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Youthlinc 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, Marketing, Sustainable Growth/Development, and Capital Campaign. 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.

Board President

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; UVU National Advisory Board, DMBA Private Equity Sub-Committee, Catholic Healthcare West Investment Committee, Westminster College Endowment Committee, Virginia Piper Foundation, and Healthcare Credit Union Board and Asset Liability Committee

Vice President

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.


Von Wallace

Von Wallace is from Fullerton, California, where he spent his youth racing motocross and enjoying the beach. He received an accounting degree from BYU and also a Masters in Tax from BYU. Von started his career in San Diego, California. After a few years, he and his wife Wendy moved back to Utah where Von worked for Deloitte & Touche. After 5 years in public accounting, Von accepted the Tax Manager position at First Security Bank. After 5 years with First Security Bank, he became the Tax Director of TenFold Corp, in Draper, Utah.

Von started Wallace Tax Services, LLC in 2001 and is the sole owner and employee through today. Wallace Tax Services offers corporate tax consulting to technology and consumer product companies. Von was introduced to Youthlinc through his daughter, Ashely, in the 2015-2016 service year. Von has served on the Board of the MS Society of Utah and has helped numerous start-up ventures. Von and Wendy Wallace have 4 children and live in Draper, Utah.


Colleen Connelly

Colleen Connelly is the Senior Nursing Director for Critical Care, AirMed, and the Emergency Department at University of Utah Health, supervising a team of over 800 employees.  Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Utah.

 After earning her bachelor’s degree, Colleen entered the Army, where she served four years active duty as an Army nurse and was honorably discharged after earning the rank of Captain.  Colleen has worked in several roles during her eighteen-year tenure at University of Utah Health and has served as Senior Nursing Director for the last 10 years.  During that time, Colleen has worked on a variety of senior-level hospital and healthcare projects, including several multi-million dollar construction projects, from the initial design to completion of construction.  Colleen also served as the senior administrator leading and negotiating a $50 million contract for University of Utah Health’s air ambulance service, AirMed, whose fleet includes six helicopters and two fixed-wing planes with bases in two states. 

 Colleen is an avid skier, on any given weekend in the winter you will find her on the ski slopes.   She loves the outdoors and the Pittsburgh Steelers the football team from her childhood home.  Colleen has developed a new love for travel over the last several years and her belief that people are just people everywhere you go and is reaffirmed with every trip.

Financial Chair

Nick Perry

Nick is a Relationship Manager and Vice President at Key Private Bank. As the quarterback of a team of highly credentialed financial specialists, Nick coordinates a disciplined planning process that assists his clients in growing, protecting and transitioning their wealth in a tax-efficient manner. As a CFA Chartholder and with over a decade of wealth management experience, Nick is dedicated to continually earning the right to be viewed as his clients’ trusted advisor.

Before joining Key Private Bank, Nick spent multiple years at JP Morgan and Goldman Sacks, where he was responsible for leading the investment dialogue with high net worth clients covering the broad global economic outlook and complex investment strategies, including hedge funds, private equity, structured investments, currencies, passive/active equity and fixed income. Nick has also served as the Managing Director of Cougar Capital, a multi-million dollar student-run Venture Capital Fund.

Nick received his BS degrees in Economics and Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude, a Masters in Business Administration from Brigham Young University and is a CFA Chartholder.

Nick lives in Salt Lake County with his loving wife and four children.

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.

Marta DeBellis

Marta has recently joined Youthlinc due to her desire to serve in an organization where she could give back in the local community but also foster her life-long interest in understanding people and cultures around the world.

Marta is currently Vice President of Global Enterprise Campaigns at Adobe and has 25 years’ experience in global strategic marketing and business development across technology, content, campaign and partner marketing. Her desire to travel and experience different cultures has led her to a range of senior marketing roles in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific region.

Most recently her family just returned from 2 years living in Sydney, Australia where Marta was VP of APAC Marketing for Adobe where she covered China, Korea, Southeast Asia, India and Australia.

Marta lives with her husband and three children in Park City and hopes her children choose to do a Youthlinc service year when they are in high school.

Mike Holmstrom, MD

Mike first became acquainted with Youthlinc when his oldest daughter went to Kenya in 2013. Since then, he has been able to be a mentor on two life-changing Youthlinc trips with his sons – both to Nepal – in 2015 and 2017. He is currently a mentor on a Fiji 2020 team, and is especially excited to be able to go on this trip with his wife, Kim, and his youngest daughter. Youthlinc has had a profound impact in Mike’s family. He has seen his children start clubs in college to do art with kids in hospitals as well as look for ways to serve others locally and beyond. The motto of “Creating Lifetime Humanitarians” works and he would love to be able to help Youthlinc continue to achieve this goal in other families.

Professionally, Mike is an orthopedic surgeon. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah. He continued his training as a Ute for medical school, his orthopedic residency, and fellowships in sports medicine and pediatric orthopedics. He currently practices at TOSH (The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital) where he specializes in knees, from simple scopes to ligament reconstructions and knee replacements. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at TOSH. Additionally, Mike was President-Elect and President of the Utah State Orthopedic Society from 2009 through 2018, spending hundreds of hours working on issues related to orthopedic care for Utahns.

Mike lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Kim, and whichever kids happen to be in Salt Lake City. He enjoys writing and performing music, wandering through mountains and the desert, boating with his family, skiing, and watching Utah football while eating pizza from the Pie.

Neil Hymas

Neil is extremely excited to be a part of the Board of Directors to help Youthlinc continue its incredible humanitarian momentum.  Youthlinc is very personal to Neil, as he has had multiple children join the Youthlinc effort throughout his 10 year association with Youthlinc. He has many acquaintances, friends and family who have been a part of the Youthlinc program.

Neil Hymas is an experienced Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a multi-channel retailer.  Neil has over 30 collective years of Finance & Accounting experience (12 years in service sector & 20 years in retail).  As Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, his responsibilities include Accounting, Cash Management, Retail Operations, Information Systems, Inventory Management, Customer Fulfillment and Human Resources.  Before Sundance, he held multiple Finance & Accounting Management positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah & The Regence Group from 1986 – 1999.

Neil is a proven leader of people and a builder of strong teams and practiced in multiple facets of the organization.  Neil graduated with a BS in Finance from the University of Utah and a Masters of Business Administration from Utah State University.

Neil and his wife Jen live in South Jordan with three children remaining at home.  One will be joining the Fiji team this year in June.

Emilie Lefler

Emilie is the president of Untidy Artist where she promotes, and sells products online. Her experience in online marketing has helped her to develop and create several brands. She hopes to be able to use some of this experience to build awareness of Youthlinc.

After seeing the radical positive change in her two daughters, who served locally and in Trat Thailand two years ago, she wanted to get more involved. Last year she and her husband and her two daughters traveled to Nepal to help and serve the people of that area. She enjoyed and found so much value in the experience that she looked for more opportunities to serve. Emilie is excited to be a part of the Youthlinc board and is looking forward to her next trip to Kenya in 2019. She’ll be attending with her son Zach.

Emilie received an Art History and English degree from the University of Utah and is looking towards graduate school as soon as her crazy kids get out of her hair.

Paul Matthews

Paul attended the University of Utah graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Finance. He also attended the law school at the University of Utah and subsequent thereto began his legal career clerking at the Utah Supreme Court for Justice J. Alan Crockett. He practice criminal law prosecuting for the Salt Lake County Attorneys Office and subsequently was in house legal advisor for the Quad State Narcotics Task Force. He began practicing civil the law with Hanson Russon and Dunn and then with the law firm of Kirton and McConkie. Paul is an AV rated lawyer. He tried a total of 37 criminal jury trials and 75 civil jury trials as first chair attorney. In 2002 he began working in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He currently has arbitrated and mediated over 3,500 cases. He has authored numerous articles and legislation and has been a featured speaker in hundreds of presentation on civil law and ADR.

LeeAnn Meads

LeeAnn was born in Moscow, Idaho but raised in the East Millcreek area.  She graduated from the University of Utah College of Nursing and has worked at what is now Salt Lake Regional, U of U Medical Center, Primary Children’s, and Joint Commission. LeeAnn helped her husband, Garner, an ENT, run a clinic in Tooele for the first seven years of his practice.

 LeeAnn and Garner are the parents of six children and now have 13 grandchildren.  All but one of the families lives in the Wasatch front area.  They enjoy going to as many of their performances and sporting events as possible.  They also enjoy one on one time when they get to visit other family in Michigan.

 LeeAnn has worked in various church leadership positions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She has volunteered at the Institute of Religion at the U of U, Family History Center and with the Young Women’s Resource Room.

 LeeAnn has been a mentor on two Youthlinc Service Year trips.  Her first was to Cambodia.  Her daughter, Rebekah, invited her to join her when she was asked to be the Assistant Team Leader (ATL) under Paul and Kim Stringham.  Her second trip was to Madagascar where she did amazing projects developing a sewing co-op and establishing partnership there.  With all her family’s involvement, she has come to appreciate Youthlinc, the many awesome youth, and all the different programs improving the lives of individuals in Utah and around the world.

Selena Young

Selena has always believed in “giving back” and has spent many years volunteering and donating to various causes within the community. Selena works at University of Utah Health as a Senior Nursing Director for Ambulatory Nursing and Outpatient Surgery. She has a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Utah, and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Western Governor University.

Selena, and husband Cody, live is Salt Lake City with their two boys who are participating in this summer’s Youthlinc trip to Madagascar. She enjoys the outdoors, cooking Mexican food, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Youthlinc founder

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.

Alan Anderson

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.

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