Industry leaders from across the business community participate in Leadership Utah to gain insight into economic and community development 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (July 13, 2022) – The 2022 Class of Leadership Utah concluded today with graduation ceremonies celebrating the completion of the Salt Lake Chamber’s signature leadership program. Leadership Utah is an exclusive experience for mid- and upper-level management professionals to gain insight into the opportunities and challenges facing our state and become more engaged leaders.

“The graduates from Leadership Utah represent the next generation of business leaders who will be tasked with solving economic and community challenges,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance. “These leaders now have a new strength, lens and network to ensure a prosperous future. The Salt Lake Chamber is honored to associate with these talented individuals who represent the best of Utah’s business community.”

Over the last year, the Leadership Utah cohort of public and private sector participants expanded their network, heard from key community leaders, and learned how best to support our ever-changing society. 

Participants were selected on a range of criteria that included work experience, a demonstrated interest in community engagement, Chamber affiliation, and future aspirations to serve on boards and advance within their organization.  

The topics covered during the 2022 program included:

  • Health Care; 
  • Crime and Law Enforcement; 
  • Community Service; 
  • Education and Technology; 
  • Government; 
  • Arts, Sports and Entertainment;  
  • Environment and Infrastructure; 
  • Economic Development;
  • Military and Tourism; and 
  • Religion and Culture.

To learn more about the Leadership Utah experience, click here.

Class of 2022:

  • Rachel Anderson, Attorney, Fabian VanCott
  • Mallory Bateman, Director of Demographic Research, University of Utah Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute 
  • Kelsey Berg, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Mitt Romney
  • Jeremy Blair, Vice President of Finance, Mountain America Credit Union
  • JD Borg, Assistant Vice President and Senior Portfolio Specialist, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Jordan Carroll, Communications Manager, Salt Lake County
  • Lisa Cox, CEO and SVP of Sales & Marketing, Gem City Fine Foods, LLC
  • Brian Epperson, CEO, Target River
  • Erin Farr, Senior Business Development Manager, EDCUtah
  • Alison Fuller, Senior VP of Finance, Canopy
  • Cameron Gabriel, Administrative Director, LDS Hospital
  • Brian Garrett, Deputy Director, Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs
  • Trisha Gary, Commercial Underwriter, America First Credit Union
  • Amber Gracanin, Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Deedra Hansen, Assistant Director of Development, Salt Lake Community College
  • Neal Hansen, CPA and Partner, FORVIS CPAs & Advisors
  • Garrett Harding, Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Rachel Heatley, Advocacy and Investigations Director, Humane Society of Utah
  • Danielle Higley, Vice President of Safety and Risk, WCF Insurance
  • Jeffery Jensen, Security Team Leader, American Express
  • Paul Jibson, Manager of Joint Operations & Regulatory Affairs, Dominion Energy
  • Joshua Jones, Director of Marketing & Communication, Downtown Alliance
  • Katrina Kaddas, Program and Events Coordinator, Salt Lake Chamber
  • Seraphine Kapsandoy, Vice President of Population Healthcare and Clinical Operations, Centene Corporation
  • Evan Kellogg, Director of Claims Services, WCF Insurance
  • Dave Kimball, Executive Director of Product & Marketing, Deseret Book Company
  • Shanna Marchant, Vice President, Cigna
  • Nichole Mathews, Market and Administrative Manager, Urban Food Connections of Utah 
  • Matt Mitchell, Executive Director of Pharmacy Services, SelectHealth
  • Anna Mkrtchyan, Commercial Relationship Manager & Vice President, Wells Fargo
  • Kristina Olivas, Urban Affairs Manager, Downtown Alliance
  • Lisa Paletta, Hospital Administrator Primary Children’s Hospital, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Ryan Perry, Communities and Social Performance Manager, Rio Tinto Kennecott
  • Jose Ramirez, Chief Engineer, ALSCO
  • Schyler Richards, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Taelor Rimer, Marketing Specialist, University of Utah Health
  • Megan Sanburn, Business Operations Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco / Salt Lake City Branch
  • Alicia Schindewolf, Senior Vice President & Community Banking Sales Manager, Zions Bank
  • Sylvia Semper, Associate General Counsel, Vivint Solar
  • Nate Speth, Development Coordinator, Hensel Phelps
  • Dr. Tamara Stevenson,Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, Westminster College
  • Dylan Walker-Pecoraro, Vice President & Organizational Development and Communications Manager, Zions Bancorporation
  • Jeremy Wells, Chancellor, Roseman University of Health Sciences
  • Adam Whitaker, Chief Development Officer, American Red Cross, Utah Nevada Region
  • Brent Wilhite, Business Development Director, Penna Powers
  • Tom Yates, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Deseret Digital Media
  • Connie Yengich, Lead Business Advisor, Women’s Business Center of Utah