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Ambassador Board

The University of Utah Women’s Resource Center Ambassador 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 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.

Sara founded and managed Alt Summit for nine years. She has a Master’s degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University. Sara currently volunteers as Vice Chairman of the SLC Planning Commission.

Kim Hall

Vice-Chair: 2010 – Present

Kim 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. Kim is currently the associate director of the WRC, as well as the development officer, overseeing all grant writing and fundraising. Additionally, she produces video content for both the WRC and the Women’s Enrollment Initiative (WEI). Kim has worked with hundreds of students throughout the years and is known as a ‘fixer’ or the ‘Olivia Pope’ of the WRC. Kim is involved in committee work, the Women’s Leadership Summit, fundraisers, and evolving programs or campaigns the WRC or WEI envision each year.

Kim has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College, is currently working with the non-profit Edge of Discovery, which is a media arts initiative made up of a vibrant community of filmmakers, innovators and people from all walks of life who are coming together to encourage exploration, imagination, and healthy expression through emerging media. Kim is an outdoor enthusiast, social and environmental activist, and creative writer.

Jean Oh

2016 – Present

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.

In addition to her professional work, she also spent time working with a non-profit organization conducting ethnographic research in India and collaborating with international educators in Indonesia, Philippines, and Turkey. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, climbing and spending time with family and friends.

Jolie Coleman

2018 – Present

 

 

 

 

 

Teresa Pond

2018 – Present

 Teresa Pond is the Assistant Director of Program Coordination at the A. Ray Olpin University Union at the University of Utah. Born and raised in Utah, Teresa grew up a University of Utah fan. She completed both a B.S. in Business Administration (2014) and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy with a Higher Education emphasis (2017) at the University of Utah.

Following her undergraduate experience, Teresa traveled as a Collegiate Development Consultant for Delta Gamma International Fraternity. During her “year on the road,” Teresa identified her passion for the advancement and empowerment of womxn leaders across the world. Since that time, Teresa has continued to volunteer her time with Delta Gamma as a leadership institute facilitator, Living Carefully Series instructor, and collegiate chapter adviser. She also volunteers with the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Teresa recognized her strong belief in the work of the Women’s Resource Center/Women’s Enrollment Initiative and a profound respect for the staff members of both departments while serving on the Women’s Leadership Summit Planning Committee.

Dr. Sara Reed

2018 – Present

Dr. Sara Reed has over 20 years of experience in leadership, management, organizational change, and leadership development.   She serves as the Associate Vice President for People and Workplace Culture at Salt Lake Community College, where she is leading a team to help transform the lives of staff and faculty through their employment at SLCC – from attracting to growing, retaining, and leaving a legacy.  Previously, Sara served as the Director of Operations at the University of Utah’s Department of Internal Medicine and Executive Director of the Shared Services Center at the University of California, Davis.  Sara is passionate about the role of higher education in America and especially in Utah, especially in the areas of diversity, inclusion, belonging, and helping all who participate in higher education in reaching their potential. 

Prior to her transition to higher education, Sara served as an active duty military officer, leading teams of various sizes across the globe, and she continues to serve as a Reserve officer.  She earned her doctorate from Drexel University, MA.Ed. from California State University – Sacramento, M.S. from Troy State, and BA from University of Minnesota and was 2016-2017 Nehemiah Emerging Leaders fellow in Sacramento and is currently participating in Leadership Utah.  She is married and is mother to three daughters.

yordanos (JOJO) Beyene

2019 - Present

Yordanos (JOJO) Beyene was born in Ethiopia and immigrated to the United States with her family in 2001 and settled in Logan, Utah. JOJO attended Utah State University and received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Human Resources Management. Then, she went on to receive her Master in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. Currently, JOJO works as a Senior Academic Adviser in the College of Health, University of Utah.

Since 2011, JOJO has been working closely with low-income, first generation, and minority students and has put her focus on women education. JOJO is very involved with the refugee community in Salt Lake City. Her cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led her to numerous volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles at the University of Utah. Today, JOJO encourages young people especially, refugees, recent immigrants to the United States and women who are students and staff at the University of Utah, to seek higher education, work enrichment, and learn from her life example to follow their dreams, no matter what.

JOJO is the 2019 Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women Recipeint. This award hosted by the University of Utah "recognizes a female staff or faculty member at the University of Utah who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the University. Mx. Beyene represents the ideals and actions of Dr. Linda K. Amos, for whom the award was named.”

 

 

Debra Daniels

Ex-Officio: 2010 – Present

Debra Daniels is the 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 Master’s in Social Work from the University of Utah in 1984.

Debra is extremely passionate about her ideals and continues to be a champion for non-violence in all realms of her work and personal life. An activist and advocate, she continues to be a voice for those who have been marginalized in political and educational and social justice dialogue.

Kirstin Maanum

Ex-Officio: 2017 – Present

Kirstin Maanum is the Women’s Education Specialist through the Women’s Resource Center 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, Mexico and Anthony, New Mexico. She earned her Master of Public Health from New Mexico State University in 2009. She moved to Salt Lake City in 2010 and prior to joining the WEI team at the U, she was working at Planned Parenthood Association of Utah on their education team. She is passionate about supporting women receive the services and support they need to improve their own lives. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family and hiking in the Wasatch Mountains and watching independent films.

Last Updated: 7/22/19