STEM Action Center
Vance’s responsibilities also include a 500,000 sqft data center and other operations in North Carolina, as well as close coordination with other “Centers of Excellence” around the globe.
Vance has been with EMC since 2007, when EMC acquired Mozy. As the COO of Mozy, Vance helped drive triple-digit revenue growth and a significant transformation of their cloud operations, security and customer service functions.
Prior to Mozy Vance worked at several other high-tech firms, including 10 years at Oracle in Silicon Valley, WordPerfect, Novell and several start-ups. In addition to technology, Vance is passionate about his family, the outdoors and helping improve the world through healthcare and education. Vance currently serves on boards for several local organizations, including the Utah Technology Council, Women Tech Council, Intermountain Healthcare, Utah Valley University, and University of Utah. Vance was appointed by Governor Herbert to serve on his Economic Development Coordinating Council and the Technology Initiative Advisory Board. Vance has served on several other boards, including holding an elected position on the Provo School District Board of Education. Vance has an MBA from Brigham Young University.
Before accepting the position as executive director, Hale served for two years as president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, leading efforts in business community issues— including regional economic development and branding initiatives.
Prior to serving in the chamber, Hale was vice president (2010-2012) for university relations at Utah Valley University (UVU), overseeing legislative affairs, marketing and public, media and community relations. From 2006-2010, Hale worked as advancement vice president at the university, responsible for fund raising and all university external activities. During this time, Hale played a key role in transitioning Utah Valley State College into Utah Valley University. Hale started at UVU as the assistant vice president for external affairs (2005-2006), where he served as legislative liaison and oversaw community relations and economic development activities.
Before his career at UVU, Hale began working for the Brigham Young University (BYU) Athletic Department in 1982 and continued with the department for 22 years. He started as promotions and publications coordinator, working his way up in the department until his promotion to athletic director in 1999. Hale left a cherished legacy of athletic department improvements. His success in fundraising resulted in the construction of Miller Park, the Student Athlete Building, the Indoor Practice Facility and the Legacy Seats in the LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Dr. Dickson has represented Utah on national committees, task forces, and Boards through the years, including serving on the Board of Trustees for Learning Forward. Most recently Sydnee served on the national CCSSO writing committees for the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and the refresh of the ISLLC standards for preparing school leaders. Her professional expertise centers on results-based professional learning and her passion is focused on ensuring that all students have access to high quality instruction every day in order to prepare them for their future.
Honors include “Governor’s Medal of Science and Technology,” “CEO of the Year” from Utah’s technology industry and the “Distinguished Service Award” from the UofU College of Engineering. Named one of the “100 Most Influential People” in Utah (Utah Business), Mr. Nelson served as the first chairman and CEO of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA, 2007-2009) representing 20,000 technology-related companies. He currently serves on two national innovation boards along with the Utah Fund of Funds board, Governor’s Commission on Education Excellence and others. He has an MBA from Northwestern University, BS degree from BYU, and served on the Reagan for President national staff.
Jon has over 20 years experience with Workforce Services. Prior to serving as the executive director, he was the deputy director, eligibility services division director and led the department’s largest service area. In these roles, he has helped Workforce Services lead the state in cost savings and efficiencies through the creation of an agency-wide throughput operating strategy. Under Jon’s direction, the department has saved over $33 million because of a commitment to efficiency and effectiveness in state government.
Workforce Services is the state agency responsible for assisting some of the most vulnerable citizens in Utah. Currently, Jon is leading the department in several statewide initiatives to end homelessness, break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and serve Utah’s refugee community. These initiatives not only impact the quality of life for these citizens, but also affect the state’s economy. Because of this, Jon works closely with other civic leaders and state department directors to ensure these initiatives are moving forward in a direction that best serve the people of Utah.
Jon is a graduate of the University of Utah and is respected for his focus and strategic approach to public service. He has received accolades for implementing change, leading key initiatives, establishing creative strategies for optimizing internal operations and creating positive employee morale.
A lifelong resident of Utah, Jon is the son of former Provo Captain of Police, George Pierpont. He is an avid participant in many sporting activities and can often be found running with his dog, Brutus. Jon lives in Sandy, Utah, with his wife and son.
Prior to her service on the State Board of Education, Tami served eight years on the Logan City Council and seven years on the Logan Schools Foundation board of directors. She previously had spent seven years as the Foundation’s Executive Director. She also enjoyed her recent work as a Program Specialist for the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education.
For 22 years, Tami was active in her children’s education serving as a PTA volunteer, PTA president, school Site-Based Committee member, school Community Council member, and classroom volunteer. She also served on numerous community boards including Bear River Mental Health, Logan Regional Hospital Ethics Board, Cache County Emergency Medical Services, and the Cache Community Health Care Foundation. She and her husband, Aaron, are the parents of five children and two grandchildren. They enjoy singing and performing with their family throughout Cache Valley.
Prior to his work with the Aerospace Division, he was the Director of Technology at ATK’s Independence, Missouri Defense Ammunition operations, the primary manufacturing of small caliber munitions for the US Army. He also managed Engineering and Technologies organizations for ATK’s Rocket Motor plants in Magna and Promontory, Utah.
Bert received his PhD in Physics from the University of Utah in 1988, researching solid state physics of advanced semi-conductor materials.
Kathleen and her husband reside in Cottonwood Heights with their two children. They enjoy skiing, river rafting, hiking, biking and going on road trips.
Gene earned an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Columbia University and a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.