Carol Mead became Wyoming’s first lady on January 3, 2011, when her husband, Governor Matt Mead, was sworn in as the state’s 32nd governor.
After graduating from the University of Wyoming in Laramie with two bachelor’s degrees, Mrs. Mead worked in preventive medicine, the pharmaceutical field and real estate. She is an active partner in Mead Land and Livestock, a family ranching and farming operation, and other family business interests. She has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), advocating for children who are victims of domestic abuse and neglect and helping with other related community fundraisers. Recently, she completed work on the historic renovation of two buildings that are currently on the National Historic Registry.
The first lady also has worked professionally in health care with the Cardiovascular Institute of Stress Medicine and for Parke Davis, serving physicians in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.
The first lady has chosen children’s issues as a primary area of focus. She is working to promote healthy lifestyles and literacy among children and their families and has collaborated with the University of Wyoming in its efforts to establish a statewide literacy clinic and research center. She also has partnered with the State Library System, GE, Raising Readers, Read Across America, We Read and Scholastic Books, among others, to encourage families to make reading at home a priority.
The first lady also is involved in encouraging healthy lifestyles for Wyoming’s children through an annual fall Family Night, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and the ENGAGE program sponsored by the Leadership to Keep Kids Alcohol Free Foundation.
The Meads have two children, Mary and Pete. Both attend public schools in Cheyenne.