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VARD announces staffing changes

Executive Director 

Kathy Rinaldi recently stepped down as Executive Director of Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD)  in order to devote more time to raising her two young boys. Kathy and Rich’s second child, Jack Robert, was born October 30th.  Kathy  will be coming back to VARD after the first of the year as the part-time Development and Finance Director.

Sandy Mason has been hired as VARD’s new Executive Director.  “As Program Director for the past three years, he has built bridges in the community that have proven invaluable to VARD’s work of ensuring that as more people call Teton Valley home, our communities remain vibrant and our landscape healthy.” said Georgie Stanley, VARD Board President.  Prior to joining the staff, Sandy served as a VARD board member.

Communications and Education

Kim Billimoria recently celebrated her second anniversary with VARD as Communications and Development Director.  Kim is responsible for VARD publications including the quarterly newsletter and regular email updates.  Kim will move into the position of Communications and Education Director for VARD.

New Program Staff

VARD recently hired two new talented and highly qualified additions to our staff : Anna Trentadue and Lucy Flood.

Anna has been hired as one of our program staff and will fill Sandy’s role covering mainly county issues.  Anna has a law degree and work experience in land use and water rights in Idaho.  She is a native Idahoan, avid boater and very passionate about helping steer growth so that the natural resources of Idaho and Teton Valley – our water, air, wildlife and land – are maintained for future generations.

Lucy was hired in October as a program intern and proved invaluable in helping organize the Mad Hatter party. She is a writer by profession and when she is not at VARD is busy working on a novel. Lucy’s passion for VARD’s mission is fueled in part by her experiences growing up in rural Kentucky and her family’s battle to save their farm from encroaching development.

“I am confident that with Sandy at the helm and our new team in place we have one of the strongest VARD staffs to date.  I believe 2008 will be one of our most successful and exciting years in VARD’s seven-year history of advocating for responsible development in Teton Valley.”  said Stanley.

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