DSA Board of Directors

Board Members:

Jenny Loomis, President
Peg Martin, Vice-Chair
Jim Mowry, Secretary
Megan Cook, Treasurer
Chris Carroll
Spencer Kraft
Shannon Kuzara
Steve Kuzara
Kathy Lundberg
Jay Martinson
John Smith
Robby Smith
Traci Ruskowsky
Jeannie Weissman
Matt Westkott

Chris Carroll

Chris Carroll

Everyone in Sheridan is familiar with Chris Carroll and Carroll Furniture. The family owned and operated store has been in the Carroll family for 95 years.

“The store was started by my great grandfather. I believe we are the only retail store in Sheridan operated by the same family for this many years,” Chris points out. The store offers quality home furnishings, such as living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, as well as mattresses and home office furniture. Chris serves as president of the business. “We love having our store in downtown Sheridan,” says Chris. “Downtown Sheridan is Sheridan. It’s a beautiful community.”

Chris, who has been involved with the DSA for 10 years, explains that being involved with group is important. “It’s a great organization to be a part of to benefit Downtown Sheridan.” He helps with a variety of DSA events including Third Thursday and he helps with the popular downtown flower baskets. “I have a big warehouse where we store the flower baskets for the winter. In addition, I have a big truck so that’s always helpful when DSA needs to move things around,” Chris says.

Jay Martinson

Jay Martinson

 

Jay became involved with the DSA four years ago when because he saw the thriving downtown and wanted to be involved. He is currently chair of the Economic Development Committee and also serves on the Organization Committee. Jay is a Commercial Loan Officer at First Interstate Bank. 

Jay is married with two children. His wife teaches Spanish teacher at Tongue River High School. The family enjoys camping, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Jeannie Weissman Anderson

Jeannie Weissman Anderson owns InnoVation Grants & Development, LLC, located on E. Loucks Street in Downtown Sheridan.  InnoVation secures funding and resources to support projects or business plans that include grant writing, fundraising, sponsorships and events.  Anderson primarily works with non-profits and private business owners, advising them on long-term and short-term business strategies.

Anderson located her business in downtown Sheridan because she enjoys the experience of working downtown. “What I love most about Sheridan is the people,” says Anderson. “I love being able to walk down the street and grab a coffee as well as offer my clients the convenience of being downtown, for their ease in connecting with me. I am able to offer an accessible and pleasing environment for our meetings, adequate workspace and a view of the mountains from my second floor office.”

She expresses a dedication to Sheridan Main Street. “I have always been committed to helping the health of Sheridan Main Street,” explains Anderson. “I was previously on the board, and now that I have an office downtown again, I wanted the opportunity to be more actively involved. I am passionate about real estate and aesthetics, so I am on the Design Committee where I can contribute to the team that is working with Main St business owner to enhance and maintain the viability of our main street resources.”

When she’s not working or helping the DSA, Anderson keeps busy with a variety of interests. “Life is good, filled with dance, music, sports, and travel with my teenagers: son Brice and daughter Eliza, and my husband Kevin Anderson, as well as our Labradors and friends. Cooking for my family and friends, playing hockey, skiing fresh powder, enjoying the beach, eating fresh seafood, sitting by a fire, or reading a good book are all favorite activities.

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Jenny Loomis

Jenny Loomis

Whether you come to Third Thursday, the Winefest or the Goose Creek Cup, you will spot DSA board member Jenny Loomis helping with “the grunt work” as she calls it. Jenny works as the financial manager for the Farmers’ Coop, which has locations. The Co-op, which has been in business since 1943, provides bulk fuel, propane, fencing, feed, fertilizer applications, weed spraying and livestock supplies for the community.

“I like that we are a member-owned co-op and fill a real niche in the community,” says Jenny, who serves as a liaison between the DSA and the Farmers’ Market and has been on the board for four years. She currently serves as secretary and is on the Economic Restructuring Committee.

She says she became involved with DSA after going through Leadership Sheridan. “I knew a few people at DSA and on the board, and they encouraged me to become involved. I really like the energy of our board. In addition, she says she enjoys being part of the DSA. “It’s great to be part of this community and get people to do commerce in Downtown Sheridan.”

Jenny is married with two children. Although they both help with Third Thursday, her son, Winfield, is a familiar face every Thursday of the Farmers’ Market. As for hobbies, Jenny notes that her main one is just “chasing kids around” — and being a helping hand in Downtown Sheridan.

Jim Mowry

Jim Mowry

Downtown Sheridan provides a great mix of retail interspersed with restaurants and professional businesses. One of those professional firms is Crowley Fleck, a large, regional firm specializing in oil & gas, energy and natural resources. They are committed to the philosophy of community service. Today they have six offices in Montana, two in North Dakota and three in Wyoming.

“Sheridan is a great place to have an office,” says Jim Mowry, a senior associate attorney at the firm. “When you work in town you are close to everything.”

Jim became involved with the Downtown Sheridan Association when he met then-DSA president John Smith in 2010. “He was one of the first people I got to know in Sheridan, and he has been very helpful as realtor. In addition, my kids love his bookstore (Sheridan Stationery).”

Jim truly values Downtown Sheridan. “Having lived in several other towns across the state of Wyoming, we appreciate it for its sense of community and its unique shops.

The new board member threw himself into his duties, helping with the Farmers Market and with the flower baskets. “My family loves Third Thursdays,” he says. Mowry is married with two daughters. Besides attending the popular street festival in the summer, the Mowry family enjoy camping, golfing, fishing and hunting—“everything Wyoming!” Mowry concludes.

John Smith

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Sheridan Stationery, ABC Realty

John Smith has been in the independent book store business in downtown Sheridan for 21 years, although Sheridan Stationery Books and Gallery has been around for 80 years. He and his wife, Robby (also a board member) are the fifth owners and the store’s second longest-time owners. He is proud that his store is the service oriented and is the oldest, largest independent bookstore in Wyoming. In addition to running the bookstore, John is a real estate agent for ABC Realty.

John loves Sheridan, saying downtown is a vibrant, fun place to have a business and to get involved. He has been being associated with the Downtown Sheridan Association for 21 years. “I have been on several committees at one time or another, have been past president and president. I’m involved in all but one committee right now, and I am the new chair of the Downtown Development Authority.”

John feels the DSA has done wonders to improve the Main Street. “If you look at before and after photos for the DSA being involved in downtown, it’s a night and day difference. All of the improvements have made Sheridan a positive, clean, nice place to work and live.

The Sheridan native was educated at Sheridan College and has “been lots of things, including a coal miner.”  He and Robby have been married for 37 years and have two grown children and grandchildren. He loves fishing, pheasant hunting and yellow labs.

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Kathy Lundberg

Kathy Lundberg

Kathy Lundberg became a member of the DSA Board of Directors in early 2015. She owns Big Horn Trading Company, located at 227 N. Main, with her husband, John. “The primary reason we moved to Sheridan was because of its vibrant downtown,” says Lundberg. “We had sold an RV Park we owned in Livingston, Montana, and were doing a motorcycle trip across Wyoming to the west coast. While driving through Sheridan, we saw 227 N. Main was vacant and we knew that’s where we wanted to have our store.”

Big Horn Trading, LLC is a pawn, gun shop, Class 3 firearms dealer, outdoor gear and internet consignment shop that offers a selection of Emergency Preparedness Products.

Lundberg joined the DSA board because, “I feel very passionate about how downtown businesses are so vital to a community. I love downtown Sheridan. My husband and I bought a house here and are committed to being a part of the community.”

Lundberg especially appreciates the DSA board because it’s a working board. “I don’t want to be on a board in name only, I want a board that is hands-on. That’s what impresses me about the DSA board. I have quite a bit of board experience as well as experience writing grants and I look forward to using those skills.”

Matt Weskott

Matt Weskott

Matt ‘s ambition, focus, and business planning continue to help people achieve their goals. With an extremely effective approach, professional experience, ongoing development, and a passion for Sheridan he can help you achieve success in real estate too. He is a realtor for ERA Carroll Realty.

Extremely Effective: Doing the “basics” very well is how many of the successful veteran Realtors® have prospered. Matt’s approach of engaging the basics extremely well is seen in all of the professional activities he performs: Comparable Market Analyses or CMAs, Market Reports, Professional Marketing Plans, Daily Report emails and more.

Professional Experience: Matt has proven his sales and marketing skills with various awards (ERA Franchise Beyond Excellence® Award). He has owned and managed several businesses: Car Rental and Sales, Fitness Center, Retail Store, and was Advertising Director at the Sheridan Press. He has worked in retail sales as an Assistant Manager, an Advertising Manager, and as an Appraiser. These experiences have helped Matt develop marketing tools and negotiating systems to give clients a “Market Advantage.” 

Relentless Progress  With such a dynamic marketplace it is imperative to constantly improve with the industry. This dedication to developing Matt’s practice has been directed at advanced training and various designations: Matt has obtained an Associate Broker’s license, a CRS or Certified Residential Specialist® designation, and is working on several commercial real estate designations throughout the country.

Passion for Sheridan: Matt’s enthusiasm and passion for life is obvious in his work, as is his dedication to family: wife Heather and five kids Simon, Adam, Melissa, Jessica and Alex. But his commitment to the community is also a huge factor. Matt has volunteered with the Chamber of Commerce as well as various groups that promote Sheridan’s economic growth. His wife, Heather was born and raised on the Hawkeye 5 Diamond Ranch right here in Sheridan.  Their combined love for the Big Horn Mountains and the outdoors takes them backpacking frequently. They believe Sheridan to be truly the “Best Place to Live” in the world.

Matt is always looking for new challenges and truly enjoys helping every client achieve their real estate goals. This is why his mission has always been to “Help People Succeed in Real Estate.”

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Peg Martin

Going on a trip? Want a great vacation in the sun? Look no further than Peg Martin, owner and travel agent at Brittain World Travel, LLC located at 150 S. Main Street in downtown Sheridan. Brittain World Travel, LLC, has been located in Sheridan since 1947, and is Wyoming’s first travel agency.

Peg has 31 years of experience as a professional travel agent, and the combined experience with staff at her agency is 49 years. “We pride ourselves with great customer service, knowledge of the travel industry, personal travel experience, and a passion to see the world,” she says.

Peg moved to Sheridan seven years ago after visiting the town as a child and purchased Brittain World Travel in January 2011. “I love the people, community, the western spirit and lifestyle,” Peg notes, explaining her decision to live and work in Sheridan.
Currently, Peg is vice president of the DSA Board. She serves on the Promotions Committee, 3rd Thursday Street Festival, Wine Fest, and volunteer as much as possible for any other events.

“I wanted to be on this board because I care about preserving and expanding the wonderful lifestyle and opportunities our downtown offers,” she explains. “I care very much about keeping Sheridan growing and thriving. We have a very beautiful town and I love working with the caring and dedicated people on our board.”

Peg is married to Doug Haye, and says she “loves spending time with my great friends, riding my horse, fly fishing, and traveling with my husband.”

Robby Smith

Robby Smith

Robby Smith has been one of the proprietors of Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery on 206 N. Main for 21 years. The independent book store, which Smith operates with her husband, John, sells local and regional books, best sellers, kids’ books, greeting cards, calendars and gift items.

“The store has been in this location since 1957, but was at another location in downtown since 1935,” says Robby. She is proud that they are the only independent bookstore located in town. “There are many places that sell books in Sheridan specific to the type of store they are; King’s sells western-themed books, Roosters has Christian books and so forth, but books are our main business.” As for what she does as the owner/operator, Robby just laughs and says “everything.”

The Smiths bought the store located in downtown Sheridan not only because they grew up here, but because “I’ve traveled to other places, but there is no other place I’d want to live.”

Robby has been on the board “for a while. I got involved with the DSA because I feel you should give back to your community. Since we have a store in town and are property owners, we feel we need to be involved.”

Robby and her husband have two daughters and three grandkids. She enjoys trips to the mountains and being outdoors when she’s not in the bookstore.

Shannon Kuzara

Shannon Kuzara

Looking for some fun clothes for yourself, your teenager or your baby? Streetwear Clothing has been owned by Shannon Kuzara for 25 years, and has been in its current location for 22 years. The store carries everything from juniors, women’s, men’s and baby clothes, along with a large variety of beautiful scarves, one-of-a-kind purses and jewelry.

“I enjoy talking to customers and helping them find what they are looking for,” says Shannon. “We buy small quantities of clothes so not everyone is wearing the same thing.”

Shannon loves downtown Sheridan. Not only do she and her husband, Steve, own their store in downtown Sheridan, but they live above their store. In fact, they raised five sons there, which Shannon chuckles was a real boon. “The boys could never use the excuse they didn’t have a car to drive to work, because they could—and did—work in a lot of downtown businesses. When you live in town, you’re close to the library, YMCA, movies—it’s all here.”

She enjoys being on the board of the DSA because she feels the organization is an intimate group of people who love the spirit of downtown. “We have wonder volunteers. The more volunteers, the better!” she says.

Shannon has been married to Steve Kuzara for 25 years.

Spencer Kraft

Spencer Kraft

Spencer was born in Buffalo, Wyoming and has lived in Sheridan for most of his life. Spencer is the third generation of Kraft’s Fine Jewelry, which has served the Sheridan community since 1964. Spencer was practically raised in the store and started working at the age of 13. In the year 2007, he spent a year in California working for a telecommunication company, learning and experiencing the “real world.” Between 2011 & 2012, Spencer owned a small custom engraving business and managed a used furniture store. Spencer went back to work for the family business in 2012. Since then he has completed five courses from the Gemological Institute of America and is actively working to become a graduate gemologist. Spencer, also serves on the CHAPS board as Vice-President and Treasurer. Spencer has been volunteering for the DSA since 2010 and is now the chairman of the 3rd Thursday Street Festival and Historic Downtown Promotions Committee.  Spencer says that being from Sheridan is quite awesome/unique and wants to make sure Sheridan’s traditions are held on to and grown. Spencer loves everything about and volunteering for DSA! In his personal life he enjoys traveling, working on his home and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Steve Kuzara

Steve Kuzara loves renovating buildings. He is the owner of Sheridan Historic Properties that primarily handles design and renovation work. His “office” location is the Warehouse at 201 Broadway. “We designed this 20,000 feet of space to be a service industry building that could house restaurants, bars, even an events center.” The building was constructed in 1905, and has been owned by the Kuzaras for five years. “We used a lot of repurposed wood. The bar came from the Big Horn Historical Society from the Mission Bar in Hardin.”

Steve said he started life as a machinist, and then started buying, fixing up and selling rentals. He explains one big renovation project was the Mills Building.

“I have lived in Sheridan all my life, and we have always donated to downtown and other charities,” said Steve. “I got involved on the board because I feel it’s very important to give back to your community. It’s essential to keep downtown Sheridan alive.”

Steve and his wife, Shannon, who is also on the DSA board, live upstairs of their store, Streetwear Clothing and Baby, too. They raised their five sons there and still enjoy living in downtown Sheridan.

Traci Ruskowsky

Traci was elected in September to serve as the DSA’s president. She serves as the finance and administration manager for Advanced Communications Technology, Inc. (ACT), located at 290 N. Brooks. ACT is a competitive provider of local long distance, internet and high capacity services throughout Wyoming and Montana.

“We moved to the downtown in 2005 when we grew out of our building at Seymour St.,” Traci says. “Our current location on North Brooks Street is not only beautiful but allows us to be in the middle of our amazing downtown.

Traci explains that ACT is unique in that it is service oriented and has the ability to truly meet their customesr at their doorstep.
“Our customers are at the center of every decision we make. Our goal is always to provide the latest in technology at the best price possible,” she says. “We believe in this community and we serve through volunteer work and sponsorship.”
Traci says ACT located in Sheridan because, “Sheridan is an amazing community. We moved here as a result of identifying communities with tremendous potential and Sheridan offered so much as a community…an active downtown, great schools, incredible scenery, and so much more. “

She has served on the board since 2009. “I joined the board because I am passionate about our downtown and how important it is to have a place for our friends, families, and businesses to meet. “The new DSA president says downtown Sheridan is the heart of the community. “We have terrific restaurants, wonderful stores, coffee shops, and most importantly, we have a downtown that is open 12 months out of the year. It is incredible what the community offers and I love that our downtown the center of that.”

Traci and her daughter, now 21, moved to Sheridan a decade ago. Her daughter currently attends the University of Wyoming. “It was through her that I really got introduced to this community and the wonderful people that live here and the activities that our community supports,” says Traci. “It doesn’t matter if you want sports, music, theater or art, our community has it and is working to make it even better! I have lived in every corner of the state and there isn’t another community in the state like ours.”