Julya Sembrat, Executive Director

Julya has enjoyed a number of executive leadership roles during a career spanning 25 years.  After working extensively in the field of non-profit arts management, she co-founded with her husband Conservation Solutions Inc. in 1999. Under her leadership as President, Conservation Solutions Inc. emerged as one of the premier historic preservation firms in North America with such prestigious projects as the Titanic Big Piece, two Saturn V Rockets, the Parliament Building in Ottawa, Ontario, the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and many more. In 2018, she and her partners sold the company to the award-winning architectural restoration & conservation firm, Evergreene Architectural Arts in Brooklyn, New York.

In addition to her extensive work experience she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Arts in Arts Management, and for the past 20 years has volunteered for various non-profits all over the country where she held executive board positions.

Her daughter is a recent graduate from Park City High School now at Columbia College Chicago studying acting, and her son is studying business at the University of Utah.  The Sembrats moved from Telluride to Park City in 2019 and are enjoying moose and owl-watching and camping in southern Utah.

Julya has many hilarious and heart-breaking stories about her mental health journey and is always happy to share—erasing the stigma has been her mantra for decades.

Rachel Devine, 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 in Utah with her family called REDO in 2018, of which she is now board treasurer. In her free time, if she’s not at home cooking, playing boardgames with her husband, or working on an art project, you’ll find her hiking or skiing in the mountains.

Jackie Krieger, Peer Navigator

Jackie has lived in Park City since 1979 when her whole family moved here. Her Grandfather “Lou” started Park City Lock and Key out of his Park West garage, which her brother now owns. Jackie has worked in many local restaurants/bars, as a Montessori Preschool Teacher, and in almost every “Urgent Care” in town before getting her RN and working for the Park City School District as the only School Nurse for six Park City Schools back in 1996. She worked in Salt Lake City in the Emergency Department at Alta View Hospital for eight years. She then got a job as a psychiatric nurse working for Valley Behavioral Health in Park City and loved working with that population. Jackie went on to become a Certified Case Manager and learned all the ins and outs of the health insurance industry. She is very passionate about healthcare being holistic, affordable, and accessible and loves working in her community. She is always looking for opportunities to add to her “toolbox of interventions”, so she became a Certified Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, and an ordained minister.

Jackie has been married to the greatest guy for 33 years, has four children and two grandchildren. She loves riding her e-bike, gardening, and enjoying Park City’s live music opportunities.


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