The Board of Director’s is pleased to announce Dave Berry will serve on the board. 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.”
"My husband, Jason, and I moved to Cheyenne 12 years ago. We have three children Colin, 15 and twins Katie and Lauren who are 13. My involvement with the Wyoming Children’s Society began about 8 years ago when I was asked by a friend to become a volunteer for the annual gala. I have continued in that capacity since. During this time, I have met or become friends with many families who have adopted children through Wyoming Children’s Society. I am constantly reminded of the incredible impact this organization has had in our community and state, and the support and love they give serving the women and children of our community who have nowhere else to turn.
I was graciously asked by Carol Lindly and Sara Pedersen to join the board this year. I am looking forward to continuing the mission of this amazing organization in this new capacity."
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.
"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
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.
"Late 2009, Wyoming & Colorado Children's Society graced my world in a light different than many -- as a pregnant woman of 21 seeking services. Ultimately, I placed for adoption in August of 2010. For the entirety of my pregnancy and even after my labor and delivery, WCCS supported me in essential ways, allowing me to grow and advance, and become the woman I am today. I attribute a lot of my success to the support, drive, and love that Wyoming and Colorado Children's Society has offered. I now work as the Youth Market (Fundraising) Director for the American Heart Association, covering the state of Wyoming. I most certainly could not have grown without WCCS. So, of course I am excited to give back as a board member! I look forward to representing birth mothers in that our lives don't just stop after adoption and that we have so much to give and offer the world. I am thrilled and honored to help direct the message of WCCS that we are a resource for women and children and families and that our mission can truly help inspire so many lives.
And just for the fun facts: I love spending time in the wilderness with my husband and dogs; the Pacific Northwest is my home; and I sure do love macaroni and cheese with peas."
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.
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!