Natalie HerronBoard Chair
Natalie Herron spent her professional career working with post surgical, elderly populations, and people facing end of life challenges. Most recently, Natalie served as the director of Applegate Homecare and Hospice for Summit and Wasatch counties. Natalie also served on the Summit and Wasatch care giving coalition board. Struggling with caring for a family member struggling with depression, Natalie left her full-time job to focus on the needs of her teenage daughter and her diagnosis of depression. Her own struggles with coordinating efforts between school, counselors, and medical professionals, left Natalie knowing that more needed to be done to help educate families and support teens struggling with depression as they transition into life after high school. Natalie became affiliated with CONNECT by joining, and then leading, the Parents Roundtable, and now serves as the chair of CONNECT’s board of directors. She wholeheartedly believes in CONNECT’s mission of de-stigmatizing mental illness – it is of utmost importance to our community. Natalie volunteers her time during May Mental Health Awareness Month each year and is committed to bringing more educational programming and resources to the community.
Kathy MeyerVice Chair
Kathy Meyer specializes in therapeutic placements for teens and young adults. As a mom of three young adults and a mental health professional, she offers parents genuine and compassionate support as they navigate the process of getting their child help. Her areas of expertise are students with anxiety, depression and students who are struggling with social skill deficits. She also loves working with young adults and is skilled at getting them to engage in their process. Kathy is involved with many community nonprofits, consults with the local school system on mental health issues, facilitates teen groups, and teaches workshops in the local schools. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travel, hiking, trail running, and spending time with her family and friends.
Brian KahnBoard Member
Brian Kahn is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He looks forward to helping CONNECT Summit County with its growth plans to engage the community about mental health awareness and available resources. Brian enjoys evaluating the financial position of organizations and relating that to board members and shareholders. Brian is a member of Leadership Park City – completing the program with Class XXIII and has served on the Board for Temple Har Shalom and the Utah Jewish Federation. He is also a part-time Mountain Host at Deer Valley. Brian enjoys Park City’s outdoor pursuits with his wife and 11 year old son and recently has taken on sailing as a new interest.
Brooks AddicottBoard Member
Brooks Addicott is a Wellness Counselor and Certified Addiction Recovery Coach who takes a trauma-informed and shame-free approach to healing. A resident of Park City for 25 years, Brooks first experienced CONNECT in 2018 when the organization sponsored a seminar with the renowned psychologist Dr. Xavier Amador. This introduction led Brooks - at that time mother to two teenagers - to participate in Amador's three-month LEAP training program. Prior to forming Good Riddance, LLC, Brooks was the Director of Public Relations for Sundance Institute. She is a founding member of the Park City Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Fund, served as vice-chair of the Summit County Library, and is currently an Executive Committee Member of Communities that Care. Brooks has a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Vermont and gained her Wellness Counseling Certification from Cornell University. She loves experiencing all that Park City has to offer, and, as a dual American-Australian citizen, loves to travel abroad.
Caroline NurseBoard Member
Caroline Nurse is a brand and content marketing professional currently employed at Park City Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States. Previously, Caroline worked as the Digital Manager for the non-profit OCEARCH by sharing their story of ocean research and shark conservation. She graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in New Media. She is passionate about connecting the residents of Summit County with mental health resources and working to destigmatize mental wellness.
Frank FendlerBoard Member
Frank Fendler is an entrepreneur and business owner of a successful environmental consulting firm that he built over the last 35 years. He has many years of experience with loved ones whom have been challenged with mental health and addiction issues and hopes to leverage his business expertise to expand CONNECT’S mission of de-stigmatizing mental health issues. Frank is a father of two young adults and has been in Park City since 2012. In his spare time he enjoys just about any outdoor activity including, mountain biking, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.
Ian CrosslandBoard Member
Ian Crossland currently serves as the Head of School at Park City Day School, a local Preschool-Grade 8 independent school. Before moving with his family to Park City in 2017, Ian was the Head of School at Colegio Los Nogales, in Bogotá Colombia where he lived with his wife, Wendy, and four children for seven years. Ian has earned a B.A. in English Literature from University of Puget Sound, a J.D. from University of Washington School of Law, and a M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition to his school headships, Ian has practiced law and worked as an educator in a wide variety of settings including public and private schools, K-12 systems, and colleges and universities, in the U.S. and abroad. Ian is honored to serve on the CONNECT Board of Directors and hopes to leverage his experience in the field of education and passion for the healthy and holistic development of children to bear in his work with the organization.
Lauren ZiaksBoard Member
Lauren Ziaks is a physical therapist at Park City Hospital with Intermountain Healthcare who works with patients with mild traumatic brain injury (concussion), vestibular disorders (dizziness/balance), and autonomic dysfunction to assist them with getting back into normal life. Lauren has her own personal experience with mental health challenges and sees these difficulties daily in her patients, particularly those dealing with chronic illness or loss of identity surrounding illness. She aims to end the stigma associated with mental health and attempts to educate those around her on the need to treat both the mind and the body to achieve optimal recovery. Her goal is to assist CONNECT in this common mission. Lauren is a published author in the field of concussion rehabilitation, co-hosts a podcast on traumatic brain injury, and speaks at local and national conferences to spread the word of healing after a head injury. She was able to accomplish these wins despite her traumatic brain injury and mental health history. Lauren is excited to be a part of the Board of CONNECT and have more opportunities to meet people in our community and more access to spread the mission of ending the stigma of mental health so people will have access to the care and acceptance they need to live successful and healthy lives.
FORMER BOARD MEMBERS AND CO-FOUNDERS
Edwin P. Rutan II
Dyan F. Pignatelli
Rev. Charles Robinson