The Urban Edge Advocates
We are a collective of creative professionals in the community-building space, all dedicated to creating a better Cheyenne. Our professional experiences are linked via our ability to see gaps, consider what ought to be, recognize needs, and visualize potential.
The goal of UAE is pretty simple- to pilot projects that help create spaces and gatherings which naturally foster meaningful social interaction, and deepen community ties to the Downtown and West Edge District.
These pilot projects are meant to build upon, showcase, and demonstrate all the kick-ass things popping up in Cheyenne. We believe communities thrive when people are connected to the places they live.
Our invitation is for you to join us by contributing your talents, creativity, and a little sweat to catalyze a Cheyenne we are all proud of and connected to.
Haylee is the VP/Managing Director of the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority. As a small town Wyoming native, Haylee loves how much downtown Cheyenne has to offer and will never take for granted all of the new and existing developments that make the community so unique. When she’s not in the office Haylee enjoys volunteering, taking naps and being outside with her husband and their dog, Remy.
Logan has been in the community development space for the past decade, blending local government and private sector experience. Logan’s background includes working in various community development roles involving downtown revitalization, brownfield redevelopment initiatives, and public policy development and implementation. Ongoing obsessions include community land trusts, blended income developments, and real estate crowdfunding, which led Logan to become a Board Member of My Front Door. Outside of work, Logan loves to experience places by foot or on two wheels with her four legged child and her two legged child.
Desirée moved to Cheyenne in 2012 and has 8 years experience in community and economic development, as well as arts advocacy and programming. Desirée serves on the Arts Cheyenne board and is a member of WyArt Coalition and Cheyenne Makers+Creatives. She is a visual artist who runs Magpie Creations, focusing on painting, drawing, and mixed media.
Mark Christensen, AICP has been with the City of Cheyenne Planning and Development Department for 2 years. In his time in this position he has managed the Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund from the EPA, contributed to the creation of the Cheyenne Urban Renewal Authority, and continues to lead the West Edge rezoning effort. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver. In his free time Mark enjoys playing guitar, skiing, visiting local breweries, and hiking with his wife, Kendra, and dog, Newt.
Joe Chenchar was born and raised in Cheyenne and currently works as an attorney. In his free time he enjoys reading and volunteering.
Jackson Laybourn was born and raised in Cheyenne. He graduated from MSU Denver with a BS in Political Science and a minor in Secondary Education. He currently works at Blacktooth Brewing. In his free time he enjoys music, cooking, and spending time outdoors.