Gena grew up in Casper, and received a Presidential Scholarship to attend the University of Wyoming. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with the Bio option from
there. Upon receiving her degree, she was granted a Fellowship from the Department of Energy and started to pursue a Master’s Degree. However, at the time, the lure of making money was too
great and after fulfilling her fellowship obligations and completing 8 months of post-graduate work, FMC hired her to work at their Kemmerer Coke Plant. She was actually the Coke Plant's 1st
Electrical Engineer, 1st female engineer, and later she became their 1st female foreman. After about 2-1/2 years, Gena transferred to FMC's Green River facility. She has held many positions
over the years including; Electrical Maintenance Engineer, Preventative Maintenance Engineer, Maintenance Coordinator, Production Coordinator, and Maintenance Planner. In Fall 2006, she
began teaching the Electrical Apprenticeship course two nights/week. During her 2nd semester teaching night class, she realized that she wanted to change careers and teach full time. So,
after nearly 15 years with FMC, Gena changed careers and became the Instrumentation Instructor here at Western. In addition to her BS degree in Electrical Engineering and 15 years work
experience, Gena is also a Level I Certified Infrared Thermographer.
Bill Bonini is a second-generation Rock Springs native who’s electrical background includes over 30 years of experience in electrical systems.
He began electrical classes at Western Wyoming College, completed an electrical apprenticeship, achieved a Journeyman's Electrical License and
then earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wyoming. Bill worked for FMC for over 18 years as an Electrical
Engineer in Utilities and Maintenance. Bill enjoys the diverse Southwest Wyoming’s outdoor activities of fishing, hunting, hiking, and skiing,
serving on Ski Patrol for White Pine and Pine Creek.
Joe Uriarte is a Sweetwater County native and he previously worked for an oil & gas service company as a well logging engineer where he trained operators and other new engineers. He
has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and several Associate degrees in Industrial/Mine maintenance and Plant Operations from WWCC.