Milward Simpson

Executive Director

Milward has spent a diverse career in state government agency and nonprofit organization management. In the early "Aughts" he served as Executive Director of a nonprofit performing and visual arts center in central Minnesota before moving back to Wyoming in 2004 to become Manager of the Wyoming Arts Council. From 2006 - 2016 he served as Director of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, a cabinet-level state agency including the Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, the Wyoming Arts Council, the State Historical Preservation Office, the Office of the State Archaeologist, the State Archives, and the State Museum. From 2016 - 2019, Milward served as Wyoming State Director for The Nature Conservancy, based in Lander, WY.

He holds a BA in Music Performance from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Humanities from the University of Colorado at Denver. Amy, his wife of 30 years, teaches music at Hobbs Elementary School in Cheyenne. In addition to enjoying time with his wife, three children and two grandchildren, Milward enjoys gardening, biking, travel, music, literature and live theater.

Milward is a staunch ally for those seeking long-term recovery, having seen Substance Abuse cause serious harm to close friends and family members. He is honored at the opportunity to advance Recovery Wyoming's important mission to "heal lives and create futures!"