OVLT BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Gail Meakins
Gail MeakinsChair
Gail joined the OVLT in 2015 and took over as Chair in July 2016. She spent over 20 years in education and recreation as an athletic administrator, teacher, and gymnastics and swimming coach at the club, high school, and collegiate levels, including stints at the United States Air Force Academy and Cornell University, Park City School District, and Judge Memorial Catholic High School. She holds a B.A. in Physical Education from California State University at Sacramento, a MA in Physical Education from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Utah. Gail was a PhD candidate in Urban Planning (ABD) from the University of Utah, focusing on the relationship between our environment and public health. She is an avid hiker, swimmer, runner, and passionate advocate of public access to open space and nature and the preservation of historical and natural landscapes.

Gail and her husband Mark live in East Huntsville. They have two grown children.

Gregory A Booth
Gregory A BoothVice-Chair
Greg was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. He graduated from Ogden High School 1965, from Weber State College in 1970 with a B.A. in Zoology, and from Georgetown University Dental School in 1974. Greg went into dental practice with his father Dr. Harry Booth in 1974. Greg and Rita married in 1968, and have four children, two daughters and two sons. They now have ten grandchildren, nine grandsons and one grand princess! They moved to Huntsville in 1981.

Greg states that his passion for open spaces and wilderness encouraged him to become involved with Ogden Valley Land Trust. Greg adds, “I know that conservation and good stewardship of land is important to preserve open space for future generations.”

Greg and Rita enjoy hiking, biking, boating (river running), skiing, and spending time with family.

Ruby Fuller Raccasi
Ruby Fuller RaccasiTreasurer
Ruby Fuller Raccasi, is a fifth-generation Ogden Valley (Eden) resident and has served on the OVLT board since 2010 as Treasurer. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State College [University] in 1974 and then enjoyed 34 years of civilian federal service working in Washington D.C.; Geneva, Switzerland; and Camp Lejeune, N.C. before returning to Utah. For most of her federal career Ruby worked in human resources, and the majority of her time was spent at Hill Air Force, Utah where she served as the Labor Relations Officer prior to her retirement in 2008. Ruby has two children and two grandchildren. She currently serves as the secretary of the Eden Irrigation Company, on the board of the Weber Association of Master Gardeners, and on the board of the Friends of the Weber/Morgan Children’s Justice Center. She was previously a member of the Weber State University (WSU) Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving as President in 2008-2009, and served on the WSU Emeriti Alumni Council 2014-2018.
Gary Jensen
Gary JensenSecretary
Gary joined the OVLT in 2009 and has been Secretary since 2011. He was born in rural Michigan near Grand Rapids and was raised on their family’s dairy farm. After high school, he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Trade Technical Education from Ferris State University in Michigan with a Mechanical Design major. He worked as and completed Journeyman Tool & Die Maker and Tool & Die Designer requirements. Later he completed a Master’s Degree in Business from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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.

Jon D. Bingham
Jon D. BinghamBoard Member
Bio coming soon
Shanna Francis
Shanna FrancisBoard Member
Shanna graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Weber State University, and attended the University of Utah, obtaining two Master’s Degrees, one in Public Administration with an emphasis In Urban Planning, and another in Middle East Studies. She also studied at Tartu University in Estonia, Moscow State University in Moscow, and Bogazici University in Istanbul; and is completing a PhD from the University of Utah in Political Science.

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.

Marlin K. Jensen
Marlin K. JensenBoard Member
Marlin has lived and worked on a family farm in Ogden Valley for three quarters of a century. He is a former practicing attorney and general officer of the LDS Church. He currently serves on the Utah State Board of Regents, the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District Board of Trustees, the Weber County Intergenerational Poverty Advisory Commission, and the Board of the Community Foundation of Ogden Valley. He has been married for 50 years to the same wonderful lady. Their eight children and thirty-two grandchildren help them stay very interested in the future of Ogden Valley.
Lisa Karam
Lisa KaramBoard Member
Lisa grew up inside D.C.’s beltway in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has degrees in marketing and organizational management from Palm Beach Atlantic University. After a 14-year career as an executive in the retail industry, she arrived in Utah in 1996 to do land development in the Ogden Valley.

Lisa has been a licensed Real Estate agent for the last 15 years and is currently an Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker Realty.

Outside of her professional life, she has been extremely active in community affairs. She is a past chair of the board of the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce, the Ogden-Weber Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Family Support Center. She was a co-founder of the Ogden Valley Business Association, and is currently on the board of the Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports Foundation, the Weber Tourism Tax Advisory Board and Ogden Rotary. She was a founding member of the Greater Ogden Athletic Legacy Foundation (GOAL).

With a unique combination of experience, knowledge, skills and contacts, Lisa brings to the Ogden Valley Land Trust Board a highly professional and effective presence in the Ogden Valley. As a long-time resident, she conveys with passion the beauty and lifestyle that must be preserved in this magnificent corner of Utah.

Lisa is an avid skier and sailor, and in her words, “owns a set of golf clubs.” She is married to Walter Fuller.

Kirk Langford
Kirk LangfordBoard Member
Kirk, an Ogden, Utah native, attended Weber State College and graduated with a B.S. in Park Planning and Resource Management from the University of Utah. He competed in athletics and lettered in NCAA Collegiate Ski Racing at both institutions.

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.

John Loomis
John LoomisBoard Member
John grew up in Tacoma, Washington and attended Whitman College where he graduated with a degree in Economics in 1970. Having first gone skiing as a 5-year-old, John decided to take a year off and live the life of a “ski bum,” taking a job as a bartender at the Shallow Shaft in Alta, Utah. One thing led to another and 24 years later, he was the Vice President of Mountain Operations at Snowbird. It was at Snowbird where he met his wife who has been with him for the last 42 years. They have two sons and three grandchildren. After 17 years in Lake Tahoe, John had the opportunity to return to Utah as the General Manager of Snowbasin Resort in 2012. He retired in 2018 and has been enjoying all of the wonderful things to do in Ogden Valley. John joined the OVLT board in 2018. “It was immediately apparent to me what a special place Ogden Valley is, and I hope I can contribute to helping keep it that way through my participation with OVLT.”
Scott Murri
Scott MurriBoard Member
Scott Murri grew up in Bountiful, Utah and graduated from Bountiful High School. He spent much of his recreational time snow skiing, water skiing and camping in and around Ogden Valley. Scott began studying Engineering at the University of Utah and ultimately graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University. After serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Florida, Scott married his high school sweetheart, Libby (who is also an outdoors recreational enthusiast). Libby has fond memories of skiing with her father at Snowbasin.
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”.
Steve Noel
Steve NoelBoard Member
Mr. Noel is partner with the law firm of Smith Knowles in Ogden, Utah, and has practiced there since 1997. He graduated from Utah State University and the University of Idaho College of Law. He has been named several times among Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine. He has taught numerous seminars for the National Business Institute. He is a member of the Utah State and Weber County Bar Associations. He is a “Barrister” in the Rex E. Lee Inn of the American Inns of Court. He taught business and employment law at Weber State University as an adjunct professor for many years. Mr. Noel is the past-president of the Utah State University Alumni Association and just finished his term as a member of USU Board of Trustees. He loves spending time with this family, enjoys the outdoors and is also a car enthusiast. The OVLT board has been a recent but treasured appointment for him, as he believes that the purpose and efforts of the Trust are so important to the future of the Valley.
Jami Taylor
Jami TaylorBoard Member
Jami and her husband moved to Huntsville in 2012. Since then, she has served on the Ogden Valley Planning Commission and the Pineview Advisory Committee. She feels that as Ogden Valley grows, it is critical to preserve open spaces and is grateful to help work towards that goal.

Jami has a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance from Utah State University. She currently teaches guitar lessons, plays in the band Mothers of Mayhem and creates music curriculum. She is also nearing completion of a degree in Computer Science from Weber State University.

Jami prefers being outside and has worked in the past as a ski instructor and hiking guide. She is grateful that she and her husband get to raise their two boys in a friendly community surrounded by mountains and beautiful views. She enjoys spending time with her family, trail running with her dog, skiing, paddle boarding, surfing and backpacking.

Steve Waldrip
Steve WaldripBoard Member
Steve Waldrip completed his undergraduate studies in English at Brigham Young University, received a law degree from the University of Utah and a Master’s in Taxation from the University of Washington. After practicing law for a short time, he took a job with the Boyer Company in Utah at the beginning of the Business Depot Ogden project. As project manager and with a great team he brought half of a billion dollars in private investment into BDO and Ogden, negotiated $250 million in lease transactions and helped create over 4000 new jobs.

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.