John R. “Jack” Tarter – President
Jack is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from Wyoming Air National Guard after 30+ years of service. He served as Superintendent of the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming in Buffalo for 34+ years. He holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from the University of Wyoming and completed course work in Health Care Administration through Weber State College. His past volunteer service included serving as Chairman of the local school board; President of the Wyoming School Boards Association; President of the National Association of State Veterans Homes. Current volunteer activities include serving as Chairman of the Sheridan College in Johnson County Advisory Board; Board of Directors of the Marna M. Kuehne Foundation; Department of Health Aging Advisory Council; Business Manager of the National Association of State Veterans Homes; President of the Johnson County Community Resource Center; and President of the Area Council of Wyoming Boys and Girls Clubs. He also continues to run the clock at Buffalo High School boys and girls basketball games and has for the last 36 years.
Kim Smith – Vice President
Kim is a native of Sheridan, Wyoming, and a graduate of Sheridan College. She worked over 13 years as a Legal Assistant for a local law firm that dealt extensively in probate and estate planning. For the last 15 years she has served as a Trust Specialist for First Interstate Wealth Management. Kim is a graduate of Cannon Trust School and obtained her Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation in 2010. She has served as a board member of Green House Living for Sheridan for two years.
Tyler Crossley – Treasurer
Tyler became involved with the Green House in 2017, almost two years after moving to beautiful Sheridan. He moved to Sheridan from Tucson, Arizona, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and his Master of Business Administration.
Tyler brings over 15 years of healthcare experience to the Board. He started out as a teenager (14-year-old to be exact), scrubbing the floors of his hometown hospital in Havre, MT, as an environmental services aide after school. Training and education evolved into more direct patient care, which he was passionate about. He worked as an emergency room technician, mental health aid, and CNA in a long-term nursing facility, all while going to school. His education and experience brought him to Sheridan Memorial Hospital, where he works as a financial analyst. Tyler finds the administrative, operational side of healthcare to be just as rewarding and fulfilling as caring for patients directly, and he believes that this area is where he can make the most impact with his skills and knowledge.
Tyler’s other passions include anything that encircles him with family and friends: fly fishing, camping, racing cars with his father, spending time with his fiancée and their two dogs, Mocha and Winston, and collecting vintage cars (the latter described as purely fantasy by his fiancée until they get a bigger house). Tyler looks forward to serving the community and the Board, and—most importantly—safeguarding a comfortable and honorable location for our community’s elders to reside for many years to come.
Barbara Walter – Secretary
Barbara attended nursing school at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she met Charlie when he was a medical student. They married, had two daughters and moved to Sheridan in 1971. She worked as a nurse at the Child Development Center for 20 years, retiring in 2001. Barbara has been an integral part of the Sheridan community over the years, including serving on the Friends of the Library board, the Hospital Auxiliary, and the Sheridan College Foundation board where she gained a wealth of information on fundraising. Her involvement with Green House Living for Sheridan began with the capital campaign in 2008 co-chairing the fundraising effort to raise $3 million. As soon as the cottages were completed and the first elders began to call it their home, Barbara became the first Sage for the first cottage (Watt) spending time with the twelve elders, family members and staff each week. Barbara began her tenure serving on the board in 2012 and is enjoying the growth and stability with the operations. She shares that our supporters are continuing to help us make this dream come true. The City’s building of the bird path and donors supporting the Gazebo and other outdoor amenities is a crown on our achievements.
Cathy is a native of Sheridan Wyoming. She received her nursing degrees from Casper College in 1983, and the University of Wyoming in 1988. She received her Master’s in Health Administration from Montana State University in 2003 and is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She worked in Casper, WY, until 1988 and then moved to Billings where she worked as an ER nurse for many years. For the past 13 years she has served as CEO of Frontier Cancer Center before moving back to Sheridan in 2015 to serve as Director of Professional Services at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. She has been instrumental in advocating for patients to receive the quality care that they deserve while putting together programs to assure that that the staff receives proper instruction and the tools necessary to help those that they serve.
Cathy believes that everyone has a right to live in dignity and supports services that benefit the elderly in this community. She believes that it is important to give back to the community in which one lives and is an advocate for ensuring that staff are trained and engaged in patient safety by having the resources needed to adequately care for our treasured seniors. She is compassionate about providing patients the emotional support needed for them to be active participants in their well-being.
Cathy is currently a Board Member of MSU-B Health Administration Advisory Committee, and has previously served as Legislative Liaison, Treasurer, VP and President of Montana Medical Group Management Association, and as Board members of Community Oncology Alliance, Cancer Centers of Excellence, Rocky Mountain Health Network, and American Cancer Society Advisory Committee.
She is married and has one son, two daughters and a beautiful granddaughter.
Jane has facilitated fun activities for those at the Sheridan Senior Center for the past 17 years and brings this experience to the Green House to assure that the elders have meaningful days in their homes. She worked for Burlington Northern for 10 years and for one season at Landon’s Greenhouse. Jane is a musician with a beautiful voice performing with the Canary Joe Band and Trippin’ for Biscuits Band, WYO Theater Gala Productions and a community choir. Jane is married to Jim and they have two daughters and four grandchildren. Her family created the Matt Perkins Memorial Scholarship Fund which supports Sheridan High School and Fort McKenzie High School student international travel. She is a supporter of The Food Group of Sheridan County, Wellness Council and Compassion International. Jane shares her philosophy about elders and her commitment: “I support and defend the wisdom our elders have gathered through their lives. We are called to respect their lives they are living no matter their physical or mental limitations. We are here to serve and stand as advocates when they can no longer. I want to make sure that the Greenhouse Staff is entirely supported with the tools they need to create and maintain the atmosphere and standards that have been set.
Kay Wallick became involved with the Green House in 2008 after moving to Sheridan from Kansas City, MO and is currently serving as Secretary of the board. Currently, she is the President of Shepherd’s Centers of America and is co-chairing their national conference with National Volunteer Caregiving Network; a member of the Wyoming Board of Nursing Home Administrators and the Whedon Cancer Detection Foundation. Kay has over 34 years of experience in social service administration, working with diverse populations (older adults, at-risk youth, foster children and low-income families). Before moving from KC she was the Executive Director of Shepherd’s Centers of America, providing support for over 60 community-based centers where older adults use their wisdom and skills to provide educational and in-home services for their peers. Her involvement with the Green House was a natural evolution from a focus on meaningful living in the community to long-term care. Her Mother was blessed to spend her last year in the Green House surrounded by loving care and continuing to live a life that matters. Kay holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration.
Hayden F. Heaphy, Jr.
Hayden is a partner in the Sheridan office of Davis & Cannon, LLP. With careful attention to detail, Hayden makes sure that each client’s legal needs and interests are served well. Over the years Hayden has been fortunate to work with the Sheridan business and nonprofit community in meaningful ways. He was President of the Downtown Sheridan Association when it developed Sheridan’s first street-scape project. Currently, he is a director and treasurer of Sheridan’s signature community event, the Sheridan WYO Rodeo. Hayden is legal counsel to the Northern Wyoming Community College District (Sheridan College). Recently, Hayden was appointed by the Wyoming Supreme Court to serve as a Disciplinary Judge for the Wyoming State Bar Board of Professional Responsibility. Hayden graduated from the University of Tulsa, College of Law in 1981, after obtaining his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Louisville in 1973.
Alyssa Wright, a Montana native, earned a Bachelor of Science Degrees in Biology and Nursing from Montana State University then a Master’s Degree from the University of Wyoming in 2012. Alyssa is currently part of the nursing faculty at Sheridan College and previously served as Diabetes Education Program Coordinator at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. She worked as a public-school nurse in Billings, MT prior to moving to Sheridan in 2010. Alyssa is married with two children balancing her career with family life.
Alyssa has a passion for nursing, education and advocating for others. She became a member of the Green House Living for Sheridan board of directors because she wanted to serve the Sheridan community as well as promote dignity and respect through person centered care.