Meet the Executive and Advisory Board Members

LEADERSHIP

Patricia Jones

Patricia Jones

CEO, Women's Leadership Institute

Patricia Jones is the CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute. The mission of the institute is to elevate the stature of female leadership in the state of Utah. The organization was formed in January, 2015 through the visionary efforts of key business leaders to address Utah’s deficiencies in the presence of women at top levels of corporate and political leadership...

Lori Chillingworth

Lori Chillingworth

Executive Vice President, Zions Bank

Lori Chillingworth has served as executive vice president of Zions Bank’s Small Business Division since June 2010. She overseas loan approval and management of the bank’s billion dollar portfolio of commercial loans under $750,000, including the US Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed loan program…

Amanda Covington

Amanda Covington

Chief Community Affairs Officer, Larry H. Miller Management Corporation

Amanda Covington has more than 20 years of experience leading corporate communications and government relations strategies impacting financial communications, crisis communications, domestic and international media/public relations…

Daniel Gomez

Daniel Gomez

President, Gomez Corp

Daniel Gomez is a Financial Advisor with nearly 26 years of experience in the financial services industry. His preceding 18 years were spent in the telecommunications industry, while also attending the University of Utah during a portion of that time. Daniel is a Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow…

Jonathan Hafen

Jonathan Hafen

Attorney, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

Jonathan O. Hafen is an attorney at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless.  He typically represents businesses either bringing or defending lawsuits. Lately, he has spent a significant part of his professional time seeking to recover tens of millions of dollars on behalf of victims of one of the country’s largest ponzi schemes.

In addition…

Katherina Holzhauser

Katherina Holzhauser

Chief of Staff, Intermountain Healthcare

Katherina Holzhauser is Chief of Staff, Office of the President and CEO, where she helps accelerate the execution of Intermountain’s strategy and operations working closely with Intermountain’s Executive Leadership Team.  She joined Intermountain Healthcare in 2013 to lead Information Systems Strategy…

Victor Ingalls

Victor Ingalls

Senior Vice President of Operations, LendingClub

Victor Ingalls is the Senior Vice President of Operations, and head of the Lehi office at LendingClub. Headquartered in San Francisco, LendingClub was founded to transform the banking system to make credit more affordable and investing more rewarding. Today, LendingClub’s online credit marketplace connects…

Ally Isom

Ally Isom

Candidate for U.S. Senate

Ally Isom is a leader passionate about bringing people together and tackling tough issues. She is a community leader and strategist where brand, policy, communication, and public engagement intersect. With an inclusive and affirming leadership style, she is uniquely skilled at fostering gender intelligent teams and building capacity in future leaders.

Davis Smith

Davis Smith

Founder and CEO, Cotopaxi

Davis Smith is the founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear brand with a humanitarian mission. Smith is a serial entrepreneur who previously started Baby.com.br, Brazil’s Startup of the Year in 2012, and PoolTables.com, the largest retailer of pool tables in the US. Davis was Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s CEO of the Year…

Heidi Walker

Heidi Walker

COO, Salt Lake Chamber

Heidi Walker is a visionary team leader who brings more than 20 years of professional management experience to her role as COO of the Salt Lake Chamber. She is oversees a multi-million dollar operations budget and is responsible for the day-to-day administration and strategic planning for Utah’s largest and oldest business association…

Linda Wardell

Linda Wardell

General Manager, City Creek Center

Linda Wardell serves as chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute’s Executive Board. She is also the general manager of City Creek Center, the retail portion of City Creek, one of the largest mixed-use downtown redevelopment projects in the nation. With more than 25 years of experience managing and marketing shopping centers, Wardell oversees retail…

Jeff Weber

Jeff Weber

SVP People and Places, Instructure

Jeff Weber is currently the SVP People and Places at Instructure, a rapidly growing provider of the Canvas and Bridge learning management platforms focused on transforming online learning. Instucture has over 850 employees in multiple locations around the globe. Prior to Instructure, Jeff led the growth of the people function for …

Advisory Board

Angela Atkin

Angela Atkin

Attorney, Ray Quinney and Nebeker

Angela E. Atkin is a Shareholder and Chair of the Women Lawyers Group at Ray Quinney & Nebeker in Salt Lake City. She specializes in all aspects of estate, probate, and trust matters, and practiced as a certified public accountant prior to attending law school.
Ms. Atkin has been included on the list of…

Ben Capell

Ben Capell

Managing Director, Peterson Ventures

Ben Capell is the Managing Director at Peterson Ventures. He has been with Peterson Ventures since inception, raising over $90 million in capital, and investing in over 70 deals in his nearly 10 years of experience. Prior to joining Peterson Ventures, Ben was the first employee hired at an enterprise tech startup based in…

Gov. Spencer Cox

Gov. Spencer Cox

Governor, State of Utah

A sixth-generation Utahn, Gov. Spencer J. Cox was born and raised in Fairview, a town of 1,247 residents located about two hours south of Salt Lake City. He graduated from Snow College, Utah State University and Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Cox met Abby Palmer at age 16 and…

Sophia DiCaro

Sophia DiCaro

Senior Advisor and Executive Director, Governors Office of Planning and Budget

Sophia M. DiCaro is the Senior Advisor and Executive Director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, appointed in January 2021. Previously DiCaro was the chief compliance officer for The Cynosure Group, an investment advisory firm in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Erika George

Erika George

Professor of Law, University of Utah

Erika R. George is the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law and directs the Orbert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah. She teaches constitutional law, international human rights law, international environmental law, international…

Deneece Huftalin, PhD

Deneece Huftalin, PhD

President, Salt Lake Community College

Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin was named the eighth President of Salt Lake Community College in September 2014 and feels privileged to have served SLCC students, faculty, and staff for more than two decades. In her tenure as President, Dr. Huftalin has launched a Collegewide strategic planning cycle which has produced a new vision, mission…

 

 

Kyle Jones, M.D.

Kyle Jones, M.D.

Associate (Clinical) Professor in Family and Preventive Medicine at the Spencer Eccles School of Medicine, University of Utah

Kyle Bradford Jones, MD, FAAFP is an Associate (Clinical) Professor in Family and Preventive Medicine at the Spencer Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah. He graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2009, and completed his…

Peggy Larsen

Peggy Larsen

Sr. VP, Workers Compensation Fund Insurance

Peggy is the Senior Vice President in charge of sales and marketing for the Workers Compensation Fund. Peggy is responsible for business retention, sales and development as well as the advertising and PR of WCF. Peggy has been with WCF for the past 20 years where she has been with WCF for the past 20 years where she has…

Becky Marquette

Becky Marquette

Director University Development, Western Governors University

Becky is currently leading university development initiatives at WGU with the belief that education provides individuals and families with one of the surest pathways to a better life because every individual has the capacity for learning and attainment. Most recently Becky was Director of Operations for L3 Technologies where…

Kelly Mendenhall

Kelly Mendenhall

Director of Regulatory and Pricing, Dominion Energy

Kelly Mendenhall is the Director of Regulatory and Pricing. He oversees state regulatory strategy, filings and proceedings and works with the state utility commissions in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho. Mendenhall joined the company in October 1998. He has over 20 years of state and federal regulatory experience and has held various analyst and…

Jeffery R. Nelson

Jeffery R. Nelson

President, Nelson Laboratories

Jeffery R. Nelson is a passionate leader who has dedicated his career to improving the quality of life for people around the world by helping ensure medical products are safe, and sterile and effective, and adhere to the highest quality standards. Jeffery has worked in the contract testing space for more than 25 years, most recently as President of Nelson Laboratories, a leading…

Kerry Norman

Kerry Norman

SVP of People and Operations, CHG Healthcare Services

Kerry is Senior Vice President of People and Operations at CHG Healthcare in Salt Lake City.  In this role, she leads a variety of teams including the talent management, operational services, real estate and workplace, and financial operations groups.  Prior to joining CHG in April of 2017, she spent 17 years at the Capital Group Companies…

Kristin Schaefer

Kristin Schaefer

Executive Director and Banker, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Kristin Schaefer is an Executive Director and Banker in the Salt Lake City office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Kristin works with successful executives, business owners and some of the most influential families in the area to integrate the many elements of…

Bryan Scott

Bryan Scott

CEO, Loyal Perch Media

Bryan Scott currently serves as the CEO of Loyal Perch Media, a local newspaper publishing company that currently operates 13 newspapers in the Salt Lake Valley. The City Journals have been published in the area for over 26 years. Since Bryan was named CEO in 2014, he and his team have grown the number of community…

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Chief Executive Officer, FranklinCovey

Paul Walker serves as FranklinCovey’s Chief Executive Officer. Paul’s career at FranklinCovey began in 2000 as a sales development associate. He was quickly promoted to client partner, then became an area director in the Chicago area. In 2007, Paul stepped into the role of general manager over…