Jane Patten led and managed Peace House as executive director from 2004 through 2016. She has more than 30 years’ experience developing and managing programs for community-based organizations, beginning as a program director and member of the governing board with a YMCA in Ohio and ending with her management of a New England-based outdoor education program before moving to Utah in 2004.
In January 2017 Jane was named Peace House Facility Project Director, charged with guiding the new Peace House Community Campus to completion.
Jane has a BS from Charter Oak College in New Britain, Connecticut.
Tami Whisker spent most of her childhood in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and moved to Utah in 1982, when her parents were transferred to the Beehive State.
Drawn to Summit County by the people and the lifestyle, Tami moved to Park City following graduation from Southern Utah University. She worked in hospitality management for 16 years before beginning a successful Real Estate career in 2005. She was awarded the Distinguished New Member Award by the Park City Board of Realtors® her first year. Since then she has been the recipient of numerous other professional awards.
An avid volunteer, who believes in giving back to her community, Tami served as president of the Park City Board of REALTORS® in 2012 and continues to serve as a Director. In addition to her service on the Peace House Board of Directors, she assists with the annual Egyptian Theater fundraiser.
Debbie Bump joined the Peace House Board in October 2011. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, she has served on the Peace House Finance Committee since 2009. She has worked in banking for over 10 years and is currently an Executive Banking Relationship Manager at Zions Bank. She belongs to the Park City Rotary Club and has a long history of volunteer service, notably with the Kimball Arts Center, Arts-Kids, Chain Reaction for a Cure, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park City. In 2007, Debbie was Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Sister of the Year. Debbie believes that it is important to be actively involved in the community.
Debbie currently resides in Oakley, UT with her husband Jeff who not only supports her in all of her endeavors but is also an active partner in her volunteer activities.
Karla is a CPA and is currently the Director of Finance for the Utah Athletic Foundation. She has served on the Peace House Finance Committee since 2009 and has served on the Board of Directors since early 2010. Karla is also a Girl Scout Leader and the Finance Director for the Four Valley Service Unit.
Karla believes that Peace House provides fundamental services to our community and is proud to associate herself with an organization that assists families and children.
Originally from Michigan, Julie graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She has 18 years of experience in the computer software industry, primarily at IBM in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, where she directed all aspects of software development, including business strategy and plans, marketing programs, new business development, and customer support. While at IBM, Julie completed a master’s degree in Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Julie has extensive nonprofit experience. In addition to volunteering with Peace House since 2013, Julie is a former member of the board of directors for Friends of Animals Utah. She was also the volunteer production manager for the gymnastics venue competitions for the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games in North Carolina.
Julie and her husband, Steve, have resided in Park City since 2004. Julie has been a seasonal employee at Deer Valley for 7 years.
Susan LaMere was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Penn State University and Southern Methodist University School of Law. She lived in Texas for 30 years, where she had a general civil practice. She is also a certified personal trainer. Susan moved to Park City in 2008 to be close to family. The mother of two and grandmother to five lives in Park City with her husband, Guy, a University of Utah pediatrician. She now works at Deer Valley Resort in the winter and teaches fitness classes at PC MARC all year round.
Kate Margolis was born in Ithaca, NY and has lived up and down the east coast her whole life. She has spent the last 15 years working as a Domestic Violence Advocate in Morris County New Jersey, with Jersey Battered Women Service and in Washington DC with DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. She received the Thousand Points of Light award for her work in New Jersey and Advocate of the Year in Washington DC.
Kate moved to Park City in 2015. Her husband works in Salt Lake City, and she has 3 grown children. She spends her free time enjoying the incredible natural beauty of Utah, hiking, skiing and welcoming friends and family to her new home.
Kate strongly believes in being involved in her community and has been volunteering at Peace House since she arrived in Park City.
Sheriff Justin Martinez has more than 15 years of law enforcement service and presently serves as Summit County Sheriff. Over the span of his law enforcement career, Justin has served as a captain in the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, division commander, patrol sergeant, SWAT team leader, honor guard commander and training coordinator.
Prior to his law enforcement career, Justin served a military tour of duty in the United States Coast Guard. He successfully completed air crewman flight candidate school and was a helicopter air crewman.
Justin is a current board member of the Summit County Children’s Justice Center and is a member of the Summit County Domestic Violence Coalition.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Service Management Administration from Utah Valley University. He is married and has two daughters. His interests include fly-fishing, camping, and skiing.
Utah native Sue Proctor grew up learning to ski on the slopes of Park City. Shortly after moving from Salt Lake City to Park City in 1995, she became a Peace House volunteer. Her duties have included shelter advocacy, outreach, assisting at Peace House events and fundraising. Sue was invited to join the Peace House Board in February 2015.
Sue has more than 35 years experience in accounting and finance, which began while working for the Schettler-Williams auto dealership. She presently is accounting manager and facilities co manager for Sugarhouse Self Storage and South Jordan Self Storage.
Other volunteer interests have included local school PTOS, PCHS Football Boosters, church organizations and serving as an after-school reading tutor for the Star Reading Program., Beyond volunteer work, Sue enjoys waterskiing, hiking, oil painting and spending time with her family. She believes the family is the heart of a community and is committed to helping other families by supporting the Peace House mission.
Jim Smith joined the Peace House Board in September 2010 with an appreciation for the extraordinary value Peace House offers and a desire to actively support its programs in our community. Jim’s background includes corporate positions in IBM and Texas Instruments as well as several start-up ventures in which he remains involved. He has a B.A. from Stanford University and an MBA in Marketing from University of Southern California.
After five moves in 25 years within the US and Asia, Jim and his wife moved to Park City in 2001 and first learned of Peace House and the timely and compassionate services it provides, through his church and community involvement.
Susanne Thalman was born in Berlin, Germany, and raised in the Black Forest. She studied law and economics at the University of Bayreuth. After receiving a law degree from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, she worked as an attorney in Germany before moving to Park City in August 2006. In Park City, Susanne is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones Investments, consulting and managing the financial affairs of families and business owners.
Susanne is married and the mother of two children. She is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club. In her free time she enjoys golf, skiing, gardening and historical literature.
Janet Thompson became involved in the nonprofit sector in 1988, when she joined the Board of Trustees at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. She found her experience rewarding, as she created policy and guided the school through a major expansion. Janet was involved in a successful Capital Campaign, raising more than $10 million for a new wing, a performing arts studio and theater.
Janet moved to Park City in 1993, and raising her two young children was her first priority. But in 2007, she was asked to join the Board of Trustees for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area. In 2010 a Capital Campaign was launched, and more than $11 million was raised to build a new house, remodel the existing house, join the two together, while building a family room at Primary Children’s Hospital. Though she completed her Board obligations in 2013, Janet continues to volunteer in the guest services department of the Ronald McDonald House.
Realizing her passion in the nonprofit area is children and families, Janet sought out Peace House as a volunteer. When she was asked to serve on the Board of Directors she “jumped at the chance.”
Nancy Tosti joined Peace House Board of Directors, with more than 25 years experience in administration, childcare, fundraising and coordination of non-profit programs. Along with serving on the board, she serves as co-chair for what is now called Bling Fling Boutique, which annually raises much-needed funding for Peace House.
Nancy has a lengthy history of volunteerism in the Park City community, from feeding Park City’s hungry through helping at the food bank and the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, to providing compassionate care to the sick and home bound as a pastoral minister. She is also a prominent figure in the interfaith community, with roots in the Interfaith Council, Shepherd of the Mountain Lutheran Church and St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, where she has served since 1995. She is delighted to be a part of of the Peace House mission to assist families affected by domestic violence.
Together with her husband, Tom, Nancy runs Tekton Woodworks, a liturgical furniture business based in Oakley, UT. Nancy’s other interests include kayaking, crafting and spending time with her family.