Some new, and some returning, faces are joining the county’s volunteer advisory boards.

County commissioners have appointed Steve Genzer to the Teton County Fair Board. Genzer grew up participating in 4-H in Jackson, and now his children participate. He said he applied for a chance to give back to the community.

“I love the fair, especially the 4-H aspect of the fair,” Genzer said. “I wanted to be a part of that, and I felt that the fair has kind of diminished a little bit, especially on the exhibit hall side. I was hoping, being part of the Fair Board, I could help rejuvenate that and get people excited about what the fair offers, more than the events and activities.”

Genzer also hopes to help boost the country music names Teton County lands for the fair concert.

A few vacancies still remain on the Fair Board.

Chair Brian Gallagher will return to the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board, which is charged with spending lodging tax funds to promote travel and tourism in Jackson Hole.

New to that board is Joe Madera, regional director of operations for Ingroup Hospitality. Madera said his experience in hospitality in Teton County and nationally will help him in the role.

“I want to be part of the solution when it comes to growth in Jackson, and the Travel and Tourism Board certainly plays a big role in that,” Madera said. He said he’s excited to analyze what has and hasn’t worked for the board in the past to help make smart decisions about how the lodging tax funds are spent.

Katherine Wonson, Kristine Abbey and Kurt Dubbe were reappointed to the Teton County Historic Preservation Board for additional terms. Ari Goldstein will return to the Teton County Library Board, and Grace Robertson will begin her first term.

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063 or

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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