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Staff

Niki Richards

Executive Director, Interim

Though Niki was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, she has called Idaho home for over 20 years now. Niki earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with Environmental Science emphasis from Idaho State University in 2008. She spent years in the thick of program and development work with VARD prior to her role as Interim Executive Director. Niki serves on the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Board as Vice President and has been a consultant working with many diverse communities over the past decade as a planner and project manager. Niki values VARD’s mission and she is dedicated to open spaces, wild places, vibrant towns, responsible development, and preserving quality of life in the Teton Valley. She enjoys snowboarding, biking, clean air, clean water, and all things outside, as well as raising her awesome son, Micah, and their dog, Harley. There is no other place she would rather call home.

Anna Trentadue

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.

Emily Sadow

Office Manager/Program Assistant

Emily has spent close to 3 decades in the Mountain West, where she has lived in every Rocky Mountain state.  She was born and raised outside of Boston until the age of 14 when her family moved Las Vegas. Upon graduating high school she fled to the most polar opposite town she could find and wound up in Gunnison, CO. While there, she immediately fell in love with the small-town life and thrived in the outdoor environment. Since graduating college with a degree in Graphic Design, she (and her now husband) moved in and out of many small towns in search of that “perfect place”.  After MT, VT, WA, and back to CO for a stint, they wound up in Northern New Mexico for a couple of decades. Yearning for more snow shoveling, muddier shoulder seasons, and less traffic lights, they finally escaped the “Land of Enchantment (Entrapment)” and moved to the Teton Valley, a place they had been visiting for years. Emily has always been passionate about the mountains and helping protect and preserve the natural habitat and wild spaces for the local flora and fauna as well as future generations. This is a pivotal moment with growing population and increases in technology threatening our wilderness areas and rural landscapes and she is honored to be working for such a vital organization. Emily looks forward to helping VARD continue its mission in protecting these unique places we call home. While not at work, you can find Emily in the backcountry on skis, a bike, or her own two feet. She also loves baking bread and browsing the local adoption sites for a new four-legged friend (when she can find stable housing to adopt one). Come say Hi to her and all the staff next time you are in Driggs.