Utah Advisory Board
Utah Advisory Board (UAB) Chairman
Click to Expand/CollapseRory Murphy
Rory Murphy lives in Park City with his two children and niece. He grew up in Vermont and was an Army Paratrooper in Alaska and with the 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina. He is a Disabled American Veteran. He has an MBA from the University of Utah and a BS from UVM. From 1992 to 2003, Rory was the Vice-President of Real Estate Development for UPCMC, a NYSE-listed company that was the predecessor-in-interest to Talisker Corp. where he developed over $500 MM in real estate assets for UPCMC and led the transition team to privatize and sell the company to Talisker. In 2003, along with partner, George Bryan, he purchased the property and developed what would become Silver Star at Park City, a $140 MM ski resort development that won multiple awards, including the Project of the Year from Utah Housing Coalition, Project of the Year from the Utah Heritage Foundation and the Good Karma Award from the Park City Council. Sundance’s headquarters are located at the Silver Star at Park City project. He has served on the Park City Planning Commission, the Summit County Judicial Selection Committee, the Wasatch County Roads Commission, the Park City Soils Commission as well as numerous HOA Boards. He is a Rotarian and spends a week annually in Guatemala working on water systems for remote villages. He has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Park City Historic Society, the Spiro Arts, the Sundance Utah Advisory Board, the Mountain Trails Foundation, the University of Utah Hospital Foundation and others. He has coached youth lacrosse for over 12 years. He currently is a partner in 820 Park Avenue, LLC and is an advisor to the Florence Gillmor Estate.
Advisory Board Members
Click to Expand/CollapseAmy Rees Anderson
Amy Rees Anderson is the Managing Partner and Founder of REES Capital, which she created to provide entrepreneurs and business executives’ critical guidance and support to help their companies grow. In addition to seeking out opportunities for potential equity investments, Amy provides expert mentoring and consulting services across a broad range of business functions, including leadership training; product and market assessment; marketing, sales and public relations strategy; financial modeling; organizational structuring; strategic planning; acquisition and exit strategy; and other key areas.
Amy is also an author and serves as a weekly contributor to Forbes and the Huffington Post.
Prior to founding REES Capital, Amy Rees Anderson was formerly CEO of MediConnect Global, Inc., a worldwide leader in medical record retrieval, digitization, and one of the largest cloud-based health information exchanges. Amy led all aspects of MediConnect’s business, including a worldwide workforce of over 1,000 employees. Under her direction, the company has achieved over 1500 percent growth since 2004. In March 2012, Amy successfully led MediConnect to being acquired by Verisk Analytics (VRSK) for over $377 million.
Amy is an active Angel Investor and she recently founded the IPOP Foundation, a charity focused on helping educate and mentor entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining MediConnect, Amy founded and managed several successful healthcare technology ventures. She began her first business in 1996 with only $23,000 in seed funding. Across her many entrepreneurial ventures, Amy has raised more than $70 million in investment capital.
Amy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc. magazine, USA Today, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek and many other national publications as a result of her many accomplishments. She is an in-demand public speaker and respected mentor, and she teaches courses on entrepreneurship at a number of universities.
Amy is the recipient of numerous awards, including Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Utah Business CEO of the Year Award. She currently serves on over 15 Boards for Universities, Government, Hospitals, and several Non-Profit Organizations.
Amy attended Brigham Young University. She and her husband reside in Sandy, Utah, together with their two teenage children.
Click to Expand/CollapseSusan Bramble
Susan Bramble was born and raised in Provo, Utah. Her father was a teacher at Provo High School. Her mother taught at Oakridge which was a school for physically and mentally challenged children. She attended schools in the Provo School District graduating from Provo High School. After graduation she attended Brigham Young University where she met her husband, Curt Bramble. She has six children, six grandchildren and one more on the way in January. All of her children have chosen Utah for their homes and so they enjoy regular family “get-togethers” for no reason.
Her family believes that a family that plays together stays together. They love running, biking, hiking, swimming, skiing (water and snow), etc. They spend many weeks at Lake Powell each summer and participate in many of the races (marathons, etc.) along the Wasatch front each year. They have a vigorous travel schedule due to her husband and his employment.
Being very involved in the community has been a focus for her family. They believe that a community is stronger and more vibrant if you take an active role where you live. Following this principle, Susan has held the following roles within her community:
- PTA President and board member in every school my children have attended.
- City PTA Board Member
- Substitute Teacher for Edgemont Elementary School
- Organized fund raisers for many soccer, basketball and extra-curricular events
- Chair of the Provo Cable Board
- Secretary, Utah County Republican Party
- Legislative 48 Vice-Chair, Utah County Republican Party
- Miss Provo Scholarship Pageant Board Member
- Many leadership positions in her church
Click to Expand/CollapseAndy Cier
Andy Cier has served as Datamark’s Vice President, Client Solutions, since the end of 2009. Datamark is an advertising and marketing firm that specializes in attracting students for colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational institutions across the country.
Andy’s previous career experience includes his positions as a marketing consultant, marketing director, and former Partner and General Manager of Riester, an advertising and marketing firm with offices in Salt Lake, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Prior to Riester, Andy had his own production company that specialized in TV commercials and longer-format marketing films. His advertising career began with writer/producer/director positions in agencies in Baltimore, and with J Walter Thompson in Denver.
Andy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Theatre, with an emphasis in Film and Video Production.
Having attended the US Film and Video Festival -- and then the Sundance Film Festival -- for the last thirty years, Andy is a long-time supporter of Sundance and the voices of independent film.
Click to Expand/CollapseSusan Fredston-Hermann
Susan Fredston-Hermann, a native of New York, moved full-time to Utah in 2008, after traveling back and forth for 20 years. Prior to making Utah her home, she lived on four continents and traveled extensively.
Susan is passionate about education, about access to educational opportunities, and about the arts. She has taught and conducted research in the USA, Mexico, Ivory Coast, and Brazil. Among other accomplishments, she organized and facilitated a parenting group at Sarah Lawrence College's Early Childhood Center, and consulted for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, where she helped connect families of gifted children with relevant resources and opportunities. She is an expert on alternative education, and homeschooled her five children for over a decade, creating a curriculum and program that combined the best of mainstream and innovative strategies in education.
Susan and her husband founded F-H International in 1989, which manages alternative investments in global emerging markets. Susan is primarily involved in strategic investment decisions and in corporate and organizational directives.
She has served on the boards of the Alvin Ailey School of Dance (New York City), and the National Ability Center in Park City, which provides recreational and educational opportunities to individuals with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. She was a member of the Park City Leadership Class of 2009. She has been a member of the Sundance Institute's Utah Advisory Board since 2009, active on the community, government, and development committees.
She studied Latin American politics and history at Cornell University as an undergraduate, and at Oxford University as a doctoral student. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and is a lifelong "student" of world politics, human rights, and social justice.
Susan is an avid hiker, mountain biker, and skier. She and her husband Eric live in Old Town, and can be found on the trails with their two Bernese mountain dogs. She and Eric have five adult children and two granddaughters.
Click to Expand/CollapseDonna Gruneich
Donna’s career focused on the financial industry. She worked for North Carolina National Bank from 1985 through 1987, trading stocks for the Trust Division. In 1987, she relocated to New York City and worked for Oppenheimer and Company as a Convertible Bond Sales/Trader. As a Vice President at Oppenheimer, she worked with large institutional clients including investment management companies, mutual funds, insurance companies and banks.
Donna left Wall Street after the birth of her first child. A joint decision with her husband, Kevin, Donna began to focus full-time on family and philanthropic giving—both in terms of time and expertise, as well as financially. With their family foundation, Donna and Kevin strive to be leaders in implementing social change with particular focus on the environment, quality education for all children, and improving the plight of women and children worldwide.
Donna is passionate about education and choice in education, and was Chairman in the process of combining two local independent schools, Park City Academy and The Colby School, into one successful, sustainable school—The Park City Day School. Donna is past Chairman of the Board at Park City Academy and a founding trustee of the Park City Day School Board. The bulk of her work on both boards centered on long-term sustainability, finance and governance. She is currently on the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) at The Waterford School in Salt Lake City and is a past board member of the Park City Institute (formerly known as the Park City Performing Arts Foundation).
Donna and Kevin are members of Impact Partners, which brings together philanthropists and filmmakers so that, together, they can create films that entertain audiences, enrich lives, and ignite lasting social change. The goal is to provide the opportunity to participate in financing documentaries and independent films that will generate positive financial and social outcomes. Donna has been involved with films such as Children Of Invention, No Impact Man, Secrecy, and the Oscar-winning films The Cove and Freeheld.
The Gruneich’s are active supporters of The University of Iowa and The University of Utah. Their foundation supported the implementation of the Iowa Edge program. This program provides transition and academic support for minorities and first generation college students. Prior to the program the retention rate for these students approximately half that of their peers. Since the implementation of the Iowa Edge, the retention rate has increased to a rate above that of the university as a whole. The Gruneich’s also underwrote the 2011 launch of The University of Iowa Philanthropic Studies program, one of the few such programs in the nation, which has the objective of preparing students for key executive roles in major philanthropic organizations and/or providing the basis for life-long commitment to philanthropy. They have also supported the athletics program at the University of Utah.
Donna’s role on the Sundance Utah Advisory Board is Chair of the Development Committee. She takes a leadership role in the planning and execution of the Sundance Film Festival’s opening night event and fundraiser for the Sundance Institute, An Artist at the Table. She also works locally to promote the Sundance Institute’s Filmmaker Labs and create a broader base of financial supporters in the Park City area.
After having a second home in Park City for over eight years, the Gruneich’s moved to Park City from Connecticut permanently in 2005. Their children Anna and Alex attend The Waterford School, and Allison attends The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Click to Expand/CollapseShari Levitin
Ms. Levitin is the President and CEO of Levitin Group, the largest training and consulting group in the resort development industry worldwide. Shari has over 28 years of expertise and is recognized as one of the most insightful and talented entrepreneurs in the industry.
Levitin Group was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest growing companies, and Shari was named by Developments Magazine as one of the Most Powerful Women in the Resort Industry. Today, she and her team offer considerable expertise in corporate sales, management and leadership, and the development of custom training programs. Her client list includes such brands as: Hilton, Hyatt, Jaguar, Club Mahindra, RCI, Prudential Real Estate, Four Seasons and Canyon Ranch. Many companies have attributed tens of millions of dollars of ROI to the Levitin Group training system. Levitin Group was selected by the American Resort Development Association to create “Partnership Strategies,” the certified industry standard training for ethical sales practices for the entire resort industry. The Levitin Group training programs are available both live and online, and Levitin Group content has been translated into seven languages and has been distributed on five continents.
Shari is an author and motivational speaker and presents internationally for hotel conferences, women’s groups and non-profit organizations. In addition, she is a frequent speaker and mentor at the University of Utah School of Entrepreneurship. She is a Trustee member of the American Resort Development Association, where she serves as a member of both the Meetings Committee and Consumer-Centric Task Force. She contributes time and financial resources to Park City Performing Arts, Temple Har Shalom, the National Ability Center and Christel House. Shari is a frequent speaker and mentor at The University of Utah School of Entrepreneurship.
Shari is currently leading a project with Christel House, a worldwide charitable organization that serves over 4000 students and communities, to create educational online content for under-privileged children to optimize their potential and achieve productive, self-sufficient lives.
She is married to Lee Gerstein and is a new full time stepmother to 9-year-old Tyler Gerstein, who attends the Nueva School in Hillsborough California. Together they spend time between homes in Woodside, CA and Park City, UT, and actively enjoy hiking, diving, yoga, climbing, travelling and skiing.
Click to Expand/CollapseNaja Lockwood
Naja currently serves as board member of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to relocating to Utah, Naja was an Arts Commissioner for the City of San Francisco. She was the first Vietnamese-American to be sworn into that position and served under the administrations of Mayor Willie Brown and Mayor Gavin Newsom. Her responsibilities as an Arts commissioner included educational and community outreach. Naja also was a Trustee for the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. During her tenure at the Asian Art Museum, she served as Co-Chair of the Development Committee. In addition, Naja served on the boards of the Northern California Music & Art Culture Center and the Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center of Northern California. Naja was the founder of NajaArts, an Asian art gallery and acquisition consultancy that specialized in traditional and contemporary Vietnamese paintings and ceramics.
Born in Vietnam, Naja immigrated to the United States, with her family in April 1975, during the fall of Saigon. She graduated from Boston University in 1991, where she was a Jacob Hiatt Academic Scholar, with a BA in philosophy and political science. Upon graduation, she received a National Fellowship from Georgetown University to study at Hanoi University. Naja was the first Vietnamese American sponsored by a US university to return to Vietnam as part of a cultural exchange. Upon returning from Vietnam, Naja worked as an analyst in New York for Fieldstone Private Capital Group and subsequently enrolled at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business, earning an MBA in 1997. After graduation, she worked in London as Director of Corporate Development for Central European Media Enterprises, an international media and telecommunications company, and in San Francisco as Principal, at Heidrick & Struggles, a leading executive search firm.
Naja remains active with the Massachusetts chapter of Catholic Charities, the organization that was responsible for the relocation of her parents, brother and sister to the United States. With Catholic Charities, she is focused on enabling recent arrivals to the United States to successfully start a new life. Naja resides in Park City, Utah with her husband and three children.
Click to Expand/CollapseHank Louis
Hank started out with an undergraduate degree in Humanities from University of Southern California. After graduation Hank ventured south to Tierra del Fuego in order to learn Spanish. He earned a degree and continued to work in journalism, translating for World Press Review and working with the ex-pat English language newspaper, and writing to be published in “little” or literary magazines. Facing the opportunity to work for the L.A. Times he drove with his wife and year-old son cross country, stopping in Park City. The car broke down on the way out of town and before it could be fixed they had bought a house and helped found The Newspaper, which soon bought out the Park Record and took its name. During this time Hank co-founded Silver Vain, a literary magazine which won an O’Henry Prize Award for short fiction, and became Editor of a monthly magazine, The Intermountain Skier. Hank went back to Costa Rica, Hank worked mornings on a still-unpublished coming-of-age type novel, and afternoons on designing and building a house in the jungle with zero utilities, nor roads. Two and half years later, the house finally finished enough, enamored with the process of designing and building, he enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Utah and graduated with a Certificate of Merit for the study of Architecture from the Henry Adams Fund of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He co-founded 15-15 Architects in Park City, which completed projects throughout the United States, Japan, Singapore and France.
In the late 1990s Hank discovered his current passion, teaching a design/build studio at the College of Architecture+Planning at the University of Utah. He has gone forward to found DesignBuildBLUFF, a non-profit support organization to the aforementioned entity. The program has was won numerous AIA Design Awards and been published in DWELL, Domus, Architectural Record and Shelter, among many other publications. His architectural firm is now named Gigaplex.
Click to Expand/CollapseClaudia McMullin
Claudia McMullin is currently Chair of the Summit County Council after having been elected to a second term in 2012. After 10 years practicing law with in NYC with Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Claudia quit her job, sold her apartment and moved to Park City in 1999. Claudia continues to practice law on a limited basis. After graduating from Leadership Class 8 in 2002, Claudia was a Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner for 5 years prior to running for office in 2008. Claudia’s community involvement includes having served on various local nonprofit boards (in addition to the Sundance UAB) as well a 2 year stint as Executive Director of our local animal rescue organization, Friends of Animals Utah. Claudia is also the Business Development Director for her husband’s company, Wasatch Composite Analysis.
Claudia met her husband, Tim Douglas, in Park City in 2002. Tim was her first date on Match.com and they got married in 2003. Claudia has 3 stepsons, two grandchildren, and two rescue dogs – Hugo and Ruby.
Click to Expand/CollapseColeen Reardon
Coleen Reardon has been employed at Deer Valley Resort for the last nineteen years. Most of her tenure at the resort has been spent serving in her current position as the Director of Marketing. Prior to her current position, she was the Communications Manager for the resort.
As Director of Marketing, Ms. Reardon is responsible for overseeing all of the marketing and communications efforts for the resort including the public relations, international, tour and travel, web, digital, mobile and event departments. She monitored the logistics and production as Deer Valley Resort became an official Olympic venue, hosting the 2002 Olympic Winter Games alpine slalom and freestyle mogul and aerial events, the 2003 Freestyle FIS World Championships, the U.S. Ski Team’s 1999 Nationals and 2001 Gold Cup competitions in addition to annual World Cup Freestyle events. In 2011, Deer Valley Resort once again hosted the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships. Deer Valley is the first resort in North America to have been awarded the honor of hosting a World Championship event twice.
Ms. Reardon is a member of Ski Utah’s marketing committee and serves on the Utah Advisory Board for the Sundance Film Festival and the Board of the Youth Sports Alliance. In 2001, she served as President of the PCCB Board of Directors and in June 2010 finished another term serving on the PCCB’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Coleen is also a past Board Member for the former Summit Institute which was a Park City based non-profit arts and humanities organization and served on the Executive Committee of the Park City Jazz Foundation. In 2011, she was awarded Business Woman of the Year by the Park City Women’s Business Network and in 2012 received a Utah Business SAMMY award.
Before joining the Deer Valley team, Coleen worked for Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort for fifteen years where she served as the Director of Public Relations as well as the Director of Entertainment and Special Events. She is a native of California who resides in Park City, Utah.
Click to Expand/CollapseRoss Romero
Ross I. Romero was born in Pueblo, Colorado, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ross attended Utah public schools and was active in several community organizations prior to serving in the Utah Legislature.
Ross graduated from Highland High School, Salt Lake City (1989). He attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science (1993), and then graduated from the University of Michigan Law School (1996). Ross practiced law in Salt Lake City for ten years. In 2003, Ross became a shareholder at Jones, Waldo, Holbrook and McDonough, P.C. Beginning in October of 2007, through today, Ross went to work for Zions Bank as a Vice President, Corporate Sales Resource Officer.
In 2004, Ross was elected to the Utah State House of Representatives (Salt Lake City). In 2006, he was elected to the Utah State Senate (Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County). He has been the Senate Minority Whip since 2008. Ross was Senate Minority Leader from 2010-2012. Ross is currently a candidate for the State Senate.
Ross is married to Cecilia M. Romero. They have a son, Marcus, and a daughter, Marcela.
Click to Expand/CollapseJulie Spielberg-Senet
Julie has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as an entertainment attorney and motion picture studio executive. She has worked in all aspects of theatrical business and legal affairs, including representing individuals, start-ups and motion picture studios, in house as legal counsel and business affairs. During the course of her career, Julie supervised complex rights acquisitions, negotiated and managed a multitude of theatrical motion picture productions, production activities, talent agreements, multi-picture arrangements, term deals and financing agreements.
Julie’s practice also encompasses business, and she worked at law firms in Los Angeles before she moved to her in house positions at Universal Pictures as Vice President Legal Affairs and MGM Pictures as Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs.
Julie moved to Park City, Utah on a full time basis after she fell in love with the area. She now divides her time between enjoying the outdoors, non profit work and business and legal endeavors and is currently of counsel to the law firm Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy in Salt Lake City. Ms. Spielberg-Senet will also be teaching an entertainment law class this spring at the College of Law at University of Utah.
Click to Expand/CollapseRob Slettom
Rob Slettom moved to Park City, Utah in 1972 from St. Paul Minnesota. His love of skiing and the mountains has kept him in Utah ever since. Rob is the owner and founder of Identity properties, a Park City lodging and property management firm, established in 1980.
He and Identity Properties were instrumental in the startup of and formation of many properties in Park City including the Silver King Hotel, the Resort Center Lodge and Inn and the New Park Hotel. Through the years Rob has served on numerous Boards including multiple terms and Presidency of the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Park City Area Lodging Association, and the Utah Tourism Industry Coalition (now a recognized organization on Capitol Hill advocating support for funding statewide tourism marketing). The love of skiing has led him to many terms on the Board of Ski Utah and the Utah Ski and Snowboard Association.
Awards include 2004 recipient of “Profession Citizen of the Year” by the Park City Rotary and the 2009 recipient of the “Community Leadership Award” by Leadership Park City. Rob and his wife Faye, along with Identity Properties, continue to be a major contributors and sponsors of the arts including the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, the Egyptian Theatre and the Sundance Film Festival.
Click to Expand/CollapseJenny Wilson
Jenny Wilson is the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement for the John A. Moran Eye Center, where she oversees fundraising, marketing, communications, community relations, media relations and government relations. She serves on the senior management team and has been instrumental in advancing the Center as a lead institution in research, clinical care and international ophthalmology.
Previously, Jenny served as an At-Large Member of the Salt Lake County Council from 2005-2010. During her term, she passed stronger ethics laws and supported arts advancement and funding. She served as Vice Chair of the formation committee of the Jordan River Commission and advanced open space preservation and environmental initiatives. She passed legislation which provided domestic partner health benefits. In addition, she served as Minority Leader of the Council in 2007, on the Board of the Unified Fire Authority, and as a Salt Lake County representative on the regional Council of Governments (COG).
Jenny is currently the Producer of a documentary film titled, THE GRAND RESCUE, which is based on a harrowing three day rescue on the North Face of the Grand Teton in 1967.
Earlier in Jenny’s career, she served as a Director of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games’ staff and volunteer effort, as Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Orton, and with the Sundance Institute/Sundance Group.
Her current community and board assignments include the Jordan River Commission, Governor Herbert’s Realignment and Efficiency Committee, the Utah Museum of Fine Art and the Utah Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute.
She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Utah in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 1998.
Jenny and her husband, Trell Rohovit, live in Salt Lake City with their two children, Zach (9) and Max (6).
Click to Expand/CollapseJacki Zehner
Jacki Zehner dedicates her time and resources towards the advancement of women and girls. As the President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, a role she has held for the past decade, Jacki funds a variety of projects and organizations with a particular focus on women's rights, women's foundations, movement building and media. More recently, Jacki became the CEO of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing unprecedented resources for women and girls. With more than 180 women each contributing a million dollars or more to organizations of their choice, WMM has successfully centered the needs of women and girls in philanthropic giving. She also has written over 600 blog entries on her personal blog www.jackizehner.com and is a featured writer on many platforms including The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, LinkedIn and Bloomberg. Jacki regularly gives keynote addresses, including a TEDxWomen Talk on “Closing The Gender Gap”.
In 1996, Jacki became the youngest woman and first female trader to be invited into the partnership of Goldman Sachs. She left that role in 2002 and has since had primarily a philanthropic focus. She currently serves on the Board of The Sundance Institute, Thirty Percent Coalition and the Christian Center of Park City as well as the advisory boards of The Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media, The Pax Global Women’s Equality Fund, the Women Effect Investing Initiative of Criterion Ventures, The Shriver Report, The Women@Paley Initiative, The 2020 Women on Boards Board of Leaders, Catalytic Women, The Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council and Gamechanger, a feature film fund for female directors. She is a prior board member of many other organizations.
Jacki is a member of many philanthropic communities and networks including the International Women’s Forum, The Women Donor’s Network, The Harvard Kennedy School's Women's Leadership Board, The Red Cross’s Tiffany Circle, The Utah Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle and The United Way of Salt Lake’s Women’s Leadership Council. In honor of her work she has received many awards including most recently the Global Fund for Women's Philanthropy Award.
Jacki was born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. After living in New York City and Connecticut for 25 years, Jacki now lives in Park City, Utah, with her husband Greg and two children.
Click to Expand/CollapseDiane Foster
Diane is the City Manager for Park City. Prior to joining the City, Diane worked in the private sector for twenty two years, primarily in high tech. For eight of those years she managed to mix high tech with ski industry as the VP of Marketing Services for American Skiing Company. Diane holds a BA from Bates College, MBA from the University of Cambridge in the UK and an MPA at the University of Utah.
Diane served as a local Planning Commissioner for five years; as VP of the Board of Directors Park City's NPR radio station, KPCW; is a member and has served on the Board for the Park City Rotary Club and is past board President for Recycle Utah.
Diane and her husband Hutch, along with avalanche search dog Calamity Jane, avalanche dog program flunk out Murphy and cat Princess Buttercup, live in a net zero energy home in Wanship, Utah at an elevation of 8,200 feet. Diane enjoys all forms of snow sliding (tele, alpine, skate & snowboard) and trail running.
Click to Expand/CollapseMargaret (Margo) Lasecke-Jacobs
Margaret was approved by the Governor and Senate to serve on the 15 member Utah Governor’s Office of Economic (GOED) board for a four year term beginning October, 2013.
Since 2007, Margaret has served on the Sundance Institute Utah Advisory Board. She was Chairwoman of that Board in 2010 and 2011 and continues to serve in a board chair emeritus status and on the development committee.
Before becoming Park City residents in 2008, Margaret, a native Californian, and her husband Ken, called the San Francisco Bay Area their primary residence.
In California, Margaret ran worldwide public relations and global marketing for Oracle Corporation from June 1993 to June 2000. She formed a marketing and public relations consulting practice after leaving Oracle. As a consultant, Margaret worked with Silver Lake Partners (SLP), a recognized leader in US-based private equity, leveraged buyout and growth capital investments where she counseled a handful of SLP companies on their marketing strategy.
From 1987 to 1993, she was part of the senior management team at Fujitsu America, where she managed marketing, advertising and public relations. Early in her career, as one of the youngest vice presidents at the internationally respected public relations firm, Ogilvy & Mather (formerly Dudley Anderson & Yutzy), Margaret managed a range of technology and consumer products clients. Immediately after graduating from San Jose State University in 1980 with a BS in Business Administration, Margaret worked for Atari Corporation, a Time Warner subsidiary.
In California, highlights of Margaret’s non-profit communications consulting efforts included:
- Positive Coaching Alliance (national youth sports organization, based at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA) -- Board Member
- Stanford School of Medicine, Stem Cell Research Effort -- Formed and led Communications Advisory Board (played active role in highlighting stem cell science in 2004 U.S. Presidential Campaign)
- Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), Silicon Valley based support organization for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) -- participated in ‘all-star’ marketing strategy committee.
Also in Park City, Margaret served on the board of The Colony homeowners’ association for six years, holding the Office of President in 2009.
Margaret enjoys spending time with her daughter, Jamie, who lives/works in the San Francisco Bay Area and her husband Ken, who retired from Oracle, after a nearly 30 year career there. The Jacobs’ spend their free time on international travel, skiing, snow shoeing, scuba diving and cycling.
Click to Expand/CollapseTina Lewis
Tina Stahlke Lewis became involved with Sundance when, as the Community Affairs Director for the Park City Chamber Bureau in 1980, she was asked to assist in moving the U.S. Film and Video Festival to Park City and to serve as a member of the board. She is the longest-serving member of the Sundance Institute Utah Board of Advisors and has been the co-chair and chair.
Lewis was the director of the State of Utah International Business Development Office, producing 90 international events during the Olympic Winter Games and conducting 12 worldwide trade missions post Olympics. She had been co-chair of Utah’s Olympic Delegation. Lewis lectured for the University of Utah’s Global Business Program and Utah State University’s International Business Seminars and was appointed to the District Export Council by the Secretary of Commerce. She received the World Trade Association’s Award for excellence in international business.
A 40-year resident of Park City, Lewis served on the City Council, Redevelopment Agency and Planning Commission. She was a founder of the Historic District Commission, Library Board, and Parks and Recreation Board and a member of the team that wrote the Historic District Guidelines, Park City Master Plan, and Parks Master Plan. Lewis was the founder of the Park City Museum, the Kimball Art Guild and Friends of the Library and she chaired the restoration of City Hall, Marsac School and Miner’s Hospital. She organized the nationally televised “Book Brigade” and developed the Park City logo. At the Chamber Bureau, Lewis spearheaded many iconic Park City events such as Taste of Park City, Snowflaker’s Ball and Autumn Aloft. She was director of the Park City Arts Festival and chair of the Centennial Commission. She coordinated conferences for the National Governors and the Western Governor’s Policy Office that Governor Scott Matheson held in Park City. She is a regular contributor to Park City Magazine.
Lewis is an authority on sewing, embroidery and quilting. She was a contributing editor of Creative Needle magazine and a fashion coordinator for McCall’s Pattern Company and Seventeen Magazine. Her designs and articles appear regularly in national sewing and quilting magazines. She teaches at needlework conferences and creates special projects for private clients.
Lewis has served on numerous boards including Park City Chamber, Utah Symphony, Utah Library Commission, KPCW Radio, Utah Heritage Foundation, Rowland Hall School, Utahns for Choice, Spy Hop Productions, Ft. Douglas Heritage Commons, World Trade Association, Kimball Art Center, and University of Utah Graduate School of Architecture. A National Trust for Historic Preservation board member, Lewis chaired the Trust’s National Board of Advisors. She was the chair of the opening of the restored Salt Lake City & County Building and is the author of a children’s book about the building. She was honored with Utah Heritage Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in historic preservation, received honors from the Utah Humanities Council, and was a Peace House “Many Women, Many Voices” honoree. Lewis was named Park City’s “Citizen of the Year” and “Utah’s Renaissance Woman.”