Reclaiming & Growing Wyoming’s Future Webinar Series
We are holding another round of webinars this spring providing education, tools, and resources as Wyoming’s economy and workforce diversifies.
The second webinar, Tools for Tough Times During Wyoming’s Energy Transition, will be May 18 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. This webinar will explore what resources are available when times get tough. It will help transitioning families become more aware of the tools and resources available to them, including the benefits of being proactive about family finances and healthcare. If people are struggling to transition into a new job, with reduced income and financial issues, or even with household challenges like rental assistance, childcare, or finding mental health services, this discussion will shed light on these difficult topics. Change can be better navigated with some basic skills, including knowing when and where to turn for help.
Speakers Lynne Huskinson will share first-hand experience about transition; Dr. Hollis Hackman, a retired psychologist from the Veteran’s Administration, will discuss well-being during times of crisis, transition, and hardship, and Clint Hanes with the Department of Family Services will discuss the department’s basket of goods for supporting communities and families.
Register here (required).
May 18 Speaker Bios:
Lynne Huskinson, a retired Campbell County miner, will discuss her experience as a transitioning Blackjewel worker. She will also share some of the experiences of her co-workers who were laid off abruptly and without notice when the company filed bankruptcy, and the experience of her community. Huskinson attended classes at Northwest Community College and has professional experience as a coal miner. Huskinson is a member of a variety of conservation and social justice organizations in Wyoming. She was a candidate for the Wyoming House of Representatives in 2020. She will be speaking about the proactive steps working families can take to prepare themselves to navigate transitions, including family economic and health preparedness.
Dr. Hollis Hackman
Hollis Hackman received his Ph.D. From the university of Nebraska in 1984. He moved to Wyoming that same year, obtained his license to practice and went on to complete a 35-year career with the Veterans’ Administration, working primarily with veterans suffering from PTSD. He has been the advocacy coordinator for the Wyoming Psychological Association since 2005, actively pursuing legislation to benefit people with mental disorders. He received the Karl F. Heiser Presidential award from the American Psychological Association in 2020 for his advocacy on behalf of professional psychology. He completed two terms as a Trustee for Sheridan County School District #2 and ran unsuccessfully for the Wyoming State Legislature in 2016 and 2018. He has been on many boards, including being a charter member of the Wyoming Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Clint Hanes is the Ombudsman/Public Information Officer for the Wyoming Department of Family Services Support Services Division. He has been with the Department of Family Services for the past 18 years, and has served as the statewide Training Coordinator, as well as District Manager for Albany and Laramie Counties. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Education from the University of Wyoming and his Master’s in Social Work from Colorado State University.
He will discuss the Department’s basket of goods, with an overview of the agency’s child and adult protective services, as well as some of the other services they offer including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Care Assistance, Child Support Assistance, Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and finally the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), their new rental assistance program, which can serve as a blueprint to determine what a community needs.
Dr. Cathy Connolly, Moderator
The moderator is Wyoming State Representative Cathy Connolly. She serves as Minority Floor Leader, and is a member of the House Labor, Health and Social Services committee, as well as the Department of Family Services Advisory Council and the State Workforce Investment Board, among others. In addition to representing the state’s 13th district in Albany County, Dr. Connolly is also a tenured professor at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Dr. Connolly earned her B.S. from Buffalo State College. She then received three postgraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo: a Master of Arts, a Juris Doctor and a PhD. She currently serves as a member of the State Department of Workforce Services’ wage gap policy group.
Watch for updates as we add details for the final webinar on June 8.
Harvest Celebration & Potluck
Each fall since 2005 the Powder River Basin Resource Council community welcomes one and all to join the fun at our annual Harvest Celebration & Potluck in the Sheridan/Buffalo area. There is something for everyone: great music, bountiful and fabulous home-cooked food (Powder River provides a locally sourced meat dish, then attendees load the buffet laden with delicious, locally grown and prepared dishes), enticing raffle prizes, and a spirited auction of “Pies by Guys.” This is the time for friends and neighbors to rub elbows, enjoy friendly conversation, and savor good food. Adults and children alike: all are welcome!
Powder River Basin Resource Council members gather annually to weigh issues and policy positions and pass new resolutions, which become the organization’s official policy. But our Annual Meeting, usually held the first Saturday in November, is more than a policy session. It’s a chance for dedicated citizens and community leaders from throughout the state to gather for a little socializing and to just have some fun.
The Annual Meeting is also an opportunity to support our valuable work. The Annual Meeting’s popular Silent Auction is our organization’s most lucrative fundraising event of the year, offering beautiful antiques, locally crafted jewelry, stunning artwork by members and non-members alike, sporting goods, vacation opportunities in Wyoming and around the world, and services provided by professional fishing and hunting guides.
Stayed tuned for information on upcoming events.