Board of Directors

McNair Bailey, President

McNair is a recent resident of the Wood River Valley.  She moved with her husband Will and three little girls, Maeve Hanna and Maggie Rose during the summer of 2010. Before becoming a full-time mom McNair was the Executive Director and founder of Crabtree Farms a non-profit located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The mission of Crabtree Farms is to promote research & education in sustainable agriculture.  McNair has also had the opportunity to work with Food Banks in the Southeast and did her Masters Work in International Health with a focus on Nutrition and Food Security.  Having spent 10 years working on issues of food security in the Southeast McNair is excited to bring her enthusiasm about food and her experience in farming, community gardening and nutrition to Board of The Hunger Coalition.

Paul Ahern, Vice-President

Paul practiced law as a trial lawyer in Seattle for three decades, specializing in prosecuting class action cases on behalf of consumers and government employees during the last half of that career. After concluding his law practice, Paul began teaching a graduate course on public policy advocacy by nonprofit organizations at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and also worked as a Senior Advisor to the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy there. During that time, he was proud to serve as President of the Board of Directors of OneAmerica as it grew into the major immigrant rights organization in Washington State. Upon moving to the Wood River Valley full time two years ago with his wife Laurie, Paul has volunteered with The Hunger Coalition in two different capacities and is now very pleased to serve on the THC Board.

Laurie Strand, Secretary

Laurie moved back to her home state of Idaho in the winter of 2016. Before her move, she served as the Director of The Youth Harvest Project, a therapeutic, service-oriented, work program for high school students with promise on a 10-acre farm in Missoula, MT. Laurie was involved with Garden City Harvest and other small scale, local agriculture in Western Montana. In addition to her role as YHP Director, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a small private mental health therapy practice specializing in children and youth ages 5-18. Laurie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana in Environmental Studies with a concentration in sustainable agriculture. In 2010, she received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Montana. She is excited to be part of the Wood River Valley community and is looking forward to bringing her skills and passion for social justice and food security to The Hunger Coalition.

John Kahm,  Treasurer

John Kahm hails from Pocatello where he grew up skiing, biking, hiking and climbing in the Sawtooth and Teton mountains. After graduating from the University of Washington, he and his wife Diane stayed on in Seattle where John worked as a CPA in public accounting and then as CFO for Seattle’s Best Coffee before joining The Nature Conservancy in 1994. In 2001, they moved to the Valley to be close to the beloved mountains from his childhood. After retiring from The Nature Conservancy in 2014, John now has more time for play, and as a board member he hopes he can utilize his finance and non-profit background to help The Hunger Coalition.

Linda Edwards

Linda and her husband Bob moved to the Wood River Valley in 2001 from Los Angeles, where she practiced law and specialized in the field of employment law.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Linda held a variety of positions in Human Resources management.  Since moving to the Valley, Linda has done work for the Idaho State Bar, been involved in several of the local non-profit organizations and been a strong supporter of The Hunger Coalition.  She also has enjoyed filling her retirement hours with hiking, skiing and playing bridge.

Dede Huish

Dede grew up in a rural farming town in Indiana, graduated from DePauw University, and moved to Salt Lake City where she met (and later married) her husband, Steven. Dede was involved in advertising and television sales in Salt Lake City, but became a stay-at-home mom after the family (now with two small children) moved to Carmel, California. Dede and Steven moved to the Wood River Valley in the fall of 2007, where the friendly community and the “great outdoors” called them. A volunteer at heart, Dede joined the Wood River Women’s Foundation in 2007. The WRWF grants process exposed Dede to the many and vibrant nonprofits in our community; the importance of The Hunger Coalition to our valley became evident very quickly. Dede worked with The Hunger Coalition on the 2014 hunger photojournalism project – Food for Thought. She welcomes the opportunity to learn more about The Hunger Coalition’s work toward ending hunger in our community and she hopes to help with promoting solutions to end the underlying causes of hunger.

Gerry Kearns

Gerry retired from a career with the Boeing Company before moving to the Wood River Valley in 2006. He grew up in the Northwest and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Economic Geography. His career at Boeing spanned three decades with a progression of job experiences ranging from customer service, sales, head of Commercial Airplane Contracts and Vice President and General Manager of the Materiel Division. Gerry and his wife, Kaye had always loved spending time in Sun Valley and decided to retire here. It has been the perfect spot to pursue Gerry’s favorite pastimes: skiing, golfing, and fly fishing. Still, he says one of his most rewarding experiences has been volunteering for The Hunger Coalition. Over the past ten years, Gerry has collected food, been a mobile food distributor, fundraiser, and spokesperson for The Hunger Coalition.

Deb Robertson, MD

Deb is an emergency physician and medical director of the Emergency Department at St. Luke’s Wood River. She moved to the valley eight years ago with her husband and young children from Portland, Oregon. She loves being a member of this vibrant valley, participating in the children’s activities, practicing medicine, and relaxing on a peaceful hike or backcountry ski in the mountains. She’s excited to join The Hunger Coalition Board to work with our incredibly dedicated staff and board who provide invaluable resources to the community.

Todd Stewart

After 36 years in the U.S. Foreign Service and four years as deputy director of a Washington think tank,Todd Stewart moved to Sun Valley in 2004 to pursue a third career as a ski bum.  He maintains an active interest in world affairs, especially developments in the Republic of Moldova, where he served as ambassador in the 1990’s.  Here in the Wood River Valley he joined the Board of the Sun Valley Water and Sewer District in 2011. Todd lives in Elkhorn with his wife Georgia and dog Sage, a yellow Lab.