Committed staff oversee everything from donations and fund management to local volunteer opportunities and nonprofit workshops. They act as a consistent resource for local nonprofits and continually work to support the all valley organizations.
Claire Vitucci is consistently awed by the supportive community and natural beauty that are the foundation of Teton Valley. She appreciates using her marketing and systems skills to benefit the community at large through the Community Foundation’s supporting role in Teton Valley. In this position, she works closely with local nonprofits to advance their work and influence positive change locally. Claire serves as a nonprofit liaison, general & financial administrator, and marketing & communications manager.
This role serves as a meaningful insert into the community she both loves and admires. She appreciates being part of such an illustrious team and enjoys marketing, sharing and supporting the many benefits of Teton Valley’s nonprofits and the generosity of our community members’ volunteerism and philanthropy.
Claire graduated from the University of Montana, Missoula in 2002 with a B.F.A. in Photography and a B.A. in French. While much of her youth was spent in Teton Valley, she returned to put down her own roots in 2008. In her free time, she enjoys making art and recreating outside with her daughter and friends. You can learn more at www.clairevitucci.com.
It’s been nearly 30 years, but Brian can still see the incredulous look on District Court Judge Sommerville’s face when he told him that he was planning to give up a respected and coveted position as his law clerk and exchange it for a backpack to work in wilderness programs. As their conversation progressed, he came to understand Brian’s passion for the power of these types of educational experiences and the transformative opportunities they can provide individuals; the Judge’s look of skepticism shifted to one of support. Brian remains fully dedicated to that choice today.
Brian’s nonprofit career began at the North Carolina Outward Bound School, followed by Yosemite National Institutes (now NatureBridge) and the Yosemite Fund (now the Yosemite Conservancy). During his tenure at these organizations, he served in a wide range of positions – Instructor, Program Director, Special Projects Manager and Interim Executive Director. He has also worked in the for-profit sector as Director of Operations for a publishing company in San Jose, CA. All of these organizations share a common thread – they provide transformative opportunities for individuals. And that passionate thread continues for Brian as he becomes a member of the Community Foundation of Teton Valley team. He is thrilled to live in Teton Valley and support the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts to effectively invest in ideas and people.
Brian graduated from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis with B.A. in Political Science and later earned a J.D. degree at the William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in St. Paul, Minnesota. In his spare time, Brian is an avid mountain biker and telemark skier.
Board of Directors
Our dedicated Board of Directors works continually to envision and utilize our strategic framework to cultivate resources, further organizational health, build a community of giving around the Tin Cup Challenge, award competitive grant funds in a strategic, impactful way, and invest in local nonprofit talent with nonprofit workshops.
Astrid moved to Teton Valley with her family in 2014 and joined the Community Foundation in 2017. As a native New Englander, Astrid was attracted to the bigger mountains & skies, the community, and the more balanced life Teton Valley offers. Astrid is a graduate of Wesleyan University and has an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School.
She spent her career in software product management and serving on nonprofit boards. Astrid is thrilled to be serving the community and growing philanthropy by serving on the board of the Community Foundation of Teton Valley. Astrid and her husband, Todd, stay busy by trying to keep up with their three children and can often be seen out on the trails (hiking, running, biking or skiing) with their dog Cedar.
Gene grew up in a suburb on the south side of Chicago and has a BS in Finance from DePaul University. During his 20 year career, Gene worked with several group health insurance companies. Early on in Gene’s career, he decided a skiing sabbatical was in order. This is when he discovered and fell in love with the Tetons.
Not willing to live in a garage or out of his car, Gene returned to Chicago after three years to work and save for a permanent life in the mountains. That time came in February 2011 when he and his wife, Jenny, retired to Teton Valley permanently. They chose Teton Valley not only for the natural beauty but also for the outstanding community.
Gene is making up for a misspent youth and young adulthood by giving back to our Teton Valley Community. In addition to his Community Foundation of Teton Valley board service, Gene also sits on the board of Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, and Teton County Idaho Search and Rescue, while volunteering with other nonprofits when he can. When not volunteering, Gene can be found mountain biking, hiking, on one of his many pairs of skis, or at the Pub usually with his dog, Darly.
Ben grew up in South Carolina and earned a B.S. in Business Management from Clemson University.
Born with a fascination for airplanes and a love of the outdoors Ben pursued the first of those passions by learning to fly at 17, and ultimately retired from American Airlines as a senior captain. And it was through his travels that he discovered the beauty (and bugless, low humidity) of the Western US. He discovered Teton Valley in the late ’90s, shortly thereafter purchased a home here, and began scheming on how to live here full-time.
Ben keeps busy flying a corporate jet, has multiple business interests, piddles with little airplanes, but more than anything enjoys biking and hiking with his wife Joni.
Shawn is a California native who traded beaches for mountains in 2000 when she landed in Wyoming. She and her husband Chris raised their two boys in Jackson and then moved to a little cabin the Big Holes in 2018. Shawn is grant writer and fundraising consultant who has worked for nonprofit organizations in the greater Teton area for 20 years. She has raised funding for the arts, environment, youth, parks and open space, wildlife and pets and currently serves on the board of Downtown Driggs Association. Formerly, she served on the board of Teton County, WY/Parks and Recreation and Womentum, and arts-based committees at the Center for the Arts and St. John’s Hospital. An idea generator, writer, and networker, Shawn is passionate about words and music, strong coffee, clever placemaking projects, and community.
“I believe in the power of community and our ability to help each other. The Community Foundation of Teton Valley gets dollars on the ground efficiently, through local nonprofit partners. I am excited to be a part of this vital organization.”
Randy moved west from his hometown in Western Pennsylvania in 1989. After a decade on the Front Range of Colorado and another four years in Salt Lake City, he finally settled in Teton Valley in 2003. With a degree in Landscape Architecture and years of experience working for Civil Engineering firms, he merged with his soon to be wife, Jennifer Zung in 2005 to form Harmony Design and Engineering located in Driggs. Randy, Jennifer, and their 7-year-old son Dalton live In Alta along the Nordic ski trail where Randy and Dalton are seen frequently grooming the trail as volunteers for Teton Valley Trails and Pathways. Randy enjoys skiing, mountain biking, rafting, and most all other things that Teton Valley has to offer and is psyched to be able to give back to the community through volunteerism and service to our valley’s nonprofits.
Delwyn Jensen was born and raised on a potato farm in Eastern Idaho. Growing up he spent his weekends skiing at Grand Targhee. When the opportunity to move to Teton Valley presented itself in 2005, he jumped on it. He and his wife Loriann have enjoyed living and raising their four boys (Jack, Jonas, Cache, and Teague) in Teton Valley over the last 14 years.
After graduating from BYUI, Delwyn was recruited into banking and went on to earn a second degree from Pacific Coast Banking School, University of Washington. His banking career lasted 15 years with extensive experience in financing commercial C&I, commercial real estate, and commercial/residential construction lending. Currently, he owns and manages a transportation and logistics company called Iron Horse Express. He has also recently started a new business, Snake River Capital Funding, geared toward helping small businesses access the capital they need to grow.
As a committed community leader, Delwyn has served on various boards in Teton Valley, with the most recent being the Teton County School District #401 School Board. He’s also served on Driggs Planning and Zoning, the Driggs Airport Board, and the Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce Board.
After Delwyn’s time on the School Board, he wanted “to continue to be part of an organization that benefits our community as a whole. The Community Foundation doesn’t just benefit a specific type of person or activity in Teton Valley, it benefits all who live here. In giving my time and efforts to this foundation, I feel like I can be a benefit to others.”
Sue became a board member in 2018 motivated by a strong passion to give back to the community she and her husband have called home since 1996. Sue grew up in Utah then moved to Colorado where she graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Psychology. Sue has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector primarily working in fundraising and development. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and family, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and plays a mean game of Scrabble.
“I am grateful to have been asked to join the Community Foundation of Teton Valley board. Teton Valley is a beautiful place with so many generous people willing to give their talent, time and treasure to ensure our community remains strong, vibrant and diverse. I am honored to have the opportunity to help further the vision and the mission of the Community Foundation into the future.”
Scott moved to Jackson Hole 45 years ago there he worked first as land surveyor then started his own land consulting business in 1986 with his wife Lisa. Pierson Land works opened their office on Little Street in Driggs in 2007, which deepened his appreciation for Teton Valley. Lisa worked for 20 years flying in and out of the Driggs Airport. Scott and Lisa were finally able to buy a home in Alta in 2017. They both retired in 2020. Now they keep busy with skiing, hiking, biking and Lisa’s flying. Scott is a member of the Alta Solid Waste District and Advisory Board, the Bank of Jackson Hole Board, and a few steering/stakeholder committees in Teton County Wyoming. He is on the Rendezvous Lands Conservancy board through his Emeritus status with the Jackson Hole Land Trust.
“We feel wonderful to be part of a community where people can feel comfortable to smile at a valley neighbor and say hey.”
Like so many others, Nan arrived in Teton Valley for the snow and mountains. She stayed because of the community. A passionate adventurer (mostly by bike) and a philanthropist, Nan is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana and has worked in outdoor education for NOLS, Outward Bound, and other similar programs across the country.
She has also served as director of the Pugh Family Foundation whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education in south Louisiana. In addition to her work with the Community Foundation, she serves on the board of the Pugh Family Foundation, Teton School District 401, Teton Valley Education Foundation, and Rotary Club of Teton Valley. As an active member of the Teton Valley nonprofit community, with an understanding of the issues and needs of Teton Valley, Nan is excited to bring her experience and ability to think outside of the box to her role as a board member for the Foundation.
Hailing from Anoka, Minnesota – Halloween Capital of the World – LeAnn, along with her husband and high school sweetheart, Tom, first found Teton Valley in 1980 while traveling to Jackson Hole for LeAnn’s job with Mountain Bell, a telecommunications company. For LeAnn and Tom, it was love at first sight and they promptly bought land along the Teton River, setting down roots and making Teton Valley their permanent home in 2004.
LeAnn holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, an M.B.A. from the University of Wyoming, and she attended the Stanford Executive Program. Recently, she retired as a Senior Vice-President for Comcast, running cable operations in the Midwest and east coast, including leading a team of 6,000 employees through Hurricane Sandy recovery. Though she has lived and worked in some of the largest cities in the United States, Teton Valley remains her happy place and serves as a constant reminder of what is really important in life.
“I grew up with humble beginnings but learned from my parents that you always shared because there was someone who needed more. I can’t imagine a life without service as a key part of it.”
Serving on the Community Foundation of Teton Valley is the ultimate privilege in nonprofit work. This organization serves the entire network of greatly needed and diverse nonprofits in this valley. As a former nonprofit leader, the fundraising arm of the Community Foundation was a vital component in our ability to accomplish our work.
Pam and her husband, Tom, came to the valley from Wyoming in 2010 and immediately felt like they were “home.” Pam moved here full-time in 2015 when she accepted the executive director position of the Education Foundation of Teton Valley. Tom retired two years later and joined her in paradise. Both come from a background of community service and believe that contributing time, talent, and treasure to our valley is vital to a happy and productive life.
Pam helped with the school bond campaign, raised significant funds for the school district, worked with her board and donors to create the Education Foundation’s endowment, and, after her retirement, begin supporting the City of Victor through the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Tom and Pam have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren, plus two lovable collies who love the valley as much as they do.
Nancy Siverd received a BA in biology from Vassar College and an MS in microbiology from the University of Notre Dame. Professionally, she worked as a Scientific Writer, Manager, and Consultant for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
She and her late husband, John, built their home in Alta in 2001. They enjoyed riding their mustang horses together, as well as hiking and biking in the surrounding area. John was also an avid fly fisherman.
Since moving to Alta, Nancy has participated in community activities as a nonprofit board member and active volunteer. She and her husband were enthusiastically involved as Registration Co-Chairs for the first 4 years of the Tin Cup Challenge event. Nancy has enjoyed helping the Community Foundation of Teton Valley work to improve and assure quality of life in our valley. She looks forward to continuing to contribute through working on the Community Foundation Board.