Ambassadors

 

Alex Peterson

Alex Peterson places primary importance on her role as a wife, mother, and aunt. Alex currently manages corporate relations for doTERRA International, and she previously worked for Fox News, CNN, a United States Congressman, and a presidential campaign. Alex is a strong believer that empowered and educated female leaders are force multipliers for safe and strong families, communities, and nations. Accordingly, she has ardently supported anti-sex trafficking efforts, championed school choice and new charter schools, and is delighted to be a UWLP Ambassador. Alex graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with honors, and she earned an M.Ed. from Harvard University.
 

Ally Isom

Ally Isom is the director of Family and Community Relations for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her responsibilities include local business, interfaith, and community relationships, as well women’s, LGBT, and race issues. Previously, Ally was deputy chief of staff, communications director and spokesperson for Utah Governor Gary Herbert. Her specialty was being at the nexus of communications, policy, and politics, then mapping strategy and messaging to mobilize key audiences. Before that, she served as government affairs director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services and as deputy director of the Utah Department of Community and Culture. She got her start in politics and policy by running numerous local and statewide political campaigns between babies. Ally graduated from BYU-Provo. She and her husband, Eric, have four children

Ann Marie Wallace

Ann Marie Wallace is the executive director of the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded in part by a federal grant from the US Small Business Administration. Before becoming the program director, Ann Marie was the business consultant at the WBC and provided over 1,600 hours of one-on-one consulting to client business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Her specialties are business plan writing, cash flow projections and government procurement. Prior to joining the Salt Lake Chamber, Ann Marie spent ten years in the hotel and hospitality industry in the areas of program coordination, hospitality management, graphic design, sales and marketing where she successfully partnered and contracted for large and small public and private conference, meetings, trainings and special events.  Ann Marie represents the WBC as a Resource Partners for the US Small Business Administration and currently serves on several boards including National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Salt Lake City, Entrepreneur Launch Pad (ELP), Jr. League of Salt Lake City Community Advisory Board. She also serves on the credit committee for Salt Lake City’s Economic Development Loan Fund and appointment by Governor Gary Herbert to serve on the Women In The Economy Commission, representing small business. Ann Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Utah State University. 

Anne Wairepo

Dr. Anne Rumsey Wairepo is the Senior Director of Women’s Success at Utah Valley University.  She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Foundations from Brigham Young University where she was the Director of the Student Leadership department. She has been involved in higher education and leadership for the last 20 years and now specializes in helping women commit to and achieve their educational goals including exploration in Business and STEM fields. Currently Anne teaches leadership development classes for female students seeking mentorship opportunities and loved teaching Women in Business for the Woodbury School of Business. Her research interests include leveraging social network structures among higher education scholars; mentoring for women's leadership development; and most recently, institutional climates and supports that enable career growth for female leaders in higher education. Her work has been published in the Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics as well as Advancing Women in Leadership Journal. Between working for BYU and UVU, Anne married a New Zealander and lived abroad for several years. Two children later, she’s thrilled to be back in Utah working with fantastic women who want to make a difference in the world!

Bill Hulterstrom

Bill Hulterstrom has been helping individuals and families improve their communities throughout North America and overseas for more than 30 years. Bill began his career working at the Utah Special Olympics, where he served as project director. He soon accepted a position at United Way of Utah County where, after only two years, he was promoted to president and CEO—a position he continues to hold today. Bill has distinguished himself as a recognized leader and trainer in the areas of volunteering, board governance, non-profit leadership, and community building. Bill has served on scores of local, state, and national committees, boards, and task forces. Bill and his wife, Tammy, are the parents of two children and live in Provo, Utah.

Carolyn & Paul Thompson

Carolyn and Paul are pleased to serve as ambassadors for the Utah Women and Leadership Project.  Carolyn has spent her life as an advocate for women, always believing (even when this wasn’t a popular belief) that they were as capable of doing whatever needed to be done as the men. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics & HDFR from BYU in 1961. Carolyn has always been heavily involved in church and community service, including many years of leadership with the PTA, library boards, and community arts programs. A strong advocate for education, Carolyn helped establish a high school completion program at Utah Valley Community College. Paul has also spent his career in education.  He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and an MBA and DBA from Harvard University.  He was the Dean of the Marriott School of Management at BYU and President of Weber State University.  He has served as a mentor for many women at work, church, and in the community as he has encouraged them to pursue leadership opportunities. Carolyn and Paul have 5 daughters and one son, and are now helping to influence the next generation as they spend time with their 29 grandchildren.  

Greg Madsen

Greg is foremost a husband, father, and grandfather.  Greg and his wife Susan recently became grandparents and enjoy spending time with their four children, spouses, and grandchild. Together, they enjoy traveling to various countries around the world, and seek out opportunities for humanitarian work, particularly as it relates to strengthening women. Professionally, Greg has worked for Wheeler Machinery Co since 2002 and is currently a Division Director. He graduated with an MBA from BYU in 1989 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Leadership from Indiana Tech University. Greg has been a student of leadership for a long time, and he believes that there has never been such a need for bold, positive, and inspiring leadership.  Greg is also very involved in community service and participates in church, Boy Scout, humanitarian, and other projects and initiatives.

Heather Groom

Heather is the Deputy Campaign Manager for Governor Gary Herbert. She is a political advisor and strategic planner, who works with citizens and elected officials in all 29 counties. She has served as President of the Utah Federation of Republican Women and served on their national board of directors, representing Utah. Over 15 years ago, Heather started a small market research and recruiting business. She has been involved in several high-profile research projects and has worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies. While Heather has a diverse business and public service background, her passion is education innovation and public policy. She has been a long-time supporter of traditional district schools and public charter schools. In 2013 and 2014, Heather served on the Utah State Board of Education. Heather is a strong advocate of second language learning and served as Community Liaison for two Arabic language teachers, under the Federal Department of Defense, Critical Language Program (TCLP). While serving on the board, she was invited to attend an educational summit in China. Upon returning, she proposed a Chinese Dual Immersion program be adopted in the school. Her daughter will be among the first graduates of the program.  As an experiential learning proponent, Heather serves as a Board Member of the Space EdVentures Foundation. Heather also serves on the board of the Disaster Discovery Museum. In addition to her business endeavors and community service, Heather loves to travel, sing, dance, and learn.

 

Jonyce Bullock

Jonyce Bullock is an Advisory Partner at Squire & Company, PC.  Jonyce holds Masters of Accountancy from Brigham Young University and is a member of the UACPA and AICPA. Jonyce is currently serving as the Past-President of the UACPA.  She also serves on the AICPA Champions Task Force for the Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee.  Jonyce is passionate about promoting women and girls in the community and greatly enjoyed working with the Utah Women and Leadership project on the “Cents and Sensibility” event in 2015. Jonyce has been awarded the AICPA Women to Watch – Emerging Leader award.  She has also been recognized by Utah Business Magazine as a 30 Women to Watch leader and a Top 40 under 40 Accountant by CPA Practice Advisor. Jonyce also volunteers as the National Board Treasurer for the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America; a Non-Profit serving individuals with Celiac Disease and other forms of Gluten Intolerance.  Jonyce and her husband Greg have two children and reside in Orem, UT.  


Liz Darger

Liz Darger joined Brigham Young University in August of 2015 as Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). She serves as the sport administrator for women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and the cheer squad and Cougarettes. Liz serves on the West Coast Conference Executive Council, the West Coast Conference Administration and Operations Cabinet, and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Administrative Committee. Liz, a two-time BYU graduate, was an assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at Utah Valley University for six years after working as the Timpanogos High School women’s athletic director for two years. Liz graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in family science in 2000. She earned her master’s degree, also from BYU, in school counseling psychology in 2004.

Mary Crafts-Homer

Mary Crafts-Homer is President and CEO of Culinary Crafts, Utah’s largest off-premise caterer and 13-time “Best of State” winner for catering. Culinary Crafts caters over 850 events a year and owns a venue in Downtown Salt Lake City, The Tasting Room. Because of her success as a businesswoman Mary is often asked to provide leadership for many local, national, and international non-profits. A few of her roles include serving as President Elect of the Executive Board of Visit Salt Lake (Utah’s tourism and convention organization), being on the National Advisory Board for Utah Valley University School of Business, and serving as President for the Education Foundation of the International Caterers Association. Mary’s rock-solid character has attracted community recognition as well. Mary is a recipient of Utah Valley University’s Kirk Englehardt Ethics Award, Business Q Magazine named her one of Utah’s “10 Coolest Entrepreneurs”, and Utah Business Magazine named her as “One of 30 Women to Watch.” At the end of her long days, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children (all of whom work with her at Culinary Crafts), and, her 6 grandchildren.

Michelle Taylor

Michelle O. Taylor is the Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University.  She has twenty years of experience in higher education leadership.  Michelle earned her Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Social Work with an emphasis in policy and administration. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and promotes social change through the development and implementation of innovative programs and initiatives.  Dr. Taylor has secured numerous grants and won many awards, most recently recognized as a passionate advocate for women, she received the 2014 Rainmaker Award for Outstanding Service and Advanced Advocacy.  She has dedicated her career to creating access to higher education for underrepresented populations, first generation, women and individuals with disabilities. 

Mikki O'Connor

Mikki O’Connor is the assistant dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University (the largest business school in Utah, at the largest university in Utah) Her responsibilities include problem solving and working personally with student, guiding and providing counsel to the advisement center (made up of 10 advisors), strategizing curriculum, managing and cultivating the Women of Woodbury (a group of female Woodbury business students that she started and maintains) and the formation and statewide work of the Latino Student Council.  She also works with the Dean to manage the Woodbury National Advisory Council, and  supervises the internship department.  Before her tenure at Utah Valley University, Ms. O’Connor was a career specialist for some of the nation’s top technical companies placing vice president and C-level executives.  She has a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior. Mikki and her husband Jim  are the proud parents of seven children.

Paige Holland

Paige Holland was born in Salt Lake City and raised in Provo, Utah where she attended Timpview High School, and was very active in school athletics, student government, and competitive dance teams.  In 1994, she graduated with a degree in Communications from BYU, focusing her studies on Broadcast Journalism.  The next year, she was hired as the assistant news director for the KBYU News Room, where she ran the daily student news programs for tv and radio, and hosted several special feature programs. During this time, she also worked for the local FOX News affiliate as a weekend reporter and started a graduate program in Communications. In 1996, she met and married Matt Holland, even though he was a proud graduate of Provo High school—Timpview High’s arch rival.  Paige absolutely loves living on the campus of UVU and actively helping Matt serve the institution and greater community, though her greatest delight and focus right now are their four children, Jake (serving an LDS mission in Uruguay), Mitzi, Grace, and Danny.
 

Rich and Leann Crandall

Rich and Leann Crandall are proud to serve as ambassadors to the Utah Women & Leadership Project. They are the parents of 13 children, including 10 daughters, and three grandchildren, which almost makes them experts on the value of post-secondary education for young women. Originally from the Gila Valley in southeast Arizona (the home of President Spencer W. Kimball and the world’s most powerful binocular telescope) Rich and Leann sat by each other in 6th grade and then worked together at McDonald’s in high school. Leann brings personal experience to this advisory role having been a single mom with six children, no alimony, and no college degree. With determination and mettle, she enrolled at Rio Salado Community College in 2010, earning her associates degree and then attended Arizona State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2013 with her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development. While attending college she taught math and PE full time for an Arizona charter school. Rich served seven years in the Arizona Legislature as both the Senate and House Education chairs until resigning his Senate seat to accept an appointment from Governor Matt Mead to become the Director of Education for the great state of Wyoming. He earned his MAcc degree from BYU, graduated Summa Cum Laude with an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and is finishing his Ed.D. in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Rich and Leann are partners in Crandall Corporate Dietitians, the nation’s largest consulting dietitian firm, and CN Resource, a specialty consulting firm that audits and reviews USDA child nutrition programs. They currently split their time between Mesa, AZ and Lehi, UT.    

 

Sheryl Allen

Sheryl Allen has a deep gratitude for the Utah Women & Leadership Project and its mission.  She is proud to serve as an Ambassador.  Sheryl Allen has served as a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 1994-2011 representing Bountiful.  The Women’s Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures elected her as President.  For ten years she served on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee to the Office of U.S. Trade Representative.  Prior to that, she served on the Davis Board of Education including three terms as President.  Sheryl was employed as the Director of the Davis Education Foundation and is now retired.  She presently serves as a board member of Real Women Run which recruits and trains women to run for office.  She also serves on the KUED Advisory Board, the YWCA Advisory Board, Utahns for Public Schools Board, and Alliance for a Better Utah Board.  She teaches an annual class for the University of Utah, The Pulse of Utah Politics, during each legislative session.  She and her husband are the parents of four children and grandparents of twelve children.  Her family, education, and promoting the leadership of women are her passions.

Shirlayne Quayle

As the director of the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) agency’s southern outreach team, Shirlayne assists entrepreneurs across southern Utah in developing their technology ideas for positive economic impact.  Spending the first part of her career bridging academics and industry at the University of Utah and Dixie State University, she also founded Q3 International, LLC and later, projectSASI, to energize women and girls’ personal creativity and cultivate soulful-authentic-strong-inspiring leadership.  Shirlayne mentors international entrepreneurs for the U.S. State Department’s Global Innovation in Science and Technology (GIST) Tech-I program, serves as past chair of the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN), meditates daily, practices yoga, and loves to learn, travel and spend time in the sun with her vivacious daughter, adventurous husband and their sweet family dog.
 

Stan Lockhart

Stan Lockhart has worked in the technology field for over 25 years in both computer security and semiconductor manufacturing. He is involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, serving on the STEM Action Center Board and spearheading a $2.5 million STEM media campaign. He also sits on the Leonardo Museum Board of Directors and Thanksgiving Point Board of Advisors. He is also involved with Boy Scouts of America and the Utah Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. Stan served on the Utah Manufacturers Association Board of Directors, the Utah Technology Council Board of Trustees, the Utah Taxpayer Association Board of Directors, and the Utah State Council on Workforce Services. He is past President of the Utah Energy Users Association. Stan received the “Ronald Reagan Award” for his service in the Republican Party, where he has served in many positions, including chairman of the Utah Republican Party. He recently concluded 16 years on the Utah Republican Party State Central Committee. He has served on the Provo City Council, including as its chairman, in addition to the Provo Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment and Provo Library Board. Stan obtained degrees in business management and Spanish from BYU, where he met his wife, Becky Lockhart. Becky, now deceased, served as Utah’s first female Speaker of the House of Representatives. They have three children: Hannah, Emily and Stephen.

Tiffany Turley

Tiffany Turley is the Director of Women's Services & Resources at Brigham Young University. A native of Salt Lake, Tiffany earned her bachelor's degree from BYU in Marriage, Family, and Human Development and her master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Westminster College. Prior to working at BYU, Tiffany worked for the State of Utah for ten years in varying capacities, including work in the Governor’s Office, with the Utah State Legislature, and as a program specialist and senior business analyst at the Department of Workforce Services. Under the appointment of Governor Gary Herbert, Tiffany also served as president of the Utah State Employees Charitable Fund board of directors. A survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse herself, Tiffany is a passionate advocate for women and over the years has spent countless hours volunteering and serving with programs, charities, and organizations that support and empower women.  She has been involved with the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City as a member of their strategic planning team, and she is a certified crisis counselor through the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.  In her role at BYU, she is actively involved in creating and implementing prevention, awareness, and educational outreach programs on women’s issues, and she teaches an undergraduate course on career exploration for women.  In her free time, Tiffany enjoys cooking, traveling, crafting, temple work, hiking, volunteering, and spending time with her family.  Tiffany also enjoys choreographing and teaching dance and currently works as a private choreographer and dance competition judge.  She is honored to be an ambassador with the Utah Women & Leadership Project and looks forward to being involved in the continued great work of this organization.

Trish Hatch

Trish Hatch is director of the Women’s Leadership Institute.  She is responsible for events, curriculum, communication, sponsorships, programming, day-to-day operations and works directly with the board of directors and advisory committees. She also works closely with the organizations that have taken the ElevateHER Challenge to help them find the resources they need to create a culture of diversity and inclusion. She helps them understand the benefit and value of elevating the stature of women’s leadership. Hatch established her career in wealth management and was a trusted resource for clients. After 25 years helping clients navigate the complicated investment landscape, she joined the Salt Lake Chamber as a member of the executive team and managed the President/CEO and the executive committee. She developed strong relationships with key business leaders and quickly gained an understanding of the value and benefit of community involvement and saw a need within Utah companies to elevate the stature of women by fostering and promoting leadership. Being asked to serve as the director of the institute was a natural progression after her experience at the chamber. A native of Calgary, Alberta Canada, Hatch earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in communication from Brigham Young University, graduating magna cum laude. She served on the YWCA nominating committee, the business advisory board for the Junior League, and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, the Road Home and Utah Youth Village. She currently volunteers with Girls On The Run, a non-profit organization where running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. 

Wendy Fox Kirk

Wendy Fox Kirk, joined Weber State University in January 2013 and is a Management scholar in the Goddard School of Business & Economics. After earning her BSc in Human Psychology, at Aston University in England, she worked for a number of years in commercial social research before moving into academia to continue her interest in workforce development research in an academic setting.  She returned to Aston to complete her MSc in Work Psychology & Business and to attain professional certification in psychometric testing (accredited by the British Psychological Society).  In addition to her academic career, she ran her own management consultancy supporting the public service and not for profit sector in innovative service delivery and organizational development.  Her research focuses on addressing issues of disadvantage with a particular focus on women’s careers and the gendered organization.  She is finishing her PhD in women’s leadership journeys in Higher Education with the University of Birmingham, UK.  She is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Human Resource Management. 

Winthrop Jeanfreau

Mr. Winthrop Jeanfreau has spent the past 30 years starting and selling businesses, including: Aperion Audio, Shred-it International, WRLD Enterprises, Kameleon International, InCon Enterprise, Cambric Graphics, and McCune Management. As a result, Mr. Jeanfreau has extensive experience successfully guiding emerging and rapid growth companies. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Jeanfreau has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to identify opportunity, marshal appropriate resources and successfully grow new companies to maximum profit. Mr. Jeanfreau is a graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Communication, a minor in Management, and the University of Oregon with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Currently, Mr. Jeanfreau is the Director of the Business Resource Center (BRC) at the Orem Campus of Utah Valley University where he provides executive management training on revenue growth, capital acquisition and how to remain a relevant contributor to enterprise. Prior to his appoint to the BRC, Win was the Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  As Director of the BRC and SBDC, Winthrop is responsible for strengthening Utah’s economic fabric and quality of life by facilitating the success and prosperity of all business endeavors in the Utah valley. Toward that end Mr. Jeanfreau has developed a set of core competencies that are taught to business owners in classroom settings as well as one-on-one through his staff of gifted and experienced business counselors.

Alex Peterson

  

Ally Isom

 

   

AnnMarie Wallace

 




 Anne Wairepo

   

 Bill Hulterstom



 Thompson

 



Greg Madsen




Heather Groom




Jonyce Bullock



Liz Darger

 

Mary Crafts

 

 Michelle Taylor

 Mikki OConnor


Paige Holland


 Crandalls

 

 

 Sheryl Allen

 


Shirlayne Quayle


Stan Lockhart 

   



Tiffany Turley

 

  

 


 Trish Hatch

 

 


 


 Wendy Fox Kirk

  

 

 Win Jeanfreau