With over 12 years of town and regional planning experience, Shawn possesses a deep desire to maintain Teton Valley’s tremendous qualities and apply the lessons he’s learned throughout his professional career to his role as director of VARD. Shawn obtained a BS in Urban Planning from the University of Utah in 2001 and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming in 2011. Shawn has worked in a variety of communities in the Intermountain West, including Jackson Hole. He has served in governmental, private-sector, and volunteer capacities. Though a native of Kaysville, Utah, Shawn’s family was one of the original homesteaders in Teton Valley. While working as a planner for the Town of Jackson, Shawn moved to Teton Valley, a place he loves and knows well because of his deep family roots and fond childhood memories. “Teton Valley is a community of lofty goals and enormous potential. I believe VARD will continue to be a catalyst for community aspirations, and I look forward to contributing in my new role,” noted Shawn.
Program Director / Staff Attorney
An Idaho native, Anna credits her ten years of experience guiding on rivers throughout Utah, West Virginia, California, Oregon, and Idaho as the cornerstone of her interest in resource management. After studying ecology in Nunavut and Nepal, she earned her B.A. in Biology, with a French minor, from Colorado College in 2000. After college, she worked in plant genetics and diabetes research for the U.C. Berkeley Plant Gene Expression Center and U.C. San Francisco Department of Medicine. Anna then retired her petri dishes and went to law school, earning her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco in 2006. She specialized in land use and water law, interned with the Attorney General’s Energy Task Force, and worked at a private water law practice focused on California Clean Water Act litigation. Upon graduation, Anna returned to Idaho to work for another private water law practice in Boise which focused on transactional work in the Snake River Basin Adjudication. She joined the VARD staff in 2007, focusing on program work in the cities and county. She is also a member of the Idaho Bar. Anna currently serves on the Driggs Parks Committee and has served on the Teton County Economic Development Steering Committee. She is also Pathways Chair for the Teton Valley Trails and Pathways Board of Directors, and has served on the Board of the Driggs Downtown Community Association.
Program & Development Associate
As an outdoor and winter sports enthusiast, Brendan was naturally drawn to Teton Valley, and his passion for natural resource preservation and community development drew him to VARD. A native of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Brendan earned a Master’s degree in Regional Planning in 2015 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied economic development and received a graduate certificate in Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Management. Prior to joining VARD, Brendan worked with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Springfield, MA, and with the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation in Ware, MA. Brendan holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology and Geography from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where he graduated in 2009. Before returning to graduate school, Brendan spent time living in Big Sky, MT, and Alta, UT, where he became enamored with the West. It was during this time that Brendan’s interest in planning piqued as he sought a means to articulate and address the developments changing the landscape around him. Upon completing graduate school, Brendan was determined to take this knowledge and skill set back to the West as soon as possible. Needless to say, Brendan is extremely happy to join VARD as a Program and Development Associate and to call the remarkable and irreplaceable Teton Valley home.