OVLT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Scott owned and operated a local CPA firm in Salt Lake City for over 30 years. In his practice he focused on small business consulting and Income and Estate tax planning. In the course of his work, he assisted many clients with Conservation Easement transactions preserving open space. As a result of these experiences he became aware of the important role this planning tool has for, not only the community and the surrounding environment, but also the tax incentives this tool can provide to the donor. It truly can be a win win arrangement for all parties.
Scott and his wife moved to the Ogden Valley to enjoy the peaceful valley in 2013 and continue to enjoy the open space and outdoor recreational activities that are available. After selling their accounting firm 2015 and then retiring in 2017, Scott and his wife served another mission for their church in Poland.
Scott serve on the Board of Ogden Valley Land Trust for 1 year prior to leaving for Poland and has now rejoined the Board. Preserving open space in this valley is important to everyone that lives here and “being a part of this preservation is important to me”.
After his military service, John fused his leadership know-how as an officer with his background in science. He worked in the pharmaceutical and medical device sales industry and eventually became the Hawaii manager for Olympus Surgical Technologies of America. Later, he started a medical device distributorship, which he ran with his wife until 2021, when they moved to Ogden Valley full time.
Before moving, John did a project in Hawaii that initially started as a personal passion. In an effort to help people connect to what he believes is the healing power of the outdoors, John created a sustainable, off-grid nature center called Holomua Farms.
John first visited Ogden Valley in the early 2000s and fell in love with its beauty and open space. Having always valued community, John’s immediate instinct was to find out how he could serve. This led him to Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports, where he served as president and where he continues to volunteer today as co-chair of the advisory committee.
He served nine years as a commissioned officer in the MI Army National Guard, with the last few years as a Company Commander of the state’s largest Maintenance Company. After working several years as a designer and engineer at a components manufacturing division of General Motors Corporation, he made a career move into technical sales as a manufacturer’s rep and sales engineer. As the owner of his own small business, Jensen Engineered Systems, Inc. for 14 years prior to retirement, his specialty was factory automation and special machines for small part manufacturing.
Gary and his wife Diane retired and moved to Eden in 2006 for the mountains, blue skies, and skiing. They were attracted to a familiar and beautiful rural setting. They have four children and three grandchildren. They still own property on a National Scenic River in Michigan. A few years ago they entered into a conservation easement on this property in an effort to preserve its open space qualities while limiting development. This is where Gary was introduced to, and became interested in, land trust organizations.
Shanna worked for Ogden City Corp. in their Community Development Dept. in both the community development and current planning offices; and was employed by the Utah Association of Conservation Districts (UACD), working under the auspices of the Utah Dept. of Agriculture, partnering and consulting with the state’s Soil Conservation Districts, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the U.S. Forest Service, Farm Bureau, and many other local, state, and federal agencies and NGOs involved in natural resource conservation. She served as a Zone Coordinator for UACD, coordinating conservation efforts within five Utah counties.
She has worked as a Technical Writer/Editor, developing and writing water management and conservation plans in conjunction with mandates from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and for both Shipley Group, Inc. and JB Environmental, developing Environmental Assessment (EA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) documents under NEPA guidelines.
She also founded and co-owns SR Communications, publisher of The Ogden Valley News, serving as its managing editor.
Volunteer work includes serving on and chairing the initial Eden Planning Committee which evolved into the community Growth with Excellence Mandate (GEM) committee, and serving on The Ogden Valley Land Trust Board since 1999.
He now works on a social benefit real estate fund, the Rocky Mountain Homes Fund, serves on the Boards of United Way Northern Utah and Ogden Valley Land Trust and on the Ogden Valley Planning Commission, and represents District 8 in the Utah House of Representatives. He loves being out in nature hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, walking or just sitting, and hopes to be able to help preserve natural space in Ogden Valley for future generations to enjoy.
Steve lives in Eden with his wife Jenny and their 4 boys.
His work experience began on his aunt and uncle’s dairy farm in Eden, Utah as a very young boy. During college he worked as a park ranger for Utah State Parks and Recreation and at prominent ski shops in Ogden and Salt Lake City. His career in the outdoor winter sports industry began at Rossignol in marketing. At Salomon, he was involved in competition services and product development design, and as product manager for North America and Japan. Langford worked at Marker for more than 20 years, holding several key management positions before becoming Executive Vice President. Today he is Vice President of Sales at Descente North America, and owner of Pyramids Creative.
Kirk has a passion and love for the earth, environment, land, open spaces and outdoors. He leads an active outdoor lifestyle, farming, skiing, white water rafting, fly-fishing, backpacking, waterskiing, cycling, etc.
He has deep roots in, and a lifetime attachment to Ogden Valley. Kirk and his wife Beje Bohannan live in Eden and actively work their small 40-acre farm.
Langford has served as a past board of director for Marker USA, Ski Utah, and the Ogden Valley Winter Sports Foundation.
Mike is a shareholder of the law firm Dentons Durham Jones Pinegar. His legal practice focuses on estate planning, probate administration, and business and real estate transactions. Mike represents individuals, families, business owners, charitable foundations, and business entities in a variety of legal matters.
Mike lives in the south end of the beautiful Ogden Valley with his wife Victoria and their four children. They enjoy bike rides to the monastery, clear cool nights, and spending time with family and friends throughout the valley.