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: 

Vincent Kreul: President

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 VP of Events for the Wyoming State Society. This isn’t my first rodeo, I have been attending COWPIE since 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 three years ago and now work as Operations Coordinator for WinRed. Reach out with any and all of your COWPIE or WSS needs!

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. 

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