Staff

The Wyoming Liberty Group staff comes from a diverse set of backgrounds and life experiences, but we are united in our commitment to the principles of essential citizenship.

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Susan Gore‘s enthusiasm for Wyoming’s founding principles led her to start Wyoming Liberty Group in 2008. Together with a few friends, she set out to provide well researched information and innovative policy solutions in issues key to quality of life. Her optimism regarding the potential of individuals and lively communities comes in part from her background in the pioneering high tech manufacturing culture of her family company, W.L. Gore & Associates.

Wyoming Liberty Group’s first project was a study of the Wyoming Constitution, which states: “All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority…” Her aim is to ensure that the power of the people and individuals in Wyoming takes precedence over improper government presumptions of authority.

Since its founding Wyoming Liberty Group has been a champion of freedom in matters such as free speech and association, health care choice, property rights, Second Amendment rights, government transparency, and parental control of their children’s education.

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Charles Curley lives in Thermopolis, trading on his 30 years experience as a software engineer. He has been involved in politics for many years, including the successful campaign to repeal FDR’s gold prohibition. He is widely read in history, economics and philosophy, and brings that to bear in a principled approach to politics.

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Benjamin Barr serves as counsel with the Wyoming Liberty Group. Barr is an attorney with a national practice specializing in the area of constitutional law. He has litigated constitutional concerns in federal courts throughout the nation in favor of individual liberty. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court relied on a brief drafted on behalf of the Wyoming Liberty Group to reshape its reasoning in Citizens United v. FEC.

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Steve Klein serves as staff attorney and research counsel with the Wyoming Liberty Group, focusing on free speech, gun rights, health care freedom, land rights, economic freedom, and other liberty interests.

In the WyLiberty Legal Center, Steve has co-authored numerous amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs for state and federal appeals courts in several important free speech cases, advocating in favor of grassroots political groups across the country.  In 2012 Steve became co-counsel to a small Wyoming association called Free Speech, bringing suit against the Federal Election Commission over the unconstitutionality of vague and burdensome campaign finance regulations.

In addition to his frequent contributions to the WyLiberty Blog, Steve’s commentary has been featured in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, the Casper Star Tribune, the Campbell County Observer, and WyoFile.  He has appeared on KGWN TV in Cheyenne, is a frequent guest on KGAB radio, and has presented throughout the state on various topics.

Steve holds a bachelors degree in politics from Hillsdale College and a law degree from Ave Maria School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Ave Maria Law Review and President of the Ave Maria Federalist Society. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Michigan.

E-mail Steve at stephen.klein@wyliberty.org

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Maureen Bader comes to the Wyoming Liberty Group from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Maureen’s articles have been published in major Wyoming and Canadian daily newspapers, and she has appeared on TV and radio calling for lower taxes and government accountability. Maureen worked in Public Affairs with the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. Before that, she was the Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

Maureen completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the Universidad Internacional de Mexico in Mexico City and her MBA from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.  Maureen is an artist who has exhibited her paintings throughout British Columbia and in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

E-mail Maureen at maureen.bader@wyliberty.org

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Amy Edmonds comes to the Wyoming Liberty Group with six years of experience serving in the Wyoming Legislature. During her time in the House of Representative she served on the Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee, the Minerals, Business & Economic Development Committee, the Revenue Committee and the Appropriations Committee. She has also worked in the non-profit world as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Association of Public Charter Schools. As a native of Wyoming’s neighbor to the east – Nebraska – Amy likes to borrow a statement once made by Wyoming’s former Governor Stan Hathaway, “I wasn’t born in Wyoming, but I got here as fast as I could.”

Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Wyoming.

E-mail Amy at amy.edmonds@wyliberty.org

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Chad Evans, a Wyoming native, has been with Wyoming Liberty Group for the past two years. He is currently the Development Coordinator and the comptroller, and also responsible for video and podcast production. Chad holds his bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Wyoming.

E-mail Chad at chad.evans@wyliberty.org

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Mandy Ludtke brings her experience in the fields of corporate sales and hospitality to the Wyoming Liberty Group where she is the Outreach and Events Coordinator. Mandy, a Wyoming native, is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

E-mail Mandy at mandy.ludtke@wyliberty.org

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Jason Gay is a retired Army officer with experience in the Infantry, Finance, and Aviation branches. Jason has also worked in a tech startup, investment portfolio management, the oil & gas industry, R&D/engineering, and retail. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a BS in Mathematics (minor in Engineering) and an MBA; the University of Houston Law Center, where he earned a JD; and the University of Houston, where he earned an MS in Finance. Jason is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

E-mail Jason at jason.gay@wyliberty.org

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Boyd Wiggam serves as staff attorney with the Wyoming Liberty Group focusing on property rights, local government, and land use planning and zoning issues. He previously worked as a civil litigation attorney and for various businesses serving farmers and landowners in Laramie County. Wiggam, a Wyoming native, was raised on a farm in Eastern Laramie County , received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming, did graduate coursework in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and received his law degree from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He is an active member of both the Wyoming State Bar and Virginia State Bar.

E-mail Boyd at boyd.wiggam@wyliberty.org

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Christina Holmgren-Larson is a communications professional with a particular interest in natural resource development. Before joining WyLiberty’s development team, Christina was an outreach specialist for the State of Alaska, where her work included promoting the leasing of state-owned lands for oil and gas development. She spent many years as a reporter, editor and page designer for several different newspapers before making the move to marketing and public relations. Christina holds a B.A. from Lund University in her native Sweden, and is proud to call herself a U.S. citizen and Wyoming resident.

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