Biography

Renee Burkley

Human Services Pillar Chair

Renee is a native of Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing and her Masters in Health Education/Health Communication at Ohio State University.  Renee also pursued certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant, specializing in Long Term Care Litigation.  She has worked in the healthcare field since 1976 and retired from Intermountain Healthcare after 15 years in hospital administration and quality and risk management. She worked at Valley View, Dixie Regional, Park City, and Heber Valley Medical Centers.  

Renee has been featured in various media platforms, including television, radio, and print as a prominent nurse educator and community health advocate. Recognitions and awards have been received from the American Cancer Society, City of Saint George, National Nursing Conference and at the state level where she accepted a Nursing Excellence Award in Leadership for her work at Park City Medical Center.

Due to Multiple Sclerosis, Renee retired from healthcare, but has continued her mission to address unmet needs in Wasatch County. She established the Wasatch Community Service Alliance, now the  Human Services Pillar of the Wasatch Community Foundation. She currently serves on their board. Through her leadership, the Healing Hunger Here Campaign was initiated and made a significant impact in childhood hunger in Wasatch County. As a result of their achievements, they were awarded a Select 25 Grant through Intermountain Healthcare in 2018.  

She has called Utah home since 1995. She is married to Chris, her spouse of 37 years, and has two sons; Keenan, a 6th grade teacher in Salt Lake City and Zak, a physics professor at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. Zak is married to Jillian, a licensed Clinical Social Worker. They have one son, Jaxon.

Renee loves the outdoors and adores birds of prey and horses. She has volunteered at the National Ability Center in Park City and as a docent for Hawkwatch International.  Renee also loves to utilize humor to get through some of her physical challenges, and has even performed stand-up comedy at Wise Guys in Salt Lake City. Renee and her husband continue to navigate the uncertainty of her disease and are always seeking new ways for her to enjoy the most beautiful valley in the country.

Renee is honored to be part of the Wasatch Community Foundation and is so grateful for all the incredible residents who want to make Wasatch County a healthier, happier place to live.