Bill DeVore

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William F. DeVore of Casper represents Aeronautics Commission District 3. DeVore was born in Laramie, and has lived in Casper most of his life.  He earned his pilot credentials at Big Bend Community College in 1980, a FAR Part 141 approved program. DeVore started his aviation career at Sun Valley Aviation, as a lineman, flight instructor, and charter pilot. He went on to work for Sinclair Oil as a pilot and later for Columbia Pictures and Sony Corporation in Los Angeles, flying executive jet aircraft.  He holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, a CFII rating, and holds type ratings in the following turbojet aircraft: Lear Jet, Israeli Aircraft Jet, Cessna Citation 500 series and Dassault Falcon 50/900. DeVore alongside his brother Fred, owns Peterbilt of Wyoming, a medium and heavy-duty truck and trailer dealership with four (4) locations throughout the state, and presently flies a Beech Baron and a Beech Duke for business purposes. He served 10 years on the Casper/Natrona County International Airport Board, including serving two (2) years as president. Additionally, DeVore is an active member of the Casper Rotary Club, as well as the Casper Nordic Ski Club board. He and his wife Nina have three (3) children, and enjoy traveling, cycling, skiing, and spending time at their cabin on Casper Mountain.  Term:  3/1/19 – 3/1/25

Anja Bendel

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Anja Bendel represents Aeronautics Commission District 1, which includes Laramie, Goshen, and Platte counties.  She has been working in economic development in Wyoming since 2008, and she has been working for Cheyenne LEADS, the economic development organization for Cheyenne and Laramie County, Wyoming, since 2011. Prior to working at LEADS, Bendel was the Executive Director of the High Plains Economic Development District.  She holds a BA in German from Colorado State University and a dual Master’s degree in Business Administration and German Language and Literature from the University of Colorado. In 2000 through 2003 Bendel lived and worked in Frankfurt, Germany where she developed a deeper understanding of the German language and culture.  Bendel is a Past Chairman of the Wyoming Economic Development Association (WEDA), and has co-chaired the WEDA Legislative Committee and the WEDA Education Committee.  Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Rotary Club, and the Mid-America Economic Development Council.  Bendel is a former member of the Cheyenne Regional Air-Service Focus Team, the Wyoming Department of Education’s Career Readiness Council, and Laramie County Community College’s Business Advisory Council, and served on the 2016 Laramie County Comprehensive Plan update committee. In 2016, Bendel was the recipient of the Linda Hewitt Award for Excellence in Support of Economic Development in Wyoming.  She is a graduate of both Leadership Platte County and Leadership Wyoming.  Term:  4/15/20 – 3/1/26

Jerry Blann

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Jerry Blann of Jackson represents Aeronautics Commission District 2.  He has nearly 40 years of experience in the ski resort business, and is one of the most well-known and respected ski industry leaders. From 1995 to 2018, Mr. Blann was the President and Board Member of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort where he oversaw the resort through several years of intense development.  He has been on the Jackson Hole Airport Board for 19 years, and is on the Executive Committee and was also the founding member for JH AIR, a community non-profit that annual negotiates with major airlines for non-stop flights into Jackson.  Previously, Mr. Blann served on the Wyoming Business Council, the National Ski Area Association, and has received various awards throughout his career, including the Golden Eagle Award, the NSAA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Ride for the Brand award.  Mr. Blann graduated with a B.S., and B.A. from the University of Denver, and was on the ski team for four years.  He continues his numerous community activities, ski related consulting, and an active mountain lifestyle.  Mr. Blann is married and has four daughters.  Term:  3/1/20 – 3/1/2026

Bruce McCormack - Vice Chair

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Bruce McCormack of Cody represents Aeronautics Commission District 4.  He graduated high school in Houston, Texas, and went on to earn a B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University in 1975. He was involved in the newspaper business in Wyoming for nearly 40 years, working in Rawlins, Cheyenne and Lander, prior to moving to Cody in 1984. For 30 years, he served as the editor and publisher of the Cody Enterprise, until his retirement from full-time work there in 2015. He still dabbles in news writing part time with other news agencies.  Bruce is a member of the Wyoming Press Association and the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce.  He has actively served on the Park County Library Board. Over the years, he’s also volunteered with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and assisted with youth ski programs and tourism promotion in his community.  Term:  3/1/17 – 3/1/23

Sigsbee Duck - Chair

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Dr. Sigsbee Duck of Rock Springs represents the Aeronautics Commission's District at Large. Dr. Duck completed his undergraduate at Mars Hill College and Wake Forest University, and then attended Mercer University School of Pharmacy, and East Carolina University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery internship at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and his residency in otolaryngology at Emory University. Dr. Duck is currently a Clinical Instructor of otolaryngology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and at the University of Washington Schools of Medicine.  He served as President of the Wyoming Medical Society in 2016. He has previously taken a leadership role in both Gillette and Rock Springs, serving as President of both the Campbell and Sweetwater County Medical Societies. Dr. Duck was honored to receive the 2017 Wyoming Medical Society Physician Achievement Award.  In his community, he served as an airport board member in both Campbell and Sweetwater Counties. As a Registered Pharmacist, he was appointed by Governor Mead, and served from 2012-2016 on the Wyoming Board of Pharmacy. He served as Chief of Staff of Sweetwater County Memorial Hospital form 2014-2016, where he currently practices. Dr. Duck is a proud member of the Triological Society, an academic society within otolaryngology, having served as Western Section Vice President in 2008.  He has been married to his lovely wife, Cindy, for 35 years and they have three grown children. Dr. Duck enjoys cooking, golf, reading and aviation, and holding a multi-engine instrument rating.  Term:  3/1/15 – 3/1/21