Board Member

Clay Northrop was born and raised near Schenectady, in upstate New York.  His love of the outdoors was fostered in the Adirondack Mountains to the north, and in the undeveloped areas surrounding his suburban housing development.  He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1984, and has worked since then in the manufacturing automation, solar, and medical device industries.  He is currently a Research Fellow with Stryker Neurovascular.

Clay spent 10 years in New Jersey after college, to be sure he knew what he didn’t want his surroundings to be like, before quitting his job in 1994 and yielding to the powerful gravity of the Wasatch Range, which he’d previously visited several times.  He has the good fortune of being married to Dianne Rychlak Northrop, and they have two charming teenage children.

Clay has traveled in roughly two dozen countries and nearly all 50 states, and cannot imagine where he’d rather be than here in Utah.