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Acerson, Karen

karen.acerson@uvu.edu

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.


Clarke, James - Foundation Chair

james.clarke@uvu.edu

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, 1-800-Pharmacy.com, and HireVue.com, 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@uvu.edu

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.

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Gappmayer, John

john.gappmayer@uvu.edu

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.

Rick Nielsen

Nielsen, Rick

rick.nielsen@uvu.edu

Rick Nielsen was appointed a member of the UVU Board of Trustees July 2017. Mr. Nielsen currently serves as the Superintendent of Nebo School District, with an enrollment of over 32,400 students, in southern Utah County. He has held this position since 2010.

Prior to serving as Superintendent, his career included service as a sixth-grade teacher, elementary school principal, and district-level administrator. Mr. Nielsen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master of Education Degree in Education Leadership from Brigham Young University.

Mr. Nielsen serves on a number of boards, including co-chair of the UVU/MATC K-16 Alliance, Chair of the BYU/Public School Partnership, Utah County Board of Health, Nebo Education Foundation Board, Utah Valley Chamber Education Committee, and Nebo Credit Union Board.

Mr. Nielsen grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah, and is a graduate of Spanish Fork High School. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Spanish Fork and are the parents of five children. In his leisure time, Mr. Nielsen enjoys reading a wide variety of genres, attending the theater, and supporting sporting events.

Rob Smith

Smith, Rob

rob.smith@uvu.edu

Rob Smith was appointed to the UVU Board of Trustees May 2017. He was born and raised in Orem, Utah, and attended Mountain View High School where he played on the basketball team and was on Student Government. Rob has enjoyed being actively involved at UVU during his education, serving on the LDS Institute Council and working most recently as a Presidential Intern for the 2016-17 academic year. He served a leadership role over the program's activities and direction, and he greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with UVU's Cabinet and specifically with the Chief of Staff.

Rob is excited for the opportunity to serve as the Student Body President at UVU. He has developed a great love for the university and plans to bolster it as it continues on to new heights. He intends to focus on UVU's core theme of Student Success as he works alongside his Council.

Rob is currently studying Political Science with a minor in History. He intends to pursue a Masters in Public Administration upon graduation from UVU and hopes to engage in a life-long career in Higher Education. Rob is happily married to his wonderful wife, Kati, and they are the proud parents of their son, Thomas.

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Sunderlage, Jack- 2nd Vice Chair

jack.sunderlage@uvu.edu

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.talylor@uvu.edu

Jill Taylor was appointed to the UVU Board of Trustees in July 2015. She 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 board 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.

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

duff.thompson@uvu.edu

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.

Paul Thompson

Thompson, Paul

paul.thompson@uvu.edu

Paul Thompson, Ph.D., was appointed to the UVU Board of Trustees July 2017. Dr. Thompson served as president of Weber State University from 1990 to 2002. Following his service at Weber State he served as president of the Massachusetts Boston Mission of the LDS Church, and he has since served as a counselor in the Boston Temple presidency.

Dr. Thompson received a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1969. From 1969 to 1973, he was an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School. He began work at Brigham Young University in 1973, serving there as professor of Organizational Behavior, chairman of the Department of Organizational Behavior, Dean of the Marriott School of Management, and Vice President of Development and University Relations.

Dr. Thompson is co-author of two books - Novations: Strategies for Career Management and Organization and People: Readings, Cases, and Exercises in Organizational Behavior. He has had articles appearing in Harvard Business Review, Research Management, Management Review, and Organizational Dynamics.

Dr. Thompson and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of six children, five daughters and one son. They are also grandparents to 29 grandchildren.