I have worked for UVU since 2005 and I have been an advisor in the Woodbury School of Business for almost 5 years. I feel the need and the drive to continually increase my knowledge so that I can provide a better service to my students. I like to say that I am a professional student as I am continually taking classes to expand my knowledge. Participating in PACE as an Academic Affairs Senator is another way for me to be engaged, expand my knowledge and create new experiences.
Giovana (or Gioey, pronounced the same as Joey) Alisa began working at UVU in January 2005. During her time at the university, she has worked in both Student Services and Academic Affairs. She is currently an academic advisor and adjunct faculty in the Behavioral Science department. Her degrees in Cultural Studies and Public Administration provide the perfect educational background for work in higher education. Gioey is an outspoken advocate for staff at UVU and can tell you through personal experience that UVU is the best Utah County-based university to work for. If you disagree with this statement, please contact Gioey so she can help you change your mind.
Ellen comes to UVU with 16 years experience working in Human Resources and prior experience in Administrative/Office Management. She has an AA degree in Secretary and a Bachelors degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. She worked for 3 years as Office Manager in Career Services & Student Employment overseeing the Front Desk staff, the department budget, general office operations, and served as secretary to the Institute for Professional Engagement. In February 2010 she moved to Extended Education as the Coordinator of Finance and Operations for Distance Education, Extended Studies and Concurrent Enrollment. In summer 2010 the Extended Education umbrella was eliminated and she became the Coordinator of Finance and Operations for Distance Education. August 16, 2013, she transferred to Academic Programs as the Administrative Assistant to Community College Programs, Summer Semester and Assessment. She responsible for Utah Valley University's State Authorization Program, obtaining authorization for UVU to offer online programs or market and advertise in other states.
My current position is the administrative assistant in the UVU MBA office which I began in August 2012. Previously I worked at BYU for eight years in the Public Policy Graduate program as the Assistant Director of that program. The main focus of both of these jobs entails working with prospective students to help them apply to the UVU MBA graduate program, to improve graduate student retention and develop UVU MBA alumni relations. This involves planning and preparing for information sessions, prospective student dinners, graduate student/family activities, orientations, and other activities. Additionally, I oversee and perform a variety of administrative, fiscal, staff, and planning activities associated with UVU's MBA program. I am well-organized and detail-oriented and I communicate and work well with a wide variety of people. I have a B.S. in Science and have completed some graduate level courses in International Relations at the University of Utah. I plan to complete my graduate degree in 2014.
Jim works at UVU in the Automation group in IT. He has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years and also brings substantial experience in personnel management, sales, training & project management. He has been at UVU for about 7 years - 3+ years just before Y2K and 3+ years currently. For PACE he is a current senator, serves on the Communication committee, chaired an athletics committee, and is currently chairing the wolverine pride committee.
Jim is originally from Springville but now lives in Orem. He and his wife Krysti have four daughters (two of which are married), and a ten year old son. At UVU he has studied Electronic Engineering, Aviation, and Tech Management. Hobbies include building stuff, good movies and afternoon rides on a noisy bike with a large motor. Favorite Quote, “It better be a pretty good meeting to be better than no meeting at all, or food is provided”.
Cameron Walker has been a Pace Senator since 2013. Cameron is the Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance and Academic Performance. Cameron graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Cameron resides in Spanish Fork with his wife Heather and their three children.
I grew up in Pleasant Grove and graduated from Pleasant Grove High School. I attended UVU and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Paralegal. I have 2 children and a wonderful and supportive husband. Our family enjoys camping, spending time in our garden, and engaging in community activities. I came to work at UVU in 1997. Starting as a receptionist for the IT Service Desk, I worked my way through the IT department holding various positions over the last 16 years. I now work as a System Specialist with the IT department. I am very excited to be nominated for this position and look forward to working on the PACE committee. Being a part of the UVU family, I feel that it is my duty to ensure that every person employed by the institution is represented in a way that reflects their goals as well as the overall mission of the University. Serving as a member of PACE is not only an honor, but a privilege and I will strive to live up to the great standards that has been cultivated by my PACE predecessors.
Kathy Johnson first started working within the Utah Valley University Development & Alumni Relations Division in 2001 and was initially hired as a part-time receptionist and office specialist. In 2003, she started full-time as the gift accounting technician. She is responsible for donation deposits, donor records, assisting the Foundation accountant, preparing reports, and other general office duties.
She grew up in Pleasant Grove, Utah, graduating from Pleasant Grove High School with high honors. She went on to Ricks College in Idaho, then transferred to Brigham Young University, where she earned a degree in general education with an emphasis in family studies.
Kathy and her husband, Jeff, have five children (two of whom have graduated from Utah Valley University with another one working on it now) and 13 grandchildren. After moving 11 times to 11 different homes since their marriage, they finally settled down in Orem. Kathy's hobbies include puzzles, reading, old movies, and spending time with her grandchildren and family.
Jenna Atkinson has worked in Student Affairs for 6 years in various departments at various institutions of higher learning. As a student, she was involved in both the Retention Mentor and Resident Engagement Coordinator programs, and now works in Accessibility Services after graduating from UVU in 2012. She prefers well-lit dinners and does not enjoy long walks on the beach.
Jordan Doman was appointed as a PACE Senator representing Student Affairs in July 2013. His work in Higher Education and Student Affairs began in 2006, and he came to Utah Valley University in May 2010 as a Career Counselor in the Career Development Center, designated as a liaison to the Colleges of Technology and Computing and Aviation & Public Services. Jordan’s focus as a Career Counselor is to assist students in preparing to enter the world of work by creating solid application materials, preparing for interviews, providing networking strategies, and other areas of career development. Jordan also networks with businesses throughout the community, region, and beyond to increase the number of career and internship opportunities available to UVU students.
As a PACE Senator, Jordan believes the staff of UVU deserve a voice and a stake in the University as it directly pertains to them. He enjoys meeting new people and building relationships through collaborative work and association with others at UVU.
Belinda grew up in San Diego, California as the oldest of 7 children (5 brothers and 1 sister). She moved to Lehi, Utah while in high school and graduated as a Lehi Pioneer! After high school Belinda attended Snow College and eventually found her way to UVU. At UVU she was involved with UVUSA, the Service Learning Center, and many other campus organizations. She graduated from UVU with a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and soon got her dream job - a pizza delivery driver! However, it wasn’t long before a non-profit hired her fulltime. Belinda spent over10 years working for the Boy Scouts of America is various positions. She taught 5th grade for 3 years. And, she has done many other things in the non-profit sector including fundraising, curriculum creation, program creation, and human resources.
In August, Belinda will receive her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She is married to her best friend, partner in crime, and the most handsome and kind man, Jerod Han, from Las Vegas. They reside in Spanish Fork.
Kimberly D. Barraclough has worked for UVU for the past eight years. She is currently the Deferred Admission / Leave of Absence Program Director. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism from Utah State University. She is currently working on a Masters of Public Administration at University of Utah. Kimberly enjoys working at UVU because of the great people she gets to interact with on a daily basis, and she is passionate about making a difference in the lives of students. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, eating good food, listening to music and shopping.