Policy Staff


Jerimiah Rieman      Director of Economic Diversification Strategy and Initiatives                                                                                                                       307-777-5629

Jerimiah L. Rieman serves Governor Matthew H. Mead as Director of Economic Diversification Strategy and Initiatives. Governor Mead created the ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) Initiative to develop a comprehensive, action-based approach to diversify Wyoming’s economy. Jerimiah previously served Governor Mead as his Natural Resource Policy Director. Prior to joining Governor Mead’s Policy Office in 2011, Jerimiah served as administrator of the Wyoming Workforce Development Council. During that time, he also served as Policy and Legislative Advisor to the Department of Workforce Services. Jerimiah graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism in 2001. The fifth-generation Wyoming native also is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Wyoming. Jerimiah enjoys skiing, mountain biking and Wyoming’s great outdoors. He and his wife Kristen are the proud parents of identical twin boys Boden and Potter.

E-mail Jerimiah at jerimiah.rieman@wyo.gov

Beth Callaway                 Policy Advisor                                      307-777-8204

Beth has an interdisciplinary background in natural resource science and policy, business and communications. Born and raised in Denver, she has a B.S. from the University of Wyoming in Business Administration and Environment/Natural Resources. Her career started in marketing and public relations for the energy, water and clean tech industries in California. She moved on to receive a Master's of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and returned to Wyoming to work with the Interstate Streams Division at the Wyoming State Engineer's Office. In addition to her work with the State Engineer, she also serves as a policy advisor to Governor Mead. She is married with two adorable dogs and spends most of her free time mountain biking, learning to play the accordion and spending time at her family's ranch.

E-mail Beth at beth.callaway@wyo.gov

Matt Fry                                Policy Advisor                                       307-777-4510

Matt was born and raised in Staunton, Virginia. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry from Davis and Elkins College, and a Master’s in Natural Resource Law from the University of Denver – Sturm College of Law. Matt has worked in the natural resource field for 16 years, in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Governor Mead’s staff, Matt was an employee of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WGFD) for 10 years. At WGFD, he was most recently a Staff Biologist in the Director’s Office and worked on projects to balance economic development with the ecological needs of Wyoming’s wildlife. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Vicky and daughter Ainsley, as well as hunting, fishing, camping, running, biking, and anything else he can make time for in the outdoors.

E-mail Matt at matt.fry@wyo.gov

Gary Hartman                    Policy Advisor                                         307-777-5771

Gary P. Hartman graduated from Basin High School and attended the University of Wyoming where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. He practiced law in the Big Horn Basin for 10 years and was later appointed to the District Court bench by Governor Ed Herschler. He served in the 5th Judicial District for 25 years before joining Governor Dave Freudenthal’s staff.  Gary and his wife Betsy enjoy traveling and riding their Honda motorcycle during the summer months. Gary is a U.S Air Force veteran and served 1 year in Vietnam.

E-mail Gary at gary.hartman@wyo.gov

Mike McGrady                     Policy Advisor                                         307-777-2083

Mike is from Florida and moved to Wyoming to attend the University of Wyoming where he received his bachelors and juris doctorate degrees. After law school, he clerked for Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Terrence O’Brien and was in private practice for a few years before joining the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. At the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Mike supervised the Natural Resources Section and worked on federal natural resources cases impacting the State that covered a wide variety of issues from sage-grouse listings to coal leasing, hydraulic fracturing, wild horses, livestock grazing and the Reservation boundary. These cases allowed Mike to practice before several different federal district and circuit courts in the west and in Washington, D.C. Mike continues to serve as a part-time adjunct professor for the College of Law’s Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic. In his free time, Mike enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and generally being outdoors. Mike lives in Cheyenne with his wife Emily and their two daughters Megan and Allison.

E-mail Mike at mike.mcgrady1@wyo.gov

Colin McKee                         Policy Advisor                                         307-777-7930

Colin McKee was born and raised in Missouri. After receiving degrees in Finance and Economics from Drury University in 2008, Colin accepted the position of finance director for a personal security firm located in Timor-Leste. Upon his return, he took on various opportunities working as a business development consultant. He and his wife, Hayley, live in Cheyenne. In his free time, Colin enjoys watching college football, reading non-fiction books and a host of outdoor activities, especially fly fishing.

E-mail Colin at colin.mckee@wyo.gov

Michelle Panos                   Policy Advisor                                         307-777-8784

Michelle is a native Californian but has also lived in Massachusetts, Washington and Idaho. Before beginning her position as policy advisor to Governor Matt Mead, Michelle had a successful career in corporate marketing and sales at BakerCorp and in the public sector with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Michelle also worked for both the US House and Senate under United States Congressman Dan Lungren of California and United States Senator Larry Craig of Idaho. In both positions she concentrated on issues involving Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and the Internal Revenue Service as well as coordinating Service Academy Nominations. Michelle and her husband Bill live in Cheyenne and enjoy traveling, reading, participating in local faith-based activities, and exploring with their German shorthaired pointer.

E-mail Michelle at michelle.panos@wyo.gov

David Willms                      Policy Advisor                                      307-777-8094

David Willms graduated from the University of Wyoming with a juris doctorate and undergraduate degrees in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology & Management and Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, David spent nearly ten years as an attorney with the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and in private practice, litigating and advising on natural resource matters relating to land, water and wildlife throughout the country. In his free time, David enjoys hunting, fishing, anything outdoors, basketball, and playing his saxophone. David lives in Cheyenne with his wife, Kiersti, and two daughters, Ella and Anneli.

E-mail David at david.willms@wyo.gov