in DC, she gained her experience in office management at the Center for Democracy and Technology and Connections Media. After moving back to Cheyenne, she managed the office at Wyoming Stock Growers Association.
Dani and her husband Tom are living the life raising their two kids

Executive Committee

Bobby Rolston

Bobby Rolston

President

Bio

Bobby Rolston has over thirty years in the oil and gas business, the last twenty working for Occidental Petroleum (formerly Anadarko Petroleum), concentrating on State and Local Tax Policy in the Rocky Mountains. He serves on the Executive Committees of both the Wyoming Taxpayers Association and the Utah Taxpayers Association and has served as both Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Tax Committee for the Petroleum Association of Wyoming. Bobby is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Utah Petroleum Association. He has been appointed to Select Committees on Intangible Property Taxation, Special District Regulation and Mineral Valuation by Wyoming Governors Freudenthal and Mead.

Dave Picard

Dave Picard

1st Vice President

Bio

Dave Picard has been involved with the Wyoming Taxpayers Association for nearly twenty years.  In 1997, Dave formed The Wyoming Group, LLC, a government and public affairs firm serving the Rocky Mountain region with special emphasis in Wyoming. The firm specializes in representing fortune 100 companies in the lobbying and public affairs arena. Since its inception, he and his colleagues have served clients in the areas of lobbying, strategic planning, coalition building and mobilization, issue management and public relations in the government policy-making arena.

Dave is 4th generation pioneer ranching family in Wyoming residing in Cheyenne with his wife Annemarie and children Jacy and Vincent.

Katharine Wilkinson

Katharine Wilkinson

2nd Vice President

Bio

Katharine K. Wilkinson is a licensed Attorney in the State of Wyoming. Her focus is Government Relations and Lobbying.

She is the current President of the Wyoming Capitol Club, serves on the Executive Committee for the Wyoming Taxpayers Association, serves on the Wyoming State Bar Legislative Developments Committee and was a member of the 2013 Class of Leadership Wyoming.

She has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She is married to her husband Chris, and has three children. 

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Secretary

Bio
Scott Wells

Scott Wells

Treasurer

Bio
Mike Moser

Mike Moser

Past President

Bio
Jon Kirkbride

Jon Kirkbride

At Large Member

Bio

Jon is a fourth generation rancher from Cheyenne.  In addition to being a long time member/board member of the Wyoming Taxpayers he is currently serving as a member of the Wyoming Business Alliance steering committee, been past President of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association, been past President of the Wyoming School Boards Association, been a member of the State Board of Education was on the initial board of the Wyoming Business Council and was a military veteran.  He has a wife Dianne, three sons, fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.  A big sports fan.

Laura Lewis

Laura Lewis

At Large Member

Bio
Megan Degenfelder

Megan Degenfelder

At Large Member

Bio

Megan Degenfelder currently serves as Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Southland Royalty Company, an oil and gas company operating in the Washakie Basin in Wyoming. Prior to this role, Megan was the Chief Policy Officer at the Wyoming Department of Education and Manager of Public Affairs for Cloud Peak Energy. She currently serves as the chairman of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation and is a board member for several other non-profit organizations. Megan has a masters degree in Economics from the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing, China and undergraduate degrees in Economics & Political Science from the University of Wyoming. In her free time, she enjoys hunting & shooting, golf, rugby, and international travel.

Board Members

To view the 2020 WTA Board Directory, click here.  

 

Nathan Anderson

Nathan Anderson

Union Pacific Railroad

Salt Lake City, UT

Bio

Nathan Anderson is the Senior Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad. As a function of the Corporate Relations Group, Mr. Anderson acts as the public face of the company in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Mr. Anderson has direct responsibility for community outreach, constituent and legislative issues, intergovernmental relationships, philanthropic giving, and public relations and serves on multiple non-profit and professional boards. He joined Union Pacific Railroad in 2004 after spending time in both private equity and manufacturing.

Mr. Anderson continues in a strong tradition of an actively engaged public presence in the communities served by Union Pacific Railroad. Until March 2015 he was a part of the Marketing and Sales organization at Union Pacific, with multiple roles including managing business segments, major account management, and business development.

Mr. Anderson and his wife, Cyndie, reside in Salt Lake City, UT with their two sons.  He holds BS and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University. 

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association

Cheyenne, WY

Bio

Chris serves as the Executive Director for both the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association and Powering Up Wyoming.  After working more than 20 years in the restaurant industry, Chris began his association management career in 2011.  He is a tireless advocate for his clients, with a passion for the hospitality industry and the growth of renewable energy in Wyoming.  Chris and his wife Shelby have lived in Cheyenne for 20 years and have to sons, Ryder and Owen.  On his days off you will find Chris spending time with family, fly fishing and coaching both boy’s ice hockey teams.

Johnnie Burton

Johnnie Burton

Former Director of Mineral Management Service, Department of the Interior

Cheyenne, WY

Bio

R.M.Johnnie Burton (Licence-ès-Lettres, Sorbonne Université, Paris; MA, University of Wyoming) is a French native whose career encompasses language teaching; founding a company that built an oil and gas drilling database covering 22 states (Hotline Energy Reports); serving in the Wyoming Legislature (1983-1989); then director of the Wyoming Department of Revenue (1996-2002); and director of the Federal Mineral Management Service (2002-2007) in the Department of the Interior. After her retirement from the Department of the Interior, she served four years in Cheyenne as field representative for Congressman Cynthia Lummis.

Kara Choquette

Kara Choquette

Power Company of Wyoming

Denver, CO

Bio

Kara Choquette is the director of communications and government relations for two independent energy companies: Power Company of Wyoming LLC, developing the 3000 MW Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project on a cattle ranch in Carbon County, and TransWest Express LLC, developing the 732-mile TransWest Express Transmission Project to provide western renewable energy markets with access to made-in-Wyoming electricity. Choquette joined the companies in 2009, after previously leading various communications programs at engineering firm CH2M HILL and at high-tech firm Xerox Corporation. She began her professional career in the newspaper industry and grew up on a farm/ranch that her family continues to operate.

Megan Degenfelder

Megan Degenfelder

Southland Royalty

Fort Worth, TX

Bio

Megan Degenfelder currently serves as Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Southland Royalty Company, an oil and gas company operating in the Washakie Basin in Wyoming. Prior to this role, Megan was the Chief Policy Officer at the Wyoming Department of Education and Manager of Public Affairs for Cloud Peak Energy. She currently serves as the chairman of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation and is a board member for several other non-profit organizations. Megan has a masters degree in Economics from the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing, China and undergraduate degrees in Economics & Political Science from the University of Wyoming. In her free time, she enjoys hunting & shooting, golf, rugby, and international travel.

Pete Illoway

Pete Illoway

Illoway Consulting

Cheyenne, WY

Bio

2013 to present- Lobbyist and Consultant

2019 to present- Board Member and Secretary of Wyoming Community Development Authority

2013 to 2019- Board Member and Co-Chair 2018 to 2019 Wyoming Business Council

1998 to 2012- Member of the Wyoming State Legislature serving in the Wyoming House of Representatives, House District 42

1998 to 2004- Vice President Cheyenne LEADS

Board Member Cheyenne Regional Airport

Member Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce

Advisory Board Member of First Interstate Bank Cheyenne

Public Relations Committee Assistant and Heels of Cheyenne Frontier Days

B S Degree in Farm and Ranch Management Economics- Colorado State University 1963

Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones

Peabody Energy

Gillette, WY

Bio

Tom Jones has been a board member of Wyoming Taxpayers Association since 2016.  Tom works for Peabody Energy and is currently Director of Financial Planning at Peabody’s North Antelope/Rochelle Mine.  Prior to his current assignment in Wyoming, Tom was in Colorado at Peabody’s Twentymile Mine as mine Controller and was a member of the Colorado Mining Association.  Tom is a graduate of California State University – Fresno with a degree in Business Administration/Accounting.  Tom resides in Gillette with his wife Julia and they have three children.

Spencer Kimball

Spencer Kimball

EOG Resources, Inc.

Denver, CO

Bio

Spencer Kimball is a government relations advisor with EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG), one of the largest crude oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States. He focuses on federal land access, air and wildlife issues, and regulatory and legislative matters pertaining to EOG’s activities in Wyoming and across the Rocky Mountain region. Prior to joining EOG in 2017, Spencer worked at the Colorado Farm Bureau, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, his own consulting firm (Kimball Strategies), and the Western Energy Alliance. Spencer attended Southern Methodist University and holds a B.A. in Political Science and is currently a candidate for a Master’s of Science degree at the University of Colorado Denver Business School.

Jon Kirkbride

Jon Kirkbride

Harding & Kirkbride Livestock Co.

Cheyenne, WY

Bio

Jon is a fourth generation rancher from Cheyenne.  In addition to being a long time member/board member of the Wyoming Taxpayers he is currently serving as a member of the Wyoming Business Alliance steering committee, been past President of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association, been past President of the Wyoming School Boards Association, been a member of the State Board of Education was on the initial board of the Wyoming Business Council and was a military veteran.  He has a wife Dianne, three sons, fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.  A big sports fan.

Donna Lawrence

Donna Lawrence

Denbury Resources, Inc.

Plano, TX

Bio

Donna Lawrence is Property Tax Manager with Denbury Resources Inc., an oil operator located in Texas and specializing in enhanced oil recovery with field operations in Wyoming, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, and Texas.  Donna has over 35 years’ experience in the property tax field, specializing in the oil & gas industry.  Donna’s previous employment spanned 26 years at Burlington Resources/ConocoPhillips before moving to Denbury.  Donna serves on the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Energy Authority, appointed by Governor Mark Gordon in 2020.  She also currently serves on tax committees for the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, Texas Taxpayers & Research Association, Texas Oil & Gas Association, and Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, guiding state tax policy. She is a registered lobbyist with the state of Wyoming.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas, with a BBA in Petroleum Land Management.

Laura Lewis

Laura Lewis

Thomson Group, LLC

Cheyenne, WY

Bio
Mike Moser

Mike Moser

Association and Advocacy Group

Cheyenne, WY

Bio
Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson

ExxonMobil/TRAC/PTD

Houston, TX

Bio
Dave Picard

Dave Picard

The Wyoming Group

Cheyenne, WY

Bio

Dave Picard has been involved with the Wyoming Taxpayers Association for nearly twenty years.  In 1997, Dave formed The Wyoming Group, LLC, a government and public affairs firm serving the Rocky Mountain region with special emphasis in Wyoming. The firm specializes in representing fortune 100 companies in the lobbying and public affairs arena. Since its inception, he and his colleagues have served clients in the areas of lobbying, strategic planning, coalition building and mobilization, issue management and public relations in the government policy-making arena.

Dave is 4th generation pioneer ranching family in Wyoming residing in Cheyenne with his wife Annemarie and children Jacy and Vincent.

Mary Roehr

Mary Roehr

Charter Communications

Helena, MT

Bio

Mary has served as the Director of Government Affairs for Charter Communications since July 2016.  She was previous the Senior Manager of Government Affairs in the Pacific Northwest, representing Charter in the states of Washington and Oregon. In Mary’s role as director, she is responsible for all public and government affairs activities, including state lobbying, and outreach to communities and locally elected official in the Mountain States (Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana). 

Bobby Rolston

Bobby Rolston

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Cheyenne, WY

Bio

Bobby Rolston has over thirty years in the oil and gas business, the last twenty working for Occidental Petroleum (formerly Anadarko Petroleum), concentrating on State and Local Tax Policy in the Rocky Mountains. He serves on the Executive Committees of both the Wyoming Taxpayers Association and the Utah Taxpayers Association and has served as both Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Tax Committee for the Petroleum Association of Wyoming. Bobby is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Utah Petroleum Association. He has been appointed to Select Committees on Intangible Property Taxation, Special District Regulation and Mineral Valuation by Wyoming Governors Freudenthal and Mead.

Keisha Shannon

Keisha Shannon

Merit Energy Company

Dallas, TX

Bio

Keisha M. Shannon is a Division Controller at Merit Energy Company with over 20 years. of experience in the oil and gas industry.  She currently oversees tax and royalty reporting in the State of Wyoming and has also managed tax reporting in other states across the U.S. as well as in Canada.  She has a Master of Science in Accounting and Information Management from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Christian University.  She is also a licensed CPA in the State of Texas.  She is married to her husband Chris, and has two children.

Marianne Shanor

Marianne Shanor

Hathaway & Kunz, LLP

Cheyenne, WY

Bio

A Cheyenne native and fourth-generation Wyoming attorney, Marianne Shanor is a Partner at Hathaway & Kunz, LLP.  She assists in diverse areas of practice at the firm, including government relations and lobbying, natural resource law, administrative law, business, commercial and corporate law, civil litigation and appellate work. 

Bill Stafford

Bill Stafford

Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Wheatland, WY
Bio
Laurie Urbigkit

Laurie Urbigkit

Wyoming Realtors

Casper, WY

Bio

Laurie is the Government Affairs Director for the Wyoming REALTORS, a trade association representing over 2,300 REALTORS across Wyoming.  She is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and has been actively involved in the industry for over 30 years, serving at the local, State and National levels.  

Scott Wells

Scott Wells

True Cos

Casper, WY

Bio
Katharine Wilkinson

Katharine Wilkinson

KKW Consulting, LLC

Cheyenne, WY

Bio

Katharine K. Wilkinson is a licensed Attorney in the State of Wyoming. Her focus is Government Relations and Lobbying.

She is the current President of the Wyoming Capitol Club, serves on the Executive Committee for the Wyoming Taxpayers Association, serves on the Wyoming State Bar Legislative Developments Committee and was a member of the 2013 Class of Leadership Wyoming.

She has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She is married to her husband Chris, and has three children. 

Show your support for WTA!

It is only with your support, through membership, that we are able to influence state and local tax policy.