About Us

The Wyoming State Society (WSS) serves both as a refuge for Wyomingites in Washington, DC who are far from home, and as an embassy for those who represent the ideals, traditions, and lifestyles of the Equality State on the East Coast.

Founded in 1977, the WSS mission is to celebrate the history, culture, social traditions, and philanthropic ideals of the people of Wyoming. We are proud to have an above-average population of Wyomingites in the Washington, DC area and WSS is a great way to gather us together for a taste of home.

Membership is limited to folks who are from, or have ties to, Wyoming. Click the Membership tab above to learn how to become a member.

2021 Executive Committee/Board: 

Liz Malm: Co-President

My name is Liz Malm and I am a co-president of WSS with Craig Thomas. I’ve been helping with WSS and COWPIE since I moved to DC seven years ago, and have served on the Board for several years. My goal this year is to find ways to safely meet again given our hiatus last year due to the pandemic. I was born and raised in Wyoming and went to the University of Wyoming. I now work at a government affairs firm here in DC. I am thrilled to serve on the board another year.

Craig Thomas: Co-President

My name is Craig Thomas and I serve as Co-President of the Wyoming State Society. This year marks my fifth year serving on the WSS board and how the time has flown by. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to serve in the role as Co-President with Liz Malm, upholding the great COWPIE traditions we all know. I look forward to continuing to foster the fun atmosphere shared from COWPIE. Here is to continuing our rich Wyoming traditions in DC!

Jordan Pakula: Vice President of Fundraising

My name is Jordan Pakula and I am the VP of Fundraising. This is my second year as a board member of the WSS, as I served as the VP of Communications in 2020. I moved to Washington D.C. in September of 2018 from the Sunlight Basin, 50 miles northwest of Cody, where I was a fishing guide and ranch hand for the 7D Ranch. I began interning for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works under Chairman Barrasso in January of 2019 and found a full time position with the National Automobile Dealers Association in September of 2019. I continue to serve on the WSS board to give back in a small way to a state that has given me so much. 

Vincent Kreul: Vice President of Finance

My name is Vince Kreul, and I currently serve as the VP of Finance for the Wyoming State Society. I am a Wyoming native and visit often to see my family in Gillette and Casper. I have attended COWPIE since I moved to the DC area in 2016. I look forward to continuing this wonderful tradition and expanding opportunities for Wyomingites and friends of Wyoming to have fun and serve the community here in the DMV.

Bella Goss: Vice President of Events

My name is Isabella Goss, but I go by Bella, I am the new Vice President of Events for the Wyoming State Society. This is my first year as a part of WSS but I have been to COWPIE before, I was able to attend in the summer of 2018, while interning for Senator Barrasso’s office. I was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming where I lived until graduating from Natrona County High School. I relocated to DC two years ago and now work as Operations Director for WinRed. I am looking forward to planning in person social events for the WSS board, including COWPIE, after a year without them!

Marty Tatman: Vice President of Membership Development

I am Marty Tatman and I am serving as the WSS Membership Development Chair for another year. I am excited to increase my personal involvement with WSS and help expand overall membership, participation and involvement. I moved to DC in 2012 to work for American Farm Bureau where I oversee the Young Farmers & Ranchers program and leadership conference. Throughout my career, I work each day to determine ways to engage members and look forward to continuing to use those skills for WSS. I was born and raised in Southeastern Wyoming and then completed my undergrad at UW. I am looking forward to a great year together.

Abby Lampela: Secretary

I am Abby Lampela and I am the Secretary of WSS for 2021. While 2020 made us hit the brakes, I’m excited to help start a the new norm. I have been a member of WSS since 2014 and have lived in the DC area for 12 years. I grew up in Saratoga, Wyoming on my family’s ranch and have a cabin just outside of Ryan Park and grew up spending my summers in Jackson and on the Wiggins Fork in Dubois. I look forward to working with the WSS board, meeting new and established members and making COWPIE happen this year.