Our Leadership2018-11-28T10:15:34+00:00

Our Leadership

Edwin P. Rutan II, J.D., President & Board Member

Ed is a co-founder of CONNECT and a member of the CONNECT Board of Directors. He was deeply involved in planning the Summit County activities for Mental Health Awareness Month in May 2016. Ed served as the City Attorney for Salt Lake City for ten years until he retired in 2013. He received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Utah chapter of The American Society for Public Administration in 2013. Ed previously worked as an attorney for AT&T, including positions in Dallas as Law & Government Affairs Vice President for the Southwest Region and in Belgium as counsel for Europe and the Middle East.  Ed began his legal career as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City. He graduated cum laude from both Harvard Law School and from Columbia University. Ed also serves on the board of the Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah. In retirement, Ed is now “working” as an historian. He published his first book, 179th New York Volunteer Infantry, last year and is now in the midst of his second.  Ed has lived in Park City with his wife Lynne and son since 2002. His hobbies include hiking, skiing, traveling and gardening. He wishes he could find time to play golf.

Sheri Fisher is the Acting Executive Director and the Educational Programming Director for CONNECT Summit County.

Sheri Fisher is the Educational Programming Director for CONNECT Summit County. She brings to this position over 28 years of experience in business, with 14 of those years in nonprofit organizations including the Colorado Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, Kids Voting Mesa County, and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.

In every position Sheri has held, she has used her abilities of communication, organization and intuition to lead her as she serves others. With a personal passion for helping individuals, family, friends and communities in the area of mental health, her position with CONNECT Summit County is an ideal match.

Since 2007, Sheri has served an Intuitive Life Coach, a yoga instructor, a writer, and a business owner. Through her work as a life coach, she helps people create balance in their lives, make decisions, and move forward. She firmly believes that the worst way to spend your life is to feel unhappy, stuck or both.

Sheri completed her Masters of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (with an emphasis in Applied Spirituality) from Atlantic University in 2015, and her Bachelor of Science is in Business Administration (with an emphasis in Marketing) from Colorado State University. She completed her training as a Life Coach in 2007 from Coaches Training Institute, and has been certified as an Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor (E-RYT ® 200) through Yoga Alliance since 2010. Most recently she taught yoga at Tadasana Yoga Studio in Park City, Utah and is in the process of writing a book on how to effectively teach yoga and group exercise programs.

Sheri and her husband, Tom, moved from Colorado to Park City, Utah in October of 2015 after becoming empty-nesters. They have three sons, Jake (22), and twins, Ben and Ross (21). Sheri is currently involved in Leadership Park City, Class 24 whose project focuses on reducing food waste in the landfill. When not working, Sheri can be seen skiing, running, biking, lifting weights, and hiking.

Shauna L. Wiest, Director of Mental Health Navigation, Advocacy, and Special Projects

Shauna discovered CONNECT during May Mental Health Awareness Month in 2016. After a family member became ill, Shauna became passionate about easing the struggle of others trying to navigate a complex health care system by increasing the accessibility and transparency of available mental health services and creating the conditions for parents to be able to have a sense of confidence and make better decisions regarding the mental health care needs of their children. Her work at CONNECT focuses on mental health advocacy, donor engagement and stewardship, ongoing business development, provider outreach, family and peer support, grant writing and reporting, and content curation and distribution across four platforms. Prior to joining CONNECT, Shauna worked in the legal industry for 25 years, most recently as a competitive intelligence specialist for business development at Nossaman LLP in Los Angeles where she developed and launched the firm’s first competitive intelligence platform to support business development across eight U.S. offices. She is a member of the Women’s Giving Fund. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master’s Degree, and from the University of California at San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree. Shauna has lived in Park City with her husband and son since 1999. Her favorite hobbies include yoga, traveling, and hiking anything really, really steep.

February 2017 Park Record Interview: http://www.parkrecord.com/news/summit-county/new-executive-director-hopes-to-help-connect-health-services-in-summit-county/

March 2017 Park Record Interview: http://www.parkrecord.com/news/education/resilience-week-in-park-city-shines-light-on-youth-mental-health-issues/

March 2017 Fox13 Interview with Fatima Doman: http://fox13now.com/2017/03/07/meet-the-gurus-behind-park-city-school-districts-resilience-week/

April 2017 Park City Television Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SfaUGCpIRs

May 4, 2017 Park City Television Interview: https://youtu.be/g_STJu8l3zM

May 23, 2017 Park City Television Interview: https://youtu.be/9vggkNKKb4Q

August 29, 2017 Letter to the Editor, Park Record: http://www.parkrecord.com/opinion/letters/letters-to-the-editor-aug-30-sept-2-2017/

September 12, 2017, “Living Well: Mental Wellness to Benefit All,” published by The Park City Community Foundation: http://parkcitycf.org/living-well-mental-wellness-benefit/

November 2017  Park City Television Interview: https://youtu.be/sb5Ca-md6dE

December 2017: Park City Community Foundation Spotlight on CONNECT’s Mental Wellness Community Work: https://vimeo.com/246878287

May 2018 Park City Television Interview: Overview of May Mental Health Awareness Month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yGu6WBabuM

Faylene Weinman, SSW, Volunteer and Programs Coordinator

Faylene Weinman joined CONNECT Summit County in January 2018.  Faylene has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and has enjoyed an extensive career in health and human services. She has been an advocate for families caring for their aging and disabled loved ones, and for people suffering from domestic violence. Faylene has been a volunteer coordinator for senior programs and piloted a successful senior corps program.  Faylene also has library experience where she enjoyed connecting people to resources and promoted literacy.  She and her family have lived in Park City since 2010. In her free time, you will find her spending time with her family, helping her friends and neighbors, reading, gardening, and hiking.

Paul Yestrumskas, J.D., Vice President and Board Member

Paul Yestrumskas was born in Pennsylvania, received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD from Temple University where he was a member of the Law Review.  Paul began his legal career in the antitrust division of General Motors in Detroit, MI.  Most recently, Paul served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Playtex Products, a publicly-held company where he also headed government and press relations. In addition to serving on corporate boards, Paul was a director of Connecticut Legal Services for 15 years, and has served on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center (“CAC”) in Scranton, PA for the past eight years. The CAC serves sexually abused children and their families and provides educational outreach throughout the state. Paul also served as President of the Corporate Counsel Association, comprised of 1100 members during 1991-1993.  Paul lives with his wife Marie Thrasher in Park City.

Lynne Rutan

Lynne Rutan, Secretary & Board Member

Lynne Rutan is a co-founder of CONNECT and a member of the CONNECT Board of Directors. Lynne became an avid mental health advocate when her adult son was diagnosed with severe mental illness and the whole family was impacted by the difficulties of finding adequate treatment for him. She is a member of the Summit County Mental Health Needs Assessment Survey Steering Committee. Lynne previously worked as a reporter in the Boston area and for almost two decades as a public relations and marketing executive specializing in travel and tourism. As a community volunteer, she has helped raise more than a million dollars for academia, the arts, and other local non-profits. Lynne is a member of P.E.O., Leadership Park City Class 23, and the Women’s Giving Fund. Lynne graduated with a BA in Political Science from Vassar College. Lynne has lived in Park City with her husband Ed and their son Matt since 2002. Her best job ever? The 13 winter seasons she has spent with the fantastic Skier Services team at Deer Valley Resort.

Jim Whitney, Board Member

Jim is a member of the CONNECT Board of Directors.  Jim became involved with CONNECT through association with fellow members of Park City Sunrise Rotary Club, Ray Freer and Father Charles Robinson. Having been recruited to help with a logo and marketing for the 2016 May Mental Health Awareness month, Jim found that need for awareness of brain health issues, and the stories of the people he met at the May events to be so compelling he “had” to stay involved with this emerging group.  Jim studied Advertising Design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, before moving to New York City to find fame and fortune on Madison Avenue.  After seven years working in big New York agencies, Jim and his new wife, Robin, picked up and relocated to Los Angeles, where they spent 8 years working in small, virtual ad agencies.  Jim and Robin moved to Park City, Utah, in 1995, joining forces to form Whitney Advertising and raising their two daughters, Grace and Claire.  Jim is currently President of the Park City Sunrise Rotary Club, loves skiing, the Sundance Film Festival and spending time at his family cabin in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Cindy Levine, Board Member

Cindy Levine is a 20 year resident of Park City and founder of C-Change Consulting and Intrigue Design. In the early 90’s Cindy worked in sales for Colgate-Palmolive and later as an analyst. From there she dabbled in the “dot.com” world and after a handful of failures landed a sales job with PowerSchool, which was  later purchased by Apple. Cindy covered the western states selling and implementing software in kindergarten through 12th grade school districts.

After enjoying a stint in the world of technology and sales, she took a break to focus on activism along with non-profit work and started her own interior design business. Within 5 years she both opened her own interior design store and chaired several fundraising events for local private schools.  She focused on creating awareness of child trafficking via social media. The organization she focused on was Maiti Nepal –  the character from the film was named CNN Hero of the Year in 2010.

Since November 2016, Cindy has put her design business on pause. She acted as local coordinator and producer of the Park City Women’s March in January 2017, founded the online mailer “Shaking the Blues,” joined forces with Summit County Recovery, and accepted a position as a board member of CONNECT. She has an intense passion to alleviate the stigma attached to substance abuse disorder.

Cindy is a member of Summit County Recovery, CONNECT Summit County, a state delegate, a volunteer for a handful of local non-profits, a member of the Summit County Democrats, Women’s Democrats of Utah, League of Women Voters, and a Board Member of Utah Women Unite.  She continuously drives energy and awareness to the many causes in the greater Utah and Park City communities.

“I love surrounding myself with people who give their heart to issues that matter to them. I feed off that love and hope my energy and passion does the same for those I work with. I’m all about connecting the dots, building bridges and elevating those who share this enthusiasm.”

Natalie Herron, Board Member

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 a member 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.

Mary Closser, Board Member

Mary Closser has been involved with CONNECT since its creation in January 2016.  She was drawn to the organization through personal challenges she was experiencing with a loved one, and suddenly entered the mental health world at the same time CONNECT was being launched.  Surrounded by stories of others experiencing similar mental health challenges, Mary wanted to deepen her involvement with CONNECT.  Mary hopes to lend her recent lived experience by demonstrating compassion and reassurance to others in need. Outside of CONNECT, Mary is the Education Director at Recycle Utah, a local non-profit.  She teaches children from 3-18 about conservation and natural resources, in addition to running a green business program for local businesses. She has a BA in English from the University of Colorado and an MA in Environmental Policy and Management from Denver University. Mary has lived in Park City for eight years, and spends spare time with her two sons when she’s not hiking, skiing, mountain biking, or swimming.  Her volunteer efforts are currently focused on hospice care.

Lana Youngberg

Lana Youngberg, Co-Founder

Lana is a co-founder of CONNECT and became involved as the organization was taking shape in early 2016.  She is a member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), teaches and facilitates the NAMI Family-to-Family course, and is Co-Facilitator of the NAMI Family Support Group that meets twice monthly at the Summit County Health Department. She understands the impact mental illness has on families and is excited about how CONNECT is helping to raise awareness and improve services in Summit County. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and has taught Kindergarten in the Park City School District for 18 years. She and her husband have lived in Utah, Oklahoma, England, and in Park City for the past 21 years. They have four grown children and eight grandchildren. She enjoys walking, reading, yoga, and spending time with family.

Dyan F. Pignatelli, Co-Founder

Dyan is a co-founder of CONNECT. She feels lucky to now call Park City her full time residence after owning a home here since 1982. Dyan’s background is as an educator, having taught elementary school and also English as a Second Language to adults. She has completed graduate work in Marriage and Family Counseling and Education from The University of California at San Diego, San Diego State University, and California State University Fullerton. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from The University of Colorado at Boulder. Her volunteer service has passionately focused on children and their families. Most recently, Dyan and her husband established a Chair at the University of Arizona: The James S. Pignatelli and Dyan Pignatelli/Unisource Clinical Chair for Audiologic Rehabilitation in Adults. The program provides education and communication skills for adults with hearing loss. Because of the success of this program, Dyan has become very interested in offering outreach and continuing education programs to the Park City community, including as a co-founder of CONNECT. In addition to her work with CONNECT, Dyan serves on the Foundation Board at the Park City Hospital, on the Advisory Board at the LiVe Well Center located at the Park City Hospital, as a volunteer at the People’s Health Clinic, and is a member of the Women’s Giving Fund. Dyan is proud to be a co-founder of CONNECT and is hopeful that it will continue to touch lives in our community.

Ray Freer, Co-Founder

Ray is a co-founder of CONNECT. His passion and advocacy for increased mental health awareness and reduced stigma is personal. Ray’s son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and battled mental illness for 15 years before taking his life in 2002. Despite valiantly surviving numerous psychotic episodes, Ray’s son ultimately succumbed to progressive illness. Ray is the designated liaison between Connect and NAMI Utah, an organization for which Ray served on the Board of Directors for ten years. Ray also assists with organizing and facilitating community programming for Connect. Ray is also a member of the Summit County Mental Awareness Survey steering committee and the Summit County Advisory Committee. Ray received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and has worked in the real estate industry for many years, managing, appraising, financing, and developing real property. He is an emeritus member of The Hope Alliance Board of Directors and is involved with both Westminster College, generally, and the University of Utah in its health care areas. Ray has many interests, both present and past. Those interests include having been a part of the Tournament of Roses Association (I can get you great Parade tickets!), The Rotary Club of Pasadena, CA, and the Park City Sunrise Rotary Club. His favorite hobby is tennis.

Rev. Charles Robinson, Co-Founder

Charles Robinson is a co-founder of CONNECT and a member of CONNECT’s programming and event committee. He has served as rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Park City since 2004. Throughout his career as an Episcopal priest, Charles has been active in both church work and mental health services. Charles was ordained in 1975 and has served several churches as youth minister, associate pastor, hospital chaplain, and senior pastor. In 1990, he became a Clinical Member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. In the 1990’s he was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and became a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He previously served as a staff psychotherapist, supervisor, and clinical director with Phoenix Interfaith Counseling for twelve years. He holds graduate degrees in divinity studies, clinical psychology, business administration and philosophy. His hobbies include watching movies, hiking, and biking.

Laura Waugaman, Co-Founder

Laura is a co-founder of CONNECT and a passionate advocate for the mentally ill. Laura is a member of NAMI and co-facilitates a Family-to-Family support group in Park City. She is also a member of the Summit County Suicide Coalition. Laura has been employed as a school counselor by the Park City School District for seventeen years. Laura holds a Professional Educator License for the State of Utah Level 2 and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Clinician for the State of Utah. Laura previously served as a Certified Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist for the State of Washington. Laura received an MS in Art Therapy from the College of New Rochelle and completed her undergraduate and graduate training at the Yale New Haven Hospital, Adolescent Psychiatric Unit in New Haven, Connecticut. Laura has worked as a Child Family Therapist for The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City, as a Clinical Team Leader and Child Family Therapist for Children’s Mental Health in Bellingham, WA, as a manager for Project Return, a residential group home for adolescent girls in Westport Connecticut, and as a mental health counselor for Community Crisis Intervention in Stamford, Connecticut.