Staff Bios

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Christine Bekes

As the PEP Executive Director, Christine oversees the strategies related to economic, community development and the visitor center for the City of Powell and the region. As a Powell native, she brings a genuine passion and love for her community to go alongside her professional approach to business development and project and organizational management. Christine is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council and has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming. She is currently the Chair/President of the Wyoming Economic Developers Association. She is also a board member and co-chair for the WIDC/ Frontier CDC, helping oversee Wyoming's SBA 504 funds, a loan portfolio over $20 million. Christine grew up on a farm in Powell. Christine, daughter and puppies enjoy all the amazing outdoor recreation opportunities nearby including skiing, ice climbing, hiking, paddle boarding, camping, and fishing.

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Rebekah Burns

Rebekah Burns is the Visitor Center Coordinator for PEP/ Powell Chamber/ Powell Visitor Center. She promotes tourism, champions Powell's small businesses and communicates community vibrancy. Volunteering is a big way she gives back to Powell, most recently as the Treasurer for the Park County Museum Board. She is a graduate of PCLI Class XII and serves on the steering committee for XIII. Rebekah has a Film Production degree from Towson University. For over 15 years, she has worked in video production and content creation creating stories and crafting messages. As Multimedia Marketing Manager at the first international video production crewing agency, Rebekah oversaw external communications including an industry blog, social media, website development and video podcast channels.  As a Production Manager, she was in charge of approximately 1,500 accounts. Her duties included managing and scheduling hundreds of on-location shoots a year for corporations, broadcast, cable, production companies, advertising agencies, PR firms, government, and non-profits agencies. Rebekah also has  a strong customer service background. She worked as a  Customer Service Representative for a major credit card company acquired by Bank of America and as a Sales Rep. and Assistant Buyer for an outdoor recreation retailer. Currently, Rebekah loves exploring the wilds of Wyoming with her sons and husband.

Shaylee Hancock

Shaylee Hancock

Shaylee Hancock is the Membership Coordinator and Office Manager. She manages the everyday operations of the office including financials and is the first point of contact for visitors and relocators. Shaylee is also responsible for the development of membership. Shaylee is currently finishing her Bachelor’s Degree online through the University of Wyoming. Her past work experiences have been in the banking, medical and non-profit industries working in both human resources and customer service. Shaylee is currently the Director of Development on the Wyoming Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Board of Directors. She is also the Wyoming State Director for International United Miss, a scholarship based pageant for girls and women ages 5 and up. Shaylee grew up in the Big Horn Basin and upon graduating high school, moved around to several different states. She and her husband have recently moved back to the area and plan to make Powell their forever home. In their spare time, Shaylee and her husband enjoy fishing, hiking and exploring Wyoming’s natural beauties.