Just a girl from Wyoming…My name is Kristen Trohkimoinen and I was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. I attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a minor in History. I most recently graduated from Casper College with a post-bachelor’s certificate in Paralegal Studies. As of July 1, 2017, I am a Certified Paralegal.
During college, I participated in the Western Thunder Marching band and pep band for the University of Wyoming, attended college night worship at the United Presbyterian Church of Laramie, went on several mission trips to New Orleans, and was able to do two studies abroad, one to Germany and Poland focusing on the Holocaust and one in Yucatan, Mexico focusing on Maya art and culture.
Right after I finished college, I was selected to be an intern for Senator Barrasso (WY) for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. While I was in Washington D.C., I learned a lot about the House and Senate; how bills are passed; got to help with and attend committee hearings; and got to meet many amazing people.
I love to read, travel, volunteer, learn, and spend time with my family. I have had the opportunity to travel all over the United States and to many other countries. I believe it is important to see and experience different cultures to understand the world and how it works. Educating yourself by traveling is the best way to learn because it is so much fun!
I am also passionate about human trafficking issues around the world, veterans’ rights in the United States, and tribal issues in the Unites States and internationally. I can’t wait to see what my future and God brings me through the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program.
As I prepare to go to Peru, I am working at the Wyoming Food for Thought Program as an AmeriCorps Summer VISTA Associate.