Our Vision

The Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange was founded by Carla Trier and her 8 year old foster daughter in March of 2013. A foster kid and foster parent herself, Carla saw the need to have supplies right away to welcome a child into their new surroundings. A trash bag or just the clothes on their back are far from a way to let the healing begin. We assist foster children and parents with the difficulties surrounding foster Care. The Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange serves foster, adoptive, and kinship parents and children on the intricate and volatile journey of foster care. So who do we help at the Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange? We help foster parents as they get new kiddos, we help foster parents who have adopted their foster children, we help parents who are reunifying with their child in foster care, we help adults who were foster children and are now parents, we help families who struggle after reunification, and we help grandparents who are guardians or parents to their grandchildren.

Meet the Staff

Carla Trier
Carla TrierExecutive Director
Carla Trier is the Co-Founder of the Sheridan Foster Parent Parent Exchange and has served as the Executive Director since its inception in 2013. Carla has worked with children in many countries as well as in the United States. In her time in Sheridan over the past 11 years Carla feels Christ has led her on a journey of care; she has worked with differently abled youth, as a CASA, as a visitation supervisor, and a foster mom.
Tanya Buchanan
Tanya BuchananCapacity Builder
Tanya Buchanan is a new Vista Capacity Builder for the Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange Program. She has 26 years experience in the Early Childhood field, many of those years devoted to Head Start. She is a single Mother to two beautiful daughters and enjoys her time with them as often as possible. Tanya has a passion for helping children and people in need and very excited to be a part of the Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange!
Treylah Smith
Treylah SmithCo-Founder
Treylah Smith Co-founded the Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange at age 8 along with her Foster mother at the time. Treylah used to spend hours upon hours moving and sorting donations; her favorite activity. Treylah is now reunified with her loving family and resides in Gillette, Wyoming. Treylah participates in basketball volleyball, track and is still involved at the Exchange. Tryelah is now 15 and still has an uncanny knack of identifying the size of a piece of clothing without looking.
Alexis Nikirk
Alexis NikirkAdministrative Assistant
Alexis has been part of SFPEX since March 2019. She is a native of Pine Bluffs, WY and has been living in Sheridan since 2006. She has been married since 2007 to her husband Andrew, who is a fisheries biologist. They have 3 beautiful children: Avery, Adley and Archer who keep them busy by playing all kinds of sports and participating in extracurricular activities. Alexis is a certified teacher and has taught elementary school for 14 years. She currently teaches full-time at a one-room schoolhouse in Montana. Alexis loves to chase her children around, be outdoors, and watch sports. She love to hunt and fish and is a 4-H superintendent, volunteer with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and is a board member with the Montana State Literacy Association. As you can see she loves to stay busy and be around kids, and she is proud to be part of the SFPEX team!
Madison Reimers
Madison ReimersIntern
Madison was born in Charleston, South Carolina but has spent most of her life here in Wyoming. She graduated from Lovell High School and now attends Sheridan College as a Psychology Major. Madison has volunteered with us before, even doing her sophomore project on the Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange. “ I am so excited for this internship and very grateful that I have the opportunity to be a part of this amazing organization thanks to the Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation and the Sheridan College Foundation. I am looking forward to making an impact and helping the youth in my community.”

Meet Our Board

Terri Markham

Hi, I’m Terri Markham and I am a recent transplant to Wyoming. When I moved here my way of plugging into the community was to find volunteer opportunities at local agencies I felt were doing amazing work, which led me to the Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange. I am now very proud to be representing the SFPE as their Board President. When I am not volunteering with this organization I am busy bringing awareness and prevention education to another issue I am passionate about, human trafficking. I accomplish this through a non-profit I co-founded and direct, Uprising. I also enjoy my work with our local Foster Grandparent program, and volunteering my time at The Hub on Smith and the Advocacy & Resource Center.

Jeff Nichols

My name is Jeff Nichols. I was born and raised in Bluffdale, UT. I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I turned 18 and lived in Hungary for two years. Upon returning, I married my high school sweetheart and we immediately moved to Fairbanks, AK for her volleyball career in college. While in Alaska I found my love for the insurance industry. We then moved to Sheridan in 2019. I am now the owner of the Farmers Insurance Agency in town. My wife and I are devout Christians and are grateful for the chances we get to share our testimonies with others. I am proud to be on the board with such great people and to support SFPE and everything it stands for. 

Adam LoPresti

Monica Burridge

I joined the SFPE Board in August of 2020. My passion has always been with the youth of my community as a former youth leader and a CASA member.

My husband and I raised three boys and are proud grandparents of two, so far. When we are not spending time with our family or working, my husband and I enjoy camping and traveling. I strongly believe family is the heart strings of a person no matter what the family “looks” like this is why this charity is dear to me.

Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis

Jordan grew up in Pennsylvania as part of a large family.  After traveling for 4 years doing Christian theater ministry I settled in beautiful Story, WY.  Thinking Wyoming would be a temporary residence while finishing college I had no idea Sheridan would become so important to me and my family.  I am proud to say I’m a Wyoming-ite and passionate about kids and fostering resources that change lives.  SFPE makes a huge difference in protecting and providing care for foster kids and I am proud to say I am part of the organization making an impact in the community that after 10 years I now call home.

Tara King

I joined the Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange Board in late 2019.  Working with the community to ensure that foster children have their needs met intrigued me and I felt that I had something to contribute.  I am a third grade teacher at Highland Park Elementary so educating and helping children is what drives my volunteer efforts. I have spent time serving Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns, Trail  End Historical Society, WYO Theater Educational Advisory Committee, and the Supervisory Committee for CIT-CO credit union. I have been married to my husband, Chip, for 23 years and we have one amazing daughter, Emily.  I enjoy spending time with my family in our Big Horn Mountains hiking, camping and snow shoeing.

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