Center Staff

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 Current Student Wood Assistants

Danielle Munds
 
Danielle Munds is a senior at Utah Valley University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy and Peace and Justice Studies. She serves as VP of the Chi Alpha club at UVU, participates in undergraduate biopsychology research, helps as a Supplemental Instruction Leader, and works at the Center while she attends school. She enjoys studying political theory and believes that the Constitution is essential for every student to know, regardless of their major. After graduating from UVU, Danielle plans on doing an internship with Chi Alpha before pursuing a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She would eventually like to become a professor while simultaneously doing therapy and research in her field.
 
Erica Croft
 
Erica Croft is a junior at Utah Valley University majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Political Philosophy. She is a Wood Assistant working on Quill. Erica plans to enter a Political Economy graduate program and hopes to one day publish literature that mobilizes the working classes.
 
Joseph Stanley
 
Joseph Stanley is a sophomore at Utah Valley University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy and Constitutional Studies. Since he has been ten years old, he has been passionate about the importance of civil political debate and open dialogue for the well-being of the country. Joseph served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Ohio Cincinnati Mission from 2016-18. He loves music and enjoys writing it and studying music composition and theory. He also loves to watch films, act in theater, and keep up to date in what's going on in American politics. Joseph plans to go to graduate school and aspires to be a professor teaching political science and philosophy. 
 
Jessica Marinho
 

Mary Hill is a junior at Utah Valley University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Constitutional Studies. She hopes to study the rights in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Mary was able to attend the study abroad program at the University of Oxford in 2018 and studied under Dr. Nicholas Cole, founder of the Quill Project. She is currently working as Wood Assistant on the Quill Project based out of Pembroke College, Oxford. She has completed research on the Utah State Constitutional Convention of 1895 and several Constitutional Amendments since beginning her work on Quill. She hopes to use the skills learned here at the Center in her future career studying the rights outlined in the First Amendment. Mary also has an interest in vocal performance and is trained in the styles of classical and broadway.   

 
Edw
 
Edward Goebel is a junior at Utah Valley University majoring in Political Science with a Global Politics Emphasis and a double minor in Constitutional Studies and National Security. He is a native of Utah and enjoys the mountains in winter. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Washington State from 2016-2018 and is very grateful to live in a country where religious liberty is constitutionally protected. He is fascinated with history and how it continues to be made. Consequently, he hopes to do graduate studies in area studies or foreign policy and then work for the federal government doing analysis of near-peer power competition. 
 
Brandon Loveland
 
Brandon Loveland is a senior at Utah Valley University studying Political Science with an emphasis in Political Philosophy and Public Law, and minors in History and Constitutional Studies. He serves as President of the UVU Chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, and is a Campus Coordinator for Students for Liberty. After graduating Brandon hopes to move on to law school and pursue work in Constitutional law. Outside of school, Brandon serves in the local Republican party as a State and County delegate, Precinct Chair (#29), Legislative District Chair (#59), and is a member of the County Executive Committee as well as a former member of the UCRP Constitution and Bylaws Committee. He enjoys studying, reading and writing, and is working on publishing his first book. Brandon balances these activities with a full-time job in commercial sales for O'Reilly Auto Parts.
 
Kiana McAllister
 
Kiana McAllister studied political science with an emphasis in political philosophy, public law, and constitutional studies. In 2018, Kiana attended a study abroad program at the University of Oxford where she studied the foundations of American constitutionalism under Dr. Nicholas Cole at Pembroke College. Kiana has previously been involved with research on the CCS Federalism Index Project, and is currently working as a research assistant on the Quill Project based out of Pembroke College, Oxford. Her current research is focused on modeling the congressional proceedings of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the United States Constitution in the Quill Project platform. She is passionate about reading and writing, traveling, and being a mom.  
 
Antony Jackson
 
Antony Jackson is a junior at Utah Valley University majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law and minoring in Constitutional Studies. He is from the small town of Punalu'u, Hawai'i. He served an LDS Mission in the Dakotas from 2015 to 2017. He enjoys reading, watching football and rugby, enjoying time with family and learning all he can. After graduating from UVU, Antony wants to attend law school and study constitutional law in order to defend American values and liberty. 
 
Hannah Miller
 
Hannah Miller is a sophomore at Utah Valley University, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Constitutional Studies. She was raised in the islands of Hawai'i, and has had the opportunity to briefly reside in places such as Tonga, China, and the Philippines, all of which have shaped her fascination with how people think and work together. She is interested in evolutionary psychology, different forms of government, and the United States Constitution. She is a transfer student from BYU-Hawai'i, and served as a "Schatz Senior" intern under Hawai'i Senator Brian Schatz and Honors Council President on BYU-H campus. She served an LDS mission in Knoxville, Tennessee. She enjoys playing the ukulele and writing poetry, and loves to learn new things.
 
Christopher Vizcardo
 
Matthew Rands is a senior at Utah Valley University and majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Political Philosophy and Public Policy along with minors in Constitutional Studies and Spanish. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission. Since 2012, Matthew has been enlisted as a parachute rigger for the Utah National Guard. He anticipates to commission as an Army Lieutenant after graduation of ROTC and become a JAG officer upon completion of Law school.
 

Current Federalism Student Researchers

Johana Linford
 
Johana Linford is a senior at Utah Valley University, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in American Government, and minoring in Constitutional Studies. She loves learning languages and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. In 2013 she served an LDS mission in Gilbert, Arizona.  She loves learning about religion, different cultures, and is an avid reader.  Johana plans to go on to graduate school to continue her religious and constitutional studies.
 
Taylor Draney
 
Taylor Draney is a junior at Utah Valley University studying English Literature with a minor in Philosophy. She works as an editor at the Center for Constitutional Studies as well as a tutor in the UVU Writing Center. She also serves as an editor for Touchstones, the journal for literature and art on campus. When she graduates with her Bachelor’s degree, she plans on pursuing a Master’s and eventually a career as an editor. In her free time, she enjoys teaching and choreographing dance, hiking in the beautiful Utah mountains, and experiencing live music whenever she can.
 

Other Staff

Samuel Hill
 

Samuel Hill graduated from UVU in 2017 with his BA in History and Political Science, with a minor in Constitutional Studies and an emphasis on American Government. He has served as a teaching assistant, research assistant, and was privileged to be one of the first class of Wood Assistants. While he parents his seven children he is preparing to attend graduate school for political theory and American government. He currently works as Ambassador in the Federalism Index Project, and as one who has seen all that the Center and the Constitutional Studies program has to offer, he is well suited to spreading the news.

 
Kristee Hone
 
Kristeena Hone works as the Creative Consultant at the Center. She is a senior at UVU, studying Art and Design with a minor in History. She loves being able to help serve the people around her, as well as help them gain an appreciation for the freedoms we have and the country we live in. In her spare time she likes to work on her many art projects, photography, photo restorations, and spending time with family and friends.
 

Previous Center Staff

 

2019

   Dannie Maddox          Jessica Marinho          Jamie Yasosky          Andrew Jensen          Christopher Vizcardo          Christopher Vizcardo        Christopher Vizcardo  
 

 Danielle K. Maddox

Wood Assistant

       

Jessica Marinho

Wood Assistant

 

 

     

Jamie Yasosky

Wood Assistant

 

 

     

Andrew Jensen

Institutional

Advancement Assistant

 

 

     

Christopher Vizcardo

Wood Assistant

 
       

Ashton Earl

Wood Assistant

 
     

Chase Weaver

Federalism Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 2018

   Brooke Schroeder          Mark Wait          Samuel Corry          Erin Rigby          Tyler Keetch
 

 Brooke Schroeder

Federalism Researcher

       

Mark Wait

Wood Assistant

 

 

     

Samuel Corry

Wood Assistant

 

 

     

Erin Rigby

Wood Assistant

 

 

     

Tyler Keetch

Wood Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

2017

   Josman Cereceres          John Cummings          Sydney Young          Devon Murphy          Tuvae Nerveza-York
 

Josman Cereceres

Wood Assistant

       

John Cummings

Wood Assistant

 

 

     

Sydney Young

Wood Assistant

 

 

     

Devon Murphy

Wood Assistant

 

 

     

Tuvae Nerveza-York

Wood Assistant

 

 

 

 

2016

   Lance Merrell          Matthew Nolte          Colten Sponseller          Christene Behle          Aaron Holloway
 

Lance Merrell

Wood Assistant

       

Matthew Nolte

Wood Assistant

 

 

     

Colten Sponseller

Wood Assistant

 

 

     

Christene Behle

Wood Assistant

 

 

     

Aaron Holloway

Wood Assistant

 

 

 

 

2011-2015

Paul Chavez | Wood Assistant

Lisa Davidson | Wood Assistant

Samuel Hill | Wood Assistant

Jeremy Ruppe | Wood Assistant

Top Noa | Wood Assistant