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The Utah State Board of Education includes 15 elected members.

District 1: Terryl Warner

1st term, elected in 2014

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

1st term, elected in 2014

Spencer 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

1st term, elected in 2014

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 seven. Because their two youngest sons have autism, she has a special love for children with disabilities.

Hansen 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 holds a bachelor’s of science in family, consumer and human development.

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


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


District 4: Jennifer Graviet

1st term, elected in 2016

Jennifer Graviet has been teaching junior high English and creative writing for over twenty years. With Bachelor of Arts degrees in both English and psychology and a Master of Arts degree in psychology, Graviet graduated summa cum laude in both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.

As Weber School District’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, Graviet has also been the state coach for the Teacher Leadership Initiative, a member of Utah’s Education Excellence Task Force, the language arts department chair at her school, and the recipient a various teaching awards: Global Fellow Recipient (for which she represented Utah in an educational trip to schools in China), California Casualty’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southwest Region of Alpha Delta Kappa, and runner up for Utah’s State Teacher of the Year.

When she’s not teaching or teaching about teaching, Graviet is reading, traveling, scuba diving, hiking, snowshoeing, gardening, swimming, or surrounding herself with her favorite people and animals.

Contact Information:
1421 East 5600 South
South Ogden, UT 84403


District 5: Laura Belnap

1st term, elected in 2014

Laura 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

1st term, elected in 2014

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: Carol Lear

1st term, elected in 2016

Carol Barlow Lear grew up in Salt Lake County and attended the University of Utah. Following graduation, she was a high school teacher for five years at Kearns High School. She then attended the University of Utah College of Law and graduated in 1982 — with a law degree and two sons.

Lear worked part-time from 1981-1988 with the Law-Related Education Program.  She worked at the Utah State Office of Education as the School Law Specialist and Director from 1988 until December 2014 when she retired. She also earned her school administrative credential in 2000 and was a Utah State University adjunct professor for 20 years.

While she worked to promote public education, she also volunteered as a room mother, for the PTA (she now does PTA pro bono work) and served on school Community Councils. Lear is now “retired” and in private practice with Lear & Lear representing school districts, charter schools and occasional parents.  She and her husband, Jon, have three grown children and six rambunctious grandchildren.

Contact information:
808 E. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102


District 8: Janet Cannon

Multiple terms, first elected in 1998

Janet Cannon and her husband, Jeff, are parents of three beautiful girls and two handsome boys, all products of Utah Public Schools. As a mother of one intellectually-gifted and at the same time learning-disabled child, Janet has continually advocated for improvements within our system of public education. Her life-long mission is to be an advocate for children. That mission continues as seven grandchildren have joined the family, including one challenged with Down’s syndrome.

Child advocacy led Cannon to many years working in PTA on a local, regional and state level. For several years she chaired and served on the Nominating Committee to select members of the SITLA (State Institutional Trust Lands) Board — seeking experts who would build the permanent fund that sends Trustlands dollars to each school. She was recruited to run for the State Board of Education by community members interested in education. While serving as Vice Chair for the Board, she developed and wrote its bylaws. She also developed a process for the State Board to receive more public input.

Cannon was elected Area Director over the Western States in NASBE (National Association of State Boards of Education). Later she received their national award for Outstanding Leadership and Service. She has served as a Regent on the State Board of Regents, as liaison between the State Board and the State Charter School Board, and on the UCAT Board of Trustees.

Contact information:
5256 Holladay Boulevard
Holladay, UT 84117


District 9: Joel Wright

1st term, elected in 2014

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.

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.

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: Kathleen Riebe

1st term, elected in 2016

Kathleen Riebe is a Granite School District teacher. She graduated from Hofstra University with a double major in Elementary Education and Sociology. She received her Master’s and Administrative Certificate from Utah State University and an Educational Technology Endorsement from Southern State University. She taught outdoor education in New York, Georgia, New Jersey and Maine before making Utah her home.

Kathleen and her husband reside in Cottonwood Heights with their two children. They enjoy skiing, river rafting, hiking, biking and going on road trips.

Contact information:
9040 South Greenhills Drive
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84093


District 11: Lisa Cummins

1st term, elected in 2016

Lisa Cummins and her husband, Don, are the honored parents to five children, two of whom have graduated. They have lived in Utah for 22 years, with 11 years at their current home. As her children have attended public, charter, and home schools, she has experienced the pros and cons of all three and is excited to bring that diverse perspective to the board.

Lisa has attended BYU-I, co-owned and operated a small business, been an Ambassador for the F.I.R.S.T. Foundation. Since 2010 she has been actively researching education issues, meeting with political leadership to enact positive changes, and working with parents to keep them informed.

Though born in Canada, Lisa grew up in the United States and obtained her Naturalization Citizenship in 2009. She has been civically active in her community ever since, including serving as Senate Chair for District 13 at the Salt Lake County Republican Party. She has been a loud proponent for parental authority, local control at the district and classroom level, and standing against federal intrusion at all levels.

Contact information:
13797 South Erin Loop Road
Herriman, UT 84096


District 12: Alisa Ellis

1st term, elected in 2016

Alisa Ellis and her husband have lived in the beautiful Heber valley for the last 14 years with their seven children.

Alisa was raised in Texas. She skipped her senior year of high school and began attending BYU at barely 17. She graduated from BYU with a BS in Science with an emphasis in Human Development. She values alternative/individual education plans because of this important decision in her life.

Alisa and her husband have been passionate about the quality of education their children receive as they’ve raised their children.

Alisa has been an activist in education for the last five years. She has traveled the state speaking about education policy. She also served on the state of Utah’s science review committee.

Alisa sometimes gets asked what qualifies her to speak about education policy. Her answer is always emphatically, “Because I’m a mom to seven kids who cares about their education.” She believes it is her responsibility to raise, educate and guide her children. Alisa firmly believes, as the Utah Constitution states, “A student’s parent or guardian is the primary person responsible for the education of the student, and the state is in a secondary and supportive role to the parent or guardian. “

She is active in the community, active in her faith and recently served as a Service Project Leader for BYU’s Women’s Conference.

Contact information:
324 Waterside Road
Heber City, UT 84032


District 13: Scott Neilson

1st term, elected in 2016

Scott B. Neilson is a public educator currently teaching in Nebo School District. He has taught middle school and high school for the past 11 years in both the Alpine and Nebo School Districts. Scott received a BS in secondary education from Utah Valley University, and a Master of Educational Administration and Leadership from Brigham Young University.

Scott is a combat veteran and served on active duty during Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, from 2012-2013. He continues his military duty as a part-time staff officer for the Utah National Guard.

Scott is active in his community and is a member of the School Community Council, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy Scouts of America, the PTSA, and the Utah Wrestling Officials Association. He enjoys canyoneering, hunting, playing softball, and camping in Utah’s great outdoors with his family. Scott and his wife, Camille, a special education teacher, are the parents of four children.

Contact information:
2977 East River Bottoms Road
Spanish Fork, UT 84660


District 14: Mark Huntsman

1st term, elected in 2014

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: Michelle Boulter

1st term, elected in 2016

Michelle Boulter is very active in various efforts to protect parental rights and local education control. In March of 2015, Michelle attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women where she became aware of national and international policies that are being created to undermine the natural rights of mothers and fathers. She co-founded two pro-family organizations in early 2015: Return to Parental Rights and Gathering Families in an effort to encourage local policy leaders to uphold the family as the fundamental unit of society.

Michelle is opposed to Federal Education standards and regards it as an unconstitutional usurpation of power and a denial of State and local control. She firmly believes that no government or program should put themselves between parent and child. She has a keen ability to build great relationships and will be true to principles while forging friendships that will, in turn, strengthen families. She believes that strong families are the key to preserving local education control.

Michelle is married to Blake Boulter and they are the proud parents of three boys. She is currently homeschooling her youngest two. She has lived in St. George for nine years.

Contact information:
PO Box 910464
St. George, UT 84791


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