Our Board

Our Board

The Youthlinc Governing Board is an integral part of our effective operation as a non-profit organization serving our community, meeting our mission of creating lifetime humanitarians, with a deep responsibility to our donors.

Board members are elected annually at the beginning of our Fiscal Year, and serve three year terms on three core committees: Executive, Audit & Compensation, and Development & Fundraising. Our Board members are our financial watchdogs, our ambassadors to the community, and some of our greatest supporters. We expect our Board members to understand our programs and work to improve them through their participation, donations, and committee work. We are incredibly grateful for their efforts.

Alan Andersen

Alan Andersen serves as legal counsel to the Youthlinc organization on a pro bono basis, for which we are very grateful. Alan concentrates his practice on employee benefit plans and federal income taxation.

Alan has substantial involvement with all aspects of United States federal income tax law, including taxation of corporate mergers and acquisitions,spin-offs and split-offs and other tax free reorganizations, partnerships, LLCs, executive stock options, and other compensation arrangements.

Alan received a B.S, Masters of Accountancy, and Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has participated in the Bar-sponsored Focus Group for the revision of Utah’s Limited Liability Company Act.

Dave Baugh

Dave grew up on a cattle ranch in northern Utah and still looks for opportunities to put on his cowboy boots and hat and get back to his roots. He graduated from Utah State University with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Accountancy degrees and is a Certified Public Accountant. His professional background includes service to a variety of public and private companies in many industries including the following: construction, distribution, not-for-profit, software development, mining, medical devices, manufacturing, oil and gas, and municipalities/counties. Dave has extensive experience with ERISA and Department of Labor rules and regulations. In addition to over 13 years of public accounting experience, Dave has almost 6 years hands-on experience serving as controller and treasurer of private corporations.

Dave is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Associate of Certified Public Accountants (UACPA). His served as the past president of the Northern Utah Chapter of the UACPA; is a graduate of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy; and has been a member of the Ogden Rotary Club and the Utah State University School of Accountancy Advisory Board.

Dave served as a voluntary mentor with Youthlinc’s trip to Peru during the summer of 2007 along with his daughter Madison and served a two-year voluntary church mission in Ecuador. Dave and his wife Linda are the parents of four children and live in Bountiful. Dave enjoys backpacking, camping and Dutch oven cooking.

Troy Bengtzen

Troy is a founder and Vice President of Business Development for a global supplier of highly engineered industrial equipment. This group of companies serves customers in over 50 countries from its operations based in North America, Europe, and India.

Troy and three of his children have participated in Youthlinc service trips since 2011. The amazing experiences they have had in Cambodia, Kenya, and Madagascar have profoundly shaped each of them in unique ways and have created a further desire to serve.

Troy and his wife Keri are the grateful parents of four children. Their family motto, “Every Day is a Gift”, motivates them to make the most of each and every moment.

Troy holds a BA and MBA from the University of Utah, and has served as a Board Member of its Alumni Association.

David Buhler

Utah Commissioner of Higher Education David L. Buhler, PhD was appointed in 2012 by the Board of Regents and previously served 12 years as Associate Commissioner for Public Affairs.

His civic involvement includes twelve years as an elected official, including two terms as a member of the Salt Lake City Council and one term as a Utah State Senator.

A native of Salt Lake City, Commissioner Buhler is married to the former Lori Goaslind, and they are the parents of five children, two of whom are Youthlinc alums.

David Bywater

David graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Economics and from Harvard Business School with a Master’s in Business Administration.  He spent his early career with Bain & Company and then ten years as a senior executive running various businesses for Xerox.  David is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Vivint, a Blackstone-owned company.   Prior to joining the Board at Youthlinc, David was a Board member with Ouelessebougou-Alliance for five years which does extensive humanitarian work in Mali, Africa.  He currently serves on the National Advisory Council at BYU.

David’s passion for Youthlinc is rooted in his commitment to help youth develop a love for service and cultures across the globe.  Over the years, he has traveled to, done service work in and/or worked professionally in almost 50 countries with a heavy emphasis on developing economies.  His oldest daughter participated in a Youthlinc 2012 Service Year to Vietnam and his second daughter did service work with him in Nepal in 2013.  David speaks Khmer and has lived in Asia and Europe.  He currently resides in Holladay, Utah.

David is married to Stephanie Peterson and they are the parents to five wonderful children

Mike Draper

Mike Draper is a Utah native. He wife Karen is mother to their 4 children. In his spare time from trying to be an actively involved father, he is an associate professor at the University of Utah in the Maternal Fetal Medicine division in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has served as the Residency Program Director for over a decade, and was the assistant Residency Program Director prior to that. He is relinquishing that position to be able to spend more time in other pursuits, including a more active participation in Youthlinc.

He has done Humanitarian work in several different countries (Armenia, France, Swaziland, Morocco, Kenya, and the DR Congo) and has served as Vice-President of the Board of One Heart WorldWide for almost 10 years. He has had 3 of his children participate in Youthlinc, and is excited about this organization and this new opportunity to serve this youth-building group.

Mark Erickson

Mark Erickson is a certified public accountant and a partner with the accounting firm, Tanner LLC.  He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in accounting from Utah State University and remains an avid fan and supporter of USU.  Mark currently serves on the USU Huntsman School of Business National Advisory Board.

Mark and Jennifer have always believed in giving back to show gratitude.  After sponsoring Youthlinc participants for several years, Mark was able to join the Guatemala team in 2012 as a Mentor – a truly amazing experience.  Additionally, Mark and Jennifer recently established the Mark and Jennifer Erickson Endowment for the School of Accountancy that will provide scholarships for USU students each year.

Mark loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker.  He is also very dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America, donating many hours of service each year as both a Scout leader and as a trainer of both adult and youth scout leaders.  Mark is the father of six children and resides in Layton, Utah.

Jeremy Michel

Jeremy was born and raised in Salt lake City, Utah. Through his grandparents who were poor immigrants from Germany, he learned firsthand how honesty and hard work can bring great prosperity. Jeremy graduated from Utah Valley University Bachelor in Business Management, with an entrepreneurship emphasis. Jeremy has a career in property management and real estate. In 2010, Jeremy and his brother started  M & M Properties.

After serving an LDS mission to the Philippines, Jeremy saw poverty first hand. Going back several times to try to help, he looked for organizations that had more time and resources to invest in projects. He became involved in PMDF, a Filipino Microcredit organization, where he administered several small loans, as well as a goat project venture.

Jeremy’s involvement in Youthlinc stemmed from his parents who are long-time Youthlinc donors. In 2007, he participated in his first Youthlinc trip to Mexico. Recently, Jeremy and his new wife participated as mentors on the Youthlinc 2014 Thailand June team. Together, they enjoyed the adventure and fulfillment of local and international service.

Jacque Millard

Jacque Millard is Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Intermountain Healthcare.  Ms. Millard received her B.S. in Finance from Weber State University and her MBA from Westminster College.  She earned her Certified Cash Manager certification in 1994 and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1999.

Ms. Millard joined Intermountain in 1993 and is currently responsible for investment portfolio management, oversight of external investment managers, all employee savings and pension investments as well as cash management for all Intermountain entities.  Prior to joining Intermountain Healthcare, Ms. Millard worked for Workers Compensation Fund and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Utah where she was responsible for Treasury and Investment Management functions.  Ms. Millard has served on a variety of boards, including; Catholic Healthcare West Investment Committee, Westminster College Endowment Committee, Virginia Piper Foundation, Healthcare Credit Union Board and Asset Liability Committee, and US Bank and Key Bank Advisory Committees.

Cecilee Price-Huish

Cecilee Price-Huish is a long time advocate of developing young humanitarians – starting with her own five children. A few years ago, her family visited Soweto, South Africa, and in anticipation, her then young children hosted a concert to raise money for sports equipment for schools in Soweto. Since then, she and her family have been extensively involved with multiple humanitarian and medical projects benefiting people in Haiti and Honduras, and locally for the Road Home Homeless Shelter. Two of her children have participated on four Youthlinc international service trips to Cambodia, Peru, Nepal and Kenya, respectively. Cecilee is a graduate of Southern Methodist University School of Law and has worked as a real estate attorney as well as a Pro Bono attorney for victims of domestic abuse. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Lakeview Hospital, multiple PTA Boards and is a choir and musical theater director at her children’s school.

Tomoko Schlag

Tomoko was introduced to Youthlinc by her daughter who joined the Thailand team in 2012. The service year concept resonated with her and she has stayed involved in supporting Youthlinc ever since. Born and raised in Asia, philanthropy and intercultural understanding have been a way of life modeled by her parents.

While attending college in Japan, she spent her junior year abroad at UCLA. During that time she first drove through Utah on a cross country road trip from California to Washington DC. She received her BA in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Chicago prior to pursuing a career in international finance in New York City.

Tomoko moved to Park City in 2005 with her two sons and daughter who were competitive skiers. Volunteering was a natural way to engage in the new community and she continues to serve to reciprocate her gratitude for a fortunate life. Her volunteer experiences include Secretary of the Park City Sunrise Rotary Club, past Board member of The Hope Alliance, National Ability Center, Women’s Giving Fund, and various roles for her children’s schools and activities. She has done humanitarian work in India, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, the Navajo communities in southern Utah as well as refugee communities in Salt Lake City and Logan, Utah

An avid traveler, her adventures have taken her to the 7 continents and she also likes to ski, hike and fly fish. She is very excited to work with the Youthlinc organization!

Conrad Smith

Conrad was born and raised in Provo, Utah.  He graduated from BYU with a degree in Biochemistry and later with an MBA.  He has lived and worked in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Utah.  After 15 years leading programs and teams in Procurement, IT and HR at Intel Corporation, he moved to Adobe Systems where he now leads the Global Procurement team.  Conrad’s passion for service and international travel started early during a two year family adventure living in Kuwait where he fell in love with Middle East, African and European people and cultures.  “It’s amazing that wherever you go, people are kind hearted and want to help each other. There are few exceptions to the truth that human goodness is universal!”

Conrad’s daughter Brooke, discovered Youthlinc and introduced him to the organization during the 2014-15 Service Year.  They traveled and served together in Nepal during July 2015 where the team experienced his dedication to service, hard work, kind heart, and extreme playfulness.  That experience cemented his desire to support the Youthlinc mission with Utah’s youth, and kids and families around the world. “We should begin to measure success by how much we can give rather than how much we can gather.”

He is married to the beautiful Bev Smith, and they have 4 children.  He loves all of Utah’s outdoor adventures, distance cycling, and running.

Paul Smoot

Paul grew up in San Diego, CA and moved to Utah in 1990 to attend the University of Utah.  A lifelong entrepreneur, he is the founder of several companies in Utah and Colorado which include Modernized Media, Offer Space and Evergreen Surgical.  Paul credits great business partners for his ability to actively participate in each of these organizations while also spending time serving organizations like Youthlinc.

Paul’s oldest daughter Alyssa introduced him to Youthlinc when she participated in the 2013 service year in Kenya.  Her first service year impacted the entire family…a pattern her younger brothers Spencer and Andrew have followed.  In 2016, all 3 participated in the July Thailand as both alum leaders and a first time student.

Paul and his wife Leslie live in Midway where they enjoy the pace of small town life and participate in the many outdoor activities found close by.

Margareta Vlasic

Margareta and her family have been part of Youthlinc since 2006. They have sponsored a student every year since then. Both her daughters have been part of the Service Year. One daughter was an Assistant Team Leader and the other was our Utah Young Humanitarian in 2010. In 2015, Margareta served as a mentor on a Nepal Service Year team. Margareta has been our Auction Chair for the Benefit (maybe the hardest job) for several years. She has been a Young Humanitarian Award application judge every year since 2011.

She has traveled widely to do service related to her field of architecture since she was a college student. She is also Millcreek Rotary Club Community Service Chair, organizing the refugee family mentoring initiative. Her family has been involved in refugee family mentoring.

Margareta grew up in Sweden but has lived here in Utah since her daughters were little. She is the 2015 Youthlinc Lifetime Humanitarian Award recipient! She is a great Board member, as she is so familiar with Youthlinc and knows our staff and many of our key volunteers so well.

Judy Zone

Judy Zone has worked with youth all her life, as a secondary and college educator. She founded Youthlinc in 1999, and served as Executive Director for 17 years.

Judy has a double major undergraduate degree in English and Journalism from Boston University, M.Ed. from the U of U, and is ABD (all but dissertation) for a PhD in Education. As a classroom educator, she founded the Reading and Writing Center at Judge Memorial High School, where students with learning disabilities were tutored by classmates in these skills and study skills. At the University of Utah College of Education, she taught pre-service teachers for four years. As a teacher at Murray High School, she led the school newspaper to national awards four years in row. Judy has also worked, early in her career, in television news and production, communication, and media promotion.

Judy is married to Dr. John Zone, chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Utah. They have three grown children, the youngest of whom was instrumental in developing the Youthlinc concept of bringing students to both local and international service. Her grandchildren rival Youthlinc as the greatest joy of her life.