Teton Valley Education Foundation Hires New Executive Director

October 20, 2015

Pam Walker has been named the new part-time Executive Director of the Teton Valley Education Foundation (TVEF). The previous director, Diane Temple, resigned in May and is now the Development Director at the Teton Regional Land Trust.

Walker comes to the TVEF with a well-rounded background that will enable her to continue the good work of Temple and others before her. She has extensive experience in non-profit administration, fundraising, public and community relations and marketing.

Walker began her career in Houston, Texas after graduating from Texas Tech University. She was initially a copywriter and then moved into community relations at Houston Lighting & Power Company (now CenterPoint Energy). After enduring 15 years of Houston’s heat and humidity, her desire to move west got the best of her and she made her way to Wyoming.

Walker moved to Laramie in 1997 as the Executive Director of the Territorial Prison & Old West Park. From there she was recruited as the Public Relations Director of Laramie County Community College. In 2005 she married her husband Tom, and moved to Casper, Wyoming. Since the move, she served as the Development Director of the Central Wyoming Hospice, Development Director and Interim Executive Director of the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation, the Executive Director of Wyoming Kids First and the Assistant Director of the McMurry Foundation.

One of her major accomplishments during that time period was producing the Wings Over Wyoming Air Show for the McMurry Foundation. The event was a one-time fundraiser for the Child Development Center in Casper that built awareness and kicked off their capital campaign.  The show featured the U.S. Thunderbirds and was a major organizational success due to the combined efforts of the air show team.

Walker has always believed in the importance of early childhood development and the quality education. She is excited about being able to serve the valley through her efforts with the TVEF. In addition to growing the fundraising base of the Foundation, she is also interested in promoting the good works of both the teachers and administrators in the valley.

One of her immediate priorities is to work with a community and board committee to hold the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Ride and Dine, scheduled for Thursday, December 3, and Shop for Schools on Saturday, December 5. Her other goals include researching and matching Idaho funders with the long list of existing needs in the schools. She will also be reworking the Foundation’s website to make it more useful to teachers, parents, volunteers and donors, and growing the Foundation’s volunteer program.

Walker and her husband, Tom, have been part-time residents of the valley since 2010, and she is looking forward to spending more time here. Tom will continue his career in Casper, Wyoming and the two will commute until his retirement. The Walkers have three sons, one of which is married and has two children of his own. All of the family are avid skiers and hikers and enjoy fly fishing.

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Background:

Teton Valley Education Foundation’s (TVEF) mission is to enhance opportunities for excellence in Teton School District 401 through educational programs and community partnerships.

TVEF Accomplishments

  • Funded nearly $20,000 to sustain ArtReach, our program to bring trained art instruction to grades K-5.
    • Grants provided by Community Found of Teton Valley, Idaho Community Foundation (ICF), US Bank, and individual donors
  • Funded $6000 for ELL programs
    • Grant of $4,000 from Teton Springs Foundation
  • Funded nearly $2,600 in eyeglasses for students with vision impairments, detected through our  hearing and vision screenings
    • Grants provided by Teton School District, Community Found of Teton Valley, US Bank
  • Funded nearly $60,000 for the Driggs Kindergarten Playscape
    • Grant provided by the Teton Springs Foundation
  • Funded $14,000 to support community volunteers in the district
    • Grants provided by US Bank, ICF, and UPS
  • Funded over $20,000 to support the VOICE program at the High School
    • Grants provided by Teton Springs Foundation, Community Found of Teton Valley, ICF, Karl Johnson Foundation, First Interstate Bank
  • Funded over $52,000 in teacher grants in the last five years.
  • Awarded $10,000 in post-secondary scholarships to Teton Valley graduates.
  • Since July of 2005 (approx. 10 years ago), the Foundation has raised nearly $830,000.