Erica Linnell – Executive Director
Erica grew up in northern New Mexico with a love for the Rocky Mountain life. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, intending to pursue a career in medicine. But as her father liked to note, she took a “slight detour” after instructing her first wilderness expedition for the National Outdoor Leadership School. That was 17 years ago and she has worked at NOLS in a variety of capacities ever since overseeing various programs. Beyond her NOLS career, Erica directed the Grand Targhee nordic department for 5 years, creating the Targhee Telemark Festival. Additionally, Erica has been an avid volunteer for a wide variety of local non-profits and served as a board member for Teton Valley Trails and Pathways. Erica lives with her dog Rue in Victor.
A native of Rhode Island, Amy graduated from St. Lawrence University in NY with a BA in Fine Arts and Spanish. She gravitated to Yellowstone in 1984 where she met her husband David. She has 30 years of experience working in hospitality, property management and event planning. Most recently she held the position of Art Fair and Events Director for the Art Association of Jackson. After 19 years commuting the Pass, she is thrilled to be working full time as TVF’s Program Manager offering administrative support to Erica as well as overseeing both Music on Main and the Great Snowfest. Amy has been Board President for Teton Valley Humane Society and worked with Teton Arts Council as their Administrative Director. Amy has a lifetime passion for travel, art, music and hiking and spends every spare moment she can attending live concerts and playing in the Tetons with her husband and dog, Scooby.
Jeff started playing hockey when he was 16 and was immediately hooked. After starting for the Alton Redbirds, he played roller hockey for Western Illinois University and ice hockey for Illinois State University. During college, Jeff was hired as a skills coach at the East Alton Ice Arena, where he eventually became an assistant manager before leaving for school. After completing his master’s degree at Illinois State, he was hired at the Pepsi Ice Center, again as a skills coach. While working full time as a radio disc jockey, Jeff also programmed the adult learn to play program and oversaw the largest adult league at PIC, programmed summer training camps for bantam and midget levels, and oversaw the advanced kids’ learn to play classes. His goal during that time was to drive players from his programs into leagues, and PIC had great success in that regard, growing to 313 house league players, eight travel teams, three high school teams, and 72 adult league teams per year. In all, PIC had 622 AHAI players and coaches. Jeff was lucky enough to work under an Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame builder who taught him very well. During this time he also worked closely with the town’s professional team as the official team photographer. He moved to Teton Valley with is wife, Katie, in the summer of 2014 and still enjoys coaching and playing hockey. He also rides downhill mountain bikes and serves on the Teton Freedom Riders board.
Sven Taow – Assistant Ice Rink Manager
Sven is an Idaho native who started playing hockey when he was 5. From his experience building ice rinks in his backyard growing up, he was hired as an assistant manager of an ice rink, while working on his undergraduate degree in Recreation Management. That helped him get 2 other management jobs at 2 separate ice rinks in Utah, while working on his graduate degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism at University of Utah. Through it all he spent each summer in the Jackson Hole area. In 2012, after graduation he moved to Jackson to find winter work and discovered Victor, Idaho had an ice rink. He reached out to TVF and shortly after, became the Rink Manager. After 3 years living in the valley, he and his wife bought a home and live their with their daughter Tessa. This winter marks his 4th season at Kotler.
Tim was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. He played club hockey in college and graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Resource Management from San Jose State. For 30 years he worked at the Santa Cruz Harbor while raising 4 wonderful children (now grown and “doing their thing”). In 2011 he and his wife Julie moved to Teton Valley where they opened Morley’s Acres Farm and Bed & Breakfast. In the winters Tim works at the Kotler Ice Arena. He also enjoys snowboarding, farming and riding his horses into the high country.