Joe Cronley | President
Eric Bloomquist | Vice President
Kathleen Metcalf | Executive Committee
Christina Zavell Executive Committee
Anita Lewis | Ex Officio
Tim Henney | Ex Officio
Joe Cronley | President
Joe Cronley joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors in August 2014. Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, he has lived in Park City since 1999. Joe earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Utah, and a CFP designation from the College for Financial Planning. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Officer for eight years and lived in six different states during that time. Joe was brought to Utah by the U.S. Navy after accepting a job as a NROTC Instructor at the University of Utah. Having fallen in love with the area’s community, he started an investment practice with Edward Jones in Park City in 2002 after completing his commitment to the U.S. Navy and finishing his MBA. Joe continues to work in that capacity to the present day. He has been involved with the Park City Rotary Club as a member since 2004, and served as club president. Additionally, he has been a member of the Prospector Square Board since 2012. After living for three years on a submarine, Joe feels a unique appreciation for open space, fresh air and blue skies. He loves being outside and enjoys skiing, trail running, mountain biking, golfing, and fly fishing. Joe believes the Park City community is a great place that allows one to “do it all” and its commitment to open space is critical to the community’s appeal to residents and visitors.
Eric Bloomquist | Vice President
Eric Bloomquist joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors in January 2016. He and his family moved to Park City in 2012 after living on a cruising boat for 11 years. They had traveled extensively including visiting both coasts of the U.S., the Caribbean, Central America, the Panama Canal, Alaska, and eventually crossing the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand and Australia. Eric spent his 40 year professional career as C.E.O. / owner of Colonial Craft Living in Minneapolis. Colonial Craft was a manufacturer of wood products including window and door parts and architectural mouldings. Eric became a leader in the forest products industry promoting sustainable harvesting and production. He was a founding member and industry advocate of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the organization responsible for establishing standards for certifying sustainable practices for the world’s forests. His company was one of the early companies certified by “Smartwood” for its procurement and tracking of sustainably harvested hardwood lumber. His leadership in the industry also led him to be appointed to the Minnesota Governor’s Commission on Sustainability. Eric has previously served on the boards of other organizations, including Episcopal Community Services (board chair), Certified Forest Products Council (board chair), and Dovetail Partners, an environmental think tank. Eric’s passion for the outdoors is evident in his many activities including skiing, biking, sailboat racing, hiking, and fishing. He was originally certified as a professional ski instructor in 1970 and was a ski school director for many years. Eric currently races in the USSA Masters program and supports his son on the Park City Ski Team.
Kathleen Metcalf | Executive Committee
Kathleen Metcalf joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors in January 2014 and started serving on the Board’s executive committee in January 2015. She moved to the Park City area from Ojai, California, in the early 1990s. Kathleen earned a BFA in graphic design from the California College of the Arts and will be entering the Environmental Humanities Masters Program at the University of Utah in Fall 2015. Her past work has included serving as Art Director for Patagonia Inc. and Principal and Design Director of Wingspan Design. Attracted by the quality of life, natural settings and favorable business environment, Kathleen and her husband transplanted their family and growing business, Black Diamond Equipment, from Ventura, California, to Utah in the 1990s. An Alumnus of the Leadership Park City, Class XIII, she is also involved with many other community organizations including serving as a board member for the Park City Sailing Association, the co-founder of WaterWise Park City, the former board president of ArtKids Inc., a former ESL tutor at the English Skills Learning Center, a former member of the Park City Public Art Advisory Board, and as a founding board member of the Hope Alliance. Kathleen enjoys sailing, river running, cycling, skiing, and canyoneering, and is a licensed private pilot and a mother of three grown children. She believes that we must make wise choices regarding the environment because a healthy environment is good for all living things.
Christina Zavell has her BA from Brown University and JD from Suffolk Law School. She is currently enrolled in a Conflict Resolution course at the University of Utah and plans to mediate in Utah as the beginning of her second act. Since forming the Ecology Club in high school, Christina has had a strong commitment to the environment and preserving open spaces and landscapes. She considers it her duty to future generations and her privilege. A lifelong volunteer and community activist, Christina has spearheaded major community projects and served on several committees and boards of her children’s schools. Originally from the East, she now lives in Park City with her husband Michael, two sons both attending college in Utah, and four poorly behaved but loveable dogs. Her mountain activities include skiing, snowshoeing, biking, skate skiing, golf and hiking; her sea level activities include sailing and all things beach.
Kent Fawcett joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board in January 2016 after serving a stint on the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee in 2014 and 2015. His work on this committee helped the organization create a new three-year strategic plan that will guide efforts to protect and preserve land and water through 2019. He and his family worked with the Conservancy to protect the 44-acre Fawcett Ranch along the Weber River in Henefer, Utah, in 2009. Born and raised in Summit County, Kent currently works in construction as an estimator / project manager while still working the land on his farm. He enjoys living in an area where there are four distinct seasons because he finds it rejuvenating to witness the beginning and ending of each one. Kent looks forward to each new season bringing the opportunity to experience the outdoors in a different fashion. He loves sharing open space with his family and friends whether it is hiking and biking in the mountains or repairing a fence and harvesting the crops on his farm.
Scott House joined the Summit Land Conservancy Board of Directors in the fall of 2016. Scott moved to Park City in 2004 after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Hospitality Business. Shortly after graduation Scott followed his childhood dream and left the corn fields of southeastern Michigan for the mountains. After a short stint working in the local lodging industry Scott followed his passion and went back to working in the outdoor industry; finding a position with White Pine Touring. After running the guide service and avalanche education program for White Pine Touring, Scott took on a new role as Communications Director for JANS Ltd. where he currently earns his living. In addition to serving the Summit Land Conservancy Scott also sits on the Board of Directors for the Park City Chamber Bureau, and has chaired the Chamber Communications Marketing Advisory Committee. Additionally, Scott helped to found Mountain Biking Park City which promotes overnight visitation to the Park City area and Summit County for Mountain Biking and Cycling through grant funding. Scott is a passionate outdoorsmen and outdoor educator. He enjoys spending days in the mountains on his bike or skis with his son, Callum and wife, Lane; with clients, or on his own. Scott also enjoys hunting the sage brush covered hills and fishing the many streams in the Summit County area. This passion for the outdoors and open spaces led Scott to serving the Summit Land Conservancy to help preserve and manage the open space that he loves, so future generations can enjoy the same lifestyle and benefits of open space he does now.
Nicole MacLaren joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors in July 2014. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she moved to Park City in 1995 after completing studies at Purdue University in Indiana. Nicole studied biochemistry at the University of Hawaii; earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan; served an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois; and, completed a residency in ophthalmology at Purdue University. Currently, Dr. MacLaren owns Eye Care for Animals where she also practices as an Ophthalmologist. Her other community involvement work includes Furburbia, Canines with a Cause, Planned Parenthood Action Council, World Vision, Park City Arts Council, Kimball Art Center, Wasatch Adaptive Sports, National Ability Center and the Waterkeeper Alliance. Nicole’s childhood in Vancouver, Canada, allowed her easy access to wide open spaces and bountiful wildlife, natural food and clean air. This experience plus the twelve years she spent in bucolic college towns surrounded by farm land greatly influenced her views on the importance of conservation. Nicole works to protect open space because she wants her children to experience and embrace the wonders of nature in the ways that she was able to as a child. She also hopes to provide children who grow up in cities with the opportunity to appreciate and understand the importance of preserving open space for the enjoyment it offers as well as the protections it affords animals, plants, healthy food sources, waterways and air quality.
Kathleen is a new board member as of August 2017. Growing up in the Midwest, she always felt like a “fish out of water” and yearned to live in the mountains. She has lived in Park City for the past 15 years, after originally arriving in Utah in 1990. She has a BS in Education from the University of Kansas and a BS in Nursing from Creighton University. Kathleen and her husband, Scott, have 3 adventurous and well-traveled daughters. Two are college students, and one in high school. They are looking forward to being empty-nesters, when they can travel to their hearts’ content. Kathleen spent a number of years as a nurse at both IHC and The University of Utah Medical Center. After the birth of their first child, she decided the most noble of professions for her was to be a stay at home Mom. She spent the next several years raising their 3 girls and instilling in them their love for the mountains and wilderness. During that time she volunteered at her children’s schools in multiple capacities, from room mom to executive committees. Now that the children are older, she has dabbled in “flipping” houses and giving of her time to multiple non-profits. She looks forward to helping Summit Land Conservancy preserve as much open space as possible so her family and every family can continue to enjoy what brought them to Summit County in the first place, the opportunity to recreate in the mountains surrounded by natural landscapes. She loves to hike, ski, bike and run in the mountains, usually far behind her husband and children.
Heleena Sideris joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors in January 2015. Born and raised in Park City, she returned home after completing her college education for the area’s unbeatable quality of life. Heleena graduated from high school a year early and headed to the epicenter of high-quality environmental education, the University of Oregon, where she majored in environmental studies, with an emphasis on humanities, and minored in Spanish. She graduated Summa cum Laude and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. Heleena started working as the International Sales and Marketing Manager for Latin America at the Park City Chamber/ Bureau in 2014 after completing an AmeriCorps internship with the Summit Land Conservancy, where she led the fun-filled (and wild hopped beer-producing) Hops Hunters program. Previously, she worked as an organic farmer, a teaching assistant for a sustainability-based study abroad program in Costa Rica, and as a youth counselor at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter. Heleena loves being part of a community that appreciates the intrinsic value of our beautiful surroundings and eagerly hopes to contribute to an organization that works so diligently to protect the very reasons people choose to live here. Because Park City faces accelerated changes in the community due to development pressures, she believes the work of preserving land is more pertinent than ever. Heleena loves open spaces because they offer a quiet sanctuary to calm the mind, relax the soul and refresh the spirit in a world filled with an exceeding amount of stimuli. Enjoying every season in Park City, she loves to ski the Wasatch, hike the Uintas, explore the Weber River, and bask in the sun on her back deck.
Wes Siddoway joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board in September 2017. Wes grew up on a legacy ranch near Rockport Reservoir in Eastern Summit County where he and his family still run a beef cattle operation today. After earning a B.S. in Construction Management, Wes worked as a project manager/estimator on construction projects for one of the largest construction companies in the Intermountain West. After starting a family, he migrated to a local construction company, still allowing him the challenges of big complex projects, but enough downtime to enjoy life and family. In 2015, he and his family worked with the Conservancy to protect 73 acres along the Weber River adjacent to Rockport Reservoir. Through this process, he earned a great respect and understanding of the importance of land conservation. In his downtime, he enjoys working with his family on the property doing improvements, riding horses, metal, and woodworking, mending fences and working cattle. Fall is by far his favorite time of year as he spends every spare minute in the outdoors hiking, hunting, fishing, trail riding and exploring. Having many opportunities to travel around the intermountain states with work, he enjoys visiting various places to take in the landscapes. To date, he has not yet found any place as spectacular as Summit County. It is a unique place and Wes views land conservation as a value for future generations. Believing firmly in the thought that we only borrow the land from the next generation and we must take care of it, he is excited to be part of an organization that puts this into action.
Meg Steele joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board in October 2013 and began serving as the Board Treasurer in May 2014. She moved to Park City from Detroit, Michigan, in 2000. Meg attended Michigan State University in East Lansing where she studied natural resources management. She started working in the ticket department at Park City Mountain Resort when she moved here; she now works in the IT department for Park City Resort. What was supposed to be a six-month stint working during the ski season changed because of the area’s people and environment. An active member of our nonprofit community, Meg also volunteers with the Park City Community Foundation and its Women’s Giving Fund, and serves on the RAP Tax Recreation Committee. She is also a Rotary member and served on the Park City Recreation Advisory Board for six years. Meg enjoys hiking, biking and skiing and loves that she can walk out her front door in Park City and be on a trail. Growing up in Detroit, she would have to travel for at least an hour outside of the city if she wanted any sort of outdoor experience. In fact, it is the easy access to open space that has kept her here for so long.
Allison Willingham joined the Summit Land Conservancy’s Board in September 2013 and became part of the Board’s executive committee in January 2015. Born and raised on Long Island in New York, she moved to Boston for her education before relocating to Park City in 1989. Allison began her education at Boston College, graduating with a B.S. in marketing from the Carroll School of Management. She then earned a B.A in fine art and oil painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Allison is the Owner and President of Willingham Design & MFG., Inc., a graphic and product design and manufacturing company specializing in private label home, tabletop, and giftware. While her landscape oil paintings have been represented by the Coda Gallery and Terzian Galleries, beginning in 1998, she currently accepts commission work only. When Allison left Boston in the late 1980s it was to pursue her landscape oil painting career and raise a family, including her six-month-old daughter, in a wholesome environment rather than the congested setting of the East Coast. Since she had family in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah became the destination of choice. It was also familiar to her from her teen years when her father was relocated to Salt Lake from New York City in 1978 as an executive with Kennecott Copper. Although it was a radical transition at the time, they all thrived in the mountains of Utah. In addition to her support of the Conservancy, Allison finds time to work with the Park City chapter of Acres of Love, and the Park City Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Fund. She is passionate about open space because it provides her with artistic inspiration and she enjoys many recreational activities including hiking, skiing, fishing, and river rafting. Allison wants to preserve what’s left of the natural world as much as possible.