EVLT Community Forum Panelists
Summit Land Conservancy
Cheryl (she/her) has been the Executive Director of the Park City-based Summit Land Conservancy since 2005 and has built a high-performing team of conservation professionals that preserve land across the Wasatch Back in Northern Utah. Supported by a community devoted to the outdoors and the national Land Trust Alliance, Cheryl was the 2017 recipient of the Alliance’s national Ambassador Award, and the co-recipient of Park City Rotary’s Citizen of the Year. Cheryl is a PSIA level III Certified Instructor and has taught at Deer Valley Resort for 33 years. She lives in Park City in a newly empty nest with her husband, Dave.
Liz Edsall McLaurin
President & CEO
The Land Trust for Tennessee
After graduating from Sewanee: The University of The South, Liz started her career in theatre, acting in both New York City and in regional theatre. Before joining The Land Trust for Tennessee, Liz held positions at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Public Television, Nashville Public Radio, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and Colgate University. The Land Trust for Tennessee is an accredited statewide conservation organization, and was the winner of the 2020 Land Trust Alliance National Land Trust Excellence Award, having conserved over 130,000 acres in 20 years.
Liz serves on the Land Trust Alliance National Council, the Williamson County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Advisory Committee, Nashville’s Sustainability Advisory Board, the Center for Nonprofit Management’s CEO Council, the Alumni Board of Leadership Franklin, and she chairs the Land Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Franklin’s Charge. She received the 2019 EQB Award from the Associated Alumni of The University of the South, and was winner of Nashville Business Journal’s 2014 Women of Influence Awards.
Liz lives with her husband, three sons (currently schooling at home), 5 chickens, 4 horses, and a dog on a farm in the Leiper’s Fork community of Williamson County.
Eagle County Commissioner
Matt was recently elected as the District 1 representative to the Board of Commissioners for Eagle County. He arrived in Eagle County in 2000, having left the corporate telecom world in favor of a more rewarding, if more challenging, small-town life. He found it working at many local organizations such as the Vail Leadership Institute, Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, and Castle Peak Senior Care Community. He previously served on the Minturn town council, with two terms there as mayor. In 2018 he managed the successful ballot issue campaign to permanently fund the county’s open space program.
President & CEO
Vail Valley Partnership
Chris Romer serves as President & CEO of Vail Valley Partnership (VVP). Vail Valley Partnership is the
regional chamber of commerce representing Vail Valley, Colorado. VVP provides leadership and vision to
enhance commerce and economic vitality of the Vail Valley. VVP was named “Chamber of the Year” by
the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in 2016 and in 2020.
In his role, Romer leads the Partnership team to help positively impact the community via various
economic development, tourism development, and chamber programming endeavors. Romer is a
graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM)
program, is an Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) by the Western Chamber of Commerce Executives,
has been named a “Top 25 Mind in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Management” by
Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International and is a past recipient of “Chamber Executive of
the Year” by the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Romer dedicates time to a variety of boards including the Western Association of Chamber Executives,
Colorado Mountain College, Colorado Tourism Office, Tourism Industry Association of Colorado,
Colorado Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, and Colorado Chamber of Commerce
Executives. Romer has also served as a Governor appointee to the Brand Colorado Council, the Colorado
Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Key Industry Steering Network, and the COVID Recovery Task Force.
Romer resides in EagleVail, Colorado with his wife (Stacey) and daughter (Kylah), and their golden