PACE Senators

Kristen Nuesmeyer
Academic Affairs  -  Kristen Nuesmeyer  -

Kristen (Campbell) Nuesmeyer started working at Utah Valley University in 2007. She started in the Behavioral Science department where she was an academic advisor. In 2014 she moved to Academic Standards where she works as a counselor with students who are struggling academically and are on continued probation or suspension. In addition to these positions, she has served on several campus committees including the Advisor Forum and Planning Council, as co-chair of the Advisor Forum and Planning Council, Advisor Committee, and on search committees for multiple faculty and staff positions. Kristen was asked to serve on these committees because colleagues call her "diplomatic" and this skill would serve her well on PACE. She has also taught classes as an adjunct faculty. Kristen has her Master of Education degree in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. Other experiences in higher education have included Advising for the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington, Advising at Cascadia Community College, Admission and Advising for the School of Business at Pacific Lutheran University and Assistant Director of Transfer Admission at Westminster College. She particularly loves helping students navigate the higher education system, especially non-traditional students and first generation students. She is passionate about higher education and participating in PACE is another way for her to be engaged in promoting the value of a UVU education and advocating for staff.


Wesley Eldredge
Academic Affairs  -  Wesley Eldredge  -

Due to UVU’s mission of access, inclusion, and engagement with its community I had the unlikely, yet fortunate opportunity to become a first generation college graduate. UVU’s commitment to my personal academic success opened a world of societal opportunities previously inaccessible -all which serve as regular reminders reaffirming the extent of my deep commitment to this institution and its mission.

After receiving a B.S. in integrated studies, I gained acceptance into Temple University where I earned an M.A. in organizational communication. Currently I am working on a Doctorate in Education and leadership at Oregon State University.

Presently, I serve as the customer relationship manager (CRM) and student success and retention coordinator for UVU’s School of Aviation Sciences. As an administrator, I am driven by student success and it is my sincere honor to serve in a capacity where I am empowered to reciprocate and support the academic and professional aspirations of our incredible students.


Lisa Williamson
Academic Affairs  -  Lisa Williamson  -

Lisa is the Academic Support Counselor in the Office of Academic Standards. One of the things Lisa enjoys most about her position is coaching students on strategies and skills that will help them become more effective and engaged learners. Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Adult Learning, and has taught Basic Composition, English as a Second Language, and University Student Success. She is currently completing a second Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. She has been at Utah Valley University since 2008.

Lisa has served as an advisor for several student clubs and was also a committee member for the development of the Strategic Inclusion Plan with Dr. Kyle Reyes. Lisa recognizes that she works with some of the most talented and passionate individuals in the community and feels fortunate to be counted among them.


Terrell Wyche
Academic Affairs  -  Terrell Wyche  -

I’m from Charlotte, NC. I’m the youngest of my siblings (there are three of us). I’m really close to my family and I love visiting home when I can. I graduated from BYU with my degree in Exercise Science in 2011. I started my advising career at BYU, when I began to intern for an Advisor. I was still a student and I enjoyed every opportunity that I had to meet with students. I start working here at UVU July of 2011 as an academic advisor and now, I also teach as an adjunct faculty for the Biology Department. I love my job here and I enjoy the interactions with students and faculty. I love being a representative for PACE because I value my colleagues and their opinions. I would like to be a voice for them and provide answers to some of the issues the staff may have. I’m a friendly person, but I’m not afraid to stand up for what is important. I’m a good listener and I can communicate well. I hope that I can provide diverse ideas and perspective to PACE.


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Finance & Administration  -  Nikki Scott  -

Nikki Scott is the Associate Athletic Director for finance & business at Utah Valley University. She oversees all athletic budgets, expenses and revenues, coordinates travel and purchasing, and oversees facilities and human resource transactions for the department. Nikki has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration, and has worked at UVU since 2006.

Nikki is married with two children; She and her husband Shawn have an 8 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. She loves to travel and has high hopes for someday traveling the world. She loves music and theater, and is a big fan of batman. Before settling on accounting as a profession, she was an aviation major and a vocal performance major.

“I would love the opportunity to serve on the PACE board and feel like my years of experience would be a great asset to PACE. I look forward to representing the great staff at Utah Valley University!”


Duane Lee
Finance & Administration  -  Duane Lee  -

My name is Duane Lee. I have been happily employed at UVU for just over 2 years now. I am a Windows Systems Administrator in IT with direct responsibility for managing our Exchange e-mail system, SharePoint, Wendia POB, and a couple other systems. I have been working in Information Technology for over 20 years and have a fair amount of experience in managing Microsoft technologies. I have managed e-mail systems at a corporate level since 1993. I take pride in managing IT systems so that it makes everyone’s work as efficient as possible.

I was honored earlier this year with a Division of Finance and Administration Award of Excellence and I’m always looking for ways to give back to UVU. We have a wonderful workplace and I believe in PACE being our advocate for staff with our campus.


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Finance & Administration  -  Darren Larsen  -

Darren Larsen currently serves in the Athletic Department as an Assistant Athletic Director of Financial Aid Compliance where he is entered his ninth year. Darren earned his Master’s Degree in Sport Management Studies – Intercollegiate Athletic Administration in the Summer of 2009. Darren has strived to establish better relationships with other departments and regularly interacts with several other departments including registrar, admissions, the bookstore, and other departments. Darren is not only adept at identifying challenges, but always strives for practical solutions. Darren has applied this problem solving approach to make wise use of departmental and university resources and as a result has saved the department tens of thousands of dollars each year. He currently resides in Orem where he enjoys spending time with his wife JoMarie and their four children, Corrie (22) senior in college, Craig (18) serving a full-time mission in Russia, Joseph (16), and Megan (12).


Joe Nettleton
Finance & Administration  -  Joe Nettleton  -

Joe has worked as a Managing Accountant in the Finance & Administration division at UVU since December 2011. His current assignment is the Managing Accountant of the UVU Foundation. Joe served the last two years on UPAC (University Planning Advisory Committee) and enjoyed the learning opportunities it provided. He is looking forward to serving on PACE over the next two years as a Senator for the Finance & Administration division.

Joe graduated from BYU with a Master’s degree in Accounting (MAcc), and has worked in the accounting field for over twenty years. His interests including woodworking, Scouting and spending time with his family in the outdoors.


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Finance & Administration  -  Darel Hawkins  -

Cameron Evans
Planning, Budget & HR  -  Cameron Evans  -

Cameron Evans has been an employee of UVU since 2013. His current position is in the Human Resource Department as the Employee Wellness Coordinator. Other areas he works in include Benefits, Workers Compensation, Employee Assistance, Family Medical Leave, and Long Term Disability.

This position has allowed Cameron the opportunity to brand the UVUFit Employee Wellness Program, as he hopes to continue to motivate healthy behavior to employees on campus. He’s also increased his skills in planning, budgeting, and promotion through designing employee programs and events such as Wellness Fairs, Flu Shot Clinics, Seminars, as well as budgeting for marketing. These skills have played a role in making UVUFit a successful program here on campus.

Cameron also sits on the Workers Compensation Advisory Board, as well as UVU’s Safety Council. Promoting a safe and healthy workplace for employees of UVU is one of his priorities.

Cameron graduated from UVU with a bachelor’s degree in Public and Community Health Service Administration. He was honored this year to receive the Planning Budget and Human Resources Award of Excellence, and enjoys any opportunity to serve and give back to the employees of UVU.


Amie Huntsman
Development & Alumni  -  Amie Huntsman  -

Amie Huntsman has worked at UVU since 2002. Before coming to Alumni Relations she worked as the Marketing Coordinator for UVU Extended Studies and as the Assistant Manager of Campus Connection.

While a student at UVU, she was a member of the UVU Spirit Squad, Section Editor for the UVU Review and Vice President of Wolverine P.R., a student-run public relations firm on campus. In addition, Amie was awarded the UVU Young Alumni award for 2013 and the UVU PACE Distinguished Employee Award in 2016.

Amie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from UVU. In her spare time, Amie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, golfing, and vacationing to Disneyland and Walt Disney World.


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Student Affairs (co-Senator)  -  Andrea Calaway  -

My love of UVU was born when I was a student here many years ago – I’m not sure I dare say how long, but let’s just say it wasn’t called UVU at the time. After receiving my associate’s degree, I was offered a wonderful position here, and I really enjoyed my job. I left the day my first baby was born, and I’m so happy to have returned to UVU!

I have 10 great kids - five children, three step-children, and two recently adopted children – an awesome husband, and a sweet little Shorkie-Poo named Sox. I have survived the death of a spouse and a rare type of heart attack. My life and times have been crazy, and I’d love to chat and swap stories any time!

I am a ping-pong champ – much to the surprise of my kids. I also like to ride my bike, roller blade, work out on my treadmill and elliptical, and rack up steps on my Fitbit. I enjoy baking goodies and making candy for the people I love. Although I prefer not to, I often provide entertainment to students and staff by falling up the stairs in the Losee Center.

I’ve been back at UVU since 2012, and I feel like I’ve come home! When I drive past UVU, especially when it’s all lit up at night – I feel such a swelling sense of pride that UVU is my place. And - I’ll admit that I feel that same pride every morning as I arrive at UVU to begin my day (although the feeling lessens just a bit if the parking spots are gone.) I would love the opportunity to serve my fellow staff in the PACE organization.


Jason Rucker
Student Affairs  -  Jason Rucker  -

I am a lifelong Utah Valley resident. I grew up in Provo and currently live in Spanish Fork. I love Utah Valley and this is where my roots are. I have worked as a bag boy, janitor, construction worker, psych tech, lube system tender, youth counselor, employment counselor, vocational rehabilitation counselor, job developer and now as an Accessibility Counselor here at UVU.

I obtained my Bachelors in Psychology from Utah Valley State College…remember that school. (Don’t you dare pull up my transcript!!!) I then went on to get my Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation from Utah State.

My wife Jill is an Instructional Coach with Nebo School District and an avid, crazy marathon runner. I have two adult sons, Mitchell and Jayden. Mitch is a welder at Allen’s Welding and Jade works at Snap-light as a salesman. I have one teenage daughter and her name is Tori. She currently works at Nebo School District as a student sweeper and will be working for UVU grounds during the summer. I am proud to say that everyone in my family has attended UVU in some form and will be attending in the future.

I have been working at UVU for three years now and I am very impressed. Right now there are so many good ideas floating around. I hope we can capture these ideas and take them to the next level. UVU is growing every second and we need good people with good ideas to help plan its future and ours.


Mindy Swenson
Student Affairs  -  Mindy Swenson  -

Mindy Swenson - I have been working at UVU in the Graduation/Transfer Services Office since July 2005. Working in the Transfer Credit Office for over 9 years, I enjoyed working with campus employees as well as serving on the State Transfer Articulation Committee to ensure smooth transfers between the Utah institutions. I accepted the Assistant Registrar position in Graduation March 2015 and am embracing the opportunity to learn new things and help students achieve their graduation goals.

I graduated from UVU with my Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health in 2009. Outside of working at UVU, I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors. I look forward to the opportunity to serve my coworkers and the UVU community by serving on the PACE committee.


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Student Affairs  -  Beka Grulich  -

Beka has enjoyed a couple of fun jobs like Disneyland Cast Member and Lift Entertainment at Park City Mountain Resort, then she landed at Utah Valley University and has worked here full-time for 20 years. Beka is currently the Sorensen Student Center Marketing and Events Coordinator. Previously she has worked at Campus Connection, Student Leadership & Involvement and the Student Life & Wellness Center.

Beka is a certified 7 Habits and Focus Facilitator, and enjoys teaching leadership development, and being an event consultant. Her area of research and expertise for the last several years has been the millennial generation.

Beka is mother to a ginger and a gymnast and married to an Olympic junkie.

“I am honored to have been nominated to be the Student Affairs Senator. PACE is a great organization and I would love the opportunity to serve the staff that works in the Student Affairs Division.” – Rebeka Grulich


Katty Perez
Student Affairs  -  Katty Perez  -

I am from the Dominican Republic- Moved to Utah in 2005. I have been working at UVU in the Multicultural Student Services since 2009 as an Academic Advisor-Latino Specialist. I graduated from UVU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 2010. I am currently working on my Thesis for my M.Ed.

As a Wolverine, I love UVU and enjoy helping in any way I can. I look forward to the opportunity to serve my coworkers and the UVU community by serving as a Student Affairs Senator.


Valarie Wells
Student Affairs (Co-Senator)  -  Valarie Wells  -

I have worked for UVU the past four years in the Care About Childcare agency which is a program of UVU that serves the community in four counties. I love helping others and being the Quality Improvement and Provider Services Specialist, I work one-on-one meeting families’ and child care providers’ individual child care needs. I have enhanced my talents and skills not only within my agency, but on a state level with the Department of Workforce Services where I have designed many marketing campaigns and materials. I enjoy volunteering with many UVU community functions, UCCU Family Festival and the Women’s Expo, and have served as a PACE committee member on Social/Involvement and Employee Recognition for the last two years.

I am proud to be a UVU Alumnus. I graduated in 2007 with my Bachelor of Science, as an honors graduate in Information Technology with an emphasis in Administrative Information Management. I also graduated in 2004 with my Associate degree in Applied Science Business Management. I love working for this great university that gave me the education and skills needed for my professional success.

I am originally from Pleasant Grove, but have lived in Provo for the past 2 ½ years. I enjoy time with my family, teaching dance classes to youth and adults, and doing anything outdoors.

Becoming a PACE Senator is a great way for me to develop my knowledge and experience working in higher education, and it gives me a wonderful opportunity to give back to UVU and support fellow employees as we all serve UVU, the students, and the community.


Candida Johnson
University Relations  -  Candida Johnson  -

Candida Johnson has served as the Administrative Assistant to Chris Taylor, Associate Vice President –University Marketing & Communications, since 2015. Prior to that she worked with the Studios & Broadcast Department, from the time she moved to Utah, from Texas, in 2013. Some of her duties include scheduling, travel arrangement, budgets, and intercampus relations.

Candida truly enjoys the variety of outdoor activities Utah has to offer. You can usually find her hiking through the mountains with her family. She has an amazing husband, Tom, and two awesome children, Savannah and Nathan. Among many other volunteer activities, Candida serves as the PACE Senator for University Relations and is on the PACE Involvement Committee.