UWLP Ambassadors

UWLP Ambassadors

Alex Peterson

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.

Alex Peterson

Ally Isom

Ally Isom is the director of Family and Community Relations for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her responsibilities include local business, interfaith, and community relationships, as well women's, LGBT, and race issues. Previously, Ally was deputy chief of staff, communications director and spokesperson for Utah Governor Gary Herbert. Her specialty was being at the nexus of communications, policy, and politics, then mapping strategy and messaging to mobilize key audiences. Before that, she served as government affairs director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services and as deputy director of the Utah Department of Community and Culture. She got her start in politics and policy by running numerous local and statewide political campaigns between babies. Ally graduated from BYU-Provo. She and her husband, Eric, have four children


Ann Marie Wallace

Ann Marie Wallace is the executive director of the Salt Lake Chamber Women's Business Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded in part by a federal grant from the US Small Business Administration. Before becoming the program director, Ann Marie was the 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.



Belinda Han

Belinda has an Associate's and a Bachelor's degree from UVU, a Master's Degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, and is in the last few months of her doctorate at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Belinda spent nearly 14 years working as a summer and winter camp director and District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. She taught 5th grade in Saratoga Springs for 3 years, worked in Human Resources for the Corporation of the Presiding Bishopric for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was an administrator for a nursing home, and spent 3 hours as a telemarketer. She is currently the first female Director of The Center for the Advancement of Leadership at Utah Valley University and she is an adjunct leadership professor in the Woodbury School of Business. Belinda has presented to audiences from the American Leadership Academy Charter School in Spanish Fork, UT to members of the International Leadership Association in Barcelona, Spain. She recently presented her dissertation proposal on LDS women and leadership at the 3rd Biennial ILA Women and Leadership Conference in New York and will be presenting with colleagues, A Monastic Model of Leadership for Turbulent Times at the Annual International Leadership Association conference in Brussels. She serves as a board member for The Utah Women's Walk, Southern Utah University's Center for Performing and Visual Arts, UVU's Planning Advisory Committee, the Women and Leadership Affinity Group's Research and Practice Committee, and as a review board member for the Journal About Women in Higher Education.




Bill Hulterstrom

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.


Carolyn & Paul Thompson

Carolyn and Paul are pleased to serve as ambassadors for the Utah Women and Leadership Project. Carolyn has spent her life as an advocate for women, always believing (even when this wasn't a popular belief) that they were as capable of doing whatever needed to be done as the men. She received her Bachelor's degree in Home Economics & HDFR from BYU in 1961. Carolyn has always been heavily involved in church and community service, including many years of leadership with the PTA, library boards, and community arts programs. A strong advocate for education, Carolyn helped establish a high school completion program at Utah Valley Community College. Paul has also spent his career in education. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and an MBA and DBA from Harvard University. He was the Dean of the Marriott School of Management at BYU and President of Weber State University. He has served as a mentor for many women at work, church, and in the community as he has encouraged them to pursue leadership opportunities. Carolyn and Paul have 5 daughters and one son, and are now helping to influence the next generation as they spend time with their 29 grandchildren.



Chris Yadon

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.

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Greg Madsen

Greg is foremost a husband, father, and grandfather. Greg and his wife Susan recently became grandparents and enjoy spending time with their four children, spouses, and grandchild. Together, they enjoy traveling to various countries around the world, and seek out opportunities for humanitarian work, particularly as it relates to strengthening women. Professionally, Greg has worked for Wheeler Machinery Co since 2002 and is currently a Division Director. He graduated with an MBA from BYU in 1989 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Leadership from Indiana Tech University. Greg has been a student of leadership for a long time, and he believes that there has never been such a need for bold, positive, and inspiring leadership. Greg is also very involved in community service and participates in church, Boy Scout, humanitarian, and other projects and initiatives.

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Heather Groom

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.


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Jonyce Bullock

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.

 jonyce bullock

Liz Darger

Liz Darger is the Senior Associate Athletics 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 Deputy Title IX coordinator. 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 (formerly known as NACWAA) and serves on their membership committee. Darger earned a B.S. in Family Sciences from BYU (2000) and a M.S. in School Counseling Psychology from BYU (2004). Darger joined the BYU athletic staff in 2015 as an Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator. 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, girl's varsity basketball coach, and athletic director. Darger is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in many leadership positions within the local youth and adult organizations.

 liz darger

Katie Garrett

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.

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Mary Crafts-Homer

Mary Crafts-Homer is President and CEO of Culinary Crafts, Utah's largest off-premise caterer and 13-time "Best of State" winner for catering. Culinary Crafts caters over 850 events a year and owns a venue in Downtown Salt Lake City, The Tasting Room. Because of her success as a businesswoman Mary is often asked to provide leadership for many local, national, and international non-profits. A few of her roles include serving as President Elect of the Executive Board of Visit Salt Lake (Utah's tourism and convention organization), being on the National Advisory Board for Utah Valley University School of Business, and serving as President for the Education Foundation of the International Caterers Association. Mary's rock-solid character has attracted community recognition as well. Mary is a recipient of Utah Valley University's Kirk Englehardt Ethics Award, Business Q Magazine named her one of Utah's "10 Coolest Entrepreneurs", and Utah Business Magazine named her as "One of 30 Women to Watch." At the end of her long days, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children (all of whom work with her at Culinary Crafts), and, her 6 grandchildren.


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Mikki O'Connor

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.


Paige Holland

Paige Holland was born in Salt Lake City and raised in Provo, Utah where she attended Timpview High School, and was very active in school athletics, student government, and competitive dance teams. In 1994, she graduated with a degree in Communications from BYU, focusing her studies on Broadcast Journalism. The next year, she was hired as the assistant news director for the KBYU News Room, where she ran the daily student news programs for tv and radio, and hosted several special feature programs. During this time, she also worked for the local FOX News affiliate as a weekend reporter and started a graduate program in Communications. In 1996, she met and married Matt Holland, even though he was a proud graduate of Provo High school—Timpview High's arch rival. Paige absolutely loves living on the campus of UVU and actively helping Matt serve the institution and greater community, though her greatest delight and focus right now are their four children, Jake (serving an LDS mission in Uruguay), Mitzi, Grace, and Danny.

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Pat Jones

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.

Pat Jones

Rich and Leann Crandall

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

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.


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Shirlayne Quayle

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 her for-benefit company, SASI, invests in the power of girls & women through camps, coaching, consulting, and global connection. Shirlayne has worked with the State of Utah/USTAR, Dixie State University, and the University of Utah to build public-private partnerships and foster economic growth. She works with the Horasis Global Visioning Community to bring women's voices to the conversation and equalize social and economic opportunity globally, mentors young international innovators and entrepreneurs with the U.S. State Department's Global Innovation in Science and Technology (GIST) program, and has presented and worked in Europe, India, China, Korea and Africa. Shirlayne earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology and an MBA from the University of Utah, is a member of the Dixie State University Innovation Plaza task force, an ambassador for the Utah Women and Leadership Project, and serves on the boards of the Women's Influence Center, Real Women Run, and the Southern Utah Makers Council.



Sui Lang Panoke

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.


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Tara Ivie

Tara Ivie is the Senior Director of Utah Valley University's Women's Success Center and Wee Care Center. Her work centers on the recruitment, retention, and graduation of female students at UVU. Tara is a doctoral student at Utah State University, researching the unique pattern female college enrollment and graduation in the region. Tara has worked domestically and internationally supporting US interests and is in the 10th year of her career in higher education. She passionately believes that educating women changes the community for the better. She and her partner have two wonderful children and enjoy the many outdoor experiences that Utah provides.


Tiffany Turley

Tiffany Turley is the Title IX Coordinator at Brigham Young University. A native of Salt Lake, Tiffany earned her bachelor's degree from BYU in Marriage, Family, and Human Development and her master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Westminster College. Prior to working at BYU, Tiffany worked for the State of Utah for ten years in varying capacities, including work in the Governor's Office, with the Utah State Legislature, and as a program specialist and senior business analyst at the Department of Workforce Services. Under the appointment of Governor Gary Herbert, Tiffany also served as president of the Utah State Employees Charitable Fund board of directors. A survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse herself, Tiffany is a passionate advocate for women and over the years has spent countless hours volunteering and serving with programs, charities, and organizations that support and empower women. She has been involved with the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City as a member of their strategic planning team, and she is a certified crisis counselor through the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys cooking, traveling, crafting, temple work, hiking, volunteering, and spending time with her family. Tiffany also enjoys choreographing and teaching dance and currently works as a private choreographer and dance competition judge. She is honored to be an ambassador with the Utah Women & Leadership Project and looks forward to being involved in the continued great work of this organization.


Tiffany Turley

Wendy Fox Kirk

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.


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Winthrop Jeanfreau

Mr. Winthrop Jeanfreau has spent the past 30 years starting and selling businesses, including: Aperion Audio, Shred-it International, WRLD Enterprises, Kameleon International, InCon Enterprise, Cambric Graphics, and McCune Management. 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 Director of the Business Resource Center (BRC) at the Orem Campus of Utah Valley University where he provides executive management training on revenue growth, capital acquisition and how to remain a relevant contributor to enterprise. Prior to his appoint to the BRC, Win was the Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  As Director of 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.


 Winthrop Jeanfreau