Cara Eastwood, who served as the press secretary for Wyoming governor from 2007–2009, is employed by Linden, a research-based marketing, branding and graphic design firm. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and anthropology in 2000. After spending several years as a photojournalist at newspapers in Colorado, Washington, Kansas and Tennessee, she came to Wyoming as photographer/writer for the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle in Cheyenne where she served as its outdoor editor. Her work has been published in USA Today, on Time.com and in American Photo Magazine. Before working in newspapers, Eastwood worked in a professional photographic lab as a black-and-white printer. Her darkroom experience and familiarity with modern digital technology help her bridge the fundamental photographic processes taught at LCCC with the more computerized, digital future of the art. Eastwood is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, and her work has been recognized for excellence in NPPA regional competitions as well as press associations in several states. In 2004, she received two Pacemaker awards from the Wyoming Press Association for both writing and photography. In 2009, Eastwood was named the Adjunct Faculty of the Year for the LCCC Arts and Humanities Division.
Douglas McGee, who is the public affairs manager for the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), teaches “Desktop Video/Audio Production.” His weekly “WYDOT Report” appears on TV stations throughout Wyoming. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting from the University of Wyoming, where he worked for two years with UWTV. He worked several years in TV production in Rockford, Ill., before returning to Cheyenne, where he was video producer for WYDOT for four years. He is a Certified Avid Editor. His WYDOT work has earned him numerous awards, especially from CARE and USEOW, both organizations composed of individuals from police departments, state police, state troopers, fire departments, sheriff’s offices, MADD, and other safety groups. Recent national awards are as follows: 2002, CARE, second place, public service announcement (PSA); 2003, USEOW, third place, PSA; 2004, USEOW, third place, PSA; 2005, second place, PSA; 2005, USEOW, first place, PSA; and 2005 Videographers Awards, award of excellence for a PSA and an award of distinction for a news piece.
Ben Millard–3-D Animation
Benjamin Millard – or Dr. Ben as he likes to be called – teaches “3-D Animation.” He has a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in educational technology and statistical research methodologies. He also earned a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University and master’s degree from Regis University. Additionally, Millard holds several specialty engineering certificates, including one from Texas A&M. A highlight of his education was at LCCC where he took every math and engineering class offered. In addition to working as an engineer, Dr. Ben has taught several classes in industry and continues to teach physics, mathematics, research, statistical analysis, and computer applications for various universities in this region and online. He also continues to do consulting work for academia and industry. Millard brings many decades of academic and industry experience to his role as an adjunct instructor for LCCC and has won several teaching awards.
Ashley Pexton–Desktop Publishing
After graduating from Laramie County Community College in 2004 with her associate degree in mass media, Ashley Pexton earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Wyoming in 2006. While at LCCC, Pexton worked at the student newspaper, Wingspan, as the managing editor and then co-editor. Pexton continued her work as the copy desk chief for the student newspaper, The Branding Iron, while she attended the University of Wyoming. In addition to the student newspapers, Pexton was an intern for the public information office at the Bureau of Land Management state office from 2004 to 2006. She also worked part time as a contemporary marketing team representative for Anheuser-Busch from 2005 to 2006. Pexton then took a position with Pure Brand Communications, LLC, as a public relations account manager following graduation. Her main clients were Wyoming’s energy companies. Pexton was then offered a position with Corral West Ranchwear’s corporate office as an assistant buyer for the Western boot department in 2007. There, Pexton managed the children’s Western boots for 130 stores and assisted in all purchasing and managing of the Western boot department for the franchise. With the bankruptcy of Corral West in 2008, Pexton found herself at the state of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, where she became the public information officer, managing all media inquiries and needs. Pexton is now doing communications for Cameco Resources, which has its regional headquarters for the United States in Cheyenne, Wyo. Cameco Resources is the largest uranium producer in America.
John Schultz, who was the video production manager for Echostar in Cheyenne and is now the MPEG engineer, teaches “Digital Video Camera Basics.” He attended San Jose State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College. His professional experience includes serving as a commercial producer for KTGF-TV in Great Fall, Mont.; master control supervisor/tape operator, Television Associates, Mt. View, Calif.; and associate producer, International Correspondence Institute, Rhode-St. Genesis, Belgium.
Ty Stockton–Digital Camera Basics
Ty Stockton is the public relations director at Laramie County Community College, and he spends most of his spare time as a freelance writer, photographer and radio host. His desire to be outdoors led him to a degree in zoology at the University of Wyoming. An interest in writing took him to Colorado State University, where he received a degree in journalism. The combination of his degrees, coupled with a boyhood living a stone’s throw from the Wind River, completely ruined him for any productive, meaningful indoor occupations. He found that carrying a camera gave him an excuse to get outside more often while working as the outdoors editor at the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, and he expanded his photography skills while working at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as the editor of Wyoming Wildlife News and the associate editor of Wyoming Wildlife Magazine. These days, most of his photography centers on rodeo as he follows his wife on the barrel racing circuit. His photos have been used by numerous magazines, including cover photos for Barrel Horse News. Ty lives in Cheyenne with his wife, Amy, and two sons, and the family can be found camping, hunting, fishing, hiking or rodeoing any given weekend.