Board of Directors

Alex Seddon – Board Chair

Alex Seddon was born in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He spent his formative years in Alta, Wyoming and St. Louis, Missouri where he graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School. It was in Wilson and St. Louis where he first learned how to ice skate and play the game of hockey. He attended college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and graduated with a degree in Environmental Science. While living in Colorado he worked in the landscape industry and enjoyed many types of outdoor activities. Currently Alex resides outside of Tetonia, Idaho where he owns and operates a landscape construction company. During the winter months he maintains the Alta ice rink and spends time skiing and playing ice hockey. 

Jenny Wade – Vice Chair

Originally from Memphis TN, Jenny took the long way round to get to Teton Valley. Upon graduating from Loyola University Chicago, Jenny spent four years studying the behavior of rhesus macaque monkeys in the Caribbean before earning a Master’s of Studies in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School. Jenny left Vermont to travel to Phoenix, AZ where she spent 15 years as the founder and Executive Director of Paw Placement Animal Rescue, an organization that is now one of the largest animal rescues in the state of Arizona. However, the triple digit heat was just too much and Jenny had always loved the Tetons. So, she packed up her three dogs and moved to Victor, ID in 2014. Jenny served as the Executive Director of Teton Valley Hospital Foundation for 3 years and is enthusiastic about her new role as Group Sales Director at Teton Springs. She has been a Music on Main volunteer for five seasons and enjoys seeing everyone come through the front gates. She loves hiking, snow shoeing and pretty much everything about Idaho. (Photo credit: Julie Martin)

Mara Brannon – Interim Treasurer

After 20 years in Texas, Mara & her husband found paradise in Teton Valley in 2014.  She has a background in financial analysis and over 30 years of experience in healthcare software technologies, specializing in project management and new product launches. Mara is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. She has served on several non-profit boards in the valley including the Teton Valley Health Foundation, Family Safety Network, and currently serves on the Teton Valley Foundation, the Good Shepherd Pastoral Council, the Act Foundation Board, and the PAWS of Teton Valley Advisory Panel.  She and her husband Jack of  35+ years have 2 adult children, 2 five-year-old puppies, love fly fishing, skiing, and Teton Valley.

Julie Stomper – Secretary

Julie has called Teton Valley home for over 25 years. She earned her undergraduate degreein International Relations from Tufts University and her law degree from Gonzaga University. As an attorney, mom, and active community member, she couldn’t imagine a better place to live, work, play, and raise her family.She is grateful to be able to serve on the board for the Teton Valley Foundation, which embodies the sense of community through Music on Main and the Kotler Ice Arena programs.

 


Board Members:

Erin Borbet 

Erin is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Board Certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine, a DONA Trained Labor Doula, Certified Nosara Yoga Instructor and eternal student of the healing arts. She moved to Teton Valley with her family three years ago, after living in New York City where she founded and ran a successful Chinese Medicine practice in Midtown for nearly a decade. After a two year sabbatical to be with her three young children, Erin re-opened her clinical practice in Victor in February 2018, where she now works with clients both locally in her office and remotely via video consultations. She is honored to be a part of the community as a small business owner, and is a passionate entrepreneur and healthcare provider. Her husband, Borbay, painted the mural at Victor City Park and you’ll find someone from her family ice skating at Kotler Arena almost daily during the winter months. Erin enjoys learning new things, and has taken up snow-shoeing and golf since leaving the big city and can’t imagine a better place to grow roots and raise a family than Teton Valley.

Jason Hawkins

Jason and his family moved to Victor in 2016 from Tennessee. Many of you may know him from volunteering at Music on Main, or playing hockey at the rink. Jason frequently says that what first got him hooked on the valley was Music on Main. It’s how he dove into the community, met friends, and got tapped in. He is a diehard hockey player, and loves to spend time outdoors. He is creative and funny, and is always willing to lend a hand. You might recall he was the main person who built the Human Foosball Rig for our fundraiser! He works for Silver Star and sits on the TVF board Rink Committee.

Henry Jones – Treasurer

Henry JonesHenry grew up Columbia, TN destined to continue the legacy of working in the family beer distribution business. After graduating from the University of Memphis in December 1997, Henry headed for Jackson, WY with the intention of skiing and spending a winter in the mountains. Needless to say, Henry never left. With a career of 18 years in the Banking Industry in Jackson, WY, Henry is currently Vice President & Financial Center Manager for Zions Bank. Shortly after moving to Victor in 2003, Henry and his wife Hayden started Festive Living in downtown Victor. He currently resides in Victor with Hayden, twin hockey-crazed boys Woods & Gray, and dog Heli. Henry joined the TVF board in 2015 as Treasurer in addition to being the longtime Treasurer for the Jackson Hole Ducks Unlimited.

Brendon McHargue

Growing up in central NY solidified Brendon’s love of the outdoors and sports, no matter the season. His life-long passion for hockey started at age five and he hasn’t stopped yet, currently playing for leagues in both Teton Valley and Jackson. He also played lacrosse in his youth; his hard work and dedication earned him a position on the Syracuse University team. After college, Brendon’s travels across the country to ski eventually brought him to Jackson, where the beauty of the mountains and wide open space led him to make Teton Valley his home for the past 22 years. He currently works as a project manager for Dembergh Construction and is an entrepreneur, having started several local businesses over the years. Brendon is a co-founder of the Teton Valley Youth Lacrosse Association, and coaches youth hockey and lacrosse. Brendon and his wife Kerri, along with sons Tucker, Crosby, and Emmett, and their dog Moss, spend their free time on the rivers and in the mountains they call home.

 

 

Board Emeritus

Ari KotlerAri Kotler

In 2005, Ari founded Teton Basin Ice & Recreation (TBIR). In 2010, TBIR merged with TVF, giving TVF its first significant recreational programming. It was Ari’s vision to develop a recreational ice facility for the community of Teton Basin, Idaho. It was his hard work that made it a reality. When he is not on the ice, Ari operates S.O.A.R. Northwest River Co, an outfitting operation on the Selway River in Idaho. He has been a philanthropic and dedicated community member since 1998. The Kotler Ice Rink is named for Ari and his family. Their dedication to bringing affordable winter recreation to the valley is unparalleled.

Shannon Brooks Hamby about_shannon

Shannon moved to the Tetons from Boston, MA over 17 years ago and lives with her husband Curt and daughter Cadence in Victor, ID. She spent 14+ years in resort, tourism and outdoor industry marketing and public relations before transitioning to the nonprofit field as the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Teton Valley, where she launched the Youth Philanthropy program. Shannon is currently the Executive Director for CLIMB Wyoming and a volunteer for several nonprofits in Teton Valley. She has served as a Big Sister, as a Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce board member, as Chair of the Teton Valley Marketing Alliance and is a volunteer coordinator for Stripping for a Cure, an annual all-women’s fly fishing fundraiser for local cancer organizations.