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NWC Foundation Board elects new members

April 14, 2023 - The Northwest College Foundation Board of Directors elected two new directors at its last meeting.

NWC Foundation Board elects new members

Newly-elected board members include retired educator and longtime NWC trustee Carolyn Danko and Wyoming State Senator and retired educator R.J. Kost, both of Powell.

Danko came to Powell in 1969 when her husband began teaching at Northwest College. Also an educator, Danko taught public school for four decades. She’s attended the University of North Dakota and Kansas State University and earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming.

Kost was a mathematics instructor, a coach and the curriculum coordinator in Wyoming public schools for over four decades. Born and raised on a farm, agriculture is also one of his passions. He received a double major bachelor’s from Rocky Mountain College and his master’s from the University of Wyoming. He also served one term as Senator for District 19 in Wyoming.

“It’s exciting to welcome our two new board members who bring a vast amount of educational expertise to the Foundation Board,” NWC Foundation President Shawn Warner said. “As we move toward the future, we look forward to continue growing our endowment and providing support for NWC’s students, faculty, staff and projects.”

Members who were reelected for another term include Dave Bonner (Powell), Bryan Lee (Powell), Trace Paul (Powell), Charlotte Patrick (Powell), Steve Rockhold (Billings) and Dusty Schutzman (Cody). The board of directors consists of 29 members serving 3-year rotating terms.

The Northwest College Foundation secures and manages private gifts for NWC, supporting student opportunity and enhancing the College’s educational offerings. Through the Alumni Association, the office also facilitates connections with NWC's 24,000+ alumni around the world. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with assets of $50 million.

For more information, contact Executive Director of the NWC Foundation Shelby Wetzel at 307-754-6110 or email her at

To learn more about the NWC Foundation’s upcoming events and projects, visit

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