Baker BS’89 has been named vice president of worldwide
sales for Onyx Graphics, a leader in large format digital printing
solutions. Graphics direct sales representatives in the U.S., as well
as sales management in Germany and Australia, report to Baker. He
was previously with Digital Selling Solutions, where he was responsible
for the development, implementation and execution of strategic business
plans for products targeted at the digital printing market.
Nan Bassett JD’00 has been named a shareholder of Kipp and Christian,
P.C. She practices employment and professional liability defense law
at the firm.
Beard JS’01 has joined Holland & Hart as an associate
in the firm's litigation department. She previously was a judicial
law clerk in the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District
Court for Utah, and was a deputy Salt Lake County district attorney.
Bob Bennett BS’57 (political science) has been inducted
into the Hall of Fame at the University of Utah's Daily Utah
Chronicle, where the state's junior senator wrote a political
column as a U of U student in the 1950s.
also was a member of Owl and Key while at the U, and was inducted
into the Beehive Honor Society in 1957.
Brewton BS’79 has joined Decision Analyst, an international
marketing research and consulting firm, as Senior Vice President
and Director of Syndicated Research. Brewton comes to Decision Analyst
with more than 20 years of syndicated research experience, and will
lead a team producing comprehensive industry reports on such topics
as American home comfort, health and wellness, baby products, and
personal care items. Before joining Decision Analyst, Brewton held
positions at Synovate, MRCA Information Services, and Foote, Cone
and Belding, an advertising agency.
Cutright BA’74 was named executive director of The
American Lung Association of Utah. Cutright has served for more
than 10 years as the association's associate director. Prior to
joining the ALAU, Cutright served in different capacities with the
American Heart Association.
L. Gourde BA’87 JD’90 has been named to head
and direct the Corporate Law Division and the Estate Planning Practice
Group at The Rann Law Firm, LLP, from its Orange County, California
office. Upon his graduation from law school, Gourde accepted a litigation
associate position with Bonne, Jones, Bridges, Mueller and O’Keefe,
where he specialized in municipal liability claims, medical malpractice
claims, and business and employment claims. In 1994, he joined the
firm of Ford, Walker, Haggerty & Behar as an associate, specializing
in the defense of professional malpractice matters, and in business
litigation. He joined the firm of Neal, Haushalter & Ray in
2002 as a Senior Associate and Trial attorney.
W. Hardin JD’00 has been named shareholder in the
law firm of Fabian & Clendenin. Hardin has broad experience
in complex business and commercial litigation. He is a former Naval
submarine officer and a graduate of Rice University in Houston.
Hayes BS’04 is the latest to offer advertising space
on his forehead on eBay (a Nebraska man beat him to this particular
punch). Hayes, now studying at the London School of Economics, began
walking the streets of London in mid-April hawking a Texas-based
Internet service. The Taylorsville High School graduate, who is
videotaping passersbys’ reactions to his emblazoned head,
plans to use winning bidder C I Host's $9,300 to make a documentary
film about emerging “human billboard” advertising.
I Host nearly doubles the impact of its conventional advertising
budget (about $1.2 million annually) with “guerrilla advertising
“ stunts that also include putting its logo on the seat of
Evander Holyfield's boxing shorts. Two years ago , the company paid
a Chicago man $8,000 to undergo four hours of needle work to tattoo
the company's logo on the back of his head—permanently. A
five-year contract requires Jim Nelson to keep the tattoo visible
at all times and to make trips internationally to promote C I Host.
Hess JD’81, an attorney with Strong & Hanni since
1979, has been appointed business and tax group leader at the law
firm. Hess is a certified public accountant.
M. Johnson BS’79 MArc’81 has been promoted
to associate with VCBO Architecture, a Salt Lake-based firm. Johnson
has 26 years of experience in the architecture field and specializes
in the design of medical facilities. AM
Kempner BA’01 has joined HealthEquity, the leader
in HSA client services and administration, as director of client
care. His new responsibilities include the delivery of HealthEquity's
HSA client services to consumers, employers, insurance brokers and
health care providers. Kempner comes to HealthEquity from Intermountain
Health Care (IHC), ranked by Modern Healthcare magazine as the nation's
top integrated health system for five out of the last six years.
At IHC, Kempner's responsibilities included day-to-day administration
of customer service, claims adjudication, broker training and all
EDI-HIPAA transaction implementation for IHC's health care providers.
Rolfe Kerr PhD’70 has been named commissioner of
education for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kerr
will direct operations of the church’s higher education institutions,
including Brigham Young University (BYU), BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii,
and LDS Business College. He also will have responsibility for seminaries
and institutes of religion. Kerr has been a member of the church’s
First Quorum of the Seventy since 1996 and has served as Utah’s
commissioner of higher education, president of Dixie College, and
in a number of administrative positions at BYU, University of Utah,
Utah State University, and Weber State University. He earned bachelor’s
and master's degrees from Utah State University before receiving
a doctorate in education from the U.
H. Kilgore EMBA’04, principal and managing partner
at Wasatch Environmental in Salt Lake City, has become a member
of the ASTM International board of directors for 2005 to 2007. Kilgore
joined ASTM International and Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment,
Risk Management, and Corrective Action in 1994 and is the chair
of subcommittee E50.02 on Real Estate Assessment and Management.
Kilgore chairs the task group responsible for developing E1527,
Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental
Site Assessment Process, which was specifically designated by Congress
to serve as the national standard for conducting all appropriate
inquiry until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promulgates
its own regulation.
L. Kronenberg BS'02 (speech communication) expects to receive
his J.D. from Syracuse University on May 22 and to serve as a law
clerk for the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth
Department in Rochester, New York for two years beginning in August.
He plans to take the New York bar examination at the end of July.
Lander, who holds an integrated marketing and communications
certificate from the U, has been named the Utah Advertising Federation's
Advertising Professional of the Year. Lander is a partner and executive
vice president at the Salt Lake-based advertising firm Richter7.
The award honors a UAF member who "exemplifies extraordinary
advertising experience, has made a significant contribution to the
community, and is respected and revered by peers and associates."
Lander has 28 years of experience.
Laland BS’85, a corporate executive with more than
20 years of experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology communications,
has joined VaxGen, Inc. as Vice President, Corporate and Financial
Communications. Laland served most recently as senior partner at
Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, Inc., where he established
and headed the firm's Life Sciences Group on the West Coast. He
also served as co-chair of the firm's global healthcare practice.
Larson BS’86 MPrA’87 has been named vice president
of finance for Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. He will
be responsible for the day- to-day accounting and finance operations
for the group, which includes the Utah Jazz, Fanzz, LHM Advertising,
the Delta Center, KJZZ Television and the Salt Lake Stingers. Larson
joined the Utah Jazz in 1990 and served most recently as group controller
for LHM Sports & Entertainment. A certified public accountant,
he also currently serves on the University of Utah College of Business
Alumni Board as well as the U Young Alumni Board.
“John” Liu MArc’97 has been named project
manager and lead project architect at the Utah office of CLC Associates,
a national architecture, engineering, planning and surveying firm.
Also a graduate of the city planning and architecture school of
Tongji University in Shanghai, China, Liu has nearly 20 years of
planning and architecture experience.
P. Lunt BS’71 MBA’74 has been sworn in as a
member of the Utah Transit Authority board of trustees. Lunt will
represent areas of Salt Lake County and the cities of Tooele and
Grantsville. Lunt was the president and CEO of Western Property
Management for 22 years and served as the first chairman of the
Holladay City Council. As a member of the UTA board, Lunt will help
set policy and provide overall guidance for the agency.
S. Masters BS’80 MBA’83 has been named vice
president of operations, and Todd L. Porter BS’93 is now materials
manager, for Parvus Corp., a strategic systems engineering and development
partner for aerospace, defense, transportation and industrial OEMs.
Masters previously held executive and director-level positions at
Dayna Communications (now Intel), Gateway Computers, Sanyo Electronic
(now Icon International), Flowserve Corp., and Eaton-Kenway (now
HK Systems). Porter previously served in several materials management
and procurement roles for Evans and Sutherland Computer Corp., Megahertz
(now 3-Com), and ElectroCom.
R. McCarthy II JD’00 has rejoined The law firm of
Parsons Behle & Latimer after completing a judicial clerkship
with the U.S. District Court. McCarthy is a member of the firm's
litigation and environmental, energy and natural resources departments.
Mickelsen BS’87 MD’92 has been named full-time
medical director for Youth Care and Pine Ridge Academy, two local
residential treatment centers for youths. Mickelsen, a board-certified
child and adolescent psychiatrist, has been consulting for the programs
since August 2004. Prior to that, he worked with adolescents in
the outpatient, day treatment and residential programs of Valley
Mental Health, a not-for-profit agency in Salt Lake City. He was
previously medical director at Four Winds-Saratoga, a private psychiatric
hospital in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he headed an inpatient
psychiatric team caring for youths.
Petley BFA’76 recently completed a major commission
for the Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport (image at right).
She also has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Museum of the Southwest
in Midland, Texas. Petley now lives in rural southwestern Colorado
after years in Houston. She exhibits her work in Houston, Denver,
Santa Fe, and many other venues.
Plenk MEd'71 JD'77 recently accepted a position as housing
staff attorney with Southern Arizona Legal Aid in Tucson, Ariz.
Previously, Plenk practiced law in Utah with Utah Legal Services,
Inc., was a visiting law professor at Washburn University in Topeka,
Kansas, where he was also in private practice. Plenk worked recently
as a renewable energy consultant in Arizona.
Joe Reyna BS’02 (economics) BA’02
(political science), former deputy mayor of economic affairs of
Ogden city, has been named regional president of the Zions Bank
Multicultural Retail Region. He will be responsible for business
development, deposit growth and the creation of Zions' strategic
plan to serve multicultural markets in Utah and Idaho, with specific
emphasis on Latino clients. He will have direct responsibility over
two Zions Bank offices, in Rose Park and the new Redwood Road branch.
Reyna is the chairman-elect of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
board of directors and founder of the Ogden Area Hispanic Chamber
B. Saltz MBA’03 has joined Ramsey Group Real Estate
as a realtor associate. Fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish,
Saltz is a native of Brazil who moved to the U.S. in 1982 after
receiving a medical degree. An accomplished physician, she practiced
medicine in Florida, Georgia and Alabama and was an assistant professor
at the Medical College of Georgia. In 1995, she moved to Utah, where
she co-founded Spa Vitoria, the first medical spa in Utah. An active
community volunteer and member of the United Jewish Federation of
Utah, Saltz now brings her drive and dedication to a career in real
[Donaldson] Sanders MBA’97 has joined the APX as
managing director of professional services. In her new role, she
will lead a regional group focused on the growth of APX's high value
professional services and technology solutions business in the Midwest
and Eastern United States. Additionally, she will actively assist
APX clients navigate the changes associated with deregulated electricity
markets. Prior to joining APX, Sanders served as the director of
consulting services and market intelligence, focused on the Midwest
and PJM regions for The Structure Group.
“Cid” Seidelman PhD’87 has been named
provost and vice president for academic affairs for Westminster
College. Seidelman joined Westminster in 1980 as an instructor in
economics. Since then, he has served as director of the college's
economics program, director of its MBA program, and dean of the
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. For the past year and a
half, he has served as interim provost.
Smith BS’04, former quarterback for the Utes, was
the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft that began April 23. Smith, chosen
by the San Francisco 49ers, was the highest pick ever from the state
of Utah. Smith led the University of Utah football team to an 11-0
record for ’04-05, which includes a first-ever trip to the
Bowl Championship Series. Smith was rewarded with accolades including
Heisman finalist, Sports Illustrated College Football Player of
the Year, and Pro Football Weekly All-American (first team). See
“2004-05: The Perfect Season?”
for more Ute athletic achievements.
K. Sorensen BS’86 has been named to the board of
directors of Wabash National Corporation. Sorensen, 42, is vice
president and chief financial officer of Hillenbrand Industries,
Inc., a leader within the health- care equipment and services and
funeral services industries. Prior to joining Hillenbrand, he was
executive vice president and CFO/treasurer of Pliant Corporation
(formerly Huntsman Packaging Corporation) from 1998 to 2001. In
addition to his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University
of Utah, Sorensen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Salt Lake law firm of Strong & Hanni has hired Benjamin
P. Thomas BS’98 as an associate in the firm. Thomas
joins the firm's business, tax and estate planning practice group.
He is a graduate of Willamette University's College of Law and the
Jon Huntsman issued a proclamation declaring April 8, 2005 as Elbert
Thomas Day in honor of the late Utah Sen. Elbert D. Thomas,
who graduated from the U (grad year unknown) and taught Latin and
Greek here from 1914 to 1916, for his efforts to rescue Jews from
Nazi Germany. Early on, in 1934, he visited Germany and witnessed
Adolf Hitler's discriminatory practices, recognizing the inherent,
insidious danger there even before the Nazi regime instituted its
“Final Solution” of genocide.
radio airwaves, and as a signatory in national advertisements, Thomas
openly criticized then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt - breaking
with his own Democratic Party - for his restrictive immigration
policies and for not doing more to save Jewish refugees. During
the war, he advocated loudly and publicly for more vigorous efforts/
military and political efforts to rescue Jews by the allied powers
to rescue Jews, even signing on to public advertisements in 1943
that sharply criticized the Roosevelt administration.
1943, he co-chaired a weeklong “Emergency Conference to Save
the Jewish People of Europe” and introduced a resolution in
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to build a U.S. government
agency to rescue refugees from mass murder. Thomas then wrote the
legislation that would create it. The result: The War Refugee Board
that - in the final 15 months of the war - saved about 200,000 Jews
and 20,000 non-Jews the Nazis had targeted for extermination.
Thorum ex’84 was promoted to project manager at VCBO
Architecture, a Salt Lake-based firm. Thorum has been with VCBO
for eight years and specializes in performance spaces.
Valentin BA’77 has joined Spectrum Engineers, Utah’s
largest integrated engineering firm, as a business developer. Prior
to joining Spectrum, she spent 12 years in the business development
division of Deloitte & Touche, an international public accounting
firm. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in journalism,
Valentin also holds a Certificate of Integrated Marketing Communication
from the U. She is a member of the Utah chapter of the Society for
Marketing Professional Services.
Walker BFA’88 BA’94 MA’96 has joined
Syracuse (N.Y.) University’s College of Arts and Sciences
as the Winifred Seely Myers Love Junior Distinguished Faculty Fellow
in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. Most
recently, Walker was a doctoral student, Spanish teaching assistant
coordinator, and teaching fellow in Spanish at the University of
Houston, as well as a business Spanish trainer for World Learning
in Houston. In addition to bachelor’s degrees in modern dance
and Spanish and a master’s degree in Spanish from the University
of Utah, Walker holds a master’s degree in Latin American
literature from the University of Pittsburg.
Gov. Olene Walker PhD’87 has joined the ranks of
honorees in the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame. The
first woman recognized, she shares the honor with three other former
governors (Norm Bangerter, Cal Rampton, and Scott Matheson Sr.),
two U.S. senators (Ted Moss and Wallace Bennett) and a congressman
(Jim Hansen). At the ceremony, Scott Anderson, president and CEO
of Zions Bank, announced the addition of the "Olene Walker
Scholarship," which will be awarded to one woman at the Hinckley
Institute annually. Other attendees included Scott Matheson Jr.,
former gubernatorial candidate and current dean of the U's College
of Law, and Ted Wilson, former Mayor of Salt Lake City and former
director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. All seven of Walker’s
children graduated from the U, and five of her grandchildren are
Wong BS’89 has been appointed human resources coordinator
for Fieldstone Homes Utah. She is responsible for employee recruitment,
retention, training and managing the company's health and benefits
Young BS’83 has been promoted from regional manager
to senior vice president of operations at Kleinfelder Inc., a San
Diego-based engineering consulting firm. Young, also named division
manager of the company's Western Division, is based in the firm's
Salt Lake City office.