A passionate relationship builder, Katie specializes in collaborating for change. With creative enthusiasm and an ability to steward vision to action, Katie excels at bringing many voices and thoughts together.
After graduating from St. Lawrence University, Katie was drawn to the non-profit sector and volunteerism. Katie served as a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer at Teton Science Schools, with the focus of building organizational capacity for STEM literacy. Since 2013, Katie has focused on building collaborative relationships with non-profit and government organizations through the AmeriCorps program, combining her passion for science, education and community development. Katie has mentored over 150 AmeriCorps volunteers and instructors in their development as educators, leaders and engaged community members and facilitated place-based education programming for schools and organizations across the United States. These experiences left her with a deep appreciation for this place and a commitment to building a more connected and healthy community.
Katie grew up learning to swim at her local rural outdoor pool and fell in love with competitive swimming and diving at an early age. Katie believes all people should have the ability to access the essential life skill of swimming and the opportunities it provides to improve their quality of life. Katie believes an aquatic facility in Teton Valley has the ability to be the heart of our community, where an infant experiences water for the first time, a child feels pride after their first race, a senior citizen forms meaningful connections with others and all learn to enjoy water safely. Here, our community in all of its identities, challenges, and passions is brought together. Katie believes collectively we can work to create a more vibrant community through the innovative design of a world-class aquatic facility and implementation of impactful programming.
Katie enjoys swimming, skiing, biking, competing in triathlons, floating the Teton and exploring our public lands with her dog Tupper and husband Billy.
Hannah Van Arsdell was brought to Teton Valley as a founding member and owner of Sego Ski Company, but really, to ski. Since settling in this beautiful valley, she joined the team at Teton Regional Land Trust as their Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. She gained experience with marketing, grant writing, fundraising, wrangling volunteers, and got to know the landscape of Eastern Idaho. Currently, she serves on the board of Teton County Idaho Search and Rescue.
Hannah is passionate about this project because of the incredible value and wellness that an aquatics center will bring to our community. Hannah has been recovering from multiple back surgeries and nerve damage, which has stopped her from skiing as well as many of the outdoor activities she enjoys altogether. She feels this project will benefit those like her that could enhance their recovery and recreational opportunities with access to a therapy pool and a public lap pool. Hannah also grew up swimming competitively, and appreciates the experience of learning how to swim and the gains swimming has brought to her. She sees the undeniable benefit everyone in the valley will have with the opportunity of having an aquatics center here.
In being involved with this project, she hopes to give back to this amazing place we call home.
Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Kelly Sadauckas is the founder of Teton Valley Aquatics. She is a physical therapist, practicing outpatient orthopedics with Streubel Physical Therapy in Driggs, Idaho, as well as outpatient women’s health physical therapy services with Advanced Physical Therapy and Wound Care in Rexburg, Idaho. A graduate of Marquette University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, she and her husband moved to Idaho to raise their family 7 years ago, and have never looked back. Kelly is committed to bringing an indoor aquatic facility to Teton Valley, Idaho, to benefit our entire community—from competitive swimmers and recreational lap swimmers who will benefit from the lap lanes, to recovering athletes and our aging population who will benefit from aquatic rehabilitation and general exercise classes, and finally to providing gathering and play spaces for teens and families. Kelly experienced a near-drowning experience herself as a child, and she is passionate about giving every child in Teton Valley, Idaho, the chance to learn to swim.
Richard Weinbrandt has worked as an independent consultant to the petroleum industry for over 40 years, primarily in the areas of numerical simulation, reservoir description, and the development and application of enhanced oil recovery processes.
Dr. Weinbrandt received his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University in 1972 following B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a registered Professional Petroleum Engineer in the State of California.
He has been involved in athletics all of his life and feels that the combination of athletics, academics and a professional career is critical to leading a balanced life. He started with age group swimming and Little League baseball which his father coached, swam in high school and as a freshman at Berkley. In 1964 he left Berkeley for a year and moved to the North Shore of Oahu to surf the largest waves ridden at the time. On his return to Berkeley he switched sports to boxing, earning 2 varsity letters and boxing undefeated his senior year. Post college he participated in softball and flag football and raced motorcycles professionally in flat track, motocross and the Sothern California desert. His triathlon career started in 1972 and continues today. His focus has been on the Ironman triathlons, completing over 70 IM’s so far, including 15 finishes at the World Championships in Kona. For the years 2012, 13 and 14 he ranked in the top 1% of all athletes in his age group in the world.
Community service and philanthropy is a priority for Richard and for Peaked Sports which he owns. While his children where growing up in Jackson he coached in the kids ski and soccer programs. He was one of the founding board members of the Community Foundation of Teton Valley and the race director of the Tin Cup Challenge for the first 5 years of the event. He has served on the City of Driggs’ Design Review and Advisory Committee for over 10 years. He was one of the founding board members of Mountain Bike the Tetons and continues to serve on that board. One of the MBT programs is the kid’s mountain bike program and Peaked Sports is a sponsor of the TRC team. He is one of the founding board members of Teton Valley Aquatics and continues to serve on that board.
Eva was born in Stockholm, Sweden and moved to the United States in 1991 with her husband, Lars, and 3 children. She is a retired nurse, receiving her education in Sweden, and working in pharmaceutical sales for many years prior to retiring.
Eva and Lars moved to Teton Valley in 2015 and love the people, scenery and the spirit of the Valley. They own a motorhome and would love to visit all the National parks. Eva is excited to be a member of the Board of Teton Valley Aquatics, and is looking forward to the many physical and mental health benefits that this proposed aquatic facility could offer our Valley.
Wray Landon has been a part-time Teton Valley resident since 2009 and a full-time resident since 2016. His attachment to this area is based on its incredible access to outdoors activities. He and his wife Lani are building their retirement home in Driggs.
Wray appreciates the benefits of a community aquatic facility since both of his children grew up with swim racing.
In 2016, Wray retired from the Idaho National Laboratory as their Director of Engineering. He has a BS in mechanical engineering, an MBA, and is an Idaho professional engineer.
Wray believes his engineering and construction experience will be an asset as the Teton Valley Aquatics Center moves from a concept to reality.
John's move to the Teton Valley coincided with his retirement from the San Diego City Attorney's Office. John began his law practice in his home town of Buffalo, NY, thus he is looking forward to the snow and the sense of community that a place like Teton Valley offers. In 1990, John began a civil litigation practice in San Diego. The later part of his career focused on special litigation projects and civil rights law for the City of San Diego.
John transitioned from a total focus on running to a more rounded approach to physical well-being by incorporating bicycling, ocean swimming, weight training, and hiking, along with his make shift yoga routines and a dash of surfing. The overall benefits of swimming are more and more apparent to him. John is excited about the Teton Valley Aquatics' mission to build an aquatic recreation center for the use and benefit of us all.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rick Smith relocated to Teton Valley over 11 years ago for a change in lifestyle. With his wife of 22 years and two children, Teton Valley is now home.
Rick has tunnel-vision for skiing and ice hockey, but also enjoys floating the river and casual hiking. Best of all, these opportunities are now a lifestyle, not just a vacation.
His resume includes over 30 years of experience in mechanical work and project management. Much of his experience is with swimming pool and ice skating rink construction, operation and maintenance. He has served in the role as Facilities Maintenance Coordinator for the Teton County WY /Jackson Recreation Center for 11 years. Rick is proud of his time with Teton County Wyoming, looks forward to many more years with them and is grateful for their support.
Rick previously served in various roles on the Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation, Board of Directors. One of his proudest accomplishments is knowing that he was part of the leadership team who took an asset of the community from insolvency to strength and growth. "My son, Jamie's experiences with the ski team helped shape his life. I felt it was my duty to give back to the people who had the vision and love of the organization that created those opportunities."
Rick believes that an aquatics center will be a huge asset to our community and will share his experiences to help make it happen.
Sven Taow has been a resident of Teton Valley since 2012. After receiving his Master's Degree he started a photography business in Jackson. The Kotler Ice Arena in Victor hired him as the Rink Manager and he moved to the other side of the mountain (in VIctor) permanently. He currently works as a Recreation Program Director for Teton Valley Resort, teaches Recreation Management classes at BYU-Idaho, and runs his summertime photography business in Teton Village. He is an active member on Teton County Idaho's Search and Rescue, is on the Youth Hockey Parents Committee, and is excited to be on the Teton Valley Aquatics Board.
Liaison to the City of Driggs
Doug Self is the City of Driggs’ Community Development Coordinator. His duties are to plan, organize, assign, manage and direct work in community development and economic development programs. He provides responsible and professional management and technical staff assistance to the Mayor and City Council. By listening and finding creative solutions, Doug facilitates translation of the community's vision into reality, for an improved quality of life. Based on these duties and mission statements, Doug is an integral part of the execution of the Teton Valley Aquatics Mission. He provides key logistical input, as well as connections with City, County and Regional contacts who will assist in making our Vision a reality.