The Community Foundation of Teton Valley is pleased to welcome Daina Middleton, Karen Scheid and Nancy Siverd as the newest additions to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Community Foundation has an active and committed board with diverse experience and opinions. We are grateful to have these women join our Board of Directors and know their skills and knowledge will be tremendously valuable to our organization,” said Tim Watters, Community Foundation of Teton Valley Board Chair.
A marketing professional with more than 20 years in the industry, Daina Middleton is a digital marketing expert and the author of Marketing in the Participation Age. After raising their children in the Boise area, she and her husband, Robert, moved to Teton Valley out of a desire to find a place where they could play more. “For several years, I was unsure whether we would agree on a location, but we just kept coming back to the Teton Valley. Somehow it was really different and special,” said Middleton, who is currently running Business Marketing globally for Twitter. Middleton also serves on the board for the Boise-based nonprofit Healthwise, and the board of Marin Software, a public company. Her desire to give back to the Teton Valley community is founded on her strong belief that the community is truly unique.
No stranger to philanthropy, Karen Scheid first took an interest in nonprofit work during summer vacations spent volunteering at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut where her mother volunteered for over 50 years. According to Scheid, “She [her mother] was my example and teacher, serving on various boards as well as volunteering in the trenches. She was always involved in giving her time, talent and resources to nonprofits, and she taught me to do the same.” Karen began visiting Teton Valley in the ‘60’s while attending college at the University of Denver. Following graduation, Karen moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where she married, raised a family and became an active community volunteer. In 2000, Karen and her husband Dean made a more permanent home for themselves in Teton Valley, and now split their time between Idaho and Hawaii. Karen maintains an active role in each community while also serving as the Lifetime Trustee of the Donald C. Brace Foundation. “I could not live in either place and not be involved; it’s just not possible for me. It’s a part of who I am,” said Scheid.
A familiar face to Teton Valley nonprofits, Nancy Siverd has been a dedicated volunteer since moving to Alta in 2011 with her late husband John. Prior to moving west, Nancy and John called New Jersey home and it is there that they raised two sons and Nancy enjoyed a successful career with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. The Siverd’s became familiar with the Intermountain West during summer bike trips in the national parks. “We came to love Teton Valley and decided to build a house and live here most of the year, except for winter breaks in Florida,” said Siverd. In an effort to get to know her new community, Nancy began volunteering for nonprofits, including serving with her husband as Registration Co-Captain for the Community Foundation’s annual Tin Cup Challenge from 2008 to 2011. Siverd says, “It gave us enthusiasm for the extent to which individual small and large donors from throughout the community could positively influence the quality of life in Teton Valley by supporting local nonprofits. The role of philanthropy in the vibrancy of the valley became vivid.”
Each of these women will bring their own unique perspective, experience and skills to their new role with the Community Foundation of Teton Valley, working together with current Board Members to further the organization’s mission to improve lives through the power of generosity. According to Executive Director Carrie Mowrey, “These ladies are truly inspiring in their accomplishments and their commitment to our community. We are very pleased to have them as part of our team.”
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