Back to our Roots...

Inspired Leadership Series LogoKirk Young, one of the first directors of the Center, was known for his inspiring leadership messages. Students, faculty, and staff would drop in un-announced just to visit with him and be inspired by his love of people.

The Inspired Leadership Series is a tribute to Young’s legacy. Leaders from academics, student affairs, student leadership, and the community will share their stories and their inspiration as we journey together toward more inspired leadership.

Starting Fall 2018, this series is held in The Center for the Advancement of Leadership Conference Room (LC 302) and occurs at noon (12 PM)!

Linda Makin

Linda Makin

Vice President for Planning, Budget & Human Resources - UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

September 12th, 12:00 PM

Linda L. Makin serves as the Vice President for Planning, Budget and Human Resources at Utah Valley University. This division includes the offices of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, Budget, Institutional Research and Information, Human Resources, and Policy. Linda manages UVU’s Planning, Budgeting, and Assessment (PBA) process and serves as the university’s chief budget/planning officer, policy administrator, and NWCCU accreditation liaison officer. As Vice President for Planning, Budget and Human Resources, she serves as a member of the President’s staff, President’s Cabinet, President’s Council, and President’s Executive Leadership Council. She also attends and participates in UVU Board of Trustees and National Presidential Advisory Board meetings.  Linda has over 32 years of higher education experience.

Marc Reynolds

Marc Reynolds

Student Body President - Utah valley university

October 10th, 12 PM

Marc is entering his senior year at Utah Valley University, studying Outdoor Recreation Management with a minor in Spanish. Naturally, as an Outdoor Recreation major, he loves to be outside hiking, camping, or backpacking. In Marc's earlier years, he grew up in Taylorsville, Utah, as the youngest member of a family of four boys. Baseball was a large part of his childhood, providing many opportunities to compete alongside teammates and see the successes and failures that came as part of the sport. After graduation, Marc would like to work in a Parks and Recreation department. With help from a Master’s degree in Public Administration, he would one day love to become a Parks and Recreation Director. With his beautiful wife, Jensen, by his side, Marc is excited to represent the student body of UVU and is hopeful to rally the surrounding communities behind the University.  

Jay Fugal

Jay Fugal

Corporate Operations Manager - Profire Energy

November 14th, 12 PM

Jay manages various teams at Profire including operations, human resources, employment law/mediation, and compliance training. Previously he was the Director of Human Resources at Niels Fugal Sons, LLC. He graduated from Utah Valley University, where he studied business management, with an emphasis in human resource management.

Kyle Reyes

Kyle Reyes

Vice President of Student Affairs - Utah Valley University




January 16th, 12 PM

Dr. Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University. For nearly four years before this new role, Dr. Reyes served as UVU’s Chief Diversity Officer and led the development and implementation of UVU’s nationally-recognized Strategic Inclusion plan comprised of nearly 40 initiatives focused on making UVU a more inclusive campus. He has been at UVU for 15 years working in programs for underserved students. Dr. Reyes is also an Assistant Professor of Education at UVU and teaches courses in Multicultural Education, Arts Integration, and Family & Community Partnerships. His research focuses on the conditions for P-20 student success among historically marginalized populations (with specific attention to Asian and Pacific Islander, Native American/American Indian, and Latina/o communities); Leadership for Equity and Access in P-20 settings; and Institution-wide inclusion and diversity strategic planning. Kyle has consulted with, and presented to organizations in nine states and Canada in various sectors including: K-12 education, higher education, business, community task forces, and faith groups. He has given more than 450 presentations over the past 14 years on issues of diversity, inclusion, art, voice, identity, multiculturalism, and leadership. Kyle serves on the Board of Directors for The United Way of Utah County and the national organization of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education. In 2015, Dr. Reyes was appointed to the Utah Governor’s Multicultural Commission and from 2012-2014, was elected by his peers statewide to co-chair the College Access Network for the Utah System of Higher Education. Dr. Reyes has received a number of awards including: UVU’s Board of Trustees Award; the Exemplary Educator for Diversity Award for the state of Utah from the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME); and most recently, the top 50 Diversity Executives in the Nation from Diversity MBA Magazine. Kyle received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy in 2012 from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the Elmo R. & Frances Bennion Morgan Fellowship. .

Marissa King, UVU

Marissa King

Coordinator, Clubs/Organizations - Utah Valley University

February 13th, 12 PM

Marissa King is a born and raised Wolverine! She attended UVSC as an undergraduate earning her Associates and Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. While pursuing her undergraduate education Marissa developed a love and passion for student leadership and Involvement. Following graduation Marissa continued her education at the University of Utah completing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy with an emphasis in Student Affairs. In 2010, Marissa was hired full time at UVU as the Coordinator of Clubs. Today she continues her work with student groups as the Director of Student Leadership and Involvement. Marissa is passionate about student development in and out of the classroom and couldn’t be more thrilled with her dream job where she has the opportunity to interact with the staff and students of UVU on a daily basis. 

Fern Caka

Fern Caka

Department Chair, Chemistry - Utah Valley University

March 13th, 12 PM

Dr. Fern Caka has been at UVU as a faculty member since 2001. She obtained her PhD from BYU in Analytical Chemistry. She declined several job offers after graduation, and decided to stay home with two small children and teach Joy school for a few years. As life unfolded and children entered school, Dr. Caka decided it was important and time to get back into higher education and teach the subject she loves. Prior to joining the faculty in 2001, she was an adjunct instructor, lab manager, and part-time high school teacher. Dr. Caka has seen the chemistry department grow from a handful of faculty to 16 members. She was the only woman in the department for many years. After returning from sabbatical in 2015, Dr. Caka became Department Chair. She graduated with the 2016 cohort from UVSELF. Last December, Pres. Holland asked Dr. Caka to be co-Chair of the Presidential Transition Committee as he prepared to leave.