Jessica Pozzi

Executive Director

Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Teton Valley Aquatics after having served as Director of Philanthropy for Teton Valley Health and manager of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. 

Jessica and her family recently moved to Teton Valley in spring of 2018 after exploring the midwestern states in search of a new place to settle down and raise a family, which include two very active boys and one on the way in May 2020. They are very excited to have found a place where community is valued along with all of the natural resources for recreation and natural living the valley has to offer.

Jessica comes to TVA after having spent a large part of her professional career at Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute. There she played an integral role in the vision, development, capital campaign and opening of the Wine Spectator Learning Center; a $12 million, 15,000sf high tech learning space on the SSU campus. Having that experience around opening a facility is priceless to the success of our valley’s very own aquatics facility.

Jessica is excited to work with TVA's board of directors, City of Driggs employees and our valley's community to bring an aquatics facility to life!


Hannah Wells

Executive Assistant

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

Barbara Beller

Board Chair

I was born and raised in Saginaw Michigan spending every summer at the family cottage on Au Sable Lake swimming, skiing, fishing and boating. Water was literally all around me. Some of my earliest memories included swimming lessons at the YMCA with neighborhood friends and my two brothers. I was on the swim team in High School and loved to swim laps to improve my strength and endurance.

I earned a degree from Michigan Technological University in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering. Following graduation, I worked in Denver Colorado and Salt Lake City Utah before moving to Idaho. I worked for the Department of Energy at the Idaho National Laboratory as a project manager in the Spent Nuclear Fuel Program from 1987 through 2014. I received a MS in Technical Management from University of Idaho shortly after moving to Idaho.

My husband John and I have three children. They benefited from swim lessons and were on swim teams in Idaho Falls. I became a stroke and turn judge to support the Piranhas swim team.

My husband and his family have skied and hiked in the Tetons all their lives. I am a recent transplant to Idaho, 32 years ago. We purchased a home in Driggs in 2011, and moved permanently in 2018. I am excited to be a part of the Teton Valley Aquatics team to bring year-round swimming to the Teton Valley.

Fielding Essensa

Board Teasurer

I grew up in New Hampshire prior to moving to the area 12 years ago. While growing up there, summer days on the beach turned into competitive swimming in the winter starting when I was 9 years old. Summer jobs as a lifeguard and swim instructor followed as well through college, where I oversaw the town pool every summer. I graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2007 with a degree in Economics, where I met my wife Kim. Needing to learn to snowboard in order to keep up at Whiteface, I quickly fell in love with water in snow form all over again. I relocated here for a ski season and never left.

After working in various accounting positions throughout the valley and Jackson, I started my own custom knife company two years ago, TC Cutlery. I specialize in forged stainless steel kitchen cutlery.

Having spent the majority of my life in the water, bringing that joy to Teton Valley is a natural fit. I believe every child should learn to swim regardless of means, and get to enjoy the benefits of swimming and other aquatic pursuits. I am excited to be a part of TVA and hope to assist in seeing this project through, giving back to the community we love and call home.

Lynn Foxx Pease

Board Secretary

About Lynn coming soon!

RIchard Weinbrandt

Richard Weinbrandt

Board Member

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.

Megan LaTorre

Board Member

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest with the Puget Sound a stones throw from my backyard, water has always played a big part in my life. If we weren’t boating, fishing or crabbing, we were swimming in the pond on our farm. My husband and I left the PNW (and I miss the water everyday!) 7 years ago to move to Jackson when I took a position with the Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation department. I’ve been in evolved in community recreation for years - first as a participant, then as a coach and now as an engaged member of the community. When we moved to Victor in 2016 and I first learned of Teton Valley Aquatics, I was excited about the mission of bringing access to year round swimming to Teton Valley. As a working mom of two young children, I know how critical it is to get my kids into swim lessons, but also how logistically difficult it currently is without a community pool. I look forward to making swimming accessible to families in Teton Valley.

Doug Self

Doug Self

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.

Advisory Council

John Beller

Advisory Council Member

John Beller has been enjoying the Teton valley since 1965 when he first came here to backpack, ski, and fish. He has been a part-time resident of the valley since 2011 becoming a full-time resident in 2018. Prior to retiring in 2018 he managed Portage-North Wind’s Technical Operations Manager overseeing 110 engineers and scientists. John has been involved in water sports of one form or an other his entire life and attributes much of his ability to enjoy these sports with learning how to swim at an early age. He is excited to help bring an indoor aquatic facility to Teton Valley so that children in our community can learn to swim and safely enjoy water sports.

Jan Cogbill

Advisory Council Member

I was born in Portland, Maine and spent my childhood years in Brunswick, Maine. I went to Colby College and earned a BA in 1976. I was a community educator in La Crosse, WI. I have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. I currently split time between Cable, WI and Driggs, ID. I have always been an avid swimmer- summers on a lake in Maine, lab swimming for stress release and fitness in college, and participating in citizen triathlons and open water events as an adult. I am passionate about Teton Valley Aquatics because of a strong belief that every child should learn to swim for personal safety and health. Swimming is a wonderful lifelong sport. A year-round swimming/recreational facility will be a valuable addition to Teton Valley, as it will provide educational, recreational, and rehabilitation options for Teton Valley residents of all ages.

Thomas H. Cogbill

Advisory Council Member

I was born in Pittsfield, MA and spent my childhood years in Wellesley, MA. I went to Dartmouth College and earned a A.B in 1974. I then earned my MD at the University of Colorado in Denver in 1977. I have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. I currently split timebetween Cable, WI and Driggs, ID.

I have always enjoyed swimming from childhood years on the coast of New England to the waters of the South Pacific, citizen triathlons and open water events more recently. I am passionate about Teton Valley Aquatics because of a strong belief that every child should learn to swim for personal safety and health. Swimming is a wonderful lifelong sport. A year-round swimming/recreational facility will be a valuable addition to Teton Valley, as it will provide educational, recreational, and rehabilitation options for Teton Valley residents of all ages.

Doug Gemmel

Advisory Council Member

Bio coming soon!

Anna & Jansen Gunderson

Advisory Council Members

Jansen is a web developer and landscape photographer who grew up in Sandy, Utah. He graduated from Southern Utah University in 2000 and moved to Wilson, Wyoming in 2007.

Anna is a physician assistant from Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State in Boone, NC in 2004 and received her physician assistant certification from Idaho State University in 2012.

Anna and Jansen met in Jackson, Wyoming and lived in a yurt in Kelly, Wyoming before Anna attended P.A. school in Pocatello. In 2012 they moved to Victor, Idaho to raise their two children. Anna and Jansen are avid outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy skiing, rock climbing, cycling and mountain biking, kayaking, and backpacking.

While on their honeymoon in Iceland, Anna and Jansen appreciated the benefits that community pools and hot springs offered to the local communities. The facilities provided a community meeting spot for socializing, relaxing, and exercising – especially during the long Icelandic winter. Anna and Jansen are excited to help bring similar facilities to Teton Valley.

Richard Grundler

Advisory Council Member

Bio coming soon!

Teton Valley Aquatics Landon

Wray Landon

Advisory Council Member

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.

Wray appreciates the benefits of a community aquatic facility. Both of his children grew up with swim racing.

Since 2017, Wray has served as TVA’s secretary. He understands the challenges of TVA’s mission and look forward to moving it forward. The key challenges Wray will be focusing on are: establishing a monetary reserve, completing the Facility Feasibility Study, and obtaining a facility site.

Steven F. Lobst - National Park Service, Retired

Advisory Council Member

Steve retired on October 1, 2016 after 43 years of service to the United States of America. He was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park in August 2011 where he directed day-to-day operations of the 2.2 million-acre park.

Steve’s career with the National Park Service began as a Student Engineer in 1971 and in 1974. His first career assignment was as a Civil Engineer at the Denver Design Center after receiving a degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. In 1979, Steve moved to Yellowstone where he began his career in park operations.

Steve and his wife Debbie have been married for 42 years. She is a successful swim coach and instructor, and they have three grown children and four grandchildren. They currently reside in Driggs, Idaho and prefer to call the Greater Yellowstone home. They enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, skiing, bird hunting, and spending time with family. Steve has been swimming ever since he can remember. Steve was on the swim club and was a lifeguard in high school. Steve believes swimming is a life-long skill and activity that everyone should be skilled at to eliminate the fear of being in the water.

Debbie Lobst

Advisory Council Member

I always loved being in a pool growing up. I l taught myself to swim with a little encouragement from my brother in a neighborhood motel pool. Who knew then that swimming would be such a huge part of my future.

I worked with my daughter at age one to be “water loving” and as water safe as a one year old can be. That transitioned into volunteering to create a school swim program I instructed at Chico Hot Springs. I formalized that instruction experience of already nine years to become a Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor, teaching Red Cross lessons for 29+ years.

I then became head coach of the Stingrays. It was incredibly rewarding with 10 Wyoming state championships and being awarded WY Coach of the Year two years in a row.

As much as I love coaching, teaching offers other rewards. When I work with a child who is terrified of the water, and then discovers that water is fun and they can float, I see them discovering a whole new wonderful world! This is as rewarding as a state championship because I know I have made a difference in their life and world. I find it exciting and necessary that we continue these same experiences with this project of building an aquatic center in Teton Valley.

Bill Leake

Advisory Council Member

Over 35 years of management and engineering experience. Was Director of Public Works/Infrastructure and Engineering at the Idaho National Laboratory’s 890 square mile site outside of Idaho Falls. Additionally, was the Director of Planning and Budgeting for the Environmental Cleanup Program for the National Laboratory. Has a broad experience in Personnel management. His management style embraces respect for others opinions, focuses on the facts, strives to understand all aspects of an issue before finalizing solutions; and get the best value while seeking out opportunities to multi-faceted challenges.

  • U.S. Navy Submarine Service Veteran
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Training Supervisor for Nuclear Submarine Operations
  • Outdoor Enthusiast, Certified Sailing Instructor
  • Married 46 years to his High School Sweetheart

Many Teton Valley residents and visitors would like to have local access to aquatic recreation opportunities which is currently lacking a swimming pool accessible to the general public.

Barb Lindquist

Advisory Council Member

Barb Metz Lindquist began swimming in her hometown of Casper, Wyoming. She became one of Wyoming’s best swimmers and was recruited to swim at Stanford University, where she was a member of the 1989 NCAA Championship Team. She also was a medalist at the 1987 Pan Am Games, 1989 Pan Pac Games, and 1991 Pan Am Games. After graduating from Stanford with a B.A. in Human Biology in 1991, she retired from swimming and moved to Jackson, Wyoming.

Barb and her husband Loren live in Alta, Wyoming with their 12-year-old twin boys, instilling in them the joys of the outdoor life which includes swimming, biking, running, skiing, and golfing.

With so much open water with lakes and rivers, Barb wants the next generation of kids to have water savvy and comfort to be safe. With our long winters, she would like to see options for exercise in the gentle medium of water for our elderly population. A pool is the only missing link for Teton Valley to be a prime, triathlon training summer vacation destination. Lastly, she wants to swim year round with friends without driving the Pass!

Eva Marmsater

Eva Marmsater

Advisory Council Member

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.

Brian McDermott

Advisory Council Member

Brian McDermott leads the Teton Regional Economic Coalition, the mission of which is to grow and diversify the economy in this 11,000 person Rocky Mountain community. Prior to taking on that role in 2013, he worked for 29 years in a variety of corporate communications leadership roles with natural resource, manufacturing, information technology and recreation equipment companies. From 2008 until 2013 he was vice president of Corporate Communications for the Birmingham, Ala.-based firm, EBSCO Industries. From 1994 to 2008, he was communications and public affairs director for Weyerhaeuser Company, the Federal Way, Wash.,-based forest products company. McDermott has also worked as a ski racing coach, program manager and board member of clubs on the East and West Coasts. He is a past board president of the Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J. McDermott supports Teton Valley Aquatics for two main reasons: TVA’s programs provide immense health and fitness benefits for residents of all ages. TVA’s programs and future facility are fantastic amenities that help attract appropriate economic growth.

Daina Middleton

Advisory Council Member

Daina Middleton is the CEO of Ansira, a large independent marketing technology and services firm that helps marketers with channel and local experiences to exceed their own customer’s expectations. She has a diverse history in the marketing space that includes over 30 years of experience working in client, agency and publisher organizations. Middleton serves as a director on the board of Marin Software. Her work has been published in Forbes, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, Ad Week, and she has appeared on CNBC. She loves the outdoors, fly-fishing, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. Her work and family have her traveling often between Texas and Idaho. She is excited to work on the Teton Valley Aquatics project because she is passionate about activities that provide valley residents with access to healthy activities.

Cindy Reigel

Advisory Council Member

Bio coming Soon!

Amy Ruff

Advisory Council Member

Bio coming Soon!

Scott Paulson

Advisory Council Member

Scott was born and raised in the Catskill region of upstate New York. He then attended college at the University of Vermont where he received Bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Economics. From there, he headed west landing in Jackson, WY in 1998 where a few years were spent enjoying the outdoors skiing, camping, fishing, biking and hiking. In 2001 he decided to stay in the area long term. He is now the owner/operator of Resource Efficient Solutions which focuses on energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings, both residential and commercial.

He lives Victor with his wife and son, where they enjoy the outdoors. To make Teton Valley the perfect place to live, a pool with public access is needed. This will help build a closer community while making it a more desirable place to live and visit. He hopes his professional skill set will allow the project to be more successful, thus having a longer positive impact on our community.

Katrina Runyan

Advisory Council Member

Katrina M. Runyan was raised in Teton Valley on the family ranch in Alta, Wyoming and was fortunate to witness the amazing lifestyle that exists here. She graduated with a BS in Finance and obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming. Thereafter, Katrina pursued and has maintained a successful legal career while serving on national boards. Ms. Runyan was a partner in the law firm of Aidikoff, Uhl & Bakhtiari where she began her career in November of 2008. Katrina returned to the valley to enjoy the benefits and solace that silently exists here. She now dedicates her time to fully understanding local, state and federal laws to assist her clients and the preservation of the valley.

Of TVA and this project, Katrina says, "I’m excited that there will be the opportunity for all residents of Teton Valley to enjoy a new recreational facility that includes swimming amenities which I strongly believe promotes health and wellness in individuals.”

Bonnie Self

Advisory Council Member

Bonnie Self has been working in nonprofit finance, administration, fundraising, and management since 1994. She is currently employed by Climb Wyoming as the Statewide Grant Manager overseeing Foundation and Government relations. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University at St. Louis. Bonnie serves as Treasurer for the Teton Regional Land Trust, as a Board Member on the Teton Springs Foundation and on the Alta Elementary School PTO. Bonnie joined the Teton Valley Aquatics Advisory Council since she feels a public pool is a wonderful recreational opportunity for all residents as well as an economic driver for the community. She enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing in her free time.

Anna Trentadue

Advisory Council Member

An Idaho native, Anna credits her ten years of experience guiding on rivers throughout the west 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. Anna then retired her petri dishes and went to law school, earning her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco in 2006. 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.

Linda Unland

Advisory Council Member

John and I began our careers in Washington, DC as White House Interns and have gradually gravitated West. We left Washington in 1978, and I developed my own business in advertising sales, representing Outside Magazine, Audubon Magazine, an outdoor trade magazine and several other outdoor-related magazines. After we had our two boys, I closed my firm and went back to school for my masters in Environmental Education. We moved to Colorado, and I continued in the field of environmental education while becoming a full-time Nordic ski instructor, alpine instructor and naturalist at Beaver Creek. Our full-time move to Teton Valley fills our souls with community, skiing, hiking, biking and wonderful friends. Originally from Philadelphia, I graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and have a Master’s degree from Acadia University. The energy and commitment to building an Aquatic Center in Teton Valley by those who have conceived of this concept as well as those supporting it is both contagious and exciting.

John Unland

Advisory Council Member

Ever since I went to camp in Kelly, Wyoming in the Tetons one summer as a boy, I have loved these mountains. When I discovered that there was another side to the Tetons, known as Teton Valley, I purchased land in Driggs. That was 30 years ago. At that time, I had a marketing strategy and communications firm in Philadelphia and was involved in developing the branding of Gore-Tex. Several years later, we moved to Edwards, Colorado, where I continued global marketing strategy work. That enabled us to get to our property in Driggs more frequently, construct a yurt, tent cabins and build a camp. More importantly, we discovered the Teton Valley community and found ourselves spending 9 months a year here. In 2014, we built a cabin and moved here full-time. We have two sons, Logan and Tyler, who live in New York and Los Angeles respectively. I’m originally from Pekin, Illinois and am a graduate of Colgate University and the Wharton School of Business. I’m an avid walker, snowshoer, biker and swimmer and would very much like to see an aquatic center in Teton Valley for all to enjoy year-round.

Amy Verbeten

Advisory Council Member

Amy Verbeten is originally from Walla Walla, Washington. Walla Walla is a First Nations word meaning “many waters”, so it is unsurprising that she began developing a love for water at an early age. In her time off, Amy spends as much time as possible sharing her passion for the rivers of the west with her daughter, Greta, and husband, Dan. Amy formally studied watershed science and education, earning a B.S. from the University of Washington and an M.A. from Prescott College. Since 2007, Amy has worked for Friends of the Teton River, a non-profit organization in Driggs, Idaho that collaborates with the community to protect and conserve clean water, healthy streams, and a thriving wild fishery in the Teton River Watershed. She has served as the organization’s Executive Director since 2012. Amy joined the Teton Valley Aquatics advisory council primarily because she believes strongly that rural communities must work together to combat the high rate of rural drowning-related deaths and injuries, especially among children. Amy looks forward to working with TVA to promote water safety education, and to increase access, availability, and use of personal floatation devices on local waterways.

Dan Verbeten

Advisory Council Member

Dan hails originally from the Chicagoland area where sports of all kind were available for kids. After working in different roles as an educator and school administrator he and his wife moved to Teton Valley to make it their home in 2007. Dan has worked with a variety of non-profits over the past 2 years and is currently the Executive Director for Teton Valley Trails and Pathways. Dan is excited about this because in addition to riding a bike, he feels every kid should have the opportunity to learn how to swim.

Bob Whipple

Advisory Council Member

Bob was a Competitive swimmer in junior high and high school, and a lifeguard and swim instructor for summer pool in junior high and high school. His 1st son was competitive swimmer from 2nd grade through 1st year of college with Montana High School State Records for 1600 and Freestyle Relay. His 1st granddaughter is a competitive swimmer in 6th grade and competes at invitational state level.

Acquiring the metal requirements of focus, self-discipline, learning from instruction, work ethic, and respect for your competition and competitive spirit have been the end result for each of these individuals and has impacted their lives very positively. Bob believes TVA’s mission is incredibly important, including their work in water safety. Water survival swimming to 1-3 year old creates safety around water for kids. Bob has served on multiple boards over the years for both profit and non-profit organizations and businesses.

Debbie Whipple

Advisory Council Member

Debbie Whipple discovered Teton Valley in the early 1990’s and has had a home in the valley since 1994. She was born in the great state of Montana and early on enjoyed the solitude and serenity of the great outdoors. She loves the ruralness of Teton Valley and the sense of community present in the valley.

Debbie completed her BSN at Montana State University, MSN, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Utah. Her career in nursing has led to a very deep personal conviction that prevention is the mainstay to health. Her small town in Rural Montana had a community pool, fed by nature cold springs, that provided American Red Cross instructors each summer. It was expected that every child would pass through Beginners to Advanced swimmers during their childhood years. Preventing a drowning in rural streams, reservoirs, and lakes was the goal of the community.

Joining the Teton Valley Aquatics Advisory Council is a natural connection for Debbie. It is important communities envision, plan, and implement programs that enrich the lives of their residents and provide lifelong opportunities for health and recreation for all ages. The vision of this organization provides opportunity our valley needs to accomplish this goal.