Community Foundation welcomes new board members

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole announced today it has brought on to its Board of Directors on four new members. Val Beck, Peggy Davenport, David Landes and Stacey Morse each bring valuable perspective, dynamic skillsets and experience with nonprofits that will help the Foundation continue to prosper and grow, said Community Foundation President Katharine Conover

“We are extremely fortunate that these talented, vibrant individuals are investing their time and energy to help the Foundation enrich the community. Each of them has already contributed to the Foundation by serving on our Grants Committee and helping with marketing initiatives, and we could not be happier to have them join our committed, hardworking Board,” Conover added.

Val Beck

Val Beck

Val is a marketing and communications professional who specializes in strategy, copywriting, and graphic design. She holds a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Michigan.

Personal circumstances curtailed her work toward an MBA, but her on-the-job experience in fast-paced high-tech companies over nearly 15 years more than made up for it.

In 1993, Val created her own turnkey firm, Metafore Marketing Communications, attracting clients that ranged from computer hardware and software to medical device and information industries.

Val continues artistic pursuits in photography, pottery, and various other media. Val sits on the board of and donates her professional services to Polar Bears International, a conservation group. She, her husband, Dick, and their beloved English Springer Spaniels became permanent residents of Jackson in 2003.

Val has been a director of St. John’s Hospital Foundation since January 2015. She has worked with the Community Foundation to help develop its strategic marketing plan. Dick recently joined the Foundation’s Audit Committee.

Peggy Davenport

Peggy Davenport

Peggy and her husband, Kirk, moved to Jackson in 2016 after spending 30 years in New York City. While raising two kids, Lydia and Addison, Peggy was also a partner specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

In addition to holding various management positions with her firm, she led a task force on the development of women professionals, served on the executive committee of the firm’s diversity committee, oversaw operations of the marketing department and founded a website, The Debevoise Women’s Review, dedicated to issues relevant to women in the global workplace.

Peggy is now retired from the legal profession and embracing a life with a lot more skiing, yoga, hiking and travel. She is the Chairman of the Board of Jackson Hole Public Art and serves on the Health and Human Services subcommittee of the Community Foundation’s Competitive Grants Committee.

David Landes

David Landes

David Landes is now retired after a long career in finance starting with investment banking—financing projects for state and local governments, businesses, and nonprofits.

He is the founder of the first electronic bidding and auction service for the US municipal bond market, PARITY, which is now the standard of the industry.

He and his late wife, Karen Oatey, moved to Jackson in 2006 and were both active in various nonprofit organizations through the years.

Most recently, Landes joined the board of Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation, is a member of the board of Friends of Bridger Teton Avalanche Center, and served six years on the Friends of Pathways’ board.

Upon Karen’s death in 2015, Dave set up the Karen Oatey Endowment Scholarship Fund and sponsorship of the annual Karen Oatey Pole Pedal Paddle event with the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club, to provide scholarships to young, economically disadvantaged winter sports athletes.

He strongly believes in making Teton County a progressive, connected community by providing safe and environmentally friendly travels and world-class recreation opportunities. He believes that each day should include some perspiration and spends his time avidly pursuing the outdoors opportunities in Jackson—skiing, biking, mountaineering and fishing.

Stacey Morse

Stacey Morse

Stacey and her husband, Bob, recently moved to Jackson, after raising their four children Charlotte (30), Rob (28), Ellie (26), and Maggie (23) in New York and Hong Kong.

Stacey spent early years of her career as a civil engineer with the EPA and the US Department of Transportation. She then worked as an investment banker in municipal water related project financings at Lehman Brothers in New York. With the birth of her second child, she retired and while raising her children joined the Board of the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, a NYC nonprofit serving NYC’s homeless population and the NYC Water Board.

During the family’s 11 years in Hong Kong, Stacey served on the Board of the Hong Kong Ballet Company and subsequently became its Chief Executive Officer. During that same period, she developed and executed Habitat for Humanity’s first fundraising effort in Hong Kong.

Stacey joined the board of the School of American Ballet in NY in 2012, currently co-chairs their advisory council, and co-chaired their recent capital campaign.

She is a member of the board of Tufts University School of Engineering, chair of their Center for Engineering Education Outreach and chair of the Engineering School’s annual fund for the University’s current capital campaign. Stacey received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

She, Bob and their family enjoy food, skiing, biking, golf, fishing and hiking in Jackson.

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