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Community Advisory Board - Ambassadors

The University of Utah Women’s Resource Center Community Advisory Board supports the overarching mission of the WRC by proactively implementing initiatives that encourage success in higher education.  With a primary focus on women, the Board invests in programs dedicated to creating community awareness of the WRC and its initiatives, building relationships for WRC participants through mentorship and connectivity, and advancing the idea of “paying it forward” to the next generation.

Sara Urquhart

Board Chair: 2018 - Present

Sara Urquhart

Sara Urquhart is the publisher of the Utah Bee, a new online, general content magazine dedicated to all things that can be explored, improved or celebrated in the Beehive State. Sara graduated from BYU with a degree in Political Science. She spent the next two decades starting, sitting on and running non-profit boards, supporting her husband in his elected role and raising four children, all while remaining politically active. Sara has worked for campaigns on the national, state and local levels–winning and losing.  Full Bio

Kimberly A. Hall

Board Vice-Chair: 2010 - Present

Kim Hall ImageKim Hall has been with the University of Utah for 15 years. First as adjunct faculty, and then 13 years with the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). Initially, Kim was the program coordinator, originating the Go Girlz Community Initiative and the Sponsored Student Program (U START) among other pieces of community and campus programming.  Full Bio

Jolie Coleman

Board Ambassador: 2018 - Present

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Jean Oh

Board Ambassador: 2016 - Present

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Jean Oh has been with the University of Utah since 2013. She is the Managing Director of the Hinckley Institute Global Internship Program at the University of Utah. She places university students in professional internships outside the United States in parliaments, businesses, research labs, health clinics and much more.  Jean is also a former teacher from Southern California. As a certified bilingual educator for more than 12 years, she taught English Language Learners from various linguistic backgrounds in K-6. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Biola University in Southern California, her teaching certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah.  Full Bio

Asha Parekh

Board Ambassador: 2017 - Present

Ahsa ParekhAsha Parekh is the Director of the Refugee Services Office within the Department of Workforce Services.   She oversees and addresses the diverse and complex needs of refugees in Utah.  She earned her Master of Social Work at the University of California in Los Angeles. 


Teresa Pond

Board Ambassador: 2018 - Present

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Sara Reed

Board Ambassador: 2018 - Present

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Debra Daniels

Ex-Officio: 2010 - Present

Debra Daniels ImageDebra Daniels is the Assistant Vice President for Women’s Enrollment Initiatives and Director of the Women's Resource Center at The University of Utah and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A native of Ogden, Utah, Debra received her BSW from Utah State University in 1979 and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah in 1984. Full Bio

Kirstin Maanum

Ex-Officio: 2017 - Present

Kirstin Maanum Kirstin Maanum is the Women’s Education Specialist through the Women’s Enrollment Initiative at the University of Utah.  She is originally from Minnesota and received her BA in Psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Her early professional years were spent working with social justice organizations along the US/Mexico border in El Paso, TX,  Juarez, MX., and Anthony, NM. She earned her Master of Public Health from New Mexico State University in 2009. Full Bio

Virginia Kelson

Board Ambassador Emeritus

Jinnah Kelson ImageJinnah Kelson has been an organization development and training professional for over 20 years, and is a Partner and Senior Consultant of Ralston Consulting Group.  She was the Founder and Executive Director of the Phoenix Institute as well as the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of Webster Publishing. Full Bio

Theresa Martinez

Campus Liaison

Theresa Martinez ImageTheresa Martinez completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of New Mexico and is currently Associate Professor of Sociology and former Assistant Vice President for Academic Outreach at the University of Utah.  Her teaching and research deal with issues of race, class and gender, deviant behavior, juvenile delinquency, and pop culture, and she has produced articles for a variety of publications. Full Bio

William Smith

Campus Liaison

William Smith ImageWilliam A. Smith is an associate professor in the department of Education, Culture & Society and the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Utah. He has previously served as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Access, & Equity in the College of Education as well as the Special Assistant to the President & NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at the University of Utah. Dr. Smith is the co-editor (with Philip Altbach & Kofi Lomotey) of the book, The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education: The Continuing Challenges for the 21st Century (2002). Full Bio


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Last Updated: 11/30/18