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Meet The Board

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Russ Chinkse

Board President 

Originally from Missoula, Montana, Russ is an elementary educator and outdoor enthusiast, spending his summers in the mountains and on the rivers, as well as volunteering within the community. During the school year, he works with his students to navigate and excel within the rural educational landscape of eastern Idaho. He states: “My hope is to help people find the best ideas and to make the best choices, which will benefit the most people for generations to come.” 

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Cori Allen

Board Treasurer

Born and raised just over the hill in the Bitterroot Valley, Cori eventually found her way to Boise, Idaho where she met her sweetheart, who had grown up in Salmon. In 2006, they made an impulsive decision to leave city life behind for a slower pace and decided to move back to Salmon, jumping feet first into the community.  Whether you run into her volunteering on various boards, youth sports, or civic groups, Cori and her husband, Ryan believe very strongly that Salmon is an amazing place to live and raise a family. 

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Emerald LaFortune

Board Secretary

Born and raised in Northern Idaho, Emerald holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Non-Profit Administration from the University of Montana.  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 joined the SVS board because she believes a healthy, working landscape is key to a healthy rural community. Emerald is a freelance writer and enjoys fishing, backpacking, skiing, mountain biking and hunting.

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Willow Griffith

Willow was raised in Utah along the Wasatch Front, and upon graduation moved to Flagstaff, Arizona where she both began a career as a boatman and became a college student. Studies in chemistry and biology provided amazing plant and wildlife work opportunities across Arizona, mainly in the Grand Canyon. Her science background eventually evolved into the medical field, and she is now a nurse practitioner. Willow has a passion for the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and the environment.  She first chanced upon and fell in love with the Salmon River in 1996, and has since migrated to Salmon Valley as a permanent resident. Willow and her husband, Joel moved here with their two sons to live life immersed in nature, adventure and to take advantages of the opportunities for self-sustainability. Willow is keen to be part of the Salmon Valley Stewardship board to support the health of the entire Salmon community and surrounding environment.

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Geoff Fast

Raised in Idaho, Geoff found his love for nature as a youngster, hiking trails of central Idaho with his family. After high school, while volunteering in the forests of Europe, Geoff realized the value and uniqueness of his homeland here in Idaho, and came back to learn about issues affecting public lands in the Rockies. Geoff went on to study forestry, the environment, wilderness, and sustainability while in college at the University of Montana in Missoula. In 2000, a south-to-north hike across Idaho led him to the Salmon area, which attracted him for its open space, free flowing rivers and authentic community. A US Forest Service wilderness ranger in ‘the Frank’ for 18 years, Geoff is now expanding his career into trail coordination on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. While trying to keep up with their 4-year old twins Everett and Elsa, Geoff and his wife Hannah enjoy gardening, rafting, and exploring around their home on the banks of the Salmon River. Geoff says, “I just want to raise kids the way they should be–in clean open space, among wild rivers, with a healthy community to support them.”

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