Disability Law Center (DLC) is governed by an elected Board of Trustees (“Board”) that supervises the Executive Director, maintains fiduciary responsibility for the successful functioning of the agency, and has ultimate responsibility in setting agency policies and priorities. The Board includes representatives from the PAIMI Advisory Council, Utah Developmental Disabilities Council (UDDC), and Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD).
The sincere dedication and devotion of our Board members has helped improve our disability advocacy services and expand the presence of our agency. On behalf of our agency and the many Utahns with disabilities, DLC publicly thanks all Board members, both past and present, for their many contributions and commitments.
|Juliette P. White
Shareholder, Parsons Behle & Latimer
Juliette specializes in intellectual property litigation, trademark and copyright law, and antitrust and unfair competition law. Juliette received a law degree from the University of North Carolina – School of Law, a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University and several undergraduate degrees from the University of Utah. Juliette’s experience as a parent of a child with autism has motivated her to help people with disabilities live full and satisfying lives as integrated members of our community.
VP & General Counsel, Mountain America Credit Union
Anthony is Corporate Counsel for Mountain America Credit Union (MACU) in West Jordan, Utah. Prior to working with Mountain America, Anthony was Legal Counsel for 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. located in Draper, Utah. Anthony is passionate about supporting and defending the rights of individuals with disabilities and feels grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Board of the DLC.
Certified Public Accountant
Jan Brock is a CPA, MBA, and has previously worked for the Disability Law Center as an advocate in their Abuse and Neglect Division. Jan has professional experience as a Congressional Auditor with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in private accounting, as a business owner, and with the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. Jan has served on numerous boards including SPLORE of Utah, the Utah Children’s Theatre, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Utah, and the Madeleine Choir School to name a few. She recently served as President of the ELP-IB Parent Organization for West High School. Jan is also involved in Utah legislation that supports people with disabilities as a member of the Utah League of Women Voters and as a member of the Legislative State Women’s Council for Utah. She has personal experience with people living with a disability and she is a strong advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in the state of Utah.
Immediate Past President
Associate General Counsel, Vivint Solar
Jared is an in-house attorney responsible for litigation and government enforcement actions for Vivint Solar in Lehi, Utah. Before going in-house, Jared was a partner in the Salt Lake City office of Snell & Wilmer, where he concentrated his practice in commercial litigation. Jared has had several family members and friends who have lived with physical disabilities, mental illness, and learning disabilities. He appreciates the services which the DLC provides to members of the community.
General Counsel, Leavitt Group Enterprises
Mike is oversees all legal, regulatory, and compliance issues throughout Leavitt Group Enterprises. Prior to working with Leavitt Group, Mike practiced law in Salt Lake City and Cedar City, engaging in general practice with an emphasis on commercial litigation. Mike also served as the managing attorney of the Cedar City office of the DLC. Through his experience working with the DLC, Mike has gained an understanding and appreciation of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities, as well as an interest in helping those individuals understand and exercise their legal rights.
DSPD/Community Program Specialist
Elsie is a member of the Navajo Nation and currently lives in Southern Utah. She has five children and her youngest son is diagnosed with Threatcher’s Collins Syndrome. Elsie started her advocacy when her youngest son was five-years-old. As a parent, she had to train and educate herself on how to raise a child with a disability. She took parent training at the Utah Parent Center (UPC) and attended group meetings with other parents in the community. Elsie currently serves as a DSPD/Community Specialist and UDDC/Community Organizer and also on the Navajo Nation Advisory Council on Disability and the San Juan School District School Board.
Through Janet’s volunteer work over the years with children, seniors, and the visually impaired, she has come to understand some of the challenges of individuals having a physical or mental disability. She is proud to join the DLC as a Trustee because of the countless services it provides to people who are disadvantaged and the tireless work its staff does to raise awareness and foster acceptance in the community of people with disabilities. Janet worked as an environmental scientist for the mining industry for over 20 years supporting projects and clients in the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Peru and Chile. She loves keeping active by biking, skiing, and hiking with family and friends.
James moved to Park City in 2005 where he continues his lifelong participation in Special Olympics as well as activities with the National Ability Center (NAC) in Park City. James likes to snowboard, ski, water ski, rock climb and has an ongoing passion for horseback riding. He also volunteers with the National Ability Center (NAC). Currently, James works at Burger King in Park City and is active in his community. Family is a priority for James and he enjoys visiting relatives all over the world, including New York City, New Mexico and Scotland.
SBA Business Sales Office, Key Bank
Jessica has a strong background in leadership, finance, and process improvement. Currently she is the SBA Business Sales Officer at KeyBank. Jessica has a passion and a soft spot for individuals with disabilities as she has a sister with disabilities. One of her favorite experiences was learning to be a running guide for a friend who was visually impaired and help that friend complete their first race. Jessica is grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of Disability Law Center.
Attorney, Ray Quinney & Nebeker
Joshua currently works as an attorney with Ray Quinney & Nebeker. Prior to law school, Joshua studied agricultural science and conducted research on the biology, ecology, and genetics of invasive plant species.
Complaint Governance Manager, American Express
Kevin Brown is currently the Complaint Governance Manager with American Express (AMEX). Prior to joining AMEX, Kevin worked as a business and commercial banker for many years, frequently working with non-profit organizations. Kevin is inspired by a close family member who has a physical disability which does not limit or define them. He enjoys working with the DLC to provide equal opportunities for others. Kevin and his wife, Kimberly, have 3 children and enjoy spending time as a family.
Progam Manager, Utah Developmental Disabilities Council (UDDC)
Libby holds a Master in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and has worked to remove barriers and grow self-advocacy for Utahns with disabilities. Libby started her career as a Special Education Substitute Teacher in Southern Nevada with the Clark County School District while attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in pursuit of a degree in Recreation. Upon graduating, Libby worked for the Henderson City Therapeutic Recreation program, providing adaptive recreation programming for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After working for several years as a job coach in Utah, Libby is now a Program Manager with the UDDC.
PAIMI Advisory Council (PAC) Chair
Lopeti Penima’ani has been a civil rights advocate (and sometimes activist) for over 30 years, advocating for equality for persons with disabilities; both physical and psychological, which he has lived with most of his life. Over the past two decades, he has served on many boards and committees representing the Disabled community, where he has developed a leadership skill with a special ability of bringing people together to accomplish what is needed.
Lurena Mead graduated from the University of Utah with a teaching degree in special education and taught at East High School in Salt Lake City for three years before relocating to Kansas. Once there, she served as the Community Relations Manager of Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS), an agency of the Johnson County Kansas government which coordinated and provided services to folks with developmental disabilities. In this role, Lurena served as a media and legislative liaison, advocating for the protection and advancement of people with disabilities and their providers. Lurena retired from JCDS in May 2016 after an incredible 29 years of service.
Executive Director, Center for Persons with Disabilities
Matthew Wappett is the Executive Director of the Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities (UCEDD). Dr. Wappett’s background is in special education and disability studies; most of his research has been focused on creating inclusive environments to accommodate the needs of diverse populations. Dr. Wappett has also been involved in many projects related to Medicaid self-direction, self-advocacy, and person centered planning for people with disabilities and their families. Dr. Wappett also conducts research and training about the effects of laughter and genuinely enjoys teaching people how to laugh! Dr. Wappett has earned his Ph.D. in Special Education, an M.Ed. in Educational Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.