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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

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems 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.  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. 


Jenny Gonyer

Associate Director

& Natural Resources Program Director 

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. In addition to leading our Natural Resources 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.


Kate Yeater

Outdoor Education and Trails Stewardship Coordinator

Originally from the farmlands of Ohio, Kate fell in love with the Salmon River and the surrounding mountains after interning with the Salmon-Challis National Forest in 2017. Since then she’s farmed in Alabama, learned to speak Chitumbuka in the Peace Corps in Malawi, shared Crow culture at a state park in Montana, and managed the visitor center and interpretation/education programs at City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park. Outside of work Kate enjoys quilting and sewing, hiking, and oohing and aahing at all the incredible details found out in nature.

Meet The Staff