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WySCA 2022-2023 Board Members 

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Kayla Wilkinson

Kayla Wilkinson is currently providing counseling /related services to high school students with IEPs at Natrona County High School in Casper. She is a long time Wyoming native: having graduated from the high school she currently works at and receiving her B.A.(Psychology 2008) and M.S. (Counseling 2019) from the University of Wyoming.

Kayla is a firm believer in the power of building relationships and using humor to bring people together. She considers herself 1 part ringleader, 2 parts Disney nerd, and 3 parts WuTang member

President Elect

Janet Buchhammer

Janet is currently a school counselor at Burns Jr/Sr High School in Burns, Wyoming. She has a Masters degree and an Educational Specialist degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. Janet has 14 years of experience in education and worked as a junior high school studies teacher for four years in Laramie prior to becoming a school counselor. She is also a licensed professional counselor and has experience as a therapist at a residential treatment facility and in community counseling. Janet enjoys spending time with her husband, her four children (ages 2 to 11), and her furbaby Murphy.

President Elect Elect

Lucas Grant

Elementary Rep

Ann Ernst

Middle School Representative Brittany Wenke

Brittany is a Middle School counselor in Powell Wyoming. She began her job at Powell Middle School in 2014 and continues to love what she does. Brittany was born in Powell, but was raised in Cody where she graduated from Cody High School. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Wyoming and her M.S. of Education in School Counseling at Montana State University in Bozeman. Brittany spends her spare time with her son and husband (and two rambunctious dogs). You can also find her in the garden, sitting on her front porch reading a book or taking pictures. Brittany appreciates the relationships built with students, staff and families while working in a school and how each one is built differently.


High School Representative
Stephanie Marker


Post Secondary Representative
Lindsey Nichols

Dr. Lindsey Nichols is an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming Counseling Program at the Laramie campus. Her background is in secondary education and she earned a master's in school counseling. After being a school counselor in NC, Lindsey returned for her PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision. After almost a decade in the field, this is her second year at UW, and she has particular interests in rural school mental health, educator SEL, and cultural responsive interventions. New to WY, she looks forward to driving around the state, seeing the sights and meeting everyone hopefully soon.

Graduate Student Representative
Jenna Hepp, MS, NCC

Jenna Hepp M.S, NCC is a doctoral student at the University of Wyoming studying Counselor Education and Supervision. She grew up in Douglas, Wyoming and returned to the state after getting her undergrad in Oregon. She is currently interns at the Lab School in Laramie in hopes of combining her passion of the integration of mental health in schools, which will likely be the heart of her dissertation. 

K-12 Representative
Chawna Weichmann

Chawna Wiechmann is the K-12 counselor at Washakie School District #2 in Ten Sleep. She earned her B.A. in Education from The University of Montana- Western and her M.A. in Counseling from The University of Wyoming, 2011 graduate. She is NBBC  and LPC certified. Before becoming a school counselor, Chawna was a math teacher at the secondary level as well as a math facilitator. She has two amazing children and ranches with her husband south of Ten Sleep. Chawna enjoys running, hunting, horses and dogs, and spending time with her family.


April Petty, MS, LPC,  NCC

April is the College & Career school counselor at Cheyenne Central High School. Prior to this she was an elementary school counselor in Douglas for 8 years. A Chicago native, she has lived in Wyoming for most of her adult life loves it! April loves spending her time with her husband, son and their two Australian Shepherds (Gemma & Piper), reading, being crafty, crocheting, and cheering for her favorite Chicago sports teams!

Membership Chair

Shayla McNiven

Shayla is a school counselor at Riverton Middle School in Fremont Count School District #25 where she was once a student. She enjoys working with her amazing counseling team and the wonderful staff and students at RMS. Prior to Riverton, she worked at Arapahoe School as the K-8 counselor. She enjoys reading, being with family and friends, and her two very cute dogs, Snoopy and Sidra. 


Conference Chair

Erin Curtis

Erin is a School Counselor at Powell High School and the Shoshone Learning Center for PCSD1. In the past Erin has served in other WySCA roles but is excited to jump into this new responsibility as Conference Chair. When Erin is not working, she enjoys gardening, remodeling, and spending time with her husband as empty nesters.  Her three children are all currently in college and she revels in the times when they are all at home! Recently she has been enjoying her new role as Nana!

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