Looking forward, giving back
NextGen Park County is a local organization that fosters relationships among young professionals, develops business opportunities, supports civic involvement, and promotes an overall investment in the future of our communities.
Our vision is to harmonize Park County’s rich Western heritage with emerging ideas for present and next generations.
Participation is open to all young professionals who live, work, or spend time in Park County. Our goal is to give young professionals within the community a chance to connect, grow, and be involved in Park County.
Kerrie Spinney is NextGen Park County’s July Featured Member. She recently sat down with current President Wade McMillin for a brief question-and-answer session.
1. Kerrie, as an instructor at Northwest College, you are one of few NextGen Park County members who works in Powell. What do you think about the town and Park County’s only college.
“Previously throughout my career, I have taught college mathematics at a wide variety of public university, private universities, as well as a number of community colleges. Through all those experiences, Northwest College really stands out for having both excellent faculty members—from a wide range of backgrounds and experience—and also very hardworking and exceptional students. Also, having grown up in Michigan, I am blown away by the affordability of college in Wyoming. From the Hathaway Program and dual-enrollment opportunities to low tuition costs, it is astronomical the difference in overall costs for students than what I was used to seeing.”
2. You and a few other members recently volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Cody. What did you do, and how was the experience?
“The first time I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, we were framing the same house that we most currently worked on; now it is nearly ready for carpeting. It’s great to see the progress from the last time we volunteered there to this time. It was also pleasant to work directly with the future homeowner as their home comes together.”
3. NextGen Park County recently participated in another charity construction even with the Sleep in Heavenly Peace bunk bed build at City Park in Cody on June 15. Tell us about the event and your overall experience.
“The Sleep in Heavenly Peace event was a great opportunity with a large number of volunteers. Working as an assembly line of stations was impressive and to see how many beds we all were able to complete in just one day was incredible. It was great to unexpectedly see friends and co-workers from around the community all together at one event.”
4. You and your husband, Josh, really enjoy the outdoors. What are some of your favorite things to do around the area?
“First and foremost, skiing. From early-season hiking—before the chairs officially start spinning—to skiing the Beartooth Pass into July, we have skied every month with the exception of August and September. We also enjoy mountain biking, camping, hiking, and golf, among other activities.”
5. You joined NextGen Park County after moving to Wyoming from Michigan. What are your thoughts overall about the state, specifically Park County?
“I love everything about this area! There’s no traffic jams, it’s extremely safe, and has outdoor opportunities galore. What’s not to love? But seriously, the tightly-knit, community-oriented nature of a smaller town and a more laid-back pace of life was something I never knew I was missing until I found it here in Park County.”
The NextGen Park County membership is comprised of young adults of various professions, and the organization benefits from its membership’s diverse skill sets and strong work ethics.
Kayl currently serves as Secretary of NextGen Park County and has been involved with the organization since 2015. Originally from Texas, he moved to Cody five years ago with his wife, Tia. Kayl studied business management at New Mexico State University. Most of Kayl’s interests involve Texas Tech University sports in some capacity.
Josh has been involved with NextGen Park County since 2016. From Michigan, he and his wife, Kerrie, moved to Cody in 2013. Josh studied professional counseling at Central Michigan University. Outside of work, Josh is an avid skier, cold weather enthusiast, and beer brewer.
Highlights from NextGen Park County’s events and volunteer work in 2019.
Highlights from NextGen Park County’s events and volunteer work in 2018.
Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 6:30 PM — Concerts in the Park at City Park (with Tanager Beverages)
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 6:00 PM — Meeting at Cassie’s Supper Club
Saturday, August 3, 2019 @ 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM — Cody Regional Health Barn Dance at Pitchfork Ranch in Meeteetse
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 6:00 PM — Meeting at Cassie’s Supper Club
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 6:00 PM — Meeting at WYOldWest Taproom
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 6:00 PM — Meeting at Cassie’s Supper Club
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 6:00 PM — Meeting at WYOldWest Taproom
Friday, January 31, 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 1:00 AM — JAMuary 2020: A Local Music Showcase at Cassie’s Supper Club (with Bright Futures Mentoring)
For more information regarding events, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.