Meet CONNECT’s New Executive Director!

CONNECT Summit County is thrilled to welcome Deanna Rhodes as its executive director.

Rhodes comes from Park City Community Foundation where she led their communications, marketing, and fundraising events including Live PC Give PC. During her time with them she brought new organization and focus to their efforts elevating their branding and community outreach. Strategic planning and fundraising is Deanna’s strong-point, particularly around cultivating and stewarding major donors for a positive donor engagement experience.

“I’m honored to step into the role as Executive Director for CONNECT Summit County,” said Rhodes. “Creating a stigma-free community with access to mental health services is critical to the well-being of our community. I am excited to build on the foundation that has already been laid and ensure that this organization remains healthy and vibrant to serve the people of Park City and Summit County long into the future.”

Rhodes has been passionate about Mental Wellness in Summit County since 2016 when the results of the Community Health Assessment focused on mental health and sparked the creation of the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance. She has spent time working as a citizen advocate at the state legislature on issues that affect mental health and substance abuse such as Medicaid Expansion, banning conversion therapy and tracking other bills that could have an impact both positively and negatively.  She has also served on the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance Communications Task Force, which gives her a broad perspective and knowledge of the mental health landscape in our area and a track record in promoting public awareness around mental health.

“We are excited to be working with Deanna as the leader of our developing organization,” said Mary Closser of CONNECT’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to seeing where her enthusiasm and passion can take us this year and beyond with increasing awareness and acceptance of mental health and reducing stigma and shame.”  

Rhodes started her new position on August 1 and can be contacted at [email protected].

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