CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has a new member.

Gov. Matt Mead on Tuesday appointed Laura Schmid-Pizzato of Rock Springs to fill a vacancy created by John MacPherson who resigned in July.

Schmid-Pizzato earned a bachelor's of arts degree in Spanish from UW, and a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah. She is a licensed clinical social worker and is currently the Recovery Services Manager for Southwest Counseling Service in Rock Springs.

She is also the President of the Wyoming Congressional Award Council and has maintained connections to UW through the UW Alumni Association, Cowboy Joe Club and as professional mentor for UW students.

Schmid-Pizzato and her husband are the parents of three children, including one who attends UW in Laramie.