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.
Wade McMillin is NextGen Park County’s Summer 2020 Featured Member. He recently sat down with current Trustee Kayl Mitchell for a brief question-and-answer session.
1. Wade, you became President of NextGen a year and a half ago. What have you done since taking the position, and what new things are you planning on bringing to the group?
“Since the group chose me as President, we’ve made some serious strides. Probably the biggest thing that wasn’t event-based was our LLC certification and becoming a recognized nonprofit organization. I would like to thank Nick Crandall of the Bonner Law Firm and Tim Poley of SBW & Associates for aiding in the process. Other than that, I think it’s incredible the effort that has been put in for us to grow. Before I started, the core group consisted of around 13 members. Now I am proud to say we have a roster of 33—and with that strong base, we’ve really been able to hit our goal of participating in at least one charitable event every month.”
2. NextGen recently held a successful event with Bright Futures Mentoring called JAMuary. What all went into the planning of that event and what was raised?
“My, oh, my. JAMuary was a bear to host, but the end result was something I was extremely proud of. The most difficult part was fundraising of course because I don’t think many people like to ask others for money. However, this community was incredible in helping us fund JAMuary. The easiest part was probably getting the musical acts to commit. Cody has such a great music scene that has some hidden gems in it. We were able to showcase their talents and raised around $5,000, of which $3,000 went to Bright Futures Mentoring.”
3. There were quite a few people from the community that attended; are there plans to hold another JAMuary this coming year?
“This is a tough question to answer considering what’s going on us right now in terms of the pandemic and the social issues that are now being raised. Our intent is to do the event, of course. We just might be a little behind the ball—but I promise we will make the attempt.”
4. What other future events and services is NextGen considering to help with Park County and the people that live here? What are ways that other people in the community can join the organization?
“We plan to help with Habitat for Humanity, which we do every year. Further out, again, it’s tough due to the challenges our society and our community has faced (and I’m sure will continue to face). Honestly, we had charitable events booked out months in advance, and, unfortunately, they’ve all been canceled. The only other thing on the docket right now is the Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bunk Bed Build Day at which we plan to volunteer in September. We will also likely do our part for the St. Jude’s Celebrity Dinner. I believe they are shooting for a rescheduled date in October. People can join our organization by getting in contact with any of our members, reaching out to us on Facebook, or by email. NextGen’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and my personal email address is email@example.com.”
5. As someone who grew up here in Park County enjoying all that this place has to offer, how do you think NextGen fits into the culture and way of life here in Park County? And in what ways do you believe it is working to sustain and even make this awesome place even better?
“First and foremost, I would be remiss if I didn’t speak to how much I love Park County in this interview. I feel so fortunate to have grown up here and even more so that I was able to return, find a good job, and now give back to the community that has treated me so well. I think NextGen fits so well here because there is nothing like it. We are a group of young professionals that literally has one goal—give back to the community. I think our efforts thus far have helped those individual organizations with their missions and gave our members pride. Just by our existence, we are making Park County awesome. Every time we meet, every time we volunteer, we grow just a little bit—and that benefits this community. Thank you, Kayl.”
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.
Spencer currently serves as Secretary of NextGen Park County and has been involved with the organization since 2019.
Elena has been involved with NextGen Park County since 2018. She is a Cody local and has lived here most of her life, having moved back to the area in 2016 after studying mathematics at the University of Wyoming. Outside of work, Elena spends some of her time teaching dance classes for the Cody Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM — Meeting at Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club
For more information regarding events, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 as 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. 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.
Spencer grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently an Appraiser in the Park County Assessor’s Office. An avid sports fan, his favorite team is the Los Angeles Rams.
Kerrie currently serves as Treasurer of NextGen Park County and has been involved with the organization since 2016. After studying mathematics at Central Michigan University, she and her husband, Josh, moved to Cody in 2015. Kerrie’s outdoor interests include skiing and snowshoeing.
Originally from Texas, Kayl 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.