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.
As someone who believes in the power of sharing our stories, I feel fortunate to serve on PACE where I can listen to your stories and advocate for you. Each one of PACE’s objectives resonates with me. In addition to communicating your interests, I’m passionate about working with PACE to provide meaningful involvement that will unify us as unique individuals who work together UVU.
Currently I work as an instructional designer as part of the College of Aviation and Public Services’ Educational Technology team. As such, I have the pleasure of designing and building training for the Utah Fire & Rescue Academy and representing the university in contract work for the FAA. One of my favorite side jobs is to contribute to social media for the School of Aviation Sciences. It’s a great opportunity to be reminded why we are here, as we work to connect our local and online students and share stories of student success.
A graduate in English, I look back with amusement on every time I was asked, “What on earth will you do with an English degree?” Over the years, my formal education has enriched my life as an individual and helped me wear many hats: as the wife of a third grade teacher, the mother of 4 great kids, a freelance writer and editor, and a volunteer in our community. My education provided me opportunities to work in the media, as a lobbyist, in the private sector, and now at UVU. Each of those experiences has shaped me. While I don’t frequently work with directly students, I actively look for ways to encourage people of any age to fulfill their dreams by pursuing their education in fields about which they are both curious and passionate.
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.
Jennifer Agla is currently a Payroll Analyst in the Payroll department here at Utah Valley University. She started at UVU in Human Resources in 2008, and moved to Payroll in 2010. Before coming to UVU, Jennifer worked in a local payroll and accounting firm. She also completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology here at UVU.
Jennifer lives in Pleasant Grove with her husband and three children. She loves to learn, read, and spending time with her family.
Jennifer is honored to serve as a Finance and Administration Senator. Jennifer has had many associations with staff all over campus and enjoys interacting with all the employees here at Utah Valley University. She loves to listen to others, make a difference, and serve as a voice for the staff of UVU.
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.
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 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.
Jill Crawley has been an employee of UVU in the Human Resources department for over 11 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. While at UVU, Jill has appreciated the opportunity to further her own education and graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor’s in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Family Life Studies. 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.
I grew up in Provo and graduated from Provo High. I have been a full time employee at UVU since 1999 and I am currently serving as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Services and am currently pursuing my MPA and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. I take great joy in working every day to help students pursue toward their educational goals in collaboration with great staff colleagues seeking to make UVU a more inclusive, engaged and serious institution. Serving as the Student Affairs Senator provides a wonderful opportunity to engage with my coworkers in the division to insure their needs, concerns and voices are heard as the university makes strategic planning and policy decisions. It is a great privilege to serve on the PACE Board as a Student Affairs Senator.
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 - 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.
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.