Board of Directors
MARY B. GUTHRIE - Appointed to the Board, June 1, 2015. Guthrie, a third generation Wyoming native, was born in Newcastle. She has a J.D. and B.A. degree from the University of Wyoming. In her professional career she was a law clerk, Deputy Attorney General for the State of Wyoming, Cheyenne City Attorney and Executive Director of the Wyoming State Bar. After retiring from the practice of law, she was an adjunct English instructor at LCCC. Guthrie has been involved in many Cheyenne and state organizations. She enjoys walking her dogs, doing yoga and playing the trombone.
MATTHEW L. POPE - Appointed to Board, September 9, 2013. Matt is a Cheyenne native with three children. He is President of First Interstate Bank and has been very involved in and dedicated to Cheyenne. A graduate of Cheyenne East he continued his education at LCCC and then the University of Wyoming where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a CPA and earned an MBA from Regis University. He has been active on various boards, including Cheyenne LEADS, the LCCC Foundation, Cheyenne–Laramie County Economic Development, Joint Powers Board and the Downtown Development Authority Board.
JOHN M. EDWARDS - Appointed to Board, June 26, 2017. John has an extensive background in both vertical & underground construction. For the last 12 years, he has managed a land development firm and worked on projects in Cheyenne, Laramie, Casper, and Northern Colorado. His professional areas of expertise include large scale community master planning, corresponding infrastructure construction, environmental protection, and land reclamation. He is a past recipient of the Bronze Congressional Award for volunteer service for multiple organizations in Cheyenne including the hospital, Life Care Center, and the Old West Museum. He enjoys golf, music, art, and spending time outdoors. He is passionate about seeing our city reach its maximum potential and ensuring high quality infrastructure elements for our residents for many generations to come.
ALLAN CUNNINGHAM - Appointed to the Board, January 28, 2019. Allan is married with two grown children and has lived in Cheyenne for over 44 years. After graduating from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA, Allan taught junior high Science and Math for three years before moving into an Engineering role. In the 38 years of his professional career, he worked in the State Engineer’s Office - 19 years as the Administrator of the State Board of Control Division. Allan's work experience is in water rights, water law and Wyoming water issues - although now he is enjoying retirement. Allan has held many church positions over the last 14 years and currently serves as elder and along with being on the worship committee. He enjoys walking, yard work, playing guitar, writing music, and Tae Kwon Do. QUOTE: “I hope my experience in water issues can aid the Board of Public Utilities in securing safe and reliable new sources of water for our growing community.”
KEITH ZABKA – Appointed to the Board, August 10, 2020. Growing up in Nebraska and Missouri, Keith enlisted in the service and was stationed at FE Warren AFB. Deciding to make Cheyenne his home following discharge from the Air Force, Keith began working in the construction industry. As co-founder of Mechanical Systems Inc. (MSI), he sees the value of community and quality working relationships. After more than 35 successful years, Keith and his business partner recently passed along most of the business to several of their long-term and dedicated employees. While working part-time for MSI in an advisory position, Keith now volunteers his time working on the Governor’s Workforce Development Council, Cheyenne LEADS Leadership Board, Cheyenne Airport Board, Cheyenne Country Club Board, and the Foundation Board for Saint Mary’s Catholic School here in Cheyenne. Keith and his wife, Shawn, own and operate a cattle ranch in Northwest Nebraska and are the proud parents of three children and 14 grandchildren.