Board of Directors

The 2017 Board of Directors


Ella Deutchman, Board President, Agriculture InnovatorElla

Ella appreciates the great gifts that the Salmon Valley and Central Idaho have to offer.  She understands the importance of vibrant, healthy and self-sustaining communities.  With deep roots in the Salmon Valley, Ella spent summers on her family’s ranch in Carmen, Idaho on Freeman Creek.  A student of biology, chemistry and the environment, Ella continues to work on behalf of harmoniously functioning eco and social systems.  Living in Salmon, Ella has volunteered on the Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce and has served that organization as its President.  She currently co-teaches an ongoing course, Project Monarch, through Steele Memorial Clinic, with a focus on healthy lifestyle.

With many irons in the fire, Ella has a relentless passion for outdoor adventure, manages a small farm-ranch operation with her husband (working toward increasing self-sufficient food production), and is pursuing an academic degree in Positive Psychology.


Tiffanie McAllister, Board Secretary, flowersDirector at Lemhi Education Project

Tiffanie and her husband moved their empty nest to Salmon from Twin Falls, Idaho, in 2013.  She earned her BA from Adams State University in 1996, and worked for 14 years as a high school English teacher in both traditional and online classrooms.  Born into a family of educators and raised in a small, southern Colorado town (pop. 986), she  understands some of the unique challenges rural communities face, and became a passionate advocate for life-long learning. She currently serves as the director of another local non-profit, the Lemhi Education Project.

A proud Idahoan since 2003, she and her family were drawn to Salmon because of its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities.  Of primary importance to her is the long term viability of low impact recreation in nature: whitewater rafting, mountain biking, trail running, fly fishing, hunting, back country skiing, hiking and backpacking. Tiffanie is excited to serve SVS to keep the Salmon Valley a beautiful, healthy, thriving, and peaceful place for generations of families to enjoy.


Sean Bascom, Board Treasurer, Co-owner, Salmon Environmental Services LLCSean_Finley Photo

Sean has lived in Salmon since 2007. Prior to moving to Salmon, Sean worked in Denali, Alaska where he met his wife, Abbie. Since moving to Salmon, Sean has been fortunate enough to spend his time working in the outdoors. He has worked for Idaho Fish & Game, the U.S. Forest Service, and currently is a co-owner of Salmon Environmental Services. He spends his “free” time with his wife and two young boys. They enjoy taking advantage of the many family activities to do in Salmon and the nearby outdoors.


Kim Murphy, Fisheries BiologistMurphy  

Kim is a fisheries biologist, with degrees in Environmental Science from Paul Smith’s College and Fisheries Biology from the University of Idaho. Before joining the NOAA Fisheries West Coast Regional Office she worked for the US Forest Service, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Project, University of Idaho, and Peace Corps Philippines. Kim has lived in the Salmon area since February of 2002. SVS’s promotion and support of environmental education, local foods, and sustainable land use practices, was her primary reason for wanting to be a part of Salmon Valley Stewardship.


Bob Price, Retired Wildlife Manager


Bob spent his professional career as a Game Warden working for Nevada, then a Wildlife Manager and Field Supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He lived in Utah for 23 years while working for the Game and Fish on the “Arizona Strip.” While there, Bob was involved with virtually all facets of wildlife management from managing several species of big game animals, wildlife surveys, project development, wildlife planning, fisheries management and law enforcement duties. For seven years Bob co owned and operated an outfitting/guiding business which specialized in utilizing mules to pack in to and hunt/fish/recreate in wilderness areas in Nevada and Utah.

Bob retired after 33 years of wildlife work, and followed his wife Linda when she secured a promotional opportunity with the BLM in Salmon. Bob enjoys most anything to do with wildlife, motorcycle riding, mule stuff, and fishing! You can usually find him on the river fly fishing, when the steelhead are in.


Sara Campbell, Local Educator

Sara is an Assistant Teacher with Upper Carmen Charter School. Her past occupations include whitewater rafting guide, AmeriCorps Vista volunteer, and trail crew work with the US Forest Service. As an AmeriCorps Vista with Lemhi County Extension, Sara worked as the Salmon Community Garden and Kid’s Garden Coordinator. This is Sara’s first experience serving on a non-profit board, and she is excited about the opportunity to learn how an effective non-profit operates both behind the scenes and on the ground, while also putting her strengths to work for the community. Sara has lived in several small towns throughout the West, opening her eyes to both the challenges and rewards of living in a rural community. “I have chosen to ‘settle down’ in Salmon not only because of the unbeatable landscape and outdoor opportunities, but also because of the amazing people who are invested in making this community a better place.” Sara enjoys fishing, thrift stores, rocks, canoeing, garlic bread, river confluences, rollerblading, skiing, and photography.


Emerald LaFortune, Executive Director, The Redside Foundation

Emerald LaFortune was born and raised in Northern Idaho. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Non-Profit Administration from the University of Montana and is currently the Executive Director of the Redside Foundation, a non-profit that supports the health and strength of Idaho’s guiding community. She also works as a freelance writer, as well as an event coordinator for the annual Idaho River Rendezvous. In the summer of 2017, after many years of working out of Central Idaho as a seasonal whitewater and fly fishing guide for OARS Dories, Emerald moved to Salmon permanently with her boyfriend Casey and her cowdog Hank.

Emerald and Casey chose Salmon, Idaho for the proximity to the Salmon River and Frank Church Wilderness, the tight-knit community, the best bakery in Idaho, and affordable cost of living for young families. They enjoy fishing, backpacking, skiing, mountain biking and hunting. Emerald is joining the SVS board because she believes a healthy, working landscape is key to a healthy rural community. As a Director who helps manage a Board of Directors herself, she’s also hoping to gain perspective from the “other side of the table”.