Rick has served in the pork industry for the last 20 years and prior to that had a career as a teacher and counselor. He has always tried to advocate for Wyoming and its families and has served in numerous boards throughout the years. He and his wife, Lynne, have been married for over 35 years and they have two beautiful daughters, two amazing granddaughters and recently welcomed a grandson.
Rick believes in the power of families to better our world and family is more in one’s heart than in one’s blood. “I can’t imagine having a higher calling than the work WCS does, and I am honored to have a small role in it.”
Kristen has served on the board of the Wyoming Children’s Society since 2014. She was born and raised in the south but made her way out west in 2000. She graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2004 where she met her husband, Barry Crago. In addition to being a mom to two precious daughters, Kristen practices law part time and volunteers as a CASA advocate. Kristen and her family split their time between Buffalo, Wyoming, and a ranch outside of Kaycee, which is home to the famous outlaw hideout, the Hole in the Wall.
Ray Fleming Dinneen
Seldom do you run across a nearly perfect entity, where all the parts work not only efficiently but also with loving care and concern. How delighted I was to find all those qualities at the Wyoming Childrens’ Society, where we adopted our two children, Katie and Stuart. Those two have made our life extraordinarily rich. Of course, the mission of the WCS is not just directed to adoptive parents and adopted children, but it also serves women and their family members as they struggle to make life altering decisions. I am proud to be a part of that, and gratefully, have served 20+ years as a member of the board. Through these many years I have owned and run a gift shop, worked for the Wyoming Senate, and for Governor Mike Sullivan and been active in many civic organizations. But most of all, I love painting – with oils, watercolors, and pastels. I enrich my painting life by taking classes at LCCC, and occasionally teaching classes.
Ray Fleming Dinneen, Psy. D, is the Founder and Executive Director of CLIMB Wyoming, a non-profit organization that trains and places low-income single mothers in higher paying careers. She developed the CLIMB program in Laramie County, Wyoming in 1986 to meet the job and life skills needs of low-income single mothers. In 2004, she expanded the CLIMB program to six additional sites across Wyoming which now serve families in 10 counties.
Dr. Fleming Dinneen has been a long time advocate of Wyoming families. She currently serves on the Supreme Court’s created Equal Justice Wyoming Board of Commissioners and on the Board of the Wyoming Children’s Society. She has also served on the planning committee for the Governor’s initiative to bring the Family and Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard to Wyoming and the United Way of Laramie County’s Women’s Leadership Council. In 2014 Governor Matt Mead awarded CLIMB the Friend of Department of Family Services Award for its consistent, high-quality services for single moms trying to climb out of poverty. In 2014 The Wyoming Business Alliance also recognized CLIMB for their contributions to the state of Wyoming. In January of 2015 Ray was recognized by Governor Mead and Chief Justice Burke during the opening of the 63rd Legislative Session.
I grew up in Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming, getting a degree in Professional Family Services. As an adopted child, I have always had an interest in adoption and it is a subject that is very close to my heart. While completing school, I got the opportunity to do an Internship with the Wyoming Children’s Society. I learned so much in the 6 months I was there and was blessed to work with some amazing women. After college I moved to Denver. My husband and I have stayed in Denver and been married for almost 13 years. I am the proud mom of an 8 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. Our son came home to us in 2013, through adoption from Haiti. Adoption has played an important role in every aspect of my life. Currently I spend my days being a mom, driving my children to many varied activities and volunteering as a CASA advocate for children in the foster care system.
I was truly honored when asked to be apart of the Children’s Society as they expand and grow into the state of Colorado. Their strong commitment to growing families through adoption as well as working with birth mothers is what makes them a great advocate for our children and fami
Dave McNulty, a Wyoming native, has served on the board of directors since 1987. He was asked to join the board when a good friend became the director of the agency. He has worked for almost 30 years as a board member to further the mission of this agency.
“It has been an honor and a joy to be a small part of assisting the staff who work tirelessly to build forever families and assist individuals who are struggling with life changing decisions. Wyoming and Colorado are better because of the work of the Wyoming-Colorado Children’s Society.”
Dave and his wife, Alison, live in Casper, Wyoming. They have two grown children; Whitney and Mike and are now the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.
When my husband and I decided to start a family we found out that it more than likely would not be through pregnancy. We knew we just wanted to be parents and that we knew adoption was right for us. We were blessed to and bring home our son, Marcus, at 3 days old on November 24, 2013 and adopt him on August 7, 2014. Words can truly never explain how in love and grateful we are for Marcus and everything his adoption has brought us. It is honestly one of the most remarkable experiences I have ever had and I want to be an advocate for birth mothers, birth families, and for these precious little babies. I am so proud to be a part of Wyoming Children’s Society and their goal “to build and support strong and healthy families in which children thrive”.
From as far back as I can remember, I have yearned to be a mother. I truly feel like God put me on this earth to care for others and I wake up every morning to be the best mom a family could ever ask for! I truly love to spend my time being a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend. I have always enjoyed serving in our communities and I am always happy to be an open ear and helping hand.
A native Wyomingite, Sara Pedersen is proud to call the Cowboy state her home. Sara fell in love with the Wyoming Children’s Society after working with the organization to adopt her daughter from China. Inspired by all that the WCS does to help build Wyoming families, she focused her attention on fundraising, with a goal of helping more families grow through adoption. Sara was asked to join the board in 2009 and currently serves as it’s vice president. Sara loves children, specifically educating little minds. She currently teaches 1st grade at Sunrise Elementary. Sara is married to Bryan Pedersen and is a proud mother of three.
Joy Surdam, Ph.D., psychologist has served on the WCS Board since 1993. Joy spent many years in academics teaching and advising at the LCCC Albany County Campus. In her private practice, she has worked with families and individuals in Laramie and Cheyenne. She has been an advocate of WCS and believes deeply in the value of community service. Joy and her husband Ron presently reside in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Twenty-eight years ago, they adopted their daughter Beth with the support of WCS, and brought her home to Wyoming as a two-year old from Bangkok to join her brothers Jon and Dan.
Joy is a passionate believer in the work of WCS and all we do to create loving families for children from the U.S. and abroad.
Janet is a second generation Wyoming native. She attended both Sheridan College and the University of Wyoming and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. I’m honored to serve as a Board member for Wyoming & Colorado Children’s Society. The agency is so important to children in need of a forever home. Uniting a child through adoption benefits a child in need and their new parents as they all join together to become a family. It is a win, win as a new family is born!
The Board of Director’s is pleased to announce Dave Berry will serve as our newest board member. We look forward to his leadership and expertise.
Dave is a third generation Wyoming rancher with family ranching history dating back to 1910. His ranch is located at Horse Creek, WY and is operated as a cow/calf and yearling cattle operation. Dave operates the ranch with his daughter, Hadley. In addition to the cattle they have a guest business, and also hunting and fishing outfitting.
Dave graduated as a veterinarian from Colorado State University in 1979 and practiced as a large animal veterinarian for seven years before returning to ranching and ranch real estate sales and investments.
Dave shared, “ I have had a successful career in business and now have a desire to be of service to those in need. This includes especially children, youth, homeless, and veterans. The placement of newborns and children in safe, loving homes is of utmost importance as well as the education of prospective parents on the care of their children. I am proud to me part of an organization that provides these services.”