Meet The Board
The Crook County Promotion board is responsible for promoting the growth and development of Crook County in Wyoming. The board was established on the 26th day of July, 1989. A Joint Powers Agreement between the towns of Sundance, Hulett, Moorcroft, Pine Haven, and the board of County Commissioners of Crook County, Wyoming had been signed on the 13th day of July 1989 which paved the way for the Promotion Board to be created.
Steve Lenz, a lifelong entrepreneur, joined the Crook County Tourism Promotion Board in 2016. He graduated from Sundance High School in 1981 and is a 1983 President’s Honor Roll, Phi Theta Kappa, Business graduate from Sheridan College. He and his wife Kathy have owned, operated or started businesses in Sundance for 27 years. Among them are Black Iron Guns & The Vault, Off the Grid Sports, Sundance Hardware, Mountain View Campground, Country Cottage & Yogurt Garden, Sundance Subway, and a food truck — Chuckwagon Concession Co.
Steve currently owns Black Iron Guns/The Vault. As a Business Consultant he is working/volunteering on “awakening the brand” of Sundance, Wyoming. During his two-year campaign to help Sundance become a Main Street Affiliate Community, he co-authored a $33K WBC BRC grant for a Community Assessment & Downtown Plan. He’s actively involved in the restoration of Old Stoney and co-authored a $3 million grant that will position the building to be the future home of the Crook County Museum and Cultural Center.
Joleen Hart is vice president of the Crook County Promotion Board. She was in the insurance business for 25 years as an insurance agent, agency manager and agency owner. After her insurance career, Joleen owned and operated the Buffalo Jump Saloon and Steakhouse for five years.
Joleen has served on several boards including the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, Sundance Chamber of Commerce, Insurance Women, two different homeowner association boards, and is currently president of the Ranch A Restoration Foundation.
Joleen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota in Duluth.
Kendra Meidinger was born and raised west of Hulett, Wyo., graduating from Hulett High School in 2001. She graduated from BHSU with a bachelors degree in Outdoor Education. She went on to work as a park ranger at Devils Tower National Monument and for the Wyoming Office of Tourism. Kendra is currently the general manager at the Diamond 7 Bar Guest Ranch near Alva, Wyo. Kendra’s civic work includes serving with AmeriCorps NCCC where she received the President’s award for National and Community Service in 2005. She has also served as chairperson of the Devils Tower Natural History Association and currently is the treasurer of the Crook County Promotion Board representing the town of Pine Haven, as well as serving on the Black Hills and Badlands Tourism Association Board.
Kendra, her husband, Trampas and their 3 children; Jilian, Aubrey and Eli live near Alva and enjoy spending time with family, on the ranch, and hunting in Wyoming.
Cynthia Clonch has served on the Crook County Promotion Board since 2013. Cynthia, along with her husband, Don, have resided in Moorcroft for the past 13 years, and both believe in civic and community responsibility.
Cynthia is the Director of West Texas Trail Museum, enjoying this position since April 2013. Cynthia is a member of the Moorcroft Area Chamber of Commerce, serving as secretary. She serves on the Moorcroft Senior Center Board and is a member of the Moorcroft Booster Club. Cynthia is active in the Moorcroft Historical Society and Crook County Museum District. She is a member of Wyoming State Historical Society, Colorado/Wyoming Association of Museums, Vore Buffalo Jump, Rockpile Museum, and the Great Western Cattle Trail Drive Association.
Cynthia is a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she serves as the pianist/organist for the Parish and has actively been involved in religious education, youth groups, RCIA program, music ministry, and the Southwest Liturgical Conference delegation. Cynthia’s hobbies include reading, piano, swimming, watching KU basketball, and playing with her grandchildren. Cynthia states , “Having raised nine children, I understand the value of time and the meaning of compromise. It is a privilege to serve on the Crook County Promotion Board.”
Andrea Driskill Wood
Andrea Driskill Wood is a Crook County native who grew up in shadow of Devils Tower. As a child she learned the ropes of the tourism industry working under the tutelage of her mother and grandmother at the Devils Tower Trading Post and Devils Tower KOA. In high school she capitalized on the allure of the American West by operating a successful horseback riding business as part of her FFA projects. Andrea graduated from Hulett High School in 2002 and holds education degrees from the University of Wyoming, Chadron State College and Black Hills State University.
She currently teaches English Language Arts at Moorcroft High School where she also serves as the yearbook advisor. She remains active in the tourism industry as the hiring manager and special events coordinator for the Devils Tower KOA. Andrea and her husband, Matthew, operate Deer Creek Ranch near Keyhole State Reservoir where their two young children are learning the importance of agriculture and tourism.