UWLP Ambassadors

Alex Peterson

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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.

Allison Lew

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Allison Lew is the founder of Braid, a workshop series and networking community aimed at economically empowering women, a co-founder of the Sego Awards that recognize and celebrate female founders and CEOs, and the head of people and culture at Blip, an advertising tech company. Originally from Orange County, Allison moved to Provo, earned two BYU degrees and got a job with Provo City.

As she attended entrepreneurship and tech events, she didn’t see many women and began asking why. The answers led her to create Braid Workshop. Allison has served as a board member with the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Network, an organizer for 1 Million Cups, Provo Girls Summit, and Girl Develop It. Allison is passionate about women’s empowerment and is excited to be a part of Utah’s community of women.

Ally Isom

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Ally Isom is the director of Church Identity and Messaging for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a global faith with more than 16-million members. Her portfolio includes enterprise identity strategy and messaging for diverse administrative, humanitarian and ministerial organizations.  She has also been an LDS Church spokeperson. Ally is a community leader and expert where , policy, communication, and public engagement intersects.

She previously served as Utah Governor Gary Herbert's Deputy Chief of Staff, Communications Director and spokesperson, following several years in state agency administration and extensive experience as political and campaign consultant. With an inclusive and affirming leadership style, Ally is uniquely skilled at fostering gender intelligent teams and building capacity in future leaders. Highlights from her civic involvement include service as a Kaysville City Councilmember, the Utah Clean Air Partnership Board, Women's Leadership Institute executive board chair, and the Utah Heritage Council. Ally received her Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University.  She and her husband have four children, one grandchild, and one not entirely bright labrador.

Ann Marie Wallace

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Ann Marie Wallace is the executive director of the Women's Business Center of Utah. Before becoming the executive director, Ann Marie was the executive director of the Salt Lake Chamber Women's Business Center and before that she was a 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.

Bill Hulterstrom

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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.

Chris Yadon

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Chris currently serves as the Executive Director at The Younique Foundation. Most of his professional career has been in start-up executive management with an emphasis in operations, marketing, and sales. Chris's unique ability is to take sensitive, complex topics and simplify them so that individuals feel compelled to act.

Chris is grateful to be the father of three boys and three girls that range from 19 to 3 years. He has been married to his wife, Christy, for 20 years and enjoys learning how to love others through her example. When there is free time, Chris loves to be on the lake, take occasional ski days, and kick box - a recently found passion.

Gavin Christensen

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Gavin is an entrepreneurial VC with a passion for investing and building Utah and the West. In 2008, Gavin recognized a need for both leadership and capital at the seed stage in Utah. Gavin worked with the Utah ecosystem to found Kickstart Seed Fund to fill this gap. Starting a seed stage firm focused on Utah during the Great Recession was not easy, but Kickstart is now the most active investor in Utah at the seed stage with 85+ investments.

Now into his second decade as a seed stage investor, Gavin was fortunate get his 10,000 hours in venture capital early in his career. Prior to Kickstart, Gavin was an analyst, associate and principal at vSpring Capital (now Signal Peak) where he developed a love for venture capital investing in the Mountain West Region. Before vSpring Capital, Gavin also worked as a Vertical Strategy Associate for Google and as a consultant in Monitor Group's Cambridge office where he advised clients on a range of strategic, operational, and organizational improvements. Gavin received a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. in Economics (with Honors) from Brigham Young University. Gavin currently serves on the boards of AdWallet, Banyan, Chargeback.com, Chatbooks, Grow, Localfluence, Lucid Software, Lucid, Photopharmics, Qzzr, Rackware, Spiff, Claravine, TaskEasy, Zenprint.

Heather Groom

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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.

Janae Moss

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When Janae Moss and her husband, Jon, were new parents, they agreed that they wanted to raise strong, confident girls who could share their voices and talents with the world. Six daughters and two granddaughters later (plus one adored son!), Janae is more committed than ever to helping women find, develop, and share their unique voices as leaders in their families, communities, and beyond.

She brings her mission to life as a parent, as the chair of the United Way of Utah County, following more than a decade of volunteer service, and as co-founder of the Parent Advocacy Council, with chapters forming statewide and across the country. Janae and Jon have also built, from the ground up, an integrated and thriving network of building maintenance companies in Utah and neighboring states. In 2016, Janae returned to UVU to complete the Bachelor's degree she set aside when she began her family more than 20 years ago. She is majoring in Integrated Studies with a psychology and leadership emphasis. Janae took up the challenge in part to be an example for her kids of hard work and continuing education, always. She is proud and honored to be an UWLP ambassador.

Jonyce Bullock

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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.

Josh Bird

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Josh is an account executive at Method Communications where he specializes in building relationships with traditional media, YouTubers and social media influencers for consumer technology and outdoor brands. His PR efforts have led to earned media placements in globally recognized publications such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, CNBC and CNN.

Josh is also experienced in media buying and has a background in media relations and social media management in the HR, real estate, government and non-profit sectors. Outside of the technology and consumer clients he represents at Method, Josh volunteers as a PR consultant for the Utah Women and Leadership Project--an organization dedicated to helping Utah women and girls overcome the hidden barriers they experience in education, careers and leadership. In his spare time, Josh loves backpacking with his wife and being a father.

Katie Garrett

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Katie Garrett manages digital media services at the Utah Education Network. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Utah State University in Broadcast Journalism and currently is pursuing a graduate degree in Instructional Design and Education Technology at the University of Utah.

At UEN Katie is responsible for various statewide digital media initiatives including: digital content repositories, accessible online video and media production to support Utah Women and Leadership Project. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.

Krystal Guerra

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Krystal Guerra is is a marketing executive with over 8 years of experience in event programming, media relations, digital marketing & demand generation. She is a first generation college graduate from Utah Valley University where she completed a Bachelors of Science in Business Management with a Marketing Emphasis. Krystal is a senior demand generation manager for Instructure.

Krystal thrives on marketing solutions that drive results and has worked with hundreds of clients ranging from mid-size to large enterprise Fortune 500 companies and has been involved in raising over $8 million in venture capital. Krystal is also the CEO and founder of Guerra—a media agency dedicated to advocating for inclusivity, women in leadership & preparing young adults for career success. Krystal has been recognized as one of Utah's 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business Magazine and in 2017 was nominated for the Utah Women in Tech Awards. She has been featured in several publications, conferences, podcasts and news channels including ABC4, Fox13 & KSL5. Krystal's work to advocate for women in business and mentor youth have fueled her success and notoriety. When Krystal is not serving others you can most likely catch her at the airport getting ready to board her next adventure as a professional tourist.

Kyle Reyes

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Dr. Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University, now Utah's largest university with over 37,000 students. 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 and publications focus 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 received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the Elmo R. & Frances Bennion Morgan Fellowship.

Linda Makin

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Linda Makin serves as the Vice President for Planning, Budget and Human Resources at Utah Valley University. With over 37 years of higher education experience, Linda has participated with and led numerous teams to achieve new heights and vistas. She serves on numerous committees at UVU as well as UVU's ElevateHer liaison, a peer evaluator for NWCCU, and a member of the Business Affairs Council and Budget Officers System Subcommittee within USHE.

She is a member of the Board of Directors for Utah Community Credit Union and the Board of Trustees of the Utah Foundation. Linda earned a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University and a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University. She is actively engaged in professional organizations having presented at regional and national conferences.

Liz Darger

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Liz Darger is the Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at Brigham Young University. She is the sports administrator for six athletic teams and the spirit squads. She also oversees human resources, gender equity, student-athlete welfare, and athletic department diversity and inclusion efforts. She is also a campus Title IX liaison.

In addition, Darger serves on a variety of committees, including the BYU homecoming committee, BYU Women's Conference Committee, the West Coast Conference Executive Committee, WCC Championships and Sport Administration Cabinet and the NCAA Common Ground Leadership Team. She is also an active member of Women Leaders in College Sports. Darger was recently presented the “Emerging Professional Award” from the Utah Women in Higher Education Network, the Utah affiliate of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network. Darger earned a B.S. in Family Sciences from BYU (2000) and a M.S. in School Counseling Psychology from BYU (2004), and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership. Before BYU, Darger worked at Utah Valley University from 2009-2015 as an assistant women's basketball coach where she twice helped the women's basketball team earn the highest GPA among all Division I schools. Previous to UVU, Darger worked at Timpanogos High School 2005-2009 as a guidance counselor, girls varsity basketball coach, and athletic director. Darger is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently serves on the Young Women General Board.

Mary Crafts-Homer

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Mary Crafts has an all-in, 100% zest for life. As the founder of Culinary Crafts, Utah's largest off-premise catering company and 20-time winner of Best Of State, Mary has created thousands of impressive events throughout the state for over 35 years. Mary is a masterful caterer and resourceful businesswoman who has served thousands of clients including many A-list celebrities (Oprah Winfrey and Sir Elton John for example), two presidents of the United States, and hundreds of Fortune 500 companies.

During the 1980's and 90's Mary hosted a cooking show on KBYU TV that established her reputation as a food celebrity in Utah. Mary has been called a trendsetter in her industry and an ambassador for all things related to food and events. Mary's involvement in community non-profits, business networks, and education has also put her in the spotlight as one of Utah's most influential women. Recently Mary received The Hero Award from Silicon Slopes Magazine, and the Pathfinder Award from the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. She has also been named "One of Utah's Coolest Entrepreneurs", by Business Q Magazine, and is a recipient of Utah Valley University's Kirk Englehardt Ethics Award. Mary's newest endeavors include hosting a weekly podcast, "Crafting a Meaningful Life," as well as offering her expertise as a business and marketing consultant, team builder, and keynote speaker. Mary is thrilled to share her hard-won life lessons with others, as only she can.... with her insatiable zest for life, and a heartfelt badass attitude. Tune in to her podcasts on I-Tunes or Stitcher, or visit her website at www.MaryCraftsInc.com.

Mikki O'Connor

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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.

Norman Wright

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Dr. Norman Wright currently serves as the Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from Wharton as well as an M.A. degree in Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wright also attended Brigham Young University where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Prior to joining the Woodbury School of Business, , Dr. Wright was the Founding Dean of the College of Business at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also worked for the American University in Washington, D.C. as a consulting Dean for the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at their affiliate University in Nigeria. He also served as a professor and academic administrator at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, the American University of Sharjah, and Brigham Young University Hawaii.

Pat Jones

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Jones currently serves as a member of the Utah Board of Regents and is also the CEO of the Women's Leadership Institute (WLI). As the CEO of WLI, Pat works closely with organizations that have taken the Women's Leadership Institute's ElevateHER Challenge to help connect them to resources they need to create a culture of diversity and inclusion. Pat is currently educating organizations and broader communities to understand the benefits and value of elevating the stature of women's leadership.

Her political background includes serving in the Utah Legislature for 14 years, with 12 of those years being in leadership. She was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2000-2006 and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2006-2014, serving eight years there, including serving as the first female leader in either party and in either House. Her business background includes being the cofounder and former President of Dan Jones & Associates, a successful public opinion and market research firm for 35 years. Jones helped lead and manage the company while serving on numerous community and company boards. Jones is an experienced and highly-regarded researcher, specializing in qualitative research, having conducted hundreds of focus groups throughout the country for a variety of industries since 1980.

Rebecca
Chavez-Houck

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A Utah native, Rebecca Chavez-Houck holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), both from the University of Utah (U of U). She represented Salt Lake City's District 24 (Downtown, Capitol Hill, Guadalupe & the Avenues neighborhoods) in the Utah House of Representatives from 2008-18, focusing primarily on public policy related to health and human services as well as voter engagement and access.

Her leadership appointments included: House Minority Whip (2014-16) and House Minority Assistant Whip (2012-14). She now provides leadership coaching and community engagement consulting through her public affairs firm, Aspira Public Affairs, LLC, and also serves as Executive Director for Utahns for Responsive Government/Better Boundaries. Rebecca was a public affairs staffer for a number of local Utah nonprofits from 1985 to 2007 and cultivated a parallel "career" as a volunteer for nonprofits ranging from Envision Utah to the ACLU to Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. She continues to serve on myriad boards and initiatives and has been honored extensively for her efforts. Rebecca teaches non-profit administration classes as adjunct faculty for the U of U's MPA program.Rebecca and her husband, Martin Houck, live in Salt Lake City's Avenues area and have two children.

Rich and Leann
Crandall

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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

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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

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Shirlayne is dedicated to equipping girls & women with the knowledge and skills to understand and celebrate their worth, develop their ideas, and shape our world as leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs. She co-founded the Women's Influence Center in 2017 to support southern Utah women in all stages of transition and growth, and through her passion project, SASI, invests in and celebrates the power of girls' creativity and imagination.

Shirlayne has worked in education, government, and industry, built local and global public-private partnerships to foster innovation and economic growth, and mentored young entrepreneurs from around the world. As the Economic Development and Housing Director for St George City, she brings her knowledge and experience home to positively impact the community she loves every day. Shirlayne earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology and an MBA from the University of Utah, and serves on the boards of the Women's Influence Center, Switchpoint Community Resource Center, and Southern Utah Housing Action Coalition (HAC).

Sui Lang Panoke

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Sui Lang L. Panoke is the Founder of Women Politics Media, a global leadership and communications training organization through which she has trained thousands of women and girls around the world and founded The RE-Think Tank in the summer of 2016 which functions as a social think tank designed to challenge women and men to RE-Think how and what they think. She most recently partnered with GEN PAC to launch the Millennial Policy Tank aimed to reengage Millennials in the policy-making process here in Utah.

Sui Lang is passionate about empowering women, communities of color and emerging young leaders to lead and is committed to establishing a pipeline through which the next generation of leaders can resume positions of power in their communities. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association; past Chair of the Young Women Leaders Board (2009-14) overseeing the WeLEAD program sponsored by the Women & Politics Institute; past Vice Chair of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (2011-14), and was the youngest Commissioner to serve on Utah's Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission (2003-05). She holds an MPA from American University with a Certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership and received the "Outstanding Women & Politics Institute's Leadership Award" upon graduation. She earned her BS in Political Science from the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics after completing her first year at Brigham Young University's Hawaii Campus. Sui Lang and her daughter, Kaleila, recently moved back to Utah this past summer after living on Capitol Hill in DC for over 12 years. Together they reside in Salt Lake City, with their red toy poodle, Rue.

Valerie Ross

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Valerie Ross recently retired from Lone Peak High School where she worked as a high school counselor for 21 years, serving thousands of students and families. Valerie has been an active Board Member of the Utah School Counselor Association, where she served as President and in the Presidency for three years. While in office she was instrumental in moving the Association forward as an advocacy group for students.

During her presidency members of the Association began attending legislative sessions, working more closely with senators and legislators, and essentially began the work that eventually led to recognition and increased funding for school counseling. Valerie has served on the UVU Woman's Success Center Advisory Board, and she was part of the original group when the Utah Women in Education Project first began. She is passionate about helping women — young and old — find their voice, purpose, and power even when life seems to fight against them.

Valerie holds a bachelor’s of psychology and English teaching and a master’s in counseling and guidance from Brigham Young University. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has worked for several years as a private practice therapist.

Wendy Fox Kirk

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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

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Mr. Winthrop Jeanfreau has spent the past 30 years starting and selling businesses, including: Aperion Audio, Shred-it in Oregon & SW Washington, WRLD Enterprises, Kameleon International, InCon Enterprise, and Cambric Graphics. 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 CEO of iMpact Utah, a state sponsored initiative supporting Utah manufacturing and rural businesses. Prior to this current endeavor, Mr. Jeanfreau was the Director of the Business Resource Center (BRC) at the Orem Campus of Utah Valley University where he provided executive management training on revenue growth, capital acquisition and how to remain a relevant contributor to enterprise. Concurrent with his appointment as Direct of the BRC, Mr. Jeanfreau was the Director of Executive Education at UVU. Prior to his appoint to the BRC, Win was the Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). As Director of the iMpact Utah, 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.

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