Making the good life in Teton Valley even better.
John Rockefeller was appointed to lead the Teton Valley Foundation August of 2023. He retired to Boise after a distinguished career as Associate Dean at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. While at Dartmouth he was chief architect of a centralized innovation funding program where he engaged with high level philanthropic organizations. Prior to his work in higher education, he led the AutLife group in Utah (Autlife.org) serving underserved children and adults on the Autism Spectrum. He also consulted with his brother on the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Montpelier, Idaho and served on the Board of the Pacific Rivers Council in the Western United States.
John holds a B.Sc. from Arizona State University and attained his graduate degrees in public health from Johns Hopkins University. He also earned the status of Wharton School Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of Wharton’s Advanced Management Program.
John’s roots in Idaho began in Wasatch Junction and Twin Falls. He was raised by his grandparents while his father was traveling in the Marine Corps. During that time, he developed great negotiating skills while trying to ride his first mule. He also gained a great affinity for the Teton and Star Valleys where he honed his inveterate fisherman skills and was a stakeout guide for elk in Unit 32. He also helped open the largest sporting goods department, issuing hunting tags and fishing licenses in the Kuna D&B Supply in Boise.
Miranda grew up skating on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi river, where she honed her love for a variety of winter sports. After moving to Teton Valley in 2013 with her husband Brian, a wildland firefighter, Miranda completed her horticulturalist certification from the American Society for Horticultural Science, while working in a leadership role at Trail Creek Nursery. After taking time off to start her family, Miranda enrolled in the Learn to Play program and Brian joined a TVF Pond Hockey team that same winter. Together they fell in love with the sport and their son Rowan seems to be following suit. After experiencing what the TVF programs meant to her family, she was excited to take on the role of Programming Assistant at the Kotler Ice Arena. Recently Miranda accepted the position of Rink Director, working with the rink staff to direct strategic planning, administration and program development at the Kotler Ice Arena. Miranda spends her free time exploring the wild areas of Teton Valley with her two young sons Rowan and Bridger, husband Brian, and her beloved hound dog Leroy.
Music on Main Program Director
Tibby Plasse moved to Ketchum, Idaho in 2006 after dropping out of her Ph.D. program in New York to snowboard. Equipped with an MFA in Poetry and Translation from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a BA from Bucknell University, she eventually moved to Teton Valley sight unseen and found herself dairy farming for ten years instead.
In addition to farmer’s markets and milk delivery, Tibby has worked on a range of events and with many nonprofit organizations: Special Olympics, Sun Valley Half Marathon, Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Sun Valley Food and Wine Festival, Ernest Hemingway Festival, Sun Valley Film Festival, Vermont Festival of the Arts, Bridgehampton Polo and Taste of Santa Barabra. Tibby has been the marketing director for Kate’s Real Food and the former Jackson Whole Grocer. She regularly contributes to several regional publications, newspapers, and magazines in Utah, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Oregon. Tibby lives at the base of the Big Holes with her son and two spoiled German Wirehaired Pointers. She doesn’t like going out on Friday nights because she hates missing the Cosmic American Music Show on WNCW or the Whole Wide World on WFUV.
Hans was born in Alliance, Nebraska, and grew up in Michigan, Minnesota and finally Jackson, Wyoming. He began his hockey experience in Minnesota playing youth hockey and even going to the State Championships as a squirt. Other than a few outside rinks in Jackson there was no organized hockey in Jackson Hole so he took up cross-country ski racing. He did play some hockey when he lived in Montana, but picked it back up in Teton Valley in the early pond hockey days. He has been coaching youth hockey for the last 5 years, and playing goalie for the last few years in the adult league. Hans received his B.S. in Motion Picture and Television Production at Montana State University in 1990 and took a job in Missoula, Montana with the USFS Missoula Technology and Development Center producing training films and technical guides. He returned to Jackson and Teton Valley and started a carpentry and construction company. In 2007 he accepted a job with Teton County Fire Department, where he became a certified fire-fighter, engineer and EMT. Not long after starting he achieved his Paramedic licensing in Idaho and Wyoming and became a Captain with the Department. He retired in 2019 to concentrate on his family and support his wife’s education and new career as a Certified Nurse Midwife. He is married with two young children and enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with his family, and of course trying to play as much hockey as time allows. This is his 2nd season as Rink Manager.
Youth Hockey Director
Stacey grew up in Irvine, California and moved to Victor with her family in 2005. She studied at Irvine Community College and focused on Criminal Justice. Stacey played soccer in high school and was a top runner on the 1993 Irvine High School state champion cross country team. Stacey was the Sea View League Champion in track & field her freshman year and set a record for the mile at Irvine High School of 5:20 in 1993. Stacey has been a part of the Cutthroat family since the beginning, when her oldest son took the ice in 2012. Since then, she has been a team manager, a talented team photographer, and joined the team professionally as interim Youth Hockey Director during the 2022 – 2023 season. After making significant strides in summer programming and coach benefits, Stacey joined the team in a full time capacity July, 2023. Stacey is passionate about youth sports and has acquired a particular love for hockey. When hockey season is over, Stacey supports her daughter’s love for rock climbing and chases her son around Wyoming to watch him play baseball while making time to squeeze in visits with her oldest son who’s attending Boise State University. Stacey’s all in approach is proving to be a true asset to the Cutthroat program.
Kotler Ice Arena Staff
Clark I. Cuttie
Official Youth Hockey Mascot
Named for the scientific name of the cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii – Clark I. Cuttie (Cuttie for short), is our hardworking official mascot! Representing the Teton Valley Cutthroats, Cuttie loves cheering on the kids in our youth hockey programs. You can find him at the rink during special events pumping up the crowd and infusing the Cutthroat Spirit. Cuttie loves skating and having fun on the ice all winter long. In the summer time, Cuttie hangs with Friends of the Teton River, educating river users and local landowners on how to preserve his precious native river habitat.
SKATERS PER SEASON AT THE Kotler Ice Arena
Music on Main Concerts Since 2007
Feet of Chiller Piping at Kotler Ice Arena
Music on Main Concert Goers Since 2007
Stay Overnight & Play in Teton Valley
Executive Director: John Rockefeller Phone: 986-249-8831 John@tetonvalleyfoundation.org
General Mailing Address:
PO Box 50, Victor, ID 83455 Phone: 208-970-7486
Music on Main Location:
80 N Main Street, Victor, ID 83455
Kotler Ice Arena Physical Location:
380 S. Agate Avenue, Victor, ID 83455 Phone: 208-970-7498
Kotler Ice Arena General Manager: Miranda Milligan Miranda@tetonvalleyfoundation.org Phone: 986-249-8833