Winter is here in Park City! We are in the midst of a robust extended winter storm cycle as we speak, which by the end of this weekend will have us set up with some of the best early season snow that we have seen in quite some time. Park City Resort is already open and Deer Valley is set to open next weekend, so there is no reason to wait - you should get out on the slopes soon!

In the meantime, we hope that you are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We have so much to be thankful for here in Park City, and we are glad to recognize some of the individuals that have contributed so much of their time and effort to making our community such a great place to live, work, and play. We hope that you will take a moment to read below to learn more about some of our most outstanding community leaders.


Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Greg, Crystal, & Matt
 
 
 
We have so much to be thankful for in Park City and the Wasatch Back. As locals, we have the privilege of living where others come to play in "Winter's Favorite Town." We are thankful for so much abundance and philanthropy. There are so many organizations and companies that make living here so unique. Each of the individuals recognized here have been passionate visionaries, who have worked tirelessly for our common good. To each of them we extend enormous gratitude!  

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MUCH GRATITUDE TO OUR
IMPACTFUL LOCAL LEADERS!

 

Nan Chalat-Noaker, the former editor of the Park Record, was honored with the Society of Professional Journalists Top Award in June. The award honors a person for their exceptional lifetime dedication to journalism. She retired from the Park Record in October 2016 after serving as the second longest editor of the paper. During Noaker’s 21 years in the editorial office, the trust Nan earned in the Park City community was a result of an unwavering work ethic and a special ability to develop relationships across a broad range of issues. We thank Nan for her dedication to our community. 

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Spence Eccles has been leading the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation for decades. The foundation has had an enormous impact on all of Utah with their enormous philanthropic contributions. Locally they’ve made major donations for the Eccles Center at the high school,  the Sundance Film Festival, National Abilities Center,  People's Health Clinic,  Peace House,  the Egyptian Theater,  Swaner Park and most recently the Osguthorpe Farm Open Space fundraising effort.
George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation  |  gsecclesfoundation.org

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Wendy Fisher has been with Utah Open Lands since its inception in 1990. As Utah’s statewide land trust, UOL has protected over 60,000 acres throughout the state. Most recently the organization spearheaded the successful fundraising campaign to save Bonanza Flat. Wendy has been recognized as a leader in conservation efforts in Utah. In 2017, Wendy was awarded the American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award, shortly after receiving the 2016 Park City Rotary’s Professional Citizen of the Year.
Utah Open Lands  |  utahopenlands.org

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Cheryl Fox leads and directs the Summit Land Conservancy, communicating their mission to the public. Cheryl oversees fundraising activities, fiscal management, conservation acquisitions, stewardship activities, and education/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.
Summit Land Conservancy   |  wesaveland.org

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Teri Orr is the Executive Director of the Park City Institute which provides programming for the George S. and Dolores Dorè Eccles Conference Center for the Performing Arts and other cultural events. She was part of the original fundraising committee that explored the feasibility of the “civic center,” and was actively involved in the original bond election and fundraising effort to make that community dream a reality.
Park City Institute   |   parkcityinstitute.org

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Jane Patten served as Executive Director of Peace House from 2004 – 2017, then served in the role of Community Campus Project Director. Currently she volunteers to continue this work. Her impact on this organization for victims of domestic violence has been enormous. Peace House recently opened their brand new “campus." We have Jane to thank for taking this tiny, passionate organization to a much larger community treasure with a broader purpose.
Peace House   |  peacehouse.org

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Myles Rademan founded and has directed the Leadership Park City program for over 20 years. He has held many positions with Park City Municipal and his influence as a visionary can be seen everywhere, from the flowers on Main Street, to the annual City Tour of western resorts, to the open spaces that will be preserved for many generations to enjoy. 

Leadership Park City   |  leadershippca.org

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Bob Richer is the long-serving Board Chair of KPCW and Mountainlands Community Housing Trust. Bob, as a member of the Park City Council and as a Summit County Commissioner, has been a champion of open space since the very first purchase of the McPolin Farm in 1990. He was the chairperson of the first Citizen’s Open Space Advisory Committee and as a County Commissioner, the founder and creator of the Basin Open Space Advisory Committee. 
Bob was honored with both the Community Leadership Award and the Park City Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Hospitality Award for his dedication to the community. There’s even an affordable housing building named for him in Kimball Junction. Bob was also the president and founder of Park City’s first curling association!
Mountainlands Community Housing Trust   |  housinghelp.org

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Dr. Christina Sally has been the investigator for the Summit County Attorney’s Office for 10+ years. In 2012, Christina opened the Summit County Children’s Justice Center, which is a child-friendly environment where child abuse victims and secondary trauma victims are interviewed and coordinated multidisciplinary services provided. The Summit County Children’s Justice Center is a vital and necessary part of services provided in Park City and Summit County and minimizes further trauma to our most vulnerable victims, our children. 
Summit County Children’s Justice Center   |   ccjsummitcounty.wildapricot.org

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Dr. Renato Saltz founded the Image Reborn Foundation in 1998 and currently serves as its President. As a renowned plastic surgeon, he recognized that there is a need for patients to emotionally heal and rebuild after cancer, and although women receive tremendous medical care throughout their cancer journey, their complex emotional needs often are unaddressed.
The Foundation’s mission is to provide no-cost healing retreats to women diagnosed with breast cancer and to assist them in living rich and fulfilling lives. Weekend-long retreats are held in luxury accommodations in and around Park City. Survivors may attend at any time during their cancer journey and each retreat is focused on providing support and renewal in an informal setting.
Image Reborn Foundation  |  imagerebornfoundation.org

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Charlie Sturgis was voted 2018 Citizen of the Year by the Park City Rotary Club. He's been at the helm of Mountain Trails since its inception, and he's still preaching his mantra of practicing 10 Seconds of Kindness out on the trails, as well as his frequent and humorous reminders that there is no Poop Fairy. 
 
Mountain Trails  |  mountaintrails.org

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Leslie Thatcher is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Leslie has been at KPCW (91.7 FM and 91.9 FM)) since 1990. As KPCW’s News Director she has her finger on the pulse of the community to cover everything going on in town, from increased school taxes and water rates, to personal achievements and community-wide victories. She was Park City Rotary’s Club’s 2016 Professional Citizen of the Year and won the 2018 Community Service Award from the Park City Board of Realtors® for “asking the questions on everyone’s mind.”
KPCW Radio  |  www.kpcw.org

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Bob Wheaton led the team at Deer Valley® Resort for 38 years, showing his devoted employees how to run a top-tier destination ski resort with legendary customer service, dining, and lodging that are affectionately referred to as "The Deer Valley Difference." He led by example, doing whatever it took to provide guest satisfaction. It wasn't uncommon to see him helping a "liftie" on a busy day or picking up a speck of trash. 
 

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Meeche White dedicated 23 years to establishing and developing the National Ability Center in Park City into an internationally-renowned adaptive sports program. Upon retirement she had built an 8 million dollar state-of-the-art adaptive sports and recreation facility that serves thousands of people with disabilities and their families each year. She continues to work in developing international adaptive sports programs in Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Spain, Italy, and Chile for people with disabilities. Meeche also served as the ADA manager for the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. 
National Ability Center  |  discovernac.org

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Dana Williams served three terms as Mayor of Park City from 2002 to 2014 and will always be remembered for his passion for open space, initiating the sustainability program for the City, and for working hard to support diversity and affordable housing in our community. In addition to co-founding the Summit Land Conservancy, he was 1986 Summit County “Farmer of the Year”, 1999 Rotary Citizen of the Year, and 2013 Recycler of the Year.
As Mayor during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, he was fondly known around the world as the “guitar playing Mayor”. He and his Motherlode Canyon Band have entertained Parkites for decades. 

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Nann Worel, who was just re-elected to the Park City Council, is the former Executive Director and of the People’s Health Clinic. Nann holds Master’s degrees in Nursing and Hospital Administration. She served as Executive Director of the People’s Health Clinic for eight formidable years as well as the President of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics from 2014-2016.
She was a member of Leadership Park City Class 15 and served on the Park City Planning Commission from 2011 until she joined the Park City Council in 2016. The People’s Health Clinic is a community-supported, volunteer-driven health clinic for people of Summit and Wasatch Counties without health insurance. 
 
People's Health Clinic   |  www.peopleshealthclinic.org

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As the Park City Community Foundation’s Executive Director, Katie Wright tackles Park City’s toughest challenges by bringing together local nonprofits, caring donors, and community leaders to contribute financial resources and innovative ideas. Whether it’s increasing access to mental health services or early childhood education, protecting our mountain environment, or growing arts enrichment, her job is to connect the community to important issues. After 17 years in Park City, 12 at the Community Foundation, and 5 as Executive Director, Katie believes that Park City’s best days are ahead. 
Park City Community Foundation  |  giving-guide.parkcitycf.org


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There are many more leaders who have had an enormous impact on our community. Watch for our bi-monthly feature in the Park Record aptly titled "People Who Make Park City Great."  We welcome your nomination of people to recognize! Please submit their name(s) to [email protected].
 
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.
Hope to see you on the slopes soon!