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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 WarnerTerryl 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: Keith M. Buswell

Buswell-sizedforwebKeith Buswell is Vice President of  Corporate Relations for Wadman Corporation. He grew up in Weber County with both farming and railroad roots. Keith and his family have also lived in Colorado, Kansas and Montana.

Mr. Buswell was elected twice to serve on a local school board in Kansas. He has served on the Trust Lands Committees and Community Councils of three Utah schools. Mr. Buswell is married and the father of eight children.

Contact information:
1027 West 3800 North
Pleasant View, UT 84414


District 3: Michael G. Jensen

MichaelJensenMichael Jensen was elected to the Utah State Board of Education in 2006. He has been a member of the Board of Trustee for the Utah college of Applied Technology, served on the Charter School Building Revolving Subaccount Committee, and served as vice chair of the Instruction, Assessment and Technology Committee.

Michael received a B.A. in journalism in August 1988, from Brigham Young University. He then received a M.A. in Behavioral Science; Negotiation, and Conflict Management with an emphasis in international and cross-cultural negotiations in August 1991, from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Michael currently works for the Department of veterans Affairs. Michael, with his wife, have advocated for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Michael has been married for 19 years and has two daughters and one granddaughter.

Contact information:
4139 South Aubrey Lane
West Valley City, UT 84128


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: Kim R. Burningham

K BurninghamKim Burningham previously served for seven years as chair of the State Board of Education. For the 2005 year, Mr. Burningham was the president of the National Association of the State Boards of Education. He has worked in private industry as an employee of Franklin Covey, as an educator, and as a legislator, having served for 15 years in the Utah State Legislature.

Mr. Burningham is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the PTA, has been twice named Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and has received numerous awards for teaching and writing. Has also served as the chair of Utahns for Ethical Government. Mr. Burningham resides in Bountiful, is married to Susan Burningham, and has two sons and eight grandchildren.

Contact information:
932 Canyon Crest Drive
Bountiful, UT 84010


District 6: Dan Griffiths

Giving you another chance to make a better first impression.Dan Griffiths, CPA, CGMA is the Director of Strategic Planning at Tanner, LLC, a Salt Lake City-based professional services firm with about 80 team members. Prior to merging his practice with Tanner, he co-founded Proficio Services Group to provide strategic and business planning, leadership development, and business coaching services.

Dan is a graduate of the 2010 American Institute of CPAs Leadership Academy and in 2011-12 served as the chair of the Young CPA Network Committee for the AICPA. Dan has also been very active with the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants and in 2011 was recognized as the Outstanding CPA in Business and Management. He was recently selected to serve as Utah’s elected member of the AICPA Governing Council.

Dan is an avid flyfisher, backpacker, and gardener. He and his wife, Bibiana, just welcomed their fourth child to the family.

Contact information:
7302 Aerie Hill Drive
West Jordan, UT 84081


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: Heather Groom

Heathr GroomHeather Groom graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Brigham Young University. She has taught ESL and has a love of foreign languages and world cultures. Heather was elected by Renaissance Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization to serve on the school’s board of directors. While serving on the board, she was the liaison between the PTO and administration; she also encouraged foreign language development. The school now supports Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish language programs in grades K–9, as well as a Chinese dual immersion program.

Over 14 years ago, Heather started a small market research business, and she has performed contract work for several Fortune 500 companies. Currently, Heather is president of the Utah Federation of Republican Women and serves on its national board of directors, representing Utah. She has managed or volunteered on several congressional, state, and municipal campaigns over the past decade.

In addition to her business endeavors and serving the community, Heather loves to travel and spend time with her husband and three children. She has traveled to five of the seven continents and has a goal to visit the remaining two continents within the next five years.

Contact information:
5886 West Timber Ridge Lane
Highland, UT 84003


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 and serves as chairman of the Law and Licensing Committee.

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

Contact information:
3329 Piute Drive
Provo, UT 84604


District 14: Debra G. Roberts

Debra newDebra Roberts has served for the past eleven years on the State Board of Education, five of those years serving as Chair of the Board. In addition, she has served in the following positions:

2009–10 National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) “21st Century Educator” Study Group
2009–10 Chair, Audit Committee
2008 Co-Chair, Differentiated Pay Work Group
2008–09 Chair, “Promises to Keep — A Vision for Public Education”
2005–08 Chair, Law and Policy Committee
2005–08 Audit Committee Member
2008 Math Steering Committee Member
2008 Public Education Coalition Committee Member
2006–07 Co-Chair, Pro-Excel Work Group
2004–05 Vice Chair, Law and Policy Committee
2003–07 Utah Rural Schools Association (URSA) Committee Member
2003–05 Charter School Application Review Committee Member
2005 National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) “Value-Added Models” Study Group

In 2008 she was named a Utah Rural Schools Friend of Education. Her other educational service has included being an ACT College Exam tutor on the Southwest Region Sterling Scholar Committee and a judge in the English category. She has served on a high school accreditation committee, PTSA committee, School Trust Lands committee, student education plan committee as a trained counselor in the Families in Education program, and as a volunteer interpreter for a deaf girl in released time seminary.

She and her husband are part owners of a dairy-alfalfa operation, running 3,500 acres with more than 600 dairy cows. Debra was the Utah Farm Bureau 1997 State Discussion Meet Winner, and with her husband, the 1998 Utah Young Farmers of the Year and runner-up for the 1999 National Young Farmers. She has served on the State Women’s Committee and has been the County Women’s Committee president. Debra attended Brigham Young University as a National Merit Scholar, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

The most important work she does is as the mother of her six children. The three oldest graduating from the Utah Higher Education system, one is just beginning her bachelor’s degree, while the younger two are in public school. She is grandmother to three beautiful babies.

Debra G. Roberts
PO Box 1780
Beaver, UT 84713


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 Appointment: R. Dean Rowley


Contact information:
526 South 170 West
Springville, UT 84663
801. 489-6935


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