Cameron Diehl, Executive Director
Cameron Diehl became the Executive Director on October 16, 2017. Cameron studied political science at the University of Utah, was the Editor of the Hinckley Institute Journal of Politics, and later graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law. He started his career at ULCT as a legislative intern and returned to ULCT in 2010. During his time at ULCT, he has also been an administrative assistant, policy analyst, attorney, and Director of Government Relations. He previously worked for the Boys and Girls Club in Salt Lake City and coached basketball and football at Justice (CO), Fairview (CO), and Murray (UT) High Schools. He is an avid University of Utah fan; his paternal grandparents had their first date during the Utah State-Utah game on Thanksgiving Day in 1944 and Cameron and his family have been fixtures at Utah football games ever since. Meanwhile, his maternal grandparents met at BYU and his grandfather was later the mayor of Glenns Ferry, Idaho for 24 years. Cameron is a Murray native where he was a member of the Murray City Youth Council and attended ULCT Local Officials Day. Cameron and his wife Rachel are the proud parents of Annelise, who visited three national parks with her parents before she was four months old. Ask him anything about local government, Utah history, Utah football, Jazz basketball, or politics.
Abby Bolic, Operations Coordinator
Utah native Abby Bolic is the League’s coordinator or as some may refer to as ‘the glue’. Whether you are looking to register for a conference, find out who to talk to or general information, she is here to help. Abby recently graduated from the University of Utah with a major in Economics and a minor in Business. She has past work experience in the field of business valuation and economic research. She has done volunteer work with Make a Wish and Best Friends Animal Society. In Abby’s future she wants to pursue graduate school and continue working with local government. When she is not at the office you can find Abby traveling the world, skiing at Snowbird or with her dog and family.
David Church, General Counsel
Twenty-plus years ago, fresh out of law school (where he was in the upper 90% of his class) David Church hooked up with the ULCT as legal counsel. In the meantime, David has become somewhat of a legal rock star in the area of municipal law and few city attorneys in the state know more about scintillating issues such as water rates, animal license fees and annual audit requirements. David will occasionally hit the road to assist local officials on their home turf but his selection of training locations is generally in direct relation to the quality of fishing in that part of the state. David is married to a woman far more powerful and smarter than he, and together they have two sons and, presumably, a very large home in South Jordan. Contact David for: pretty much anything related to city government, hot fishing spots, stream flow in Utah, and his parent’s phone number in Panguitch.
Karson Eilers, Legislative Research Analyst
After graduating from East High School (in Salt Lake City), he joined the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps where he volunteered with organizations like FEMA and the American Red Cross for a year. He and his team helped communities all over the country recover from and prepare for natural disasters, including Hurricane Sandy. Upon returning home, Karson enrolled in classes at Westminster College. He quickly began working for the school’s Katherine W. Dumke Center for Civic Engagement and during his sophomore year, he obtained a grant to introduce computer programming courses into afterschool centers in South Salt Lake. Throughout his college career, Karson also worked as the project coordinator for a multi-million dollar National Science Foundation grant that improved pedagogical methods for computer science classes across the state. During his final semester at Westminster, he interned in the Utah House of Representatives. Karson graduated Cum Laude in May of 2017, with a BA in economics and a minor in political science. In his limited free time Karson enjoys reading, outdoor adventure sports, and spending time with his friends and family.
Nick Jarvis, Chief Operating Officer
Nick graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters in Public Administration and the University of British Columbia with a BA in History. Originally hailing from Montana, he grew up in Utah and happily calls the beehive state his home. Nick oversees the day-to-day operations of the League, and wears the many hats required of a small interlocal entity manager. Starting his career in the famed tradition of the ULCT intern, he continues to direct the League’s research efforts—compiling and analyzing the data that ULCT uses to support our legislative positions and assist municipal governments. In ULCT’s efforts to ensure transparency and public access, Nick also serves as the League’s record officer. Nick enjoys fly fishing, ancient history, challenging Cameron to bouts of trivia, and spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and cat, Jupiter.
Rachel Otto, Director of Government Relations
Rachel Otto graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 2008. Prior to landing her dream job with ULCT, she worked on almost every issue facing local government while lawyering for two of Utah’s great municipalities, South Jordan and West Jordan. She also has a background in employment law and non-profit work. Before realizing that she might be more useful to society as a lawyer, Rachel studied post-colonial literature at the University of Utah and taught writing courses at the U and Utah State. When not analyzing the issues and working to protect the priorities of local government, chances are she’s longing for skiing in the backcountry, trail-running, fly fishing, or hanging out with her husband and 4-year-old.
Meg Ryan, Manager – Land Use Academy of Utah
Meg Ryan has over 30 years of experience in land use planning and politics and holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from UC Berkley. She has worked in Boston, New York, the Bay Area and for Utah municipalities for the last 25 years. She is presently assists the Utah League of Cities and Towns in land use trainings, the management of the Land Use Academy of Utah (LUAU.utah.gov) and whatever else Cameron throws her way. In addition to her work at the League she serves as the Appeal Authority for Morgan County and North Ogden. Meg also served on the State Board of the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund for 10 years. Meg resides in Summit County with her family and 3 legged dog and when the land use arena gets to be too much she occasionally returns to Hollywood for film engagements.
Brandon Smith, Legislative Research Analyst
Brandon has lived in a number of Utah’s municipalities, including: Paragonah (pronounced Paragoonuh), Parowan, St. George, Santa Clara, Logan, Springville, Riverdale, and Centerville. Much of the moving around was due to his attendance at Dixie State College (now University) where he received his associate degree, Utah State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Law and Constitutional Studies, and finally to Brigham Young University where he graduated with a Master of Public Administration. Those college years included an internship with a Utah State Senator, and an internship with the United States Senate Finance Committee. As one of ULCT’s legislative research analysts, he spends much of his time researching legislation and policy issues to help the advocacy efforts at the Capitol, and to keep the members of ULCT informed. Brandon has a number of interests, chief of which is his family. They can all be found together taking in as much of the state as possible.
Roger Tew, Senior Policy Advisor
Roger Tew is our staff tax consultant guy who likes to think that everyone is as fascinated by the nuances of state tax law as he is. And if thinking such makes Roger happy, then let’s not let him know that a day in the dentist’s chair is usually more fun than a 5-minute discussion on tax policy. Roger has been a player in the Utah tax arena for so many years that realistically some taxes could be named in his honor. But sadly, doing so would no doubt put his personal safety in jeopardy. Roger and his wife live in Centerville in an empty nest. Roger is a huge Jazz fan, and often travels with the team, because at Jazz games he’s not so self conscious about his enormous right hand. Contact Roger for: Utah tax law minutiae, and if you want to find if he in fact is related to, or just merely knows everyone, in Cache County.
Susan Wood, Director of Communications and Training
Susan Wood is the Communications and Training Director for the Utah League of Cities and Towns. She brings a wealth of experience to local government with a lengthy career in journalism. Upon graduation from Brigham Young University with a BA in Communications, she reported and anchored the news in the Salt Lake City market from the early 1990’s to 2009 working primarily at KUTV and KTVX. She reported for NBC and CBS as a network contributor for several historic events including the first OJ Simpson trial and the Oklahoma City bombing. Susan has also produced stories for Oprah Winfrey and the NBC Today Show. In her role with the League, Susan helps provide Utah municipal leaders rich training opportunities, with events such as the Midyear and Annual Convention. She’s created a strong resource of videos geared to share information about innovation and progress in Utah’s cities and towns and people making a difference in their communities. She also is proud to help acknowledge the excellent work of Utah peace officers as an advisory committee member for KSL Newsradio’s Beyond the Badge program. She enjoys photography, snow skiing, sushi, and sensational Utah sunsets.