The 2023-2024 meeting schedule will be posted soon.
All board meetings take place from 9 - 10:30AM in the Kingsbury Hall Founders Room (when possible to meet in person), or via Zoom (when not possible to meet in person)
UtahPresents Advisory Board
David Kirby (Chair)
is Senior Vice President and Director of Practice Pathways; professional practice finance for Zions Bancorp and its collection of great banks. Practice Pathways is a nationwide program that offers a full suite of financial services to medical professionals who want to acquire, start or expand their practice. David has more than 20 years of commercial, specialty and retail banking experience and joined Zions Bancorp in 2015 to launch the Practice Pathways group. Active in the community, David volunteers his time and is on the advisory board of the University of Utah’s School of Dentistry, The University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts – UtahPresents Kingsbury Hall, Roseman University of Health Sciences Chancellor’s Advisory Board, and the Granite School District CTE Board.
David graduated with a degree in Business Communications from the University of Utah and earned an MBA with honors from Loyola Marymount Los Angeles. He is a member of the of Beta Gama Sigma honor society. David also graduated from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business Pacific Coast Banking School graduate program. David is an avid cyclist, triathlete and USA Masters Swim coach, and loves all things winter and water sport related. He and his wife have four children, two dogs and reside in Salt Lake City, UT.
Tiana Hood (Vice-Chair)
is a finance and accounting professional with almost 15 years of experience in a wide variety of industries including solar, restaurants and consumer products. She was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Eastern Michigan University. She later completed a Master’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado. She currently serves as Head of Finance for Conergy, a downstream solar company specializing in the development and operations of utility scale solar systems, where she manages financial operations for the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to working at Conergy, Tiana spent six years at the successful start-up Smashburger where she built and developed the finance and accounting teams to support growth from one location in Denver, Colorado to over 250 international locations. Currently, Tiana lives in Salt Lake City where she enjoys taking advantage of the wide range of outdoor activities including snowboarding, hiking, biking and camping.
Michael A. Billings
Gregg M. Bissict
is the Director of Corporate Strategy at a global industrial goods and mining services firm with its head office in Utah. Originally from South Africa, Gregg has deep strategic development and deployment experience across various industries and geographies. Gregg has volunteered with various NGOs as either a 1-1 mentor or as a strategy consultant, leveraging his experience to help these organizations with their strategy development and performance diagnostics.
is an Air Force brat who grew up moving around the United States and Europe. She studied science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and at the University of Missouri in Columbia. After working in health care in Kansas City and Atlanta, she moved to Utah and earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the David Eccles School of Business
In her professional business career, Patricia spent several years in sales and marketing for an international hospital supply corporation. She then moved to NYC to work in banking on Wall Street, where she also became an active consumer of the arts. She later returned to the Wasatch Front to work in hospital administration and in economic planning and consulting, including a stint on the engineering team that advised UTA in building the TRAX light rail system.
Patricia has been a volunteer in the non-profit sector for more than 20 years. She recently completed 3-year terms on both the University of Utah Alumni Association Board as well as the Alta Club Board of Directors, where she continues to serve on their Finance and House Committees. She has served on the Utah Arts Festival Board for 15 years, currently as Chairperson.
She has two children and two dogs. In addition to hiking and skiing in Utah's great outdoors, she is particularly passionate about fly fishing.
currently works in Marketing Strategy and Analytics at the Utah-based Tech Education Company Pluralsight. There she sits on the Growth Strategy team, and helps the company realize its mission of democratizing technology skills, through strategic problem solving and analysis. Rainey received her MBA locally, from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, and finished her undergraduate degree in Atlanta, Georgia at Emory University, where she studied Spanish and Biology. She has a passion for service and education, leading her to volunteer in a variety of organizations across the fields of Healthcare and Education.
A Salt Lake City native, she enjoys hiking with her dog, live performances, and playing in the great outdoors.
is the Vice President of Experience Marketing for LifeVantage, a global health and wellness direct sales company headquartered in Utah. Annie began her career as a broadcast journalist and worked for more than a decade in some of the country’s top markets like New York City, Denver, and Salt Lake City.
Annie leveraged her journalism experience into work behind the lens in the outdoor recreation and hospitality industry, and both non-profit and public sectors. Annie’s background touches on a myriad of public relations, marketing, and media skills which carried her successfully through major company milestones, product launches, and global initiatives.
When Annie is not working, you can catch the Southern California native skiing at one of Utah’s world-class resorts, rock climbing, hiking, or enjoying time with her family.
Metta M. Driscoll
is one of the founding members of the current board. He is the owner and president of Words, Words, Words, Inc., a communication company. He has written books, TV documentaries, newspaper columns, and other materials. For more than two decades, he wrote and broadcast daily editorials for KSL radio and television, producing over six thousand editorials. He earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Southern Utah University. He is a member of the University’s National Advisory Council. He was previously on the faculties of the University of Utah and Weber State University. He is currently working on four books: two biographies, and autobiography, and a collection of his newspaper columns.
Senator Jake Garn
is a graduate of the University of Utah. He served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot. He is a retired Brigadier General in the Utah Air National Guard and has logged more than 12,000 hours of pilot time. He is a former insurance executive and served as Mayor Salt Lake City prior to his election to the United States Senate in 1974 where he served for three terms. He was invited by NASA to fly as a payload specialist on flight 51-D of the space shuttle Discovery which flew in April of 1985. Senator Garn retired (January, 1993) from the United States Senate after eighteen years. He is currently a self-employed consultant and involved with numerous private/public sector endeavors.
is a certified Sexual Assault Counselor/Victim Advocate. She is a presenter/educator on Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery. Laurie has worked in the Nonprofit arena for over 30 years. She has served as an Executive Director, Event Planner, Health Educator, Fundraiser, Board and Volunteer Development officer and Strategic Development strategist for Nonprofit organizations.
Laurie is a board member of Law Related Education (LRE), Alliance for a Better Utah (ABU) and Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah. She is the past President of the Salt Lake Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Past Nonprofit Board involvement includes The Road Home, Planned Parenthood of Utah, The Junior League of Salt Lake City, Utah Issues and advisory boards at Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Laurie is a member of the League of Woman Voters, the Educational Resource Development Council (ERDC) at the University of Utah and the Utah Women’s Forum. She holds a BS from the University of Utah in Health Promotion and Education, an MA from Westminster College, in Community Leadership (MACL) and graduate certification from the University of Utah in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.
was the owner and operator of American Icon Products Company for 13 years, and has been in sales for a majority of her life. She is a dedicated philanthropist serving many roles with the University of Utah, including Pi Beta Phi, Utah Museum of Fine Arts Advisory Council, Beta Theta Pi Mother’s Club, Presidents Club, Crimson Club Board, National Advisory Council, Kingsbury Hall Renovation, College of Nursing Development Board, Health Sciences Educational Resource Development Council, Fine Arts Advisory Board for Huntsman Cancer Institute, Pharmacy Ambassadors Advisory Council, and has been a Kingsbury Hall Board member since 2008. In 2010, she received the YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2011, she received the Emeritus Alumni Merit of Honor Award, and in 2014, received the American Water Works Association Award of Merit.
is the Director of Talent Acquisition for Traeger Grills. With more than 25 years of experience in Talent Acquisition and recruiting, she has worked in multiple global locations. Jill received her bachelor’s degree in New Zealand, where she grew up. With a passion for travel, she left New Zealand and has lived abroad ever since, making Utah her home. Jill enjoys giving back to her community.
When Jill is not working you can find her running, watching ice hockey, traveling, or enjoying time with her husband, two teenage children and dog, Amari.
Lydia Scott Martinez
John W. Scheib
is Dean of the College of Fine Arts and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Music as a tenured professor in music education. Prior to his arrival at the University of Utah, Scheib served as director of the School of Music at the University of Kentucky from 2014-2017 and as director of the Ball State University School of Music from 2010-2014. Previous leadership roles also include serving as the Ball State School of Music's associate director, coordinator of undergraduate programs, and in key appointments on numerous university-level strategic planning and curriculum committees. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Collegiate Administrator of the Year award by the Indiana Music Education Association.
As a scholar often examining the multi-dimensional professional lives of artist-teachers, Scheib has contributed over 85 presentations, articles, and book chapters to the profession, with his research appearing in refereed outlets such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Arts Education Policy Review, and the texts Exploring Research in Music Education and Music Therapy, The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education, and Envisioning Music Teacher Education. He has served on editorial boards for Music Educators Journal and Journal of Music Teacher Education, and maintains an active schedule as a consultant and as a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music.
A Wisconsin native, Scheib earned the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and M.M. in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.M. in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and taught in the Wisconsin public schools for nearly a decade prior to his work in higher education. He is also a recent graduate of the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program.
moved to the Salt Lake Valley in 2005 from the San Francisco Bay area. She founded ChitraKaavya dance to explore her abiding passion for the classical Indian dance forms. Trained in Bharatanatyam, primarily the Kalakshetra tradition, she has facilitated and attended workshops with artistes of international repute. She enjoys choreographing to new and unexplored themes, and teaching and presenting mythology, rhythm, mathematics, poetry and theatre, all through the medium of Indian Classical dance. She is interested in questions of historically re-interpreted classicism, and contextualizing the evolution of this art form as well as its relevance to contemporary identity. She has a PhD in Mathematics and MS in Financial Engineering, from the University of Michigan, and is a quantitative equity analyst, in a parallel life.
is a retired urban planner. In her professional career, she was the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, a real estate and planning consultant with Wallace Associates, Inc., and a consultant for the Utah Transit Authority. She has been a volunteer and board member of several local non-profits. In the Arts, Alice was a founding member of the Performing Arts Coalition which was the alliance of performing arts groups behind the creation of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. She is currently a Board member of Reed College, Portland, Oregon, which has just completed building a performing arts building and expanding its music, theater and dance departments. Alice is married to Kevin Steiner.
Ann Marie Sturm
is the President and Dealer Principal at Kenworth Sales Co., Inc. He has extensive experience as an attorney, graduating from the University Of Utah College Of Law in 1985 with a Juris Doctor Degree, working for Mooney & Smith and Richards, Brandt, Miller & Nelson. He has been a member of the Idaho State Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association since 2004, and the Utah State Bar Association since 1985. He has extensive experience in the Automotive Industry, and has served on many council’s throughout his career. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Trucking Association in 2004. He has been involved with the Utah Masters Swimming since 1996.
is a Utah native who great up in Sugar House. Heather joined The LHM Company in 2009 and has held various roles of increasing responsibility over the years. In 2019, Heather was named Senior Vice President of Servicing for Prestige Financial Services, an LHM Company. In this capacity, she is the steward over all aspects of customer service, account management, loss mitigation, deficiency collections and litigation, credit reporting, insurance claims, inventory control, and repossession.
Heather was awarded a full-ride athletic volleyball scholarship to Tusculum College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration/Management and a minor in Political Science and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also earned her MBA from the University of Utah. Heather is certified in Consumer Credit Compliance through the National Auto Finance Association and is the immediate past co-chair of the Gail Miller Women’s Leadership Committee. Heather served on the Larry H. Miller Charities board from November 2019 - November 2022.
Heather has been married to her husband, Tappan, since February 2013. They are expecting their first child in early 2023, and they have a beloved poodle named Xena. Heather and Tappan are adventure seekers who love to travel, slalom ski, snow ski, hike, and mountain bike. Tappan is a finish carpenter who specializes in custom furniture and finish work. Heather and Tappan reside in East Millcreek, Utah.