Candace Whitlock, Chief Executive Office

Candace is a native of Wyoming. She graduated from Star Valley High School and then went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Wyoming. She and her family moved to Washakie County ten years ago and is proud to call Worland her home. She works with youth in many capacities from coaching to working with youth from her church. Before being hired as CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming, Candace served an AmeriCorps term with BBBS and as program director for Big Horn, Washakie and Hot Springs Counties.

Outside of her involvement in the community, Candace and her husband, Duane have four amazing children ranging from 14 to 3 years old. Candace loves to spend time her family in the mountains, on the lake, skiing, hiking, biking, golfing, and enjoying all that the outdoors of Wyoming has to offer.

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PO Box 1757

1313 Big Horn Avenue

Worland, Wyoming 82401

Gary Sutherland, Chief Financial OfficerGary joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming as Chief Financial Officer in 2010. Prior to this role, Gary was the Accounting Manager for Admiral Beverage Corporation for 30 years. Gary holds a B.S. in Commerce, with an Education Certification.

Gary is extremely active in Worland by volunteering with the following organizations; Worland United Methodist Church, Pepsi Wyoming State BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, Katrina Recovery Mission, community choir, Christmas Basket Program, being a Big Brother, Green Hills Golf Course. Gary is married to his amazing wife Laura. They enjoy golfing, fishing and visiting their grandchildren.

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PO Box 1757

1313 Big Horn Avenue

Worland, Wyoming 82401

Kara Hancock, Program Director (Fremont County)

Kara joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in August of 2018. She was born and raised in Wyoming, and received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming. Kara and her husband both feel passionate about making Fremont County a better place and believe that starts with the youth.

Kara loves to spend time on the stage as a part of the Enchanted Entertainers of the Riverton Branch Library. She is easily recognized by the children in Riverton for her many entertaining roles such as dogs, monsters, and other story book characters. Kara has used her skill to encourage all children to STAND UP in her Drama Club.

Kara spends her free time with her amazing husband and children perusing one new adventure or another. You will find her at ball fields, dance recitals, or the pool.

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Fremont County

PO Box 304

Riverton, WY 82501

Shay Florian, Program Director (Park County)

Shay Florian was born and raised in Powell, Wyoming. She started volunteering for local organizations, such as the Powell Moyer Animal Shelter, at a young age. Early volunteering led her to seek opportunities with non-profits like Wyoming Migrant Health and Woman’s Wellness.

As an adult, Shay volunteered with youth through NAMI and continued to work in non-profit. She started working for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming as a Case Manager for Park and Washakie County in 2016. She then went to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia Northwest in the Portland Metro area as a Match Support Specialist.

While in Portland, Shay volunteered with youth through various mental health organizations. She also served the homeless community through a local non-profit designed to provide Portland’s transient community with basic needs, such as food, clothing, and toiletries.

Now back in the Big Horn Basin, Shay is excited to return to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming as the Program Director for Park and Big Horn counties.

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Park County

PO BOX 368

335 N Gilbert (inside the Crisis Intervention Building)

Powell, WY 82435

Melissa Dietz, Program Director (Washaki County)

Melissa grew up in a small town in Southern Idaho. She graduated from Idaho State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, she worked for 3 years as the Program Director for Community Education in Pocatello, ID. She moved to Wyoming 7 years ago and has loved living in Worland for the last 2 ½ years. In the community, she spends time volunteering for the children’s organization at her church and is involved in the PTO at her children’s schools.

Melissa loves spending time with her husband and 4 children playing games, reading, and enjoying the outdoors. She loves planning and taking road trips with her family- especially when exploring the National Parks.

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Washakie County

PO Box 1757

1313 Big Horn Avenue

Worland, Wyoming 82401

Board of Directors

Connie Jo Clark, President

Nancy Frederick, Vice President

Rev. Tim Trippel, Secretary

Mary Buchanan, Treasurer

Sarah Garcia

Bob Grover

Joni Hamilton

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