PACE Nomination Biographies
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Michael began working at the Wasatch Campus in 2009, and has worked for UVU for almost six years. This year he received the Vice-Presidential Award of Excellence in Student Affairs. Last fall, Michael was selected to participate in the inaugural 2012 Student Affairs Program Enrichment and Evaluative Review (PEER) Program and also served as the FCTE Learning Circle Facilitator for the Wasatch Campus. Michael won this year’s UVU Study Abroad Advisor Essay Contest, which promotes UVU’s fantastic Study Abroad program that engages students in learning experiences all over the world. Michael earned a Master of Arts in History from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from BYU-Idaho. For several years, Michael has taught Ethics & Values, American Civilization and World History at UVU and enjoys teaching as an adjunct in addition to his duties as the Assistant Administrator at the UVU Wasatch Campus in Heber Valley. Michael married the beautiful Heather Marie in 2005 and she has given him two sons, Xander Malachi and Austin Helaman. Michael loves running, travel and living near the mountains. He considers PACE to be a valuable advocacy for UVU staff and is hopeful to serve as the Secretary on the Executive Board
Jill Crawley has been an employee of UVU in the Human Resources department for almost 9 years. During this time Jill has been a part of the Summer University Committee for 7 years and has received a Vice Presidential Award of Excellence. Jill has appreciated the opportunity to further her education and she graduated this year with her Bachelor’s in Behavioral Science. Jill enjoys being a part of the UVU Community and loves the opportunity to work with people all across campus. She is dedicated to serving the employees of UVU by being a voice on their behalf.
Sandi Koller is originally from Idaho, Sunnydell specifically, Rexburg area generally. She moved to Utah almost 15 years ago and started working at UVU as the Math Department Administrative Support. She is currently Administrative Support to Vice President Val Peterson and loves her job. She is a member of IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals). She is married to L.J. Koller who is also employed at UVU. Sandi has five children and five grandchildren. Sandi enjoys cooking (and eating), spending time with family and friends, UVU sports and enjoying the beauty of Utah. She bleeds green… Go UVU!
Academic Affairs Senator (vote for two)
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 started graduate school and completed an MPA but that wasn’t enough. I found out about the graduate certificate in Academic Advising, completed that and once I became an advisor I continued on to obtain a Master’s of Science in Academic Advising. 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 expand my knowledge and create new experiences.
Gioey started working at UVU in January 2005. Her undergraduate degree is in International Cultural Studies and in 2004 she completed a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) with emphases in Nonprofit Management and Human Resource Management. On June 30 she will complete her second term as a co-chair of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisors and is eager to continue serving her friends and colleagues in Academic Affairs at UVU.
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.
Finance & Administration Senator (vote for two)
Bradley J. Swindlehurst
A resident of Utah County for 38 years, has been a professional employee for 11 years here at Utah Valley University. Through those years he has expanded his social network by becoming acquainted with professors, deans and other skilled employees. He received two bachelor degrees, one in accounting and the other in Business Administration. Currently he is the volunteer treasurer for a non-profit organization and belongs to the Institute of Internal Auditors. With growing up less than a mile from UVU he has witnessed this college expand into an exceptional university. His greatest accomplishments have been achieved with the help of his daughter, Sierah.
Jim Condie has been an employee of UVU for 6 years. 3 of them in the late 90’s and 3 more recently. Jim’s experience in the private sector adds depth to his perspective and underscores his drive for clear communication and equity in the business place. He has served in various positions including IT Manager, Operations Manager, Corporate Trainer, Team Coordinator etc… Currently he works in the UVU-OIT-AIS department as a systems specialist.
An Orem resident, Jim is a happily married father of 5, one of which is a student at UVU and one more will start attending in the fall. He is currently working on a BS degree in Technology Management here at UVU. Jim is looking forward to being more engaged with the UVU staff community through PACE.
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 helpdesk, 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.
Student Affairs Senator (vote for two)
Ash Johstoneaux works at Turning Point: Center for Personal and Professional Development over on the West Campus. He started his academic journey here at UVU receiving an Associate’s Degree and then went on to Brigham Young University to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development. He then went on to the University of Southern Mississippi to complete his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has also taught for Argosy University. Ash is married and has three boys – he likes to rock the guitar, workout, and find humor in just about any situation.
Jenna Atkinson attended UVU for 4 years, earning her Bachelor’s in English literature where she worked on various publications— even creating a new journal for the English department— and editing projects. During her time as a student, she worked in various offices in Student Affairs, including the Office of Engaged Learning, Success and Retention, and Accessibility Services, where she is currently an Administrative Assistant. At Snow College earning her Associate’s in History, she worked in both the Housing department, and Prospective Student Services. She has plans of one day going on to graduate school to earn a Master’s in Student Affairs or Higher Education Administration. When not at work, she enjoys camping, water sports, and marking items off her bucket list.
Jordan Doman has been in Higher Education working in various areas of Student Affairs for the past 6 years. He came to Utah Valley University in May of 2010 to work as a Career Counselor in the Career Development Center, designated as a liaison to the Colleges of Technology and Computing and Aviation & Public Services. Previous to that, he worked as the Assistant Internship Program Coordinator for the Career Center, and in Counseling & Testing and Academic Advising at Idaho State University. 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. At UVU, he has served on the University Planning and Advisory Committee (UPAC) and Student Affairs Leadership Trust (SALT). Jordan has a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Rhetorical Studies, and Master of Counseling, emphasizing in Student Affairs, both from Idaho State University.
Belinda Han finished her bachelor's degree at UVSC and served for 14 years in the fields of k-12 education and youth programming. She came back to UVU in 2011 as the Program Coordinator for the L.E.A.D. Program in The Center for the Advancement of Leadership (CAL). Recently this department migrated from the School of Business to Student Affairs and Belinda now serves as the Assistant Director of CAL. She is currently finishing a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership.
Cameron Walker currently serves in Athletics as the Director of Compliance and Student Services. A law school graduate who has been at UVU since 2010, Cameron has strived to establish better relationships with other departments and regularly interacts with several other departments including graduation, registrar, admissions, and transfer services. Recently, he served as Committee Team Lead as part of the Student Affairs PEER Review Program. He also serves as the advisor to the UVU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which participates in conference and NCAA functions while seeking to provide service at UVU and in the community. Cameron is not only adept at identifying challenges, but always strives for practical solutions. He would use this approach to help PACE best serve its members. Cameron has provided leadership in his areas which have resulted in a number of positive changes. He currently resides in Spanish Fork where he enjoys spending time with his wife Heather and their two children, Aleksandra (5) and Hudson (1).
Salary, Benefits, & Equity
Ellen Sweat is the Director of Budgets. I love UVU and the friendly, caring environment that is so abundant here. I have worked here for 15 years and have watched UVU make some big changes. I have served on several committees throughout my employment and enjoy being part of the team. PACE is all about team work and I love that. If elected as the Salary, Benefits and Equity Chair for PACE I will ensure that the employee’s voice is heard when critical decisions are being made.
When Corey first came to UVSC in September 1996 he held the Compensation Coordinator position and then in June 1999 he accepted the position of Benefits Manager where he served until June 2010. In benefits, Corey worked with all the benefit plans offered to UVU employees (i.e., medical, dental, life, LTD, retirement, leave, etc). Corey also chaired the UVU Benefits Committee and was at the forefront in moving UVU’s medical and dental plans from fully insured to partially self insured. Corey understands the complicated world of salary and benefits. As the PACE Salary, Benefits, and Equity Chair he will be able to convey staff concerns and contribute to solutions on the committees he serves.
I have been a part of UVU since early 2004 — not only in my occupation, but also serving as a CAL mentor, participating in UVSELF, and often giving multiple presentations at Summer University. As a result, I have met many wonderful colleagues from around campus who have become not only trusted associates but also close personal friends. Along with my family, I consider the following as notable personal achievements: I am a published author, have a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and while serving at UVU was honored with the IT award of excellence by the Board of Trustees. In over 12 years of consulting I received a Commitment to Excellence Award, and was recognized as one “Driven to Continuously Improve.” I graduated from Disney Institute’s Leadership Excellence program, earned my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and am a Partner with The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership.
I firmly believe that Higher Education will play an important role in America’s future and, as employers, we should be focused on balancing cost-drivers and attracting and retaining quality employees.
Higher Education organizations did not escape the negative effects of economic events over the past few years, but were impacted differently than their corporate counterparts; mostly because these institutions rely greatly on state funding, tuition, endowments, and private donations.
As a result, it is critical for these organizations to attract, recruit, and retain the highest caliber of faculty and staff possible, and competition for talent is becoming increasingly global in nature. One of the most basic recruitment and retention tools used by employers, including those in Higher Education, is compensation and benefits. A great benefits program is only as good as the awareness and utilization that complement it.
A recent MetLife study revealed inconsistencies between the views of Higher Education employers and their employees in terms of what drives employee loyalty. Health Benefits, Salary/Wages, Retirement Benefits, and all other benefits (Dental, Disability, Vision, etc.) were rated as the highest factors by employees (in that order). However, Company Culture, Work/Life Programs (flex time, job sharing, telecommuting, etc.), and Advancement Opportunities were far lower contributing factors in the employees’ minds than perceived by their employers.
I look forward to working with the University as we continue to make progress on our Administrative Imperatives while focusing on UVU’s core themes. Salary equity for all University employees is important, and I will continue to support salaries, benefits, and opportunities that attract and retain top faculty and staff competitively in the context of comparable higher education institutions.
I am honored to be nominated to serve as the Salary, Benefits and Equity Committee Chair for PACE and appreciate your consideration in the election. If elected to service, I look forward to bringing to PACE my willingness, experience, and skills in providing additional benefits and opportunities for our members and the institution. Thank you.
First of all, it’s a great honor it is to work here at UVU and be a part of this great University, and also to be considered for a position on the PACE Committee. A little about me. I grew up on Montana, son of a carpenter/truck driver. Spent my summers and weekends working construction with my Dad, loving the nice days hating the not so nice days. I attended BYU where I graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in accounting in 1995. After graduation, I worked for a local CPA firm, Hawkins Cloward & Simister, where I was able to take and pass the uniform CPA exam. After 4 years, I left for greener pastures and became a Controller/CFO for the next 9 years. I work as a controller in the publishing, construction, manufacturing and insurance industries. In the meantime, I started my own CPA firm specializing in tax preparation, payroll, financial statement preparation and general bookkeeping for small businesses. In my free time, I volunteer as a leader for the BSA, where I have served as a local leader, district activities chairperson and trainer and a council trainer on several Woodbadge staffs. I enjoy spending time with my family camping, shooting and four wheeling.
First, I need to say “what a great two years it has been!” Being involved with PACE has been an excellent learning experience and fantastic opportunity. PACE is truly an association who cares for and about UVU employees and their families! With that being said, I respectfully and eagerly accept the nomination to run as the “Policy Review Committee Chairperson” on the PACE Board.
As an employee and student, I have noticed the hard work that PACE members put towards making UVU a better place to work and attend school. I admire their hard work, dedication and desire to make a difference. It will be a privilege to be part of the PACE team again.
A little bit about me…. Well, professionally I have worked at the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy (Public Services) for 20 years. I began as a Secretary, promoted to a Program Coordinator then to a Program Manager and now I am an Assistant Director over Support Services and Special Projects. It’s been quite a journey!! During my employment I have worn many hats. Each “hat” involved some kind of policy development. By participating in policy development committees, I have learned that listening to others, working as a team and truly caring is essential.
Personally, my hobbies include camping, traveling, fishing, snowmobiling and rhino ridding. My passion is my family. I am also newly married, so now I have an extended family which includes 10 grandkids. They are my pride and joy! I look forward for the opportunity to be involved with PACE and to be a voice for employees at UVU.
I have been in Human Resources for 7 year. My career began at BYU. The department I was in played a big part in the Service Awards for the university. I had to assist in framing the certificates, ordering the awards chosen by the employee and wrapping them. I enjoyed being a part of this because of the excitement on the employees face with they received their gift. This was done in front of their entire department and you could see the accomplishment on their faces.
I am now an employee here at UVU in the Human Resource department and look forward to working with the committee, if I am chosen.
I have served at UVU for over ten years and have witnessed that it takes a team effort to educate a student and get them ready to follow their dreams and change the world. Many times these team members are unsung heroes yet they deserve to be recognized for their contributions. As a career counselor I have a history of enabling others to recognize and articulate their value in such a way that they even impress themselves. In addition to being a career counselor I serve as an adjunct instructor, mentor, and club co-advisor. Working at UVU and rubbing shoulders with great UVU staff has been a real pleasure for me. I have witnessed how important PACE is in advocating for UVU staff in a multiplicity of ways and I will do my best to continue the hard work and efforts of the PACE board members in recognizing the wonderful, caring staff at UVU and appreciating their efforts.
Nathan Gerber has been the Director of Web Development Services at UVU since 1999 and has been a web solutions advocate specializing in helping departments build effective and productive web solutions. As technologies evolve, Nathan works with the UVU community to be a driving force in helping move their web systems in the right direction. With the web being a major component of communications in today’s world, Nathan is unique positioned to leverage multiple channels and solutions in the efforts of PACE.
Nathan is also a devoted father of 5 children and loving husband of Janelle, his wife of 22 years. You’ll often hear Nathan say, "I’ve never met any technology that is as good-looking as my wife."
Kim Rollins is a librarian at UVU with current responsibilities in reference, instruction, marketing, assessment, distance education, and collection development. For the past five years she was the Public Affairs Coordinator for the Utah Academic Library Consortium, where she carried out marketing and promotion functions, including the communication of higher education library needs to the Utah Legislature. She has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Public Relations from BYU.
Scholarship and Service
I have been at UVU for just over a year now. I am the Bursar and my office is located over in the Business Services area.
I am married with six children and reside in Spanish Fork. We enjoy camping (travel trailer style) and ATV riding. We actively participate in our church and related functions. Presently, my wife and I serve as Cub Scout leaders in our neighborhood. For those of you from my generation… yes… I am a “Den Mother” and I am having an absolute blast with these little kids.
I grew up in Northern Utah. I graduated from Weber High School many years ago where apparently I made some lifelong commitment to plan class reunions. We have the big 30 coming up in August. After that, I will gain about ten hours a week of my life back. I graduated from Weber State University with a BA in Accounting and Utah State University with an MBA. Presently, I am taking advantage of that excellent tuition benefit that we have here by ever so slowly pursuing a degree in International Business with a minor in German.
I am looking for opportunities to get to know more about the University and its operations. Serving as the Service and Scholarship Committee Chair would be an excellent opportunity to do just that. The PACE scholarship awards can make a difference in helping somebody achieve their goals and that is something I would like to be a part of.