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“When we see someone’s potential to overcome adversity instead of focusing on their limitations, we are lifted up, too. When a mom overcomes poverty, it has a mass ripple effect by positively impacting our schools, employers and neighborhoods.”

– Katie Hogarty, CEO

Leadership

Leadership and Board

Meet Climb’s executive team and board of directors leading the way in poverty alleviation.

“When we see someone’s potential to overcome adversity instead of focusing on their limitations, we are lifted up, too. When a mom overcomes poverty, it has a mass ripple effect by positively impacting our schools, employers and neighborhoods.”

– Katie Hogarty, CEO

Katie Hogarty
Chief Executive Officer
About Katie
Katie Hogarty
Chief Executive Officer

Katie Hogarty, J.D. is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Climb Wyoming. Her lifelong passion for community development and advocacy, paired with her expertise in public policy and organizational leadership, informs and inspires her work in poverty alleviation at the state, regional, and national levels. As she leads one of the most innovative, outcomes-based nonprofits in the nation serving low-income families, Katie takes a relationship-based approach to building meaningful partnerships and affecting lasting change as Climb breaks the generational cycle of poverty by investing in and supporting community, workforce, and social development in families and rural communities in Wyoming and beyond. She previously worked for the Wyoming Governor’s Office as a Health and Human Services Policy Analyst. Katie holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law and a B.A. in psychology from Lewis & Clark College.

Molly Kruger
Chief Operating Officer
About Molly
Molly Kruger
Chief Operating Officer

Molly Kruger, M.S., L.P.C., serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Climb Wyoming where she operationalizes a comprehensive and psychologically-informed program model with relationship-based direct services at its core. Molly’s lifelong passion for affecting positive change in her communities intersects with her expertise in mental health counseling, communications, and marketing to help her build efficient human-centered operations, create highly effective systems, and establish infrastructure that empowers staff to enact Climb’s best-practice model, ensuring a sustainable, impactful organization that supports families most in need in reaching long-term self-sufficiency.

Board of Directors

Tyler Garrett
President
About Tyler
Tyler Garrett
President

Tyler is a staff attorney for Justice Michael K. Davis of the Wyoming Supreme Court. Before joining the Supreme Court, Tyler served as a law clerk to Judge Terrence L. O’Brien of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was in private practice with Jenner & Block in Chicago, IL and Holland & Hart in Cheyenne, WY. He earned his J.D. with honor from the John Marshall Law School, his B.S. in Business Administration from Montana State University-Billings, and was one of two American attorneys selected as a Pegasus Fellowship Scholar to study the English legal system. Tyler is involved in a number of community based organizations, is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law and a member of the Ewing T. Kerr American Inn of Court in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Tyler lives in Cheyenne with his wife Alexis and two amazing children, Jackson and Genevieve.

Curtis Biggs
About Curtis
Curtis Biggs

Curtis is the director of the Trustees Education Initiative at the University of Wyoming’s College of Education. In this role, he works to create and accelerate statewide (and beyond) partnerships, strategy, programs, and technology that drive Wyoming education, workforce, and economic development. He has also held positions with New Jersey City University’s Community College Leadership Doctoral Program and was the Interim Dean of Student Affairs & Services at Sussex County Community College. He has been a member of the Wyoming Workforce Development Council and currently serves on the board of the Wyoming Association of Career & Technical Education. Curtis is in the process of earning his Ph.D. in International Educational Leadership at the University of Montana.

Kathryn Boswell
About Kathryn
Kathryn Boswell

A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Kathryn developed partnerships and events to help Wyomingites learn to hunt and fish for the Wyoming Game & Fish Department before retiring in 2022. She’s the former Chief of Staff to Wyoming First Lady Nancy Freudenthal and now serves on the Wyoming Governors Residence Foundation Board to fight food insecurity for Wyoming children and families through Wyoming’s First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative. Kathryn has also been an avid volunteer with the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, the National Advisory Board of the University of Wyoming Art Museum, and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show. A 2010 Leadership Wyoming graduate, she has always made serving people the guiding principle of her work.

Bryant Hall
About Bryant
Bryant Hall

Bryant is the Manager of Client Treasury Services at Hilltop Bank in Casper, Wyoming. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wyoming and a master’s in accountancy from the University of South Dakota. Originally from Cody, Bryant was the founding executive director for two non-profits: the Yellowstone Recreations Foundation, which reopened the Sleeping Giant Ski Area west of Cody, and By Western Hands, a non-profit that aims to preserve western functional art and design. Bryant and his family relocated to Casper in 2016, embracing the vibrant community. Bryant is an avid outdoors enthusiast and enjoys climbing, skiing, backpacking, and hunting. His heart lies in his family and spending time with his wife, Vickery, and their children, Grace and Tommy. Outside of his family and professional commitments, Bryant dedicates his time to local and state-level volunteer work. In addition to Climb Wyoming, he currently serves as the treasurer for Leadership Wyoming and Active in Recovery and coaches youth ski races for the Casper Mountain Racers.

JJ Healy
About JJ
JJ Healy

JJ is founder of Healy Capital LLC, an investment and real estate firm located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. JJ is a technology industry veteran with more than fifteen years of operational, investment, and M&A experience with companies including EMC Corporation, CS First Boston and Yahoo! Inc. Prior to founding Healy Capital, JJ was vice president of corporate development for Yahoo! Inc., where he teamed with founder Jerry Yang to develop Yahoo’s acquisition and investment program, completing over 20 corporate investments and 16 acquisitions, totaling more than $10 billion, including several of the largest acquisitions in the early history of the Internet. Prior to Yahoo, JJ was a technology investment banker with CS First Boston in San Francisco. JJ owns the Double J Ranch LLC, a cattle operation in Daniel, Wyoming and is deeply involved in conservation, having served on the board of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and currently the board of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. JJ attended Saint Anselm College and completed his MBA at the Thunderbird School of International Management. JJ currently lives in Wilson, Wyoming with son Cormac and daughter Sawyer.

Carrie Kirkpatrick
About Carrie
Carrie Kirkpatrick

Carrie joins the Climb Wyoming board with a keen interest in helping women and girls achieve success. She is the founder of Raising Girls, a program developed in 2010 to inspire thought and dialogue that helps girls thrive. She has a degree in Human Development from Boston College and has worked in the field of change management at various non-profits and equity research at The Brandywine Funds. She served on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole for 10 years, including serving as Chair in 2011. Currently, she also serves the board of GAP! Girls Actively Participating. Carrie lives in Jackson and has two teenage daughters.

Laura Hewitt Ladd
About Laura
Laura Hewitt Ladd

Laura has over 25 years of experience in finance, strategic planning, marketing, and project management. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude, from Pepperdine University and a Masters of Business from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2001, Ladd formed Hewitt Ladd, Inc., a management consulting business based in Jackson Hole. Hewitt Ladd specializes in real estate development, homeowners’ association management, and economic advice for new business and energy initiatives. From 2006-2010, she served as an Energy and Economics adviser to Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal. Ladd has also served in an advisory capacity to the Powder River Energy Corp., Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole and Hillwood Development Company. She is currently the board chair for the Wyoming Retirement System, and serves on the Boards of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, the Jackson Hole Historical Society, and as an Advisory Board member for Compass Working Capital. She is an emeritus board member of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Ladd and her husband Ted live in Wilson, Wyoming and are longtime supporters of Climb.

Emily McGrady
About Emily
Emily McGrady

Emily works to position people and processes for success. Her passion for Climb Wyoming was first ignited while facilitating ropes courses for Cheyenne Climb participants. Emily received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Wyoming, and a Master of Science in Organizational Performance from Bellevue University. Emily is certified in change management, process improvement, and whole-life coaching. Her career started in Student Affairs at UW and then shifted to healthcare, where she worked for Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Organization Development & Learning. Emily recently moved to Green River with her husband, Mike, and two children.

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