Valley Pride | It's Our Valley
  • Arlo Luke, Founder

  • Arlo D. Luke has been with 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 top community leaders, who were seeking […]

  • Mark Dahlquist, President

  • 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 […]

  • Email:
    president@itsourvalley.org
  • Rick Cheatum, Board Member/President Elect

  • 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 […]

  • Email:
    cheatum1@gmail.com
  • Dena Weaver, Secretary

  • Dena Weaver  is the Title Department Manager at First American Title.  She has been with Valley Pride since 2009 and serves as the Board Secretary.  Her interest in Valley Pride’s beautification projects led her to champion the ADOPT A PROJECT program.  This program pairs volunteer groups with completed projects for continued upkeep.  Dena likes to […]

  • PHONE:
    208-221-1406
  • Email:
    dweaver@gofirstam.com
  • Jedd Thomas, Treasurer

  • 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.

  • Email:
    jedd.thomas@bankofcommerce.org
  • Sherri Matson, Board Member/Partner Committee Chair

  • 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.

  • Email:
    sdmatson@cableone.net
  • Jeff Andersen, Board Member

  • 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.

  • PHONE:
    208-269-8355
  • Email:
    jfadvm@aol.com
  • Kelli Baker, Board Member

  • Kelli is a very proud Bengal alum and loves being able to help and be involved after graduating.  She is a staff engineer at the Idaho Transportation Department.  Kelly joined Valley Pride in 2017 and has always been impressed by the ability of our community to come together to make this valley a better place.  She […]

  • PHONE:
    208-380-2922
  • Email:
    kelliabaker6@gmail.com
  • 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.

  • PHONE:
    208-234-6236
  • Email:
    jbanks@pocatello.us
  • Colden Baxter, Board Member

  • Colden is the Professor of River Science and Biology at Idaho State University.  He has been one of the champions for our cause to clean and restore the Portneuf River since he joined our board in 2005.

  • PHONE:
    208-251-5980
  • Email:
    baxtcold@isu.edu
  • Matt Bloxham, Board Member

  • Matt was elected to the Valley Pride board in 2015.  His interests lie in the beautification of our city entrances and the highway 30 berm project.  He is an ISU alum and an administrator for Medical Specialties of Idaho.

  • PHONE:
    208-242-6694
  • Email:
    bloxmatt@isu.edu
  • Jay Colonel, Board Member

  • 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 […]

  • Email:
    jcolonel@ireland-bank.com
  • 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.

  • PHONE:
    208-221-6538
  • Email:
    davivale@isu.edu
  • Jonny Fisher, Board Member

  • Jonny joined 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 at Keller Williams Realty […]

  • PHONE:
    208-221-9990
  • Email:
    jfisher@kw.com
  • 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 […]

  • Tim Forhan, Board Member

  • 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.      

  • PHONE:
    208 760-0693
  • Email:
    tforhan@gmail.com
  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • PHONE:
    208-232-5167
  • Email:
    maguire@maguirelaw.us
  • Brent Marshall, Board Member

  • As a former small business owner and Chubbuck City Council member, Brent understands that you only get one chance to make a good first impression.  That is why he is interested in beautification of all our city entrances.  He joined Valley Pride in 2015.

  • PHONE:
    208-589-0255
  • Email:
    34bmarsh@gmail.com
  • Stacey Marshall, Board Member

  • Stacy Marshall, the Human Resource Assistant Director at ISU is not afraid to work hard to beautify the entrances to our community.  Before her election to the board in 2016, she could be found volunteering with Valley Pride on the city wide cleanup and other projects.

  • PHONE:
    208-589-5850
  • Email:
    staceym3333@isu.edu
  • 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.

  • Email:
    nelsrobi@isu.edu
  • Kirk Peterson, Board Member

  • Kirk was born in the Bannock County Hospital which, as of this week, is no more. He was raised in Great Falls, Montana and graduated from high school there. Kirk was raised by his single mother. Scouting volunteers took an active role in Kirk’s boyhood camping and life experiences, and taught him the value of […]

  • PHONE:
    208-760-9317
  • Email:
    kirkandladawn@yahoo.com
  • Ryan Sargent, Board Member

  • Ryan is the Associate Director of Alumni Relations for Idaho State University.  He obtained his BA in Political Science from ISU in 2009 and his JD at University of Idaho in 2012.  He joined the Valley Pride board in 2017.

  • PHONE:
    208-251-7395
  • Email:
    ryanjsargent@gmail.com
  • H. Bud Smalley, Board Member

  • Bud’s continuing interest in protecting the Portneuf river brought him to join the Valley Priode board in 2017.  As a director of the Portneuf River Project he was involve in projects spending more than a million dollars on projects upstream on the river.  the Portneuf River Project partners are committed to preserve and protect the […]

  • PHONE:
    208-221-7783
  • Email:
    hbsmalley@aol.com
  • Valorie Watkins, Board Member

  • Born, raised, and educated in Pocatello, Valorie worked in the regional offices of two U. S. Senators for 25 years before returning to her Alma Mater as Alumni Director for Idaho State University.  Since 2003 she has been involved in economic development and volunteer efforts to help improve .and strengthen our community

  • Email:
    valoriewatkins@gmail.com
  • 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.

  • PHONE:
    208-232-3764
  • Email:
    marccwride@gmail.com
  • Shelley Goings, Honorary Board Member

  • 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.”

  • Email:
    shelgsmail@gmail.com
  • Beth Hill, Honorary Board Member

  • 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.

  • Email:
    bethnorm@cableone.net
  • Norm Hill, Honorary Board Member

  • 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.

  • Email:
    bethnorm@cableone.net
  • Robert “Bob” Kimber, Honorary Board Member

  • 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 […]

  • George Loyd, Honorary Board Member

  • 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.

  • Email:
    gloyd2@gmail.com
  • Sam Nettinga, Honorary Board Member

  • 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 […]