Wyoming Women Making History Initiative

The Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Wyoming Health Council

are pleased to honor voices and stories of Wyoming women from diverse identities, cultures, races, ethnicities,

and ages who are making a difference in the lives of other Wyomingites through the Wyoming Women Making History Initiative.

  2017 Honorees  

Roxanne Ostlund

R.P.O. Associates

When it comes to history Roxanne Ostlund has a story to tell. Years ago Roxanne was a victim of domestic violence. She endured years of fear and abuse. She found her strength and stepped away from the violence to become a voice for those that need to be heard. Roxanne joined the board of directors of Safehouse Services in 2010 and continues to actively support the agency and the victims we serve. She tells her story and encourages those living in violence to take the step and get help. Roxanne gives of herself with her time and resources to make Laramie County a better place to live. She is kind, compassionate, philanthropic and truly makes a difference in the lives she touches. 

Nicole Casey and Colleen Murray

Safehouse Services

Everyday two very special woman make a difference in the lives of women in crisis. Colleen Murray is the office manager for Safehouse Services and has been with the agency since 2003. Nicole Casey is the Assistant Director and has been working with victims since 2004.

 

These two women work diligently to provide victim advocacy and compassionate support to those experiencing violence in their lives. Not a day goes by that they don't lend a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on or use their problem solving skills to help our clients through a dark period of their lives. Both Nicole and Colleen are amazing mentors to other advocates and strive to set examples of the kindness and understanding necessary to work with victims of violence.

 

Nicole and Colleen continue to make a difference in our community and the lives of those they touch.

Regina Schulmeister

Wyoming Highway Patrol

Regina was born and raised in Buenos Aires Argentina.  After graduating high school, she attended the Federal Police Academy graduating in 1988 with the second highest score of her class. She received three awards in Academics and Defensive Tactics. She was a Police Officer in Argentina for 12 years.

 

In 1997 Schulmeiser was selected to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Virginia. She was the first female officer in Argentina to attend this prestigious training. While in Virginia she fell in love with the country and its people and in 1998 returned to the US and settled in Wyoming.

 

In 2002 she joined the US Naval Reserves to become a Medical Corpsman. She currently still serves at the rank of Chief. In 2005 she joined the Wyoming Highway Patrol and graduated the academy with the Colonel's Leadership Award. In 2009 she was selected as top trooper of the year. She is currently stationed in Thermopolis where she spends her time both on and off duty helping her community.

Tammy Koncitik

Soroptimist International of Evanston, WY

 Tammy was instrumental in bringing The Vagina Monologues to Evanston which brought awareness of issues related to Domestic Violence to the standing-room-only audience.

Two years ago, Tammy organized a One Billion Rising event at the Evanston Depot Square. It was part of the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history, and Tammy’s efforts brought this important issue to the attention of the local community. The campaign is a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. This is more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

 

In 2016, with the excellent organization of Tammy Koncitik, the event was held outside on Depot Square, and many people driving or walking past saw women drumming, dancing and speaking about violence against women. This year's event was held indoors due to weather, but it was no less successful.

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Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

PO Box 236 |710 Garfield Street, Suite 218 |Laramie, WY 82073 

​Tel: 307-755-5481 | Fax: 307-755-5482 | Toll Free: 1-844-264-8080   

E-Mail: info@wyomingdvsa.org​

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