Katie has been a real estate attorney in private practice for over twenty years and started her career at The Nature Conservancy in Salt Lake City. She grew up in Main Line, Philadelphia surrounded by pastoral farms which were developed into numerous subdivisions throughout her childhood. She later attended Colgate University in upstate New York and has fond memories of running past miles of working farms surrounding the campus. Katie attended the University of Utah law school and fell in love with the beauty and open spaces of Utah. Katie is a former host of the talk radio show This Green Earth on KPCW, she is a recent member of the Wasatch County Arts Council Board, an active member of Park City Rotary, and a volunteer at Midway Elementary School. Katie lives in Midway with her young daughter, her husband, their two big dogs and a mischievous rescue cat named Spanky who is Mr. October in the 2017 Paws for Life calendar.
Lori grew up in Midway and is a Wasatch High School graduate.
Lori attended Snow College and earned her BS from the University of Utah, and later a Masters Degree in Education in Washington. After living and working in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Seattle, Lori wanted her children to experience the magic of growing up in Midway. She wanted to share the healing that seems a very part of the soil in Midway.
Lori believes the "feeling of Midway" that people often refer to as what draws them here, – is from the land. Lori attributes that “feeling of Midway” to Midway’s original settlers who put their lives into this land. The land in Midway holds many memories for Lori and is what motivates her to find options to save open space & work with the people who live here. Her passion for the land and the heritage of our small town is what led her to become a founding member of Pure Midway.
Celeste loves to be a part of the solution, and to that end has been actively involved in many great volunteer capacities. When her children were young she was a classroom helper, volunteer choir director and PTA president. As they grew older, she involved them with her, building homes for Habitat for Humanity where she served on the board for 7 years, including one year as the Board President. She is currently on the board for Haiti Rising, an organization that funds the education of Haitian orphans, as well as Midway Boosters, and volunteers at the National Ability Center in Park City. Her professional life has been in sales in marketing, and is currently working with two growing Utah companies. She loves Midway and felt immediately at home when she moved here full time, 9 years ago. It's a feeling shared by her husband Kent and their 4 children, and their spouses and children. The family loves this amazing valley, in every season, so they gather here...a lot!
Jared grew up in a small town in rural central Utah and he and his family were drawn to the Heber Valley because it was "like home". He has been here for about 10 years now. Growing up in a small town where agriculture was a big part of the lives of family and neighbors alike created in Jared a great appreciation and respect for the lifestyle and character that small town ag implies, not to mention the inherent beauty of the land. Jared feels that Midway is something quite special, not just another town but something exceptional with just the right mix of open space, access to recreation, and access to infrastructure. Realizing that change is part of life Jared believes that if we work together we can manage change. Although shy by nature Jared felt compelled to contribute to the dialog about Midway's future with the intent to help preserve everything that makes Midway special. Jared grew up watching his Dad build and fix just about everything which led a curious boy to an eventual career in software engineering, a skill Jared hopes will be of use. Jared has too many hobbies but his greatest loves are his wife and two girls, followed by the great outdoors.
René has lived in Midway for 23 years where she and her husband Mike have raised their 4 children, horses, dogs, bunnies, and cats, and are now watching their 6 grandchildren enjoy growing up in the Heber Valley. Rene’ graduated from Brigham Young University in English Secondary Education and taught high school English at Wasatch High School. She has been involved in public education in some form or another most of her adult life. She is a former PTO board member at Park City’s Parley’s Park Elementary, a former Midway Booster board member, and a former executive board member on the Heber Valley Camp committee for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Born and raised in Utah, she has long enjoyed outdoor activities and the beauty and diversity of Utah’s open spaces. A granddaughter of dairy farmers and ranchers from Colorado, Utah, and Pennsylvania , she is convinced that societies are enriched when citizens work together to preserve areas where people can live among and support those husbandmen and women who work the land; providing open space for animals, both wild and domestic; and providing and preserving a way of life which protects the integrity of our culture. Rene' believes responsible growth and preservation can exist together.