Board of Directors

 

 

 

Terra Norton, Chairman

Terra is a Wyoming native from Saratoga, WY.  She went to college at the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign where she received a Bachelors in Accountancy.  She has been a CPA since 2005 and is part owner of Above the Line CPA in Gillette.  She moved to Gillette in 2003 when she married her husband Tim.  Tim and Terra have two sons Jedidiah and Jacob.  Terra has been a volunteer at the Women’s Resource Center since 2011 as an Education Specialist and joined the Board of Directors in 2014.  She also enjoys CrossFit, running, skiing, volleyball, and reading.

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Rose, Vice Chairman

 

 

Debbie Knutson, Treasurer

 

Debbie Knutson is lifelong resident of Wyoming.  Born and raised on a ranch north of Gillette, Debbie and her husband are still ranching as well as tending to business at Wizz Well Service.  Debbie has been a volunteer with the WRC since the center opened in 2003 and is currently served as Chairman of the Board for the past 4 years. She is currently serving at Treasurer.  It has been a joy serving with such a wonderful team at the WRC.  She and her husband raised three children, Kimberly, Kelly and Clint.  With 7 grandchildren scattered from Georgia to Torrington and back to

Gillette, she stays quite busy traveling so she can enjoy time with all the kiddos.

 

 

 

Cathy Blakeman, Secretary

Cathy Blakeman

 

Cathy grew up on a cattle ranch in southern Wyoming, later moving to Jackson where she graduated from high school, and worked for the US Forest Service.  In 1972, she married Randy Blakeman, and they spent the next 4 years traveling with his job for AT&T Long Lines.   They moved to Gillette in 1976 where they raised their three children, Rob, Rebecca and Lisa.  And now the Lord has blessed them with five delightful grandchildren.   Cathy’s interests include reading, writing, history and she has a great love for horses. Cathy retired in 2014 from her job of 26 years as bookkeeper  for a law firm.  Shortly thereafter, she began volunteering at WRC.  Cathy’s background in pro-life ministries includes acting as State Director for WEBA (Women Exploited By Abortion) during the early 1980’s.  As a post abortive woman herself, she has always felt called to serve, and now feels humbled and honored to be a member of the WRC Board.

 

 

Pastor Jim Hawkins

 

Hi, my name is Jim Hawkins.  Along with my wife Jewel, we have served local churches as senior pastors for over 35 years.  Our journey together has led us to plant four churches over that time, in 4 different states; Oregon, Washington, California and Montana.  In the fall of 2009 God led us to make a dramatic career move to Gillette, Wyoming to serve as Associate pastors of the Gillette Foursquare church, known around town as Gillette Christian Center.  It has been our privilege to serve the Gillette community over the past 8 years and we are looking forward to many more.  Coming on to the board of the Women’s Resource Center is a natural fit for me, as God has used both Jewel and I over the years to minister to women of various ages going through the challenges of either considered or actual abortions.  We have always been very passionate regarding the unborn and women in need of the love and support of Jesus and his people.  Jewel and I have ourselves adopted and raised 3 girls, and now are privileged as grandparents to be once again raising an adopted daughter who will soon turn twelve years old.

 

 

 

Pastor Mike Wilson

 

Mike Wilson is the husband of Darci and father of Lincoln (age 2). He is a fourth-generation pastor who received his undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degrees from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Barltesville, OK. He is originally from Olathe, KS, and he is a huge fan of the KC Chiefs, KC Royals, and Kansas Jayhawks. Mike has a passion to see the joy of new life in Christ spread in innovative ways to those who have not yet experienced God’s grace, and he passionately serves the kingdom as lead pastor at New Life, by helping people to become who they were created to be. He joined the Women’s Resource Center Board in 2017.

 

 

 

Sawyer Poitra, RN: CEO

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Sawyer began working part time as a registered nurse at WRC in October of 2010. She received training and certification in performing limited obstetrical ultrasounds, which is provided for patients on a daily basis. Sawyer received her nursing education through Gillette College, and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing through the University of Wyoming in 2012.

In 2016, Sawyer transitioned positions to become the new CEO of Women’s Resource Center. Sawyer is blessed with a wonderful husband and two children that keep her busy! In 2015, God lead Sawyer to start the first Embrace Grace ministry group in Gillette, which is a support ministry for single and pregnant mothers. Sawyer and her family are very active in their church, and are also a foster family for children in need.

WRC  is very close to Sawyer’s heart,  and she is happy to be a part of what God is doing through the Center to help women through the crisis phase of an unplanned pregnancy.