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community Thank you to our volunteers Dev Khalsa is an award-winning photographer, a mother of two girls, and wife to her high-school sweetheart. She has been a photographer for 15 years and has owned her own photography business for seven years, with a studio on Main Street in Hailey. Dev was formally trained in Photojournalism and has taught with some of the world’s best photographers at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. She has also received international exposure through her published work. Dev has always been a documentary photographer at heart, but believes that photographing people is more than simply capturing the moments before her. In her words, “Providing truly great images goes beyond technical expertise. It requires insight, intuition and the ability to connect on an emotional level.” Dev judged the photography for our Heart of the Valley contest the last two years and has donated beautiful photos for use by the Land Trust. She says she is honored to be a small part of what the Wood River Land Trust offers to our wonderful community. Nils Ribi, a venture capitalist specializing in high technology businesses for the past quarter century, has been a Sun Valley resident for nearly that long. Nils is also a member of the Sun Valley City Council, currently serving in his second term. Prior to that, he served for six years on the Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commission. His focus has been on open space and hillside preservation. Nils holds a BS degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in quantitative analysis from the University of Montana. Although photography is only a hobby for Nils, his photographs have been nationally published, and he has won several awards for his work. He enjoys providing photography services to a number of local non-profit organizations and recently began photographing for Sun Valley Magazine. In particular, Nils has enjoyed working with the Wood River Land Trust on several projects including working alongside Dev Khalsa judging the past two Heart of the Valley photo contests, and teaching the Land Trust’s photography workshop field course. Nils and his wife, Patricia Brolin Ribi, have been early supporters of the Land Trust. m

Jill Brown Joins Staff After vacationing in the Valley over 13 years ago, Jill decided to leave the city and head west. A friendly mid-westerner turned Wood River Valley local, she joins the Land Trust staff with a degree in communications management from Southwest Missouri University. For nearly 20 years she has provided business development and marketing support for architectural, engineering and interior design firms, with 12 of those years working in our beloved Valley. Before joining the Land Trust team in December, 2011, Jill was a stay-at-home mom for a little over a year. “Staying home with two toddlers,” she says, “is much more challenging than coming to work every day! That is why I am grateful for the opportunity to work for an organization that is making a difference, not only for me but for my children’s future.” Jill enjoys back-country camping, music festivals, snowboarding, gardening, yurt trips and riding cruisers with her husband and two young children. The Land Trust welcomes Jill and feels she is a strong addition to our land conservation team. m


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