Moderators and Panelists

Cindy DeLancey • Moderator
Wyoming Business Alliance

Cindy DeLancey currently serves as the President of the Wyoming Business Alliance and the Wyoming Heritage Foundation. Prior to joining her current role, she  served as the Director of Government and Public Affairs – Wyoming for BP’s US Lower 48 onshore exploration and production business. Before joining BP, she served as the Carbon County and Prosecuting Attorney, a Special Assistant United States Attorney and the Executive Director of the Wyoming County Commissioners Association.

Cindy has been a two time nominee for the Wyoming Business Report’s Women of Influence award and is a Past Chairman of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming’s Government and Public Relations Committee and served as the Chairman of the Wyoming Board of Law Examiners. Cindy graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2000. 

 

Kara Choquette • Panelist
Power Company of Wyoming LLC and TransWest Express LLC

Kara Choquette is the director of communications and government relations for two independent renewable energy development companies: Power Company of Wyoming LLC, which is developing the 3000 MW Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project on a cattle ranch in Carbon County, Wyoming, and TransWest Express LLC, which is developing the 730-mile TransWest Express Transmission Project to provide western renewable energy markets with direct access to made-in-Wyoming electricity. Both are affiliates of The Anschutz Corporation.

Richard Garrett • Panelist
The Nature Conservancy

Richard Garrett has served as the External Affairs Director for The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming since 2015. Prior to that he held a similar position with the Wyoming Outdoor Council for 8 years.  Recognizing that Wyoming’s economy is fueled largely by energy development, Garrett has worked collaboratively with others to balance energy production with conservation. “Wyoming has an obligation to this and every generation to make sure we protect all that we value in our state – it’s open spaces, world-class wildlife and our role as one of the nation’s leading producers of energy.” Garrett lives in Lander with his wife, two teenagers, three dogs, two chickens and a tortoise and enjoys camping, fishing, and endless home remodels. Every once in a while he gets to dress like a grown up.

 

Representative Jerry Paxton • Panelist
Wyoming House of Representatives

Rep. Jerry Paxton was a teacher and later a principal at the Encampment K-12 school for 34 years. Upon retirement he was elected Carbon County Commissioner and served in that position for six years before resigning to run for the Wyoming State Legislature. He is now serving his fourth term as the representative from House District 47, which covers more than 12,000 square miles of south-central Wyoming and includes parts of Albany, Carbon and Sweetwater Counties.

Matt Micheli • Moderator
Attorney, Holland & Hart

Matt has extensive experience with issues regarding mineral development on public lands. Matt has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.”

Matt helps clients work with the Bureau of Land Management, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Interior on a variety of environmental matters. He also works with state regulatory agencies to help clients receive and defend permits and navigate the regulatory process. In addition, Matt maintains an active governmental affairs practice, assisting clients with relationships concerning the executive and legislative branches of the Wyoming government.

Matt spent eight years at Holland & Hart before leaving in 2010 to serve as General Counsel for a private equity backed technology/oil and gas company. During his three years as General Counsel, he was responsible for all legal, regulatory, land, and governmental affairs work. Matt also took the primary role of creating a state and federal regulatory scheme for a ground breaking energy technology.

Shelly Duncan • Panelist
State of Wyoming House of Representatives

Rep. Duncan came to Wyoming with her family in 1977. Her father worked in the oil fields as a “mud engineer” during the boom. She and her husband, Eric, eventually settled in Lingle, where she studied Interior Design/Art in college and in 2005 became a licensed real estate agent in Wyoming/Nebraska. Named the local and state Realtor of the year in 2012, she served in 2017 as the state president of Wyoming Realtors. She was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives in 2018 and serves on Corporations and Minerals committees.

Michael Von Flatern • Panelist
State of Wyoming Senate

Michael Von Flatern was elected to the Wyoming senate in 2004 and is chair of the Transportation and Military Affairs Committee. A Connecticut native, he now lives in Gillette and represents Campbell County. He’s a graduate of Leadership Wyoming and the Gillette Area Leadership. He’s a 30-year member and past club president of the Gillette Rotary and past chairman of the Campbell County Economic Development Board.

Mike Greear • Panelist
State of Wyoming House of Representatives

Michael D. Greear is the president and chief executive officer of Wyoming Sugar Company, a grower owned cooperative located in Worland, WY that manufactures food grade sugar from sugar beets. Mike leads overall operations and senior staff activities as well as serving as a member of the executive committee for United Sugars Corporation, a national sugar marketing group.

Mike is a member of Wyoming’s citizen Legislature, serving House District 27 (Washakie County, WY and a small portion of Big Horn County, WY) since 2010.  He has served on the Agricultural Committee, Appropriations Committee and the Minerals Committee.  Currently he serves as the Chairman of the Minerals Committee, a position he has held for three years. In addition is has been a member of the Legislature’s Management Council since 2015.

He served two year in the U.S. Army, with most of that time assigned to duties in Germany. Upon completion of his military service Mike attended Sheridan Community College and then the University of Wyoming where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and his Juris Doctorate.

Sara Burlingame • Panelist
State of Wyoming House of Representatives

Sara Burlingame was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives in 2019 and serves on the House Judiciary Committee. She represents District 44 and is the Executive Director of Equality Wyoming.