By Baylie Evans | Writer

January 9, 2020

Wyoming Main Street welcomes new faces

The Wyoming Main Street program recently welcomed two new team members and a new board member.  

Kayla Kler, Main Street Project Manager 

Wyoming Business Council: Will you tell us about your background? 

Kayla Kler: I grew up in Goshen County and moved to Cheyenne about six years ago for college. After some time in retail, I decided to look for something a little more stable and found a data technician position with the Business Council that I fell right into. 

WBC: What type of work did you do as a data technician with us? 

KK: I worked on a lot of different projects. I helped with technical issues, research, compiling spreadsheets and then bigger projects like developing a new portal for Main Street directors to use for their reporting and to apply for grants. 

WBC: What drew you toward the community development/Main Street side of things? 

KK: Working with some of the Main Street staff around the state as a data coordinator is what piqued my interest in getting more involved. I was helping with filling out monthly reports and had a part in moving some of the applications online. As I learned more about the grant opportunities and the projects that were happening in each community, I knew it was something I wanted to be in the middle of. 

WBC: What are you most looking forward to in your new role? 

KK: I’m really excited to get to know all of the Main Street directors and their staff better and learning their needs. 

WBC: What goals do you have for the Main Street program? 

KK: Our standalone Main Street website is getting underway, which will be a great resource to demonstrate everything Wyoming towns have to offer. 

WBC: What do you like to do outside of work? 

KK: I like to paint and sew in my free time, as well as go camping and exploring Wyoming.  

Mallory, Main Street AmeriCorp VISTA Volunteer 

WBC: Welcome, Mallory. Where are you from? 

Mallory Bader: I was born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., and just moved to Cheyenne in December. 

WBC: Can you tell us about your background? 

MB: My background is in anthropology, museum studies and community development. I have a master’s degree from the University of Memphis in anthropology. 

WBC: What brings you into this role with Wyoming Main Street? 

MB: I ended up here through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, which is a program that helps nonprofits and government agencies build capacity by leveraging resources and encouraging volunteerism. 

WBC: So, what type of work will you be doing with us? 

MB: I'll be doing community development work, specifically with the Wyoming Main Street program in Thermopolis and Sundance, assisting their Main Street boards in capacity building. I will also be working on a project regarding affordable housing and creating a toolbox to explain the importance of affordable housing. 

WBC: What are you most looking forward to? 

MB: I am excited to work in this capacity to help people and organizations that are incredibly passionate about their communities and give them tools to empower their communities.  

WBC: What do you like to do outside of work? 

MB: Outside of work, I love running, long hikes, and my cats and dogs.  

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