Bill Lockhart, Chairman
Bill grew up in Holladay regularly hiking with his dad and dogs in Neffs Canyon and going on hiking and camping trips in the southern Utah canyon country. He spent as long as possible at the University of Utah, beginning with a music scholarship, later getting Bachelor and Master degrees in linguistics, and ultimately getting his J.D.—and backcountry skiing in the Wasatch as much as possible all the while.
His life experience has been widely varied, having done technical writing in the Paleolithic era of computing, taught academic English and ESL in Malaysia, traveled for a year mostly in south Asia but all over the Eastern Hemisphere from New Zealand to Soviet Russia, developed innovative designs for a structural engineering firm, litigated business, personal injury, and personal injury defense cases, climbed in Yosemite, Canada, Nepal, and Alaska, and participated in the successful start up of a contracting firm in Santa Fe specializing in restoring historic adobe and stone buildings.
His most regular sources of pleasure include seeking out small corners of the Wasatch he’s never been and exploring long, improbable hiking routes in southern Utah. He lives in Sugarhouse with his pervasively beautiful wife Jill and a charismatic cat.
Polly Samuels McLean, Vice-Chair
Polly’s first love when moving to Utah in 2000 was the Wasatch Mountains. She was blown away by how she could get away from it all in only a 20 minute drive. Polly came to Utah because of the accessible wilderness at the doorstep of Salt Lake City. She was born and raised in New York City where the only wildlife she saw were large squirrels.
She attended college at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and then law school in upstate New York at Cornell. While in law school she realized how much she needed to be close to the outdoors and a few years later got up the gumption to move to Utah.
Polly has lived in Summit County since 2003. She is an Assistant City Attorney for Park City Municipal where she concentrates mostly on Land Use law. She is an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker and hiker. She loves exploring in the Wasatch as well as elsewhere in Utah. Her husband, Andrew McLean, willing accompanies her on some of her outings, as do their two dogs (when they are allowed). Their two daughters are learning to love hiking, biking and backcountry skiing!
Gavin Noyes, Board of Director
Gavin is a Utah native who has had the great fortune of growing up hiking, skiing, and enjoying the Wasatch since childhood. In college, Gavin majored in Japanese and Environmental Science at the University of Michigan. He has worked for several non-profits on land protection and toward strengthening communities in Utah. Gavin served as Executive Director of Save Our Canyons from 1998-2002, and received the Alexis Kelner Conservation Award in 2003. He is currently the Utah Program Director for Round River Conservation Studies working with Native American tribes on wildlife and public land conservation. Additionally, Gavin studied wood fired ceramics in Japan and has a studio and kiln where he produces functional art.
Gavin is married and has two children who are also enjoying the trails, wildlife, and scenery of the Wasatch. Gavin’s favorite canyon? Hint: Black bears nibble the elderberries just 10 miles upstream from where this canyon’s river is now “daylighted” inside a popular new mall.
Clay Northrop, Board of Director
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 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has since worked nearly 30 years 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 pre-teen 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.
Tom Lund, Board of Director
Tom Lund has a deep background in sales, marketing and recruiting over the past 25 years. He has a track record of successful in the office automation industry, professional services, and banking sectors.
Tom has helped emerging growth, regional, and Fortune 500 companies succeed in growing their revenues and market share. He graduated with honors from Southern Utah University with a degree in English.
Mike Reberg, Board of Director
I am honored and excited to join the board of Save Our Canyons. Over the years I have had the great privilege to work with many past and present staff and board on a wide variety of issue concerning the Wasatch and look forward to my new role on the board.
I trace my personal interest and concern for the environment back to the early 1970s when as teenager I watched and read news stories about air and water pollution. I recall stories of DDT killing eagles and the near extinction of entire whale populations. During those years Congress passed the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act and I remember thinking that if I cared about the environment I needed to care about the people we elected. Those events coupled with the discovery of Edward Abbey later into the 70s cemented my personal identity as an “environmentalist.”
In 1987 after switching careers from journalism to politics, I actually began working on environmental topics. The first one was a Save Our Canyons issue. I was an assistant to a Salt Lake County Commissioner and that year we launched the first Wasatch Canyons Master Plan process. That year I met for the first time members of Save Our Canyons, including a young Howie Garber, who took me on my first hike up White Pine, lobbying me the entire way up about the need to better protect the canyons.
Ten years later as a candidate Salt Lake County Commissioner, I found myself siding with Save Our Canyons in its opposition to the large, expansive development Snowbird proposed at the top of Hidden Peak. I remember speaking at a SOC press conference with Gail Dick, Gavin Noyce and others we advocated for a smaller footprint.
As Congressman Jim Matheson’s District Director from 2003 to 2013, I worked with Save Our Canyons to stop the Federal Aviation Administration from redirecting commercial airline flights over the Wasatch, and more recently Congressman Matheson’s Wasatch Wilderness and Watershed Protection Act.
Today my work life is focused on animal welfare as the Director of Animal Services for Salt Lake County; the largest no-kill government shelter in Utah.
Jeff Niermeyer, Treasurer
I grew up in the East Millcreek area and spent my summer days exploring the trails and mountains of the Central Wasatch as well as the Southern Utah red rock canyons. Throughout my adult life I have continued to be active in the outdoors and spend my leisure time hiking, biking, skiing, climbing, and whitewater kayaking. I have pursued these activities from South America to Alaska. During my travels, I came to recognize that the Wasatch Mountains are unsurpassed in their singular beauty, wild nature, and easy access to recreational activities which facilitate sustained connections to the great outdoors. I recently bikepacked on the 2,700 mile Great Divide Mountain Biking Route, which traverses the Continental Divide from Banff, Canada to the US-Mexican border. During the course of my ride, I had the opportunity to see dozens and dozens of watersheds, some pristine and some severely impacted. Pedaling through these watersheds, I was struck by the unique and extraordinary opportunity that the Central Wasatch Mountain watersheds provide to the residents of the Salt Lake community.
I graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. My career focused on water resource management and the protection of the mountain watersheds that provide critical water supplies to the Salt Lake Valley. Prior to my retirement in January of 2016, I served as the Director of the Department of Public Utilities for Salt Lake City. My responsibilities included the management of 185 square miles of watershed which supply water to over half a million residents. During my career I had the opportunity to be involved in defining and helping to address the growing challenges that the Central Wasatch faces on numerous fronts. I look forward to working with Save Our Canyons to continue to help protect and preserve the balance of uses that exists in the Wasatch Canyons today. I am passionate about working to safeguard the wonders of the Wasatch Mountains so that my children and future generations will be able to enjoy the same quality of experience that I have enjoyed for over five decades.
Betsy Haws, Secretary
Betsy grew up in beautiful Logan, Utah. After graduating with highest honors in American Studies and Government from the College of William and Mary, she worked in non-profit fundraising at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The Brookings Institution. She returned to Utah to attend law school at J. Reuben Clark, graduating cum laude. After clerking on the Utah Supreme Court, Betsy returned to Washington D.C. to start her legal career. When her international law firm came crashing down during the Great Recession, she reconsidered the frenetic pace of D.C. and moved back to Salt Lake City, where she’s worked primarily in civil litigation. She currently serves as Assistant General Counsel for Backcountry.com LLC.
Betsy joined the Board of Save Our Canyons in acknowledgement of the richness the Wasatch Mountains have added to her home and life. Some of her happiest, clearest moments have been spent hiking up Days Fork, watching mountain goats on Mount Superior, or biking along the loom-covered trails near Desolation Lake. She’s thrilled and honored to join Save Our Canyons in their practical, persistent work protecting these vital places.