Our Staff

The WWBC, with an emphasis on small business development, was created as an alternative to low paying jobs available to Wyoming’s most marginalized people, women, people of color, people with low incomes and people with disabilities. In recent years our passion has expanded to working with artists who want to sustain themselves and their families through their creativity.


Debbie Gorski
Debbie Gorski
Executive Director
Debbie Gorski started her career as the WWBC Executive Director October 1, 2014. Previously she was the Social Media Community Manager for Wyoming Entrepreneur for six years and the Associate State Director for Wyoming Entrepreneur for eight years. She worked for the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service in Campbell County and then for the Cent$ible Nutrition program for six years. Debbie graduated from UW with a MS in Family & Consumer Science.
Email: debk@uwyo.edu
Phone: (307) 460-3944
Sherry Aanenson
Sherry Aanenson
Office Manager
Sherry Aanenson has lived in Laramie for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and has years of nonprofit administrative experience along with personal business experience. Sherry is the “first point of contact” for the Center and enjoys assisting clients in reaching their goals! She will assist you with any questions you may have and get you connected to the appropriate staff. She enjoys playing tennis, bike-riding, cooking and spending time with her family.
Email: saanenso@uwyo.edu
Phone: (307) 460-3948
Waldo Smith
Waldo Smith
Director of Microlending
Waldo is a Nebraska native who moved to Wyoming in 2010. Waldo has 27 years of lending experience working for FSA (then FmHA) and various banks in Nebraska and Minnesota. The last 4 years, Waldo has worked as the finance officer for a local non-profit and has experience using QuickBooks, tracking donations, payroll reporting and sales/lodging tax reports.
Email: wsmith34@uwyo.edu
Phone: (307) 460-3946

Jonathan Howdeshell
Business Counselor & OWBO Program Director 

 

Jonathan was born in Laramie, Wyoming and has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years. Before, during and after graduating from the University of Wyoming, with a degree in Business Administration, he started, grew and supported several different types of companies over the years from hot sauce to financial investment advising. Jonathan’s diversification of experience education and training brings unique insight to the WWBC helping clients from all walks of life. Jonathan is happy to help you with a broad range of topics, including but not limited to: start-ups, marketing and sales, investing, branding strategies, and business planning.
Email: jhowdesh@uwyo.edu
Phone: (307) 460-3949