Local women vie for open seat on EWC board


TORRINGTON – Current Eastern Wyoming College Trustees received a tough challenge last Friday when two highly qualified women from the LaGrange area interviewed for a vacancy on the board. Judith Bartmann, Ph.D., originally from Colorado, and Diane Humphrey, a former Laramie County commissioner, answered six questions, individually, prior to the board announcing it would announce its final decision during the regular board meeting Tuesday.

Bartmann, who has been a college and university instructor since the 1980s, and her husband, Dick, who is retired from the state Game and Fish Department, arrived in Goshen County in 2012. She holds a doctoral degree in Human Development, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in gerontology, consumer science and substance counseling.

“Sheri Lovercheck, and others in the area, have encouraged me to run for the EWC board,” Bartmann said Monday afternoon. “Over the years, it’s become more and more interesting to me to be able to contribute to the community.”

In addition to her career in education, Bartmann has been involved in social services for 25 years. After moving to Goshen County, she has taught classes at EWC, the latest in Criminal Justice
in 2016. 

Bartmann now spends more time baking and cooking. She participates in farmers markets where she sells her baked goods, as well as handcrafts. The couple has three adult children and eight grandchildren.

During her interview with the trustees, Bartmann said she believes EWC is important to the community in multiple areas, including high school education and workforce training.

“The board’s role is to guide, direct and protect Eastern Wyoming College and to provide the best educational experience possible,” Bartmann said.

Diane Humphrey, retired dairy farmer from Laramie County and Wheatland, grew up on a dairy operation and married a dairy farmer. The couple retired to LaGrange in 2011, where a daughter and her family live.

Humphrey said she wants to give back to Wyoming’s community college system by serving at Eastern Wyoming College. According to Humphrey, Laramie County Community College played an important role in the progress of their dairy operations through associated classes and services. 

Humphrey served as a Laramie County commissioner for 16 years prior to moving to Goshen County. She has also been involved in Cheyenne Frontier Days for more than two decades. She was director of the Dandies program for most of that time, and now serves on the Wheels committee, which manages the carriage rides in the Frontier Days parades. She is a member of the CowBelles, where she has served as president. Dick, her husband, is on the Wyoming
Beef Council.

Although the couple is busy with family and other interests, Humphrey said, “I’m not as busy as I’d like to be, and I think boards need fresh blood. I think they’re doing a great job at EWC, and I’d like to be part of it.”

As for the role of the board, Humphrey said, “It’s very important to be part of the community.” She explained that she worked in the LaGrange Post Office to learn more about the community when they first moved to Goshen County. 

“You don’t have ownership if you’re not involved,” she said. “I want to serve again, to pay back for the first four years in the community.”

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