Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors includes a representative appointed by the Town of Wheatland, a member of the Platte County Commissioners, corporate members and those elected by the general membership of PCED. Individually and collectively, they oversee and support our efforts. Our mission is to promote quality growth by mobilizing human, physical, natural and capital resources to produce marketable goods and services in a way that makes Platte County a desirable place to live. We are the primary resource in our region for business information and for those wishing to start, expand or relocate a business in the Platte County area.

Over the years, we have had the opportunity to develop strong partnerships locally and statewide. The board and staff continue to work cooperatively with the Wyoming Business Council, Wyoming Rural Development Council, Small Business Development Center, Wyoming Workforce Development Center, Manufacturing Works, Wyoming Economic Development Association, Wyoming Community Development Authority, and the Platte County Chamber of Commerce. In addition we have a working relationship with the University of Wyoming, Eastern Wyoming Community College, and Laramie County Community College.

Don Smith

Wheatland REA

Don came to Wheatland in 2014 as the General Manager of Wheatland Rural Electric Association (REA). Wheatland REA is an electric cooperative providing electric power to rural areas of Platte County as well as portions of Laramie, Albany and Goshen counties. Don has over 20 years of electric utility experience that has taken him to Oregon and Alaska as well as spending most of his career in Gillette, Wyoming. Don is a licensed professional engineer and has a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from Metropolitan State College of Denver. For nearly 20 years Don has been an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America in various capacities including District Chairman.

Bob Ruwart

Bob Ruwart Motors

Bob Ruwart came to Wheatland in February of 1990 to pursue a career in the Automobile industry, and purchased a GM-Chrysler dealership, Bob Ruwart Motors. During the twenty five years he has been in Wheatland, he has served on the Platte County Chamber of Commerce Board and the Platte County Economic Development Board. Bob was very active in the Wheatland Jaycees for 15 years. He served on the Wyoming Automobile Dealers Board of Directors for eight years, becoming President in 2004. He currently serves as a WYDOT Commissioner representing district 1. In his spare time, he enjoys going to his cabin in the Snowy Mountains, snowmobiling, and spending time sitting around the campfire with family and friends.

Jeff Brown

First State Bank

Jeff Brown is the Chief Credit Officer of First State Bank in Wheatland, WY where he has been employed since moving to Wheatland 18 years ago. He also serves on the bank’s board of directors. Jeff has been in the banking business in Wyoming for 23 years. He has served on the Platte County Chamber of Commerce board as well as the Wheatland Jaycees. He is a member of Kiwanis and the Covenant Lutheran Church. Jeff is married and has two children. He enjoys golf, camping and spending time with his family.

Mona Sherard

Sherard Realtly

Mona Sherard has been a Realtor for over thirty years and still loves her job. The majority of her real estate career was in Cheyenne WY., just 70 miles south of Wheatland. After she and her husband were married, she relocated to this beautiful part of the state and opened Sherard Realty, Inc. Being close to the Mountains, lakes and streams is the ideal location for them as they enjoy hiking, fishing and being in the Great outdoors in their spare time.

Jennifer Stone

CME, Inc.

Kim Cullen Goertz - Vice Chair

Wyoming Pure Natural Beef

Kim Cullen Goertz is a Wheatland native, and a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a degree in Animal Science.  She spent about 5 years traveling and working in different areas of Wyoming, and other western states before returning to make Wheatland her home again.  She has been an entrepreneur, starting her own livestock custom AI business in 1998, owning coffee shops in 2 states, venturing into real estate, and in 2015 switching her focus to their seedstock cattle business, K2 Red Angus, and the Family businesses of Wyoming Pure Natural Beef, and the Goertz Farming operations.  Together with her husband, Jason Goertz, and kids, Cole and Laynie, they put on two Red Angus sales each year, marketing cattle into about 10 different states in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions.  She is a past chair of the Wyoming State Fair Board, and 2004 graduate of the Wyoming L.E.A.D. program.  She was a founding member of the Wyoming Livestock Genetics Association, where she made several trips to South America to learn about the livestock industry there and work on marketing opportunities between Argentina and Wyoming.

Charley Ruwart

Laramie Peak Motors

Charley Ruwart is the oldest son of Chuck and Lori Ruwart, owners of Laramie Peak Motors in Wheatland. He graduated in 2008 from Wheatland High School, attained a Marketing degree at the University of Wyoming, and is now the Sales Manager for Laramie Peak Motors. Charley lives with his girlfriend Gen, and they enjoy kayaking, hiking, traveling, and tending to stray animals in need. He hopes to bring a fresh perspective for growth and change to his hometown, Wheatland, and is focused on sustainable improvement for all classes and individuals.  

Malcolm Ervin

Platte County Clerk

Malcolm Ervin is a fourth generation Platte County resident. He graduated from Wheatland High School in 2009, and later from the University of Wyoming in 2013 having earned a Bacehlor's degree in Criminal Justice. Malcolm has dedicated his life to public service in Platte County. He has served as a police officer, planner, and will serve as Platte County Clerk beginning in January of 2019. Malcolm is fervent in his desire to create new opportunities in Platte County, while embracing its rich agriculture history. Malcolm is an avid baseball fan and is often be seen wearing red in support of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Matthew Kukowski - Treasurer

Vice President/Lender at Platte Valley Bank

Matthew grew up on a ranch near Sheridan, Wyoming. Upon graduation he served in the U.S. Navy on active duty and in the reserves. While attending the University of Wyoming he interned with Platte Valley Bank. Upon graduation from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Agricultural Business in 2007, he was hired full-time as a lender. In 2015 he graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. Matthew specializes in agricultural and commercial financing. Experience includes working with SBA, FSA, USDA, Wyoming Smart Capital Network, and Platte County Economic Development loan programs. Activities include Wheatland Lions Club, University of Wyoming Alumni, and Wyoming Bankers Association.

Ned Resch

Platte County Memorial Hospital
201 14th Street
Wheatland, WY 82201
Ned.resch@bannerhealth.com

Candy Wright

Candy Wright,
Town of Wheatland
600 9th Street
Wheatland, WY 82201
(307)322-2962
cwright@townofwheatland.org

Charlie Cauffman

Platte County School District #1
1350 oak Street
Wheatland, WY 82201
(307)322-3175
charlie.cauffman@platte1.k12.wy.us

Michelle Struble

Guernsey Economic & Tourism Development Corporation 
Guernsey, WY   82214
michelle.struble@fsbwy.com

Jane Martines

Wyoming Workforce Center
Wheatland, WY 82201
jane.martines@wyo.gov