Robin has actively been volunteering in land trust and conservation work for over 5 years. She has extensive experience on nonprofit boards in both finance and fundraising. Prior to retirement, she was in the Financial Services Industry for thirty years. She was a financial advisor to high net worth individuals and families in the Bay Area of California. Robin originally volunteered to help build the Planned Giving Program at Teton Regional Land Trust, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Land Trust for the past five years. She also serves as a Trustee for The Nature Conservancy-Idaho.
Robin and her family have been part time residents of Teton Valley since 2002. In 2014, she and her husband, Mark, became full time residents of Tetonia. She and the rest of her family are avid horseback riders, fishermen, hikers and general all out lovers of the landscape that surrounds us.
Bill Graham is Founder of Rainbow Bend Capital, LLC. Prior, Bill was President and co-owner of USABlueBook, the nation’s leading catalog distributor of water treatment equipment. The company was an entrepreneurial start-up and acquired by The Home Depot in 2005. Bill received his MBA from Kellogg, and graduated with honors from Williams College. He is active in a variety of non-profit entities, and is a founding member of his local Ducks Unlimited Chapter. Bill, his wife Libby, and their three children reside in Kenilworth, Illinois. The Graham family has a Teton Valley home protected by a Land Trust easement.
John Van Orman
Swan Valley, ID
John Grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Utah. John moved to Idaho Falls in 1994 to open the Great Harvest Bread Company in two separate locations. Currently, John serves on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation and the Historic Downtown Foundation, which established and now manages the First Business Improvement District in downtown Idaho Falls. John has also served on The Board of Directors for Camp Magical Moments and Cancer Camp for Kids, founded in Swan Valley, Idaho, where John and his wife Tiffani currently live.
Swan Valley, ID
Mike is a primary shareholder and the manager of a farm on the Pine Creek Bench that has been family owned for over 90 years. He has a J.D., and practices primarily in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. He is currently serving as a council member for the town of Swan Valley. His wife and he have four children. His family enjoys hiking and skiing together as much as they can.
Tim was born and raised in Brigham City, Utah, as well as Boulder and Denver, Colorado, and received a B.A. in German from the University of Colorado. He taught in the Fiji Islands in the Peace Corps for two years before receiving a Master’s in English as a Second Language from the University of Hawaii. Tim taught English in Japan for a year before earning a M.B.A. from the American School of International Management. Tim has lived in Idaho since 1985,and has lived along Texas Slough since 1994. Tim has been a co-owner of Compusmart in Idaho Falls since 1991. He and his wife Wendy placed their property in a conservation easement with the Land Trust in 2004 and are passionate about the conservation efforts in the Greater Yellowstone Region. Tim is also a member of Audubon and Trumpeter Swan Society.
Jean was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from Stanford with a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology, then attended U.S.C. earning a master’s in education for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has worked in speech and hearing in both a hospital and clinical setting. Jean has served on many community boards, and also on the Board of Trustees of Gallaudet University, a school serving the deaf and hearing impaired population.
Jean has 4 married children and 10 grandchildren. Her husband of 53 years passed away last year. Jean moved to Teton Valley 14 years ago because of the nice welcoming community, as well as the outstanding fishing and other outdoor activities.
Gary Grigg holds a B.S. in Agriculture and Entomology from Utah State University and a M.S. in Agronomy from Michigan State University. He and his brother are founders of Grigg Brothers Fertilizers Inc., a manufacturer of specialty fertilizers for the golf course and sports turf industry. He and his wife Coleen, a fourth generation local Idaho native, enjoy Idaho’s open spaces and wildlife. Gary is an avid fly fisherman in both fresh and salt water, and is a life member of Trout Unlimited, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the Henry’s Fork Foundation.
Finance Committee Co-Chair
Bob holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and a Master’s in Environmental Pollution Control. He moved to Idaho twenty-six years ago to advance his career as an environmental scientist, and to enjoy the variety of outdoor recreation the region offers. Bob notes, “The land protection efforts by the Land Trust with willing landowners is tremendously important if we want future generations to enjoy the same viewscape, wildlife, and natural beauty that is so much of our quality of life we enjoy here today.” Bob, his wife, and their two children live outside of Rigby, ID. He transitioned from environmental consulting to wealth management consulting, and he is presently a financial advisor for a major Wall Street firm.
John is a lifelong resident of Fremont County, Idaho where he farms land his parents started buying in the late 1930’s. He and his wife, Sheila, live on the bank of the Henry’s Fork, west of Ashton, and are proud to have protected most of their land under a conservation easement with the Land Trust. He has a B.S. in Agribusiness from the University of Idaho and served for six years on the Fremont County Planning and Zoning Commission. He and his family wish to keep enjoying the outdoors, the wildlife, scenery and recreational opportunities the area has to offer.
Timothy D. Reynolds
Tim grew up in the Midwest and came to Idaho to attend graduate school at Idaho State University. During his career, he was a visiting professor at Boise State University, a radio-ecologist for the US Department of Energy, a Research Ecologist for the Environmental Science and Research Foundation, and the principle of TREC, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. He retired from the Teton Regional Land Trust in 2012. He has been involved with conservation organizations and issues throughout his adult life. He enjoys hiking, birding, fly-fishing, camping, old-time music, working with his dogs, cross-country skiing, and other non-motorized recreation. He lives with his wife, Patty, in Rigby, Idaho.
Idaho Falls, ID
Karen brings decades of conservation experience, having recently retired from the Bureau of Land Management. She notes the highlight of her career involved working with land trusts to conserve key private properties that intermingle with public lands. Since 1996, she worked with the BLM’s Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Teton Regional Land Trust, The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy to form an award winning partnership that has conserved 90 private properties valued at approximately $65 million along the upper Snake Rivers’ corridors and at Henry’s Lake. Her extensive experience as a wildlife biologist and program manager brings a wealth of knowledge to the position.
Dean is a retired investment advisor. He has been active on land trust boards for about 20 years, and has donated a conservation easement to the Land Trust. He lives in Jackson, plays trumpet in local musical groups, and serves on the board of the Jackson Hole Community Band.
Conservation Committee Chair
Island Park, ID and California
Rick Sitts holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of California at Davis, and has worked in the ecological and aquatic biology fields. In addition, Rick has worked evaluating, comparing and selecting multi-million-dollar ecological restoration projects in several California watersheds and conservation easements and land purchases by The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Lands. Rick has focused his efforts on the Endangered Species Act compliance and legal contests to avoid jeopardizing threatened or endangered species. Rick lives in Island Park, Idaho and in California.
Swan Valley, ID
Delbert and his wife June cultivate and sell native grass and flower seeds for their Swan Valley-based business, Cedera Seed Inc. Delbert’s family established the Idaho business in 1958. They grow their seeds locally on the picturesque Pine Creek Bench along the South Fork of the Snake River. The Property has been in the family for generations.
The family takes pride in the good stewardship of their land and have placed an easement on it. Their operation also assists others who have the ambition to take care of their land, by providing seeds used to establish native grasses and restore damaged landscapes.
Development Committee Chair
Dave is a retired regional president with Amoco BP Corporation. He received an M.S. in Geology from the University of California, Santa Cruz anda B.A. in Geology from Wesleyan University. Dave is a board member for Friends of the Teton River, Teton Geotourism Center, Wesleyan University, and the Valley Advocates for Responsible Development; as well as a former board member for the Texas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Idaho Falls, ID
Arantza brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, as she has held various management positions in the Human Resources Department of the Idaho National Laboratory since 1992. Arantza is a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has a broad expanse of community service roles, including working with the Idaho Workforce Development Council, the Breaking Boundaries Board, the Idaho Migrant Council and the Industry Liason Group to name a few. In her free time, Aranza enjoys snowboarding, mountaineering, hiking, mountain biking, waterskiing and SCUBA diving.