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Acerson, Karen

Karen L. Acerson previously served on the UVU Board of Trustees from 2005-2007. Her time on the board was interrupted when her husband was asked to serve as the mission president of the Italy Rome Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2007-2010. She has accepted a second appointment to the UVU Board of Trustees beginning January 2012.

After being raised in Moab, Utah, Karen attended Brigham Young University where she also worked during her schooling as an immigration specialist and secretary. In 1983, she accepted a position at WordPerfect Corporation and became their Director of Customer Support. She helped rewrite their user manual, taught classes, and appeared in training videos. She continued to consult for the company after starting a family with her husband, Jeff, and then began writing books for Osborne/McGraw-Hill and Ziff-Davis Press. Her book, “WordPerfect: The Complete Reference” became a New York Times bestseller.

Karen and Jeff are the parents of six children and she continues to be very involved in the community. She has served as PTA President at Pleasant Grove High School and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

Taran Chun

Chun, Taran

Dr. Taran K. Chun was appointed to the UVU Board of Trustees September 2014. He is an educational leader, teacher, and an advocate for all students. Dr. Chun is currently the principal of Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah, part of Alpine School District. 

Dr. Chun has been a high school teacher and coach, middle school and high school administrator, and adjunct professor.  As a high school teacher, and football and track and field coach, Dr. Chun understands the role teachers and coaches play in preparing students for the real world. As a successful middle school assistant principal in a Title I school, Dr. Chun learned to engage parents from diverse backgrounds in playing a significant role in the school improvement process.  He was recognized as the “Outstanding Assistant Principal” for the State of Utah in 2008.  In his role as Junior High Principal in a Title I school, Dr. Chun helped turn a failing school in one year into a successful school according to No Child Left Behind standards. He was recognized as a Huntsman Excellence in Education award recipient in 2012.  He is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah teaching educational leadership courses. 

Dr. Chun has an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Utah, an M.Ed. in Education Leadership from Brigham Young University, and a B.S. in Physical Education K-12 from Brigham Young University.  His doctoral research focused on creating successful community learning centers for parents and families in the school setting.

Dr. Chun is married to Nizhoni A. Chun, and they have five children.

Clarke, James - Foundation Chair

James Clarke was appointed a member of the UVU Board of Trustees in February 2014, and also serves as the UVU Foundation Chair. He is the CEO & Managing Partner of Clarke Capital Partners, a Growth Equity and Alternatives Family Office. Prior to CCP, he directed Yellowstone Partner's Private Equity & Alternative Assets. In 2001, James founded CLEARLINK, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, working as CEO, then Executive Chairman. After 10 years in online retail, CLEARLINK was acquired in early 2011 by Pamlico Capital (formerly Wachovia) where it continues to grow with over 1,500 full-time employees.

James has served on the boards of Havens Residence Club,, and, among others. In his community, James has served on the board of advisors for Kingsbury Hall, as a Trustee on the Board of the Utah Symphony, the Utah Opera, and The Deer Valley Music Festival. He has been a member of the Utah Technology Council and YPO. James currently serves on MWCN, BYU-Idaho's Presidents Advancement Council, and is a Founder at BYU's Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. The Clarkes also direct the "Labore et Honore" Foundation for the Arts, Education and Humanitarian Efforts.

James has been recognized as a vSpring 100 Entrepreneur, an MWCN “Utah 100” Honoree on multiple occasions, and as a Utah Business Magazine “40 Under 40” business leader. CLEARLINK was named as Utah's 4th fastest growing company, is a multi-year INC. 500 honoree and has been voted consistently as one of Utah's Best Places to Work.

James is married to the former Andrea Earl of Holladay, Utah and they are parents to three children. He is an Alumnus of Brigham Young University, Harvard Business School and holds a Masters Degree in Management from Oxford University. James enjoys time with family, travel, and all sorts of fast moving motorsports.

Dalton, Elaine- Chair

Elaine Dalton was appointed as a Trustee in July 2013. She was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. She graduated from Ogden High School. Her freshman year she attended Weber State College and subsequently Brigham Young University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a teaching certification in secondary education.

Elaine served as the General Young Women President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2008 to 2013. Her prior service includes five years as a member of the Young women General Board and five years as a counselor in the Young Women General Presidency. She was instrumental in the development of a new teaching and learning resource for youth and has served on numerous committees overseeing programs that educate and strengthen youth.

From 2008 to 2013 Elaine served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the LDS Church Education System which includes Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University Idaho, Brigham Young University Hawaii, LDS Business College, and Seminaries and Institutes worldwide. She was a member of the Governor’s Commission for the Education of Women in 2012.

Elaine has written and published two books and numerous articles on the importance of values and mentoring, and strengthening the rising generation. She is a frequent public speaker, has completed seventeen marathons, and enjoys running and hiking with her family.

In her responsibilities as Young Women General President, Elaine traveled extensively both internationally and domestically and has a broad understanding of the needs and challenges of youth. She feels that education is critical in strengthening individuals, families, and societies, and believes that when a young woman is educated, generations will be elevated.

Elaine is married to Stephen E. Dalton. They are the parents of five sons and one daughter and the grandparents of 17 grandchildren.

Birch Eve

Eve, Birch

Birch was appointed to the UVU Board of Trustees on May 1, 2016. He was born in Louisville, KY, and moved to Utah in the fall of 2010 after graduating high school. Birch began his studies at UVU in biochemistry, but switched to Business Management after seeing the countless opportunities afforded him by the Woodbury School of Business. While attending UVU, Birch has been actively involved in the Student Alumni Association as the director of traditions and most recently as the UVUSA Senator representing the Woodbury School of Business where he has been instrumental in starting the college's own student advisory council.

As the 2016-20017 Student Body President, Birch and his council plan to celebrate the student voice by seeking to inspire passionate involvement and excellence by connecting and educating students on the resources and opportunities available at UVU.

Birch intends to graduate at the end of his term as president and will pursue a Masters degree in Finance. He then plans to move back to Kentucky to further the success of his family's business. When Birch isn't answering emails and representing the students at UVU, he can be founding spending time with his wife or competing in Spartan races.

John Gappmayer portrait

Gappmayer, John

John Gappmayer is an internationally-focused executive with more than 15 years of experience in international expansion and support. Through his experience serving an LDS mission to Japan, John developed a love for exploring and learning about new cultures. Presently, John works as the Area Director for North Asia at doTerra International, a leading global provider of essential oils and natural health products, helping the company open and grow in new markets in the region.

John graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University (the UVSC) in 1998, and then went on to receive a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Arizona State and a Master's Degree in International Management from the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management.

John presently lives in Mapleton, Utah, with his wife and 5 children. He loves spending time outdoors with his family and takes every opportunity possible to drag them all over the world with him. His wife and kids have spent time with him in Mexico, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, and Europe.

Lampropoulos, Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie Wright Lampropoulos was appointed a member of the Board of Trustees in February 2014. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University and a Master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School. She has written for several publications, and worked as Deputy Director of Communications for the New York City Council during Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s administration in New York City.

Anne-Marie currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Merit Medical Systems, Inc., where she oversees Investor Relations and Public Relations. She is a published author and holds a United States patent. She has served on many Boards of Directors, including The Leonardo, Utah Symphony & Opera, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Hale Centre Theatre, Discovery Gateway, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, KUED and others.

Anne-Marie and her husband, Fred, have three children and live in Holladay, Utah.

jack sunderlage

Sunderlage, Jack- 2nd Vice Chair

Jack Sunderlage was appointed a member of the UVU Board of Trustees July 2015. He previously served as the Chair of the President’s National Advisory Board at UVU in 2014 and 2015. Jack is the retired CEO of ContentWatch, an Internet management software and services company. Under his leadership for five years ContentWatch grew over 600% in revenue and distributed its software in 157 countries. Prior to ContentWatch, Jack enjoyed a long and successful career with several leading companies in the Information Technology industry. He held key sales and marketing executive positions with Burroughs, UNISYS, Digital Equipment, Compaq Computer and Hewlett-Packard. His last assignment was Vice President of Global Accounts, West Region.

Jack is the past chairman of the board of trustees for the Utah Technology Council, founding chairman of the board of directors for the World Trade Center Utah and was appointed to the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR ) governing authority for the State of Utah. Jack is a past recipient of the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. He has also been recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of The 100 Most Influential People in Utah and by Connect Magazine as one of The 25 People Who Most Influenced Business in Utah.

Other community affiliations have included the National Advisory Council for the Marriott School of Management at BYU, the Engineering National Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at the University of Utah and the MBA Advisory Board for the Gore School of Management at Westminster College.

His bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics is from Cornell College of Iowa. Executive Education included leadership coursework at Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. Jack met his wife Jean at Cornell. They have four children and sixteen grandchildren.

Jill Smith

Taylor, Jill

Jill Taylor is the Regional President of Consumer and Small Business for the Rocky Mountain Region.  Jill has full responsibility for growing Key’s client base and profitability in Colorado, Idaho and Utah.  KeyBank's operations in the Rocky Mountain Region include 135 branches and more than 700 employees.

Previously, Jill served as President of the Utah Market for eight years with direct oversight of Commercial Banking, Private Banking, Business Banking and Consumer Banking.  Under her leadership, the Utah Market was consistently one of the top five of twenty-three markets across Key’s footprint.

Jill began her banking career as a part-time teller at Bank One while attending college. She joined KeyBank in 2004 after serving as First Vice President and Retail District Manager for Bank One in Utah.

Jill earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communications from the University of Utah. She is active in a number of charitable and community endeavors. She currently sits on the boards of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, the Utah Bankers’ Association, United Way of Salt Lake, Utah Valley University’s School of Business and Westminster College Institute for New Enterprise.  She was recently named a member of the Board of Trustees for Utah Valley University. 

Thompson, Duff- 1st Vice Chair/Audit Committee Chair

Duff Thompson was appointed a member of the UVU Board of Trustees in July of 2013. For the past 19 years, Mr. Thompson has been a Managing General Partner of EsNet Ltd., a Utah based private investment firm. Before participating in the founding of EsNet, Ltd., he was Sr. Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Relations at Novell . The relationship with Novell was a result of Novell’s purchase of WordPerfect Corporation, where he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining WordPerfect Corporation, he was a partner in the law firm of Callister, Nebeker and McCullough in Salt Lake City. He holds a bachelors degree in Economics and an MBA from Brigham Young University, and received a Juris Doctorate degree from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School (1981).

Over the past twenty years, Duff has served on a number of corporate boards (both public and private) and currently serves on the board of Qualtrics, LLC, where he is Chairman. In addition to the Qualtrics board, he sits on the boards of Remedy Informatics and Cypher, LLC, two Utah based technology companies.

Duff’s long association with the software industry includes participating in the board of the Software Publishers Association, and in the creation of the Business Software Alliance, where he participated on the board and filled a term as Chairman.

Thompson was raised in Pocatello, Idaho, but has been a long-time resident of Utah. He is married to Sharleen; they are the parents of seven sons, and the grandparents of 16 (soon to be 18) grandchildren.