Back row (l-r): Dusty Spomer, John Housel, Bob Newsome, Luke Anderson
Front row (l-r): Carolyn Danko, Nada Larsen, Mark Wurzel
Dusty earned a BS in Civil Engineering at the Univ. of Neb.–Omaha and is a former Army Nat’l. Guard Officer. A WY native, he is COO (based in Cody) of T-O Engineers, a Meridian, ID engineering/surveying/planning firm. He, his wife Betsy and two children enjoy snowboarding, snowmobiling, fishing and hunting. Dusty’s interests include K-12 and post-secondary education.
Born and raised in California, but educated in Indiana and Arizona, Mark has now called Wyoming home for 30 years. He and his wife Patty have three college-age daughters. He’s been a family physician in Powell since 1989, first in his own practice and then in ExpressCare since it opened in 2004. He helped bring education of medical students to Powell in the late ’90s and since that time has annually taught medical students.
After being raised in Colorado, Luke Anderson moved to Cody in 2007. He started in the insurance industry in 2002 and is currently working as an insurance agent with designations as both a Certified Insurance Counselor and an Accredited Advisor of Insurance. He is married with two children and strongly believes in the power of a well-rounded education. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business with a BS in Business Management.
Born in Cody, Bob attended NWC in the late ’60s. He followed his life-long passion for outdoor adventure by starting Sunlight Sports, which he ran for nearly 40 years. His volunteerism led to five decades of community involvement, including Search and Rescue, teaching climbing classes for youth groups and rescue skills at the Cody Fire School, Sleeping Giant Ski Patrol and The Yellowstone Recreations Foundation. Bob has traveled world-wide to pursue outdoor adventures. A life-long learner, Bob takes NWC welding classes and believes the college offers excellent learning opportunities. He and his wife, Sandy, and son, Wiley, live in Cody.
Carolyn Danko came to Powell in 1969 when her husband began teaching at Northwest. After retiring from four decades of public school teaching, she remained involved in education by seeking a Board seat. She’s attended the University of North Dakota and Kansas State University, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming.
With a long and varied legal career, Cody native John Housel is a devout proponent of higher learning. He is a strong advocate for greater presence of NWC in Cody and for increased enrollment of Cody students. He is an outdoor enthusiast with interests in civic betterment, history, geology and Shakespeare. He has two children.
A retired secondary math/science teacher, Nada Larsen is a Meeteetse native and proud NWC graduate. She strongly supports the community college system in Wyoming and is committed to the mission of NWC. She lives with her husband on the family ranch on Woodriver.