Christina Roach is always on the go. She left her farm life in Palmyra, UT, to attend BYU. She studied abroad in Mexico, and fulfilled a full-time LDS mission in Mississippi. After graduating BYU with degrees in English and Music, Christina moved again to attend one of the nation's top law schools at the University of Virginia. She interned with a litigation firm in Salt Lake City, then with a large transactional practice in Houston, TX. Having now graduated from law school, and passed the bar exam, she has moved back home and is getting involved with the professional circles here in the startup and financial investment sectors. In her spare time, Christina enjoys traveling, playing sports, and horseback riding.
Craig M. Porter Rollins is a Partner/Owner of LJCooper Wealth Advisors. He is an award winning author and Harley enthusiast. Craig is a two time former member of the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Investment Securities Association and recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award (REISA). From 2009 to 2011 he served as the advisor to the investment committee aiding in the creation and asset selection for the Ladenburg Thalmann Alternative Strategies Fund, a proprietary mutual fund, ticker symbol (LTAFS). Craig is a member of the Board of Advisors at the Center for the Advancement of Leadership at Utah Valley University (UVU) and the Board of Advisors for UVU’s Personal Financial Planning Program.
Background and Education
Community and Church Service
Lieutenant Colonel Hank McIntire is the public affairs officer of the Utah National Guard. He enlisted in the Guard in 1988 as a Spanish linguist and was trained as an Interrogator of Prisoners of War.
He attained the rank of sergeant before receiving a direct commission as a second lieutenant in 1994. He is a military intelligence officer, and in his career he has served as an interrogator, instructor, section leader, platoon leader, executive officer, battalion language officer, and commander of the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.
He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, having served two tours in support of that operation; first with Joint Task Force Guantanamo in Cuba in 2004-2005 as deputy public affairs officer, and then with Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa in 2011-2012, where he was deputy director of Strategic Communication. Since 2005 he has served as full-time Public Affairs Officer for the Utah National Guard.
He holds bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from the University of Utah. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Utah.
He and his wife Lori have twelve children.
Jeffrey Kahn is an entrepreneur and has over 25 years of trust and investment experience. He currently is a Business Development Officer for the Bank of Utah and an owner of RJR Investment Service, LLC. His career includes Vice-President of Southwest Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank of Oklahoma. Prior to that, he was responsible for managing and developing the overall marketing program for the Zions Bank Personal Trust sales force with overall responsibility for trust administration in the Central and Southwest regions of Utah and in the entire state of Idaho. Prior to joining Zions Bank in January,2001, he was Vice President and Manager, Personal Trust Department, First Security Bank.
Mr. Kahn holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He has taught foreign languages and literature at Brigham Young University, Penn State University, Angelo State University, and the University of Utah. He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association National Trust School and Graduate National Trust School.
Mr. Kahn resides in Provo, Utah with his wife, Charleen. A long-time community activist, he has been a Rotarian, a past member of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, twice, Chairman of the Provo City Library Board, member of the Provo City Planning Commission, Chairman of the Utah Valley University Alumni Board, Chairman of the Utah Valley University Foundation, Chairman of the Advisory Council of America’s Freedom Foundation, member of the Utah Symphony Board of Directors, Chairman of the Primary Hospital Foundation Board, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Center for the Advancement of Leadership at Utah Valley University, past Chairman of the Development Committee of the School of Aviation Science, past member of the National Advisory Council of the Utah Valley University Woodbury School of Business, and past Chairman of the Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Advisory Board. He has three times given the executive lecture at Utah Valley University.
He is currently chairing the Center for the Advancement of Leadership at Utah Valley University for the second time. He has just been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Business School at Southern Utah University.
His hobbies include power lifting, swimming, and racquetball.
Joshua Thacker is a bright and upcoming junior at Utah Valley University. Joshua has over 5 years of direct leadership roles ranging from junior high school and high school student government involvement (9th Grade Representative and Senior Class President) to captaining three different sports teams (ice hockey, lacrosse, and volleyball). For the last 6 years, Joshua has become involved in humanitarian work and has traveled the world doing so, traveling to India twice, Mexico twice, and South Africa. Last year, Joshua led a college student humanitarian expedition to Mexico and is in the works of a second trip.
Joshua joined the Center for the Advancement of Leadership in 2009 and was one of Presidential Leadership Program Scholarship recipients. Joshua graduated with an Associate of Science with Honors in 2010 from Utah Valley University. Upon his return in 2012 from South Africa, Joshua returned to UVU to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree and to rejoin the CAL program and accepted a position as a team leader and Student Vice President of Recruitment. In the spring of 2013, Joshua was chosen as the Student President of the CAL Program. His responsibilities include the management of recruitment for the CAL program on campus as well as the overseeing of the current transitional period for the Center for the Advancement of Leadership.
I originally followed my twin sister into banking in the late 80's. I worked at FIrst Security Bank for nearly 10 years and Bank of Utah where I have worked for the past 11 years. I worked in the mortgage department, consumer and commercial lending and currently the Branch Manager at one of our Salt Lake offices. Total banking/lending experience is almost 25 years.
I enjoy golfing in my spare time.
Margaret Jensen is the Manager for LDS Employment Resource Services in American Fork, Utah. She has worked for the LDS Church for 11 years both in Utah and Illinois. Prior to relocating to Utah she lived in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. During her years in Chicago she was the Executive Director of the Community Career Center and a job coach for LDS Employment. She has served on numerous boards including the Inner City Youth Charitable Foundation, Fox Valley Workforces Services, PADS Homeless Shelter Business Partners board, the Project with Industry Business Advisory board. She served on the BYU Management Society board as the co-chair of the Employment & Internship committee. She currently serves on the board as the President Elect of the American Fork Rotary Club and as Co-Chair of the Economic and Community Development Future Vision Project for Rotary District 5420. She also sits on the advisory board for the UVU/Turning Point Women’s Job and Resource Expo and has recently joined the UVU Center for the Advancement of Leadership board. She has a degree in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College.
Margaret has lived all across the US and spent 4 years living in Europe. She and her husband Frank are the parents of 2 daughters, Jeni and Brook and 1 son, Christopher and the proud grandparents of 5 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. She lives in the mountains east of Heber City. Margaret’s favorite past time is to spend time in the mountains where she enjoys the beauty of her surroundings.
Mark Woodmansee is originally from southern California and later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Cottonwood High School and went on to work for DHL Express. While at DHL Express he was given many promotions that brought great rewards. Mark was the Vice President of S.E.R. Enterprises and independent contractor of DHL Express. He helped build the company from 2 delivery trucks in Southern Utah to over 200 delivery trucks across the United States. In 2013, Marks career took a different turn and he accepted a job with Precision Air Cargo as an Account Executive in the Northwest Region of the United States.
Mark is married to Nena, wife of 11 years, and between the two of them have 7 children, and 9 grandchildren. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is currently serving in a bishopric on the campus of Brigham Young University. In addition to serving in the church, Mark also helped run a campaign for former Utah House of Representatives candidate Taz Murray.
Mark enjoys ice hockey and baseball and is an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan. He is an accomplished runner and has competed in many half marathons and hopes to one day compete in a full marathon.
Born in Rexburg, Idaho, raised on Long Island, New York, finished high school in Omaha, Nebraska and educated in New Hampshire (Dartmouth), Utah (Brigham Young University), and California (University of Southern California), Ron Hinckley began his professional career with Decision/Making/Information (later Wirthlin Worldwide). He was actively engaged in political polling for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and for then California Governor Ronald Reagan. In addition, Ron conducted polls for many US Senators, US Congressman, state governors, state legislators, the US Office of Education, and many private sector clients. In 1979 he co-founded Decima Research Ltd, a leading Canadian polling firm, where he directed research for political parties, the federal government, provincial governments, and the private sector.
Ron returned to the US to serve in the Office of Planning and Evaluation in the Reagan White House and later worked in the Crisis Management Center under the National Security Advisor to the President. He served President George H. W. Bush as director of the Office of Research, United States Information Agency (USIA/R), where he advised the US executive branch on international public opinion, and directed the agency’s initial public opinion polling in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Turkey and the Middle East. He also oversaw regular polls in Western Europe, Latin America, and Asia. After leaving the government he joined Research/Strategy/Management, Inc., which he later acquired. He has conducted many national polling projects for corporations, associations, and government entities. He has also directed opinion and attitude polls in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America for international corporations, non-government organizations, and public policy think tanks.
Ron earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Southern California and has taught there as well as at other universities in the US, including the George Washington University in Washington D.C. where he taught a course on public opinion, the media, and democracy. He has also lectured on his research to scholars, university faculties, students, government officials, and the media in Malaysia, Nepal, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, Turkey, Jordan, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, and France in addition to universities and groups throughout the US. His book, People, Polls, and Policymakers: American Public Opinion and National Security has been described as the best work on public opinion and governance in print, and a must read for any serious scholar or practitioner of international affairs. Additionally, Hinckley has written chapters in edited books, regularly presented papers at professional association conferences, and publishes articles in scholarly journals and newspapers.
Recently retired, Ron and his wife Cathy moved to Daniel, Utah, where they enjoy the outdoors and the many family and friends who visit. Ron has been active with the UVU CAL program for several years and was invited to join the board in 2013.