A native of Hanover, New Hampshire, Emily Fisher moved to Park City, Utah in 1998. A graduate of Middlebury College, Emily was a four-year member and a two-time captain of Middlebury‘s Division I Nordic Ski Team. After graduating Middlebury, Emily worked for the U.S. Ski Team from 1998-2007 as the Freestyle Program manager, serving as the Team Leader for Freestyle at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In 2007, Emily became the Marketing Specialist and PR Manager for Dodge Ridge, a small ski resort in Northern California for 2 years before returning back to Park City for a job with Dr. Rosenberg in his ProHealth Lab. In 2011, Emily’s focus came back to her first love, athletics, via the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation (UOLF). Over the past seven years, Emily has served in various roles for the UOLF, first as the Guest Services Manager at the Utah Olympic Park and then as the Senior Manager of Public Operations at Solider Hollow. Emily was a member of Park City Leadership class 19 and is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the local non-profit PC READS, a dyslexia advocacy foundation. As a forever-athlete and parent of a daughter and son who play sports, Emily is passionate about the mission of supporting youth sport activities in Summit and Wasatch counties. She is excited to guide the YSA during the next phase of it's growth.
Youth Programs Director
Heather Ferguson-Sims, a native of Great Britain, studied Sports and Leisure Management. After a short stint in the private industry Heather worked for the English Sports Council as a Sports Development Officer, developing sports for target groups at a brand new recreation facility attached to a community college. Over the 3 year appointment, Heather managed the sports center and coached multiple sports within the college. At the end of her tenure, Heather was approached to join the PE department within the college and take on an educational role. While working in the PE Department, Heather completed a Masters degree in Education at Brunel University.
In 1998, Heather moved to California and attended a local community college where she completed a variety of courses in graphics, design and photography. This led to a position as a marketing and production manager for a fast paced graphic design company, which produced marketing collateral and up to 18 publications a month. After the birth of her 2 children, Heather worked as the global marketing manager for a custom running shoe start up company, combining her sports and marketing background. In 2013, Heather and her family moved to Park City, after coordinating the Jeremy Ranch Get Out & Play, Heather fell in love with the program and when the Youth Sports Alliance had an open position, Heather was excited to join the team.
Jan Alsobrook Mitchell joined the Youth Sports Alliance Team in 2010 as a JANS Winter Welcome volunteer which led to a paid staff position two years later. In her current position writing grants and handling media, Jan draws on a 25-year career working in politics and non-profits. As a newly minted graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Jan packed up her pick-up truck and headed to Washington, DC to put her political science degree to use. Her first paycheck came from the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) chaired by then-Governor Bill Clinton, where she implemented a rigorous schedule of special events as well as writing briefings for Clinton and other elected officials from all levels of government. Concurrent with much of her time at the DLC, Jan volunteered on Governor Clinton’s 1992 Presidential campaign where she knocked on doors up and down the Eastern Seaboard in support of his candidacy, managed fundraising events and worked in the ‘War Room.’
After her time at the DLC and a brief stint in on Capitol Hill working for Representative Steve Solarz (D-Brooklyn), Jan headed to the automotive industry where she worked as a registered lobbyist representing the industry to Congress, developing and implementing grass roots lobbying efforts, managing a Political Action Committee (PAC) and working with media to promote efforts in Washington and state legislatures.
In 1999, Jan followed her Navy Pilot husband to the Netherlands for a 2 ½ year tour and then Jacksonville, Florida, where she juggled fundraising and writing jobs while raising their two children. The move to Park City was a bid to escape the Florida heat. After trying out life as part-time residents for 18 months, Jan and her family left Florida on a humid 80-degree day and arrived to sub-zero temperatures. They’ve never looked back, embracing trail running and skiing. Jan originally hails from Sebastopol, California, in the Sonoma County wine country where she had a successful high school athletic career lettering 10 times (4 times in track & field, 2 times in basketball, 4 times in cross-country).
Laurie Santoro is a native Californian. Raised in Morgan Hill, her childhood was spent walking through the foothill trails to the neighborhood pool, building tree forts and rope swings, searching for tadpoles, evening softball practices, and Saturday swim meets. After graduating Live Oak High School, she moved onto California State University, Fresno where she graduated with a BA in Communicative, Science, and Disorders. Before diving into a career, Laurie felt the strong pull to explore a new life in the mountains and moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her husband and their dog. Steamboat brought a new lifestyle to the young couple and there they discovered mountain life. After two wonderful years of working as a ski instructor, server, and counselor, family and careers pulled them back to the Bay Area of California. Laurie started work as the Service Manager for a national window and door company working with customers and technicians. Throughout her nine years Laurie worked her way up through the company and lead the internal operations teams through major technological advances, database and software changes, product changes, and shifts in the workforce. After having children Laurie’s desire to be at home with her two boys conflicted with the demands of her position as Operations Manager and she saw a great need for a Corporate Trainer in the quickly changing and growing company. Laurie spent the last two years of her career training new and existing employees, coaching the Management team, improving employee satisfaction, and increasing profitability. As her boys got older, Laurie felt the need to be home with them full time. In her spare time, Laurie volunteered in the school classroom, working on fundraising projects for education, volunteered as a reading and writing tutor for children with dyslexia, and countless hours of exposing her boys to their wonderful world. Laurie shared her love for the mountains with her kids and after many years of weekend trips to the Sierras, Laurie and her family made the move to Park City, Utah where they now live full time. Right in line with her passion for children and outdoor sports, Laurie began work with Youth Sports Alliance. YSA strives to lead the community by providing access to sports and promoting active lifestyles for all local youth. All the things Laurie loves to do is now right out her back door; hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, exploring. Park City is providing Laurie with the things her dreams are made of, a happy and healthy family, involvement in the community, and new experiences to continually push herself to grow.
Liz Craig Myers has been a part-time member of the YSA team since 2013, helping implement rebranding of the organization and generally making YSA look good. Originally from San Francisco, CA, she graduated from University of Wisconsin with a double major in Graphic Design and Art History, and worked in a small ad agency and a publishing house in Minneapolis before discovering Park City on a ski trip in 1997 and moving here with her husband in 2000 and working as an independent designer. A decade later, with two kids in the Park City School District and on several of the youth sports teams associated with YSA, it was an obvious fit for Liz to work with the organization that provides after school programs like Get Out & Play and funding for local youth winter sports.
Youth Programs Assistant
Rachel grew up in Covina Hills, CA. Her childhood was full of equestrian and outside activities. Rachel completed in Cross Country and Track & Field. She participated in the track and field junior Olympics and earned two state champion titles. Oklahoma Christian University awarded Rachel a full ride scholarship where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and was an All American, second in the nation in marathon. Following her graduation she took to the skies as a flight attendant for a new an upcoming U.S. airline, Jetblue Airways. Relocating to New York City five days after 9/11 was an ominous and surreal experience. Rachel still flies for Jetblue part time, but her full time career is being a mother of four energetic children. She found the Youth Sports Alliance Get Out and Play program the first year she moved to Park City and has been around the program ever since. She volunteered as a coordinator for many years and really loved what the program meant to the children as well as the community. This is her first year with YSA and she is excited to be a part of the team.