Portneuf Valley Partners
  • Arlo Luke, Founder

  • Arlo D. Luke has been with Portneuf Valley Partners (formerly known as Valley Pride) since its inception and he took the leadership to organize and develop the organization, along with several other key individuals. He served as President of Valley Pride for nine years. Formulation of Valley Pride was the result of a desire from […]

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  • Jedd Thomas, President

  • The quality of Valley Pride’s projects and the reputation of its board attracted Jedd’s interest in being a volunteer. Jedd is a Vice President in business lending at The Bank of Commerce with 33 years of experience in banking. He is native of Pocatello and is graduate in business from Idaho State University.

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  • Jonny Fisher, Treasurer

  • Jonny joined Portneuf Valley Partners (formerly Valley Pride) in 2011 to help lead the community in the building of Brooklyn’s Playground – the Portneuf valley’s premier all-access playground.  Jonny is the President of Brooklyn’s Buddies, a committee dedicated to the continued upkeep of the playground. He is part owner of Textbook Exchange and Fisher Realty Group […]

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  • Sherri Matson, Secretary

  • Through her association with Valley Pride, Sherri has learned that there is much one can do in the community to make a difference, one just has to step out of their comfort zone and get involved. Valley Pride is all about making our city inviting to others and making it the best place for our families to live.

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  • Rick Cheatum, Past President

  • Although he was born and raised in Kansas, Rick Cheatum moved to Pocatello 38 years ago and can’t imagine a better place to live and raise a family.  Rick’s education at the University of Kansas has led him to a work career that has included radio, auto sales, and credit unions.  For the past ten […]

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  • John Banks, Board Member

  • John Banks accepted a position with the City of Pocatello as Parks & Recreation Director in November, 2014. Prior to joining Pocatello, John served as Deputy Recreation Director/Sports Supervisor for the City of Laguna Niguel, CA. After over 20 years there, John and his wife Julie decided it was time for a change of scenery and are now very happily residing in Inkom, ID with their twin 16 year old sons. They also have two grown daughters who still reside in California. He enjoys spending time with family, exercising & working around the house to stay active, and is an avid Boston Celtics fan.

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  • Megan Borich, Board Member

  • Megan Borich, a native of Soda Springs, moved to Pocatello after high school, where she lived and worked until moving with her family to Ithaca, NY and then Tiffin, OH.  After ten years, she returned to Pocatello and has served on the Portneuf Valley Partners board since January, 2019. Megan holds a BBA in Organizational […]

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  • Tana Christensen, Board Member

  • Tana Christensen, a native of Pocatello, serves as the Director of Development for the College of Education at Idaho State University. Additionally, she and her husband operate a local plumbing and drilling business they started in 2007. She enjoys volunteering for projects and events that facilitate growth and opportunity in the community and saw Portneuf […]

  • Mark Dahlquist, Board Member

  • Mark is a native of Pocatello and graduate of Idaho State University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Management and Organization. He is currently the Executive Director of NeighborWorks® Pocatello and has held this position since 2007. Prior to this, he worked in various capacities at Farmers Insurance […]

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  • Val Davids, Board Member

  • Val is the Student Activities Coordinator at Idaho State University.  She worked on the Harrison Street clean up and totally enjoyed it.  Being elected to the Valley Pride board in 2016, she loves being part of a committee that seeks out opportunities to better our community.

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  • Larry Fisher, Board Member

  • Larry was born and raised in Pocatello and has been involved with many projects in the community. He became familiar with Valley Pride while serving as the chairman of the Pocatello/Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce. He saw the great asset that this organization was to the community and wanted to be part of it. Pocatello truly […]

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  • Robert Jensen, Board Member

  • A member of Valley Pride since 2006, Robert’s volunteer focus is  the “War on Weeds”, cleaning the river and the yearly city-wide cleanup.  He has lived in Pocatello all his life and has volunteered on many projects for the betterment of the community.

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  • Kevin Jones, Board Member

  • Kevin Jones is an alumnus of ISU’s college of business and the Head of Loss Mitigation at ISU Credit Union where he has worked for the past 5 years. Over the last four years, he has served as the I Love ISU campaign team captain, co-chair, and chair. He is a graduate of Leadership Pocatello-Chubbuck […]

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  • Cassey Leatham, Board Member

  • Cassey was raised in Pocatello and is a graduate of Idaho State University.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and is currently a SEG Relationship Manager at Mountain America Credit Union.  She currently sits on the boards of the ISU Alumni Association, Zoo Idaho Zoological Society, Pocatello-Chubbuck Leadership, and Portneuf Health Trust […]

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  • David Maguire, Board Member

  • David became interested in Valley Pride when he was asked to join and got involved in the Berm Project.  Valley Pride is spearheading an effort to put a tree line boulevard down Highway 30 from the Simplot Plant all the way to Alameda Road.  This would screen a number of unsightly businesses and provide an […]

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  • Robin Nelson, Board Member

  • Robin became involved originally through the Brooklyn’s Playground project.  She focused on fundraising and volunteer efforts.  She loves a community that works on projects in its own area to improve the lives of all who live there.

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  • Andrew Page, Board Member

  • Andrew Page is the Financial Controller for Health West, Inc., our local Community Health Center. He received his Bachelor’s in Business from Montana State University, then went on to be the CFO of an international grain trademark company. Before coming to Idaho, Andrew oversaw a few community improvement projects while serving as a fair board […]

  • Laura Robinson, Board Member

  • Laura Robinson is a Member Relationship Specialist at Idaho Central Credit Union focusing on member Retention. With over 40 years finance experience, she attended College in California, graduating from The La Jolla Academy of Advertising Arts.   Having lived in San Diego for 62 years, she now calls Idaho home. Laura enjoys all things that allow […]

  • Matt Spanbauer, Board Member

  • I’m Matt Spanbauer.  I’ve lived in southeastern Idaho my entire life.  I grew up in Blackfoot where I attended Blackfoot High School.  Once I completed my education at Blackfoot high, I attended Idaho State University where I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology.  I’ve had careers ranging from the cell phone industry to […]

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  • Teresa Stockwell, Board Member

  • Teresa Stockwell, the Resource Specialist for IdahoStars with the University of Idaho, is a lifelong resident of the Portneuf Valley.  She is one of the newest members of the Board of Directors of Valley Pride, joining in 2018.  She is looking forward to assisting with many projects slated for this valley.  She has a special […]

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  • Marc Wride, Board Member

  • Marc is the owner/operator of Big O Tires in Pocatello.  He joined the board in 2012 to help support Brooklyn’s Playground.  Marc is quick to jump in with support on all our projects.

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  • Jeff Andersen, Associate Director

  • Jeff Anderson  joined Valley Pride in 2014 to help with the Highway 30 berm revitalization project.  Since joining, he has worked on most of Valley Pride’s projects and is our champion for the continuing upkeep of the trees on the Alameda hillside.  Jeff loves working on projects that beautify our community.

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  • Jay Colonel, Honorary Director

  • Jay grew up in New Richmond, Ohio, a river town 21 miles upriver from Cincinnati.  He came out to Pocatello in 171 to attend ISU and never left.  He is more of a “Spud than a Buckeye” anymore.  While at ISU, Jay served as Senator and VP of ASISU.  He graduated in 1976 with a […]

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  • Tim Forhan, Honorary Director

  • Tim is a Partner/Owner of Santuary Wealth Management.  He joined Valley Pride in 2003 because he felt that improving the “curb appeal” of the Portneuf Valley also strengthens its economic development competitiveness.  Tim also helped lead the charge in fundraising for Brooklyn’s Playground.      

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  • Shelley Goings, Honorary Director

  • When asked about her favorite part of volunteering with Valley Pride, she responds “I am truly blessed to be able to surround myself with so many great and giving people! I love this group and feel as though I am surrounded by family.”

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  • Beth Hill, Honorary Director

  • Beth is one of the founding members of Valley Pride.  She has worked on every one of its projects and is an extremely active member of the Board.  Some of Beth’s favorite projects are the  Chief Pocatello statue, the installation of the Hwy. 30 berms, the Alameda hillside and Brooklyn’s Playground.

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  • Norm Hill, Honorary Director

  • Arlo Luke’s enthusiastic leadership aimed at beautifying areas of our valley is what brought Norm to the first group meeting of what would later become Valley Pride.  Some of Norm’s favorite projects are the WELCOME sign on E. Center, the Hwy. 30  berms, Alameda hillside, the Chief Pocatello statue and his absolute favorite is Brooklyn’s Playground.

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  • Robert “Bob” Kimber, Honorary Director

  • One of Valley Pride’s champion Honorary Directors, Robert joined the U.S. Navy as a Sub Chaser directly after graduation from Pocatello High School in 1943.  From 1943 to 1946, Robert served in the South Pacific, North Pacific, Aleution Islands, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Captain YTB419.  After leaving the Navy, he was a service station manager […]

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  • George Loyd, Honorary Director

  • George joined Valley Pride for the opportunity to help individuals, groups and neighborhoods complete community projects. The river clean ups, WELCOME sign on E. Center and the berms on Hwy 30 are some of his favorite projects.  Other than Valley Pride, George also volunteers with Rotary and  church projects.

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  • Sam Nettinga, Honorary Director

  • Sam Nettinga has been with Valley Pride since the beginning.  He became active when the charter member group was looking for a way forward in which to make Pocatello a community with pride and to become more attractive or interested new businesses to relocate or at least consider relocating in our community.  Sam has given […]

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