President: Jim Hissong
Jim has an M.A. in Political Science/Public Administration. After 20 years teaching and coaching at Mountain View High School and Western Wyoming Community College, Jim changed careers and became Human Services Coordinator for Uinta County in 1999. As UCHS Coordinator, one of Jim’s duties is to administer the Community Services Block Grant for the Tripartite Board. Using the WayBack Machine,Jim has gone through all the iterations of State CSBG directors since Gary Maier. Presently, as Community Services Network of Wyoming Chair, Jim provides a voice of experience in discussions involving policy for programs targeting low-income persons.
When Jim is not playing The Consummate Bureaucrat he enjoys his empty nest with his wife, Susan, and mutt, Wrigley (Go Cubs, Go!). In a few years he will spend more time driving his drift boat down the river and swinging streamers to salmonids.
Treasurer: Bob Shinmori
Graduate of UW in 1979, B.S. Psychology. Worked in human service related jobs since graduation.
Bob has experience in grant writing and grant management. He loves working in his home county and is vested in the success of residents. Bob wrote the grant bringing CSBG back into Converse County in 2008. He solicited local financial support from his County Commissioners, the City of Douglas and the Town of Glenrock and set income guide at 200% of FPL. Bob developed very strong and positive relationships with area organizations and agencies. In those partnerships he is able to leverage over $24,000 in similar benefits for services and aide for clients above and beyond grant funding.Bob has served on numerous boards. He is the past president of the Library Board, past president of the Literacy Volunteers program, chair (off/on) of the Human Resource Council of Converse County over past 28 years, past president of the board of Youth Development Services, and is currently a member of the Board of ServeWyoming.
Secretary: Julie Dunlap
Julie has been the Executive Director of the Yellowstone Country Assistance Network of Park County since 2009. I was happy to volunteer to serve as an interim board member for CSNOW so I could meet my counterparts in other counties and have a professional network of CBSG colleagues, which I feel has been missing with CSBG over the years. I believe in CSNOW as a standalone organization, not an arm of the State, rather a partner with the State CSBG program and advocate of CSBG grantees. I also believe in the mission of CSNOW to provide technical and training assistance to CSBG grantees, which I also feel has been missing from CSBG over the years.
Region 8 RPIC Representative: Ivy McGowan-Castleberry
Ivy has a B.S. in Legal Studies (pre-law) and is currently working on her M.A. from Purdue in Public Administration.
Ivy is an experienced federal and state grant administrator and public communications coordinator. During her time as the executive director for a local non-profit organization in Lake County, Montana Ivy worked closely with a variety of federal funding programs ranging from CSBG, substance abuse treatment and prevention, suicide prevention and domestic violence prevention.
In 2012, Ivy and her family moved to Gillette, Wyoming after she accepted a position with the Campbell County Commissioners Office. Since then she has served as the Campbell County Grants Administrator and Public Information Coordinator. In this position, she oversees the administration of approximately 10 million dollars in federal and state grant funding.Ivy has a passion for helping non-profit organizations achieve their missions and enjoys the opportunity to work closely with a number of incredibly dedicated non-profit organizations. She extends her passion in her private life as well, serving on several boards that provide a vast array of services to local communities and regional partners
Director at Large: Tim Ernst
Tim joined Community Action of Laramie County in 2016 and is the Program Director that oversees the CSBG grant services which includes, a new CSBG Intensive Case Management program (Project Hope), 18 Single Residential Occupancy apartments, 4 family units’ apartments, 3 family residential house, and a Veterans Administration grant which provides a, 4 unit – 8 rooms, short-term housing for Veterans. Tim also oversees the Kinship Support Services Program that is partly funded by the Older American Act and United Way of Laramie County. The Kinship Supports Services helps with temporary guardianship for older adults raising their kin and, services for Older Relatives Caregivers (Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program).
Prior to joining Community Acton of Laramie County, Tim worked for the State of Wyoming, Department of Health, Aging Division for 15 years with the last 5 years as the Deputy Administrator, working with Wyoming Senior Centers and other agencies within the State in helping to improve services to our older population.
Tim set on the Board of Directors for the Community Services Network of Wyoming (CSNOW), Wyoming Guardianship Corporation, and belongs to the Laramie County Community Partnership and the Laramie County Landlord Association.
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