Cheryl Fox | Executive Director
Kate Sattelmeier | Conservation Director and Legal Counsel
Caitlin Willard | Education and Outreach Director
Amber Nelson | Operations Manager
Brett Denney | Land Protection Specialist
Julia McCarrier Edwards | Programs Coordinator
Sophie Frankenburg | AmeriCorps Conservation Intern
Cheryl Fox is the Summit Land Conservancy’s Executive Director. She is responsible for the leadership and direction of the organization, as well as for communicating the Conservancy’s mission to the public. Cheryl provides overall supervision of fundraising activities, fiscal management, conservation acquisitions, stewardship activities, and education and outreach programs. With other members of Park City Leadership Class IV, Cheryl was one of the original founders of Conserving Our Open Lands (COOL) in 1998, which later became the Summit Land Conservancy. Cheryl oversaw the Conservancy’s accreditation process. The Summit Land Conservancy was the first land trust in Utah to have been accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Having grown up in Southern California, Cheryl shocked those who knew her as a rather adamant anti-athlete by moving to Park City in 1987 on her way to grad school to take a job as a ski instructor. Fully certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America in 1991, she continues to teach skiing part time at Deer Valley Resort, because the benefits are too good to give up, and she loves it. Cheryl graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a double major in History and French. Her MA in British Literature from the University of California, Berkeley focused on the writings of James Joyce and the Early Modernists. On Mondays, Cheryl retreats to an imaginary world that she finds very restorative to write fantasy novels. She also enjoys skiing, sailing, useless trivia, and the life in Park City: both real and imaginary.
Kate Sattelmeier is the Summit Land Conservancy’s Conservation Director and Counsel. She provides legal advice for the stewardship of easement properties, and legal support for the acquisition of new conservation easements. Kate is also responsible for annual monitoring of the Conservancy’s easements. She has a combined arts/law degree from the University of Tasmania, attended the University of Utah, and was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 2001. Kate has primarily worked in the area of real estate law and has worked in-house for a retail development company and also in her own practice. She has specialized in title-related matters and acquisitions. Kate grew up in Tasmania, where she was an avid skier, and she still spends most of the winter-time teaching skiing. She came to Park City in 1997 to work at Park City Mountain Resort and fell in love with the town and her husband Tim. They have two little boys, and Kate enjoys skiing, white-water rafting, mountain biking and living the Park City life with her family.
Caitlin Willard is the Education and Outreach Director for the Summit Land Conservancy. She is responsible for managing the Conservancy’s volunteer and education programs, summer camps, and creating various community outreach opportunities that strive to connect people to the land. Caitlin moved to Park City, Utah, in 2006 after receiving a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While pursuing her degree, she spent a semester abroad studying with The School for Field Studies Center for Coastal Studies in Puerto San Carlos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, and became fluent in Spanish. Caitlin grew up in the small rural town of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires, and there is where her love for open spaces and the great outdoors flourished. She spent most of her childhood camping, hiking, fishing, and skiing in New England, and her love for skiing brought her out West to Park City where she became a ski instructor and coach at Park City Mountain Resort. During the summer months, Caitlin coached for the Young Riders Youth Mountain Bike Program and she is currently a member of their Board of Directors. When Caitlin is not working to protect open space she takes joy in touring in the Wasatch backcountry, fly-fishing, cooking in her kitchen, traveling to foreign lands, hiking, and pedaling her mountain bike around the amazing trails of Park City.
Amber Nelson is the Operations Manager for Summit Land Conservancy. She is tasked with keeping the office flowing smoothly, assisting the executive director with special projects and board interaction, as well as fundraising events. Amber was raised in Park City, graduating from PCHS in 1998. After getting her degrees in History, Sociology/Anthropology, and Gender Studies at St. Olaf College in MN, she returned to Utah and found Oakley an appropriate home base for her active lifestyle. She has an MBA with an emphasis in accounting, and for many years, she operated her own accounting office with a special focus and love for non-profit accounting. Always ready for new challenges, she is very excited to be working for Summit Land Conservancy. She is an avid road and trail runner, and the rest of her free time is spent walking her dog in the hopes of one day making him tired.
Brett is tasked with managing the GIS mapping and ecological data for the Conservancy. After moving to Park City, Utah, in 2009 to join the U.S. Ski Team, Brett pursued his education with an interest in wildlife and public land use and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Business. After working for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Brett joined the Summit Land Conservancy team in December of 2017. Brett enjoys riding bicycles, backcountry skiing, hunting, fishing, and playing with his puppy, Emi Lou.
Julia McCarrier Edwards is the Summit Land Conservancy’s Programs Coordinator. She works alongside the Education and Outreach Director, Caitlin Willard, to provide educational and adventure programs for children and adults. Julia is focused on implementing and developing programs that get people outside and enjoying the beautiful landscapes of Summit County. Julia grew up in a small coastal town in Maine, and developed a deep connection to the outdoors. She continued her love affair with Maine during her time at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. There, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Women and Gender Studies. After college she spent several years teaching outdoor education and leadership development with various organizations across the US, including Outward Bound and Campfire USA. After a co-worker recommended applying to ski patrol at Canyons Resort in Park City, Julia moved sight-unseen to Utah. Julia is a lead ski patroller at Canyons at Park City Mountain, and is a certified Level- A dog handler with her avalanche dog, a yellow lab named Piper. When Julia is not at the Conservancy or on the slopes, she enjoys exploring the Wasatch and Uinta mountains, reading by the woodstove, and throwing the ball for Piper.