Meet the team

Wyoming Guardianship Corporation utilizes a team of industry leaders with extensive experience in their field to ensure that every person served has a voice. Our team is dedicated to providing quality services so that you can have peace of mind.


Managers

Emily Smith

Emily Smith, Executive Director

Emily Smith joined WGC in 2010 as a guardian and ombudsman, becoming the Executive Director in 2011.  She has a degree in Social Work from Boise State University and has completed course work towards her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado.  She is a Certified Social Worker and a Nationally Certified Guardian from the Center for Guardianship Certification.  Ms. Smith has more than 20 years of experience working with a diverse population of people who have disabilities including people with serious mental health illness, substance abuse issues, intellectual disability, Alzheimer’s and other dementias. She sits on the Wyoming State Adult Protection Team and the Governor’s Elder and Vulnerable Adult Task Force.  She has provided numerous workshops on guardianship, fiduciary work, protective services and advocacy.  She lives in Cheyenne with her husband and two daughters, and spends her free time volunteering for Black Dog Animal Rescue.

Jessi Westling

Jessi Westling, Director of Life Management Services

Jessi Westling has served as the Lead Substance Abuse and Mental Health Ombudsman since 2013. In 2018, Jessi became the Director of Life Management Services. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master of Science in Public Health, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences.  For 15 years, she has worked in the field of behavioral health at the community, state, and federal level.  Before coming to work for Wyoming Guardianship Corporation, Ms. Westling was the Director of Operations for a private behavioral health research firm where she was the project manager for a National Institutes of Health grant and a federal contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her family be it camping and riding bikes in the summer or skiing and sledding in the winter.

Jeana Frey

Jeana Frey, Director of Financial Management Services

Jeana Frey is the WGC Director of Financial Management Services. Jeana has an Associate degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Jeana has an extensive background in business management; accounting; project management and process development. Before joining WGC, Jeana was the Business Operations Manager for Small and Medium Business for IBM Global Business Services managing project financials. She lives in Cheyenne with her husband and four dogs. In her spare time enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Wyoming.


Life Management Services

Kenna Hill

Guardianship Team Leader Kenna Hill has been a guardian with WGC since 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and has been a Nationally Certified Guardian through the Center for Guardianship Certification since 2009.  Ms. Hill has extensive experience working with individuals who have serious mental health illness, acquired brain injury and intellectual disability.

Rachael Hocker

Rachael Hocker joined WGC in November of 2020 as a guardian. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado Technical University in criminal justice with a focus in human services. Rachael will complete her master’s degree in February of 2021 in general criminal justice focusing in management, policy and procedure. Prior to working for WGC, Rachael worked with youth, and in adult probation services. She has an incredible passion to help those in her community. In her free time, Rachael enjoys spending time with her husband, kids, and dogs. She loves camping, fishing, reading and enjoying life to the best of her ability.

Jennifer Elliott

Jennifer Elliot began serving as a guardian in 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University and has extensive experience working with intellectually disabled and dually diagnosed individuals.  Ms. Elliot has 18 years’ experience as a provider and case manager in the Medicaid Waiver system. In her free time, Ms. Elliott likes to hike, read, travel and spend time with her animals.

Nicky Hulme

Nicky Hulme began working at WGC years ago but left to pursue being a mother and homemaker. Now that her children are older, Nicky has again returned as a WGC guardian in May of 2020. Nicky has a Masters of Arts in Human Services with a specialization in marriage and family. She has worked for over a decade in mental health agencies providing services to adolescents with pervasive and severe mental health disorders and behavioral disturbances; as well as working for the State as a Behavioral Specialist. Nicky loves being with her husband, kiddos and fur babies as well as traveling as often as possible, doing as many Pinterest DIYs as possible, and portrait photography.

Liz Hamann

Elizabeth (Liz) Hamann joined WGC as a guardian in 2014.  She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Tennessee State University.  Her professional experience includes managed care, medical case management, quality improvement, federally qualified health care/grants, utilization management, workers compensation case management and cardiac intensive care.  Ms. Hamman enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and swimming in addition to being active on her rural cattle ranch.

Brendi Jenson

Brendi Jensen came to work for WGC as a guardian in January, 2020. Brendi has spent her career working in human services with at risk and disabled adults, youth and children. In addition, Brendi has also owned and operated licensed childcare/preschools in Casper. Currently Brendi also runs Double Shoe Farm in Casper where they provide farm fresh pork, beef, and lamb to their community and surrounding areas. She enjoys teaching horseback riding lessons and providing equine therapy to individuals with challenges such as autism, anxiety and PTSD. Brendi and her husband have 4 children who are very active in 4-H.

Kelly Headley

Kelly Headley joined the WGC team as the Substance and Mental Health Ombudsman in June of 2020. Kelly currently lives “off the grid” on the Wind River Reservation. Kelly has worked as a care coordinator for Wyoming Services for Independent Living, a paraprofessional in the Fremont County School District, a young adult librarian at the Fremont County Library, a kitchen manager for the National Outdoor Living School in Lander, and most recently as a barista at her daughter and son-in-law’s coffee shop, where she honed her coffee brewing skills. Kelly is an avid outdoors woman, a mother to four successful adult children, and loves helping others, making her a great advocate and ombudsman.

Jessi Westling

SAMHOP Team Leader Jessi Westling has served as the Lead Substance Abuse and Mental Health Ombudsman since 2013. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master of Science in Public Health, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences.  For 15 years, she has worked in the field of behavioral health at the community, state, and federal level. Before coming to work for Wyoming Guardianship Corporation, Ms. Westling was the Director of Operations for a private behavioral health research firm where she was the project manager for a National Institutes of Health grant and a federal contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her family be it camping and riding bikes in the summer or skiing and sledding in the winter.


Financial Management Services

Colleen Mitchell, Trust Coordinator

Colleen Mitchell joined WGC in January 2020 as our Trust Coordinator. Colleen was born and raised in Texas but has lived in Northern Colorado/Wyoming for more than 10 years. She has spent her professional career in book keeping and office management. Colleen enjoys hiking, camping and traveling with her husband and three adult children. Her dream is to live on a ranch and raise horses.

Lindsey Valdez, Financial Navigator

Lindsey Valdez joined WGC in December of 2020 as the Beneficiary Services Navigator. She was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wy and she has several years of experience in social services and customer service. Lindsey likes to spend her free time with her son, husband, and 3 dogs. She enjoys camping, hiking, and just being in the outdoors.

Teri Prince, Financial Navigator

Teri Prince grew up in Southeastern Idaho and attended Idaho State University and Montana State University while pursuing a degree in business and accounting. She has previously held positions at Westmark Credit Union, Montana State University and Marriott Hotels—where she practiced in all areas of accounting. Terri has enjoyed every place she has lived due to the beautiful geography, tasty food and the lifelong friends she has made. She has learned to see the unique gifts in everyone and uses that skill in her work here at WGC! In her free time she is a mom to five and a “Nonni” to 3 grandchildren. She loves watching baseball games, swim meets, reading, scrap booking and spending time with her family.

JoDee Ludemann, Accounts Manager

JoDee Ludemann joined the WGC team in 2012 as the accounts manager in the representative payee program.  She attended Business College in South Dakota obtaining an associate degree in business and accounting. Ms. Palmer has experience in bookkeeping, office management and accounting. She enjoys scrap booking and mixed media, antiquing, calligraphy, camping and playing Candy Crush. She currently resides in Cheyenne with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

Valerie Leseberg, Conservator

Valerie Leseberg joined WGC as a Conservator in October, 2020. She’s lived most of her life in Riverton and enjoys spending time with her powerlifting husband and competitive dancing daughter. They have a dog, two cats, twenty-four chickens and a spunky rooster who all surprisingly get along. Val has experience with budgeting, organization, task management, communication and customer service. She worked in management at fine dining venues and as the Director of Catering and Wedding Coordinator in Colorado. Most recently, Val was certified to be a Personal Trainer, Yoga and Bootcamp Instructor in 2015. As you might expect, she really enjoys the gym life, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. She been to USAPL’s Nationals twice and currently holds the Wyoming powerlifting records for Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift and the Total. Her favorite quote is by Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Kayla Lyday, Accounts Manager

Kayla Lyday started at WGC in 2012 working on special projects although she quickly became a regular staff member. For years Kayla processed the filing and employment records for the Representative Payee program. In 2020, she transitioned to providing accounts management for our Conservator Program, in addition to her work in the Representative Payee program. Kayla has previous experience in office management and working with children. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and her rescue dogs.


Administration

Danica Lamb, Office Manager

Danica Lamb joined the WGC team in August of 2020 as the Office Manager, bringing over 25 years of administrative experience with her. For the last 20 years Danica has worked in Human Resources within the healthcare industry working in hospitals in Tennessee, Alaska and Wyoming. She obtained her BA in Human Resources/Management and later a certification in recruitment, which is work that she truly enjoys and is a skill she is excited to utilize at WGC. Danica enjoys traveling and experiencing new places, mountain climbing, hiking, and camping in her free time (specifically bagging Colorado 14ers).

Molly Johnson, Office Assistant

Molly Johnson joined the WGC team as our Office Assistant in December, 2020. Molly previously worked at the Wyoming Department of Transportation for more than five years. Molly has an associates degree in Elementary Education. She loves spending time with her husband and daughter, camping, reading, gardening and walking her two dogs.