Board Member Bio – David Ohde


As a native of Iowa, David graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Landscape Architecture. After serving in US Army Intelligence, David lived and practiced landscape architecture in Missouri and Minnesota before moving to Cheyenne in 1979. He established his firm, David Ohde & Associates, in 1984 and is a licensed landscape architect.   His firm […]


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Board Member Bio – Jacob Mares


Jacob Mares is a Cheyenne native of 35 years, and is a founding board member. He got his start in arboriculture planting trees with the Laramie County Conservation district. In 2012 he joined the City of Cheyenne’s Urban Forestry Department, and spent the next five years planting and caring for the city’s trees. His love […]


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Board Member Bio – Mindy Peep


I am a Wyoming native and Cheyenne transplant since 2013. I am the Marketing Manager at Blue Federal Credit Union and have been serving on the Rooted in Cheyenne board since its inception in 2017. Growing up in western Wyoming, my mother shared her strong passion for gardening food for our family and practicing sustainability […]


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Board Member Bio – Eric Hammer


Eric Hammer has been a Rooted in Cheyenne board member since the beginning of the program. Unlike other board members, Eric doesn’t have a professional background in arboriculture or horticulture, but as a city planner, understands the benefits street trees provide and their pivotal role in placemaking, public health, and sustainability. Eric received his Bachelor […]


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Board Member Bio – Kenneth Burke


Kenneth Burke comes from a long line of family farmers.  They raised hogs, beef, and milked, grew  crops such as corn, soybeans, sugar beets, wheat, barley, hay and oats.  The entire family also gardened and that is where Kenneth developed his passion for plants and gardening.  After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree […]


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