CONNECT SUMMIT COUNTY STAFF

Deanna Rhodes, Executive Director

Prior to becoming the Executive Director for CONNECT Summit County, Deanna worked for Park City Community Foundation where she led their communications, marketing, and fundraising events including Live PC Give PC. Deanna has been passionate about Mental Wellness in Summit County since 2016 when the Board of Health decided to address the issue as a public health initiative. 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 on the community. She has 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 also a track record in promoting public awareness around mental health.

She has a passion for the community and solving its most pressing problems. Deanna pursues goals with determination. She believes in leading by example and that being involved in the community is critical. Deanna is a member of Park City Toastmasters, Park City Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Fund, and the YWCA. She also writes and acts in a local production of “Give A Bleep” and skis as much as she can.

Wendy O’Leary, Impact Director

Wendy brings her lived experience as a family member of someone with a serious mental illness and more than thirteen years of professional Family Peer Support experience. She has worked for Utah’s National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Utah Family Coalition providing family peer support and high-fidelity wraparound directly to families. For the last several years, Wendy has been training, coaching and certifying Family Peer Support Specialists, High Fidelity Wraparound Facilitators and Family Support Partners Statewide. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Holistic Theology, is a Certified Advanced Trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach and is currently in the process of completing certifications in Nonviolent Communication and L.E.A.P.  She is committed to empowering individuals and family members through self-determination, informed choice and being strengths-based when it comes to addressing behavioral health challenges. She has a passion for community-building and strongly believes that “none of us are well until all of us are well.”

Rachel Reddick, Development Director

Rachel is a dedicated, mission-driven nonprofit leader motivated to fundraise for good causes. As someone who has witnessed how the lack of access to good mental healthcare services can impact family and friends, Rachel is motivated to help CONNECT Summit County become a model for communities to improve access to life-saving mental health services. Rachel holds a B.A. in Environmental Ethics and Policy from the University of Portland. She got her start in the nonprofit sector in 2014 while working on environmental and public interest campaigns with groups like Environment America and USPIRG. Rachel holds several nonprofit fundraising certificates from Portland Community College through the Willamette Valley Development Officers Program. She is entrepreneurial in nature and helped launch a recycling education nonprofit with her family called REDO in 2018, which she still oversees. In her free time, if she’s not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, you’ll find her hiking or skiing in the mountains.

Betty Morin, Event Logistics Coordinator

Betty Morin lives in Francis, Utah in the Kamas Valley and is a Utah native with a BA in English from Westminster College. Her background is in yoga event planning and teaching wellness professionals to plan, organize and run their own events. She is excited to share her event planning expertise with ou CONNECT Summit County community. Betty is a wife, mother of two young boys and loves living in the Kamas Valley. In her spare time, she teaches yoga and meditation. She loves to cozy up by her fire with her family and she loves to play outside sunshine, snow, and even rain!

Yasmith Duran, Promotor Comunitario/Peer Navigator

Yasmith Duran, CONNECT Summit County’s new Spanish Speaking Peer Navigator (Promotora Comunitaria) is a Latina and bilingual professional with a multi-cultural understanding of at-risk youth and family dynamics. She has experience in helping individuals navigate their life paths from a strengths-based perspective. She has helped people find the answers they seek to solve or manage their own problems. Yasmith knows how important it is to take care of your mental health and is very enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge with others. “INSPIRE” is Yasmith’s favorite word. Before she does anything, she always ponders if her actions will inspire others in a positive way. She appreciates when people use their own lived experiences to uplift themselves. Yasmith is originally from Colombia. She loves her Latin American community and is happy that she is joining CONNECT Summit County to be the voice for mental health within our local Latino/x community.

Yasmith es multicultural y bilingüe, licenciado en Psicología. Ella tiene experiencia con jóvenes de riesgo y dinámicas familiares enseñando y haciendo planes para descubrir cómo utilizar sus trayectorias como fortalezas, ayudarlos a obtener las respuestas y encontrar la mejor manera de resolver y manejar sus problemas. Yasmith sabe lo importante que es la salud mental para tener un buen desarrollo, resolver problemas, tener un espíritu de mejora continua y ser entusiasta. Quiere compartir lo que sabe con nuestro equipo y con la comunidad del condado de Summit. INSPIRAR es la palabra favorita de Yasmith. Antes de hacer algo, siempre piensa si eso inspirará a otros de una manera positiva. Le gusta cuando la gente que la rodea usa su historia para superarse. Yasmith es originaria de Colombia, ama a su comunidad latina y está feliz de unirse a CONNECT Summit County para ser la voz de su comunidad.

Linda Steadman, Peer Navigation Specialist

Linda is a Utah Certified Peer Specialist with a degree in Education from the University of Kansas.  As a former teacher, Linda has diverse experience in nonprofit organizations, including teaching families how to cope with mental illness and addiction, leading support groups, advocating about mental illness/mental health,  and serving on the Board of Directors for NAMI and various mental health associations.  After vacationing in Park City for many years (and volunteering with CONNECT during her visits), she recently moved here and is happy to be part of our team.
Linda has many years of lived experience helping family and friends find mental health treatment. She has a unique knowledge of the struggle of trying to find the right therapist, the right treatment center, the best medication and good support groups.  Knowing she cannot solve all the issues herself,  her search for help has continued for many years, in many different places.  She is grateful to use her experience in surviving and thriving…and to help people in Summit County get the help they need.

CONNECT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Natalie Herron, Board 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.

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.

Ian Crossland, Board 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.

Frank Fendler, Board 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.

Brian Kahn, Board 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.

Kathy Meyer, Board Member

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.

Sandra More, Board Member

Sandra More has many years of lived experience with loved ones who have suffered from mental illness and substance abuse and cares deeply about supporting people’s mental health and preventing substance abuse among young people in our community. She is an editor and a certified facilitator of Guiding Good Choices, a supporter of and a volunteer with Peace House and is trained in suicide-prevention programs QPR and SAFEtalk. She holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Fund Development from the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame. She loves living in Park City and enjoys getting out on the hiking trails as often as she can, as well as nature photography and dogs. 

Caroline Nurse, Board 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.

Lauren Ziaks, Board 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 & Co-Founders

Edwin P. Rutan II
Lynne Rutan
Lana Youngberg
Dyan F. Pignatelli
Ray Freer
Rev. Charles Robinson
Cindy Levine
Laura Waugaman
Jim Whitney
Paul Yestrumskas

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