About Us


You’re made of hard work and perseverance, and so are we. Since 1978, our goal has been to improve the lives of the people of the mountain west region through honest, accurate and professional appraisal services for commercial and agricultural real estate, business and personal property.

It’s our team that makes us different. Together, we’re able to provide clients better products at more accurate appraisals through shared expertise of property history, industry trends, and cost-efficiencies. 

We do business like a handshake–with trust, commitment, and integrity. We’re passionate about the West and helping the people in this great community thrive.

Meet the Team

Deb Clark

Deb Clark, MAI

president & ceo

Originally from Canada, Deb moved to Wyoming in 2006 and discovered a place where opportunity was abundant for anyone willing to put in the hard work. Soon after settling in Wyoming, Deb began her career in the appraisal profession and earned her certification while working for a family office that focused on agricultural and commercial appraisals. After acquiring the company in 2015, she set out to expand its range of services and soon began working toward her MAI designation. Today, she continues to build the company she envisioned, while also investing in her startup, Eval.com. When she is not working (which, let’s be honest, is not very often), Deb spends time with her family, travels, explores, builds, and studies, and is always grateful to call the West home. 

Steve Hickstein

Agricultural & Equipment Valuations

Steve was raised in Fremont County where he worked on farms until graduating from Wind River High School. He went on to earn a degree from Central Wyoming College in Riverton and eventually became the General Manager of Wyoming’s largest locally-owned sporting goods store, relocating to Casper in 2001. Next, Steve launched his own independent motorsports sales and service shop, serving all of central Wyoming for nearly a decade. When the opportunity to appraise farms and ranches came along, Steve made the switch. Steve is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, specializing in all types of agricultural properties throughout the state, as well as farm and ranch equipment and livestock. Steve enjoys riding the single-tracks of Wyoming’s back hills on his KTM 300 with his son, Harley. 


Kelly Bonnett

Business Appraisals


Kelly is a Wyoming native from Rawlins. He is married to Jen, a 3rd grade school teacher, they have two very energetic boys. He attended the University of Wyoming where he graduated with honors with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance. Kelly came to MountainWest Valuations in 2015. At the end of 2019, he completed his principles education for with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and is currently pursuing a Business Valuation accreditation with the ASA. Kelly is also Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. In his spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two boys, especially attending University of Wyoming home football games each fall. 

Neal Hilston



Neal is a Certified General Appraiser who began working in this industry in the 1980’s. His experience has led him to value real estate across the entire spectrum of property types, with an equally wide range of geographic areas. Throughout his career, he has appraised real estate for lenders, property owners, and attorneys, and has particularly enjoyed doing expert witness work in litigation. Outside of appraising, Neal is active in his church community, enjoys his annual fishing trips to Canada, and spending time with his son and grandson in Texas.

Sarah Duncan

Residential Appraisals


Sarah Duncan is a VA approved Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser with over 15 years of experience in the appraisal industry. She started her career in Idaho and is currently certified in Washington and Wyoming.

Sarah is married and has two daughters, one granddaughter, and two weird high maintenance dogs. When not working, she enjoys collecting interesting rocks, discovering new music, drinking a cold glass of Sancerre, travelling independently, and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. Her favorite place is the moody Oregon coast.


Kansa Becker

Agricultural support specialist


Kansa grew up in Louisiana but found his home in Wyoming.  He attended college at Louisiana Tech University where he completed his Bachelors of Science and Engineering with a Degree in Construction Engineering Technology.  Kansa came to our team with experience in project planning, employee development and customer service and is now working as our Agricultural Support Specialist.  Kansa is also a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser at MountainWest Valuations. He enjoys outdoor activities and time with his family. 


Jeremy Thies

commercial appraiser


Jeremy was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. A graduate of the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, he has worked with injury law firms for the past 12 years. Jeremy has always had an interest in the real estate market, and when the opportunity arose to join MountainWest Valuations he jumped at the opportunity. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hiking, and running. Jeremy is also an accomplished photographer that enjoys landscape and wildlife photography. 



Lea Christensen

office manager


Lea started with MountainWest Valuations in April of 2013 as an analyst/proofreader and currently is the tamer of chaos as both our senior proofreader and our office manager. She thinks of working for MountainWest Valuations as a great adventure and values Deb’s continued guidance and inspiration on both work and home life. Lea keeps busy with her husband and two sons. She loves sports, music, movies, and theatre. One can usually find her with a book in her hand while keeping track of her boys. 



Madison Lynch



Madi is a Wyoming native who has lived in Casper her whole life, graduating from Natrona County High School, and most recently graduating with a Magna Cum Laude bachelor’s degree in December of 2020 from Colorado Technical University. She started as a Proofreader in March of 2020 and enjoys the atmosphere and positive guidance brought by colleagues and leaders at MountainWest Valuations. She has experience in retail and finance industries but loves learning new things. In her free time, Madi enjoys being outdoors with family, spending time with her dogs and being an aunt to her niece. Madi is a mom of two Pitbull Huskies and two lizards. She is also an avid plant lover. She is a forever learner who is always excited to meet new people, help others, and spread positivity wherever she goes.