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Who We Are


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Who We Are


Our Mission

To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

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Rolinda Sample


Rolinda Sample


"You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world...but it requires people to make the dreams a reality."  - Walt Disney

Rolinda, IOM, CCE became the Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne in January 2009. Sample received the Inspiration Award presented by Boys & Girls Club of America’s Southwest Region in 2016. While at the Club, she completed a $6 million capital campaign to construct a 12 acre Boys & Girls Club facility which has seen record breaking attendance of youth.

Sample currently serves on the Board of Cheyenne LEADS, is a Rotary Club of Cheyenne member and volunteers with United Way of Laramie County.

Previously, Sample served as Vice President of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the Laramie Wyoming Area Chamber of Commerce, Program Manager for the Norfolk Nebraska Area Chamber of Commerce, and Executive Director for the Kimball Nebraska Hospital Foundation.

Sample received the Certified Chamber Executive, CCE, designation in 2007. Sample is a graduate of Boys & Girls Club of America New Executive Orientation and Advanced Leadership Programs for Executives, Institutes for Organizational Management, Economic Development Institute, and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Peru State College in Nebraska. She is a graduate of Leadership Norfolk and Leadership Wyoming. She served as a Board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne, Board member of Wyoming Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, President of Laramie Lions Club, President of the Wyoming Chamber of Commerce Executives, Board member for the Laramie Economic Development Corporation, and on the Laramie County School District One Parent Advisory Council.

Sample and her husband, Terry, met as young kids and dated throughout college.  They have a son, Trenton, who is an Aerospace Engineering student at Wichita State University.

Justin Pendleton


Justin Pendleton


Justin is our wonderful Assistant Director. In the past he was a director at The Cathedral Home as well as the coordinator for the LCCC GEAR UP program.  He is so excited to serve the community and help kids at the Club become successful individuals. During his free time, Justin enjoys spending time with his family and playing basketball.

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Laura Malone


Laura Malone


Laura is the Club's Director of Finance. She brings 14 years of bookkeeping experience to the table along with a B.A. in accounting from the University of Phoenix. When she's not busy keeping our books in line, Laura enjoys mystery novels and classic literature as well as target practice, learning archery, cooking and baking.

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Eric Vehrs


Eric Vehrs


Eric is our Director of Operations. He has over 20 years of management experience, enjoys meeting new people and helping out the Club. When he's not doing Club stuff, he's a musician!

Hannah Lensch


Hannah Lensch


Hannah Lensch is the Club's Resource Development and Marketing Coordinator. She comes to us with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and several years experience with nonprofit PR and resource Development. As a new Wyoming resident, Hannah is excited to join the Boys & Girl's Club team and get involved in the community. In her free time, Hannah enjoys running, hiking, writing, and spending time with her family and crazy dog, Hank. 

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Cameron Karajanis


Cameron Karajanis


Cameron is our Club Director. He has coached basketball at Sheridan College and NSI Academy. He is excited to provide a comfortable atmosphere for Club members as well as the tools they need to be successful in the classroom and in life. He enjoys playing and watching sports, studying economics and business, spending time with family and being outdoors.
 

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Mollie Cook


Mollie Cook


Mollie is our Office Manager and has been with us since 2005. She brings her diverse skillset from a background with the City of Cheyenne, collections and child support enforcement, HR and business management. Growing up in a family of seven sisters and two brothers, Mollie wished there would have been a Boys & Girls Club in Cheyenne when she was a kid.

Amazing doesn't quite cover our Miss Mollie. We are so grateful for everything she does.  

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Chad Heil


Chad Heil


Chad has been with the Club for EIGHT years. Before we got a hold of him, he was a tackle football coach and he has shaped an awesome Sports & Recreation program here at the Club. He heads up our leadership group, the Youth Action Society and coaches our flag Football program. He makes us laugh a lot and we have tons of fun with him. He rocks!

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Dana Kasmedo


Dana Kasmedo


Miss Dana is all about our academic success and that's why she's our Education Coordinator. She helps with our homework, communicates with our schools and even follows up with our report cards to identify areas where we struggle to keep our grades looking their best. In addition to all that fun stuff, she also heads up our Smart Girls program. In her free time, Dana enjoys being active through yoga, hiking, swimming and working out. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and great dane puppy, Lucy!

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Ben Dreher


Ben Dreher


Ben is the teen coordinator for the Club, and is looking forward to helping our teens reach their goals and do their best in life. Before joining Club staff, Ben was a youth pastor for seven years, and has also coached football for three seasons at the high school level. In his free time, Ben enjoys working in his shop doing woodworking!

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Tes Burns


Tes Burns


 

Tes is our Art teacher and she oversees the Arts Program. She brings seven years of classroom experience, in addition to a lifetime supply of painting and creative knowledge! Tes is excited to see our kids' imagination and creativity grow. In her free time, Tes enjoys spending time with her four kids, playing sports, being outside, and painting every chance she gets!

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Larry Poch


Larry Poch


Larry is a military veteran. In addition to eight years in military service, he has invested two years studying psychology and business, 33 years with Cheyenne Light Fuel & Power and six decades in life studies in the School of Hard Knocks. Now we are thankful to have him as our bus driver and all that time he spends in the kitchen preparing nutritious snacks. When he's not busy being awesome at the Club or dreaming of becoming a pirate, Mr. Larry is a grandfather and spends his free time volunteering for Toys for Tots and Cheyenne Frontier Days.  

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Josh Sheppard


Josh Sheppard


Josh helps out the Club as another one of our awesome Youth Development Professionals! He is currently working toward his BA in history and hopes to become a history teacher. He is excited to get to use his teaching skills at the Club! In his free time, Josh enjoys watching movies with his wife and playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends.

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Ben Zavorka


Ben Zavorka


Ben helps at the Club by being our amazing bus driver! He was previously a school bus driver but is excited to be involved in the worthwhile programs at the Club. In his free time, Ben enjoys being active in his church. Ben also loves to play guitar in his band and swing dance!

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Linda Rader


Linda Rader


Miss Linda is one of our amazing Youth Development Professionals. She has been a school secretary for over 17 years, and loves kids! Miss Linda is excited to work with the kids at the Club, and has enjoyed meeting the rest of the staff. In her free time, Miss Linda loves to golf and spend time with her daughter. 

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Angie Snell


Angie Snell


Miss Angie is our fabulous Kitchen Manager here at the Club. She was a Sandwich Artist at Subway and a Nanny in the past. Miss Angie is great with children and loves seeing them learn and grow. She also loves the positive environment at the Club! Miss Angie's passions are baking, reading, and seeing people smile.

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Tori Ingvarsson


Tori Ingvarsson


Tori is our Healthy Habits Coordinator, which means she teaches us all about how to live a healthy lifestyle, and how to make yummy, healthy foods! Before coming to the Club, Tori was a lifeguard. In her free time, Tori enjoys working out, camping and reading. 

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Claren Perkins


Claren Perkins


Miss Claren is our Assistant Teen Coordinator. She comes to us with a degree in Psychology. In the past, she has worked as a Behavior Therapist and specialized in working with children with special needs. She believes children and teens are the future and loves working with them! One of Miss Claren's passions is playing softball! She also enjoys reading, working out, and spending time with her husband and pets. 

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DJ Wheeler


DJ Wheeler


DJ is another of our awesome Youth Development Professionals, and runs the Passport to Manhood program for our Club. Not only is DJ a part of our staff, he is a previous Club member (since 2009) and was named Cheyenne Youth of the Year in 2015! DJ currently attends LCCC and is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice, Pre-Law. Outside the Club, DJ loves to travel, meet new people, learn new things, and watch sports.   

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Daniel Carr


Daniel Carr


Mr. Daniel is one of our very talented Youth Development Processionals. He worked as a counselor for the National Youth Science Foundation for five summers and also worked as a professional chess coach for three different schools!  He enjoys teaching and mentoring the kids at the Club and is excited to coach the flag football team and the chess team! Mr. Daniel enjoys photography, reading, producing music, critiquing films, playing instruments, and serving his church in his free time.

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Silvia Aguirre-Peppers


Silvia Aguirre-Peppers


Miss Silvia is one of our Youth Development Professionals at the Club. In the past, she worked at Attention Homes as well as Crisis Center Youth Alternatives. She loves working with both the children at the Club and their families! Miss Silvia enjoys caring for her family and animals during her free time.

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Carlos Gonzales


Carlos Gonzales


Carlos is a 2016 graduate of South High School, and works as a youth development professional at the Club, where he coordinates our Junior Master Gardeners Program. This fall, Carlos will begin college where he will study biology and secondary education with hopes of becoming a teacher. Carlos loves working at the Club because of the energy and imagination the Club kids bring each day. He enjoys teaching the science program because the kids are very engaged and excited about learning new things. In his free time, Carlos enjoys hiking, traveling, watching baseball, learning and working with kids.

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Abby Lockhart


Abby Lockhart


Miss Abby is a Youth Development Professional here at the Club! She has a degree in Elementary Education and has worked as a substitute teacher and in FE Warren Youth Programs. Miss Abby loves being a part of all the fun programs offered at the Club! She also loves the Summer Brain Gain program because of how much the kids learn. During her free time, Miss Abby loves taking road trips to Colorado with her husband. She also loves to do yoga and spend time outdoors!

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Austin Burns


Austin Burns


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Executive Board


Executive Board


BGC Cheyenne's Board of Directors is a group of dedicated community and business leaders who prioritize the future of our kids. The Board supports fiscal management, strategic planning and reaching out to like-minded individuals to build partnerships that help shape our vision and succeed in what we do best...build great futures. All Board Members can be reached by contacting the Club at 307.778.6674 or by mail at 515 W. Jefferson Rd. Cheyenne, WY 82007.

Executive Board

Michele DeHoff, President - Jonah Bank of Wyoming

Mike Williams, Vice President & Governance Chair - Jonah Bank of Wyoming                                                                                       

Dustin McKen ,Vice President, Building & Safety Chair, & Wyoming Alliance Board Member  - Black Hills Energy                                                                                               

Jonath Jackson, Treasurer & Finance Chair - DAPCPA Pope & Jackson

Ronnie Lopez, Secretary -  Bailey Stock Harmon Cottam Law Group

Brenda Elliott, Past President - McGee, Hearne, & Paiz LLP

Board of Directors

Mary Augustin, Resource Development Chair - Simon Contractors

Angie Beveridge

Thomas Bradley - Laramie County School District 1

Brian Cox - Laramie County School District 1

Ken Dugas - McGee, Hearne, & Paiz LLP

Jim Hastings, Secretary - National Area Council Representative for Wyoming & Montana;
     Hastings and Associates Appraisals

David Johansen 

Kris Koski, Marketing Chair - Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP

Lacy McHugh - HollyFrontier

Mark Parsons - U.S. Bank

Mike Rosenthal - Hathaway & Kunz

Mike Shonsey

Lars Story II - Dyno Nobel

Kim Sutherland - #1 Properties


Rolinda Sample, Chief Professional Officer