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.
Theresa Fitti is NextGen Park County’s January Featured Member. She recently sat down with current President Wade McMillin for a brief question-and-answer session.
1. You are a newer member to NextGen. What do you like about the group, and what are you looking forward to?
“As a new member, I like working with others my age with similar interests.
I have always enjoyed volunteering and giving back to the community and
this group allows me to do so with others. I am newer to Cody and this
group has helped me quickly find ways to get involved.”
2. NextGen Park County recently volunteered with Cody Regional Health in Meeteetse at their annual Barn Dance. How was the experience, and how did NextGen help the cause?
” The experience was fantastic! I enjoyed working in the kids area helping
face pain; the Indian Paintbrush was the most requested image. My husband
and several other NextGen members came to help the Cody Regional Health
execute the event so that all attendees, including the little ones, had a
great time. We had a chance to enjoy the delicious food and were able to
see some neighbors, friends, and students attending this event.”
3. As an educator in our community, what stands out about the school
system in Park County?
” The entire state of Wyoming stands out in the country as having a wonderful
education system. They are smart with school funding, have rigor, hold
students to high standards, and have many opportunities for kids of all
ages. Park County specifically holds true to all of these standards. Schools are organized well, have terrific leadership, and the people working in the schools want to be there. Having worked in several states in different schools, when we were looking to move west again we were specific to looking for schools in Wyoming for these reasons. The Special Education Department alone is exceptional with the amount of training and support we are given. Park 6 is a district I am proud to work in and that I would want my future children to attend. “
4. Recently you and your husband, Will, purchased a home in the area. As a first-time home buyer in Wyoming, what do you think about the local market?
“The market in this area apparently was not affected as much as the rest of
the country in the recession! The market had a lot of great houses, it just
took time to wait for one in our price range to open up in the area we
wanted. Compared to other areas we lived, the desirable houses here sell
quickly and do not go long unsold. The process was competitive, too,
because within 24 hours, the listing we made an offer on received several
others. We were lucky we had ours in first.”
5. NextGen Park County will be holding its marquee event, JAMuary, on
January 31, 2020 at the Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club. What do you foresee out of this event to benefit Bright Futures Mentoring?
“Familiar with Bright Futures from working in the School District, I first
want to say that this event looks like it will be a great benefit to not
only benefit Bright Futures, but to get their name out there with a
different crowd. The even has been in the works for months and it feels
like it is planned out very well. The location and entertainment will be
fantastic and hopefully will become an annual event.”
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.
Heidi has been involved with NextGen Park County since 2017. Originally from Arizona, she moved to Cody with her husband, Wade, following college at Northern Arizona University. She enjoys camping year-round and ice fishing in the wintertime.
Wade currently serves as President of NextGen Park County and has been involved with the organization since 2017. A Cody native, he moved back to Cody with his wife, Heidi, after studying journalism at Northern Arizona University. Wade is an avid sports fan and former coach.
Highlights from NextGen Park County’s events and volunteer work in 2019 and beyond.
Highlights from NextGen Park County’s events and volunteer work in 2018.
Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM — Volunteer for SPIN Cody 2020 at Paul Stock Aquatics and Recreation Center
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 6:00 PM — Meeting at Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 6:00 PM — St. Jude Children’s Resource Hospital Celebrity Dinner at Cassie’s Supper Club
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 6:00 PM — Meeting at Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club
May (date TBA) — Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 6:00 PM — Meeting at Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club
Saturday, June 13, 2020 (times TBA) — Celebrities Against Cancer Softball Game at Milward Simpson Field
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM — Meeting at Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club
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NextGen Park County’s governing body consists of a Board of Directors that consists of five of its designated, elected members.
Wade currently serves as President of NextGen Park County and has been involved with the organization since 2017. A Cody native, he moved back to Cody with his wife, Heidi, after studying journalism at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. He now works for Park County the Chief Appraiser in the Assessor’s Office.
Wade is an avid sports fan and former coach. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and ice fishing in his free time and is a closet video editor.
Scott was born and raised in Powell, WY moving for college studies. Scott attended Rocky Mountain College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science, then attended the University of Utah, where he earned a Master of Science in information systems. Following graduate school, he moved to Cody, WY He is currently employed by the City of Cody as Information Technology Manager.
Scott is involved in a number of local nonprofit organizations, including NextGen Park County and the Cody Lions Club, in which both groups he currently serves as Vice President. He also serves on an Advisory Board at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Scott loves spending time fly fishing and hiking with his dog, Sudo.