Board of Directors
John is a third generation sheep rancher, owner of Flat Top Sheep Company, former state senator, and co-founder of the Trailing of the Sheep Festival. John and his son Tom run their sheep ranch, started in the 1920's by John’s grandfather and located along the Little Wood River about 40 miles from Ketchum. Diane Josephy Peavey, the author of Bitterbrush Country, writes a weekly essay for NPR, providing an insiders view of the joys, struggles and adventures of life in rural Idaho.
Originally hailing from Minnesota, Jerry worked summers on the Great Northern Railroad in western Montana and, “just never got the West out of his system.” Permanently moving to Idaho in 1971, he has been here ever since and never looked back. His professional career is flooded with interesting positions. He spent eight years in banking with Bank of America as a Corporate Credit Officer in their L.A. Branch’s International Division, as well as in the Caribbean in Anguilla, West Indies as Branch Manager. He then served as Mayor of the City of Ketchum from 1975-1988, owned a retail western store, was a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Maryland teaching community fire planning in the 1990s, and is now currently in sales at the Idaho Mountain Express. Along with the City Council, he helped restart Wagon Days in 1976, opened the Ore Wagon Museum in the early 1980s and established the city budget for the Ketchum Chamber of Commerce. A board member since 2007 with the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Jerry knows the importance of the nationally acclaimed Festival and how critical the participation of the community has been to its growth. He believes that events can’t happen without the staff and volunteers and they are key to our local economy and our town thriving in the hospitality industry. For fun, Jerry has “trained horses while they trained him,” and enjoyed both the alpine and Nordic skiing showcased in our Valley.
With more than 25 years experience in banking, Kelli Young is currently branch manager at the D.L. Evans Bank in Hailey. Kelli has worked for the D.L. Evans Bank team for the past three years, and previously held the position of business development and operations officer. She is a lifelong member of the Hailey Community and is a member of the Wood River Lions Club, Hailey Rotary and Blaine County Historical Museum.
Kathi was raised on a small farm in Buhl, Idaho, where she learned the value of producing quality food products. As a Master Gardener, she shares her passion with others including youth in the Junior Master Gardener Program. Educating youth about culture, heritage and science were all in a day’s work as retired
4-H Program Advisor for the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development. Traveling from her home in Shoshone to continue to serve on the Festival board in Hailey, allows her to enjoy the vistas and geology of the Magic and Wood River Valleys. A husband, three children and seven grandchildren share her interests.
Retired program coordinator for the College of Southern Idaho's Blaine County campus, Joan Davies has been the tie that binds education to community for over two decades. From her home in Old Hailey, where she and her husband John Davies lived for 40 years and raised three sons, Joan has worked exhaustively to change the picture of post secondary education in the Wood River Valley. For Joan, who remains deeply involved in many aspects of her community, from emergency services to chambers of commerce, getting immersed is just part of being fully engaged in life.
Trailing sheep is a familiar activity to Dominique Etcheverry, who grew up on a second-generation sheep ranch in southcentral and southeastern Idaho. Dominique studied graphic design and anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and, after graduation, worked in Colorado for over five years as a graphic designer. She returned to Idaho in 2006 and has been a freelance graphic designer since, enjoying the opportunity to do design work within the sheep industry. Dominique was on the National Wool Council for two years while living in Colorado and is still involved with her family's ranch. She is passionate about her Basque heritage and the American sheep industry and is proud to be a part of this event that helps preserve, celebrate and educate.
Cory is a fifth generation rancher, following in the footsteps of his grandfather John Peavey, and father Tom Peavey. Cory remembers the early days of the trailing when his family would pull him out of class from Wood River Middle School to walk the sheep through town. In the Nineties, the sheep still outnumbered the spectators.
Cory graduated from Boise State University and returned home to Flat Top Ranch in 2012, where he now lives and helps John run the flock.
When Alberto Uranga arrived in Idaho from the beautiful Basque region of Northern Spain in 1968, the 22-year-old Basque man went to work for John Faulkner, a sheep rancher in Gooding. Faulkner sent Uranga out as the herder's assistant, where he was expected to cook, set up the tent, move the wagon, feed the dogs, care for the mules and horses, and everything else required to keep 2,300 sheep on the move. He moved to Hailey in 1986, founded Uranga and Associates in Ketchum, and began to develop the business he is in today. He makes frequent trips to his hometown in Spain with his son, Sebi, 23, and daughter, Solee, 21.