Believing that “it’s the little things you do today that you may never see the results of,” Mitch and Lilly have dedicated their lives to being vessels for good. For their leadership and service to the community, they are named the honorees of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming’s 25th Annual Awards & Recognition breakfast.
Both Mitch and Lilly graduated from Natrona County High School and married after Mitch graduated from college. As newlyweds, they started their life living in a 14×70’ trailer down the street from Lilly’s parents. Embracing the values of hard work and entrepreneurship, Mitch and Lilly have both opened their own businesses. Mitch started Computer Associates in 1996 and continues to operate it today. After running a children’s clothing store for 8 years, Lilly now serves as the Director of Advancement at True Care Women’s Resource Center. “I love that we make a difference in the lives of women and their families daily.”
Children and education top the list of causes they are passionate about. “Children have always been a passion, because they’re our future,” Mitch said. Mitch has served on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming for 20 years, and Lilly served on the board for Youth for Christ for more than 10 years; they each served as president of their boards for several years. “I’m a very youth-oriented person,” said Mitch. “I have always tried to be an influence and a role model.” Mitch has coached youth sports for several decades and served as the head coach of the Casper Swim Club and the president of the Casper Soccer Club. Lilly has taken numerous mission trips, along with her late-mother-in-law Anne Zimmerman, who she credits with being very influential in her life.
Since the tragic loss of her Navy SEAL husband, Chris Kyle, Taya Kyle has reached millions throughout the United States with her philosophy of the “ripple effect”—how one small act of kindness can mean the world to another individual. Many people know Chris as the American Sniper from his internationally best-selling book American Sniper and Academy-Award nominated movie–directed by Clint Eastwood–by the same name. His widow, Taya, will share her inspirational message of hope through heartbreak at the Breakfast.
After Chris was killed by someone he was trying to help in 2013, Taya wrote American Wife and became a NY Times best-selling author. In an effort to buoy the spirit of others who face hardships, Taya co-wrote American Spirit – a collection of true stories of other Americans who have done great things with some of the worst parts of life. She has been a contributor and activist for various efforts and through a variety of other outlets.
Taya serves as the Executive Director of Taya and Chris Kyle Foundation – Service Family Strong (TACK-F), formerly known as the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, based on the Kyle’s values of God, Country and Family. The Foundation supports military and first responder family units. She is also a mother of two, an entrepreneur of a jewelry line and is launching a new company, YKC, to show “the spiritual gold in others” through media, entertainment, innovation and technology.
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