Why I Support…
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West would not exist without the generous contributions—of time, talent, and treasure—of its many supporters. Here, some of them tell us “Why I Support the Center of the West.” We appreciate them beyond measure.
Find out what they do for us, and what it means to them to be a part of our sharing the authentic story of the American West with these brief biographies and videos.
Wally Johnson, a current Trustee of the Board at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, was first drawn to the Center’s activities more than twenty years ago at a time before he even lived near Cody, Wyoming. His passion is reflected in his commitment to education and outreach. He believes outreach will help bring the Spirit of the West to the many people who cannot visit the museum in person. So, he has dedicated the proceeds of his life insurance to further this endeavor and make eternal this challenge.
The Honorable Alan K. “Al” Simpson is a native of Cody, Wyoming, and a University of Wyoming graduate. Following an honorable discharge from serving his country in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant, Al obtained a law degree and joined his father’s law firm where he practiced throughout the state of Wyoming for eighteen years. Al’s political career, which began in 1964, included time in the Wyoming State Legislature, Wyoming House of Representatives, and three terms in the United States Senate. Senator Simpson was appointed in 2010 to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with co-chair Erskine Bowles. He continues to stay involved in many political affairs and serves on numerous non-profit boards and is involved with many organizations. He has been a member of the Board of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West since 1968, holding the position of Chairman from 1998 – 2011.
Joan Slebos grew up in Ohio and has always had an avid interest in the American West because she lost her heart in the West at age 14. She first visited the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (now the Buffalo Bill Center of the West) with friends in the mid-1970s and has been a member and supporter since 2003. Now a retired teacher, Joan enjoys reading, traveling, and continuing to learn about the great American West and the Civil War.
As a fourth generation Wyomingite, Matt Grant continues to call the Cowboy State home. He grew up in eastern Wyoming, graduated from the University of Wyoming, and currently resides in Casper, Wyoming, working for Rocky Mountain Power as a community and customer affairs manager. Matt became acquainted with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (now the Buffalo Bill Center of the West) at an early age, visiting as a child and later as a young adult. He continues his support of the Center personally and through his employer, Rocky Mountain Power, which supplies electricity to Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho.
Elizabeth Radakovich, a mother of four children, has been living in the Cody, Wyoming, area for the past three years. She and her husband J.D. moved here from Texas to the historical Hoodoo Ranch where J.D. is ranch manager. Elizabeth is an active member of the community, having volunteered for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Patrons Ball as well as Yellowstone Recreation Association. Besides volunteering, she enjoys being outdoors, helping on the ranch (when she is not carpooling kids!), and spending time with her family.
Senator Henry H.R. “Hank” Coe was born and raised in Cody, Wyoming, and graduated from the University of Wyoming. Hank is actively involved with the local Cody community as well as other affiliations throughout the state of Wyoming. As Senator for Wyoming since 1989, he stays involved with a number of committees, including his role on the Board of Trustees of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Margaret “Maggie” Webster Scarlett is a fourth generation Wyomingite. Born in Cody, she is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University. She pursued a career in Speech/Language Pathology and was a Director and Vice President of United Bancorporation of Wyoming. Maggie is a Trustee Emerita of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, where she served as President of the Board of Trustees. She was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Museum and Library Services Board, the twenty-member advisory board to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She and her husband, Dick Scarlett, live in Jackson, Wyoming, where they enjoy family, business, cultural, and educational endeavors. They are the proud parents of three adult children and grandparents of five grandchildren. She has been a member of the Center’s Board of Trustees since 2003 and served as Chairman of the McCracken Research Library Advisory Board.
Robert “Bob” and Geraldine “Dine” Dellenback spent their early years on opposite ends of the United States, Dine in New York and Bob in California. Bob later moved to the East Coast where he and Dine eventually married. Retirement led them out West to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where they currently reside. Both share a passion for the West—Bob has an avid interest in Lewis and Clark and Dine has always had a love for horses.