John is a lifelong resident of Fremont County, Idaho where he farms land his parents started buying in the late 1930s. 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. John 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.
Arantza brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board. She recently retired from the Idaho National Laboratory where she held various management positions in the Human Resources Department since 1991. 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, Arantza enjoys snowboarding, mountaineering, hiking, mountain biking, waterskiing, and SCUBA diving.
Bonnie Self has been working in nonprofit finance, administration, fundraising, and management since 1994. She is currently employed by Climb Wyoming as the statewide Grant Manager. Prior to settling in the public sector, Bonnie worked as an auditor for an international accounting firm. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University. Bonnie also served as the Teton Regional Land Trust’s Operations Director for eight years. She enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing in her free time.
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 with two separate locations. In Idaho Falls, 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 Cancer Camp for Kids, founded in Swan Valley, Idaho, where John and his wife Tiffani currently live.
Robin has been actively volunteering in land trusts 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 of 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 them.
Swan Valley, ID
Mike is a primary shareholder and manager of a farm on the Pine Creek Bench that has been family owned for over 90 years. He is an attorney and practices law primarily in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. He is currently serving as a council member for the town of Swan Valley. He and his wife have four children. His family enjoys hiking and skiing together as much as they can.
Tim was born and raised in Brigham City, Utah. He also lived in Boulder and Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in German. He spent two years teaching in the Fiji Islands with the Peace Corps and then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in English as a Second Language from the University of Hawaii. Tim taught English in Japan for a year before earning an MBA from the American School of International Management. He moved to Idaho in 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 the Audubon Society and the 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 USC Graduate School 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 four married children and ten grandchildren. Her husband of 53 years is deceased. Jean moved to Teton Valley 14 years ago because of the nice welcoming community, as well as the outstanding fishing and other outdoor activities.
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. 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.
Salt Lake City, Utah and Swan Valley, Idaho
Phyllis is a dedicated philanthropist and believes in the transformative power of generosity. Her philosophy of nonprofit sustainability is founded on the principle of abundance and the enormous potential that generosity holds for our world and the nonprofit organizations that serve it. As a fundraising expert for more than 35 years, Phyllis has worked for and consulted with over two hundred nonprofit organizations and government municipalities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and French from Florida State University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Nonprofit Leadership Institute, and a post-graduate certificate in Mediation and Negotiation. She is an accomplished teacher and lecturer.
She has been married to Bill since 1987, has three children, two of whom are married. They are expecting their first grandchild in September who they know will come to love the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as much as the entire family has for more than 50 years. The wild lands truly sustain her.
Salt Lake City, UT
Wes was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin into an active family who enjoyed fishing and camping in northern Wisconsin. He attended Hanover college followed by the University of Chicago Medical school. He and his wife, Jean, have lived in Utah for 46 years raising four children and enjoying the outdoors -camping, backpacking, fishing and skiing. In 1981 they built a cabin outside of Victor and the family has had happy times enjoying all the area has to offer. Wes is looking forward to working with the Land Trust, protecting this area we love so dearly for all who choose to live or visit here.
Finance Committee 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 view scape, 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.
Matt MacMillan has lived in the Tetons for the past 20 + years. He grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where his love and appreciation for the outdoors began. Matt holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire. Professionally, Matt is an Associate Broker with Live Water Properties, assisting clients with the acquisition and disposition of farms and ranches in WY, ID, MT, and UT. Matt resides on the west slope of the Tetons with his wife, Sarah, and their 3 children.
Paul graduated from Boise State University with a B.B.A. in Business Management. He has 24 years of experience in the investment management business. He has worked for various Wall Street firms and currently owns an independent financial advisory practice in eastern Idaho. As a Utah native and resident of Victor, Idaho, he was drawn to the area because of his passion and love for the outdoors and in particular, the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Paul realizes the real need to preserve and protect open spaces for wildlife habitat and for future generations. He and his three kids are all avid skiers. His kids are in the fields of biology, engineering, and education. Paul also loves backpacking, biking, and diving.
Bruce J. Mincher
Idaho Falls, ID
Bruce has his origin in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and was brought west by Idaho National Lab in 1984. There he designed, proposed, and managed research programs in the areas of actinide and radiation chemistry until his retirement as a Laboratory Fellow Scientist in 2018. He has had a lifelong interest in hunting, fishing, and wildlife conservation and has spent countless hours raising money and participating in fieldwork for wildlife research projects for Idaho Fish and Game and several NGOs. The realization that protecting habitat is the single most important thing we can do for wildlife is the origin of his interest in Teton Regional Land Trust. He holds a BS in Biology from the State University of NY at Albany, and an MS and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Idaho and currently resides in Idaho Falls.
Laura is the fourth generation to return and run the family’s farm. Before returning to the farm she received and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. She also worked for a short time for Senator Larry Craig until an opportunity came to return to the University of Idaho and earn an M.S. in Agricultural Economics. She serves on the Yellowstone Canal Board of Directors and is also a regional grant panelist for the Idaho Community Foundation. She loves spending time and working with her family. When they do take time off they love to travel, surf, go snow machining, hiking, camping, and going to movies.
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. Tim also worked for Teton Regional Land Trust from which he retired 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.
Conservation Committee Chair
Idaho Falls, ID
Karen brings decades of conservation experience to the board, 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. She is enjoying some traveling, hunting, skiing, and free time.
Idaho Falls and Teton Valley, ID
A native Texan, Bill moved to Idaho in 2004 as the Associate Laboratory Director for Science & Technology and Chief Research Officer at the Idaho National Laboratory. He retired in 2017 after working 28 years as a senior research manager and scientist at three DOE National Laboratories as well as 10 years as Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. He also served as Director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls, ID, and Director of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory in Richland, Washington. Bill received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and BS in Chemistry from the University of Texas. He is a fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In retirement, besides interacting with the Land Trust, he enjoys traveling abroad, skiing, hunting, and cooking Texas pit barbeque. Bill and his wife, Lee, live in Idaho Falls and Teton Valley, Idaho.
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 and a B.A. in Geology from Wesleyan University. Dave is a board member for two energy companies, The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming, Teton Science School, and an advisory board member of Land Trust Alliance.