BOARD MEMBERS & STAFF
Michelle Woerner: One of the founders of K9s 4 Mobility became an Assistance Dogs International Certified Instructor in 2002 after completing a three-year training program with an Assistance Dogs International Accredited Organization. She has been involved in the breeding, training and placement of Assistance Dogs since 1997. She has also served as a board member for the North American region to Assistance Dogs International since 2008. Michelle has continued to work with Assistance Dogs International as an Accreditation Assessor, traveling to many different organizations around the world. She is the CEO and Assistance Dogs International Certified Training Instructor for K9s 4 Mobility.
Chris was born and raised in Kimball, NE, moving to Cheyenne in 1987. She is an MDT Facilitator with Safe Harbor. Chris also has an LLC where she is a researcher conducting background searches for employment companies.
Mom to Aspen and Mattie and an avid animal lover, she enjoys traveling with her husband Tom, loving her new granddaughter and volunteering at the K9s 4 Mobility facility. Chris joined the K9s 4 Mobility board in January 2020.
Dr. Tracie Caller is a native of Rock Springs, graduating from the University of Wyoming and attending medical school through the WWAMI program at the University of Washington. She works as a Neurologist at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. In her spare time, she enjoys running and hiking with her two Belgian Tervurens.
Heather Roe Day was raised in Laramie and has called Cheyenne home for over 25 years. She is the Government Affairs Principal for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming. With the help of her husband Don and daughter Kinsale, their family were puppy raisers for Gus, a rescued Mastiff/Chocolate Lab mix which they have adopted as a pet.
The family enjoys spending time in the mountains whenever they get a chance to get away.
Dawn is a native to the state of Wyoming. She graduated from Kelly Walsh High School, attend Casper College and the University of Wyoming. She moved to the Cheyenne area in 1998. Dawn joined Cheyenne LEADS as the Office Manager in October of 2016. Prior to that she worked for McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP as a Senior Accountant Technician for just shy of eleven years. She has a wide variety of bookkeeping experience including not for profit, medical office, retail and close to 10 years of financial institution experience.
Outside of work Dawn enjoys the outdoors, hiking, boating, fishing and camping. Between Dawn and her husband, Darryl they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Laurie Farkas is a Wyoming native, graduated from Cheyenne’s East High School and then the University of Wyoming, majoring in Communication. Laurie began a career in broadcasting with CBS affiliate KGWN-TV-5. Laurie has also worked for EchoStar Corporation/DISH Network as the producer and anchor of DISH Network News, Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Marketing and Communication, and then later became Vice President of the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce.
Laurie is currently the Wyoming based Community Affairs Program Manager for Black Hills Energy. In her role with the company, she manages a service territory consisting of the south half of the state. She regularly works in the field, alongside natural gas and electric utility crews to provide information and communication materials to local media, the Wyoming Public Service Commission, contractors, and the public, regarding emergency issues and utility integrity and growth projects.
Through her role in community relations, Laurie has had the opportunity to work closely with the K9s 4 Mobility teams and understands the critically important role of the organization. Laurie is enthusiastically looking forward to serving on the Board of Directors and continuing her work in supporting our local assistance dog industry.
Laurie and husband Steve have been married for 27 years, together, they are the parents of two grown children.
Joanna Vilos joined the K9s 4 Mobility board in January 2018. Joanna grew up in Worland, WY and received her B.A. from the University of Maryland and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is Senior Legal Counsel for Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and was previously a partner with Holland & Hart LLP in Cheyenne, where she focused primarily on employment law. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys traveling and going to Wyoming Cowboys games with her two children, ages 8 and 13.
Joanna was a huge part of the successful Service Dog Law passed in Wyoming in 2017, donating her time to K9s 4 Mobility!
Donna was born and raised in Nebraska and spent two decades teaching Biology and AP Biology at East High School. With her husband, Earl, she raised two children, Lisa and Brad. She is the proud grandmother of four energetic grandchildren. She is a lifelong dog-lover, traveler, and enjoys spending time at their cabin in the mountains. She is mom to two furry, four-legged babies, Lily and Maizie. She believes in giving back to her community and is honored to serve on the board of K9’s for Mobility. She looks forward to supporting community members through assistance dog partnerships, one connection at a time.
Rio grew up in Cheyenne and graduated from the University of Wyoming. He later continued his education at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. After graduating from law school, Rio eventually found his way back to Cheyenne. He primarily practices in real property law, energy law, and general civil litigation.
Rio and his wife, along with the help of their dog, Ranger, have raised two puppies for K9s 4 Mobility.
Rio enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and Ranger, cheering on the Pokes and Sooners, and working on the occasional home improvement project.
Justine graduated from Cheyenne East Highschool in 2019. She began officially working for K9s 4 Mobility at the completion of the training facility in 2015 but has always been a very special volunteer. She has assisted in the raising of many dogs in training and currently has one retired Service Dog as her own pet. Justine loves getting to know all of the recipients of the Assistance Dogs and builds a relationship with them that last. She is attending Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington to complete her Veterinary Technician Certification.
When Justine is not assisting with dog training, she enjoys spending time with her pets, taking photos of scenery and just being outside.
Sue made numerous trips with her parents to Wyoming to visit family and at age 25, she knew this was where she wanted to live. Following her graduation from Missouri University in 1934, she traveled to Wyoming with everything she had in her car, including her cat. In less than a year, she met her husband Jim and began teaching first grade at Pioneer Elementary. She continued her education, accumulating several degrees that led to a teaching position at LCCC. For 30 years, she taught speech communication and after retirement turned to her first love...dogs! She began volunteering for K9s 4 Mobility in 2012, has raised two puppies and assisted in the training of her husband's Service dog through the owner trained program. In January 2022, she joined the K9s 4 Mobility staff as a kennel assistant. Sue enjoys spending time with all of the dogs and the cat at the facility.