Louis J. Roussalis, MD
President of the Board of Directors
Dr. Louis J. Roussalis has been a Central Wyoming Counseling Center Board Member since 1975. A native of Casper, Dr. Lou graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his MD degree from the University of Tulane Medical School, Louisiana. He interned at the University of Kansas Medical Center, with a residency in family practice at Tulane and post residency at the Aerospace Center U.S. Air Force Brooks Center, TX. Dr. Roussalis has held multiple university appointments (University of Wyoming, Creighton Medical School, University of Notre Dame, Kings College and Preceptors for University at Baum, Germany). His professional positions have included: Chief of Staff at Wyoming Medical Center; Co-Founder and past president of the Academy of Family Physicians of the State of Wyoming; past president of the Wyoming State Board of Medical Examiners; and a member of the the Statewide Planning for Vocational Rehabilitation and Mental Illness. Dr. Roussalis is a past president of the Wyoming Association of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers (WAMHSAC) Board of Directors and continues to be an active member of that state-wide board. Lou lives in Casper with his wife.
Ronald R. Karkela, CLU
Vice-President of the Board of Directors
Mr. Karkela is the Managing Partner of New York Life for Wyoming, Western South Dakota and Western Nebraska. His job entails recruiting, training and managing the general office. Ron has owned and operated three convenience stores and been a regional air traffic controller in Minnesota before joining NYL in 1990. Mr. Karkela has served in various capacities for non-profit organizations in Minnesota and North Dakota and has been a member of the CWCC Board of Directors since 2006. Ron and his wife Linda have lived in Casper for six years and have four adult children and two granddaughters. They enjoy visiting their cabin in Northern Minnesota.
Dennis R. Howard, CPA, CVA Treasurer Board Of Directors
Mr. Howard graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1970. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant, is a Certified Valuation Analyst and has received this designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. Mr. Howard has been a CWCC Board Member for over 20 years. He is a CPA with the Firm of Porter, Muirhead, Cornia & Howard. Dennis previously worked for a national CPA firm in Denver, before his move to Casper Wyoming. Dennis has an interest in the success of the Casper community. He is currently the President of the Boy Scouts Council. Dennis, his wife and their family have lived in Casper for over thirty-five years.
Secretary of the Board of Directors
Ms. Carol Chapman has been a member of the Central Wyoming Counseling Center Board of Directors since 2010. Carol spent 14 year as a primary grade teacher before joining her husband, Larry Chapman, at Chapman Trucking, Co., Inc. on a full time basis in 1985 until the company was sold in 2005. As partner and co-owner of C-Can Rentals, LLC from its inception in 1999 until is sale in 2006, Ms. Chapman served as secretary/treasurer as well as her retail work as owner and operator Treasure Chest Miniatures store. Carol has had numerous articles published in national craft magazines and special interest magazines as well as creating her own publication, Flitterings. She has served on the Wyoming Trucking Association Board of Directors and on the Colorado Neurological Institute’s (which is associated with Swedish Hospital in Englewood, Colorado) Board. After the death of her husband in 2009, Carol continues to multi-task: she manages her commercial building rental company, CL Properties, LLC; serves on the board of directors of the Casper Artist’s Guild; as well as works on a limited basis in human resources for USA Trucking, LLC of Casper. Carol is proud to call Casper home.
Rev. Dr. Bryant D. Badger, D.Min.
Dr. Badger received his B.S. in Religious Education from Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma, 1961. He received his M.Div. at Phillips Graduate Seminary, Enid, Oklahoma, in 1965. He was ordained on June 6, 1965, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa @ 1st Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dr. Badger received his Doctor of Ministry, form Phillips Graduate Seminary, at Enid, Oklahoma in 1978. Dr. Gadger retired as pastor, in 2008 after 25 years, from the 1st Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in Casper, WY. He has been a minister for 45 years.
He has authored/edited three books. He is a member of the Lion’s Club, the Wyoming Conference of Churches and served on the Board of Central Rocky Mountain Region of Christian Churches. He has served as President of the “Servants United” and has been a volunteer Chaplain for the Natrona County Sheriff’s Department and the Wyoming Medical Center. He also served as adjunct staff at Caper College and is a member of the Casper Artists Guild.
Bryant has been a Board member of Central Wyoming Counseling Center for over 25 years. His hobbies include gardening, boating & fishing and painting.
Dr. Badger and his wife, of over 50 years, live in Casper and have two lovely daughters with families of their own.
Samantha P. Benton
Samantha has been with First Interstate Bank since 2000 specializing in Hospitality Lending and has been the Commercial Loan Manager at First Interstate Bank since January 2012. A Board member of Central Wyoming Counseling Center since 2010, she currently serves as the Vice President for CASA of Natrona County, is a member of the credit committee for the SBA 504 program and a Board Member of the Wyoming Lodging Restaurant Association & Education Foundation. Samantha has her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Wyoming and is a 2009 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Samantha lives in Casper, Wyoming with her husband Neil.
Mr. Opella has been a CWCC Board member since 2007. Ed retired as owner of Falcon Pump and Supply of Mills WY in 2000. He served as a member of the Casper City Council for four years and was Mayor of Casper for 2 years. Ed served on the Wyoming Highway Commission for 6 years and the Natrona County Commissioners for 4 years. Mr. Opella currently serves as Natrona County's Director of Human Resources. Ed and his wife have lived in Casper Wyoming since 1984.
Jamie M. Woolsey
Ms. Woolsey is a licensed attorney in the State of California and the State of Wyoming and has had a litigation practice in Casper, Wyoming since 2005. Jamie’s law practice includes primarily state and federal criminal law, domestic relations, as well as personal injury litigation throughout the state. Ms. Woolsey’s interest in joining the Board of Central Wyoming Counseling Center was based on her desire to further cooperation and integration of mental health services with the justice system. Jamie graduated from UCLA in 1999 and received her law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 2003.
Mr. Patterson received his undergraduate degree in Political Science with emphasis on Public Administration. After receiving his MBA in Finance from the University of Georgia, he went to work as Finance Director for North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. John has served for 35 years in local government; and over 27 years of that as a City Manager. John is on the Executive Board for United Way of Natrona County; on the Executive Committee for the Boy Scouts of America, Central Wyoming Council; has also served for 11 years as a Board Member for Pioneer Valley Hospital; and 8 years as a Board Member of Chamber West. Since his arrival in Casper, John has become a member of the Casper Rotary Club. John enjoys skiing, golfing, hiking, running, racquetball and wakeboarding. When not working, John prefers spending time with his wife and their children.