Meet the Board

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Rosemary Aquilante Photo

Rosemary Aquilante, President

Rosemary’s previous life was as a life sciences project manager and a marketing and sales professional. In 1999, she discovered Elkhorn where she resides part-time with her two shelter dogs, Bandit and Tippin.  Before becoming a Director, Rosemary was an active volunteer for the shelter as a Pet Pal and dog foster parent.  Rosemary, Tippin and Bandit are passionate hikers and especially like those long back country hikes to the many beautiful lakes in the area.

 

 

 

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Priscilla Pittiglio, Secretary

Priscilla moved to the Wood River Valley from the San Francisco Bay area in 2001.  She has extensive local non-profit experience, including with the Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation, Council Circle, and the Wood River Women's Charitable Foundation.  She was a 2nd grade school teacher and also spent 15 years as an interior designer.  Now retired, Priscilla says she plays as often as possible, skate skiing, downhill skiing, swimming, doing pilates, hiking and golfing.  She lives in East Fork with a dog and her cat Gracie, who she adopted at a Shelter benefit a few years ago.

 

 

 

Sam Christian, Treasurer


Sam Christian is a finance executive with experience in financial cost management and strategy consulting for the Fortune 1000, web strategy for startups, as well as an array of finance, technology, strategy, and line management responsibilities. He is currently a Partner with Propeller Industries. Prior to Propeller, Sam spent nine years in retail and consumer products functional & financial roles. You may also have seen some of Sam’s amazing photographs of our senior Shelter dogs on recent marketing materials from the Shelter.  Sam graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Comparative Religion. He is an avid skier, mountaineer, and surfer, and shares his adventures with his wife, Casey Dove, and their Golden Retriever, Bodhi.

 

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Chris Koch

Christopher Koch comes to the board after years of volunteering at Shelter events, adding to his many other community responsibilities and jobs.  In addition to a full-time job as a Paraprofessional in the Special Education department at Wood River High School, Chris also works part-time at the Sun Valley Garden Center and is the mayor of Bellevue. Originally from New Hampshire, Chris has immersed himself in the Wood River Valley community with his involvement in local government and nonprofits, and brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the Shelter board.  He manages to keep busy by volunteering, officiating weddings, tending to his artichoke garden, and hiking with his wife Kim and their four dogs-Stan, Olie, Aurora, and their most recent Shelter adoption, Huck.

 

Tim Semones

Tim is a semi-retired technology entrepreneur, he moved to the Wood River Valley with his wife Susan and daughter Arizona in 2000.  Tim has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from UCLA.  Tim served for years on the board of the Sun Valley Figure Skating club and has served on boards of public and private technology companies.  The family canine is Roger and felines are Starsky, a shelter alum, and Sugar.  Tim works closely with Community School teacher/musher Trent Herbst fielding a competitive Iditarod sled-dog race team.  He is an avid skier and spends as much free time as he can in the alpine wonderland we call home, hiking with Roger the crazed Aussie.  
 
 

Renee Faltings

Renee & FamilyRenee moved to the Wood River Valley in 2009 from Bend, Oregon and within weeks was walking dogs at the shelter. Her and her husband have also been served as a foster family for several wonderful shelter dogs. Professionally, Renee has worked as an investment adviser for 16 years. She currently is a Senior Investment Adviser at ClearRock Capital in Ketchum, Idaho. Her passion in life is animals and feels very fortunate to be able to help them by serving on the shelter board.  She is also on the board and and serves as Grants Chair of The Little Black Dress Club . Renee and husband Dave have three dogs; Riley, Lily and Bug (shelter alum) and a cat Cash who they rescued after being hit by a car. You will see all of them creating chaos while fly fishing, hiking and exploring the Wood River Valley.

 

Jinny Olsen

Jinny moved to the Wood River Valley from Bozeman, Montana in 2009 to work as a tax accountant with Lallman, Felton, Peterson & Pierce, PA in Ketchum.  She left public accounting in 2013 and become the Controller for Geneva Equities, a private investment bank in Hailey.  She has a Masters in Professional Accountancy from Montana State University and earned her CPA license in 2012.  Jinny lives in Hailey with her husband Erik Rolf, their daughter Casey, and two shelter cats Mr. T and Ninja (Mr T is thecat in the picture - Ninja has yet to be captured on film, she's a ninja).

 

Kathy Guinn

Kathy moved to the Wood River Valley in 2012 after enjoying summer vacations with her family here for the last 25 years.  In a former life she was a banker but now focuses her time volunteering with one of the largest golden retriever rescues in the country and with a chessie rescue as well.  Kathy loves taking shelter dogs off-campus for hikes and helping at events.  She appreciates what an extraordinary shelter we have in our valley and hopes to assist in sharing those sheltering best practices with other rural shelters in Idaho.   She lives in the mid valley with her husband and four rescued dogs, Kassie, Bailey, Carly and Taz.

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