Cheryl Fox | Executive Director
Kate Sattelmeier | Stewardship Director and Legal Counsel
Caitlin Willard | Education and Outreach Director
Amber Nelson | Operations Manager
Sara Jo Dickens | Land Protection Specialist
Kyle Cowdrey | AmeriCorps 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 Stewardship 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.
Sara Jo Dickens is Summit Land Conservancy’s Land Protection Specialist. She is responsible for stewardship of conservation easements, conservation project management and landowner outreach. Sara Jo earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and her PhD in Plant Sciences at the University of California Riverside. Upon completion of her graduate degree, Sara Jo worked for three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. Her postdoctoral work focused on assessing restoration and weed management success at the landscape (county) scale. Tired of the concrete jungles of California, she and her husband, Doug, sold everything and moved to Park City in 2013. Previous to joining Summit Land Conservancy, she ran an environmental consulting company, Ecology Bridge LLC, which aimed at assisting land managing agencies and organizations assess management strategies and develop future management plan. She is the author of the children’s book Karner’s Quest for Blue Lupine, that teaches ecological conservation through adventurous tales. She hopes to add a second book in the next two years. In her free time, Sara Jo enjoys hiking, biking, running, and climbing with her husband and their two dogs, Saydi and Stella. She is excited to be skiing and getting back to ice climbing now that she has returned to the mountains.
Kyle is the Summit Land Conservancy’s AmeriCorps Intern for the Summer of 2017. He was born and raised in Park City and thusly understands and appreciates the importance of preserving open space throughout Summit County. He spent his childhood in the Uintas and red rock deserts learning how to enjoy the landscape in a number of different ways. Right now, Kyle is attending the University of Utah to get a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism to take his love for the outdoors to a professional level. When he is not saving land or recreating on it, he enjoys brewing beer or watching films. This summer he will help the Summit Land Conservancy run a number of their outreach programs such as Hops Hunter Hikes, Moon Shine Adventures, Kids Outdoors, and the summer camps.