Teton Valley Foundation ED will resign next month

TETON VALLEY, Ida. — The Teton Valley Foundation Board of Directors announced today that Executive Director Lauren Bennett will be resigning from her position at the end of the Kotler Ice Arena season (March 20, 2020) after two years at the helm.

“On behalf of the Teton Valley Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank LB for her exceptional leadership, vision, and passion as our Executive Director,” said Ann Woodbury, chair of the TVF Board of Directors. “She has made significant contributions to TVF with her tireless work and dedication. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Over the past two years, Bennett is credited with bringing an immense knowledge and passion for Teton Valley Foundation’s mission, and programming that has helped elevate Kotler Ice Arena and Music on Main to its current place.

Bennett said, “As a huge fan of the programs and mission of Teton Valley Foundation, it has been a special privilege to serve in this role for the past two years. I’m truly pleased to have been a part of expanding TVF’s impact on our community and I am looking forward to continuing to participate in these programs as a fan and supporter. TVF is a tremendous asset to our valley and I am grateful to have been a part of its continued success in making this a great place to live.”

Bennett spearheaded the fundraising and construction of the 494-square-foot warming hut and pro shop area expansion at the Kotler Ice Arena. The project received support from capital campaign donors and grant awards, along with a summer of hard work from the team at Holland Construction and added two new bathrooms for the rink’s growing user base, much-improved flow to use and staff space, and more storage for skates.

In addition, Bennett also began the plastic waste reduction initiative at Music on Main. In 2019, Music on Main saved nearly 600 pounds of garbage from the local landfill and eliminated the use of 15,000 single-use plastic cups thanks to the stainless-steel rental cup program. Bennett was also recognized as “Recycler of the Year” by Teton Valley Community Recycling in part due to these efforts.

A search is on for a new executive director for the Teton Valley Foundation. To learn more about the position and what the board is looking for, visit the website.

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