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The Utah State Board of Education includes 15 elected, voting members and six appointed, non-voting members.

District 1: Terryl Warner

Terryl Warner 2Terryl Warner is the director of victim services for the Cache County Attorney’s Office, a position she has held since 2004. Additionally, from 1996 to 2004, Warner served as the bilingual victim advocate for Cache County, where she assisted Spanish-speaking victims of crime.

Warner has a broad and varied community service background, having served on or chaired a number of boards — some with an education focus and others with a community focus.  She has been a PTA President, PTO President and on a local charter school’s Governing Board. Terryl’s children have attended both traditional and charter schools and have used electronic/online programs as well as homeschooling.

Warner received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications with a public relations emphasis from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California. She is a diehard Trojan and loves USC football! She and her husband Alan live in Hyrum and are the parents of four children; her family is actively involved in the Utah Festival Opera, traveling, biking and participating in mud runs.

Contact information:
623 Anderson Avenue
Hyrum UT 84319


District 2: Spencer F. Stokes

Spencer StokesSpencer F. Stokes graduated from Weber State University, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Communications.  Stokes served as a Weber County Commissioner from 1992–96. In 1996 he was appointed Executive Director of the Utah Republican Party.  Stokes is the President of Stokes Strategies, a political consulting and government relations firm. From January 2011 to January 2013 Stokes served as Senator Mike Lee’s first Chief of Staff in Washington D.C.

He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of three daughters and reside in Ogden.


Contact information:
4259 Skyline Drive
>Ogden, UT 84403


District 3: Linda B. Hansen

Linda Hansen newLinda Hansen has spent more than 25 years as an advocate for children in education. She and her husband, Ben, are the parents of six children and grandparents of three. Because their two youngest sons have autism, she has a special love for children with disabilities.

She has served on many boards, including the Utah PTA Board of Directors, Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, Instructional Materials Commission, and the Community Education Partnership of West Valley. She spent 4 years as a PTA Region Director overseeing Granite School District’s 90 PTAs.

She also loves gardening, reading and is an avid family historian.


Contact information:
5149 Village Wood Drive
West Valley City, UT 84120


District 4: David L. Thomas

Thomas-sizedforwebDavid L. Thomas is the Chief Civil Deputy Summit County Attorney. Mr. Thomas previously worked as a judge advocate for the U.S. Army and as an assistant commonwealth attorney in Virginia.

Mr. Thomas previously served as a Utah senator, and was chairman of the Senate Education Standing Committee at the time. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the law school at the College of William and Mary.

He and his wife, Lynn, are the parents of three sons and one daughter and reside in South Weber City, where he serves on the city council.

Contact information:
7875 South 2250 East
South Weber, UT 84405


District 5: Laura Belnap

Laura BelnapLaura Collier Belnap received her degrees from Utah State University and Western Governor’s University.  She taught school in Logan, Utah and Loveland, Colorado where she was part of the state’s math advisory committee and also established a school wide program for grouping students by ability, not age.

Laura helped establish online education in Davis district in 2002, working as the director of Utah Online Academies for three different school districts.  She is currently the director of Utah Online Schools, which serves over 1600 students with 50 teachers and staff.

She has served on several different nonprofit boards including athletic, technology, and the Utah State Charter Board. She received the Soccer Mom of the Nation Award in 2002. She received the “Innovation in Education Award” in 2012 at an international conference. She also received Utah Champions of School Choice Award for leadership and support for public schools in 2013.

Laura is active in legislative, community and religious causes. She graduated from Bountiful High school and married her high school sweetheart Dr. Eric D. Belnap. Laura is the proud mother of six children who were raised in Davis County and also has 3 beautiful grandchildren.

She was appointed to the State Charter School Board by Governor Herbert in 2010 and served as an appointed member of the state Board of Education in 2012-2013.

She was elected in 2014 to serve on the State Board of Education.

Contact information:
845 East 1500 South
Bountiful, UT 84010


District 6: Brittney Cummins

Brittney CumminsBrittney Cummins graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Secondary Education: Biology. For the past several years she has been involved in education through her children and many volunteer opportunities. She is a member of the board of directors for a public charter school in West Valley City.

Brittney and her husband Gregg reside in West Valley City with their five children.  They love to get outside and play.


Contact information:
4601 Poseidon Drive
West Valley City, UT 84120


District 7: Leslie B. Castle

LeslieCastleLeslie Brooks Castle was elected to the State Board of Education in 2008 and is now serving in her second term. She presently serves on the Law and Legislation standing committee and the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Council ad hoc committee. She also serves as a State Board representative to the Board of Regents.

Ms. Castle is a lifelong resident of Salt Lake City. She graduated with a degree in nursing from Brigham Young University and a degree in anthropology from the University of Utah. She has worked for the past 35 years as nurse in clinical settings as well as a clinical faculty advisor for the University of Utah College of Nursing.

She and her husband, Cy, are the parents of three daughters.

Contact information:
2465 St. Mary’s Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


District 8: Jennifer A. Johnson

Jennifer JohnsonJennifer A. Johnson is a Utah native, attending schools in Murray School District for her K–12 education. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brigham Young University, and returned there for her MBA degree. She also studied Spanish during two summers at Middlebury College. She has worked as a computer programmer and an investment portfolio manager. In 2008, she founded her own investment management company and private investment fund, which she continues to manage.

She has served on committees and boards of The Road Home, Utah’s largest homeless shelter, and the CFA Society of Salt Lake, a local professional society. During her service with The CFA Society of Salt Lake, Ms. Johnson initiated the Utah Investment Research Challenge, which involves a competition between university students, faculty, and financial professionals in creating investment research on local public companies. The competition has enabled Utah students to compete on a global basis with the best finance students in the world, and the experience has deepened her belief in the benefits of student-led initiatives, real-life experiences for students, and industry mentors.

Ms. Johnson loves hiking, running, learning, and reading, and finds great joy in spending time with her family and friends.

Contact information:
802 Winchester Street, #100
Murray, UT 84107


District 9: Joel Wright

Joel WrightJoel Wright grew up in Logan and Provo attending Utah’s public schools.  He subsequently graduated from Brigham Young University and New York University, and is as an attorney at the law firm Kirton McConkie.  He and his wife, Marisa, are the parents of five young children, who attend district, charter and private schools.

Mr. Wright enjoys being active in his community, and previously served on his local City Council, the State Charter School Board and the Board of Regents.  He especially enjoyed serving on the Alpine School District Community Council, where he learned how federal and state requirements affect local education.

Mr. Wright enjoys the outdoors, and likes to take his family or scouts on adventures in the wilderness.

Contact information:
9102 Silver Lake Drive
Cedar Hills, UT 84062


District 10: David L. Crandall

DaveCrandallDave Crandall is a software engineer with a consulting firm in Sandy, and has worked in the software industry in Utah since 1993. He attended the University of Utah, where he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering.

Since 2005 he has served on the governing board of Summit Academy charter school, where he currently serves as board chair. He is active in his local community as a youth baseball and football coach.

He lives in Draper with his wife, Tracy, and their three children.

Contact information:
13464 Saddle Ridge Drive
Draper, UT 84020


District 11: Jefferson Moss

Jeff MossJefferson Moss is an investment specialist at Key Private Bank and has been involved in the investment industry since 2008. Prior to his work with Key Bank, he built several companies, including a web-based software company and a manufacturing company.

He received both a B.A. in political science and an MBA from Brigham Young University. He has served on the City Council and the Planning Commission for Saratoga Springs. Mr. Moss currently serves as the Chair of the Investment Committee for the Utah Valley University Foundation and is on the Board of the Hale Centre Theater.

Mr. Moss lives in Saratoga Springs with his wife and four children.

Contact information:
1668 Aspen Circle
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045


District 12: Dixie Allen

dixie2Dixie Allen spent 26 years working in public education as an elementary teacher, elementary principal, fifth-grade center principal, high school principal, student service director, and elementary director. She was selected as teacher of the year and principal of the year at both the elementary and secondary levels for her district.

She has served for eleven years on the State Board of Education, where she is currently the chair of the Curriculum, Standards and Student Success Committee. She has also served on the Grading Schools Committee, Teacher/Administrative Evaluations committee, been a presenter at the Dropout Prevention conference and sat on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Assessment in 2006.

She has also served on the Utah College of Applied Technology Board, the Utah School Boards Association, and on three national study groups and two governor’s commissions.

As a State Board member, she has served on the Law and Policy and Curriculum committees.

She received her B.S. in elementary education from Utah State University and her master’s in educational administration from the University of Utah.

Dixie is married to Dr. James F. Allen, is the mother of four children (two of whom are currently teachers), and is a grandmother of 10.

Contact information:
218 West 5250 North
Vernal, UT 84078


District 13: C. Mark Openshaw

OpenshawC. Mark Openshaw is the Co-founder and president of AirComUSA, an 18 year old Utah based tech company providing web and telecom services. He is also involved in agriculture and ranching operations.

Mr. Openshaw is a graduate of Brigham Young University. His interests include cycling, skiing, and general aviation. He is active in the Boy Scouts of America and is an outdoor sports enthusiast.

He is currently serving a second term on the State Board of Education.

He is the father of five children. He and his family reside in Provo.

Contact information:
3329 Piute Drive
Provo, UT 84604


District 14: Mark Huntsman

Mark Huntsman

Mark Huntsman has lived for the past 34 years in Fillmore. He is employed as the senior vice president of operations at Sunrise Engineering, Inc., where he has also worked as regional manager and vice president. Mark currently serves as chairman of the Sunrise Engineering Board. In his 23 years there, the company has grown from 14 employees to being a regional multi-disciplinary firm with 180 employees and 13 offices in Wyoming, Arizona, and Utah.

Mark served from 2004-2012 on the Millard School District Board, including four years as vice president and eight on the Employee Negotiations Committee. He is also the team lead of eight Sunrise Reading Coaches for Fillmore Elementary School. Additionally, Mark volunteers as the State of Utah Ombudsman Director with the Director of Defense/ESGR and is the 1st Lieutenant and Special Deputy with the Millard County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team.

Mark attended Southern Utah University between 1976 and 1979 and has been trained in U.S. DOT Regulation Compliance for Gas Pipeline Operations Course. He is involved with the Utah League of Cities and Towns, Midwest Energy Association, Intermountain Municipal Gas Association, and the Board of Directors for National Association of Gas Consumers.

Mark enjoys Scouting, ranching, teaching youths to ride horses and work cows, outdoor recreation (including boating, camping, fishing and hunting), and spending time with friends and family. He and his wife, Brenda Imlay Huntsman, have three children and seven grandchildren.

Contact information:
435 South 700 East
Fillmore, UT 84631


District 15: Barbara W. Corry

Barbara CorryBarbara Corry was born and raised in Salt Lake City, graduating from West High School. She received a BA in English and psychology from Southern Utah University. Ms. Corry has been involved in education from the time her oldest child began kindergarten. She served on the Iron County School Board from 1991-2011.

Ms. Corry was elected to the Utah High School Activities Association Board of Directors representing Region 9. She was then elected to the Utah School Boards Association Board of Directors and served as president of that organization in 2010-11.

Ms. Corry has served in numerous leadership positions in the local and state PTA, including Iron County Council President and Utah State PTA Region Director. She has dedicated her life to the belief that every child deserves educational experiences that help, enrich, and transform his/her life.

Ms. Corry is the founder and former director (1990-95) of Cedar READ — the first adult literacy and ESL program in Iron County. Ms. Corry currently resides in Cedar City. She has been married for 44 years to Dr. Robert Corry, and has six children and 21 grandchildren.

Contact information:
1022 Cedar Knolls
Cedar City, UT 84720


Board of Regents Representative: Teresa L. Theurer

TeresaTheurerTeresa L. Theurer, of Logan, has been a member of the Utah State Board of Regents since 2008. She is currently serving on the Utah State Board of Education as one of the two non-voting Board of Regent members.

Ms. Theurer currently serves as a member of the State of Utah Tobacco Prevention Control Program Advisory Board, the Utah State Charter School Board, and a member of the Bridgerland Literacy Board. She served eight years as an elected member of the Utah State Board of Education. She also served on the Utah Medical Education Council, the Utah High School Activities Association Board of Trustees, the Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees, the Bridgerland Applied Technology College Advisory Board, and the Edith Bowen Laboratory School Advisory Council. She graduated from Weber State University with an associate degree in nursing and has a bachelor’s in general studies from Utah State University.

Ms. Theurer and her husband, Scott, have four children and ten grandchildren.

Contact information:
322 East 2280 North, #D
North Logan, UT 84341


Board of Regents Representative: Marlin K. Jensen

M Jensen revMarlin K. Jensen was born and raised, and still resides, on a farm in Huntsville, Utah. He graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in German from Brigham Young University, and with a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah in 1970. He is the former chair of the Utah State Fair Board, Utah Liquor Control Commission, and Weber County Board of Education.

Mr. Jensen practiced law from 1970–89. From 1989-2012 he served full time as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints First Quorum of the Seventy. He is currently a member of the Utah State Board of Regents and a practicing attorney in Ogden, Utah.

Mr. Jensen is married to Kathleen Bushnell, and has eight children and 27 grandchildren.

Contact information:
1500 North 7900 East
Huntsville, UT 84317


Coalition of Minorities Advisory Committee Representative: Freddie Cooper

Freddie CooperDr. Freddie Cooper, originally a South Carolinian, has resided in Utah for 31 years. However, she has traveled most of the continental states of America as a military dependent and taught in seven U.S. states and Germany. She and her husband, Ulysses, have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren.

In preparation for her career as an educator, she graduated from Barber Scotia College, Concord, NC, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM, and Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. She also attended Weber State University and the University of Utah. During her career as a public school educator she taught Math, Science, and English. As a Weber State University staff person, she served as Minority Engineering Program Administrator, academic advisor, adjunct professor, creator of the Quest Summer Bridge Program, and established a chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. As a Utah State Office of Education employee, Cooper served as Minority Education Specialist, was co-grant writer of U. S. Department of Education Advanced Placement Grant, administered the Advance Placement Program, and supervised the Utah Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program.

Dr. Cooper has dedicated enormous energy and time to programs that involve equity, equality, and justice for all, especially for minority students. For example, she has served or continues to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Juvenile Justice, the Martin L. King, Jr. /Human Rights Commission, the NAACP, Blacks in Government, Northern Utah HIV/AIDS Inc., Women’s Historical Society, Voter Registration, the Coalition of Minority Advisory Committee (CMAC), and Lector/ Eucharistic Minister of Christ, Prince of Peace Catholic Parish, Hill AFB. Through her contributions she has earned numerous awards, including the Spirit of the American Women Award (YCC), Meritorious and Presidential Awards, and Governor Leavitt’s “The Utah Women of Achievement Award” in recognition of a lifetime of contributions and service.

Contact information:
1307 West 200 North
Clearfield, UT 84015-8601


UCAT Representative: Steven R. Moore

S Moore PhotoSteven R. Moore, General Manager, Barnes Aerospace Fabrications, Ogden, UT and Lansing MI Divisions, has over forty years’ experience in Manufacturing Operations and General Administrative Management in the Aerospace industry both commercial and military. Under his leadership Barnes Aerospace, Ogden has developed world-class operational excellence working environment. Winner of the prestigious 2014 “Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence” and the 2013 UMA “Utah Manufacturer of the Year”.

His experience includes:

  • General, Division, and Plant Management – P & L responsibility.
  • Program Management – responsible for sales, proposals, negotiations, project management, on-time-delivery, and customer liaison.
  • Proposal Management – responsible for preparation, dispatch, follow-up and negotiations of proposal submittals to customers.
  • Contracts Management – responsible for customer service and all contractual provisions.
  • Materials Management – responsible for master scheduling, purchasing, inventory and production control.

Contact information:
1451 South 175 East
Perry, UT 84302


Charter Schools Representative: Kristin Elinkowski

ElinkowskiKristin Elinkowski is the owner of an Internet and Direct Response Marketing Company. She currently serves on the Utah State Charter School Board, and is the former president of the Board of Directors at North Davis Preparatory Academy.

She worked as a congressional staff assistant for Congressman James V. Hansen, and has managed several political campaigns. Elinkowski also served as Vice Chairwoman on the Layton City Planning Commission. She graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Political Science and Business.

She currently resides in Layton with her husband, Ron, and three children.

Contact information:
3261 Twin Peaks Drive
Layton, UT 84040


USBA Advisory Representative: Nancy Tingey

Nancy TingeyNancy Tingey was elected to the Canyons Board of Education in November 2012. She also serves on the USBA Board of Directors. Mrs. Tingey earned a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University. She has been an active parent volunteer in public schools for more than 25 years. In addition to classroom, PTA, and district committee experience, Mrs. Tingey has served on School Community Councils at elementary, middle, and high school levels for a combined 19 years.

Contact information:
2768 Glenn Abbey Cir
Sandy, UT 84093

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