Elections

Online voting is open to all Active and Retired members of WMEA from February 20-27, 2017

Get to know the candidates! Biographies for Elementary VP, Choir VP, Orchestra VP, and Secretary:

 

Elementary Vice President

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Mary McGillivray

Mary McGillivray was born and raised in Sheridan, WY. After graduating high school, Mary attended Casper College and then moved on to Black Hills State University, where she received a Bachelors in Vocal Music Performance, a Bachelors in Music Education, and a minor in Speech Communications: Theatre Emphasis. In 2015, Mary received her Masters in Music Education from the University of Wyoming. During her time at Casper College and Black Hills State University Mary was intensely involved in the music and theatre departments. Mary participated in all vocal ensembles and held the position of section leader and

president for the Collegiate Chorale at both Casper College and Black Hills State University. Mary is the Elementary Music Educator for Hot Springs County School District in Thermopolis, Wyoming, where she also has the privilege of being the High School Drama Team Coach. Mary also holds the position of Vice President for the Wyoming Educators of Secondary Theatre Board.

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Amy Munsell

Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Amy Munsell received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Wyoming. While living in Laramie she had the opportunity to perform with many artists and travel playing her saxophone in national solo and regional quartet competitions. Munsell became the first music education major and first saxophonist to win the University of Wyoming Dorothy Jacoby Concerto Competition.  

While teaching in Natrona County School District, Amy taught K-6 general music, beginning band, assisted the Kelly Walsh High School Marching Band, as well as directing the Western Wind Marching Band.  She has also had the opportunity to work with more than 50 students across Wyoming over the past 6 years in private lessons, enhancing their skills to achieve college scholarships and state awards.

As a Licensed Kindermusik Educator, professional musician, assistant director, composer, and entrepreneur, Amy is grateful to have the opportunity to do what she loves for a living! Ms. Amy instills the value of healthy aesthetic living in Casper and brings a life-long love of learning to all of her students. 

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Jessica Riis

Jessica Riis is a Wyoming native with a BA in Music Education from the University of Wyoming. While at the university, Jessica played oboe and English horn in the UW Symphony as well as the UW Wind Ensemble. She was a four year member of the Western Thunder Marching Band, where she was a section leader for three years. In her final year, she was voted as Section Leader of the Year.  Also during her time at UW, Jessica was a member of Tau Beta Sigma for two years, serving one year as secretary before becoming an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. During her five year membership of Collegiate NAfME, she served one year as the Public Relations officer, and one year as Vice-President.

Jessica is in her fourth year of teaching K-4 general music in Green River, Wyoming. She incorporates the use of technology in the classroom, and values creating and sharing online resources. As a member of the Green River community, Jessica has spent time in various ensembles including The Rock Springs BOCES Orchestra, the Green River BOCES Community Choir, Sweetwater Sounds Jazz Ensemble, and the Green River High School pit orchestra for performances of Shrek and The Sound of Music. She also volunteers at her church helping with music ministry and religious education classes.

 

Choir Vice President

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Anissa Bree

Anissa Bree teaches vocal and general music at Cody Middle School.  She received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wyoming and is currently working on her Master of Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearny.  When she attended Northwest College in Powell, she was a member of the Studio Singers, Choral Art and the NWC Chorale.  She has since been invited to conducted the Master Chorale at Northwest College for the past four years, and has sung with the Cody Chorale.  She keeps active with music performances in the Cody area and invitations to conduct and adjudicate around the state.  She also keeps busy with her family of four and enjoys traveling to Colorado to visit family and friends.

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 Leah Hoblit

Leah Hoblit is a 2013 alumna of Concordia College, Moorhead, MN., graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. In her four years of teaching, she has taught in the Rock Springs and Green River school districts. In her first two years, she taught choir, guitar, and music and video production classes. She also directed two musical productions including Annie Jr. and Seussical Jr. She currently instructs three choirs at Green River High school, and directs two choirs at Lincoln Middle School. She also serves as the musical director for the High School’s Spring Musical. In addition, Leah teaches private voice lessons and sings in the Green River community chorus.

Miss Hoblit possesses a love for teaching and inspiring students of all ages. Throughout her college career, she has worked with residents of the local YWCA and new American refugees to find healing and build communication and trust through music. Highlights of her teaching career thus far are: participating with students in the ACDA National and Regional choirs; receiving the “overall best rated Jr. High choir” award at the Layton, UT 2015 Music in the Parks Festival; and being recognized as the 2016 South Big Horn District’s “Outstanding Young Music Educator.” In her free time, Leah enjoys reading, skiing, and taking walks with her dog, Buster.

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Anne Schatz

Anne Schatz is currently in her fourth year of teaching in Burns, WY. She teaches junior high and high school choir and 5-12 band. She finds her small farming and ranching community provides rewarding relationships and unique challenges that have provided ample opportunities for personal and student growth. She is continually striving to grow her programs and facilitate quality music making experiences within the school’s rural community.

She is a member of NAfME and ACDA and was invited to be a guest panelist for new and upcoming teachers for Northwest ACDA in Seattle last year. She has enjoyed being a guest conductor for the northeast junior high choir clinic in 2013 and continues to fine tune her conducting efficiency and teaching skills through additional workshops and graduate courses.

Anne was born and raised in Wyoming. She first studied music at Sheridan College and eventually transferred to the University of Wyoming where she received her Bachelors of Music Education followed by a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. She currently lives in Cheyenne, WY with her husband Ben and their two children, Brenden and Sophia.

 

Orchestra Vice President

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 Jaylene Willhite

Jaylene Willhite has been a music teacher in the Laramie County School District #1 in Cheyenne Wyoming for the past 25 years. Her current position is Orchestra Director at South High School, Johnson Junior High and Afflerbach Elementary. Jaylene received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and Master’s degree in Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. Jaylene has been a member of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra for 28 years and has performed with other orchestras such as the Fort Collins Symphony, Rapid City Symphony, Casper Symphony, Panhandle Symphony and the Billings Symphony. Jaylene is also the founder and artistic director of the Cheyenne Youth Symphony which is now in its 16th season. Jaylene is also a member of the Cheyenne String Quartet which performs for various events within the Cheyenne community.

Jaylene has a husband Roger, daughter Katie, and granddaughter Ariah. If she has any spare time she enjoys scrap booking, golfing and having coffee at Starbucks.

 

WMEA Secretary

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Leesa Kuhlmann

Leesa Kuhlmann is in her 35th year of teaching in Sweetwater Co. SD #1. She has taught elementary and high school, and presently is the vocal music director at Rock Springs High School where she teaches 4 choirs, Music Appreciation, Beginning and Advanced Guitar, and AP Music Theory.

Leesa received her Bachelors of Music degrees in both Music Education and Music Theory and Composition at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She also holds certifications in Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly pedagogies.

A founding member of Wyoming Jazz Educators, Leesa has served as their treasurer for the past 5 years. She also has served on the Board of Directors for the Wyoming Music Education Association as Secondary VP and In-Ovations VP. Leesa is a member of the National Education Association, Wyoming Education Association, and Sweetwater Education Association, serving as an officer at both the state and local levels throughout her teaching career.

“I would like to serve as Secretary for the Wyoming Music Education Association, because I believe we should give back to the organizations to which we belong. I have served on the Board before, and found it to be a challenging yet rewarding experience. Music is my passion and I want to make sure it is a viable program in the public schools. Serving on the Board allows me to help make policies that further public education in our state “

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 Andrew Salzman

Andrew Salzman is in his fourth year of teaching music in Carbon County School District #1, having recently taken the position of Band Director at Rawlins Middle School after three years as a music specialist at Rawlins Elementary School. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. In addition to being a member of NAfME and WMEA, currently serving as Music in Our Schools Month Chair, he is also a member of the NEA and WEA, currently serving as President of the Carbon One Educator’s Association.

Andrew is active in his community through his involvement with the Rawlins Elks Lodge #609 and their many community service activities and also serving as lodge inner guard. In his spare time you’ll find him helping out with the high school band program either with the Outlaw Stampede Marching band, playing with the Outlaw Stampede Pep band, or any other activity that helps promote band and music in Rawlins. 

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Ashley Westwang

Ashley Westwang graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2012. She taught K-12 music in Trenton, ND for a year before moving back to Wyoming. She currently live in Casper, WY and teaches preschool through 5th grade music at Mills Elementary. This includes general music, beginning band, and beginning orchestra. She is currently in her 4th year teaching at Mills and hopes to stay for some time.

Ashley is also in the middle of working on her master’s degree from Colorado State University. She is in the Master’s of Music Education with Kodály Emphasis program. She has completed Kodály level 1, and will complete levels 2 and 3 in the upcoming summers. She also plays clarinet with the Casper Municipal Band in the summertime.