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
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
OWBO Program Director Business Counselor 
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
Christine Langley
Business Counselor
Christine Langley is a sales and marketing expert with a 15+ year track record of achievement and demonstrated success driving sales growth in highly competitive markets. In addition to her corporate experience in General Management, Sales Management, and Human Resources, she is a serial small-business entrepreneur and truly understands the joys and challenges associated with business ownership. Most recently, Christine was the Chief Operating Officer for the UW Wyoming Technology Business Center and brings a deep knowledge of the Wyoming start-up climate. She has been professionally trained in life and executive coaching from the Coach Training Institute and has been providing business advising and executive coaching to clients for over nine years. Christine is excited to work with you on business and personal development, business expansion, and day-to-day operational improvements.
Email: clangle1@uwyo.edu
Phone: 307-760-0704