BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chef Shon Foster A native of Kanab, Utah, Executive Chef Shon Foster takes a thoughtful approach to food, blending contemporary cuisine with local & international traditions.
Chef Shon’s career path led him to the role of executive chef at Amangiri.
Chef Shon’s next venture led him back home to open Sego Restaurant in Kanab Utah.
Chef Shon has charted his own path in the culinary world, spending a handful of years as a recording engineer in the music industry before discovering his passion of the culinary world and fine dining. His efforts have culminated in an invitation to the 2013 & 2014 Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival and most recently, his whimsical approach to food titled “S’mores School” was a popular display at the Nashville Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, catering for high end car companies around the United States.
Chef Shon also has represented Utah and its culinary scene in Germany to promote Southern Utah tourism, and added public speaking at local farm conferences and economic development seminars to his most recent experiences.
Tyler Melling is a Cedar City estate planning attorney . When not practicing law, Tyler is either spending time with his family, volunteering with the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce, participating in the Cedar City music community, teaching Legal Studies courses like Estate Planning & Probate at Southern Utah University, or helping a friend prune their landscape trees.
Tyler Melling was born and raised in Texas, but he returned to his roots in Cedar City to attend SUU, where he met his wife in the Opus Chamber Choir after serving an LDS mission in Slovakia. He graduated in 2012 in Economics with a minor in music performance.
After his time at SUU, Tyler attended the University of Iowa College of Law. Tyler’s law school experience also included a study abroad program in Arcachon, France.
Tyler received his Juris Doctor with High Service Honors in December of 2014 and moved back to Cedar City to raise his family and open his law practice. He loves helping others in whatever way they need help, whether to find a connection, fulfill a legal need, help their business grow, or with gardening advice.
Bill McVay is an avid outdoorsman. He has enjoyed many outdoor sports like motorcycle racing, mountain biking, rock climbing, scuba diving, kayaking and rafting, backpacking, and just playing in the dirt and water. He has thousands of hours flying small airplanes as a licensed pilot. He has been married to Lynn for 40 years and they enjoy any time they can with their four children and ten grandchildren.
He enjoys volunteering at his church for various projects and regular assignments. He has been a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight for the last 10 years. While living in South Dakota, he volunteered as an on-call ambulance driver for small rural cities near his small farm. He has served as a volunteer member on various board of directors, most often for non-profit organizations. Since 2015, he has served as a volunteer board member on the Cedar City Airport, Board of Directors. He has served as a volunteer board member and treasurer on the board of directors for the Red Acre Center since its inception in 2016.
He started working in the automotive service industry in 1977 and worked as a construction tradesman starting in 1978 through 1984 and still dabbles in the trades today. In 1984, he began his career with The High Road Program, a California based non-profit 501c3 corporation providing Substance Abuse counseling and Habilitative services to parolees in the State of California. He held various positions including Controller and CFO in the corporation through 2008. As of January 1st, 2009, Bill accepted the position of Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO for The High Road Program.
In addition to his current position with The High Road Program, he works part time as a white-water raft guide on the San Juan and Sevier rivers. He also spends part of his time working as a small equipment operator providing services to local farmers and other customers in the Cedar City and St George areas.
Sara Patterson, a farmer and entrepreneur who started a CSA at 14, is the owner of and runs Red Acre Farm CSA, a successful small Biodynamic farm. With her mom, she established Red Acre Center for Food and Agriculture . She started the 2 farmers markets in Cedar, is an activist and responsible for making herd shares legal where they were not in 2015 in Utah, and is the 2016 winner of the Gravel Road Gang Award for activism FTCLDF, the Unsung Hero Award from State Policy Network, and the Cedar Chamber of Commerce’s Young Citizen of the Year Award. She eats and advocates that everyone should have access to local nutrient dense food. She is a popular speaker and loves sharing her journey.
Symbria Patterson spent a lifetime working in the nonprofit sector. After her daughter started an organic farm, she and her late-husband saw the possibilities and left their employment to work full-time building a sustainable farm. Their focus was to make local food accessible and to create a community educated about healthy food and responsible sources. As her experience grew, so did her vision, and she saw the need for an organized effort in promoting and protecting farmers, farms and local food economies. She and her daughter started another adventure, while continuing the first, and co-founded Red Acre Center in the midst of farming.
She says she has never worked a day in her life. “I always find myself engaged in a cause and loving what I do!” The mother of four and grandmother of eight, she loves, to walk, read, farm, eat good food and be anxiously engaged in a good cause.