April 05, 2011
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Pat Hand and Rob Boner were selected by Governor Mead and confirmed by the Wyoming Senate to serve four-year terms on the WCDA Board. Hand and Boner replaced Kemmerer attorney Joe Bluemel and Gillette retired banker Ron Bailey, who both had reached the end of their two-term limits.
 
Hand is a retired attorney who currently lives in Cheyenne. Prior to settling in Cheyenne, he was an attorney in Douglas for 45 years. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Wyoming Highway Commission and on the Environmental Quality Council. He currently volunteers with the Wyoming State Bar Association and also sits on the Cheyenne Historical Preservation Board of Directors.
 
“I was pleased to be appointed to the open WCDA Board position mainly because I want to give back to Wyoming,” Hand said. “I am a veteran and I think WCDA has some housing programs that are helpful for returning soldiers.
 
“I am also mindful of Wyoming’s energy industry and how it seems to move around the state, so sometimes it is hard for the workers to put down roots. I believe WCDA’s affordable housing programs help those workers attain housing,” Hand said.
 
Boner is a lifelong Wyoming resident and a partner in a family ranching operation in Converse County.
 
“I feel the WCDA Board is a good place for me to serve the state,” Boner said. “Two of my interests are education and economic development – and housing is critical to any economy.”
 
Boner is a school board member in Converse County School District #1 and a member on the Converse Area New Development Organization Board of Directors.
 
“WCDA is extremely fortunate to have two new members who are so uniquely qualified,” WCDA Executive Director David Haney said. “With the burgeoning natural resources environment, workforce housing will be critical for Wyoming's future. Agriculture too is critical to our economy and culture. Marrying the two with housing is a huge challenge going forward. We will be much better prepared as a result of Pat and Rob's appointment.”
 
The WCDA Board of Directors is comprised of nine voting members and an ex-officio member  - Executive Director Haney. In addition to Boner and Hand, the current Board members are Governor Matt Mead, State Treasurer Joe Meyer (both of whom serve by virtue of their offices), Chairman Wayne Deahl of Torrington, Vice Chair Pam Snell of Cheyenne, Secretary Dan Sullivan of Casper, John Stoll of Laramie, and Ed Luhm of Worland. Gov. Mead’s designee on the Board is Shelly Andrews from his Budget Office. Treasurer Meyer’s designee is Sharon Garland from his office.
 
The WCDA finances affordable housing in Wyoming – this includes financing first-time homebuyer loans, housing rehabilitation loans, and allocating federal funds for the construction and preservation of affordable rental housing.