The WCC is pleased to announce its 2017 Crew Leaders who undergo field leadership training with us from today until late May learning Wilderness First Aid, U.S. Forest Service chainsaw certification S-212, leadership, conservation ethics, the nation’s and Wyoming’s public land history, risk management…the whole nine yards.

The below introductions can be found on our “staff” tab underneath “about us” on this website.

2017 Crew Leaders


Tyler Paul is a fishing fanatic of all seasons with a great love for the outdoors. Always trying new things, Tyler has caught salmon with his bare hands and has trapped a three-legged beaver. He grew up in the Black Hills area in both South Dakota and Wyoming. His adventures have led him to explore Canada and venture over seas to many European countries. He is majoring in Civil Engineering after spending the last 5 years working residential construction. Working in rural Wyoming has made his love for the outdoors grow and is eager to maintain and preserve the land so others may love it as well.


Madeline Onstott has lived in Wyoming most of her life after moving from Colorado. Having grown up around mountains her entire life, one her greatest passions is spending time outdoors. She prefers trail running and hiking to reach scenic and quiet places where she can enjoy moments alone, but also with her closest friends and family.

Since attending college in Laramie, she has carried her passion for the environment in to her studies. She studies Geology and Earth Sciences, as well as Environment and Natural Resources. Her hopes after graduating is to receive her Master’s degree in Earth Science Education so that she may teach in South America, and eventually return home to the states. Her interest in education is to do her part in teaching the next generation to develop a love for the environment so that it may be protected for many generations to come.

Maddie is excited to spend a second summer with the WCC, but this time as a crew leader. Her passion for the outdoors also carries in to her work with conservation projects across the state. She hopes to have another great summer with a hardworking crew that shares similar interests in the conservation of public lands!


Larissa Siirila is a vibrant, adventure seeking young woman, Nebraska born and Wyoming bred. She is a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming with a BS in Chemistry. She plans to attend medical school after taking some time off to peruse other interests. It has always been Larissa’s desire to help people in whatever way, shape, or form she can. In her free time she enjoys fencing (the sport) and volunteering at the Downtown Clinic of Laramie. Larissa is also a researcher for the Hoberg Group chemistry lab. She has a cabin on the North Fork of the Shoshone River and tries to get back to it at least once a year so she can re-dig a small pond in the adjacent creek. Larissa is always looking out for new adventures and is excited to join the adventure of a lifetime with the Wyoming Conservation Corps.


Tyler Carroll, originally from Parker CO, came to Laramie in 2013 to attend the University of Wyoming. Working on majors in Geography and Environment and Natural Resources, as well as minors in Sustainability and Outdoor Leadership. Tyler gained a passion for the outdoors through Boy Scouts, where he earned the rank of Eagle and was introduced to conservation with his Eagle Scout project which included fire mitigation and trail building. He worked for the WCC last summer as a crew member  which further established his passion for conservation work and this past semester Tyler started working at the Outdoor Program as a trip leader. Both programs allowed him to recognize how much he loves leading others in the outdoors. The majority of his free time is spent outdoors mountain biking, skiing, hiking, rafting, fly-fishing, and really anything else you can do outside.


Dillon Levi is 25 years old and a native of Laramie. He has served with the WCC two times before as a crew member. He loves the outdoors, especially hiking, climbing of all kinds, and snowboarding. When he was young, he would race at Snowy Range but now finds more interest in just going out with my friends and getting home everyday to tell the story! He is finishing his Bachelors of Arts in Spanish Literature in May ’17 and hopes to earn a skydiving license by the end of the summer this year! Dillon is very excited to get to work with the WCC this year and serve the state and AmeriCorps this year!


Claire Heidel: Hey y’all! My name is Claire and I am super excited to be a crew leader for WCC for the spring and summer of 2017! I grew up in Wisconsin on the shores of the Great Lakes, and I have liked being in the outdoors since I can remember – camping, shooting hoops, relaxing on the beach, hiking…. you name it and chances are you can count me in. I am currently pursuing a degree in elementary education at the University of Wyoming. I look forward to being a part of WCC again and working together to do great things for Wyoming and ultimately for our exceptional country. Let ‘er buck!


Emily Thornton is from Hattiesburg, MS and holds Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Environmental Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has lived in Alaska, California, New Orleans, and Puerto Rico.  She most recently worked at Lake Thoreau Environmental Center and has done field research comparing salinity levels of marsh waters and the biomass of marsh plants in different ecosystems.  She has also done research comparing soil health of burned vs. unburned land and behavioral research with Galagos. Emily has earned her open water scuba certification and a yoga teacher certification. After graduating with her psychology degree, she worked as a program coordinator for Campus Link Americorps, which helped prepare middle school students in Mississippi for high school. She is an advocate of environmental conservation and loves to spend her time playing music, writing, hiking, biking, and canoeing.


Max Benson is a Laramie, Wyoming native that has been an outdoor enthusiast since the age of two. Growing up on 6 acres of prairie, Max always had the freedom to explore, learn and investigate Wyoming’s nature. He has a strong affection for camping, fishing, cooking, hiking, skateboarding, and biking. Max arrived at WCC last summer with experience in construction, electrical work and installing various projects and is excited to assist WCC in 2017.

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