Established in 2021, we are a nonpartisan, nonprofit news operation dedicated to helping the community and fighting for the rights of local citizens.

We have been honored for virtually all aspects of our journalism, winning awards for long-form feature writing, general reporting, social justice reporting, editorials, political news, political features, education features, front page design, editorial cartoons and feature photography.


The Wyoming Truth, a nonpartisan news nonprofit, adheres to the principles of fair, accurate and thorough journalism. We follow the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, which means being accountable and transparent, minimizing harm, acting independently and seeking the truth and reporting it. We strive to publish impartial, informative stories that matter to local citizens, serving as a watchdog for the community.

The Wyoming Truth is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press. The Wyoming Truth is also a member of LION Publishers, a professional association for local independent news publishers in the U.S. and Canada.

The Team

Alec Klein

President, Co-Founder & Director of the Wyoming Truth

Alec Klein is an award-winning journalist formerly of the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal and a bestselling author who has created and run various nonprofit organizations aimed at helping people combat injustices. For many years, he ran an Illinois center, where he helped to set free several people from wrongful convictions and false accusations. More recently, he cofounded an Oklahoma nonprofit, where he helped set free dozens of inmates who were excessively sentenced. As the founder of Matthew 56 Investigations, he continues to help people fight injustices throughout the United States. Alec’s work has helped free several people who were unjustly sentenced to life in prison. His groundbreaking investigations have also uncovered a wide array of wrongdoing, leading to significant reforms, congressional hearings, changes in federal law, criminal convictions and more than half a billion dollars in government fines.

Among his investigations at the Washington Post, Alec conducted a yearlong investigation of AOL’s takeover of Time Warner. His investigation, based on hundreds of confidential AOL documents, showed how AOL secretly inflated its revenue to pull off the largest merger in U.S. history to create the biggest media company in the world. His investigation sparked investigations of AOL by the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Alec’s series also prompted the company, then called AOL Time Warner, to launch its own internal investigation of its accounting, which led the company to admit that it had improperly reported at least $190 million in advertising revenue, causing it to restate two years of financial results. The company agreed to pay $510 million to settle criminal and civil allegations that its AOL division improperly pumped up revenue before and after its merger with Time Warner. In the wake of Alec’s investigation, several top AOL executives were forced to resign, several business partners involved in AOL’s schemes were indicted and convicted on fraud charges and the AOL division that was the focus of his investigation was disbanded. For his coverage of AOL, Alec won the Gerald Loeb Award, business journalism’s highest honor. He won other awards, including from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in project reporting.

Alec is a frequent guest speaker throughout the world and on national television, radio, print and online.

Tom Fleener

General Counsel of the Wyoming Truth

Tom Fleener is the founding partner of the criminal defense firm of Fleener Petersen Law, LLC. Tom’s practice includes state and federal criminal defense in Wyoming, Colorado, and across the country. Tom has defended clients accused of nearly every crime possible, with a particular emphasis on complex federal and state drug conspiracies, white collar defense, sex crimes, and computer crimes. Tom began his legal career as a United States Army JAG Officer defending service members accused of committing crimes. By the time he left active duty he had compiled an unprecedented trial record by achieving dozens of acquittals in some of the military’s most complex and high-profile cases. After leaving active duty, Tom continued where he’d started – defending the innocent – this time in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In 2005, his reputation as an aggressive, top-notch federal defense attorney combined with his extraordinary record as an Army JAG led Tom to Guantanamo Bay where he was asked to defend alleged terrorist suspects scheduled to be tried by special military tribunals. Armed with a Top-Secret security clearance, Tom vigorously defended an alleged al Qaeda propagandist. His work led to him being profiled in the August 2007 edition of GQ magazine in a story titled, “The Defense Will Not Rest.” In addition to his criminal practice, Tom is a widely-sought out lecturer nationwide for his courtroom skills and Guantanamo Bay defense work. Tom is also an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law where he teaches trial advocacy and clinical skills.

Cynthia Hanson

Editor of the Wyoming Truth

Cynthia Hanson is a veteran journalist with 30+ years of experience writing for national publications. She has over 400 bylines to her credit in some 35 leading newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia magazine, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and Southwest Airlines Spirit. Throughout her career, Cynthia has covered a wide range of subjects—everything from legal issues and education to small business, rare medical conditions and lifestyle trends. Her articles span many genres: in-depth reporting, profiles, dramatic narratives, “as-told-tos” and Q&As.

After receiving her AB degree in political science from Brown University, Cynthia worked as a reporter for six years at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., before launching her freelance career. During the 1990s, she was a contributing editor to Chicago magazine. “Sex, Lies and Volleyball,” her Chicago story about a girls’ volleyball coach who was accused of sexual misconduct, appears in the anthology Women and Sport: A Documentary Reader (Northeastern, 2007). “The Big Cheat,” Cynthia’s in-depth report for Chicago about an academic cheating scandal at an urban high school, inspired the HBO movie “Cheaters.”

In addition to editing for the Wyoming Truth, Cynthia leverages her journalism skills to prepare job search documents (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, bios and cover letters) that help young professionals through C-suite executives launch to the next level of their careers.

Cynthia can be reached at cynthia@wyomingtruth.org.

CJ Baker

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

CJ Baker is a journalist based in Powell, Wyo., where he's lived since childhood. He studied journalism and political science at the University of Wyoming in Laramie before returning to his hometown to work for the Powell Tribune. In his time as a reporter, CJ has had the opportunity to cover all types of Wyoming news, with his stories published in outlets across the state and country. To get in touch, email cj@writesnews.com.

Ernest Beck

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

With a background in journalism, most notably as a Wall Street Journal staff reporter and contributing writer to the New York Times and Bloomberg Businessweek, Ernest Beck combines editorial rigor with accessible language that speaks directly to multiple audiences. His writing spans the worlds of business, urbanism, technology, sustainability, design and innovation, drug policy  and nonprofits. Most recently, as chief content officer of the Rosenthal Center for Addiction Studies, he led a communications effort to help shape national drug policy. Ernest is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University.

Kaycee Clark-Mellott

Web Editor for the Wyoming Truth

Kaycee Clark-Mellott graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2023 with bachelor’s degrees in communication and journalism. He is now working towards his master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A Cheyenne native, Kaycee has interned at several radio stations in Cheyenne and Laramie, including live broadcasts of high school football, basketball and baseball. Kaycee previously covered UW for the Wyoming Truth and served as the radio engineer and on-site producer for Wyoming Sports Properties’ broadcasts of UW’s football and men’s basketball games. Kaycee can be reached at kayceeclarkm@gmail.com.

David Dudley

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

David Dudley is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, High Country News, Sierra Club magazine, Chron.com, Youth Today, The Crime Report, Zenger News and St. George News, among other publications. He has covered city and state government, economics, public safety, arts and sports. David also was a 2021-2022 Guggenheim Crime in America Fellow at John Jay College. In addition to his work as reporter, David is an award-winning playwright. His play "800 Days of Solitude" won the Christian H. Moe Playwriting Award in 2018. He can be reached for tips and story ideas at daviddudley@gmail.com.

Kristi Eaton

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

Kristi Eaton is a freelance journalist who covers a variety of topics, including rural America, social justice, entrepreneurship, travel and others. A former staff reporter for the Associated Press, her freelance work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Yonder and elsewhere. Visit her website at KristiEaton.com or follow her on Twitter at KristiEaton. She is always interested in possible story ideas and can be reached at kristi.eaton@gmail.com.

Ellen Fike

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

Ellen Fike is a freelance writer in Cheyenne, which she has called home for nearly a decade. Ellen holds an undergraduate degree in mass communications from Southeast Missouri State University and a master's degree in communications and journalism from the University of Wyoming. She has worked for the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cowboy State Daily, the Laramie Boomerang and the Topeka Capital-Journal, among other media outlets. In her free time, Ellen acts in a local theater troupe (True Troupe) and loves spending time with her cats and beagle, Cooper. She can be reached for story ideas at elfylucille@gmail.com.

Grace Foulk

Contributing Broadcaster for the Wyoming Truth

Grace Foulk has been covering news in Wyoming since 2018, when she and her husband moved to the Mountain West. Since then, Grace has covered multiple election seasons, a handful of legislative sessions and one of the largest wildfires in Wyoming history. She's also had fun during her time in Wyoming: Grace won an award from the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters for a story where she cut down a Christmas tree in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, and she reported on the return of Big Boy no. 4014. Grace is excited to keep Wyoming informed through her “Weekly Roundup” videos.

Jacob Gardenswartz

Washington, D.C., Correspondent for the Wyoming Truth

Jacob Gardenswartz is an experienced freelance multimedia journalist based in Washington, D.C., reporting on Cowboy State politics and policy from the nation's capital. Previously, he served on NBC News' White House team covering the Trump and Biden administrations, and reported on health policy and the pandemic response for The American Independent. Jacob is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and hails from San Diego, California. He can be reached for tips and story ideas on Twitter at @gardenswartzj.

Amber Gibson

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

Amber Gibson studied journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, graduating as class valedictorian. As a journalist, Amber is most passionate about travel, food, wine and wellness. She has covered these topics for dozens of media outlets, including Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Bon Appétit, NBC and NPR, among others. She can be reached for tips and story ideas on Instagram @amberyv.

Samuel Gilbert

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

Samuel Gilbert graduated from the University of New Mexico with degrees in anthropology and American studies before starting his journalism career at a small newspaper in Ramallah, Palestine. Since returning to the United States in 2015, his work has been published by the Daily Beast, Al Jazeera, Vice, the Guardian, the Washington Post and other publications.

Carrie Haderlie

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

Carrie Haderlie is a Wyoming native who has lived and worked throughout the state. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wyoming and spent nearly a decade as a community journalist in Wyoming newsrooms. Now a freelance journalist, she covers topics that matter to the West, including government, agriculture, tourism, environmental and economic issues, the energy industry and more. She has earned Wyoming Press Association Pacemaker awards for both water rights stories and local government coverage. When she’s not researching her next story, Carrie loves to read, run marathons and spend time outside with her family. She can be reached at may.carrie@gmail.com.


Jennifer Kocher

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

Jennifer Kocher is a freelance journalist living in northeast Wyoming. She specializes in social justice reporting, including missing persons, human trafficking, housing disparities and others. Jennifer has reported in Wyoming for more than a decade, and her byline has appeared in numerous regional publications, including Cowboy State Daily, Wyofile, Wyoming Business Report and more. Jennifer holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Miami University in Ohio and master’s degrees in writing from the University of Colorado and University of Montana. Jennifer is interested in story ideas and can be reached at jenniferckocher@gmail.com

Kevin McQuaid

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

Kevin McQuaid has been a journalist for over three decades, both as a reporter and an editor, covering a wide variety of topics—from city government to business and the environment to utilities. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, several New York Times Co. newspapers, Inc. magazine and other publications. Kevin also is the author of three children’s books and a forthcoming historical novel set in ancient Rome. In his spare time, he sells and leases commercial real estate, cooks and runs half marathons. Kevin can be reached for story ideas at klmcquaid@hotmail.com.

Marko Ruble

Podcast Contributor for the Wyoming Truth

Marko Ruble is a lifelong Wyoming resident, entrepreneur, artist and father living in Cody. He is the Co-founder & CEO of yerguides.io, an early-stage startup transforming travel maps into smart maps infused with insider tips and insights for digital nomads and DIY travelers. Marko also founded WHAT Fest, a decentralized music and arts festival bringing the arts to rural Wyoming 18 years running. In his spare time, Marko can be found hunting down Wyoming’s identity: “Are we the Cowboy State, the Mineral State or the Equality State?”  He can be reached for podcast ideas/rants at beyondtherangepodcast@gmail.com.

Sarah Scoles

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

Sarah Scoles is a freelance journalist based in rural south-central Colorado. She writes about science and technology's impacts on society, land and resource use and shifting dynamics in the American West. With articles in publications such as the New York Times, Wired, Popular Science and Scientific American, she is the author of the books Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers and Astronomical Mindfulness, as well as the forthcoming Mass Defect: Life in the New Nuclear Age. Sarah’s work has won awards from the American Geophysical Union and the American Astronomical Society. Previously, she was an associate editor at Astronomy and a public education officer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. Sarah can be reached at sarah.scoles@gmail.com.

Matt Stirn

Contributing Photographer for the Wyoming Truth

Matt Stirn is a photojournalist and archaeologist from Jackson, Wyoming. He holds a graduate degree in Environmental Archaeology and has spent more than a decade studying ancient cultures in the mountains of Northwestern Wyoming. As a journalist, Matt is passionate about covering conservation topics and often works alongside field researchers and nonprofit organizations to write and photograph stories about history, nature and culture for publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine and the BBC.

Shen Wu Tan

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

Shen Wu Tan is a former reporter and assistant web developer for the Wyoming Truth. She previously worked as a general assignment reporter at the Washington Times in D.C. and at the Altoona Mirror in central Pennsylvania. Shen has a journalism degree from Northwestern University and an English degree from Washington State University. While enrolled at Northwestern, she was selected as one of 10 student journalists to help investigate the 1976 quadruple murder case of William Thomas Zeigler, a Florida death row inmate. For three months, she worked as a reporting intern for the Weekend Argus in Cape Town, South Africa. Shen can be contacted at shenwu@wyomingtruth.org.

Melissa Thomasma

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

Born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Melissa Thomasma lives with her two children on the western edge of the state. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies and Human Rights from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in American History from the University of Montana. Melissa’s storytelling interests are diverse. Her bylines in JH Style Magazine, Dishing Magazine, Jackson Hole Magazine and PlanetJH, among others, explore topics that include mountain lifestyle, social justice, regional history and environmental issues. She’s always interested in overlooked perspectives, underrepresented voices, untold histories and off-the-beaten-path stories. Melissa can be reached at mt@melissathomasma.com.

Bob Wooley

Contributing Writer for the Wyoming Truth

Bob Wooley is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Colorado Sun, Taos News and Denver’s Westword. He studied journalism at Palomar College and Arizona State University, and worked as a writer/producer in broadcast news for over nine years before making the jump to print. In the course of his career, Bob has won numerous awards, including two regional Emmys for broadcast work and a Colorado Press Association award for “Best Feature Story” while writing for Colorado Community Media. An experienced photojournalist and editorial photographer, Bob has photographed feature stories for 5280 Magazine and contributed work to the Atlantan; he also photographed dozens of stories for various newspapers in Colorado. When not busy writing, Bob can often be found camping and fishing with his son, restoring a vintage Land Cruiser or traveling and making photos throughout the American West. He can be reached for story ideas at bob@bobwooley.com.

Advisory Board

Rhonda Bear

A Claremore, Oklahoma, business owner, Rhonda Bear has dedicated her life to giving women a second chance at life. After spending time in one of Oklahoma's prisons, she realized that everyone deserves another chance at living their life to the fullest. She has created 13 transitional homes for women to better transition back into society. Rhonda is also the founder of She Brews Coffee House, a retail chain which provides opportunities for women reentering into society after struggling with problems like drug addiction. She also works for Standing in the Gap's Women in Transition program.

Mike Crothers

Mike Crothers, chairman and director of the Wyoming Truth, was a Teton county resident for thirteen years. During that time he invested in local businesses and helped them to grow. He also helped found and fund local nonprofits. Prior to moving to Jackson Hole, Mike’s family owned one of the oldest, largest and most successful businesses in downtown Jackson for over 25 years. He continues to invest in and support small businesses in Jackson Hole. Mike was a founding contributor of the not-for-profit Advocates for Multi-Use of Public Lands, which has over 2,000 members and has helped to keep over 170,000 acres, some of the last usable national forest, for local use.

Lindsay Dreis

Lindsay Dreis, a coordinator at the Wyoming Truth, is a law student at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, Lindsay plans to pursue a career as a public defender to represent individuals who do not have the means to hire independent legal assistance. Additionally, she hopes to work in policy reform to improve the American criminal justice system. Her passion for criminal defense sparked during her time as an apprentice at a criminal defense firm, Tuckers Solicitors, in London. There, Lindsay assisted barristers with cases involving major felonies, white collar crimes, misdemeanors, police misconduct and public defense. After, Lindsay served as an associate manager on the business development team at the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit that aims to improve the effectiveness of the federal government by collecting and analyzing federal employee engagement data, supporting legislation that improves employee satisfaction and facilitating leadership development programs for a plethora of agencies. During her time at the Partnership, she drafted the organization’s social media content, designed and analyzed surveys for leadership development programs and served as the relationship manager for the Department of Homeland Security. Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree in government and international politics and political journalism from George Mason University.

Rodney Fisher

Rodney Fisher understands at a deep level the problems with the justice system. In Oklahoma, his life sentence was recently commuted by the parole board and the governor and he was set free. Rodney served more than 30 years for little more than a series of purse snatchings. He continues to maintain his innocence and fight to clear his name.

Kelsey Fleener

Kelsey Fleener is a Wyoming native with deep roots in the Cowboy state. Kelsey is a decorated amateur golfer, winning the first individual state championship for Green River High School, the Wyoming Junior Amateur and the Wyoming State Amateur. Kelsey attended Weber State University where she was a starter for the Wildcats golf team, earning academic accolades while earning her degree in marketing and advertising. Kelsey graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law and worked as an associate for the boutique criminal defense firm of Fleener Petersen. While an active-duty captain in the Army JAG Corps, Kelsey’s passions are service and justice reform.

Tom Fleener

Tom Fleener is the founding partner of the criminal defense firm of Fleener Petersen Law, LLC. Tom’s practice includes state and federal criminal defense in Wyoming, Colorado, and across the country. Tom has defended clients accused of nearly every crime possible, with a particular emphasis on complex federal and state drug conspiracies, white collar defense, sex crimes, and computer crimes. Tom began his legal career as a United States Army JAG Officer defending service members accused of committing crimes. By the time he left active duty he had compiled an unprecedented trial record by achieving dozens of acquittals in some of the military’s most complex and high-profile cases. After leaving active duty, Tom continued where he’d started – defending the innocent – this time in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In 2005, his reputation as an aggressive, top-notch federal defense attorney combined with his extraordinary record as an Army JAG led Tom to Guantanamo Bay where he was asked to defend alleged terrorist suspects scheduled to be tried by special military tribunals. Armed with a Top-Secret security clearance, Tom vigorously defended an alleged al Qaeda propagandist. His work led to him being profiled in the August 2007 edition of GQ magazine in a story titled, “The Defense Will Not Rest.” In addition to his criminal practice, Tom is a widely-sought out lecturer nationwide for his courtroom skills and Guantanamo Bay defense work. Tom is also an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law where he teaches trial advocacy and clinical skills.

Jodi Garvey

Jodi Garvey is a partner and founding member of Blegen & Garvey, a criminal defense firm in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Garvey has spent her entire twenty-year legal career representing individuals charged with federal and state offenses. In the past ten years, Ms. Garvey has focused her practice on the representation of individuals on appeal, in post-conviction proceedings and federal habeas corpus matters. Exonerating those wrongfully convicted of crimes is a primary focus of her practice, as well as reviewing cases of excessive sentencing.

Elizabeth Greenwood

Juris Doctorate University of Wyoming 1982; BA Economics; Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, 1977, Junior Year Abroad, University of Bath, Bath, England, 1995-96; Law School at the University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, 1991-92 to qualify as a Barrister and Solicitor in Western Australia.

Sole practitioner from 1995 to present of Greenwood Law, LLC; D’Alessandro and Associates Law, Perth, WA, 1990-1995; served on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee (as council), Immigration and Refugee Policy Subcommittee; 1982-1984; Attorney at Spence, Moriarity, and Schuster, Jackson, WY;1986-1989; professional memberships - Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association; Wyoming State Bar; Law Society of Western Australia.

Trustee for the University of Wyoming, appointed March 2021; past board member - Sublette County Retirement Center, Pinedale Fine Arts.

Fourth generation Wyoming native; Elizabeth lives in Pinedale, Wyoming, has one daughter, Hannah Mae Brown, and two step-sons, Damon Brown and Patrick Brown, along with five grandchildren all who live in Western Australia.

Edward Klein

Edward Klein is a well-known editor, public speaker and a #1 New York Times bestselling author with a distinguished career in American journalism. Klein won admission to Stanford University before transferring to Columbia University, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees. After graduating, he traveled throughout Asia as a foreign correspondent for United Press International. Upon his return to New York, he joined Newsweek, where he became foreign editor and then assistant managing editor with jurisdiction over foreign and military affairs. From Newsweek, he joined The New York Times. As editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine, he led this flagship publication of the Sunday Times to new heights of public interest and editorial excellence. During his editorship, The New York Times Magazine won the first Pulitzer Prize in its history. Since leaving The Times, Klein has written many articles for Vanity Fair and other national magazines. For Parade, he wrote “Walter Scott’s Personality Parade,” the most widely read column in the English language. His eleven nonfiction books have all appeared on The New York Times Best Seller List.

Rex A. Mann

Rex A. Mann, a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on patent litigation and other intellectual property matters. He also works on commercial matters, often involving technology companies or complex technology. Rex’s work has garnered him honors by his peers, including being named one of the Top 100 Up-and-Coming Attorneys in Texas by Super Lawyers in 2020. Rex began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable T. John Ward in the Eastern District of Texas, and he has experience in all phases of trial, including voir dire, opening, closing, direct examination, and cross-examination of witnesses. In addition to his civil trial work, Rex spent three months on loan as an assistant district attorney in Dallas County, where he tried numerous criminal jury trials to verdict and obtained a guilty verdict in every one.

Dixie McCollum

Dixie McCollum is a third-year law student at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she serves as editor-in-chief of the South Carolina Law Review. Dixie has also been elected twice to serve on the Student Bar Association and as a peer mentor for incoming law students. Prior to attending law school, Dixie attended the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics with a focus in genetic epidemiology. Upon her graduation, she attended Wofford College where she double majored in Spanish and international affairs. During this time, Dixie studied abroad in Chile, Germany and Spain. She also completed a summer at Bard College in New York City with a focus on international security. Dixie graduated summa cum laude and was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa for her academic achievements. Although Dixie is still in law school, she has worked at three nationally recognized law firms in Columbia, Greenville, Charlotte and New York City. Her areas of focus have included state and local taxation, employment law, ERISA benefits and data management. This past summer, Dixie worked under leading criminal defense attorney Dick Mulligan in Jackson, Wyoming, where she helped partake in a five-day criminal trial. When she is not absorbed with learning more about the law, Dixie enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her beagle, Copper. She is passionate about using her knowledge to help others and believes the Wyoming Truth is the perfect organization to channel her skills.

Inga Parsons

Inga Parsons is a multi-generational native of Kelly, Wyoming—three of her four grandparents were born in Kelly. She attended Harvard University and then went on to Columbia Law School. She was a summer associate for Gerry Spence and decided not to take their offer as she wanted to do public interest. After a federal clerkship in California, she worked as a federal public defender in Manhattan and then went on to teach at the federal defender clinic at New York University School of Law for eight years. She hung out her shingle in 2003 where she has been of counsel to Elizabeth Greenwood for nearly 20 years. She also provides indigent representation as a Federal Criminal Justice Act lawyer in the District of Massachusetts and the Southern District of New York when she is not litigating in Wyoming at the Greenwood Law firm. She is the author of Fourth Amendment: Practice and Procedure and co-author of Practice Commentaries to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. She fights for those who cannot fight for themselves to hold the government accountable when wielding the power of prosecution. She truly believes that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Marisa Rosen

Marisa Kuhn Rosen, director of the Wyoming Truth's Juvenile Justice Initiative, was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut where she raced sailboats competitively on the Long Island Sound. Marisa attended Denison University and double majored in mathematics and economics. After graduating, she worked in Milan, Italy, for an aerospace company and Merrill Lynch in New York City. Marisa then received an MBA from Columbia University after which she worked at Lehman Brothers before moving back to Connecticut to raise a family. There, she dedicated her free time as a board member and treasurer of the Near and Far Aid Association, a nonprofit organization that provides funding for projects that address the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County. Ten years ago Marisa and her family moved to Jackson, Wyoming, where she is the director of operations of Elevation Medical Imaging.

Elisabeth M.W. Trefonas

Elisabeth M. W. Trefonas graduated with a bachelor of science in microbiology from UC Santa Barbara in 1999 and graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law in 2005. She moved from San Diego to Jackson Hole, where she opened Trefonas Law, P.C., in 2006 with a mission to provide exceptional representation and access to justice for her community. She was one of only three attorneys with expertise in immigration law in the entire state of Wyoming and the only Spanish/English speaking attorney in the region until other associates joined the firm. She continues to provide access to the legal system for a severely under-represented segment of the population. In fact, the Spanish-speaking community makes up almost 15% of the population in Wyoming and an estimated 30% of the population in Jackson Hole. She represents clients in deportation matters, affirmative benefits applications, and civil and criminal matters throughout the United States and internationally. In addition to her private practice, from 2010 to 2013, Ms. Trefonas was an Assistant Appellate Public Defender, arguing before the Wyoming Supreme Court over a dozen times. In 2013, she became the Supervising Assistant Public Defender in Teton and Sublette Counties, and remains the only full-time Public Defender in that region. She is admitted to the Wyoming and California State Bars, the 10th and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Executive Offices of Immigration Review. Ms. Trefonas was featured in the article "Lady Justice, How one woman is waging the battle for Jackson's Voiceless," November 8, 2016. https://archive.planetjh.com/2016/11/08/feature-lady-justice/

Summer Interns 2023

Karter Dunham

University of Wyoming


Jessica Evans

University of Wyoming

Graduate Student

Genevieve Perea

University of Wyoming


Kayleigh Smith

Laramie County Community College

2023 Graduate

Summer Interns 2022

Gabrielle Despain

University of Wyoming, College of Law

2nd-year law student

Nicholas Espenan

University of Wyoming, College of Law

3rd-year law student

Yaritza Sanchez Castrejon

University of Colorado, Boulder


Clay Simpson

University of Wyoming, College of Law

3rd-year law student

Summer Interns 2021

Reid Burrows

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

2nd-year law student

Aline Garcia-Lopez

University of Wyoming


Shawn C. Gremp

University of Wyoming


Cristian D.C. Soles

University of Wyoming


Madeline Thulin

University of Colorado Boulder

2020 graduate