2013-2014 ULCT Board of Directors
The eighteen-member Board of the Utah League of Cities and Towns represents municipalities of every size and region of the state. They are elected by a nomination committee that meets each September. The duties of the board members include:
- Maintaining contact with League members within each district
- Reviewing and approving of the League’s annual budget
- Participating in board meetings, retreats and conventions
- Establishing ad hoc and blue ribbon committees and appointing members of standing and Legislative Policy Committees.
Council Member Caitlin Gochnour, President, Ogden
Caitlin Gochnour has been reelected for a second four-year term on the Ogden City Council. She served as the 2010 & 2011 Council Chair. She attended the University of Utah and earned a degree in Communications/Public Relations. She was employed as a Communications Specialist for Questar Corporation. Later she served as the Panguitch Main Street Manager. Since returning to Ogden more than 10 years ago, Caitlin has been active as a community volunteer serving on numerous boards. Caitlin is married to Gregory Gochnour. They are the parents of twin boys and a girl. She is a runner and a swimmer. She also enjoys good books, indie films, old houses and digging in her garden.
Mayor John Curtis, Vice President Provo
Provo Mayor John R. Curtis took office on January 5, 2010, bringing with him extensive business and public service experience. Prior to serving as mayor, he was a partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Action Target, a Provo based company that provides firearm training and products to police departments and military bases throughout the world.
He and his wife Sue were high school sweethearts and have been married for over 28 years. They have six children.
Council Member Lynn Pace, 2nd Vice President, City of Holladay
Lynn Pace has been a member of the Holladay City Council since 2004. He is also the Deputy City Attorney for Salt Lake City, and supervises Salt Lake City’s lobbying efforts with the State Legislature. He has been an active participant in the League’s land use task force and the Legislative Policy Committee. He is the past president of the Utah Municipal Attorneys’ Association and is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. He and his wife Lisa are the parents of 7 children. When he is not working on City stuff, he enjoys hiking, gardening and raising backyard chickens.
Mayor JoAnn Seghini, Treasurer, Midvale
After serving four years on the Midvale Planning Commission, JoAnn Seghini became the first woman in Midvale to be elected to the city council. She went on to serve three terms on the council and she’s currently serving her third term as Mayor of Midvale City. Like many public officials she also serves on numerous boards and committees, most notably she was the president of the ULCT in 1997-98, and since then she’s been serving as the League’s treasurer. In her private life the mayor worked for Jordan School District for 36 years, retiring as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and staff development.
Council Member Steve Fairbanks – Immediate Past President
Well known for his sense of humor, straight-forward approach and optimistic attitude, Steve was first elected to the Sandy City Council in 2003. He’s served twice as Council chair, as the city’s liaison to the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and numerous other city committees, and on the Salt Lake County Convention Facilities Advisory Board. Steve also served as an officer with the Sandy Rotary Club, sat on the Healthy Sandy Steering Committee and the Neighborhood Preservation and Maintenance Plan Steering Committee. He has 4 children, 10 grandchildren and is happily married to Aleta Horman. He is active in his church and in the community.
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Council Member Margaret Black, City of Orem
Margaret Black was appointed to the Orem City Council in January 2007 and elected in November 2007. During the thirty three years she has lived in Orem, Margaret has served in many capacities as a community leader, including Neighborhoods in Action Chair, City Housing Study and Street Lighting Committee Member, PTA President, and Orchard Park Committee Chair. As a councilmember, her current assignments are as liaison to the Orem City Transportation Advisory Commission and the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Board and Government Review Committee. She is a member of the ULCT Legislative Policy Committee. She was appointed to the ULCT board in 2010.
Mayor Sonja Norton, Vernal City
Sonja has served on the Vernal City Council since 2006. She was born and raised in Vernal and loves living there. She is the broker/owner of Prudential Ashley Valley Realty and is married with four children. Sonja served on the Vernal City Council before she was elected mayor in 2013. She enjoys serving her community and wants to make sure the citizens are informed and participate.
Council Member Jim Ortler, Brian Head
Jim is in his third term as a Brian Head Councilmember. He moved to Brian Head from California in 1992 after spending most of his life crunching numbers for the Federal Government and the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse. Jim is a real estate broker and has helped hundreds of people realize the dream of a vacation home in the mountains. Brian Head is the highest town in Utah at 9800 feet and is also one of the smallest (official population 83). Consequently, Jim’s perspective is sometimes a little different. Jim has served eleven years on the Legislative Policy Committee and once on the Nominations Committee. He is serving his second two year term on the Board of Directors.
Council Member Steve Pruden, Tooele
Steven C. Pruden was first elected to the Tooele City Council in 2003. Since then he has served on the Tooele City Planning Commission and as Council Chair. He currently is the RDA Chair and is constantly working to better life for the citizens of Tooele! In his private life, Steve is married to his wife Michelle and they are the parents of 2 daughters. He has been employed by the LDS Church for 32 years and is currently assigned to serve as the Director of the Tooele Institute of Religion. He is excited to be involved with the Board of ULCT and looks forward to working together with the other board member to help Utah maintain its position as the best state in the Country!
Mayor Len Arave, North Salt Lake
Len Arave was elected Mayor of North Salt Lake in 2010 after serving on the city’s planning commission for six years. He currently serves on the South Davis Fire District Board, the South Davis Recreation Board, the Wasatch Integrated Waste Board and on the Wasatch Front Regional Council. His background is in accounting and finance where he has served as chief financial officer for various home building and construction companies. He and his wife Carol have three children and 10 grandchildren.
Mayor Steve Hiatt, Kaysville
As a lifelong resident of Davis County, Kaysville City Mayor Steve Hiatt has always had an affection for service. After serving two years as a city council member, he had a desire to further help his community and made the decision to run for mayor. Mayor Hiatt has served on many boards and councils, including the Wasatch Front Regional Council, Wasatch Integrated Waste, Honorary Commander for the US Air Force’s 388th Fighter Wing, and as Chairman of the Davis County Council of Governments. Professionally, Mayor Hiatt owns and operates Wasatch Capital Mortgage located in Kaysville. He also serves as the Chairman of the Utah Mortgage Regulatory Commission. He and his wife Brooke have three boys, Cayden, Cameron & Easton.
Mayor Dave Sakrison, Moab
Mayor Dave Sakrison has lived in Moab for the past 42 years, operating the popular Dave’s Corner Market for the last 28. His wife, Melody, is a nurse and the couple has two children; a daughter, Chelsea, and a son Kellen. His resume also includes three years on the Planning Commission and he is the city’s representative to the Grand County Airport Board, a Board member Southeast Association of Governments and the Governor’s Rural Partnership Board. A lover of the community and canyon country, Dave Sakrison has been honored and humbled to be the Mayor of Moab.
Council Member James Young, Farmington
Council Member Kyle LaMalfa, Salt Lake City
Raised in Salt Lake City, Kyle moved to the Glendale neighborhood in 2003 and bought his home in Poplar Grove in 2006. As a statistician and consultant, Kyle has worked to help businesses improve employee relations and better serve their customers. Kyle serves on a number of boards and commissions that work to improve educational and business opportunities, preserve the environment, promote community events, and provide social services to residents in need including: the People’s Market, the Utah Department of Agriculture – Council on Urban Agriculture, the SL County Social Services Block Grant, and the Mountain View Community Learning Center.
Council Member Andy Beerman, Park City
Andy grew up in Columbus, Ohio and left the Midwest for the mountains of Alaska to instruct for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)–where his next education was learning to stay warm and dry. After several years of guiding, he landed in Utah and discovered a knack for small business management. He and his wife own the controlling interest in the Treasure Mountain Inn. He still participates in nearly all aspects of the hotel, ranging from sometimes Bell Hop to CFO. Andy looks forward to his spare time spent outdoors with Thea and Rufus (dog) skiing, biking, climbing and exploring the surrounding mountains.
Mayor Gary Gygi, Cedar Hills
Council Member Tyler Alder, Ephraim
Tyler Alder’s roots are planted deeply in Ephraim as a fourth generation resident. A graduate of Manti High School and Snow College, he also served in the Nebraska Omaha LDS Mission under Jack Bangerter, a former Utah State Senator. President Bangerter taught Alder the importance of serving and giving back to the community. Another overwhelming influence for service is growing up in a home where a Purple Heart hangs on the wall; it helped him realize the great blessing it is to be an American and the responsibility and sacrifice that come with citizenship. Tyler is married to the former Calissa Sampson and they have two children Sharlie, age seven; and Lincoln, age four. He has been employed by the South Sanpete School District for 13 years and is currently working at Ephraim Elementary.
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