Our Leadership 2017-12-12T08:18:56+00:00

Our Leadership

Edwin P. Rutan II, J.D., President

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 general counsel 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.

Shauna L. Wiest, Executive Director

Shauna serves as Executive Director of CONNECT. She discovered CONNECT during Mental Health Awareness Month held in May 2016. After a family member became ill, Shauna became passionate about easing the struggle of others trying to navigate a complicated health care system by increasing the accessibility and transparency of available mental health services, including crisis services and adolescent mental health screenings and neuropsychological assessments in primary care settings. Her work at CONNECT focuses on parent and provider outreach, educational programming, grant writing, donor engagement, and website curation. 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. 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 in Information and Library Science, and from the University of California at San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. 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

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.

Chelsea Benetz-Robinson

Chelsea Benetz-Robinson, MSW, LCSW, Board Member

Chelsea is a member of the CONNECT Board of Directors and became involved with CONNECT as the planning of Mental Health Awareness month was taking shape in 2016. She is the Clinical Director of Peace House, a domestic violence agency in Park City that works with families and children to end the cycle of abuse. Her previous experience includes grief and trauma counseling and crisis intervention at The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in Washington, DC where she was a crisis first responder to the Navy Yard shooting in 2013. In addition, Chelsea has experience working with offenders in the criminal justice system, their families, and youth experiencing legal consequences. Having an understanding that mental health impacts us all in one way or another, Chelsea is both professionally and personally honored to be a part of CONNECT as they grow into a strong resource for our community. She recently opened a private practice to help fill the mental health service gaps in our community. She graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with her Masters in Social Work (clinical and social change concentration) in 2014 and relocated with her husband to Park City shortly thereafter.

Please read Chelsea’s recent guest editorial in the Park Record (9/20/2016): Give the Grieving Time to Heal and Support.”

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.