Kathy Neiley

Kathy grew up in Jackson and raced with JHSC from 1974-1978; she was a multi-sport athlete, playing volleyball and running track. Kathy competed for the Intermountain Division at Junior Nationals all four years she was with the Club and was named to the 1st US Junior Development team in 1978. She raced for Middlebury College, where the team won the D1 National Championship in 1979. Kathy taught school and coached multiple sports (lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, track) for several years in NY and WY before leaving the field of education to join a private finance firm in Denver for 8 years. Kathy left the business world to stay home and run a small horse ranch north of Denver while raising three daughters. She continued to coach volleyball and equestrian sports with Boulder Valley Pony Club while her kids were young. After her girls were out of college, Kathy moved back to Jackson to continue her love affair with the Tetons and to be closer to her family, who now live in Cody, WY, and Montana. Kathy started a small business in Jackson—WyoWhy—where she creates products using upcycled materials and employs seamstresses who live in remote communities of Wyoming. Kathy lives in Victor and teaches Alpine, Nordic, and Telemark skiing at Targhee full-time. Kathy still loves to run distance and compete in half-marathons with her daughters every year.

Sport-specific Experience and Certifications

  • US Ski & Snowboard L100 Cross Country Coaching Certification

  • PSIA Level 1 Cross Country

  • PSIA Level 1 Alpine

  • PSIA Children's Specialist Level 1

  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certification

  • Junior National, Collegiate, and National competition 


  • B.A. English and Secondary Education, Middlebury College

  • Entrepreneurship, Central Wyoming College

Personal Philosophy

Nature is Necessary. Kindness Matters.