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Meet our Advisory Committee

Our advisory committee represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve.  They work hard to support and promote our program and families.

  • Lisa Brown: Independent Living Specialist at Wyoming Independent Living
    Lisa Brown: Independent Living Specialist at Wyoming Independent Living

    My favorite thing is to play with my daughter either outside or making crafts. The quickest way to my heart is through chocolate chip cookies and being willing to be goofy with me. I am passionate about PAT because they put families first and make parenting fun!

  • Sheena Hixson: After School Program Preventing Education Specialist at Mercer Family Resource Center
    Sheena Hixson: After School Program Preventing Education Specialist at Mercer Family Resource Center

    I support Parents as Teachers because I believe whole heartedly in their mission of empowering caregivers to embrace the best parts of themselves as parents. The Family Support Specialists are some of my favorite change makers and they all have played an important role in my own growth as a parent in the program and as a professional working with families myself!
    "Parents create the environment in which learning happens, therefore they are their child's first and most important teacher." ~Mahatma Ghandi

  • Dana Howie: Board Trustee, Natrona County School District
    Dana Howie: Board Trustee, Natrona County School District

    I am a former teacher of Family Life and Child Development at Kelly Walsh High School for 28 years. I am a mom, a grandmother and love children. I am passionate about PAT because every child deserves the best possible start in life, and that needs to come from parents.

  • Rodney Oster
    Rodney Oster

    Rodney Oster graduated from the UW Masters of Social Work program in May of 2017. He graduated with his BSW in 2010 from UW and also received an Associates in Addictionology degree from Casper College. After graduating Rodney began a new journey and currently works for the Natrona County School District as a school counselor for Lincoln Elementary. Previously Rodney worked for Casper College in the GEAR UP program for two years. Rodney also completed an internship with Mercer House and was the Assistant Coordinator of the Youth Empowerment Council (YEC) for five years. Rodney has a great passion for working with the youth and enjoys making a difference in the lives of others.

    Rodney has a wife and three beautiful children. His oldest son Michael is attending Stanford University to obtain a degree in Engineering. He also has a daughter Zuri and son Ziah still living at home. His wife has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from UW and is a fitness instructor. Rodney enjoys running, fishing, working with his hands, playing music and spending as much time as he can with his wife and children.

  • Mandy St. John: Parent Particpant
    Mandy St. John: Parent Particpant

    I am passionate about PAT because I have been personally impacted by the work this organization does.
    “Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.” – Carl Jung

  • Mary Longart-Parkinson: Multi Market Agent at New York Life Insurance Company
    Mary Longart-Parkinson: Multi Market Agent at New York Life Insurance Company

    Hola! My name is Mary Longart. I am a previous bi-lingual Parent Educator. I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. My son Thomas and I moved to Casper in 2015 from Caracas. My husband Philip and I married in 2016 and I became the proud stepmother for our daughter Esa.
    I love helping people and support them because, as an immigrant, I know and understand the struggle of having family with different culture. My biggest struggle was learning the language and a new lifestyle.
    I originally received my bachelor’s in accounting in Venezuela. However, I am passionate about helping families and children. I have access to resources that can help immigrant families and children.
    "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to start questioning." ~ Albert Einstein

  • Dirk Andrews
    Dirk Andrews

    My name is Dirk Andrews, and I was born and raised in Wyoming. I graduated from Douglas High School in 2002, and I still have family there. I received my bachelor's in elementary education in 2008 with an endorsement in special education. I completed my master's in elementary literacy in 2016. I taught for 9 years at Evansville Elementary prior to being elected President of the Natrona County Education Association in 2017. I do not have any children of my own, but I have students who will always be my kids.
    "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest" Benjamin Franklin

  • Heith Attaway: Owner of Bluebird Fencing and Optimus Painting
    Heith Attaway: Owner of Bluebird Fencing and Optimus Painting

    I am a family man of 5. I have lived in Casper on and off all my life. I am now the owner of Optimus Painting and Bluebird Fencing. Kids have always been drawn to me because I am still a kid at heart.

  • Keri Owen: Operations Assistance and Development Coordination at The Science Zone
    Keri Owen: Operations Assistance and Development Coordination at The Science Zone

    I grew up in Casper and is passionate about supporting our nonprofit community. I hold two associate degrees from Casper College, Early Childhood Education and Social Work. I am currently pursuing a masters in Youth Development. My favorite thing to do is exploring the great backroads that Wyoming has to offer alongside my husband, daughter and 2 dogs.

  • Anna La Torre: Family Specialist at Mercer Family Resource Center
    Anna La Torre: Family Specialist at Mercer Family Resource Center

    I am passionate about PAT because no matter how prepared or prepared you are for parenthood, PAT Family Support Specialists make parenting so much more fun by providing developmental activities in the home. They support families at all stages and are very important to the Casper community.

Under What We Do, you can also become familiar with our Partners.

  • Families Served last year

    97

  • Visits in past year

    1263

  • Visits virtual/phone

    419

  • # of Group Connections in past year

    18

  • True Care Women's Resource Center is a nonprofit organization whose advocates and nurses are experts in helping women face unplanned pregnancy. Services include:
    Pregnancy testing, Ultrasound confirmation, Selected STD testing and treatment, Consultation with a nurse, Information on all options, Medical and Community Referrals, Medicaid help, and After abortion care.

    Contact info:
    1746 S. Poplar St.
    Casper, WY 82601
    307-215-9684

  • Women, Infants & Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program that serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age 5.

    Contact info:
    740 Luker Lane
    Casper, WY 82609
    307-265-6408

  • Mercer Family Resource Center provides education, counseling, and prevention services that build stronger and healthier youth and families. Some services include: Parenting classes, substance abuse education and early intervention, drug and alcohol education, anger management, and many more!

    Contact Info:
    535 W. Yellowstone Hwy #100
    Casper, WY 82601
    307-265-7366

  • Healthy Moms Healthy Births helps provide resources for pregnant women. They help you find the support and help you need, right here in Casper.

    Contact Info:
    Please call 307-298-9311
    Or visit their website

  • A place where you can find the help you need in one easy stop.

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