Cyd is a native of Arkansas, who got her first taste of the Wood River Valley as a graduate student at Idaho State University (ISU). She served as a senior aide to U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas specializing in campaign finance and office management for nearly 20 years. In 2011, Cyd and her family returned to Idaho where she was development director and public relations specialist at ISU. She holds a BA in political science from Delta State University and a Master’s of Public Administration with an emphasis in environmental policy from ISU. Cyd is an avid Wood River High School soccer mom, golfer, mountain biker and alpine skier. She and her husband, John, are parents to two teenage boys.