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IFAD welcomes new executive director

The Idaho Falls Auditorium District’s board of directors hired Brian “Chip” Scott as the organization’s executive director.

Scott is responsible for the oversight of all daily operations and management of the Auditorium District, a news release said.

Scott has years of experience in the arts and entertainment field. He has served as vice president of operations for the Memphis in May International Festival, production director for Bumbershoot, the Seattle Music and Arts Festival, and booking and marketing director for a 14,000‐seat arena in North Carolina.

Scott also has extensive experience in fundraising, project management and public relations, the release said. He holds a bachelor of science degree in recreation from the University of Tennessee‐Chattanooga and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Radford University in Virginia.

“I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors and the Idaho Falls community as together we work to build an outstanding multiuse event center for eastern Idaho,” Scott said in the release. “The positive impact this new facility will have on the community is limitless and is sure to play a key role in the region’s growth for years to come.”

Bingham Memorial member retires, two positions change

Joseph Cannon has retired as chairman of the board of directors at Bingham Memorial Hospital. Additionally, two members changed positions on the board and a new board member was appointed to fill Cannon’s vacancy. The hospital also announced a new chief of medical staff, a hospital news release said.

“I am extremely grateful for Mr. Cannon’s dedicated service to Bingham Memorial and the leadership he provided on the Board,” said Jake Erickson, CEO of BMH, in the release. “As Chairman, he was an important member who offered valuable oversight on important issues and thoughtful consideration of proposed changes to keep Bingham Memorial growing.”

New appointments include Wayne Brower as chairman and Gary Baumgartner as vice chairman.

Dr. David Peterson, orthopedic surgeon, was officially sworn in as a board member to fill the board seat designated for the hospital’s chief of medical staff, replacing Dr. Adam Wray, a dermatologist at BMH. Wray was also appointed and sworn in as a member of the board of directors, filling the seat Cannon vacated.

Teton Valley Foundation names Bennett executive director

The Teton Valley Foundation board of directors announced Lauren Bennett as the foundation’s executive director.

Bennett brings “a wealth of experience and passion that will guide us as we look to the next chapter for the Kotler Ice Arena and Music On Main, and continue making the good life in Teton Valley even better,” a Foundation news release said.

Bennett previously held the position of event director for Bubble Run, the largest experiential 5K company in the country, where she oversaw the planning and execution of large-scale events from Boise to Hawaii.

She also had served as the event coordinator for the Downtown Driggs Community Association, where she was in charge of executing two of “Teton Valley’s most celebrated events,” SnowScapes and Driggs Plein Air, the release said.

Bennett has a master’s degree in sports administration and brings a wealth of knowledge in program development.

“Lauren’s passion for sports began at an early age and led to a career dedicated to working in recreational and cultural programming,” the release said. “She has seen firsthand the effects such programs have on a community and is excited to further TVF’s mission. Alongside the board, Lauren will be instrumental in steering TVF through phase two of the Kotler Ice Arena Capital Campaign.”

The past year marked an important milestone for the Foundation, which ushered in a full five-month season of ice at the arena thanks to the addition of the cooling system. Now the Foundation is ramping up efforts to raise capital for amenities for the ice arena such as an expanded warming hut, locker rooms and bathrooms.

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