2017-2018 ULCT Board of Directors
Interested in serving on the ULCT Board of Directors? For more information on this year’s vacancies click here. Please submit the nominations form available here to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 17, 2018
The 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 Beth Holbrook, President, Bountiful
Beth was born and raised in Sandy, Utah and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Political Science. She then started her career in the financial sector; also working for the insurance industry in California. She and her children moved back to Utah in 2002 where she started in the Real Estate industry. She focused on multi-unit structures, including small apartment buildings. She started a real estate company in 2002 and she has been involved in property management of apartment buildings.
Beth sold her company in 2007 and focused on property management of her own properties. She then went to work for Zion’s Bank as the Director of the Business Resource Center in Salt Lake City. She worked with start-up companies and small business owners by helping them gain access to resources for their company and consulted them in regards to their business and business models.
She is currently employed with Waste Management of Utah as the Public Sector Solutions Manager. She negotiates contracts with municipalities for waste and recycling solutions and has been in this position since 2014.
She currently resides in Bountiful where she is a three time council member. She serves on several boards including the Bountiful Power Commission and she is currently Vice President of the Utah League of Cities and Towns. She has a passion for emergency preparedness having living in Southern California during the North Ridge Earthquake of 1994. Bountiful City suffered an emergency during the wind storms of 2011 which temporarily challenged the city to clear debris, repair power lines and to clear debris from fallen trees.
Mayor Jon Pike, 1st Vice President, St. George
In 2007 Jon was elected to the St. George City Council and in 2013 he was elected as Mayor of St. George. He serves on the boards of Dixie State University, the Children’s Justice Center, Dixie Applied Technology College, and as chair of the Fifth District Judicial Nominating Commission. Jon loves singing, playing the piano, organ, and guitar, as well as water and snow skiing, motorcycling, and walking or biking on St. George’s many trails. Jon and his wife Kristy have five children.
Council Member Mike Mendenhall, 2nd Vice President, Spanish Fork
Councilman Mike Mendenhall was born and raised in Palmyra and Spanish Fork, his parents are John and Lenna Mendenhall. He graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1998, attended Utah Valley University in 1999 before serving an LDS mission to Minnesota. He has worked as a Community Banker in Spanish Fork since 2006 and currently works for Rock Canyon Bank. He is married to Amber Geslison of Spanish Fork and they have two children, Nash and Monroe. He enjoys sports, playing golf with his son, riding motorcylces, and the outdoors with his family. In 2011 he served as President of the Spanish Fork Area Chamber of Commerce and along with Amber served as Fiesta Days Chairmen. Councilman Mendenhall is serving his first four-year term on the City Council and currently serves on the following boards and committees:Chamber of Commerce, Risk Management Committee, Youth Council, Utah Lake Commission
Mayor Len Arave, Treasurer, North Salt Lake
Mayor Len Arave has been a resident of North Salt Lake City since 1993. He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 37 years. They have three children and ten grandchildren. He has over 30 years of business experience in finance and leadership positions, working for both very small and very large companies, during which time he has developed the skills to evaluate, learn and lead. Aside from serving as the mayor of North Salt Lake for the last four years, he has served two terms on the City’s Planning Commission and one term on the Parks and Trails Board before being elected. Mayor Arave has served numerous times as a county and state delegate in the state political process. opportunities present themselves. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1982 with a Masters of Business Administration – with emphasis in Finance and Planning. He also graduated from Weber State University in 1980 with a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting.
Mayor Steve Hiatt, Immediate Past President, 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.
Board Of Directors
Council Member Jewel Allen, Grantsville
Jewel Allen is an award-winning journalist, author and ghostwriter who grew up in the Philippines and now lives in Grantsville, Utah. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Utah State University and runs a memoir publishing company, Treasured Stories. She is the author of historical and contemporary romance novels, as well as a political memoir, Soapbox: How I landed & lost a columnist gig, fought a prison, & got elected. In November 2015, she made Utah state history by being the first Filipino-American to be elected to a City Council (Grantsville). She started a four-year term in January 2016. In her spare time, Jewel loves to travel with her family, take photos, and cook elaborate Sunday dinners.
Mayor Dean Baker, Naples
Dean Baker grew up in the Naples area and assisted in the incorporation of Naples City on May 13th 1982. He served 2 terms on the City council and is currently serving his 3rd term as Mayor; which makes him the 4th person to serve as Mayor of Naples City. Dean has been instrumental in developing Naples into the wonderful community that it has become by being active in the community and serving on various committees and boards. He is married to Jolene Montgomery and they have 4 wonderful children. When not fulfilling his City responsibilities he likes to team rope, hunt, and loves to enjoy his grandchildren.
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.
Council Member Richard Barnett, Richfield
Dr. Richard Barnett, known to his friends as Dr. B, is an orthodontist who was born and raised in Salt Lake County and has lived in Richfield since 1996 . He is serving his 3rd term on the Richfield city council. He has previously served as president of the Richfield area Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of directors of the Utah Dental Association. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in Medical Biology and then attended dental school at the University of Nebraska before completing his formal education with a residency at UMKC. Dr B loves running, fishing, water skiing, traveling (especially to follow his beloved Utes), and acting. He has 4 children, 7 stepchildren, 8 grandchildren and 13 step grandchildren and is happily married to the former Susan Cox of Richfield.
Mayor Pat Brady, Green River
Mayor Mike Caldwell, Ogden
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell continues his commitment to the revitalization of Ogden. Leading the city into the national spotlight, he tirelessly promotes the city’s unique mix of outdoor recreation, burgeoning business and commitment to education and community. His agenda includes international and local economic development, strengthening community partnerships, continued beautification of the Ogden River and the ongoing re-building of Ogden’s energetic and historic downtown. Before being elected mayor in November 2011, Mike served as Weber County’s Public Information Officer, managed the Weber County Ice Sheet and administered the Recreation, Arts, Museum and Parks (RAMP) fund. An avid, accomplished and lifelong outdoor athlete, Mike participates in the high adventure recreation lifestyle with his wife, two daughters and a Weimaraner. Ogden’s citizens have come to know Mike as a transparent city leader with an unsurpassed willingness to listen to their concerns.
Council Member Damon Cann, North Logan
Damon was elected to the North Logan City Council in 2011. He has served on various capacities while on the council, including liaison to the planning commission and as the council member working with the history committee and the fire department. Damon is a professor of political science at Utah State University where he has taught courses on American politics, elections, and statistics for about a decade. He also serves on the Utah Debate Commission Board. Damon enjoys hiking, biking, and music as well as family time with his wife, Clair, and their 4 children.
Council Member Don Christensen, West Valley City
Council Member Nicole Martin, Herriman
Council Member Kelleen Potter, Heber City
Kelleen grew up in Ogden and graduated from BYU with a degree in Political Science and Secondary Education. She taught History and Government for a few years then worked in the Leavitt Administration as the Director of Elections.
She served on the board of the National Association of State Election Directors working with election administrators throughout the country to implement the National Voter Registration Act and improve the election process. Recently Kelleen completed her MPA degree through BYU and she is currently serving on the Heber City Council and is an adjunct professor of Political Science at the UVU Wasatch campus. She is married to Shawn Potter and is the mother of 5 children and loves to hike, bike, travel, read and garden.
Mayor Bob Stevenson, Layton
Mayor Brent Taylor, North Ogden
Mayor Taylor was elected to the City Council in 2009 and as Mayor in 2013. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2006 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Military Science, and in 2012 from the University of Utah with a Master of Public Administration. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Utah in International Relations. He has worked in both the public and private sectors. He has served for 12 years as an officer in the United States Army National Guard, including seven years on Active Duty. He served two tours of duty in the Iraq War and one in Afghanistan, serving in Iraq as a convoy security commander and then as an advisor to an Iraqi national intelligence agency. In Afghanistan he was a combat advisor to the Afghan Border Police. He has worked previously for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Ground Intelligence Center, and the Department of Homeland Security. He and his wife Jennie Ashworth Taylor have five children and love living in North Ogden. Mayor Taylor serves full-time as North Ogden Mayor and is always available to discuss issues and concerns.
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