Susan Swartz, Co-Chair
Susan Swartz explores the landscape through potent color and richly layered abstract paintings. With her evocation of coastal splendor and mountain drama, Swartz follows in the tradition of the great German painters 19th century Romantic sage Caspar David Friedrich, and 20th century icon Gerhard Richter. She is inspired by the intersection of art, nature and spirituality.
Swartz’s distinctive style has been recognized with solo exhibitions at the Kollegienkirche in Salzburg, Austria in 2014; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. in 2011; the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah in 2010; and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2008. Her works are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the Springville Museum of Art; the Utah Museum of Fine Arts; and the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In 2005, Swartz was published in the Gibbs Smith collectors book Painters of the Wasatch Mountains alongside Wasatch Mountain School artists Maynard Dixon, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran. The same year she was honored by the Harvard Divinity School for a career that continues to blend artistry and faith. Swartz was the Official Olympic Environmental Artist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. In 2008, she was honored with the Independent Publisher Book Award for her hardcover book Natural Revelations.
The underlying energy and tension to Swartz’s work hints of her complex relationship with the natural world. Her decade long struggle with mercury poisoning and Lyme disease transformed her as an artist and as a citizen. She now works from a place of impassioned reverence for the earth, and of fierce determination to inform and educate. Partnering with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Louie Psihoyos and Dr. Jane Goodall on a number of their environmental campaigns, Swartz also supports the vision and production of documentary films that seek to shed light on social and environmental injustice. Films touched by her include Academy Award-winners and nominees, as well as Sundance Film Festival award winners.
Swartz serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Divinity School, a member of Women Moving Millions, and is the co-founder of the charity-based Christian Center of Park City. She is on the board of the Utah Film Center and a founder of the documentary film organization Impact Partners.
Swartz paints from studios in Park City, Utah and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Jim Swartz, Co-Chair
Jim Swartz is a Partner and Founder of Accel Partners, a prominent global technology venture capital firm with offices in Palo Alto, CA, London, England, Bangalore, India and Beijing and Shanghai, China. Active in venture capital for over four decades, he has served as a Director for over fifty successful companies and has been closely involved as lead investor with the emergence of numerous industry pioneering technology companies. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a concentration in Engineering Sciences and Applied Physics and holds an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, where he sponsors the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program and the Swartz Leadership Scholarship.
He is Chairman of the Swartz Foundation and the Christian Center of Park City, Director Emeritus of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation (where he established the Borgen-Swartz Education Endowment), Trustee of the Sundance Institute and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and a member of the Board of Advisors of Tepper School of Business and Pacific Community Ventures. Jim also led the establishment of the Deer Valley Music Festival as a Founder and the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard as Co-Chairman of the Major Gifts Committee. From 1999 to 2002, he served on the Management Committee of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics of 2002 (SLOC). He is the recipient of a Merit Award from Carnegie Mellon University and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Western Governors University.
Together with his wife Susan, Jim also founded Impact Partners, a financing and advisory firm advancing independent cinema that addresses pressing social needs including Academy Award Winners Born Into Brothels (2005) and The Cove(2010) and numerous Academy Award Nominees and Sundance Award Winners.
Geralyn Dreyfous, Board Secretary
Geralyn White Dreyfous began her career at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a special assistant to Dean Graham Allison. In this capacity, she helped raise $22M for three new public policy initiatives, The Taubman Center for State and Local Government, The Weiner Center for Social Policy, and Marvin Kalb’s Meet the Candidates, Press and Politics Initiative. While working at the Kennedy School she began exploring the unique relationship between philanthropy, non-governmental organizations and social innovation.
At the invitation of Alfred Taubman, philanthropist and real estate entrepreneur and Frank Stanton, founder of CBS, Geralyn began consulting privately on special philanthropic project initiatives in New York City in 1988. For Stanton she served as a special liaison to The Center for Communications, a non-profit he and Thorton Bradshaw started to examine the policy and ethical implications generated by rapid technology changes in the communication industry. For Taubman, she helped incubate the first public-private school reform initiative in his home state of Michigan. In 1989, she and Peter Karoff founded The Philanthropic Initiative, a consulting business for people of wealth and corporations interested in strategic advice and staffing for their philanthropy. The Rockefeller Foundation financed the company. Today TPI represents over 40 family foundations and 20 corporations. Last year it helped deploy over $50M of new philanthropy.
In 1992 Geralyn was awarded a Lyndhurst Prize for her work in philanthropy. The prize, modeled after the MacArthur award, was a three-year “no strings attached” grant of $40,000. Geralyn used that grant to be trained as an Outward Bound instructor, and teach with Robert Coles at Harvard University. In 1994 she left TPI, taking two private foundation clients and began devoting half of her time to working with Dr. Robert Coles on establishing a Center for Community Service and Documentary Studies. This work was the precursor to what is now the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, which birthed DoubleTake Magazine and the DoubleTake Film Festival.
In 1995 Geralyn was married and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. In Utah, she is active on several boards including The Reebok Human Rights Foundation, Peter Gabriel’s Witness, the Utah Symphony/Opera Olympic Aid and the Moab Music Festival. She is a founding member of the Social Venture Network and remains active in connecting businesses and philanthropies to social causes.
In 1998 the Institute for Civil Society, a private foundation, hired Geralyn to help spin DoubleTake Magazine out of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. DoubleTake Magazine has won every coveted literary and photographic award, including the General Excellence Award. It also produces an award-winning online classroom companion for educators. In 2001 she launched a DoubleTake Summer Institute for teachers, activists and emerging documentarians. The Institute was held at Hampshire College and led by Ken Burns and Robert Coles. Geralyn has co-produced with Witness and Andrew Levine Productions a ten minute expose on forced child prostitution and is currently producing an hour-long documentary film entitled The Day My God Died-Stories from the Child Sex Slave Trade between Nepal and India. Winona Ryder narrated the first film with original music donated by composer Philip Glass. The feature documentary has played in festivals around the world and is being distributed by Tapestry. She founded The Salt Lake City Film Center in 2002 and serves as its Executive and Artistic Director. Geralyn lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Jim Dreyfous and two children McKarah and Jake. She graduated with honors from Harvard College.
Peter and Gail Ochs *
Peter Ochs serves as Chairman of the Board with his wife Gail as Vice Chair of their personal foundation, First Fruit Inc. Peter also serves as Chairman of the Board of The Fieldstone Corporation, a residential development company with operations in California, Utah and Texas, and of the Fieldstone Foundation, Fieldstone’s charitable giving arm.
Their strong Christian principles are seen in their individual participation on numerous non-profit boards, including Prison Fellowship Ministries, The Wycliffe Seed Company, Board of Governors of United Way of America, The Gathering, Wycliffe Bible Translators US, and BEE (now Entrust). They have been members of Mariners Church in Irvine for over 30 years where Peter has served as an Elder and Gail has counseled and mentored young women and been involved in women’s ministries. She sees herself as living out God’s call as daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and servant of the Lord.
They have been married 42 years and live in Corona del Mar but spend the winters in Park City. They have four married daughters and nine grandchildren and enjoy biking, skiing and international travel.
*Emeritus Board Members
Doug and Linda Wells
Doug Wells is a Vice President and Partner for Albion Financial Group. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University. Doug deeply enjoys helping Albion’s clients succeed in their financial lives. Some of Doug’s additional professional activities include residing on multiple boards such as the Salt Lake Estate Planning Council, Vutara (a startup high tech company) and Catheter Connections.
Doug is a frequent public speaker and an author on topics of interest to high net worth families, business executives/owners and to many of the charitable causes they support. As an author and presenter, his goal is to connect seemingly disparate pieces of information into important patterns and actionable insights.
Doug is an avid fan of outdoor activities including skiing, paragliding and flying general aviation aircraft. He is an FAA certified flight instructor for single and twin-engine aircraft and is a PSIA certified level one ski instructor.
Linda Wells joined the David Eccles School of Business in 2011 as the Director of the MBA Program and Director of the Sorenson Center of Innovation and Discovery. She came to the U from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she was the Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. In this capacity for 10 years, she partnered with faculty and esteemed lecturers to create innovative courses and programs as well as Boot Camps and CEO Summits for students and alumni.
Linda’s deep network extends to hundreds of successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers across industries and company stage arming her to add tremendous value to students and alumni seeking counsel and resources. Prior to her role at Stanford Linda was the founder of The Sanitas Group, a healthcare consulting group; the Director of Product Management for Informed Access Systems/Access Health, an early-stage healthcare software company; and a project engineer with DuPont. She has her MBA from Stanford Business School and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Doug and Linda live in Park City with their 2 daughters.
Jacki and Greg Zehner
Jacki Zehner dedicates her time and resources towards the advancement of women and girls. As the President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, a role she has held for the past 15 years, Jacki funds a wide variety of projects and organizations, with a particular focus on women’s rights, women’s foundations, movement building, and media. Jacki has served as the Chief Engagement Officer and President of Women Moving Millions (WMM) since 2012, with the goal of mobilizing unprecedented resources for the advancement of women and girls. In addition to her work with WMM, Jacki serves on a number of boards and advisory committees, and is an active writer, speaker, consultant, and featured expert on topics relating to women and wealth, philanthropy, and leadership. Since 2013, Jacki has been a blogger on the LinkedIn Influencer platform, attracting over 200,000 subscribers to date, and over the past several years, she has invested in and executive produced numerous documentaries that illuminate today’s pressing social issues. In 2015, Jacki had the privilege of being named to the Economist’s Global Diversity List and was honored to receive the Zions Bank Women in Leadership Award. Prior to her philanthropic focus, Jacki was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in New York City, where she was the youngest woman and first female trader to make partner. She currently lives in Park City, Utah with her husband Greg and two teenage children.
Greg grew up on Long Island and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987 with both a Masters and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, he joined Goldman Sachs where he spent eight years in the mortgage department before co-heading the emerging market trading desk. Greg (along with his wife Jacki) was named partner in 1996. In 2000, Greg left Goldman to spend more time with his two children, Matthew and Allie. In 2003, he felt called to ministry and enrolled in Yale Divinity School. He graduated cum laude with a Masters of Divinity in 2006 and became associate pastor at Grace Community Church in New Canaan, Connecticut. In 2010, Greg and Jacki, along with their family, moved to Park City.
Jim and Judy Bergman
Jim was a Founder and General Partner of DSV Partners III and IV and their predecessors. These firms provided capital and management assistance to emerging companies primarily in high technology, particularly those technologies associated with electronics, communications, biotechnology and health care. Later he served as a Special Limited Partner of Cardinal Partners I and II, Princeton, NJ based funds which focused on early-stage investments in the health care sector.
For over thirty years Jim served DSV in several capacities. He was Vice President and Treasurer of Data Science Ventures and later a co-founder and General Partner of DSV Associates, DSV Partners III and DSV Partners IV. He was involved in the early funding of a number of significant technology companies. He has led investments in data communications, semiconductors, computer peripherals, and advanced technology areas. Most recently, Jim focused on investments involving consolidation strategies in various technology-based industries. Jim has served on Boards of more than thirty-five companies, including DeCrane Aircraft Holding and Maxim Integrated Products. He was also a director of the National Venture Capital Association from 1985 to 1990. He is presently active on the Board of Maxim Integrated, a public company and also serves on a number of Boards and Committees for charitable organizations.
In the past, Jim has served on the Boards of OIBM (Malawi) and OISL (Ghana), two Micro Finance banks, Faulu Tanzania and OI/WEDCO, two other MFI’s affiliated with Opportunity International based in Tanzania and Kenya. He has also been on the Boards of Fuller Seminary, Concordia University-(Advisory), Opportunity International, the Christian Center of Park City and the UCLA Foundation. Jim and Judy have taken more than forty field trips to countries in the Developing World with World Vision, Church Resource Ministries, Opportunity International and other organizations.
Jim attended UCLA, where he graduated with honors with a B.S. in Engineering and received his M.B.A. with distinction. Jim and his wife have endowed two fellowships at the UCLA School of Social Welfare to promote the implementation of new ideas to help women and children in the inner city and the Developing World and several scholarships at Fuller Seminary targeted to assist inner-city and low-income students.
He currently resides in southern California with his wife and has three grown sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.
Greg and Laurel Spencer
Greg and Laurel Spencer have been residents of Park City since 1989 and have been active in the community through their involvement on the Boards of Mountain Life Church, Intermountain Christian School (Salt Lake) and giving to both the Food Pantry and the Counseling Center at CCPC. The Spencers have been active supporters of local organizations such as Park City Young Life, Pregnancy Resource Center of SL, The Peace House, the SL Rescue Mission on the local level, and in regards to international poverty relief, justice and faith-based level, organizations such as Food 4 The Hungry, International Justice Mission and World Vision. Greg founded Blue Source (www.bluesource.com) in 2000, which today is the leading climate change portfolio in North America, and, with Laurel, founded The Paradigm Project, L3C (www.theparadigmproject.org) in 2008.
Paradigm is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, and operates in East Africa and Central America to create sustainable social, economic and environmental change in the developing world. Paradigm was recently recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the five leading social innovation companies in America. Greg and Laurel have been married 34 years, enjoy traveling to Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and especially San Diego, which is home to their three grown children.
Bob and Annie Lewis Garda*
Bob and Annie-Lewis Garda are retired and live in Park City, Utah. Bob is a retired director of McKinsey & Co. where he headed their world-wide marketing practice. He is also retired from being Executive in Residence in the Marketing Department of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He continues to serve on three corporate boards as well as committees at Duke.
Annie-Lewis’ last jobs were working for the now-Senator George Voinovich-first creating and running a loaned executive and volunteer program (Project MOVE) for the City of Cleveland when he was mayor there, then leaving the City Hall staff to join his first campaign for the Senate. Additionally, while in Cleveland, she served on a bank board and seven non-profit boards, including The Cleveland Foundation and The Cleveland Orchestra. Since leaving Cleveland, she has been very happy being a Grandmother.
*Emeritus Board Members
Doug and Deb Schillinger
Doug and Deb Schillinger have been residents of Park City since 2005. They are both East Coast transplants who feel fortunate and blessed to have landed in Utah.
Doug is a Managing Director with DW Healthcare Partners (www.dwhp.com), a healthcare-focused private equity fund. He has served as Director or Chairman for Boards in a wide range of healthcare sectors including laboratory services, institutional and specialty pharmacies, physician practices, clinical research organizations, behavioral health providers and medical device manufacturers. Deb spends much of her time managing the divergent calendars and busy lives of their three school-age children (Karsten, Rhys and Aster) and teaching Yoga classes at a local studio in Park City. They are active via Board roles or development work with several faith-based and relief organizations including YoungLife, Medair, and The Paradigm Project.
Doug received a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he previously sat on the Alumni Board of Directors. Deb graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
Byron founded Byron Russell LLC in March of 2011, based on his years of experience in academics, national and international politics, journalism, fundraising, finance, economic development, higher education, public relations, philanthropy and social enterprise. Having expanded a wide network in varied interests, Byron Russell LLC was formed based on a need of facilitating corporations and foundations to connect. ideas. connections. results. has been a template of performance for well over a decade.
Byron was Vice President of Development for over five years for Western Governors University, fundraising and leading the National Advisory Board of Fortune 500 corporate partners to enhance the quality of an educated workforce. Before joining WGU, Byron was the Founding Executive Director of the Salt Lake Cultural District Development. Byron created this initiative to create state-of-the-art facilities in downtown Salt Lake City with a mission to project a greater quality of life through increased economic development. Formerly a Private Banking Vice President at Zions Bank, Byron was provided on loan to the Salt Lake Chamber for two years. In 1994 he worked in Development at the Utah Symphony for six years. Prior to making Utah home, he was a writer at the Washington Post Style section and a political reporter for the Washington Times covering the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch. His experience in politics began in South Africa, the British House of Commons, including his assignment in leading the Namibia independence campaign from former South West Africa.
Byron is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park in Government Politics, Journalism and French. He was born in Washington, DC, and now regards Utah as home, where he serves as co-chair of the Utah Multicultural Commission and serves on the boards of the Utah Film Center, PBS Utah, Salt Lake Education Foundation, Encircle, Christian Center of Park City Board and National Advisory Board, Westminster College Emeritus, Welcoming Americans, Utah Census 2020, and Utah Governor’s Mansion Foundation.