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Toni Ruth

Executive Director

Toni has been with Salmon Valley Stewardship as a founding member since her arrival to Lemhi County. She became the Executive Director of SVS in October 2016. Toni studied mountain lions for over 25 years, publishing numerous scientific articles, popular articles and is in the final stages of completing a book, Yellowstone Cougars: Ecology Before and During Wolf Restoration. Toni also worked seasonally for Idaho Department of Fish and Game and was the High Divide Coordinator for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Toni enjoys horseback riding on Idaho’s beautiful public lands and playing hockey.


Jessica McAleese

Outdoor Education Coordinator

Jessica moved to Salmon in 2014 with her partner, Jeremy to relocate and continue their small organic farm operation, Swift River Farm.  Born and raised in Idaho, Jessica has always cultivated an interest in outdoor and environmental education and was thrilled to join the SVS team in the spring of 2020 to help manage and grow the Outdoor Education Program as well as assist with communications.  In between growing veggies and spending time on SVS projects, Jessica enjoys anything and everything outside, especially if it involves exploring mountains, rivers and other wild places. 


Rachel Layman

Director of Development and Operations

Rachel first joined Salmon Valley Stewardship’s staff early in 2011, as the Lemhi County Farmers Market manager and eventually joined the staff full time in early 2013. Upon moving to Salmon in 2009, Rachel was delighted to learn that SVS had begun a farmers’ market and was working to create a vibrant local foods community – among countless other community improvement efforts. Rachel is a digital content designer and general media guru who also manages much of SVS’ financial and behind-the-scenes strategic operations. Outside of the office, Rachel enjoys gardening, mountain biking, skiing, rafting and is a long-time member of Salmon’s “Cold Muthas” women’s hockey dynasty.


Jenny Gonyer

Natural Resources Program Coordinator

Jenny was introduced to Salmon in the summer of 2013, when she worked as an intern for Salmon Valley Stewardship and Lemhi Regional Land Trust, working on aspen, range, and conservation easement monitoring. She returned to Salmon following college graduation in 2014 as the range monitoring crew lead and sage grouse resource specialist, and became program manager in 2015. In addition to leading our Stewardship & Monitoring Program, Jenny has served as coordinator for the Central Idaho Aspen Working Group, Lemhi Forest Restoration Group, Central Idaho Rangelands Network, and our internship program. Jenny enjoys the endless exploration opportunities Idaho provides. On a weekend you can find her backpacking, gardening, hiking, rafting, and chasing wildflowers.

Meet The Staff