Our staff: combining hard work, smart thinking, and daily play.
Cheryl Fox | Executive Director
Cheryl Fox leads and directs our organization, and communicates our mission to the public. Cheryl oversees fundraising activities, fiscal management, conservation acquisitions, stewardship activities, and education and outreach programs. With other members of Park City Leadership Class IV, she was one of the original founders of Conserving Our Open Lands (COOL) in 1998, which later became the Summit Land Conservancy. Cheryl oversaw the Conservancy’s accreditation process, making it the first land trust in Utah to be accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
Cheryl graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a double major in History and French. She moved to Park City in 1987 on her way to grad school to take a job as a ski instructor. To this day, she continues to teach skiing part-time at Deer Valley simply because she loves it. To relax, Cheryl retreats to an imaginary world that she finds very restorative to write fantasy novels. She also enjoys skiing, sailing, useless trivia, and the life in Park City: both real and imaginary. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 435-649-0220.
kate sattelmeier | conservation director and counsel
Kate Sattelmeier provides legal advice for the stewardship of easement properties, legal support for the acquisition of new conservation easements, and annual monitoring of our easements. She has a combined arts/law degree from the University of Tasmania, attended the University of Utah, and was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 2001. Kate has worked in real estate law, in-house for a retail development company, and also in her own practice. She specializes in title-related matters and acquisitions. Kate grew up in Tasmania, where she was an avid skier, and she still spends most of the winter teaching skiing. She came to Park City in 1997 and fell in love with the town and her husband Tim. They have two little boys, and Kate enjoys skiing, white-water rafting, mountain biking and living the Park City life with her family. Reach her at email@example.com or at 435-649-9884.
Caitlin willard | education and outreach director
As Education and Outreach Director, Caitlin is responsible for managing the Conservancy’s volunteer and education programs, summer camps, and creating various community outreach opportunities that strive to connect people to the land. She moved to Park City, Utah, in 2006 after receiving a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Caitlin grew up in the small rural town of Shelburne Falls, nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires, which is where her love for the great outdoors flourished. She spent most of her childhood camping, hiking, fishing, and skiing in New England. Her love for skiing brought her to Park City, where she became a ski instructor and coach at Park City Mountain Resort. During the summer, Caitlin coached for the Young Riders Youth Mountain Bike Program and remains a member of their Board of Directors. When Caitlin is not working to protect open space, she takes joy in touring in the Wasatch backcountry, fly-fishing, cooking in her kitchen, traveling abroad, hiking, and pedaling her mountain bike around Park City’s amazing trails. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 435-649-9884.
Amber Nelson | Director of Operations
Amber keeps our office flowing smoothly, assisting the executive director with special projects and board interaction, as well as fundraising events. Amber was raised in Park City, graduating from PCHS in 1998. After getting her degrees in History, Sociology/Anthropology, and Gender Studies at St. Olaf College in MN, she returned to Utah and found Oakley an appropriate home base for her active lifestyle. She has an MBA with an emphasis in accounting, and for many years, she operated her own accounting office with a special focus and love for non-profit accounting. Always ready for new challenges, she is very excited to be working for Summit Land Conservancy. She is an avid road and trail runner, and the rest of her free time is spent walking her dog in the hopes of one day making him tired. Reach her at email@example.com or at 435-649-9884.
Julia McCarrier Edwards | Programs Coordinator
Julia McCarrier Edwards is the Summit Land Conservancy’s Programs Coordinator. She works alongside the Education and Outreach Director, Caitlin Willard, to provide educational and adventure programs for children and adults. Julia is focused on implementing and developing programs that get people outside and enjoying the beautiful landscapes of Summit County. Julia grew up in a small coastal town in Maine, and developed a deep connection to the outdoors. She continued her love affair with Maine during her time at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. There, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Women and Gender Studies. After college she spent several years teaching outdoor education and leadership development with various organizations across the US, including Outward Bound and Campfire USA. After a co-worker recommended applying to ski patrol at Canyons Resort in Park City, Julia moved sight-unseen to Utah. Julia is a lead ski patroller at Canyons at Park City Mountain, and is a certified Level- A dog handler with her avalanche dog, a yellow lab named Piper. When Julia is not at the Conservancy or on the slopes, she enjoys exploring the Wasatch and Uinta mountains, reading by the woodstove, and throwing the ball for Piper.
Brett Denney | Land Protection Specialist
Brett is tasked with managing the GIS mapping and ecological data for the Conservancy. After moving to Park City, Utah, in 2009 to join the U.S. Ski Team, Brett pursued his education with an interest in wildlife and public land use and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Business. After working for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Brett joined the Summit Land Conservancy team in December of 2017. Brett enjoys riding bicycles, backcountry skiing, hunting, fishing, and playing with his puppy, Emi Lou. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 435-649-9884.
Marcia Griffiths | Operations assistant & Bookkeeper
Marcia Griffiths is a long-time Utah resident with a deep appreciation of the outdoors and open space. Growing up, she was a member of the Park City Ski Team and learned to love the local area. She spent her summers working as a guide in the mountains, deserts and rivers of southern Utah while obtaining a B.S. in Finance and an MBA from the University of Utah. After graduating, she worked in the medical device industry primarily focused on government compliance and financial oversight. Recently she decided to combine her love of numbers with her desire to find a meaningful career. She is thrilled to join the Summit Land Conservancy and make a positive impact on the environment. She spends her free time skiing, biking, camping, traveling wherever a plane will take her, and spoiling her dog Patrick.
KATHARINE BUI | AMERICORPS INTERN
Katherine is a second-year master's student at the University of Utah studying Environmental Humanities after completing her B.S. in Environmental Science at the University of Texas at Austin. She fell in love with backyard critters and trees in the suburbs of Houston as a child, and through the years continued to deepen her love of the natural world while dreaming of wild, rocky terrain to explore. After spending a summer on the Colorado Plateau where that dream was fulfilled rafting, hiking, camping, and learning as a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, she became passionate about increasing accessibility to the outdoors and public lands. An avid endurance athlete, Katherine keeps her body moving through swimming, biking, and running when she's not writing, knitting, or cooking. Currently, she is researching the entangled interactions between human and environment as it relates to California wildfires, hoping to create a series of essays to communicate science and climate change.
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KATHLEEN NICHOLS | President
Kathleen joined our board in 2017. Growing up in the Midwest, she always felt like a “fish out of water” and yearned to live in the mountains. She has lived in Park City for the past 15 years and has a BS in Education from the University of Kansas and a BS in Nursing from Creighton University. She and her husband, Scott, have three adventurous and well-traveled daughters—two in college and one in high school. They are looking forward to being empty-nesters, when they can travel to their hearts’ content. Kathleen spent a number of years as a nurse at both IHC and The University of Utah Medical Center. After the birth of their first child, she decided the most noble of professions for her was to be a stay at home Mom. She spent the next several years raising their three girls and instilling in them their love for the mountains and wilderness. During that time, she volunteered at her children’s schools in multiple capacities, and now that they are older, she gives her time to multiple non-profits. She looks forward to helping Summit Land Conservancy preserve as much open space as possible so her family and every family can continue to enjoy what brought them to Summit County in the first place—the opportunity to recreate in the mountains surrounded by natural landscapes. She loves to hike, ski, bike and run in the mountains, usually far behind her husband and children.
Joe Cronley | President Emeritus
Joe joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors in 2014. Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, he has lived in Park City since 1999. Joe earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Utah, and a CFP designation from the College for Financial Planning. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Officer for eight years and lived in six different states during that time. Joe was brought to Utah by the U.S. Navy after accepting a job as a NROTC Instructor at the University of Utah. Having fallen in love with the area’s community, he started an investment practice with Edward Jones in Park City in 2002 after completing his commitment to the U.S. Navy and finishing his MBA. Joe continues to work in that capacity to the present day. He has been involved with the Park City Rotary Club as a member since 2004, and served as club president. Additionally, he has been a member of the Prospector Square Board since 2012. After living for three years on a submarine, Joe feels a unique appreciation for open space, fresh air and blue skies. He loves being outside and enjoys skiing, trail running, mountain biking, golfing, and fly fishing. Joe believes the Park City community is a great place that allows one to “do it all” and its commitment to open space is critical to the community’s appeal to residents and visitors.
Kathleen Metcalf | Executive Committee
Kathleen joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors in January 2014 and started serving on the Board’s executive committee in January 2015. She moved to the Park City area from Ojai, California, in the early 1990s. Kathleen earned a BFA in graphic design from the California College of the Arts and entered the Environmental Humanities Masters Program at the University of Utah in 2015. Her past work has included serving as Art Director for Patagonia Inc. and Principal and Design Director of Wingspan Design. Attracted by the quality of life, natural settings, and favorable business environment, Kathleen and her husband transplanted their family and growing business, Black Diamond Equipment, from Ventura, California, to Utah in the 1990s. An Alumnus of the Leadership Park City, Class XIII, she is also involved with many other community organizations including serving as a board member for the Park City Sailing Association, the co-founder of WaterWise Park City, the former board president of ArtKids Inc., a former ESL tutor at the English Skills Learning Center, a former member of the Park City Public Art Advisory Board, and as a founding board member of the Hope Alliance. Kathleen enjoys sailing, river running, cycling, skiing, and canyoneering, and is a licensed private pilot and a mother of three grown children. She believes that we must make wise choices regarding the environment because a healthy environment is good for all living things.
Wes Siddoway | Vice- President
Wes joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board in 2017. He grew up on a legacy ranch near Rockport Reservoir in Eastern Summit County where he and his family still run a beef cattle operation today. After earning a B.S. in Construction Management, Wes worked as a project manager/estimator on construction projects for one of the largest construction companies in the Intermountain West. After starting a family, he migrated to a local construction company, still allowing him the challenges of big complex projects, but enough downtime to enjoy life and family. In 2015, he and his family worked with the Conservancy to protect 73 acres along the Weber River adjacent to Rockport Reservoir. Through this process, he earned a great respect and understanding of the importance of land conservation. In his downtime, he enjoys working with his family on the property doing improvements, riding horses, metal, and woodworking, mending fences and working cattle. Fall is by far his favorite time of year as he spends every spare minute in the outdoors hiking, hunting, fishing, trail riding and exploring. He’s had many opportunities to travel around the intermountain states, but to date, he has not yet found any place as spectacular as Summit County. Wes views land conservation as a value for future generations. Believing firmly that we only borrow the land from the next generation and we must take care of it, he is excited to be part of an organization that puts this into action.
Catherine Cimos | Treasurer
Catherine is a Senior Vice President and Branch President at Grand Valley Bank in Park City. She has been in banking for the past seven years. Previously, she worked as an Accounting Manager and Systems Analyst at O.C. Tanner Jewelry stores in both Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah. She has served on various boards including Park City Academy, currently known as Park City Day School, Park City Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau, Community Wireless of Park City DBA KPCW, and most recently Summit Land Conservancy. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA degree in Accounting from Westminster College. Catherine and her family have lived in Park City since 1995. She enjoys traveling, motorcycle riding, hiking, skiing, reading, and playing with her dog.
Shari is new to the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board, joining in April 2018. She spent most of her life living in Florida. Shari earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from The Florida State University in 1990, as well as completed some postgraduate work in the field of Public Administration. She spent 11 years as a Communications and Public Relations specialist for The City of Jacksonville, Florida, until her path took a different turn. Shari soon became a shareholder in a medical billing business, which enabled her to spend more time at home with her children during their formative years. After moving to Park City in 2008, Shari took solace in the open spaces here and fell in love with the concept of the ability to “just be”. In this age of rapidly advancing technology, the importance of being able to embrace the outdoors and “wander where the wi-fi is weak” is a concept that is waning. As an empty-nester with two grown children, Shari is thrilled to be able to spend some time giving back to the organization that protects the land that enables all of us to “just be”.
Scott joined the Summit Land Conservancy Board of Directors in 2016. He moved to Park City in 2004 after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Hospitality Business. Shortly after graduation, Scott followed his childhood dream and left the corn fields of southeastern Michigan for the mountains. After a short stint working in the local lodging industry Scott followed his passion and went back to working in the outdoor industry, finding a position with White Pine Touring. After running the guide service and avalanche education program for White Pine Touring, he took on a new role as Communications Director for JANS Ltd. where he currently earns his living. In addition to serving the Summit Land Conservancy, Scott also sits on the Board of Directors for the Park City Chamber Bureau, and has chaired the Chamber Communications Marketing Advisory Committee. Scott also helped to found Mountain Biking Park City, which promotes overnight visitation to the Park City area and Summit County for Mountain Biking and Cycling through grant funding. Scott is a passionate outdoorsmen and outdoor educator. He enjoys spending days in the mountains on his bike or skis with his son, Callum and wife, Lane; with clients, or on his own. He also enjoys hunting the sage-covered hills and fishing the many streams in our area. This passion for open spaces led Scott to serve the Summit Land Conservancy and help preserve and manage the open space that he loves, so future generations can enjoy the same lifestyle and benefits of open space he does now.
Nicole joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors in July 2014. Originally from Vancouver, she moved to Park City in 1995 after completing studies at Purdue University in Indiana. Nicole studied biochemistry at the University of Hawaii, earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, served an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois, and completed a residency in ophthalmology at Purdue University. Currently, Dr. MacLaren owns Eye Care for Animals where she also practices as an Ophthalmologist. Her other community involvement work includes Nuzzles & Co. Pet Rescue and Adoption, Canines with a Cause, Planned Parenthood Action Council, World Vision, Park City Arts Council, Kimball Art Center, Wasatch Adaptive Sports, National Ability Center and the Waterkeeper Alliance. Her childhood in Vancouver allowed her easy access to wide open spaces and bountiful wildlife, natural food, and clean air. This experience plus the years she spent in bucolic college towns surrounded by farmland greatly influenced her views on the importance of conservation. She works to protect open space because she wants her children to experience and embrace the wonders of nature in the ways that she was able to as a child. She also hopes to provide children who grow up in cities with the opportunity to appreciate and understand the importance of preserving open space for the enjoyment it offers as well as the protections it affords animals, plants, healthy food sources, waterways, and air quality.
Steve joined the Summit Land Conservancy board in April 2018. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Utah Properties, a residential and commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm operating throughout Utah. Steve graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and began his career at Transamerica Corporation in San Francisco. He and his family moved to Newport Beach, where he became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Coldwell Banker Relocation Management Services, the leading global provider of mobility services providing real estate, human resource, finance, and logistics services in over 100 countries. Following a five year hiatus from business (and failing to significantly improve his golf game or skiing prowess), he resumed his career as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The First American Corporation’s Residential Group and subsidiary, MarketLinx, providing transaction management, multiple listing, and CRM software and services to 500,000 real estate agents and brokers throughout North America. In 2009, Steve acquired Prudential Utah Real Estate and his family became full time residents of Park City. The company transitioned to the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in 2014 and today ranks as the largest brokerage in Utah. He and his wife Karen, their three sons, and five grandchildren live in Park City and enjoy skiing, golf, hiking, riding, fishing, and travel. In addition to being a Trustee of the Egyptian Theatre’s Save our Stage Foundation, Steve is a strong supporter of land conservation and resource management, and he encourages public and private sector cooperation.
Meg joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board in 2013 and began serving as the Board Treasurer in 2014. She moved to Park City from Detroit, Michigan, in 2000. Meg attended Michigan State University, where she studied natural resources management. She started working in the ticket department at Park City Mountain Resort when she moved here and now works in the resort’s IT department. What was supposed to be a six-month stint of ski season work changed because of our area’s people and environment. An active member of our nonprofit community, Meg also volunteers with the Park City Community Foundation and its Women’s Giving Fund, and serves on the RAP Tax Recreation Committee. She is also a Rotary member and served on the Park City Recreation Advisory Board for six years. Meg enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing and loves that she can walk out her front door and be on a trail. Growing up in Detroit, she would have to travel for at least an hour if she wanted any sort of outdoor experience. In fact, it is the easy access to open space that has kept her here for so long.
open space brings people together.
thank you, SUMMIT LAND CONSERVANCY PARTNERS.
True partners in action.
Everything we achieve is thanks to the vision and collaboration of not only our board and staff but all who pull together in this community to achieve our shared goal to preserve open space. Thank you—to the landowner families who work with us, to our partner businesses who care about our cause, and to all the monthly and Summit Society donors who keep fueling our fire.
We would like to recognize the following families for their efforts to preserve Summit County’s working farms and ranches for future generations:
The Stephens family, Stephen’s Ranch, 44 acres in Henefer, 2019
Anonymous, 82 acres in Wanship, 2018
The Ercanbrack family, Ercanbrack Ranch, 2,161 acres in Coalville, 2017
The Siddoway family, Siddoway Ranch & Wetlands, 73 acres in Peoa, 2015
Dick and Gaye Stoner, Dog Holler Organic Farm, 85 acres near Hoytsville, 2013
The Richins family, Pyper Tracey Ranch, 50 acres in Henefer, 2013
The Osguthorpe family, Osguthorpe Ranch, 121 acres in Park City, 2012
The Judd family, Judd Ranch, 34.59 acres in Wanship, 2011
The Fawcett family, Fawcett Ranch, 43.53 acres in Henefer, 2009
And we thank the following for helping to protect open space and recreation access in and around Park City:
Basin Recreation / Summit County
Deer Valley Resort
Enclave at Cedar Draw
Nuzzles & Co. Pet Rescue
Park City Municipal
“living for open space” businesses
We thank our Living for Open Space program participants, who add small donations to their customers’ purchases, donate a set amount per transaction, or donate a portion of their profits. These business participants have already contributed an incredible $275,000 to our conservancy’s efforts!
summit society & monthly donors
The money we raise here, stays here. Please consider becoming a monthly donor or a Summit Society donor (giving $1,000+ annually). Our reliable donors are the backbone of our organization, giving us funding we can plan on and put to the best use saving our open spaces. Any monthly gift you can make goes a long way—and our Summit Society donors receive invitations to special receptions as well as our bi-annual Conservation Breakfast!