Leadership Team

If you want to meet some of Wyoming’s finest leaders, look no further than The Align Team. With some fresh up-and-coming faces and some seasoned leadership veterans, the Align Team’s leadership group – board and management – has what it takes to carry any organization to a successful future.


Jim “Murph” Murphy, Phil Van Horn, Anna Marie Hales, Ed Boenisch

Board Members

  • James Murphy, P.E., Chair
  • Ed Boenisch,
  • Anna Marie Hales
  • Phil Van Horn, CEO

Management Team Members

  • Phil Van Horn, CEO
  • Bill Benskin, CFO
  • Kathy Cathcart, VP
  • Brittany Ashby, Principal Consultant
  • Jody Shields, Principal Consultant

Anna Marie Hales

Anna Marie served as chairman of the board of Align from its opening in April 2004 until April 2013. She can be relied upon to look at issues with a critical and fair point of view.

Anna Marie Hales, along with husband, Sloan, has owned and operated the Wyoming Hereford Ranch in southeast Wyoming since 1978. She is also a co-owner of the Yellowstone IMAX Theatre Venture.

In addition to the full-time effort involved in operating a working cattle ranch, Anna Marie demonstrates her passion for youth and culture through service on many boards of directors, including the Boy Scouts of America, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the Laramie County Community College Foundation, the Brigham Young University Humanities Board, and the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center.

Anna Marie and Sloan are the devoted parents of six children and proud grandparents of 17 grandchildren. Her other life’s joys include music, serving the community and serving the church.

Anna Marie has an undergraduate degree in business from BYU; and a master’s degree in business education from the University of Cincinnati.

Ed Boenisch

Ed Boenisch brings wisdom and a well-rounded perspective to the boardroom at Align.

Prior to retirement, Ed was engaged in four quite different professions from 1969 through 2007.

After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, he was commissioned and served in the United States Air Force for four years.

Upon graduating with his Master of Science degree in Student Personnel and Guidance, Ed was employed at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne for almost 20 years in various capacities, including dean of students and interim college president. While working full time, Ed completed his Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration.

Dr. Boenisch served eight years as the Adjutant General of the Wyoming National Guard; and served for five years as deputy director of the Wyoming Community College Commission.

Ed continues to serve through board membership and volunteering.

Ed has been married to Linda for 43 years. They have two married daughters and six grandchildren.

James Murphy, P.E.

As one of The Align Team’s trusted advisors, Murph always applies “horse sense” to our discussions and decisions.

James “Murph” Murphy was born in the small farming and ranching town of Powell, Wyoming, along the northwestern edge of the Big Horn Basin. He graduated from Montana Tech in the rough and tumble town of Butte, Montana with a degree in Environmental Engineering; then moved back to Wyoming to begin his professional career. During the last 30 years, Murph has specialized in complex mine land reclamation projects, managing large multi‐disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists and natural resource professionals.

Murph is a partner with AVI Engineers. In addition to the Align board, Murph also volunteers his time as a board member for Peak Wellness and Cheyenne LEADS, where he served as board chair.

He and his wife, Lisa, are committed to the Western way of life, working a small family ranch in Sowbelly Canyon, near Harrison, Nebraska; and finding great comfort on the backs of their horses.