SCENIC UTAH BOARD

RALPH BECKER served as Mayor of Salt Lake City  from 2008 to 2015. He is now Director of the Central Wasatch Commission, an agency of state and local jurisdictions working to advance the Mountain Accord agreement. He served 11 years in the Utah House of Representatives (1996-2007), including five as House Minority Leader. Prior to his legislative service, he was Utah State Planning Coordinator under Governor Scott Matheson and served on the Salt Lake City Planning Commission. He co-founded and worked for 22 years at Bear West, a community and environmental consulting firm. Throughout his career, Ralph has worked to serve communities across Utah, and to preserve the state’s remarkable scenic character. 

TRACY DUTSON has more than 20 years of experience in affordable housing project development, finance, and construction management. He served as Mayor of the small town of Rockville, championing efforts to preserve the historic Rockville bridge – a National Park Service “Scenic Backway.” Tracy earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Utah. He is an avid runner, hiker and mountain biker, and passionate about protecting the scenic trails and beauty of Utah.

JOHN HUEBNER, a Park City resident, was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and spent much of his career in Greenville, South Carolina. Motivated by billboard blight and the increasing power of the outdoor advertising industry, he co-founded Scenic South Carolina in 2001. In 1987, he founded Mor-Lite, a company that pioneered energy-efficient lighting technology in Greenville. Since then, Mor-Lite technology has been installed in hundreds of industrial plants, warehouses and distribution facilities throughout the United States. John earned a degree in urban planning from the University of Mississippi, and later worked as an urban planner in Greenville. He also served as President of Greenville’s Beautification Commission; in that role he wrote the city’s very first sign ordinance. He was Chairman of Leadership South Carolina, where he met scores of people across the state who shared his passion for scenic preservation and limiting visual blight. Not long after back-to-back hurricanes in 1985 thwarted his plan to sail around the world, in 1999, John married the late Deedee Corradini, former Salt Lake City Mayor (1992-2000) and moved his company to Utah to be closer to Deedee and her family. 

TY MARKHAM chairs the board of a nonprofit grassroots organization called Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance ("MESA") that she co-founded in 2013. In 2009, she retired from her position as clinical psychologist at the University of Utah Pain Management Center (1994-2009) to develop a wellness retreat in Torrey, Utah – the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park – where she now runs a seasonal business. She served a four-year term on the Torrey town council, and twice ran to represent her district in the Utah State House of Representatives. Ty spends much of her time during the off-season in Salt Lake City, where she is a citizen lobbyist advocating for environmental protections and for Utah's scenic public lands. 

JANET MUIR, a fifth-generation Utahn, is chair of the advisory board for Center for the Living City (New York City and Portland, OR) and is a founder/steering committee member of the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies at the University of Utah. She retired from McKinsey & Company (North American Manager, Global Proprietary Knowledge) in New York City after a long career in media, including business and legal positions with The New Yorker and Esquire.

STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

KATE KOPISCHKE  is Scenic Utah's volunteer coordinator. She is an independent dialogue facilitator and mediator, helping  companies, communities, non-governmental organizations and public-sector stakeholders build consensus and find solutions to complex social and environmental challenges. Her clients include large corporations and financiers who are developing projects with significant social and environmental impacts, and communities who are affected by those projects. 


If you are interested in volunteering your services to help us build and grow Scenic Utah, please call or text 801.554.5263 or email us: info@scenicutah.org.