Board of Trustees 2021- 2022
Executive Committee

Board Chair

Ryan Nelson

Avalon Health Care Management

 

Past Chair

Mike Willhard

WCF

 

Columbus CEO

Kristy Chambers

Columbus Community Center

At Large

Dr. Patricia Aguayo

Neurobehavior HOME Program

 

Vice Chair

Jill Flygare

Utah Inland Port Authority

Treasurer

Randy Atkin

Colliers

 

Secretary

Margarita Angelo

Salt Lake County

Columbus Board Members

Dr. Patricia Aguayo

Neurobehavior HOME Program

Patricia Aguayo, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor (Clinical) at the University of Utah, earned her medical degree at Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City, Mexico and a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. She completed her Psychiatry residency at New York Medical College, where she served as chief resident and then went on to pursue a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT.  While in Connecticut, she worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings focusing her practice on patients with Autism with challenging behaviors. She is the parent of a 20 year old with Autism, who has inspired her passion to work with people with disabilities.

Her interests include Autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities, and advocacy for children, young adults, and their families. Since November 2018, she has served as Medical Director of the University Neuropsychiatric Institute’s Neurobehavior HOME and Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinics.

She provides psychiatric care to patients with Autism and related disabilities. She hopes to develop innovative programs and supports that can improve the quality of life of those living with disabilities.

Margarita Angelo

Salt Lake County Human Resources

Margarita is an ambitious recruiter and relationship builder for Salt Lake County Human Resources. Prior to that, Margarita worked for Zions First National Bank where she managed the military internship program, the summer internship program, university relations and community outreach for Zions. Before Zions, Margarita spent 17 years working for a small catheter manufacturing company  and was responsible for a variety of roles starting in international sales and marketing but eventually acquiring all the responsibilities in the human resources department, including recruiting, payroll, benefits, employee relations, employee engagement and total well-being programs.

Margarita stays active in the community, serving on steering committees for several community organizations including Utah Diversity Connections, Tooele Applied Technology College, Salt Lake Community College, and Division of Workforce Services. She is bilingual in English and Spanish loves the opportunity to use her first language by helping out in various community events.

Randy Atkin

Colliers International/ Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors

Randy obtained his real estate license through Obrien Real Estate in 1985. He currently serves as the Vice President, Industrial Properties at Colliers International/ Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors. Prior to that Randy was the Director of Commercial real estate sales and leasing with Cushman Wakefield Commerce Real Estate solutions. Randy has also served as the Vice President of CBRE.

In his spare time, Randy volunteers his time with local organizations. His volunteer time includes Fourth Street Clinic Corporate Advisory Board, Great Salt Lake Yacht Club Board of Directors, Utah CCIM Chapter Board of Directors, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors as the Board President.

Kristy Chambers

Columbus Community Center

Kristy Chambers serves as the CEO of Columbus Community Center and is the former CEO of The Fourth Street Clinic. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her career to the nonprofit, social services sector developing programs and overseeing large building projects.  A certified public accountant, Kristy’s professional background includes public accounting and top-level management positions in healthcare, real estate, retail, and hospitality.  She has served on several local and national nonprofit boards including as the Board Chair for the Utah Nonprofit Association (UNA), Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP), South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce (SSLC), and the Association of Utah Community Health (AUCH).  As a prior instructor with the University of Utah Nonprofit Academy of Excellence and a current requested guest speaker, she continues to serve her community by developing future nonprofit leaders.  Kristy graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics/Business and has a Masters degree in Business Taxation from the Washington School of Law.

Jill Flygare, Headshot

Jill Flygare

Utah Inland Port Authority

Jill Flygare serves as the Deputy Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer at Utah Inland Port Authority, overseeing office and financial operations, contract development and negotiations, and the development of data sets and reporting. Additionally, Flygare works to establish policy and procedures and serves as UIPA’s legislative liaison.

Prior to joining UIPA in 2019, she worked as managing director of internal operations in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for three years. In this role, she oversaw the compliance and finance teams and worked to reorganize systems for optimization. In addition, Flygare worked on the Inland Port Feasibility Study, assisted in data collection and reporting on the Economic Development Strategic Plan, and staffed both the Inland Port Authority and Point of the Mountain boards.

Jill also has experience as the finance director in the state’s Department of Heritage and Arts, where she oversaw the annual budgeting and planning process. Additionally, she worked as a policy and budget analyst for four years in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, currently known as the Office of Management and Budget. She contributed to projects such as Governor’s budget recommendations, balancing the state’s budget, and budget summaries of appropriations from each legislative session.

A member of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA),Jill also served as president of the organization in 2017 and has her CGFM (Certified Government Financial Manager). She also currently serves on the Multicultural Commission and Columbus Community Center boards.

Jill’s background also includes a focus on education, both as a teacher and a life-long student. She taught four classes at the University of Utah and earned three degrees from the institution: a bachelor’s in secondary education and two master’s in education and public administration. She also has a Master Certification of Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

Elliot Francis

Elliot is a Principle Software Engineer for the University of Utah Health Science Cores and graduate of the Multi-Disciplinary Design program at the University of Utah. Diagnosed with ASD when he was 18 Elliot has been working for over 15 years to develop and implement success strategies for using autism as a positive difference in the world.

Leslie Hackett

Express Employment Professionals

Leslie is a Zone Developer for Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, responsible for sales and development of franchise offices in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Nevada. Hackett also owns two franchises in Utah Salt Lake City and Taylorsville — where her recruiting and staffing career spans across professional, medical, administrative, and commercial specialties. She is well known in her community as a business leader offering classes on leadership, business operations, pricing, sales, and time management.

She is a member of the International Franchise Association and earned her Certified Franchising Executive designation in 2016. She is a member of the American Staffing Association; the National Federation of Independent Business; and the National Women Business owner’s corporation. Ms. Hackett also was recognized by the National Association of Professional and Executive Women for the 2009-2010 “Women of Excellence” registry.

Leslie has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. She and her husband, Dan, live in Park City, Utah. They have two grown children, Emily and Benjamin, who live in Denver.

Jennifer Hwu

Innosys, Inc. 

Almost 30 years ago, Jennifer quit her job as a high school physics teacher in Taiwan and moved to California to study electrical engineering at UCLA. After earning a master’s and Ph.D., Hwu accepted a job as a professor at the University of Utah. Twelve years later, she decided she wanted to put her research to use and started InnoSys, a company that manufactures electronic components for electric systems and applications, such as the electric units inside LED lighting. InnoSys is moving from the private sector and will offer consumer products later this year, a shift that she anticipates will double its current revenue. Her company has seen steady sales growth for the past eight years.

Dr. Tulinda Larsen

Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative

Dr. Tulinda Larsen is Executive Director, Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI), a public-private partnership to elevate the advanced materials and advanced manufacturing industry in Utah.

She serves as the key spokesperson for UAMMI at industry events and before government agencies.

She began her career in Washington, D.C. as an economist at the US Department of Transportation, where she gained experience in the air transport industry. For more than 40 years, she has been a practicing economist studying various aspects of the aerospace industry.

Dr. Larsen is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus. She holds a Doctorate of Management from University of Maryland Global Campus, BA and MA in economics from The George Washington University.

Melanie McBride

Facktory, Inc.

Melanie is a Senior Account Director at Factory, Inc. She is a seasoned communication, social media and public relations marketing strategist with 25 combined years of agency, corporate, and business ownership experience. Founder of her company, McBride Communications, she is a visionary who possesses strong leadership traits and superior presentation skills. With servant leadership and as a collaborator, she has a unique ability to inspire teams into action. Melanie applies creativity, keen intuition and passion to drive sales and revenue. She has a passion for writing, Triathlon, skiing, golfing and spending time with friends and family.
Other professional achievements include co-directing Governor Napolitano’s five-day economic development initiative for Super Bowl XLII 2008, planning and executing of a week-long media blitz around Super Bowl XLIX’s Fan Fest Scottsdale – home of the ESPN Daily Broadcast, and was instrumental in bringing Super Bowl XLIX to Arizona in 2015. In addition to Board member of Columbus Community Center, Melanie was named, Top 50 Highest Ranking Women in Business by Arizona Republic, and she has served on many organizing committees, including Children’s Justice Center and Where Hope Lives. Melanie also planned and executed three statewide fundraising events for “Zion Forever Project,” raising nearly $1M in one year.

Ryan Nelson

Avalon Health Care Management

Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese, with a Minor in International Relations from Brigham Young University. Ryan attended law school at the University of Florida in Gainesville. During law school, Ryan balanced his legal studies with his growing family and his legal work as an intern with the Office of the State Attorney and as a law clerk for a construction law litigation firm.

After graduation, Ryan’s law practice encompassed a variety of areas. From 2005 to 2010, Ryan worked for law firms in Florida and Colorado. His practice focused primarily on business, contracts, real estate transactions, and litigation. One of his significant achievements while working in Colorado was a successful appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals and later to the Colorado Supreme Court. His work researching, drafting, and arguing before the courts impacted Colorado law and resulted in two published opinions.

In 2010, Ryan joined Employers Council as employment law defense counsel for member companies located in Colorado and Utah. From 2017 to 2021, Ryan was the managing director of Employers Council’s Utah operations. In 2021, Ryan joined Avalon Health Care Management as their corporate counsel for labor and employment. Avalon operates care facilities in seven Western states and has nearly 6,000 employees.

Ryan is licensed to practice law in Utah, with inactive status in Colorado and Florida. He also holds his SPHR certification. He and his wife, Loye, have 6 children ages 23 to 6.

Leslie Perkins

Boeing

Leslie Perkins has worked for The Boeing Company for 17 years. During her tenure at Boeing she has been chair of the Employee Community Fund, the volunteer council and many other organizations within Boeing. Leslie is employed as the Materials Management and Transportation manager and her team includes four Columbus employees. She has been affiliated with Columbus for approximately 3 years which she feels has been an amazing experience. She speaks of how her team would not be complete without their Columbus employees.

She has 3 kids and 6 grandkids. And enjoys completing half marathons, triathlons and being outdoors.

Mike Willhard

WCF Insurance

Mike is the Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for WCF Insurance, where he has worked for the last 26 years. In his current position, he is responsible for WCF’s $2.4 billion investment portfolio. Prior to his role as CIO, he served as finance vice president, assistant portfolio manager, financial operations manager and internal auditor. Prior to working at WCF, he worked as a senior accountant with Ernst & Young and manager of financial reporting for AMEX Life Assurance Company.

He and his wife Tammy have two children, Sarah, who works for Intermountain Healthcare Central Laundry, and Brian, a mechanical engineer at the University of Utah.