Valley Advocates Staff & Board

Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit citizens’ group dedicated to open spaces, wild places, and vibrant communities.

Our Mission is to shape policy, guide development, and provide outreach to preserve natural resources, protect rural character, and promote vibrant communities in Teton Valley through civic action.

Our approach is a collaborative one. We seek to be a resource for local decision-makers and developers, as well as to educate and empower citizens to be involved in the local decision-making process.

We Believe in smart growth and thoughtful development that benefits and promotes vibrant communities and future generations.

Our Core Values:

  • Responsibility and accountability in local government
  • Civic engagement & public participation in the community development process
  • Preservation & stewardship of rural communities & local natural resources, and
  • Serving as a free community educational resource for everyone. 


Niki Richards

Executive Director

Anna Trentadue

Program Director/Staff Attorney

Emily Sadow

Program Associate & Office Manager

Alena McIntosh

Research Associate


Linda Unland


Janna Rankin

Vice President

Jeri Thomson


Dawn Donovan Felchle


Kate Koons

Board Member

Kathy O'Neil

Board Member

Mike Pfeil

Board Member

Lee Simmons

Board Member

Trustee Emeritus

David Work

Trustee Emeritus

Susie Work

Trustee Emeritus

David Axlerod

Trustee Emeritus


Niki Richards, Executive Director
(208) 354-1707
285 East Little Avenue
PO Box 1164
Driggs, ID 83422



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