September 12, November 14, January 23, March 13, May 8
All board meetings take place from 8:30 – 10AM in the Kingsbury Hall Founders Room
UtahPresents Advisory Board
Robert Mansfield (Chair) 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 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.
Patricia Callahan is an Air Force brat who grew up moving around the United States and Europe. She studied science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and at the University of Missouri in Columbia. After working in health care in Kansas City and Atlanta, she moved to Utah and earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the David Eccles School of Business
In her professional business career, Patricia spent several years in sales and marketing for an international hospital supply corporation. She then moved to NYC to work in banking on Wall Street, where she also became an active consumer of the arts. She later returned to the Wasatch Front to work in hospital administration and in economic planning and consulting, including a stint on the engineering team that advised UTA in building the TRAX light rail system.
Patricia has been a volunteer in the non-profit sector for more than 20 years. She recently completed 3-year terms on both the University of Utah Alumni Association Board as well as the Alta Club Board of Directors, where she continues to serve on their Finance and House Committees. She has served on the Utah Arts Festival Board for 15 years, currently as Chairperson.
She has two children and two dogs. In addition to hiking and skiing in Utah’s great outdoors, she is particularly passionate about fly fishing.
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 the Director of Public Relations for Western Governors University and communications consultant to Fortune 500s, start-ups and outstanding nonprofits. With more than 15 years of experience in marketing communications, Havilah has led teams on some of the most notable and decorated campaigns in the pharmaceutical space, including “Make the Connection” for Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil; “DRIVE4COPD” for Boehringer Ingelheim in partnership with NASCAR, and “Diabetes in a New Light” for Novo Nordisk.
Havilah has held in house positions at Novo Nordisk, where she managed Brand Communications for multiple diabetes products, and at Newsweek, where she was the Director of Brand Marketing at the pivotal time of re-launch. Whether consulting for marquee brands or driving brand positioning for start-ups, she draws from her diverse experience to provide clients with sound strategic counsel, bolstered by creativity and drive that she cultivated at the world’s leading PR and advertising agencies: Edelman, Ogilvy PR, and Young & Rubicam.
Active in the community, Havilah currently serves as President of the Board for PRIDE LIVE NATION, Marketing Chair for Utah Presents’ Advisory Board, and advisor to ASSET (the Association to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking). She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in International Communications from the American University of Paris, and is currently pursuing her EMBA at the University of Utah. While wildly passionate about the English language, Havilah is fluent in French and speaks German.
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 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.
Senator 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.
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 is a graduate of the University of Utah MBA program and works for Adobe as a Manager in the Finance Controllership. Previously, Russ spent time as a Project Manager implementing companywide initiatives in supply chain and global operations, and also a U.S. Diplomat serving overseas for the U.S. Department of State. He grew up in Southern Virginia and participated in music programs throughout his childhood, specializing on drums and percussion. For a period of time, Russ enjoyed spending time with his hometown marching bands writing percussion scores and assisting with band activities. Russ continues his passion for the arts by supporting local theaters and attending performances whenever possible.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Daniel A. Reed is the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Computer Science & Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah. Previously, he served as the University of Iowa’s Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Technology Policy and Extreme Computing, the founding Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC Chapel Hill, Head of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, and Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He received his B.S. from Missouri S&T and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University.
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.
Krista 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.
Alice 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.
Armando Tirado is the Director of Rail Operations for Savage Services, a Utah based Transportation Company. Born and raised in Southern California, Armando graduated from California State University Fullerton with B.A in Political Science. Prior to joining Savage Services in 2018, Armando was the Director of Transportation Services for the Union Pacific Railroad’s Utah Service Unit, overseeing all rail operations in Montana, E. Idaho, Utah, E. Wyoming, and Nevada.
Though his career Armando has held numerous transportation management roles in California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Kansas. After living across various states Armando and his wife Jayne decided on Utah to raise their daughters Isabel & Violeta.
He is currently a 2019 Executive MBA Candidate at the University of Utah. In his free time Armando enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with his family.
Kyle 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.