Commissioners


Councilor Christopher F. Robinson

Summit County

Commission Chair

Christopher F. Robinson is the CEO and co-owner of The Ensign Group, L.C., which through its affiliates owns, operates, leases, and/or manages large tracts of private and public land located in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, and used for production agriculture, mineral and resource development, wildlife values, water resources, environmental values, real estate investment, and/or real estate development.

Chris is an elected Member, Summit County Council (2009 through present); a member of the Executive Committee and Vice-Chair, Mountain Accord (2014 to 2016); a member of the Board of Directors, a member of the Utah Local Governments Trust (2015 to present); a member of the Bureau of Land Management Utah Resource Advisory Council (January 2016 to present); a member of the Utah Advisory Board for the Sundance Institute (2017 to present); a trustee (1999 to 2002) of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and Vice-Chairman of Audit Committee; a trustee and currently Vice-Chair of the Utah Board, The Nature Conservancy (1996 to present);.

Chris is married to Rochelle Allen Robinson, and they are the parents of four children. He received an Honors B.A. in Accountancy from the University of Utah (1986), and resides in Park City, Utah.

Mayor Erin Mendenhall

Salt Lake City

Co-Chair

Erin came to Salt Lake with her family when she was 7 years old, and after losing her father to cancer at age 13, Erin graduated from Alta High School and enrolled at the University of Utah. It was there that her interest in the intersection of science and public policy took shape, leading to a career focused on improving Utah’s air quality and protecting our environment.

Just weeks after the birth of her first son, Erin learned the air quality in Salt Lake City had become so bad that it could take two years off his life. She decided to stay and fight rather than walk away, becoming an activist and joining Utah Moms for Clean Air in 2008. Determined to bring scientific understanding to air-quality discussions in the state legislature, our schools, and our community, Erin co-founded a new non-profit organization, Breathe Utah, in 2010, and was appointed to Utah’s Air Quality Board in 2014. She has since twice been elected as its chair.

Wanting to advance air-quality policy inside the city government and serve Salt Lake City on a wider range of issues, Erin was elected to represent District 5 on the City Council in 2013. During her six years on the Council, including one year as its chair, Erin worked for equitable progress across the city, driving road repairs and infrastructure maintenance, expanding access to transit and affordable housing, and making the city more equitable for women and girls. She is the first mayor in Salt Lake City history to have been publicly elected from the city council. As mayor, Erin is working hard to make Salt Lake City more environmentally and economically resilient, and to take advantage of the region’s historic period of economic opportunity. She is determined to ensure every Salt Laker — no matter their neighborhood, economic or housing status, faith, race, or sexual or gender identity — can access all the city has to offer.

Erin’s love for the extraordinary people of Salt Lake City drives an unrelenting commitment to bringing people from different walks of life together in pursuit of results for the entire city. Erin was elected the 36th mayor of Salt Lake City on November 5, 2019 and took the oath of office on the steps of City Hall on January 6, 2020.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in gender studies and a master’s degree in science and technology, both from the University of Utah. Erin and her husband, Kyle LaMalfa, are the proud parents of three children, Cash, Everett, and Milå.

Mayor Jeff Silvestrini

Millcreek City

Commission Treasurer and Secretary

 

Jeff Silvestrini is the mayor of Millcreek, Utah’s newest city, formed in December, 2016. In Millcreek’s first two years, Jeff led the effort to form a lean, transparent and collaborative city government.

Millcreek is the namesake of the mountain stream which flows through the town. The Millcreek boundary extends from the alluvial fan of Mt. Olympus in the Wasatch Range on the east to the Jordan River bisecting the Valley of the Great Salt Lake on the west. Home to some 62,000 water drinkers and canyon recreationalists, Millcreek has a great stake in preserving the watershed as well as the natural beauty of the Wasatch Range. As the only city bordering Mill Creek Canyon, it has a special interest in preserving it as a refuge and working to solve the transportation issues affecting it, so it does not get “loved to death.”

Jeff has been a practicing lawyer for 39 years until he was elected to serve the people of Millcreek. Jeff pledges to continue using the advocacy skills he learned in his career to zealously guard and protect the values we all enjoy in the mountains in our backyard, to insure they remain a resource for water, recreation, solitude and natural beauty for us and generations to come.

Councilor Max Doilney

Park City

Commissioner

 

Max Doilney is a lifelong Utahn, born and raised in Park City he spent his childhood in the Wasatch mountains ski racing for Park City Ski Team, Romark Ski Academy and ski touring with family. He moved back to Park City after receiving a BS in Sociology from Montana State University.

Max worked odd jobs until 2004 when he reopened Corner Store Pub and Grill, a staple of ski history at the base of Park City Mountain Resort. Eventually he went back to school for an MBA. After dabbling in development and commercial real estate he was elected to the Park City Council in 2019. A lifelong mountain enthusiast, you can find Max skiing, biking, trail running, and hiking around the central Wasatch throughout the year.

He is currently raising two children with his wife Joanna Kahn, also a local entrepreneur. Max is the second councilman in a multigenerational Park City family; his father Jim Doilney served on Park City Council from 1984-88.

Mayor Dan Knopp

Town of Brighton

Commissioner

 

 

Dan Knopp is the Mayor of the Town of Brighton and has lived in Big Cottonwood Canyon for 26 years.

He is the owner of Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant, Big Cottonwood Rotary Plow, and Bear Trap Lodge. For almost 20 years, Knopp was president of the Silver Fork Pipeline Corporation where he supervised the rebuilding of most of Silver Fork’s water pipeline system. Before moving to the Canyon, he lived in Holladay, Utah, and ran Miller Pavings General Contracting Division and held a general engineering license.

Knopp is a lifelong skier, former ski racer, and competed six times at the US Masters Nationals. For eight years, he was chairman of the USSA Intermountain Masters. For over a decade, Knopp lived above the Silver Fork Lodge kitchen with his daughter, Kassie. He built a house in Beartrap Fork where he currently lives with his wife, Tara, and children Keaton, Kelsey, and Kate.

Mayor Monica Zoltanski

Sandy City

Commissioner

Besides her work on environmental issues, Mayor Zoltanski is a long-time Sandy resident, community advocate, former Sandy City prosecutor and has owned several antiques shops in the Salt Lake Valley. She was raised in Northwest Ohio by exceptional parents who grew up in the Depression Era. She is #9 of 10 children and her parents taught their kids of the importance of thrift and the value of hard work. Mayor Zoltanski put herself through college at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she cheered on the Brewers and studied journalism. After college, she worked in Washington D.C. as a congregational aide on Capitol Hill to a powerful congressman who gained success and respect as a legislator by taking care of relationships in his home community. She then attended law school at the University of Toledo and moved to Utah to start her career as a litigator and to enjoy the spectacular Utah mountain lifestyle – so different from the flatlands of Ohio. During her legal career, she worked as a Sandy City prosecutor where she conducted trials in the Sandy Justice Court. This exposed her to the workings of local government, the police department, and the citizens of Sandy. She has been a strong supporter of law enforcement throughout her career.

Mayor Zoltanski is also an animal lover and avid outdoorswoman and those passions have drawn her into public service. She lives near Dimple Dell Park and takes care of her own horses, dogs, and cats right at home. We are so fortunate to still have neighborhoods where it is possible to do so. Through her love for animals and nature, she’s grown keenly aware of pressures of development which increase each year. Balancing our precious open space, historic neighborhoods, unique areas, and business interests is the challenge of our time.

As Sandy City’s Mayor, she stands for: increasing citizen participation in local decisions, protecting our unique neighborhoods, supporting public safety officers, and responsible management of tax dollars.

Mayor Roger Bourke

Town of Alta

Commissioner

 

Roger Bourke [pronounced Burk] was educated at Stanford University where he received BS, MS and PhD degrees in 1960, ’61 and ’64 respectively. The last was in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Upon graduation he joined the Caltech Jet Propulsion Lab in the early years of planetary exploration. At JPL he was involved in designing several planetary missions including the first orbiter of another planet, the first multi-planet mission, and the Voyager mission go the four outer planets, launched in 1977 and still returning data from beyond the solar system.

Prior to his retirement from JPL in 2000, he was on the team planning the international Mars exploration program that has since resulted in multiple orbiters and rovers on the surface.

He now lives in Alta and is an occasional aerospace consultant and full time skier. He is new to municipal government but anxious to learn and serve the community.

Mayor Michael Weichers

Cottonwood Heights

Commissioner

 

 

Mike Weichers is the Mayor of Cottonwood Heights, the City between the Canyons. Nestled against the Wasatch Mountains, its residents enjoy the beauty and lifestyle of its surroundings every day. 

Mike is a lifelong Utahn, born and raised in the South end of the Salt Lake Valley. Mike and his wife, Jenni, have lived in Cottonwood Heights for 19 years and have 6 children, along with 4 grandchildren. He and his family enjoy the outdoors, including a love for skiing, hiking, climbing, and exploring all that our Central Wasatch mountains possess.  

As a strong supporter of clean air initiatives, Mike is proud of his endorsement from O2Utah and is committed to finding future solutions to make the air we breathe cleaner. 

Mike has a diverse professional background, including owning his own business, 15 plus years as an experienced Mortgage Banker, and the last 11 years working as a Banker within Treasury Management. He has volunteered his time serving on multiple committees within Cottonwood Heights, including helping disadvantaged youth, and teaching citizens to be prepared in times of Emergency.  Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Brigham Young University.

Ex-Officio Members


Carlton Christensen

Utah Transit Authority

Commissioner

 

Carlton Christensen serves as Chair of the UTA Board of Trustees, and previously served five years as the Director of Regional Transportation, Housing and Economic Development for Salt Lake County.

Prior to joining the County, Mr. Christensen worked as a Community Development Representative for Zions Bank. Previously he worked for 18 years in finance and accounting for both the bank and for a property management development company. He has an extensive track record of public service including sixteen years spent on the Salt Lake City Council. Mr. Christensen has also been the Chair of the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency and Salt Lake City Council, President of the Utah League of Cities & Towns, the President of the Associates Board for the Museum of Natural History of Utah, an ex officio member of the Salt Lake City Airport Board and Chair of the Wasatch Front Economic Development District.

Mr. Christensen previously served on the Board of Shelter the Homeless and as a member of the Great Salt Lake Advisory Council. Mr. Christensen joined the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees on November 1, 2018.

Annalee Munsey

Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake and Sandy

Commissioner

 

Annalee Munsey is the Assistant General Manager at the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy. The District was organized in 1935 to provide a reliable water supply for the Salt Lake Valley. In her 15 years with the District, Annalee has deepened her passion for water quality and conservation. She represents the District on the Governor’s Water Conservation team, which is composed of seven of the water agencies in the state and promotes the wise and efficient use of water for the long-term benefit of the state and its citizens. She also is an invited member of the Provo River Watershed Council, a coalition of local, state, and federal government agencies, water districts, and private organizations dedicated to ensuring high water quality in the Provo River Watershed. In January 2019, Annalee was appointed to the Central Wasatch Commission Stakeholders Advisory Council where she has served as Chair of the Visitor Use Subcommittee.

Annalee earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in human resources. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at Brigham Young University. A Utah native, Annalee enjoys hiking, waterskiing, camping, and exploring Utah’s national and state parks. Her husband, Chris, and their four children love the outdoors and share in her passion to protect Utah’s water, a precious resource.

Staff


Ralph Becker

Executive Director

ralph@cwc.utah.gov

801-550-2812

Ralph Becker is a 44-year resident of Salt Lake City where he served two terms as mayor (2008-2015). He served in the Utah State Legislature as a member of the House of Representatives for 11 years (1996-2007), including five years as House Minority Leader. In 2015, Ralph served as President of the National League of Cities.

In June, 2018, Ralph Becker was selected as the first Executive Director of the Central Wasatch Commission, an interlocal governmental entity consisting of elected leaders of jurisdictions with responsibilities for the Wasatch Mountains. Their mission is to coordinate and take actions to protect and administer this heavily used and prized region while respecting the many jurisdictions’ responsibilities. It is tasked with implementing Mountain Accord.

In 2017, Ralph served as a Leadership in Government Fellowship with the Open Society Foundation.

He speaks regularly around the world on governance and sustainability and has authored numerous publications.

Prior to his legislative service, Ralph was Utah State Planning Coordinator under Governor Scott Matheson, and co-launched a consulting firm (Bear West) for 22 years specializing in community and resource management planning, environmental assessment, public lands, and public involvement.

Ralph was an adjunct professor in the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning. Ralph holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and from the University of Utah he has JD and a MS degrees. He is a FAICP planner.

Ralph Becker is married to Kate Kopischke, the father of two, and grandfather. He enjoys spending his free time participating in a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.

Blake Perez

Deputy Director

blake@cwc.utah.gov

801-702-2522

Blake is a proud Salt Lake City resident and calls the Rose Park neighborhood home. He graduated from the University of Utah with an undergraduate degree in International Studies and Political Science. In July of 2019, Blake completed the Master’s in Public Administration program from the U. 

Blake also served as chair of the Rose Park Community Council. During this time Blake led multiple neighborhood improvement projects. More recently, Blake worked as a Transportation Planner for Salt Lake City’s Transportation Division. During his time with Salt Lake City, Blake supported in the development and adoption of Salt Lake City’s Transit Master Plan and the creation and implementation of Salt Lake City’s microtransit program.

In Blake’s spare time you will usually find him with his lovely wife, Trina, and son, Bodhi. Together they enjoy going for bike rides, playing in the garden, trips to their family cabin by Bear Lake, and experiencing the amazing landscapes and ecosystems of Utah.

Lindsey Nielsen

Associate Director

lindsey@cwc.utah.gov

801-706-1004

Lindsey Nielsen grew up in Sandy, Utah, and graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a degree in Political Science. She then earned a Master’s of Science in Environmental Protection and Management from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She’s interned for the Scottish Parliament, Wild Utah Project, SLC Green, and conducted field research in South Africa, France, Scotland, Finland, and across the wilds of Utah.

Lindsey joined the Central Wasatch Commission as Communications Director in August 2018, and became the Associate Director for the Commission in September 2020. She directs the Commission’s public involvement and community engagement, digital and social media strategy, special projects, internship program, and liaises with the press. Before joining the CWC, Lindsey ran a human-rights-centered film festival in Fort Collins, Colorado, directed communications for an environmental non-profit in Park City, and worked in the Salt Lake City political arena.

Outside of the CWC, you will find Lindsey gardening, with her rescue-pups, Harper and Charlie, or climbing, biking, skiing, paddling, and hiking in and around the Central Wasatch.

Kaye Mickelson 

Administrator

kaye@cwc.utah.gov

801-230-2506

Kaye Mickelson calls Salt Lake City and the Wasatch mountains home even though she has lived in many places around the world map. Born in Abilene, Texas her dad’s time in the military and her own professional/personal life has given her broad experiences of different environments, cultures, missions and tasks.

Kaye has a background in higher education, health care, and public service. She completed a multi-discipinary undergraduate degree at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington as well as graduate work in organizational development and cultural anthropology, focusing on “how things work or don’t work” and problem solving. Curious about life stories, backgrounds,  present events and the future. She is an avid reader, researcher and lifelong learner.

She can be found enjoying many venues from opera to country – is a devoted movie and movie industry groupie, hanging out wherever there is a film festival – taking classes or in a book club somewhere – or in some natural environment  just soaking up the beauty and the stillness.

Kaye has four children, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild – all which she will tell you are terrific individuals and accomplished in their own lives.

Madeline Pettit 

Administration and Engagement Intern

madeline@cwc.utah.gov

Madeline Pettit is from Oak Park, California, has been traveling to the Salt Lake Valley her whole life and has now called it home for the past four years. She is currently finishing up her undergraduate degree in Marketing at the University of Utah and is excited to use her skills and education post-graduation to support causes around the world. Previously, she worked as a marketing intern with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah and as a Sales Associate at Helpful Village and has loved learning about mentoring as well as the aging space.

In her free time Madeline enjoys exploring new hobbies out in the sun and is often running, hiking, or skiing in the Wasatch Mountains. When she’s not outdoors you will usually find her reading, learning a new language, spending time with family, serving her local community and church congregation, or knitting new clothes.