UCROSS — Ucross is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its board of trustees: Steve Farris of Ucross and Houston, Texas, and Deborah Koehler, also of Houston, Texas.
Farris and Koehler bring to Ucross a breadth of talent and expertise at the national level, as well as a longtime involvement with the organization.
“We are extremely honored to have Steve and Deborah join our board,” said Ucross President Sharon Dynak.“Their work and their appreciation for Wyoming reflect an important connection to our history. Both worked closely with our late founder, Raymond Plank, and their commitment to Ucross underscores the board’s goal to continue developing his vision into the future.”
Farris served as chairman and CEO of Apache Corporation, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea, Egypt and Australia. He joined Apache in 1988 as vice president of domestic exploration and production, and served in various positions before being named chairman in 2009 upon the retirement of Raymond Plank, Apache’s founder. Prior to joining Apache, Farris worked in numerous executive roles at Terra Resources and Robert W. Berry, Inc., and with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells as a Certified Public Accountant. He is a board member of Harbour Energy Ltd., Chrysaor Energy, Sabine Oil and Gas Corporation, serves on the Development Committee of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, and is a former board member of the Fund for Teachers. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and accounting from Oklahoma State University. He has had a home in Ucross for many years.
Koehler has been involved with Ucross since 2006. She is responsible for continuing the philanthropic vision and direction of Raymond Plank, for whom she served as principal executive after his retirement from Apache Corporation. In addition to numerous other charitable activities and responsibilities, Koehler is executive director of the Raymond N. Plank Foundation, overseeing portfolio management and grant allocation. The foundation’s most recent support of Ucross has included major grants for the inaugural Ucross Gala in New York City, and funding of the 2018 Community Christmas Celebration in the Park at Ucross. Koehler lives in Houston, spends significant time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Ucross, and has traveled the world extensively. Prior to joining Plank at Apache in 2006, Koehler had a successful 20-year career in health care management in the Houston area.
The Ucross board of trustees also includes Jim Nelson, chair (Big Horn), Charles Alsdorf (New York City), Kim Cannon (Big Horn), Bill Gilbert (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Michael Hammer (Jackson), Charlie Hart (Big Horn), Lisa Hatchadoorian (Ft. Collins, Colorado), Steve Jimenez (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Dorie McCullough Lawson (Sheridan), Jesse Marion (Houston, Texas), Susan Miller (Sheridan), Teri Rueb (Boulder, Colorado), and Kate Schutt (New York, New York).