The Westminster University board of trustees is comprised of a group of well-respected, dedicated, and dynamic community leaders. Our board members are volunteers who contribute their time, expertise, and financial resources to promote the continued success of Westminster University.

The board is entrusted with the fiduciary responsibility for the university. In fact, the board is responsible for helping the president and the senior leadership of the university develop, clarify, and fulfill Westminster University's mission and vision. They played an important role in the strategic planning process and provide leadership, accountability, and support.

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Meet the Board

     

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    Chair Preston Chiaro


    Retired Executive for Technology & Innovation, Rio Tinto

     

    Preston Chiaro joined the Westminster Board of Trustees in 2011. Mr. Chiaro holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Upon graduation he worked for environmental engineering consulting firms on projects across the US. He concluded his career with nearly 25 years at Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining companies, where he was responsible for environmental cleanup efforts, but also managed mines and refineries in Argentina, Australia, France, Spain, Namibia, South Africa, and the US. 


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    Vice Chair Amy Wadsworth


    Retired Chief Administrative Officer and Founder, Salt Lake Arts Academy


    Amy Wadsworth is the retired Chief Administrative Officer and founder of the Salt Lake Arts Academy, one of the first 12 public charter schools in Utah.


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    Kim T Adamson


    U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer-5 (Retired) Utah Senior Justice Court Judge


    Kim Adamson received her bachelor's degree from Westminster College in 1979, and served on the alumni board from 2001 to 2004.


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    Kim Cordova


    Attorney


    Kim is a Westminster University alumna (’95, bachelor of science) and received her Law Juris Doctor from the University of Utah College of Law in 2001.


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    Nancy Tondre DeFord


    Vice President DeFord Ltd


    Nancy DeFord is a retired school district superintendent and high school principal and past president of ASCD, a nonprofit organization focused on research and training in teaching, learning, and leadership.


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    Raymond J. Etcheverry


    Attorney


    Ray is the President/Director of the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation and past chair of the board of directors and CEO of Parsons Behle & Latimer.


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    Bing L. Fang


    Retired President, AMT Labs, Inc.


    Mr. Fang joined the Westminster Board of Trustees in January, 2006.


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    Thomas Fey


    President and CEO, Blinkers USA, Inc.


    Thomas Fey has served on the Westminster University Board of Trustees since 2004.


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    Danny Giovale


     3rd Gen Westminster Alumni and Outdoor Industry Entrepreneur 


    Danny Giovale joined the board of Trustees in Fall of 2019. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Westminster (class of 1994), minored in Philosophy, and played in Westminster’s jazz band during his time here.


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    Terry L. Grant


    Retired Banking President


    With over 30 years of banking experience, Terry Grant is the former President for KeyBank Utah.


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    Keri Hale


    Director of Charitable Giving


    Keri is a Westminster University alumna (’16, bachelor of arts) and recently completed an MBA at Western Governors University.


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    Thomas R. Kroesche


    Partner, Kroesche Schindler LLP


    Thomas R. Kroesche is a Partner at the law firm of Kroesche Schindler LLP.


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    Adam Mangone


     


  • Jerilyn McIntyre Headshot

    Jerilyn McIntyre


    Author


    Jerilyn McIntyre is president emerita of Central Washington University and also holds emerita status as interim president, vice president for academic affairs, and professor of communication at the University of Utah.


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    Muffy Mead-Ferro


    CEO and Founder, Nush Foods


    Muffy Mead-Ferro is the author of the western memoir Its Head Came Off by Accident, which according to Publisher's Weekly, "beautifully chronicles the colorful history of her family and the land."


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    Pete Michell


    Financial VP, Saint Mary’s College of California


    Peter A. Michell retired as Vice President for Finance at Saint Mary’s College of California in August 2016 after serving for over 13 years.


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  • O. Wood Moyle IV Headshot

    O. Wood Moyle


    Trustee, R. Harold Burton Foundation


    Wood received his MBA from Westminster College in 2006.  He joined the Westminster Board of Trustees in 2009 and has held positions as the Advancement committee Chair, PIN chair, and Governance Committee Chair.


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    L. Jackson Newell


    Author


    An Ohio native, L. Jackson "Jack" Newell attended Deep Springs College in California, earned an M.A. degree in history at Duke University, and a PhD in the history and philosophy of universities at Ohio State University.


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    Shawn Newell


    Retired Vice President of Business Development, Industrial Supply Company


    Shawn Newell is the retired Vice President of Business Development at Industrial Supply Company where he worked for 37 years.


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  • William Orchow

    William Orchow


    Retired President and CEO, Kennecott Minerals


    Mr. Orchow has served on the Westminster University Board of Trustees since 1997.


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  • Rev, Catheine Putnam-Netto Headshot

    Rev. Catherine Putnam-Netto


    Pastoral Associate, Wasatch Presbyterian Church

     

    Rev. Catherine Putnam-Netto is retired clergy currently ministering to Presbyterian (PCUSA) congregations in Utah. In addition to providing the Board of Trustees with a link to Westminster University’s Presbyterian roots, she brings experience on many Salt Lake area non-profit Boards and Committees. 


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    Robert Rendon


    Sr. Vice President and Community Director, Zions Bank


    Robert Rendon is the Senior-Vice President and Community Development Director for Zions Bank.


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    Sidni Shorter


    President and CEO, Utah Black Chamber of Commerce


    Sidni L. Shorter, PsyD, is President and CEO of the Utah Black Chamber of Commerce, an entrepreneur, and a fierce advocate and partitioner of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).


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    Engels Tejeda


    Trial Attorney, Holland & Hart


    Engels Tejeda is a trial attorney at Holland & Hart in Salt Lake City.


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Board of Trustees Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Board of Trustees is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion among our trustees, student body, staff, faculty, advisory boards, and others. We recognize that diversity of thought strengthens Westminster University and can only be fully realized when the composition and operation of the Board are collaborative, respectful of differences in perspectives, backgrounds, and lived experiences, and is grounded in a culture of imagination and innovation.