2018-2019 ULCT Board of Directors
Mayor Jon Pike, 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, 1st 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 Mike Caldwell, 2nd Vice President, 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 Beth Holbrook, Immediate Past 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.
City Manager Gary Hill, Utah City Managers Association Representative, Bountiful
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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.
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 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 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
Don Christensen was elected to serve the citizens of West Valley City in November 2015 and took office January 5, 2016, continuing a lifetime of community service. This is his second time serving on the West Valley City Council. Dr. Christensen was raised in Kearns and graduated in 1963 from Granger High School where he was active in service and Scouting organizations. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1968 where he served as a member and president of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service organization. Dr. Christensen worked for the Boy Scouts of America in California for 13 years where he served in Kiwanis Club, Rotary International, on several School Community Councils, and on the California Attorney General’s Task Force on Child Abuse. He also served as an adjunct professor at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California.Returning to Utah, Don began a career in education and returned to college earning a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Utah, and a Doctorate in Education from Brigham Young University. He was also elected to the Utah State Board of Education where he served for 12 years, representing West Valley and Utah on several national committees and boards. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 1994 from the National Association of State Boards of Education. Don has also coached Little League and Bonnet Ball teams in the community. He has also served West Valley City as a member and chair of the Civic Committee, and member and chair of the Sister City Committee for the past 15 years.
Mayor John Christensen, Mayfield
Council Member Brett Graham, Holladay
Mayor Michelle Kaufusi, Provo
Council Member Nicole Martin, Herriman
Nicole graduated from BYU with a B.A. in public relations and worked in the private sector for more than 15 years. She has since worked in the public sector with municipalities including Herriman City and Sandy City, where she was most recently employed as the deputy mayor, in addition to previously serving as the communications and economic development director. Her responsibilities included communications, media relations, economic development, policy development, government relations and acting as the city spokesperson. Nicole has a wealth of crisis management experience having been the public information officer for three wildfires in three consecutive years. She also regularly gives presentations across the state and on behalf of the Utah League of Cities and Towns on improving city-citizen communications, social media best practices, media relations and branding for both individuals and organizations. To round out her municipal government experience, Nicole put on her elected official hat as a councilmember on the Herriman City Council since January 2016. Most importantly, Nicole has an unhealthy addiction to high heels, embarrassingly-large rings, chocolate and having fun at all times—particularly when you have to listen to her speak.
Council Member Erin Mendenhall, Salt Lake City
Mayor Emily Niehaus, Moab
Emily S. Niehaus is Moab City’s new Mayor. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Community Rebuilds, a Moab-based nonprofit building affordable energy-efficient housing through a workforce training program. Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology from Clemson University and has worked in Moab as a social worker, a loan officer, and a bookkeeper. She enjoys life and getting outside to enjoy Moab with her husband and son.
Mayor Dawn Ramsey, South Jordan
Mayor Jeff Silvestrini, Millcreek
Mayor Jim Talbot, Farmington
Jim Talbot and his family have been residents of Farmington for 27 years. Jim is currently in his second term as mayor of Farmington. Previously he served four years on the Farmington City Council and five years on the Planning Commission. In his 14 years of service with the city, Jim and his colleagues have taken Farmington to new heights. Some of these accomplishments include the addition of Station Park, a multi-million dollar regional shopping center, as well as carefully planned housing developments, the trail system, the new City Offices complex, gymnasium, and softball complex. In addition his mayor responsibilities, Jim serves on several Boards in the county and enjoys trying to make a difference in and out of his community. He has been a real estate developer for the past 35 years where he has developed small shopping centers in several western states, but primarily in Utah. He graduated from BYU with a Public Relations and Business Degree. While attending BYU he played baseball where he was captain of the team and named an all-conference player and was drafted to play professional baseball. He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of four children and ten grandchildren. They love living and serving Farmington and enjoy being actively involved in their community and church.
Council Member Dustin White
Dustin was born and raised in Upalco, Utah on a farm/ranch where he worked with his father and brother. In 2003, he moved his wife Cassie and daughter Emma to Roosevelt. Dustin and Cassie have added four more children to their family – Nathan, Allie, Aaron, and Lola. Along with his duties on the city council, Dustin works as an X-Ray/CT Technologist at the Uintah Basin Medical Center.
Education is important to Dustin and he holds a Bachelor degree in agriculture from Utah State University, an Associate degree in radiography and a Bachelor degree in advanced radiography from Weber State University.
Agriculture and the outdoors is in Dustin’s blood. He has a small farm here in Roosevelt as well as some ranch property in Hannah, Utah, and he enjoys spending time hunting, fishing and camping with his family.
Mayor Maile Wilson Edwards, Cedar City
Maile Wilson Edwards was born and raised in Cedar City, Utah. In November of 2013, she was elected as the first female and youngest Mayor in the history of Cedar City. She was reelected to her second term in November of 2017. In January 2018, she married her sweetheart Dr. Jayson Edwards. In addition to her many duties as Mayor, she is an attorney with Jones Waldo law firm working in their southern Utah offices in Cedar City and St. George. Mayor Wilson Edwards graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, followed by a Master’s in Public Administration. Upon graduating from SUU, she continued her educational pursuits by receiving her Juris Doctorate degree in 2013. Mayor Wilson Edwards has deep roots in Cedar City, with her family having lived and worked in the community for over 85 years. The Festival City has grown up with Mayor Wilson Edwards, and she with them. She has had the honor of being named one of the top five women Most Influential Women in Southern Utah; receiving the Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year award; Utah Business Magazine, 30 Women to Watch; Attorney at Law Magazine, Attorneys to Watch in 2017; the Utah National Guard, Honorary Commander of the 65 Field Artillery Brigade, and representing Utah at the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar in Pennsylvania, in addition to her service on numerous Boards and committees. Mayor Wilson Edwards plans to continue her work in reaching-out to make Cedar City the best place to live, work, raise a family, and enjoy our beautiful scenic area.
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