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Our Mission

The CFD Volunteer Crisis Fund is a non-profit established for the purpose of providing emergency monetary assistance to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Family when they are faced with a tragic or catastrophic loss.

Meet the board

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Jeremy Lopez

Jeremy J. Lopez has been a volunteer for CFD as part of the Contract Acts Committee for 16 years and he works as Stage Manager to aid the entertainer’s stage manager with set up and tear down of shows. He is active in other aspects of Contract Acts including being one of the primary operators to pull the stage down track for Frontier Nights’. He is very proud to be on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Crisis Fund. He started volunteering when the organization was founded in 2007, was elected onto the board in 2017 filling the role of Entertainment Director and elected President in January 2021.

Family: Wife - Katie; Children, Reagan and Ariah.

Employment: Wyoming Air National Guard.

Years of Service: 10 years volunteering for the VCF, 4 years on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Crisis Fund and 16 years as a CFD volunteer.

Interests & Hobbies: Working at the family ranch, Cheyenne Frontier Days, golfing, traveling, spending time with family, and hunting.



VIce President

Tiffany Hayes

Tiffany was born and raised in Missoula, MT. She joined the Air Force in 2007 which has lead her to be stationed in Cheyenne, WY. She has been a part of the CFD family for 8 years now. First on the Parades committee and now on the PR committee for the past 3 years. Currently she is the Vice President of Operations for the Volunteer Crisis Fund (VCF) Board of Directors. She has been on our board for the past 3 years but volunteered to help VCF for the past 7 years. She loves that she is able to give back to the volunteers who truly make Cheyenne Frontier Days what it is today.

Family: Husband- Chris; Children- Makenzy, Hayden, Cayden, and Kowen

Employment: WY Air Nation Guard- 243d Air Traffic Control Squadron CSS

Years of Service: 8 years

Hobbies & Interests: Camping, hiking, riding UTVs, and fishing



VIce President

Brent Hunter

Brent Hunter is very proud to be on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Crisis Fund.  He has been a volunteer for CFD as part of the Ticket Committee for 24 years and he works as a cart driver for disability services.  He is active in many other aspects of CFD including being on the RRR Committee and Mentoring for the Ticket Committee. He is also a HEEL and a member of the for Cheyenne Frontier Days Foundation Board.

Family: Wife, Candy; Children , Trent (Jill), Brant (Amanda), Eric, Josh (Katie), Austen, Jenna and Aries and 5 grandchildren

Employment:  Capital Lumber

Years of Service: 5 years on the Board of Directors for the CFD Crisis Fund and 24 years as a CFD volunteer.

Interests & Hobbies: Cheyenne Frontier Days, Model Railroading , Traveling and spending time with Family.




Jack Lyman

Jack joined the Indian Committee in 1998 upon graduating from Leadership Cheyenne. He was voted Volunteer of the Year in 1999 and elected to the CFD HEELS in 2008. He served as a Lead Assistant for the Indian Committee for several years as well as a variety of other roles. In addition, he served as a member of the CFD RRR (Recruit, Retain, Recognize) Committee for three years. Jack was born and raised in Ten Sleep Wyoming on his family-owned Lazy 8 Ranch. He attended the University of Wyoming receiving degrees in Education and Accounting.

Family: Widowed- Lori Lyman; Children- Malone, Mason, and Blaine

Employment: Controller at Capital Business Systems Inc and CBL Inc

Years of Service: 24 years as a CFD volunteer, new to VCF Board

Interest and Hobbies: Watching and coaching sports, avid University of Wyoming fan, snowmobiling, skiing, fishing, boating, exercise, and travel.





Aleyta Zimmerman

Aleyta Zimmerman has been a volunteer for CFD since 2014 for the Public Relations Committee. Her duties on the committee include Sponsor Hosting during Cheyenne Frontier Days, and is also the liaison for the multiple committee fundraiser called the TICPRty.   

She is the board secretary for the VCF and coordinates the silent auction for the annual VCF Fundraiser. She was appointed to the VCF board in 2019.  

Family: Children - Kellan and Kai

Employment: State of Wyoming 

Years of Service: 8 years as a PR member, 2 years on the VCF board 

Interests and Hobbies: When she is not busy with her two children and their activities, she enjoys traveling, cooking, singing karaoke, home improvement projects, and roller skating (she played roller derby for 7 years in Cheyenne).



Director of Events

John Bever

John has been a CFD volunteer on the Concessions Committee since 2007. He has taken on many different roles within the Concessions committee. He currently serves on the cabin committee and has for the past 4 years. Responsible for the maintenance, care and upkeep of the cabin. Collects annual dues from each member and manages the committee checking and savings account budgeting for the purchase of food and beverages for the show, survivor party, Christmas party and other events throughout the year. Coordinates the distribution of parking passes for committee volunteers, food venders and carnival personnel. He chaired the Standing committee for 8 years in which he managed the roster, volunteer hours and newly recruited members. He participates in workdays where he enjoys completing multiple projects throughout the year to improve the condition of the park and get everything ready for the show.

Family: Wife - Kris; Children - Amanda, Abigail, & Alyssa; Granddaughters - Lincoln & Bristol

Employment: Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Retired U.S. Navy

Years of Service: 14 years as a CFD volunteer, 2 years on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Crisis Fund and 2 years as a CFD HEEL

Interests & Hobbies: Spending time with his family, pitching horseshoes, lifting weights, camping during hunting season and tinkering around his shop.


Director of Marketing

Jayden Burton

Jayden Burton is a Wyoming native, who has previously served as a CFD Dandy and participated in the Color Guard. She has assisted her mother who drives a wagon in the parades and hasn't missed a Cheyenne Frontier Days whether she was working in the AA barns or outriding in the parade. Mrs. Burton was raised on a ranch and continues to carry on western way of life. Her family has lived and homesteaded in Cheyenne for generations.

Family: Husband - Jack

Employment: Lunavi

Years of Service: CFD Volunteer Crisis Fund Board member since October of 2020.

Interests & Hobbies: She loves to volunteer, dig into a good book, or listen to passionate speakers.



Director of Benefits

Bob Symons

Bob has been a member of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Indian Committee since 2006 and was honored to become a member of the CFD HEELS organization in 2013. He is a member of the CFD Emergency Response Planning Committee. Bob is from Sheridan Wyoming and is a general partner, along with his sister, of the Symons Ranch Limited Partnership, RLLP. He retired from Sheridan Fire-Rescue Department in 2005 as the Fire Chief and then worked for the State of Wyoming Public Safety Communications Commission for 12 years retiring in 2017.

Family: Wife – Rita; Children - Brian and Erika

Employment: General Partner Symons Ranch Limited Partnership, RLLP

Years of Service: 1

Hobbies & Interests: Traveling, Bicycling, Ranch



Director of Entertainment

Joe Lopez

Joe has been a Cheyenne Frontier Days Volunteer for over twenty years. He is on the Contract Acts Committee. He was the Contract Acts Committee Chair from 2007 through 2009. Joe was the founder of the Volunteer Crisis Fund in 2007 and has been a part of the organization since. 

Family: Joe has been married to his wife, Peg for the past 43 years. He is a proud grandpa of three beautiful grandchildren, Hunter, Reagan, and Ariah. 

Employment: Retired

Years of Service: 15



Director of Auctions

Rashell Rodekohr

Rashell became a director of the Volunteer Crisis Fund Board in 2020. She has been a volunteer on the Cheyenne Frontier Days’ Public Relations Committee since 2019. Rashell was born and raised in Cheyenne Wyoming and has spent most of her adult life here. She is an attorney and works at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming as a Staff Attorney. She loves to be able to volunteer for Cheyenne Frontier Days and for the Volunteer Crisis Fund to be able to help out fellow volunteers.

Family: Spouse - Ryan; Children - Graysen

Employment: Blue Cross Blue Shield Wyoming

Years of Service: 3

Hobbies & Interests: Broncos football, spending time at the lake (wakeboarding), spending time in the mountains (snowmobiling), and traveling. 




Director of Organization

Cory Castle


Director of Sponsorship

Tasha Coe

Tasha Coe is a Cheyenne Wyoming Native working in construction and real estate. Tasha grew up around Cheyenne frontier day on her grandpa’s heels. She joined the ticket committee in 2016 and then transferred to grounds in 2017. Since then she is on many sub committees and helps out anyway she can. Just like many volunteers if asked its just in her blood.

Family: Tasha is married to Thomas Coe who is also on the grounds committee and they pass this amazing tradition on to their 4 children and look forward to including their granddaughter as well.

Employment: Iron Creek, Dirty Rose Homes and Realtor at Our 323.

Years of Service: 2

Interest and Hobbies: When not volunteering or working, you will find Tasha with her family at their cabin, on a boat, or by a fire.




Director of Donor relations

Dawn Mcdonnell

Dawn was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin but Cheyenne has been home for over 22 years. She has been a volunteer for CFD on the Public Relations Committee as a photographer for over 10 years and loves rodeo! She is currently serving with United States Air Force working full time for National Guard Bureau and serving the 153d Mission Support Group. She was appointed to the VCF board in 2022.

Family: Husband- Jim; Children- Schuylar and Delaney

Employment: Region 8, Drug Demand Reduction Program Manager, National Guard Bureau and Mission Support Group Strategic Exec, WY Air National Guard.

Years of Service: 10 years PR member and 1st year VCF.

Hobbies & Interests: Photography, horseback riding, reading, loves the sun, and spending time outside.


We exist to serve the Cheyenne Frontier Days volunteers when they need it most.

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