PACE Executive Board Members

President  -  Sherry Harward  -

Sherry Harward is the Creator and Director of the UVU CareerPassport Program, an award-winning, non-graded program that helps UVU student actively engage in their career development process. Sherry has been employed at UVU for over 20+ years and has held several positions including adjunct instructor, “Women in Technology” Creator/Director, Assistant CTE Director, Office Education Advisor, Multimedia Advisor, and administrative assistant for several departments. She has also owned several businesses in the entertainment industry. Sherry has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Leadership and Communications and a Masters in Leadership. Sherry is passionate about career and personal development, entrepreneurship and the creation process, leadership, marriage and relationship topics, technology, spirituality, fashion, health, women's topics, and music. Sherry is married to her best friend (Scott Harward) and has four fabulous children (and their spouses) and 8 and three-fourths darling grandchildren, all of whom she adores and enjoys spending time with. Sherry is a strong advocate for UVU employees (and students) and is honored to serve as the PACE President for 2015-2017.


Vice President  -  Shalece Nuttall  -

Shalece Nuttall is an Academic Advisor in the Department of Criminal Justice where she advises students interested in pursuing a career in the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science fields. She absolutely loves her job and the students that she works with. She has been at UVU since 2003 working in both the Woodbury School of Business and Advisor Training and Development. Shalece has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Instructional Design and Educational Technology, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.

Shalece has served as the Social Committee Chair 2008-10, and as the Staff Education/Development Chair 2012-14. She is currently serving as the PACE Vice President 2014-16. Outside of UVU Shalece enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, reading sappy romance novels, watching action movies and enjoying the outdoors.


Past President  -  Brett McKeachnie  -

Brett McKeachnie is passionate about UVU and the opportunities it provides, not only for students, but also for employees. Brett is a proud UVU Alumnus, having earned both Associate and Bachelor’s degrees from UVSC. Since 1993, Brett has served the employees of UVU in various Information Technology roles. Over his 20 year UVU tenure, Brett has earned several institutional and PACE awards as a result of his hard work and dedication. Through participation on UVU committees and task forces like Strategic Directions and Core Values, and on the PACE board, Brett has been instrumental in ensuring employees’ issues are kept on the forefront as he has helped to shape UVU’s mission and values. As PACE Past President, Brett works hard to ensure UVU continues to be a GREAT place to work.

Brett and his wife, Carry are the proud parents of six. Their family serves actively in many roles in their community of Mona and Nephi, Utah. UVU pride runs deep in this family, and the whole family looks forward to graduating from UVU


Leslie Farnsworth
Secretary / Treasurer  -  Leslie Farnsworth  -

Leslie has been a UVU Wolverine since the ‘90’s, and has been working in the Sorensen Student Center Administration office for 15 years. She is the voice on the phone when you have questions about scheduling the Student Center and the Student Life and Wellness Center. She is the 25live Guru. She has been privileged to be on the PACE Board as Nomination Chair, Social Chair, Vice President and now as Secretary. She loves the energy and fun working with students and staff here at UVU. We are the PROUD WOLVERINES!

She is a wife and mother of 4, and grandmother of 8, soon to be 11. She and her husband Bart live under the G in Pleasant Grove, where Bart has been a teacher at PG Jr for 34 years (in the same room). In her free time she loves to garden, quilt, read, travel, and visit all her children, where ever they are in the world.


Administrative Liaison  -  Mike Francis  -

Michael R. Francis is the Associate Vice President for Finance at Utah Valley University, where he has been serving since March of 1983. He is also currently a partner in the local CPA Firm, Michael R. Francis, CPA and Associates where he has practiced for over thirty years, specializing in tax, small business management advisory services, and non-profit and governmental entities.