Advisory Board

Upcoming Meetings:

Thursday, May 10, 2018

All board meetings take place from 8:30 – 10AM in the Kingsbury Hall Founders Room

UtahPresents Advisory Board

Krista-Sorenson-HeadshotKrista Sorenson is the mother of two sons, Grant and Gavin, and calls Salt Lake City, home. In her early years, Krista was a disciplined, young ballet dancer performing for Ballet West and studying at Julliard. Later, Krista graduated from BYU where she was Captain of the Cheer Squad, with degrees in Health Promotion and Business. Prior to entering the workforce, Krista served an 18 month LDS mission in Hawaii. During her career in the health care industry, she spent 19 years in medical and pharmaceutical sales working for companies, Boston Scientific, Edwards Lifesciences and Bristol Myers-Squibb. Krista is currently a director of the Sorenson Impact Foundation where she works alongside her husband, Jim around the world facilitating projects and ideas that have the potential to become sustainable, scalable and maximize positive impact on the lives and societies they touch. She loves people and being able to give of her time, talents and energy in helping others through community service. Krista loves to travel, is an avid cyclist, and enjoys fashion. Krista is currently Chair of the UtahPresents Advisory Board.

Rob-Mansfield-HeadshotRobert Mansfield is a trial lawyer who practices in the area of intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, digital marketing litigation, eminent domain litigation, and real estate litigation. Rob has tried numerous jury and bench trials in both state and federal courts throughout the United States and has also argued many cases before the Supreme Court of Utah and other appellate courts. He is a partner at Mitchell, Barlow & Mansfield. Rob has been very active in community and civic matters. He has served on and chaired many nonprofit and community boards, including the University of Utah Presidents Club Committee, the S.J. Quinney College of Law Alumni Board, the Museum of Utah Art and History Board, the Guadalupe School Board and the Utah Republican Party Elephant Club. Rob also is currently serving as the Honorary Consul in the State of Utah for the Republic of Korea. Rob is the current Vice-Chair of the UtahPresents Advisory Board.

Marney-BillingsMarney Billings is retired. She worked for 12 years in Development, mostly at the University of Utah in the Colleges of Law and Social Work. She was a partner at Prince Yeates & Geldzahler and practiced law for 12 years. She graduated from Stanford University in AB Political Science in 1969, and from the University of Utah College of Law in 1977. She has served on the following boards: the Utah Arts Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Dispute Resolution Board, Career Service Review Board, United Way of Great Salt Lake, and the Sarah Daft Home. She is married to Peter Billings and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

Dhiraj Chand specializing in higher education and non-profit fundraising/development, working as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Utah. In this role, he works to develop and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships between organizations and community leaders to generate philanthropic support for academic initiatives, student programs, research activities, and institutional goals. He is passionate about social justice equity and actively contributes to solutions-based collaborations that ensure all students have access to and through higher education.

Before this, Dhiraj worked with a range of diversity student programs within the offices of Student Affairs and Diversity/Equity. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the Sundance Film Festival, participating in community activism, attending live theatre, and serving on several Utah non-profit boards. These include the Rape Recovery Center and First Star Foster Youth Academy.

Havilah Clarke is an award-winning marketing communications consultant to Fortune 500s, start-ups, and outstanding nonprofits. Previously she led teams at Newsweek, Novo Nordisk, and world-renowned PR and advertising agencies: Edelman, Ogilvy PR, and Y&R. Havilah is President of the Board for PRIDE LIVE NATION, and Marketing Chair of UtahPresents’ Advisory Board. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in International Communications from the American University of Paris, and speaks French and German.

troy-d'ambrosio_smaller-(2)Troy D’Ambrosio is currently the Executive Director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah, an Associate Dean of the David Eccles School of Business and holds a presidential chair. The Institute assists student and faculty from idea to launch through programs, competitions and curriculum. The Lassonde Institute is ranked #23 by the Princeton Review. Troy D’Ambrosio is co-founder, officer and director of multiple start-up companies, which attracted over $500 million in capital; include founding Transworld Telecommunications which was sold to Sprint in 1996, Convergence Communications which was sold to Lockheed Martin in 2005 and EPM Mining Ventures listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange. He has served as the VP of Investor Relations and Corporate Communication for American Stores Company, an NYSE listed company, and the Director of Mutual Fund Operations for Wasatch Advisors. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1982 and was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000, a v100 Technology leader in 2008 and Best in State Educational Administrator in 2009.

Mike-Ferro-2012-Mike Ferro is a native of Southern California where he learned the construction trade from the ground up working for the family business, Ferro & Sons Construction. In order to gain a greater depth of experience, he joined Irvine based general contractor, Breton Construction in 1985 and in 1988 became a Vice President for Birtcher Construction Limited (MBK) in Southern California. Ferro attended the University of Utah from 1980 to 1982 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Real Estate Finance with a minor in Economics from California State University at Fullerton. In 1992, Ferro again relocated to Salt Lake City to join Union Pointe Construction Corporation as Vice President. In 1999 he joined InterNet Properties, Inc. and started the Development Services Division in order to service the construction needs of real estate clients, developers, and corporate users. During his career, he has been involved with numerous construction and development projects encompassing commercial, industrial, office and multi-family housing projects as well as the development of build-to suit, sale-lease back and speculative development projects. Michael’s experience working with local and national development firms, general contractors, investment groups, real estate firms, architects, engineers, and in the sub-contractor industry, have proven substantially beneficial for his clients. His knowledge covers cost savings, value engineering, in-depth understanding of costing and scheduling while also providing a greater overall value for their construction dollar. Michael is currently affiliated with NAIOP, Utah Investment Council, and ICSC.

Don-Gale-HeadshotDon Gale is one of the founding members of the current board. He is the owner and president of Words, Words, Words, Inc., a communication company. He has written books, TV documentaries, newspaper columns, and other materials. For more than two decades, he wrote and broadcast daily editorials for KSL radio and television, producing over six thousand editorials. He earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Southern Utah University. He is a member of the University’s National Advisory Council. He was previously on the faculties of the University of Utah and Weber State University. He is currently working on four books: two biographies, and autobiography, and a collection of his newspaper columns.

Jake-Garn-HeadshotSenator Jake Garn is a graduate of the University of Utah. He served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot. He is a retired Brigadier General in the Utah Air National Guard and has logged more than 12,000 hours of pilot time. He is a former insurance executive and served as Mayor Salt Lake City prior to his election to the United States Senate in 1974 where he served for three terms. He was invited by NASA to fly as a payload specialist on flight 51-D of the space shuttle Discovery which flew in April of 1985. Senator Garn retired (January, 1993) from the United States Senate after eighteen years. He is currently a self-employed consultant and involved with numerous private/public sector endeavors.

Dave Gessel currently serves as the Executive Vice President at the Utah Hospital Association. He has previously served as the Vice President of Government Relations and Legal Affairs for UHA. He has also worked as an attorney for a major Utah law firm as well as Legislative Director for a U.S. Congressman. Dave has also been actively involved in a number of federal, state and local political campaigns. Dave received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Utah, his Masters Degree from Rutgers University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dave is a recognized healthcare law and policy expert. Dave has been appointed to a number of Utah state commissions and is active in civic and community affairs. Dave is a member of the Board of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and a member of Salt Lake Rotary Club 24. He and his wife Diana reside in Salt Lake City and are the parents of four children.

Chet Goodwin is a CPA and has been a tax practitioner for 28 years. Chet spent 10 years of his career at Price Waterhouse in Utah, California, and New York City where he wrote and taught many of the firm’s tax continuing education & training courses, & in mergers & acquisitions. Chet was an adjunct professor teaching masters level partnership tax courses at WSU for 2 years. For the last 18 years, Chet has had his own tax practice which he recently sold to a regional accounting firm. Chet is currently the CFO of RLL and has served on the Board of Directors and Executive committee’s of several non profit organizations, including the Alta Club and the Presidents Club Committee at the University of Utah. 

Russ Haynie lives in Salt Lake County and is attending the University of Utah MBA program focusing on entrepreneurship and strategy with plans to graduate in May 2018. As a student, he embraced the entrepreneurial spirt of the Lassonde Institute and launched West Bench Consulting; an operations and process improvement consulting firm. He spent time as a Project Manager implementing companywide initiatives in supply chain and operations, and also as a U.S. Diplomat serving overseas for the Department of State. He grew up in Southern Virginia and participated in music programs throughout his childhood specializing on drums and percussion. He has enjoyed spending time with high school marching bands, writing percussion scores, and assisting with band activities in his home town. Russ continues his passion for the arts by supporting local theaters and attending performances whenever possible. He also enjoys competing in triathlons, road biking, skiing, and spending time with his wife Lauren and their new son Oliver.

Tiana Hood is a finance and accounting professional with almost 15 years of experience in a wide variety of industries including solar, restaurants and consumer products. She was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Eastern Michigan University. She later completed a Master’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado. She currently serves as Head of Finance for Conergy, a downstream solar company specializing in the development and operations of utility scale solar systems, where she manages financial operations for the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to working at Conergy, Tiana spent six years at the successful start-up Smashburger where she built and developed the finance and accounting teams to support growth from one location in Denver, Colorado to over 250 international locations. Currently, Tiana lives in Salt Lake City where she enjoys taking advantage of the wide range of outdoor activities including snowboarding, hiking, biking and camping.

Marian-Ingham-headshotMarian Ingham was the owner and operator of American Icon Products Company for 13 years, and has been in sales for a majority of her life. She is a dedicated philanthropist serving many roles with the University of Utah, including Pi Beta Phi, Utah Museum of Fine Arts Advisory Council, Beta Theta Pi Mother’s Club, Presidents Club, Crimson Club Board, National Advisory Council, Kingsbury Hall Renovation, College of Nursing Development Board, Health Sciences Educational Resource Development Council, Fine Arts Advisory Board for Huntsman Cancer Institute, Pharmacy Ambassadors Advisory Council, and has been a Kingsbury Hall Board member since 2008. In 2010, she received the YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2011, she received the Emeritus Alumni Merit of Honor Award, and in 2014, received the American Water Works Association Award of Merit.

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David Kirby is Senior Vice President and Director of Practice Pathways, a professional finance division of Zions Bank. Practice Pathways is a nationwide program that offers a full suite of financial services to medical professionals who want to acquire, start, or expand their practice. David has more than 15 years of commercial and retail banking experience, and joined Zions Bank in 2015 to launch the Practice Pathways group. Active in the community, David volunteers his time with the Wasatch Waldorf Academy Charter School fundraising board, United Way Young Leaders, the Loyola Marymount University MBA Student Association board, and most recently the Utah Presents advisory board. He graduated with a degree in Business Communications from the University of Utah and earned an MBA with honors from Loyola Marymount Los Angeles. He is a member of the of Beta Gama Sigma honor society. David is an avid cyclist and triathlete, and enjoys water and snow sports, and the occasional round of golf. He and his wife have four children and reside in Salt Lake City.

Swathy Mahasenan is a music teacher specializing in South Indian classical singing.  Swathy has an undergraduate degree in Economics, and an MBA in Finance.  She worked in software testing and privatization initiatives at Federal research facilities before deciding to focus on her two passions: volunteering and the arts.  For the past 10 years, she has focused on volunteer work at non-profits and teaching classical music lessons to over 100 children in all.  Her students have performed at the Interfaith Roundtable concerts at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.  Swathy is on the Board of Channing Hall, an International Baccalaureate charter school in Draper, and has also served on the Board of the India Cultural Center in South Jordan. She lives in South Jordan, UT, with her husband Maha and their three kids.

Chrissy-MicekChrissy Gilbert Micek grew up in Salt Lake City and, as both her parents worked at the University of Utah, she had many opportunities to attend campus happenings and especially enjoyed the events at Kingsbury Hall. She loves the venue and what it offers the community. Chrissy received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Communication from the University of Utah and continued on to receive her Post Graduate Certification in Conflict Resolution. She later completed her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and worked as a Mental Health Counselor for several years. She now works in many different capacities assisting with the family businesses. Chrissy loves remodeling and redecorating projects and always has her hand in at least one! She lives in Sandy with her husband, Kurt. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Lori-McDonald-HeadshotLori McDonald currently serves as the Dean of Students for the University of Utah. Lori is a graduate of the U with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the U. As the Dean of Students, Lori has supervisory responsibilities for the departments of Campus Recreation Services, the Center for Child Care and Family Resources, the University Union, Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Associated Students of the University of Utah, and Student Leadership and Involvement as well as overseeing Behavioral Intervention, Advocacy, and Student Conduct & Community Standards within the Office of the Dean of Students. Prior to her work in the dean’s office, Lori served as an academic adviser and a career counselor at the U. She has served on the national council for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity and has been a volunteer for No More Homeless Pets in Utah. Lori lives in Salt Lake City and frequently enjoys the outdoors with her adopted pup, Kira.

John W. Scheib is Dean of the College of Fine Arts and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Music as a tenured professor in music education. Prior to his arrival at the University of Utah, Scheib served as director of the School of Music at the University of Kentucky from 2014-2017 and as director of the Ball State University School of Music from 2010-2014. Previous leadership roles also include serving as the Ball State School of Music’s associate director, coordinator of undergraduate programs, and in key appointments on numerous university-level strategic planning and curriculum committees. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Collegiate Administrator of the Year award by the Indiana Music Education Association.

As a scholar often examining the multi-dimensional professional lives of artist-teachers, Scheib has contributed over 85 presentations, articles, and book chapters to the profession, with his research appearing in refereed outlets such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Arts Education Policy Review, and the texts Exploring Research in Music Education and Music Therapy, The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education, and Envisioning Music Teacher Education. He has served on editorial boards for Music Educators Journal and Journal of Music Teacher Education, and maintains an active schedule as a consultant and as a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music.

A Wisconsin native, Scheib earned the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and M.M. in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.M. in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and taught in the Wisconsin public schools for nearly a decade prior to his work in higher education. He is also a recent graduate of the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program.

Alice-SteinerAlice Steiner is a retired urban planner. In her professional career, she was the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, a real estate and planning consultant with Wallace Associates, Inc., and a consultant for the Utah Transit Authority. She has been a volunteer and board member of several local non-profits. In the Arts, Alice was a founding member of the Performing Arts Coalition which was the alliance of performing arts groups behind the creation of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. She is currently a Board member of Reed College, Portland, Oregon, which has just completed building a performing arts building and expanding its music, theater and dance departments. Alice is married to Kevin Steiner.

Kyle-TreadwayKyle Treadway is the President and Dealer Principal at Kenworth Sales Co., Inc. He has extensive experience as an attorney, graduating from the University Of Utah College Of Law in 1985 with a Juris Doctor Degree, working for Mooney & Smith and Richards, Brandt, Miller & Nelson. He has been a member of the Idaho State Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association since 2004, and the Utah State Bar Association since 1985. He has extensive experience in the Automotive Industry, and has served on many council’s throughout his career. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Trucking Association in 2004. He has been involved with the Utah Masters Swimming since 1996.

Raymond-Tymas-Jones-HeadshotRaymond Tymas-Jones’ creative research has concentrated in solo vocal performance and academic leadership in the arts. He has performed as a featured soloist with outstanding orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Louis Orchestra, the Kämmergild Orchestra of St. Louis, the Dortmund Youth Orchestra (GER), the Erie Chamber Orchestra and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Orchestra. His operatic and musical theatre performances include such companies as Artpark Opera (Lewiston, NY), Connecticut Opera, Syracuse Opera, Erie Opera Theatre and the Greater Buffalo Opera Company. Most recently, he toured with the Essence of Joy Alumni Choir of Pennsylvania State University to Belgium, Luxembourg and France as guest soloist, performing Adolphus Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, a cantata for tenor and mixed chorus. Dr. Tymas-Jones is currently the Associate Vice President for the Arts at the University of Utah.