Steve is the Executive Director, overseeing the financial activities and program operations of the agency. He also provides grant management and human resources development. WSIL fulfills two important aspects of his life: Trying to make his community a better place to live and creating spreadsheets to analyze data. He has been Director since 2011 and has worked for WSIL since 2009. He is also a member of the State Independent Living Council, currently serving as Secretary.
Prior to working for WSIL, Steve practiced law for thirteen years in Missouri and Illinois as both a Prosecutor and Civil Attorney. He holds a Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University; as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University, where he majored in Political Science and Economics. Steve is originally from St. Louis and enjoys sports, history and having the best lawn on his block. He is a die-hard, life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan, coaches youth hockey, is a past President of Park County Youth Hockey, and has served on the Park County Arena Board. Steve lives in Cody with his wife and son.
Corey is the Independent Living Program Manager and serves consumers in Park County. He enjoys being able to help individuals increase their independence and also provides services for the Wyoming AgrAbility program, helping Farmers and Ranchers with a disability continue to work in agri-employment. Corey is also a member of the Rocky Mountain ADA Leadership Network, which helps educate individuals and locate entities on ADA guidelines.
Corey was born and raised in Wyoming and is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hunting, fishing, horseback riding and is passionate about being able to inspire other individuals with a disability to participate in recreation. He is also one of the co-founders for the Wyoming Disabled Hunters (WDH) program and he currently serves as president of the organization. WDH provides hunting opportunities for deer and elk, for disabled individuals. The organization’s goal is to provide an affordable hunting experience and life changing opportunities for individuals with a disability. Corey and his wife live just outside of Cody
Cathy Aardema serves as the Program Manager of the Self Directed Care Program and serves consumers in rural Park, Washakie, Big Horn and Fremont Counties. She was born and raised in Michigan. Cathy has her bachelors degree in Psychology and a masters degree in Administration and Organizational Leadership, both from Central Michigan University. In Michigan she worked for 22 years at a non profit organization whose mission was to increase the quality of life and promote independence for individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Mental Illness and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Cathy moved to Cody in 2012 to live closer to her niece who is now 6 and my twin nephews who are 3. After moving to Cody she worked as the Administrator of a local Home Health Care agency and also as a Special Education Para Educator at Sunset Elementary.
She is a huge sports fan, especially football and baseball and considers herself a die hard fan of the Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Lions, and Detroit Tigers. In her free time she enjoys 4 wheeling, spending time in the mountains or by the water, reading, traveling, and spending time with her niece and nephews.
Bryce is a Transportation Specialist serving consumers in Park, Big Horn, Hot Springs and Washakie Counties. He was born in Cody and raised in Powell. Bryce earned is Associates of Science Degree from Northwest College after graduating from Powell High School. He has lived in Powell virtually his entire life and is a proud member of that community. Bryce enjoys fishing and horseback riding and is passionate about hunting and downhill skiing. He has been a volunteer instructor for the Eagle Mount Ski Program in Red Lodge for the past ten years and is an original member of Wyoming Disabled Hunters.
Robin in an Independent Living Specialist and serves consumers in Park, Big Horn, Hot Springs and Washakie Counties. She is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is also a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Roane State Community College Paramedic program. She worked for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years before moving to Cody, Wyoming to do the D.A.R.E program for the Park County Sheriff’s Office. Robin also has an Associate’s Degree as a Paralegal from Anthem College.
Robin has always enjoyed jobs where she can help people and hopefully help make a difference in the lives of those around her. In the Summer, she enjoys hiking and taking pictures in Yellowstone and other scenic Wyoming places. In the winter, she enjoys reading, knitting and jewelry making. She also enjoys raising plants, spending time with friends and her 20 pound Maine Coon Cat.
Lesa serves as a Care Coordinator in the Self Directed Care Program for Park and Hot Springs Counties. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming. Lesa’s experience includes working as a CNA for two years within the State LTC center specializing in the care of Alzheimer’s patients, 2 1/2 years working in a day-hab and group home setting for individuals with a disability and 7 years as a Case Manager and Peer Specialist for individuals with SPMI conditions within a mental health setting.
Lesa is originally from Colbran, Colorado, but was raised in Powell and Frannie, Wyoming. She grew up reading as much as she could get her hands on, and riding bicycles and horses. She helped her dad with recalcitrant cows at 3:00 a.m., and befriended anyone not winning popularity contests. Lesa’s interests include: reading, gardening, playing guitar, training her mini-Dachshunds, bread making, crochet and macrame. During the summer, she enjoys making day trips to explore local and regional landscapes, while discovering quaint ice-cream shops and petroglyphs along the way.
Diana Marcum is the Youth Transition and Resource Coordinator for WSIL. She was born and raised in the mountains of Pennsylvania, hunting, fishing, and camping. She moved to Cody, and at the age of 40 decided to finish her education. She got her Associate Degree from Northwest College in Environmental Biology, and her Bachelors of Science from the University of Wyoming in Social Sciences, with an emphasis in Geography & Recreation. Since moving to Cody 18 years ago, Diana has worked as a seasonal forest ranger, for the County Engineer as a Traffic Technician, and for the school system as a substitute teacher and as a para educator for Sunset Elementary School. Riding four-wheelers, while camping and hunting is probably her favorite thing to do. She is married and has two dogs, a cat, and two mules. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and time helping youth with a disability of the area learn to live independently and enjoy life hopefully in the great outdoors.
Paula serves as a care coordinator in the Self Directed Care Program for Park and Big Horn Counties. Paula was born and raised in Cody, and served 12 years in the US Navy. After her discharge from Naval duty, she lived in Washington State for the next 20 years, returning home to Cody in 2013.
Paula received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education with a minor in Psychology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. She worked for 10 years with the State of Washington, of which was 2 years as a secretary for the Director of Nursing Service at Eastern State Hospital, a Mental Health Hospital; and then transferred to DSHS, Division of Developmental Disabilities and spent 8 years there as a Developmental Disability Case Manager.
Paula is a proud Disabled Veteran with two children, two dogs and a cat. Paula enjoys travelling, and misses the travel associated with her time in the Navy. She enjoys working with other individuals with a disability and advocating for people in need.