Mary Scott is the President of Fishbowl Inventory and Co-Founder of the Courage Above Mountains Foundation. For her work in technology, business, and as an inspiring community advocate, Ms. Scott has received numerous regional and national awards and recognition. With her business partner, she is a contributing columnist for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and several other publications. At UVU, Ms. Scott has served as an adjunct instructor and on the UVU Foundation Board of Executive Directors. Prior to joining Fishbowl, she was a VP at Certiport. In addition to a completing the Master Information Technology Associate Program at IUPUI, she holds the highest Human Resources Certification from the Senior Professional Human Resource certification and is a Microsoft Certified Professional Instructor.
Dr. Jessica Egbert is the Associate Vice President of Institutional Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, where her expertise is in assessment, informatics, and project management. She holds a BS in Psychology, a MEd in Educational Technology, and a PhD in Educational Leadership. Her research interests are non-cognitive factors of the hybrid doctoral student experience and she has presented nationally on data-driven assessment and institutional effectiveness. She is a community advocate and serves on the Board of Directors of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce and as Board of Directors Chair for the American Red Cross - Mountain Valley Chapter. Dr. Egbert was recently featured as one of Utah Valley Magazine’s “Fab 40” and she enjoys SCUBA diving, her amazing husband, laughter, and excessive amounts of ice cream.
Angie Morris graduated from Brigham Young University and is a member of the AICPA and the UACPA. She has served as the Treasurer of the Utah Association of CPAs and President of the UACPA Southern Chapter. Ms. Morris is currently the Vice Chair for the Housing Authority of Utah County, the treasurer of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Network, and on the Executive Board for the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. She loves spending time at Lake Powell and is a devoted St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Leialoha Pakalani is married to Christopher Pakalani and they are the parents of five children. The Pakalanis have lived in Tonga, Hawaii, and Utah. She received a BA in English from BYU Hawaii, an MPA from University of Phoenix, and is currently working on a doctorate degree. Her professional experience includes teaching at Liahona, BYU Hawaii, Utah Valley University, student affairs in higher education, human resources, Training and development, and now LDS Philanthropies, where she is the Associate Director of Major Gifts for the J. Reuben Clark Law School. Her true loves (besides Chris) are people, motivational training, food, and Facebook. She can type 90 words a minute and play the piano with nine fingers. According to Ms. Pakalani, the secret to happiness is to serve big, to love big, and to give big.
Mary Street is an Associate Broker and Vice President of Land and Investments at Coldwell Banker Commercial. She is actively engaged in the community, having served on the Orem City Council, on the board of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Network, and on the Governor’s Commission on Aging. Ms. Street presently serves on the Envision Utah Board of Directors and on the Utah Valley University Community Relations Council. Throughout her career, Ms. Street has worked to promote effective land-use policies to support economic and community development. Prior to her career in real estate, she worked in sales at marketing at WordPerfect and Novell. Ms. Street has a BA in Economics and Business Communications and an MA in History.
Shauna Theobald is the Director of the UVU Entrepreneurship Institute. Shauna Theobald’s career has focused on creating and growing businesses. She previously directed the Novell Technology Center, an incubator for high-tech startups. Her professional goal is to help tech startups incorporate patterns of success into their company DNA and she has served as a member of the Women Tech Council, Board Member for the Provo Business Development Corporation, Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum Chair, member of the UVU Alumni Board, and Utah Open Source Foundation Board Member. She was a finalist at the 2012 Women in Technology Awards and the 2008 Smoot Award for Business Education Partnership. Prior to her role as Director at UVU, she was the Program Director of Novell’s Open Source Technology Center. Ms. Theobald holds both a BS and an MBA in Business Management.
Ashley: My name is Ashley Kerbs. I have a degree in animal behavior from Utah State University. I have worked for the Living Planet Aquarium (now the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium) for 7 years. I have wanted to work with animals since I was very little and decided that I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. Little did I know just how hard it would be. I decided to start off a little smaller and began training my pet dogs. Then I moved on to parrots. One day I would still like to work with marine mammals, but practice makes perfect and I am taking it one day at a time. At the Aquarium I do shows and presentations, both on and offsite, with the animals to display their amazing abilities to guests.
Jessie: I have had a passion for animals my whole life, and began working with them at age 14. I love sharing my knowledge of the amazing creatures that share our earth with us, and I believe that the more we know about animals the more we care, and the harder we work to preserve the wild world around us. As a member of the Outreach Education Team I get to bring core focused educational experiences and animals out to Utah elementary schools.
Deb Harris received her B.A. and M.A. from BYU in anthropology and has been working in the archaeological field since 2001 following a 21 year career in business administration. She has taught hands-on laboratory and field courses at BYU, conducted on-site field projects in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Greece, and in the intermountain west. Deb is currently finishing up work on the old Provo tabernacle excavation and is gearing up to begin working on a new project in the ancient city of Philadelphia, Egypt.
Lisa: Grew up in California. Lived in Mexico for 7 years. I have 3 children - 2 attend UVU and 1 is a junior in high school. BFA in Industrial Design from BYU. Have worked as an illustrator, industrial designer, and draftsman.
Khristen is a High School Drafting Teacher in the Nebo School District. She was Miss Orem and her platform was Girls and Technology. She also is an ice skater and performed in the opening ceremonies of the SLC Olympic Games.
I have a BS and MS in Physics and did my research in astronomy. Now I am a full-time mother of three children. I teach college science courses (Astronomy and Physics) as my hobby.
Kristin has been an Athletic Trainer at Pleasant Grove High School since 2000 where she teaches Sports Medicine and EMR. She is a Certified EMT and American Red Cross Instructor. Kristin has served as President (and currently as Secretary) for the Utah Athletic Trainers’ association. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, sports, camping, reading and quilting.
Academic Advisor for UVU’s Aviation Science department. Licensed commercial pilot and former chief flight instructor for UVU. Instructor pilot for Lufthansa flight training.
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Brigham Young University. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Chemistry, a Master’s degree in Developmental Biology and Molecular Evolution, and a Doctoral degree in Biology, specializing in Biological Science Education. I teach Introductory Biology, Advanced Teaching Methods, and Science Education Research Methods at the “Y”. My research focuses on the brain processes and pedagogical practices, which lead to the development of scientific reasoning skills and deep conceptual understanding. My hobbies include the popularization of science, reading, baking, sewing, and hanging out with all of my boys.
I earned a Masters degree in ‘Genetics and Biotechnology’ at Brigham Young University. I worked 4 years at Myriad Genetics, Inc., designing genetic tests for individuals predisposed to hereditary cancers, most notably, breast and colon cancers. I have taught biology and biotechnology courses at Utah Valley University as an adjunct professor for two years.
After 20 years at the University of Utah, Raelynn is excited to be pursuing her dream of being an entrepreneur. She has several ideas that are currently in the development and funding stage and hopes to open early next year. Most recently she worked as the Director of Operations for the David Eccles School of Business completing an 188,000 sq ft building project on budget and on time. She volunteered her time as the Executive Director of StageRight TheaterCompany for 17 years. She holds an MBA from the University of Utah and a BA in Theater and Dance from Southern Utah University.
Eve is a student midwife in her last months of training to become a midwife. She works every day with moms and babies at a birth center near Seattle, Washington. She will graduate this June with her Master’s degree in Midwifery from Bastyr, University in Kenmore, Washington, where she has studied for three years under some of the most talented and experienced midwives in the country. She has attended almost 200 births now, but she hasn’t always wanted to be a midwife. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from BYU, having wanted to be an English professor since she was a little girl. She loves her unexpected work as a midwife with all her heart, and feels like the luckiest person in the world to be able to do the work she does.
Moana L. Hopoate-Sitake, a Maori (New Zealand native), originally planned on completing her secondary teaching licensure at Weber State University, but ended up exceeding that goal and finishing a PhD in Biochemistry at BYU. While attending graduate school, she married Tevita O. Sitake. Together they have 6 children. "Dr. Hope" (as her students have chosen to call her) is in her 2nd year of teaching here at UVU. She enjoys her family most of all, but also singing, dancing, cooking, rugby, and swimming.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from the University of Delaware and then continued on to get an Associate’s Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from the Culinary Institute of America. I have worked in a variety of hospitality settings, ranging from a small, family-owned bakery, to a large hotel, and independent restaurants, most recently working as the pastry chef for the Sundance Resort. Currently I am in my third year teaching Baking and Pastry Skills to first semester students at the Culinary Arts Institute here at UVU.
Jessica Atkinson currently works as a Clinical Hygienist in two Salt Lake City dental offices and as a Clinical Instructor at the Utah College of Dental Hygiene. She also serves as the Utah Dental Hygienists' Association Central Component President. She graduated from the Utah College of Dental Hygiene with a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene. As a student, she was nominated to be the student delegate representing the students of Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah at the National American Dental Hygiene Association convention where she advocated for student needs. Notable is her love for volunteer work and her excitement about dental hygiene.
Dr. Veit has been at UVU since 1999 and is currently the department chair for Dental Hygiene. His degrees are in Biology, Dentistry, and Education.
I have been a registered Dietitian for almost 30 years. I have worked part-time, full-time, and consulted on the side when I was a full time Mom. I have been able to hand pick the jobs that best fit my family life and that has been very helpful over the years. I have worked in a wide variety of jobs in the following settings: clinical/hospital, home health/hospice, eating disorders, community/ lectures, WIC (Women, Infants, and children), and now as a health coach giving diet instructions across the country to clients over the phone. All of my jobs have been different and very interesting. I love what I do!
I am a Mom with 5 daughters. I recently graduated with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from BYU after being a stay-at-home mom for 18 years. I have worked at US Synthetic for two years. During that time, I have worked on process improvement and new product development.
Kimberly spent over 20 years in business management, building other peoples’ businesses, and making other people rich. she finally figured out how to turn the tables and put money into her own pocket!
Monica Hoyt has been working in the drinking water industry for 19 years. She has fully embraced her “nerdiness” and hopes to encourage more young women to find their inner nerd. She loves science and can’t think of anything better to be doing with her life.
I attended Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in forensic science and chemistry minor. I am working at state of Utah in the department of health, forensic toxicology laboratory for about year and half. I have also worked as a forensic serologist and DNA technician for almost three years at Sorenson Forensics, a private forensic laboratory.
I am presently an Assistant Professor in the Microbiology and Molecular Biology department at BYU. My appointment is half teaching and half research. In my lab, we study how cells regulate metabolism. Prior to this, I did a Postdoc at the U of U in the Biochemistry department and worked as a consultant for a pharmaceutical company developing anti-diabetes medications. I am the mother of three very energetic young children and I love hiking in Southern Utah.
I have a M.S. Degree in Geology. For the past 12 years, I have taught at UVU. I teach introductory courses in geology, oceanography, and meteorology. I have also led field trips to Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Catalina Island.
Dr. Sowmya Selvarajan is an Assistant Professor for Utah Valley University's Geomatics program. Sowmya has focused her recent research on airborne sensors, instrumentation, and integration of such technologies. Her expertise lies in the field of the latest geospatial technologies, such as GIS and modeling, remote sensing and interpretation, airborne laser scanning, etc. She has more than 10 years of education, teaching, and consulting experiences in the field of geospatial technology, especially GIS and remote sensing. She has also published several articles on various topics in geomatics.
I’ve been a professional motion graphics artist for 12 years and have worked in many areas of multimedia, including video production, visual effects, audio production, 3D modeling and animation, 3D visual effects, interactive flash animation, and website design. I obtained an associate’s degree in computer graphics, then a bachelor’s degree in multimedia. I’ve worked with all sorts of companies, from start-ups to well established industry giants.
Shauna: I have been married for 26 years and have 5 children. I owned an operated my own business for 11 years. I am currently a travel agent, UVU student, and President of Eta Sigma Delta.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Systems from UVU and have been programming for about 15 years for different companies. I am presently working for UVU. I love math, sci-fi stories, and programming; have 4 children and 15 grandchildren.
I received my law degree from Brigham Young University in 1996. Since then, I have worked as a criminal defense attorney, a prosecuting attorney, and a municipal attorney. I was appointed to serve as a Judge in the state of Utah by Governor Jon Huntsman in 2008.
I’ve worked for the Highway Patrol since Jan 2007. I Graduated from UVU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in December of 2007. I currently hold certifications for Drug Recognition Expert, Phlebotomy, and Photogrammetry. I’m also certified as a field sobriety test instructor and Drug recognition expert instructor. I was promoted to corporal in May 2013. I am married and my husband is also a state trooper. I have 5 great step children.
Dr. Emily Evans is an assistant professor of mathematics at Brigham Young University. Her focus is on applied mathematics and numerical methods (i.e. using computers to solve mathematical problems).
Dr. Meghan Dewitt is an assistant professor of mathematics at Brigham Young University. Her primary research focus is the inverse Galois problem, although she is also highly interested in the history of math, and math education. DeWitt has worked with both advanced and struggling students preparing for college, as well as several outreach programs designed to explain the wonders of math to the public.
I grew up in Provo, graduated from BYU and U of U. I participated in Expanding Your Horizons when I was in junior high! I have always enjoyed science, especially biology and physiology. I have been practicing in family medicine for 7.5 years and I love it. I have 3 young children. I love yoga, hiking, and spending time with my family.
I joined the Army National Guard when I was 18 years old. Since then, the military has given me 100% college tuition, numerous travel opportunities, and great job experiences. I am currently studying fisheries and wildlife through Oregon State University. I am currently serving as the operations budget analyst for the State of Utah.
I am an immunization nurse at the UCHD. I have worked in the nursing field for 12 years, and been an RN since 2009. As an RN I have worked in a skilled nursing facility/rehab, Public health department, and as a case manager for home health. My passions in nursing include wound care, disease prevention, and patient education. My motto is “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Kristine works at UVU as an Academic Advisor for the Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation department. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Outdoor Recreation Management. She has been actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America for 15+ years.
I received a second bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Geoscience and I defended my master’s thesis in December on ceratopsid (horned) dinosaurs. I have been volunteering and working at the Natural History Museum since 2005. I have also been a teaching assistant for several Geology and Paleontology courses at the U. I have a prior bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Psychology and a minor in Archaeology. I also volunteered as a Docent at Utah’s Hogle Zoo for 2 years.
BS in Pharmacy from the University of Washington in Seattle. Have worked in community pharmacy settings for 42 years, including 10 years as an independent pharmacy owner, 1 year in an outpatient hospital pharmacy, 13 years for Albertson's, and now as an occasional relief pharmacist.
The group of female students presenting are first year students in the University of Utah’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. They come with various backgrounds, including: Massage, Physical Therapy Assistant, Musicians and Athletes.
Originally from Germany, I have been living in the United States since high school. I was a live-in nanny throughout all of my undergraduate training and volunteered regularly to provide care to at-risk children. My interest in science, however, let me to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. As a graduate student teaching at Florida State University and coordinating science outreach to local K-12 schools, I really fell in love with teaching. I applied for jobs and was extremely fortunate to get hired to teach Psychology classes with a Neuroscience focus at UVU.
I am 36 years old. I have been married for 11 years. I have 2 boys, ages 2 and 7. I have lived in Spanish Fork all my life. Graduated from Spanish Fork High. I attended Weber State where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Advanced Radiological Sciences. I worked at Orem Community Hospital for 2 years and I have been at Utah Valley Hospital for 10 years. I love my job and love my kids and husband.
Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas Tech University, Masters in Computer Science from El Paso Texas, B.B.A in Information systems from University of Texas at Arlington. Over 17 years of industry experience working for employers such as NASA and Hewlett Packard. Teaching and research focus areas: Robotics, 3D Computer Graphics, Programming Languages and Image Processing.
PhD in Physics. Have worked as the planetarium director at BYU for 15 years.
Erika Ball has a MS in Statistics from BYU and is currently a visiting instructor at BYU. Before teaching at BYU, she worked as a statistician for a consulting firm, answering questions from a variety of industries (e.g. healthcare, banking, sports, and government) such as: Do the data provide evidence of discrimination in lending practices by this bank? What will be the total cost of payout on claims for an environmental disaster? How many hospitalizations should be expected during a clinical trial and when should too-few or too-many events raise red flags in our mind that something is going wrong?
Alexis Cottam is a first year graduate student at BYU. She is using statistical models to predict the number of downed power lines after storms.
Lucinda graduated from UVU with a BS in Theatre Design. She has previously worked as the Head of Wardrobe for numerous shows including Sundance Summer Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music. She is currently working as a Stage Manager for The Echo Theatre in Provo.
Some of Jill Loveridge’s Lighting Experience include Story Stone, Lighting Designer (UVU), Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, Assistant Lighting Designer (UVU), Next To Normal, Assistant Lighting Designer (UVU), Lighting Designer, Carousel (Utah Rep Theater), Neil Simon Festival, Lighting Designer (American Heritage Theater), Into the Woods, Lighting Designer (Lehi High School Alumni), Master Electrician, How to Succeed (UVU).
I received a Bachelor’s in Animal Science at Utah State University. I milked cows at the university dairy for 3 years and then decided to go to veterinary school at Washington State University. My passion for agriculture kept my focus on dairy cows during veterinary school. However, I returned to Utah following graduation and worked in a small animal clinic for 4 years. I missed the cows, so I entered a graduate program at Michigan State University. At the university, I studied how mastitis (a common disease to dairy cows) develops and ways that we can prevent it. I returned to Utah following graduation and decided to pursue a teaching career…. now I teach for a Vet Tech program at Broadview University.
I have worked in the veterinary field for 10 years in small and large animal practice. My background also includes laboratory research and zoo medicine. Currently I am full time faculty in the Broadview University Orem’s vet tech program.
Sarah has her degrees in Exotic Animal Training, Animal Management, and Animal Conservation. She and her husband started up Wild Wonders to educate the general public about the wonders of wildlife and to provide a home for animals who otherwise might not have a home. Sarah and Spencer are the parents of four amazing boys!
Teresa A. Cardon, PhD., CCC-SLP has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for over 20 years. Dr. Cardon completed her doctoral training in Speech & Hearing Science with an autism emphasis and is currently the Director of Autism Studies at Utah Valley University. Dr. Cardon has published her research on autism in peer-reviewed journals and presents at conferences both nationally and internationally. Dr. Cardon’s first line of research focuses on video modeling with young children with autism. Her second line of research focuses on fictional narratives with character’s who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is the author of three books that offer intervention support for individuals on the autism spectrum: Top Ten Tips (2008), initiations and Interactions (2006) and Let’s Talk Emotions (2004).
Brittani Pugmire and Carlee Madsen are the UVU Concurrent Enrollment Academic advisors. They spend time helping student understand Concurrent enrollment, plan schedules, and help them transition to UVU after high school. They are excited to share their expertise about Concurrent Enrollment.
Graduate student, University of Utah Department of Health Promotion and Education with emphasis on nutrition and body image. Director of Outreach- SPEAK.
Tamara currently lives in Orem with her husband of 17 years and 5 children. She is a full time Financial Aid Counselor at UVU and has worked with students in a university setting for 4 years. She is passionate about inclusive educational opportunities for students from all walks of life and is particularly concerned with ensuring women have equal opportunity, access, and encouragement to meet their educational goals.
I have been teaching at UVU since August 2002. Before coming to UVU, I began my career as a lecturer in the Writing Program at Rutgers University. I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at Duke University. The highlight of my career has been working with student mentors at UVU. I have enjoyed working with students for several semesters, seeing the growth and learning that happens outside of the classroom and knowing that these students, who are committed to mentoring, can help other UVU students.
Kathleen (Kate) is the mother of 3 and the step-mother of 7, with a grand total of 10 children and 11 grandchildren. She and her husband love to hike and snowshoe. One of her dreams is the write and illustrate children’s books for abused children. She has a B.S. in Child Development and Psychology from Weber State, and M.S. in Therapeutic Recreation-Recreation Therapy, and an M.A. in Professional Counseling and Art Therapy. From 1992-2004 she worked as a Recreational Therapist and from 2006 until now she is a Professional Counselor.
Suzy Cox is the mom of two precocious and brilliant children, one of whom is attending this conference! Having grown up with a father who was fascinated by technology and a strong advocate for equal opportunities for girls and a mother who majored in Zoology and became a Science teacher, Suzy has found her own niche in the fields of technology and education. She has M.S. and Doctoral degrees in Instructional Psychology and Technology and has been a featured speaker at conferences throughout the country.