Leaders nominated for WACCT

Six people associated with Laramie County Community College have been nominated to receive leadership awards from the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees.

WACCT is a nonprofit organization of community college governing boards. According to wacct.org, this organization strives to promote the constant excellence, strength, energy and effectiveness of its members to strengthen community college education.

The annual WACCT awards and legislative reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, at Little America. The WACCT will present awards at 5 p.m., and a reception will follow at 6:30 p.m. Announcement of the winning nominees will be posted online at wingspan.lccc.wy.edu.

Brenda Lyttle

Brenda Lyttle was nominated for the trustee leadership award that recognizes an individual's exceptional service on a board of trustees. Lyttle has been a member of LCCC’s board since 2006, and during that time she has helped make communications at the college more transparent. In the WACCT nomination form, President Dr. Joe Schaffer wrote, “When Lyttle was elected chairwoman of the board in 2011, LCCC was experiencing challenges with leadership, and she made it a priority to face those challenges head on. Lyttle is a vocal advocate for the arts, dealing with the college and the community.” Lyttle and her husband, John, created the John and Brenda Lyttle Theater Scholarship for theater students at LCCC. The scholarship has been awarded through the LCCC Foundation for the past three years.   

Darlene Kaelin

The coordinator of the lifelong learning center, Darlene Kaelin, was nominated for the classified staff member of the year, which can be handed out to any full-time employee. Kaelin began her employment at LCCC nine years ago as an administrative assistant in the workforce and professional development office. In the WACCT nomination form, Dean Maryellen Tast explained the absolute level of professionalism and work ethic Kaelin brings to LCCC as well as the help promoting LCCC as a well-respected organization.

Kari Brown-Herbst

The next employee of nomination was Kari Brown-Herbst as LCCC’s faculty member of the year. She started at LCCC in the fall of 2009 as an instructor of Internet technology. In the WACCT nominations form, colleague Roger Findley described her as a hard-working advocate for all students, LCCC and the community college system. She has served as one of the lead faculty to pilot LCCC’s new learning management system for the delivery of online classes. Herbst is also the co-chair of the LCCC Center for Teaching and Learning. She has helped develop the college’s newly re-formed College Council, a representative shared governance body designed to ensure that the college achieves the institution’s mission.  

George McIlvaine

George McIlvaine was nominated as LCCC’s Foundation volunteer of the year. McIlvaine began his service to LCCC in 2006, serving as a member of the LCCC Board of Trustees. He has been a friend of the LCCC Foundation for many years, sharing both his time and resources, while also playing an active role in the Cheyenne community. McIlvaine and his wife, Mary, received the LCCC’s Lifetime Heritage Award in 2010, given every two years to a person or family in recognition of their support of LCCC, and it also provides an opportunity to recognize their commitment to the Cheyenne community. Foundation employee Lisa Trimble described him as a family man, a good samaritan, a helping hand when it’s needed and a champion of higher education.

Mary Henning

Mary Henning was nominated as LCCC’s professional staff member of the year. Henning has served as the full-time librarian at LCCC’s Albany County Campus in Laramie since 2008. Prior to coming to LCCC, Henning worked with the University of Wyoming libraries in various capacities and as Wyoming liaison for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Midcontinental Region.
In the WACCT form, ACC Interim Vice President Kathleen Urban emphasized, Henning’s “students-first” attitude that helps ease the transition from high school to college for many first-generation students. Urban noted Henning ensures all students who visit the library or the teaching and learning center feel as if they are an essential part of the college community.

Daniel Russell

Daniel Russell was nominated as LCCC’s student of the year. Russell earned LCCC’s President’s Honor Roll for the fall 2012 semester. He currently serves as a representative on the LCCC Student Fee Allocation Committee, the LCCC Budget Process Committee and the LCCC Student Government Association. He was described as energetic, positive and driven. “He is concerned not only with his own goals for higher education but also for the interests of his fellow students,” said student services employee Danielle Saulsberry. “Daniel will go far in the world, and I for one am honored he chose LCCC as his starting point.”



Darlene Kaelin

Darlene Kaelin

Kari Brown-Herbst

Kari Brown-Herbst

George McIlvaine

George McIlvaine

Mary Henning

Daniele Russle