Staff

Laura Musbach Drake
Executive Director

Laura served many non-profit organizations throughout the Saint Louis community and larger region for sixteen years.  In 2011, she relocated to Sun Valley on a new adventure and to continue serving non-profit organizations and charities with her fund raising, development and event planning skills.  Area groups she has worked for include the San Francisco Ballet in Sun Valley project and the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. Laura holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, was a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) from 1995 until 2011 and was a Board member of the chapter on and off for six years.  In addition to working for the Festival, she is also the Director of Operations for Ballet Sun Valley.  


Sheila Kelley
Program Director
Since 1978, Sheila has made the Wood River Valley her home. Besides her careers and raising a family, she has been active throughout the community. From 2010-2011, she volunteered as the Folklife Fair Director.  In 2012, she was hired as a member of the year-round staff and began assisting the Executive Director with the Fair along with many other projects. In 2016, Sheila was formally named Program Director. Most of her work is in behind-the-scenes production working with various coordinators, volunteers and the board on the Festival program and managing operations and logistics.  Working hand-in-hand with the Executive Director, she brings her knowledge, experiences and history of the Valley and the community to augment their partnership.

 


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Syd Darling
Administrative Assistant
Syd has lived and worked in the Wood River Valley for nearly 40 years. She has worked in the dental profession, landscape industry and, most recently, as a personal chef.  For the last four years, she served the Trailing of the Sheep Festival running Headquarters during the Festival.  In 2019, she joined the staff year-round as Administrative Assistant. She’s an avid gardener, animal lover and crazy about her grandkids. “Working for TOTS is a dream job and I couldn’t be happier,” she shared.


Team

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Kelsey Bates
Web Content Manager

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Dominique Etcheverry
Parade Coordinator

Deb Gelet
Wool Fest Coordinator

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Candy Ivie
HQ Coordinator

Geegee Lowe
Folklife Fair, Happy Trails Closing
Party & Volunteer Coordinator

Michele Preuss
Sheep Tales Gathering & Sheep Jam Coordinator

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Xoledad Uranga
Sheepdog Trials & Lodging Coordinator

Carol Waller
Media Coordinator

Kelly Ware
Festival USBCHA Trials’ Coordinator