Meet our Panel Members.
Les has devoted his professional life to working with Wyoming’s high risk youth, families and adult offenders. He was involved in human services at the state and community levels and has worked with the executive branch and legislature as an Administrator for both the Department of Family Services and the Department of Corrections. He has served on a variety of boards, councils and commissions and believes strongly in promoting safety and well-being for children and families. Retired and living above Lander, Les pursues his passion for wandering around the northern Rockies, especially the wilderness and mountains of the Wind River Range.
Emily Genoff has been the Business Development Coordinator for over 10 years at the Wyoming Behavioral Institute. Receiving a Bachelor of Science in Community Journalism and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wyoming. While volunteering under many organizations for the past 23 years.
Department of Corrections Liaison
Dawn Sides has been working for the State of Wyoming Department of Corrections for the past 30 years. She began her career as a Correctional Officer at the Wyoming Women's Center. In 2004 she was appointed as Warden at the Wyoming Honor Farm followed by overseeing programs for the Prison Division and was appointed as the Field Service Administrator 2011 supervising Probation and Parole along with the work release centers. She currently is part of the Governor's Impaired Driving Council and is a member of the American Corrections Association and Wyoming Criminal Justice Association.
In her spare time she loves to spend time with her two daughters and four grandchildren along with hiking, kayaking and traveling.
Department of Family Services Liaison
Brian was born and raised in the great State of Wyoming. He has worked with families and at-risk youth throughout his career. He has a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. Brian has been employed with the State of Wyoming since 2012. He started with the State of Wyoming as a Port of Entry officer and then moved on to be a caseworker for the Sheridan County DFS office. He has most recently transitioned to the position of a Social Service Analyst for the Wyoming Department of Family Services in Cheyenne. Brian brings many years of experience working to protect the lives of children. He has been involved in several different avenues of child protective services throughout his career including Native American communities in the Northern territories. Brian is looking forward to helping out in any way that he can to help ensure the safety of children in our communities.
Carol has been the Executive Director of CASA of Laramie County for 5 years, and has been a volunteer advocate for CASA for 9 years. She has worked with children all her life owning a Large Family Child Care in California for 25 years. Carol moved to Cheyenne 9 years ago and is enjoying Wyoming, she and her husband of 40 years enjoy spending time with their 6 grandkids. In her spare time, she likes to be outdoors walking, entertaining and various craft projects.
Jana Conine has lived and worked in Cheyenne for more than 30 years. She is married to Chris Conine and has 2 sons, Joshua who is a Special Education Teacher in Rock Springs Wyoming and Jordan who is a junior at Central High School in Cheyenne. Jana has spent her career working in the human service area working with people to help improve their lives. She has a B.A. degree in Psychology and an M.A. degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Rehabilitation Counseling. Professionally, Jana started her career working for Goodwill as a Vocational Evaluator and eventually became the Director of Rehabilitation Services for the agency. After leaving Goodwill Jana worked for Casey Family Programs for 10 years where she had the opportunity to provide educational and case management support for children and families who were in foster care, adoption and guardianship situations. Jana then returned to assume the role of CEO for Goodwill Industries of Wyoming in 2008. She has been associated with Goodwill for 21 years, starting as a vocational evaluator and working towards her current position of CEO of the organization. Jana became a Certified Executive with Goodwill in 2015 and has continued to expand both the retail and mission side of the agency.
Peter R Newell
Peter was drafted for military duty during his third year in college. After military duty in the Far East he returned to college and received his doctorate and license to practice psychology. He has been a teacher, counselor, a partner in a family counseling firm and a partner in an organization consulting and leadership development firm. Dr. Newell has served as a leader of a Human Resources group in a privately held research development and manufacturing company and has trained and practiced as a mediator. He is past co-chair of the Wyoming Mediation Association and has been an international instructor/trainer for Gordon Training International the past few decades.
Sherilyn grew up in southwestern Minnesota and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology from Bemidji State University in 1981.
She has worked with youth and families for 27 years starting at The Evergreen House in 1988. During her time at The Evergreen House, she assisted in the operation of several programs including a youth crisis runaway shelter, independent living program and a drug prevention program targeting Native American youth in Bemidji, Minnesota. She was promoted to Assistant Director several years before leaving her employment in 1994 to work for Youth Emergency Services, Inc. (Y.E.S. House) in Gillette, Wyoming. Sherilyn is passionate about her work with youth & families and is currently the Executive Director.
Jo Lee Schuler
After working for the Department of Family Services for over 22 years, first as a Social Service Worker for three years and then as a Social Work Supervisor for 19 years, Schuler decided to retire and enjoy traveling, running, sewing, and spending more time with friends and family.
She and her husband (of 36 years) enjoy their 3-year-old grandson and 1-year-old granddaughter. She also enjoy serving our community as a board member of Safehouse and as a CASA.