meet the team
presidents council members & PAST PRESIDENTS
Left to Right: Terri Bullock, Joanne Wetherell, Marcia Liebich, Peggy Grove, Janet DeBard, Jo Murray, Barbara Thrasher
FOUNDING MEMBERS OF WRWF
Ellen Campion, Jeanne Cassell, Penny Coe, Bonni Curran, Cody Curran, Jessie Curran, Janet DeBard, Gale Ellkins, Janis Fulton, Sue Green, Judith Jellinek Harriet Joseph, Debby Law, Ann Leonardo, Debra Levin, Marcia Liebich, Camille McCray, Willa McLaughlin, Jo Murray, Esther Ochsman, Susan Reinstein, Carol Nie, Pricilla Pittigio, Susan Rhymes, Carol Scheifele-Holmes, Gayle Stevenson, Diana Strandberg, Maggie Sturdevant, Barbara Thrasher, Charlotte Unger, Joanne Wetherell, Maryanne Whitcomb, Melisa Willams
Martina has been a WRWF member since 2013 and is also a part of the Endowment Founders Circle. She is a practicing attorney and lobbyist in Washington, DC who is now spending most of her time in Ketchum. Martina has extensive experience on both for-profit and not-for-profit boards, in addition to having created and run the Senate Diversity Initiative She has already hit the ground running and is engaged as co-chair of our new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) initiative, working alongside co-chair Becky Lopez.
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Karen began her career as an investment banking analyst and after business school, she joined a strategic management consultancy before eventually moving into private equity investments.
Subsequently, Karen provided investment and strategic advisory services to general and limited partners of private equity funds before moving to Sun Valley full-time in 2016 with her husband Marc, their daughter Claire, son Remy and two Norwich terriers (Lucy and Lily).
In order to learn more about the Wood River community’s needs and issues, Karen joined the WRWF and its Finance Committee in 2018. Karen’s local civic involvement includes serving on the boards of the Wood River Land Trust as Vice-Chair, the Wood River YMCA, and Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church Foundation. When time permits, she love packing food at the Hunger Coalition. In New York City, Karen also has served on several boards and committees some of which include serving as Treasurer of both the Diller-Quaile School of Music and the Colony Club, a private women’s club, in addition to involvement in the Rockefeller University’s
Parents & Science Steering Committee and the Founders’ Committee of Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital.
Karen and her husband Marc fell in love with Sun Valley on their first visit in 1996, returning every year since until eventually planting a flag in 2012. Karen loves most sports. She and her family love to travel and to take advantage of all that our incredible playground has to offer.
In an impressive case of love-at-first-sight, Trinka and her husband Lloyd moved to the Wood River Valley in 2018 just six months after visiting here for the first time.
Once relocated from the Bay Area, several of Trinka’s local acquaintances introduced her to WRWF. She joined in 2019 and jumped right into making a difference by becoming a member of the WRWF Finance Committee.
A mother of two grown children, former CPA, and now retired from her career in Consumer Marketing, Trinka loves outdoor action including tennis, golf, hiking and Nordic skiing with her chocolate lab, Enzo.
Gail and her family discovered Sun Valley in the early 1990s on a skiing vacation. Prior to her retirement, she had a 30-year career on Wall Street as an investor, business leader, and entrepreneur. Each year, Gail and her husband Victor spend more time in the valley and less in New York. She joined the Board of the WRWFin 2017 and currently chairs the investment committee and serves as Secretary of the WRWF Board.
LeeAnne and her fly-fisherman husband Chris discovered Sun Valley while attending her first banking convention in 1994. They decided right then that the Wood River Valley would eventually be their home and as soon as she retired, they moved from being part-timers to full-timers. LeeAnne had a 30-plus year career as a banking executive reaching national prominence for her work in the industry, community, and on behalf of elevating women and minorities to leadership roles.
As a founding member of United Way of Salt Lake’s Women United, one of the first women’s collective giving groups within United Way, LeeAnne is a champion for women’s philanthropy. Her experiences and passions align tightly with WRWF’s mission and we are thrilled to welcome her.
Sarah joined the WRWF in early 2022; she lives in Ketchum and has a home in the Stanley area. Sarah is the founder of a large fitness company, an author, a philanthropist, and a JD candidate. Having spent many years visiting the valley before moving here full-time she is passionate about working with our nonprofit grantees. Sarah’s co-chair on the Grants Committee is Tracy Kanowski.
Sandy first visited the valley in 1976, joined the WRWF as member number 200, and came on the Board in 2017. Primarily a Seattle resident, she and her family became part-timers in 2000. Sandy is retired from a 30-year career managing communication strategies for worldwide clients and is enjoying that expertise on the boards of multiple nonprofits serving the arts, education, and the advancement of leadership opportunities for women and girls. Look for her on the golf course, on the trail with the dogs sharing a glass of wine with her husband Jack.
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Jenni Riley is a native Idahoan and after an 18-year stopover in Napa Valley, she and her husband Jake made the move to the valley about 10 years ago. Together they have five daughters and a granddaughter on the way. Jenni is professionally engaged with Hazlett Wealth Management as Director of Operations. She has always sought career and volunteer paths that align with her charitable values. With more than twenty years of operations and relationship management experience with corporations and nonprofits, Jenni has found that giving back through volunteerism allows her to invest in ourcommunity.
Jeannie grew up on Amelia Island, Florida, and has been progressively moving north and west ever since. After raising her two daughters in Virginia, she and her husband John moved to the Wood River Valley full-time in 2021. Jeannie spent 20 years working as an in-house corporate counselor and is starting a new chapter as a graduate student at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. John and Jeannie enjoy fishing, skiing, and hiking. As an avid reader, her favorite place in town is the Community Library and she is always looking forward to the next Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.
Born and raised in Seattle, Dianne and her husband Jeff moved to the Wood River Valley in 2020 seeking community and enjoying an outdoor lifestyle. Dianne currently works as a senior paralegal for a boutique law firm specializing in trademarks and branding. Prior to this, Dianne spent 8 years at Amazon in Branding, Marketing Operations, and Trademarks. In her spare time, Dianne can be found fly fishing, skiing, hiking, and upland bird hunting with her two German Shorthair Pointers, Iris & Stanley.
Heidi Marcus is the WRWF’s Administrator, as well as a member. She holds a B.A. in Political Science/Economics from Reed College. Heidi’s work experience began in the IT department at Albertsons Corporation in Boise, Idaho. For 19 years she held the position of Finance Manager at Our Lady of the Snows in Sun Valley, Idaho. As WRWF Administrator, she plays an integral role in the execution of the day-to-day working processes of the organization. Heidi has deep roots in Idaho and has been incredibly fortunate to call the Wood River Valley her home since 2001. Heidi and her husband, Jason Blamires, have three children, Harrison, Nora, and Addy, in addition to their rescue dog, Oakley. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, camping, boating, hiking, gardening, volunteering, and traveling with family and friends