Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) Ambassadors extend the vision and reach of the UWLP in a variety of ways, thereby supporting the mission to strengthen the impact of Utah girls and women. Ambassadors use their influence to promote and advance the Project by sharing its mission, goals, offerings, and resources; sponsoring or partnering on research and gatherings; assisting with fundraising efforts; and raising their voices to advocate for women in education and leadership within their own settings and roles and, more broadly, throughout the state as a whole.
Founder of Braid Workshop
Co-Founder of the Sego Awards
Allison Lew is the founder of Braid, a workshop series and networking community aimed at economically empowering women, a co-founder of the Sego Awards that recognize and celebrate female founders and CEOs, and the head of people and culture at Blip, an advertising tech company. Originally from Orange County, Allison moved to Provo, earned two BYU degrees and got a job with Provo City.
As she attended entrepreneurship and tech events, she didn’t see many women and began asking why. The answers led her to create Braid Workshop. Allison has served as a board member with the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Network, an organizer for 1 Million Cups, Provo Girls Summit, and Girl Develop It. Allison is passionate about women’s empowerment and is excited to be a part of Utah’s community of women.
Candidate for the US Senate
Ally Isom is a leader passionate about bringing people together and tackling tough issues. Currently a Republican candidate for the US Senate, she is a business and community leader, a 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.
Ally was previously the acting executive for EVŌQ nano, a flourishing Utah nanotech firm. Before that, she headed up global branding and messaging for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; served as the Utah governor’s deputy chief of staff, communication director, and spokesperson; and spent several years in state agency leadership.
Highlights from her civic involvement include service as a Kaysville City Councilmember, the Utah Clean Air Partnership Board, the Women’s Leadership Institute executive board chair, the Emerging Leaders Initiative advisory board, and the Utah Heritage Council. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University. Ally and her husband, Eric, have four children, five grandchildren, and one not entirely bright labrador. When she finds free time, she relishes historical fiction and biographies, preferably on a beach, and mole poblano, pretty much anywhere.
Ann Marie Wallace
Executive Director of the Women's Business Center of Utah
Ann Marie Wallace is the executive director of the Women's Business Center of Utah. Before becoming the executive director, Ann Marie was the executive director of the Salt Lake Chamber Women's Business Center and before that she was a 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 businesses. Ann Marie holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Utah State University.
CEO, United Way of Utah County
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.
Executive Director of the Younique Foundation
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 kickbox - a recently found passion.
Deputy Campaign Manager for Governor Gary Herbert
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.
Advisory Partner at Squire & Company, PC.
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.
Digital Media Manager for the Utah Education Network
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.
Vice President of USU Extension & Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Kenneth L. White (USU) has been a faculty member in the Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University (USU) since 1991. Prior to this, Dr. White was a member of the faculty in the Department of Animal Science at Louisiana State University. He was appointed Vice President for USU Extension, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, and Director of the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station at Utah State University July 1, 2013 following a national search process. He received his bachelor’s of science in animal science from Brigham Young University in 1979, and his master’s degree in animal science and PhD in physiology from the University of California, Davis in 1982 and 1986, respectively. He has been actively involved in directing a competitive research program throughout his 34-year academic career. As an independent researcher, he has generated over 17.5 million dollars in extramural funding to support research in Animal Reproduction and Embryonic Development. In 2006 he was recognized as Researcher of the Year, in 2007 he was honored as Undergraduate Mentor of The Year, and in 2011 as Utah State University’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor. In 2013 Dr. White received the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology in Academics in recognition for his research program and efforts to establish a School of Veterinary Medicine in Utah. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles in journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Development, Biology of Reproduction, Reproduction, Molecular Reproduction and Development, and Cloning and Stem Cells. He led the nuclear transfer (cloning) team that produced the world’s first cloned equines, which resulted in the birth of three identical mule foals. During this same period, he received the first Best of State Statue (BOSS) Award for Agriculture given in recognition of his nuclear transfer work. He has also been invited to speak at symposia in various countries, including China, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Peru, and Ireland, in addition to many universities throughout the USA. He also was one of the primary leaders responsible for establishing the USU School of Veterinary Medicine.
Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University
Dr. Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University, now Utah's largest university with over 37,000 students. For nearly four years before this new role, Dr. Reyes served as UVU's Chief Diversity Officer and led the development and implementation of UVU's nationally-recognized Strategic Inclusion plan comprised of nearly 40 initiatives focused on making UVU a more inclusive campus.
He has been at UVU for 15 years working in programs for underserved students. Dr. Reyes is also an Assistant Professor of Education at UVU and teaches courses in Multicultural Education, Arts Integration, and Family & Community Partnerships. His research and publications focus on the conditions for P-20 student success among historically marginalized populations (with specific attention to Asian and Pacific Islander, Native American/American Indian, and Latina/o communities); Leadership for Equity and Access in P-20 settings; and Institution-wide inclusion and diversity strategic planning. Kyle has consulted with, and presented to organizations in nine states and Canada in various sectors including: K-12 education, higher education, business, community task forces, and faith groups. He has given more than 450 presentations over the past 14 years on issues of diversity, inclusion, art, voice, identity, multiculturalism, and leadership. Kyle received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the Elmo R. & Frances Bennion Morgan Fellowship.
VP of Planning, Budget and Finance at Utah Valley University
Linda Makin serves as the Vice President for Planning, Budget and Finance at Utah Valley University. With over 40 years of higher education experience, Linda has participated with and led numerous teams to achieve new heights and vistas. She serves on numerous committees at UVU as well as UVU's ElevateHer liaison, a peer evaluator for NWCCU, and a member of the Business Affairs Council and Budget Officers System Subcommittee within USHE.
She is a member of the Board of Directors for Utah Community Credit Union and the Board of Trustees of the Utah Foundation. Linda earned a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University and a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University. She is actively engaged in professional organizations having presented at regional and national conferences.
Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator at BYU
Liz Darger is the Senior Associate Athletic 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 Title IX liaison.
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. Darger was recently presented the “Emerging Professional Award” from the Utah Women in Higher Education Network, the Utah affiliate of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network. Darger earned a B.S. in Family Sciences from BYU (2000) and a M.S. in School Counseling Psychology from BYU (2004), and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership. 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, girls varsity basketball coach, and athletic director. Darger is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently serves on the Young Women General Board.
President of Utah State University
Noelle E. Cockett was appointed as Utah State University’s 16th president in October 2016, beginning her official tenure in January 2017.
At the time of the announcement, Cockett was serving as executive vice president and provost at USU and has held that position since 2013. Prior to that, she served USU as vice president for Extension from 2006 to 2013; dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences from 2002 to 2013; and director of the Utah Agriculture Experiment Station from 2009 to 2013.
Cockett has built a distinguished career in sheep genomics research, maintaining an active research program even while serving in various leadership positions at USU. Her research program has centered on the identification of genetic markers associated with economically important traits in sheep, as well as the development of resources that advance research on the sheep genome. Cockett and her colleagues published an article describing the sheep genome sequence in Science in 2014. Her current project focuses on the identification of genetic regions associated with entropion in newborn lambs. Cockett has served as the United States coordinator for sheep genome mapping since 1993 and is an active member of the International Sheep Genomics Consortium.
As an active researcher, Cockett has received many awards and accolades throughout her career including a Young Scientist Award from the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), the Utah Governor's Medal for Science and Technology (2004 and 2015) and one of USU’s top honors, the D. Wynne Thorne Research Award.
After receiving her master’s and doctorate in animal breeding and genetics from Oregon State University, Cockett spent five years as a research geneticist at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. She joined USU in 1990 as a researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.
Cockett grew up on a beef cattle ranch in eastern Montana and is married to John Cockett, director of technology in USU’s Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Noelle and John have two children, Dylan and Chantelle.
CEO of the Women's Leadership Institute
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.
Managing Member of Aspira Public Affairs
A Utah native, Rebecca Chavez-Houck holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), both from the University of Utah (U of U). She represented Salt Lake City's District 24 (Downtown, Capitol Hill, Guadalupe & the Avenues neighborhoods) in the Utah House of Representatives from 2008-18, focusing primarily on public policy related to health and human services as well as voter engagement and access.
Her leadership appointments included: House Minority Whip (2014-16) and House Minority Assistant Whip (2012-14). She now provides leadership coaching and community engagement consulting through her public affairs firm, Aspira Public Affairs, LLC,. Rebecca was a public affairs staffer for a number of local Utah nonprofits from 1985 to 2007 and cultivated a parallel "career" as a volunteer for nonprofits ranging from Envision Utah to the ACLU to Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. She continues to serve on myriad boards and initiatives and has been honored extensively for her efforts. Rebecca teaches non-profit administration classes as adjunct faculty for the U of U's MPA program.Rebecca and her husband, Martin Houck, live in Salt Lake City's Avenues area and have two children.
Rich & Leann Crandall
Crandall Corporate Dietitians
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.
Research Fellow & Former Assistant Director, Utah Women & Leadership Project | Co-Founder & Director of Outreach, Tech-Moms
Robbyn Scribner is a women's labor force expert, consultant, and career coach. She is Co-Founder and Director of Outreach for Tech-Moms, a workforce reentry program that helps women transition into the tech industry. Robbyn is also a regular keynote speaker and presenter focusing on women’s professional development. A prolific researcher and writer on women’s issues, she has published more than 50 reports, articles, or snapshots on a wide variety of topics, including labor force participation, the gender wage gap, male allies, workplace flexibility, and women’s careers. She holds Master’s and Bachelor degrees from Brigham Young University, and she is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Robbyn has a special interest in researching and writing about women’s work life integration, highlighting the challenges women face in trying to balance work and family responsibilities, while advocating for creative solutions to advance women’s professional wellbeing. A mother of 6 rowdy kids, Robbyn loves to play volleyball, sing, and hike in the beautiful Utah mountains.
Board Member of Real Women Run
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.
Co-Founder of the Women's Influence Network
Shirlayne is a champion for inclusive prosperity and the director of economic development and housing for St. George City. Her experience in government, education, healthcare, women’s leadership, and small business drives innovative strategies that expand economic and housing opportunities for southern Utah residents. Shirlayne is co-founder of the Women’s Influence Network, co-chairs the Housing Action Coalition, and serves on the Switchpoint CRC board of directors and the Utah Homeless Network steering committee.
Sui Lang L. Panoke
Senior Vice President of Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. for Zions Bank
Sui Lang L. Panoke is a visionary leader, social entrepreneur and international trainer and facilitator with a passion for empowering today’s leaders to rethink. create. and innovate. She has recently been named, Senior Vice President of Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. for Zions Bank. In this role, she is responsible for directing the bank’s strategic vision, developing a comprehensive DEI strategy, and delivering on a plan of action to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the bank and the communities that it serves.
Sui Lang is also the founder of Rethink International, a global social enterprise and international training organization designed to challenge people to rethink how and what they think. She has trained thousands of leaders around the world leading in politics, business, government, higher education, nonprofits, international NGO’s, and the media on a wide range of leadership and communications topics. Areas of expertise include global leadership, personal empowerment, developing women leaders, diversity, equity, inclusion, unconscious bias, strategic communications, power speaking, branding, civil discourse, and building cultures of inclusion in the workplace.
Sui Lang also founded the Rethink Tank, a social think tank that hosts power conversations bringing together people with diverse points of view for the purpose of building bridges across social, cultural, racial, and political differences. She also founded Women Politics Media, a global leadership, and media training organization that seeks to democratize the media landscape by training women, people of color, and emerging young leaders to use the media as a vehicle to impact public policy.
Sui Lang currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association 2016-21; Advisory Board of YWCA Utah’s Real Women Run 2018-21; Advisory Board, David Eccles School of Business Executive Education, University of Utah 2021; an Ambassador for the Utah Women & Leadership Project 2017-21; a mentor for the Ken Garff Foundation’s Success In Education: Women Who Succeed Mentoring Program 2021; Advisory Board, Capitol Hill Interfaith Refugee Collaborative 2016-17; Vice Chair, National Governing Board, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum 2011-14; Executive Board of Directors, Patsy Mink Project 2010-12; and, was the youngest Commissioner to serve on the Utah Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission 2003-05.
She earned her MPA from American University with a Certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership, and was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Women & Politics Institute upon graduation. She received her BS in Political Science from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics after completing her first year of undergrad at Brigham Young University’s Hawaii campus.
Sui Lang is the proud mother of an intellecutally curious teenage daughter who is taller, smarter, and much more mature than she is. After living on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for 13 years, they have moved back to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood in Salt Lake City, Utah where they reside together with their red toy poodle, Rue.
CEO of iMpact Utah
Mr. Winthrop Jeanfreau has spent the past 30 years starting and selling businesses, including: Aperion Audio, Shred-it in Oregon & SW Washington, WRLD Enterprises, Kameleon International, InCon Enterprise, and Cambric Graphics. 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 CEO of iMpact Utah, a state sponsored initiative supporting Utah manufacturing and rural businesses. Prior to this current endeavor, Mr. Jeanfreau was the Director of the Business Resource Center (BRC) at the Orem Campus of Utah Valley University where he provided executive management training on revenue growth, capital acquisition and how to remain a relevant contributor to enterprise. Concurrent with his appointment as Direct of the BRC, Mr. Jeanfreau was the Director of Executive Education at UVU. Prior to his appoint to the BRC, Win was the Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). As Director of the iMpact Utah, 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.