Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees 2017 – 2018

Executive Committee


Rich Bott

Intermountain Healthcare

Past President

Allison Smoot


At Large

Dr. William McMahon

University of Utah Department of Psychiatry

Vice Chair

Monica Rafferty

Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors


Mike Willhard

Worker’s Compensation Fund


Eric B. Storey

Zions Bank

Columbus Board Members

Rich Bott

Intermountain Healthcare

Rich-BottRichard Bott is the director of Intermountain Healthcare’s Central Laundry and has served in this position for the past 10 + years. During this time, Richard has also been a key member of the Intermountain Supply Chain leadership team as well as the Intermountain Support Services leadership team. In addition to serving on the Columbus Community board, Rich serves as the CFO on a national Industry board (ALM) as well as a member of an international Industry board (IAHTM). Before Richard joined Intermountain, he served as a medic and nurse in the 328th General Hospital unit of the 96th ARCOM where he worked and trained at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas and then at Fitzsimons Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. Richard holds an associates of Nursing Degree from The Academy of Health Sciences, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Health Services Administration from Weber State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Rich is a native of Utah and lives in Kaysville, with wife Darcie and their four children.

Troy D’Ambrosio

University of Utah Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Center

Tony-DAmbrosioTroy D’Ambrosio is executive director of the University of Utah Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Center. Troy has been mentoring students in entrepreneurial activities since 2001. He is the co-founder of multiple start-up companies that have attracted over $500 million in capital. Some of his earliest successes include founding Transworld Telecommunications which was sold to Sprint in 1998 and Convergence Communications which was sold to Lockheed Martin in 2005. He was co-owner and President of D’Ambrosio Chrysler Jeep (sold 2007). He served as the VP of Investor Relations and Corporate Communication for American Stores Company and the Director of Mutual Fund Operations for Wasatch Advisors. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1982 and was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000, a v100 Technology leader in 2008 and Best in State Educational Program Administrator in 2009.

Jennifer Falk


Jennifer-FalkJennifer Falk currently practices family law with Kruse Landa Maycock & Ricks, LLC. Jennifer is an energetic advocate for her clients, and her keen negotiating skills and trial experience are especially relevant in her active family law practice. In her career Jennifer has practiced employment law in both the private and governmental sphere and continues to represent select clients in employment law matters. Jennifer also defends accounting firms, including representation before the PCAOB. She received the 2016 Utah State Bar Mentorship award and was recently recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s 2016 “30 Women to Watch” for many reasons including her creative, compassionate and effective ways of practicing law. She attended Utah State University for her Bachelor’s Degree and was formerly a member of the Advisory board for the College of HASS. She also attended University of Oxford for her Master of Philosophy and University of Utah for her Juris Doctor. Jennifer is a member of the 3rd District Court Pro Bono Committee where she volunteers her legal services to Utah citizens in need of legal representation.

Brian Hackwith


Brian-HackwithBrian Hackwith is senior manager of the Boeing Salt Lake Fabrication Division. Brian currently leads the Supplier Management (SM), Materials Management (MM), and Industrial Engineering (IE) functions at Boeing Salt Lake. He joined the Salt Lake leadership team in December 2012. Boeing Salt Lake is a part of Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Fabrication organization, employing more than 700 employees at three facilities in Salt Lake County, Utah. The team’s manufacturing capabilities include fabrication, assembly and integration of metal and composite airplane components for all commercial airplane models. The team’s supply chain includes suppliers all over the world, including locally within Utah. As the Boeing Salt Lake supply chain leader, Brian represents the site at several enterprise level supply chain forums and represents Boeing to the local supply chain. Prior to assuming his current position, Brian led 787 Change Management support and supply chain recovery. His group supported the commitment of program changes from the Major Structure Partners in Japan, as well as from Systems, Interiors, Propulsion, and miscellaneous component suppliers. He led a group of Change Management representatives that interfaced with Partners, Suppliers, Procurement Agents, and Supply Chain Analysts to implement engineering changes for the 787 program. Brian earned an MBA degree from Northwest University and a bachelor of arts in business management from Whitworth University.

Kristy Chambers

Columbus Community Center

Kristy-ChambersKristy Chambers is Chief Executive Officer of Columbus. Prior to joining Columbus, she served as CEO of Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc., better known as Fourth Street Clinic. A certified public accountant for over twenty years, Kristy’s professional background includes public accounting and top level management positions in health care, real estate, retail, and hospitality. Kristy is currently an instructor with the University of Utah Nonprofit Academy and serves on various local and national non-profit boards. She graduated Cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Economics/Business and has a Master’s in Taxation with honors from the Washington School of Law.

Susan Johnson

American Express

Susan-JohnsonSusan Johnson is senior manager of Customer Advocacy, American Express Global Banking. Susan is an experienced people leader, relationship manager that drives results and delivers efficiencies. She joined American Express in 2004 as a client manager in the Travelers Cheques & Prepaid Services group as well as manager of the Value Add Team, manager of the Enterprise Growth Concierge Team and current senior manager of the Customer Advocacy Team under the Customer Service Office within Global Banking. In 2007, she was a recipient of the American Express Centurion Circle Award. Prior to joining American Express, Susan held various leadership and relationship management roles in telecommunications and HR/recruiting including partner recruiter, director of human resources and director of regulatory affairs. An early career highlight included launching a Prepaid Calling Card business segment when the product was in its infancy. Susan successfully created an entire business unit and brought it to profit within 24 months. In addition, Susan was a recruiter for finance and accounting professionals and found great satisfaction in helping professionals expand their career and achieve professional success. In her spare time, Susan enjoys travel, food, reading, yoga, paddle boarding (and sometimes paddle board yoga), travel and spending quality time with her grown son.

Jill Flygare

Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Jill-FlygareJill Flygare is the Managing Director of Internal Operations at GOED, and she has a background in education, government, and finance, spending fifteen years teaching in the education system before she went to work for the State of Utah. She worked at the University of Utah from 2004-2010 as a clinical instructor, online instructor, and coordinator of Teacher Licensure. Her academic service includes Distance Education Design and implementation of courses; mentoring; and instructing clinical faculty on e-portfolios. She joined the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget in 2010 where she worked with state agencies to match appropriations with programs; make recommendations to the Governor on budget requests from state agencies; and compile reports and complete cost analysis on employee compensation. From 2014-16 she was the finance director of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts where she had oversight of the financial team. She joined the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in 2016 as Managing Director of Internal Operations where she oversees management of office operations, compliance, finance teams and she directs policy and procedure. She has a Masters of Certification of Accounting (2015), an Executive Masters of Public Administration (2010); and a Masters of Education (2004) in Instructional Design and Educational Technology; and a Bachelor’s of Arts (1994) in Social Science Composite, Secondary Education, all from the University of Utah.

Dr. William McMahon

University of Utah Department of Psychiatry

McMahon-WilliamDr. William McMahon is director of the University of Utah’s Autism Outreach Center and past chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He served as chairman of the psychiatry department from 2007 to 2015. Dr. William McMahon has worked to build excellent clinical services and systems of care at the University of Utah. He is board certified in adult psychiatry and in the sub-specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry. He has cared for children, adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient and other settings for more than three decades. He has followed his particular interest in developmental disorders, including autism, Tourette’s Disorder and other psychiatric conditions with increased genetic risk, such as suicide and nicotine addiction. Currently, his responsibilities are focused on fostering innovative approaches to diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Renee McCarvel

Conumer Representative

Renee-McCarvelRenee McCarvel is a consumer representative representing Columbus. Renee has participated in Columbus programs for nearly thirty years, where she has been able to pursue a career and live independently in an apartment. She has worked in various capacities in Columbus Secure Document Solutions and Columbus Production Services. She enjoys socializing with friends and traveling. She has been an articulate spokesperson for Columbus for many years, where she has represented Columbus at various events.

Sgt. John Pearce

Utah Transit Autority Police Department

Sgt. JoSgt John Pearcehn Pearce has over 24 years of police experience. He has served with the Utah Transit Authority Police since December 2012, and prior to that, he worked for the West Valley City Police Department from November of 1991 to December 2012. He has encountered many search and seizure issues while assigned to special ops and K-9 units. His experience has also included being the acting supervisor during high-risk incidents such as pursuits, stand-offs, officer-involved shootings and incidents involving injured officers or damaged property. Additionally, he has worked with confidential informants. He is familiar with the application of Federal charges and Federal court. He is an experienced field officer with K-9, traffic, special perations, gang, and juvenile units. He is certified in K-9 training and clandestine lab techniques. He has received numerous awards and commendations for meritorious service, distinguished service, and lifesaving, and he has been recognized as supervisor of the year. He is also a parent of a son with autism and a recognized autism advocate. He and his wife are founding parents who helped develop the Spectrum Academy and the Able program. He helped develop the Sierra Cares law enforcement training for officers ( and he is currently instructing officers through the “Invisible Disabilities” training program (

Monica Rafferty

Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors

Monica-RaffertyMonica Rafferty is senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Leasing at Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors. She has more than 20 years of experience in investments, and works with clients to map out a strategy for using commercial real estate to achieve business goals and increase the bottom line. She specializes in negotiating “added value” transactions by analyzing properties and identifying their unique opportunities. Monica was recognized by her peers in the commercial real estate industry when she was voted CCIM of the Year in 2013 and installed as President of the Utah CCIM Chapter in 2015. Her CCIM accreditation verifies Monica’s expertise in evaluating investment and lease terms of all classes of real estate and structuring transactions to maximize their value. Her skills were originally honed as an investment and retirement plan specialist in the securities industry, where Monica held NASD Series 7, Series 6 and Variable Contract licenses. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a minor in Economics and a major in English and stays on top of economic and financial trends in order to better partner with her clients in establishing their strategies.

Jamie Simons

Consumer Representative

Jamie-SimonsJamie Simons serves as consumer representative on the Columbus board. Columbus has provided vocational training and job coaching for Jamie through the Columbus Supported Employment program. She was honored at the 2014 Dignity through Work event as one of Columbus’s “Outstanding Workers of the Year.” She is currently studying psychology/general studies at Salt Lake Community College and she graduated from East High School as a National Honor Roll student. She has worked at the Salt Lake Community College library and Deseret Industries. She is now working at Target, where she is honing her retail, sales, and customer service skills.

Allison Smoot

UBS Private Wealth Management

Allison-SmootAllison Smoot is senior vice president of Private Wealth Management with UBS. Allison joined UBS Private Wealth Management with Sage Partners in 2012. Allison began her career in the financial industry in 1996. In addition to helping ultra-high net worth individuals and families with wealth and assets ranging from $1 million to $50 million, Allison also advises many business owners, foundations and nonprofit organizations. Allison attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania to obtain the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation. CIMA® professionals integrate a complex body of investment knowledge, ethically contributing to prudent investment decisions. Her other professional designations include Certified Financial Planner®, which include rigorous professional standards for certification, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, the leading designation in financial planning for divorce, and Accredited Investment Fiduciary®. Allison believes in giving back to the community. She is president of the Board of Directors for Columbus Community Center, whose mission is to integrate learning disabled adults into the working world. Additionally, Allison has served on the Board of Directors for Playing for Life, whose goal is to raise funds to benefit cancer research, survivor care, and support and treatment for all forms of women’s cancers. She also sat on the board for the Legacy Music Alliance, whose mission is to help build and sustain the Utah music ecosystem. In 2010, Allison was honored by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s “Top Thirty Women to Watch.”

Eric B. Storey

Zions Bank

Eric-StoreyEric B. Storey is senior vice president and manager of Corporate Properties for Zions Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah. In that position, he oversees property management, construction/project management, and purchase/leasing of bank properties. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker, Certified General Appraiser, and Continuing Education Instructor in the state of Utah. Eric holds the CPM designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, the CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute, the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute, and the DREI designation from the Real Estate Educators Association. He graduated from Weber State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, communications, and family studies. Eric is a past co-leader of the IREM faculty. As a member of the IREM faculty, he teaches the FIN 402, ASM 603,604,605, and the MPSAXM Prep. Eric is also a MPSAXM Grader. Mr. Storey is also the founder and CEO of the Equity Capital Institute (ECI). ECI publishes articles and creates financial spreadsheets used to analyze equity positions used in real estate investments. Eric recently co-authored “Profitable Real Estate Analysis, The Capital Puzzle”. Eric is married to April and they have five children. His hobbies include raising Angus beef, playing in a band, and cooking.

Mike Willhard

Workers Compensation Fund

Mike-WillhardMike Willhard is vice president and chief investment officer (CIO) for the Workers Compensation Fund (WCF), where he has worked for the last 19 years. In his current position, he is responsible for WCF’s $1.7 billion investment portfolio. Prior to his role as CIO, he served as finance vice president, assistant portfolio manager, financial operations manager and internal auditor. Prior to working at WCF, he worked as a senior accountant with Ernst & Young and manager of financial reporting for AMEX Life Assurance Company. He and his wife Tammy have two children, Sarah, who works for Intermountain Healthcare Central Laundry, and Brian, who is a senior, studying mechanical engineering at the University of Utah.

Kevin Williams

RGK Innovations

Kevin WilliamsKevin Williams is a global marketing and operations executive with a deep understanding of new venture management, social entrepreneurship and global development strategy. He is a high-energy, hands-on, data driven strategist committed to lean management, team success and customer satisfaction. RGK’s first endeavor is the “Brush Hero,” which launched in 2015 and has grown 750% year after year. The water-powered cleaning tool is designed for car detailing and multipurpose home and garden applications and is sold through a global D2C sales network. The product had its first retail appearance in Costco. Through a chance encounter and some research, Kevin began a business relationship with Columbus Production Services to handle the assembly, packaging, and shipping for the Brush Hero. Kevin was honored by Columbus as “Business Partner of the Year” in 2016 at the annual Dignity through Work event. (;

Lance Allred

NBA Player and Motivational Speaker

Lance AllredLance Allred, with his 5 Principles of Perseverance, is the first legally deaf player in NBA history. Known as “The Lion,” he is a best-selling author of Basketball Gods and Longshot and is an expert on Leadership, Perseverance and Grit. Standing at 6’11, and born with 80% hearing loss within a polygamist commune before his family escaped when he was 13, Lance has had people all of his life placing limitations on him, but he never listened: he couldn’t hear very well anyway. Lance is also a TEDx speaker and shares his message of leadership, perseverance and grit as a motivational speaker. Lance served as emcee at the Columbus Dignity through Work breakfast in 2016.

Kimberly Barnett

Associate Deputy Mayor, Salt Lake County

Kimberly BarnettKimberly Barnett works directly with senior-level Salt Lake County executives, Federal, state and local elected officials, and constituents on a wide-range of policy issues. She directly manages priority initiatives for Mayor Ben McAdams and represents him at internal and external County events and meetings. Prior to joining Mayor McAdams’ administration Kimberly (Kimi) proudly served with Mayor Peter Corroon during his last term in office. Her emphasis was on environmental policy and intergovernmental relations. Among other priorities, she continues to manage environmental policy for Salt Lake County Mayor McAdam’s administration. She received her MPA from the University of Utah in 2004. Prior to joining Salt Lake County she spent many years in the nonprofit sector including time at the YWCA and University of Utah Tanner Humanities Center.

Ryan Nelson

Mountain States Employers Council

Ryan NelsonRyan Nelson is Utah president of the Employers Council, now part of Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC), which meets the employment law and human resources needs of employers throughout Utah and the surrounding region. As Utah president, his focus on business development with a view towards increasing our ability to assist employers in our region. He leads a team of employment law defense attorneys and human resource professionals who provide advice, representation, consultation, and resources to member companies. He is a licensed attorney and admitted to practice law in Utah, Colorado, and Florida. Certificated Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR).

Mason Dimock

Peer mentor and graduate of University of Utah NeuroVersity

Mason DimockMason Dimock is 19 years old, and he is on the autism spectrum. He enjoys designing and building. Mason was 12 years old when he first participated with the University of Utah’s NeuroVersity program where he was introduced to and mastered SketchUp design software. Over the last 7 years, this has led to a number of exciting opportunities for him. Mason has had the opportunity to teach SketchUp to a group of young school children for his high school Service Learning project, he learned how to design a warehouse building using a blueprint plan for Big D construction, and he has been hired several times by NeuroVersity to be a peer teacher for some of the SketchUp workshops.

Katie Nelson

Good Wolf Media

Katie NelsonKatie Nelson is an accomplished writer, photographer, and website creator with a focus on memory keeping and documenting the simple joys of everyday living. She has more than twelve years of online experience with multiple blogging platforms and websites. She is currently the owner and webmaster of Good Wolf Media, which houses three websites she has created. The website name is inspired by a Cherokee legend of two wolves—one good and one bad. On her website home page, she shares her inspiration about how important it is to “feed the good wolf,” which in turn generates positive influences in our lives. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English degree with a minor in Anthropology from University of Utah. She is also the parent of a young adult with autism who was diagnosed in 1996, and she is an active autism advocate.