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2024 UWAA Election Results

The UWAA is proud to announce and welcome our new elected directors.

Yancy Bonner

A fifth-generation Wyoming native, Yancy Bonner has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Arts degree in interior architecture and design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Prior to launching her design career, Yancy worked as the design and home show coordinator for Western Interiors + Design magazine and as the managing editor of a local community newspaper. Yancy also served for many years on the board of directors of By Western Hands, an organization dedicated to helping sustain the creation of decorative and functional art using designs and techniques influenced by the American West. She currently serves as a national advisory board member for the University of Wyoming Art Museum. When not immersed in the art of creating beautiful spaces, Yancy enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time recreating in the wilds of Wyoming with her young daughter and her husband. 

Breck Wagstaff

My name is Breck Wagstaff- I am a proud UW graduate from the class of 2007 and a lifetime Wyomingite. I currently reside in Douglas with my wife Taylor and our two daughters, Ellie and Brynn. The Alumni Association has played a big role in my family as my mother was a past president, my father was a board member and both my older brother, and I served on the Wyoming Student Alumni Association while we attended college in Laramie. My passion for the Alumni Association goes far beyond the family heritage associated with it, and is driven by a genuine feeling of pride and passion for the University. The possibilities are endless for anyone who chooses to attend The University of Wyoming. The opportunities for future students, both during their time in Laramie and for the years to come after graduation, are vast. Helping to grow our next generation of leaders and better those possibilities for our youth is a driving passion of mine. Having two daughters I see their future attending school in Laramie and that gives me an immense feeling of hope, pride and excitement. This excitement is for my girls' future, as well as that of the University's. The coming years for the University are bright, and I sincerely hope to help continue with the mission to embrace the past while growing for the next generation of Cowboys.

David Emery

David R. Emery retired in 2020 as Executive Chairman of Black Hills Energy (NYSE: BKH), a utility company headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota, which serves nearly 1.3 million electric and natural gas utility customers in eight states, including Wyoming. He was employed by Black Hills for more than 30 years, serving as Chairman and CEO for nearly 16 years. Prior to Black Hills, he was a petroleum engineer for Union Pacific Resources in Colorado, Wyoming and Texas. Emery holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming and an M.B.A. from the University of South Dakota. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Wyoming and currently serves on the College of Business Advisory Board and the Energy Resource Council for the School of Energy Resources. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and is active in state and community affairs, currently serving on three gubernatorial-appointed boards in South Dakota and one in Wyoming, plus various charitable and non-profit community organizations. Emery and his wife Deanna (B.S. in Education from UW) reside in Rapid City and have two grown sons, one of whom is also a UW graduate.

UWAA Board Nominations

The majority of Board members are elected by the Association’s voting membership to three-year terms with the opportunity to serve a consecutive three-year term. Board seats are primarily structured by geographic region, the exceptions being the President, Past President, President Elect, a young alumni director, three at-large directors, and emeritus directors who are all appointed by the board.

Who can nominate, be nominated, and vote:

  • Only paid UWAA members can vote, nominate, and serve on the UWAA Board


Annual Timing:

  • January 31st – Nomination Deadline
  • Follow-Up – The executive director will reach out to discuss expectations and request formal bio to present to UWAA Nominating Committee
  • Spring Board Meeting – UWAA Full Board Affirms Nominees for election
  • June – Electronic voting on UWAA Website begins June 1st and closes June 10th.  Election results posted on UWAA website following notification of results to all nominees.


Nomination Form




Districts and Regions


Representation Inside Wyoming


Map of judicial districts of Wyoming

District No. 1 = Laramie County; District No. 2 = Carbon & Albany Counties; District No. 3 = Lincoln, Uinta, & Sweetwater Counties; District No. 4 = Sheridan & Johnson Counties; District No. 5 = Park, Big Horn, Hot Springs, & Washakie Counties; District No. 6 = Campbell, Crook, & Weston Counties; District No. 7 = Natrona County; District No. 8 = Converse, Niobrara, Platte, & Goshen Counties; District No. 9 = Teton, Sublette, & Fremont Counties



Representation Outside of Wyoming

Composition of the board map - new


Far West Region = Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Hawaii, & Alaska; Southwest Region = Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, & Kansas; Northeast Region = Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine; Southeast Region = Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia; Neighboring States Region = Idaho, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska; Colorado as it’s own region; Wyoming as it’s own region





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