Eric Pope serves as vice president of operations at US Synthetic (USS), a leading provider of diamond solutions for the energy industry. Mr. Pope joined US Synthetic in 1990 as a machine operator, with a focus on processing diamond products. He has worked as a production manager, process engineer, and R&D engineer during his time at US Synthetic. In 2001, Mr. Pope worked as an onsite USS customer engineer at Halliburton. He later became the product manger over the USS diamond rock bit and percussion product lines, in 2004.
Throughout his career, Mr. Pope has been a driving force behind US Synthetic’s move from a typical batch and queue manufacturing system to a world-class, Lean manufacturing facility. As part of senior leadership team since 2006, Mr. Pope has been instrumental in implementing Lean training and techniques at every level of the organization. These efforts helped the company received the world’s most prestigious award in 2011 for enterprise excellence, The Shingo Prize. Under Pope’s leadership, the company maintains a strong focus on empowering employees and encouraging continuous improvement. This focus helped the company implement more than 32,000 employee-sponsored improvements in 2011. As a result, product innovation has increased and USS customers have been better served with improved delivery times, decreased inventory, and superior quality and performance. Lean improvements have allowed US Synthetic to grow at 23 percent annually since beginning the journey in 2005.
Mr. Pope holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Brigham Young University.
Brian is Vice President and K-12 Leader of MHTN Architects, a Utah based multi-disciplinary architectural firm. MHTN specializes in the innovative design of University Student Unions and Student Life Centers, Higher Education, K-12 Schools, Health Care, Commercial and Municipal projects. Genuinely passionate about designing ideal learning environments for K-12 students and educators, he is the only Accredited Learning Planner (ALEP) in the State of Utah. Brian’s commitment to the practice of designing extraordinary school facilities and creating great spaces for both learning and teaching has helped him to create some the best schools throughout the region. Recent schools include: Logan High School Reinvention, New Bridge STEM Elementary School (Ogden), and Mount Jordan Middle School (Sandy).
Michelle Shinn is a Utah business owner who partners with manufacturing and service organizations to solve complex problems or provide direction where a knowledge gap exists. After 30 years in the automotive, heavy equipment and aerospace industries, Michelle started her business in 2018 to use her experience to help her clients navigate challenges within the high-pressure environment of today’s business climate. Prior to starting her own business, Michelle successfully held roles in manufacturing operations, quality and continuous improvement with her last 11 years in executive positions at a multi-billion dollar aerospace organization. Michelle has a B.S. in Organizational Management, a Master’s in Business Administration and is currently a 2nd year doctoral candidate in business. Michelle understands the manufacturing industry and is committed to helping companies of all sizes and services understand that support is needed for STEM programs in Utah. These programs facilitate the development of technical competency that will be necessary for Utah companies to see continued success in the future.
Vanessa Machin Perez moved to Lehi Utah from Hawaii to launch her IM Flash to Micron career in December 2018. She joined as a Senior Recruiter before joining Micron’s Global Talent Brand and Innovation Team as a Program Manager where she leveraged her expertise in digital marketing and content creation to support Micron’s social media advocacy program.
In September 2020, Vanessa was promoted to Senior Manager, External Relations for Micron Technology Utah and hit the ground running as Micron’s liaison for government, academic and community relations.
Vanessa has a genuine passion for meeting and connecting people to accomplish remarkable things. She is a natural at engaging with and influencing large audiences and brings three decades of unique expertise in recruiting, consulting, entrepreneurial endeavors, design & manufacturing. She’s a logistician, published author, film producer was an executive leader in the long-distance passenger rail industry in Australia.
Vanessa served 23 years with the Australian Defence Force with more than 19 years of service within Special Operations Command—validation for her unconventional and innovative nature. She is the spouse of a retired US Marine Corps Combat Veteran which fortifies her passion for Veteran & Military Spouse hiring and Veteran causes.
Vanessa loves the outdoors: global travel, kayaking, scuba diving, trail-running (more like walking lately!), Nordic skiing and snow shoeing, camping and abseiling. She completed her first Honolulu Marathon at age 49, her second at 50 and she ran a half marathon after arriving in Utah. She adores spending time with husband Bill and 10-year-old son Henry. If she gets time for herself, the creative in Vanessa loves interior design, painting, writing, brand-design, inventing and gardening.
The self-proclaimed LinkedIn Nerd is always ready to deliver career readiness, professional branding and LinkedIn training as her ‘give-back’ to her community. Vanessa is fascinated by people, graphology, Military history, & outer space—there is even a 2-mile crater on Mars named after her!
Dr. Angela Mastaloudis has more than 15 years in the dietary supplement industry where she has been involved in clinical and preclinical research as well as new product innovation.
Dr. Mastaloudis specializes in oxidative stress and antioxidant vitamins and plant phytochemicals. Her early academic research focused on topics relating to vitamins E and C and their effects on endurance exercise-induced oxidative stress. Her more recent work has focused on the effects of a variety of natural compounds on gene expression, induction of intrinsic antioxidant defenses, the microbiota and intestinal cell health. She has also focused a great deal of her research efforts on the identification of calorie restriction mimetics and other anti-aging approaches.
Dr. Mastaloudis has published extensively in journals such as Redox Biology, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise and Aging Cell, among others. She has had eight patent submissions, 4 of which have been issued so far.
Dr. Mastaloudis’ interest in the role of lifestyle, particularly nutrition and physical activity, on the promotion of healthspan for all individuals led to her pursuit of research into the mechanisms of these areas at the biochemical level. She earned her master’s degree in Human Nutrition Science and her Doctorate in Nutrition Biochemistry and Exercise Physiology from Oregon State University where she was a Linus Pauling Institute Graduate Fellow.
In addition to being passionate about science, Angela is an avid outdoor enthusiast. You will find her skiing in winter and hiking, mountain biking, and swimming in the summer most often with her giant dogs along for the fun. Angela also enjoys volunteering with her dog Greta and Intermountain Therapy Animals to promote early reading competency and enjoyment through the READ program.