New Updated Employee Directory

USDB programs employ over 550 professionals throughout Utah. If the staff member you are looking for is not listed below, please contact the division office specialist for individual contact information.


Name Position Email Telephone
Joel Coleman Superintendent (801) 629-4712
Tamara Flint Executive Assistant for the Superintendent (801) 629-4712
Carolyn Lasater Associate Superintendent of the Blind (801) 629-4713
Jacquelyn Phillips Executive Assistant, Blind School (801) 629-4713
Michelle Tanner Associate Superintendent of the Deaf (801) 629-4714
Melissa Brown Executive Assistant, Deaf School (801) 629-4714

Blind School – Outreach

Name Position Email Telephone
Brandon Watts Program Director (801) 464-2035
Red York Executive Secretary (801) 464-2051
Mirinda Losee Educational Services Aide
Lynnda Biek Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Suzy Blackham Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Jessica Brown Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Miika Brunson Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Marcella Conger Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Sharon Draper Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Marshal Givens Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Sue Griffin Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Jenny Hooper Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Amber Jensen Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Vanda Jones Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Jackie Midzinksi Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Lisa Nebeker Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Nancy Nielson Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Alexis Redford Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Reid Sifford Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Pamela Sitterud Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Alex Westergard Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Liz Wood Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Rachel Beckstrand Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Linda Breeden Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Shannon Brown Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Nana Dewald Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Kari Fredrickson Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Marie Hollinger Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Jinsong Huang Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Leeandra Jones Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Marty Langworthy Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Melanie Manwaring Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Scott Meehan Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Bethany Whittington Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Blind School – USDB Classrooms

Name Position Email Telephone
Kate Borg Program Director (801) 629-4718
Ryan Greene Assistant Director (801) 629-4718
Tina Larsen Blind Campus Secretary (801) 629-4718
Robbin Clark Expanded Core Curriculum Coordinator (801) 629-4736
Becky Weeks ECC Educational Services Aide (801) 629-4837
Annette Loveland Instructional Coach
Christine Acevedo Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Ashley Amundsen Teacher of the Visually Impaired – Preschool
Merle Asido Teacher of the Visually – STEP Class
Michael Berger Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Cathy Cartwright Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Paige Furbush Teacher of the Visually Impaired – Deaf-Blind Classroom
Brenda Munns Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Keri Ostergaard Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Sandra Peppin Teacher of the Visually Impaired – Orem Preschool
Stephanie Petersen Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Madelyn Stafford Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Gayla Ward Teacher of the Visually Impaired – Millcreek

Business Office

Name Position Email Telephone
Carl Empey Finance Director (801) 629-4723
Todd Darrington Finance Manager (801) 629-4764
Chad Hinds Purchasing Manager (801) 629-4811
David Health Accounting (801) 629-4720
Teresa Patterson Purchasing Agent (801) 629-4720
Vicki Summers Financial Analyst – Payroll (801) 629-4703
MiKell Bennion Ogden Receptionist (801) 629-4700
Liz Butler SLC Receptionist (801) 464-2200


Name Position Email Telephone
Susan Thomas Communications and Development Director (801) 629-4727
Todd Keith Media Production Specialist (801) 602-1497
Meghan Garrecht-Connelly Communications Intern (970) 819-3708

Deaf-Blind Services

Name Position Email Telephone
Susan Patten Program Director (801) 629-4732
Meg Kallas Executive Secretary (801) 629-4732
Tricia Broadhead Deaf-Blind Specialist
Kristen Corbett Deaf-Blind Specialist
Mary Alice Dredge Deaf-Blind Specialist
Erin Farrer Deaf-Blind Specialist
Sundie Goulding Deaf-Blind Specialist
Nicole Holmstead Deaf-Blind Specialist
Elizabeth Jones Deaf-Blind Specialist
Jami Pearson Deaf-Blind Specialist
Rosalee Pearson Deaf-Blind Specialist
Amy Query Deaf-Blind Specialist
Gretel Sampson Deaf-Blind Specialist
Debbie Sanders Deaf-Blind Specialist
Lara Leigh Whitney Deaf-Blind Specialist

Educational Support Services

Name Position Email Telephone
Candace George Program Director (801) 464-2033
TBD Executive Secretary (801) 464-2033
Katherine Crum Registrar & Assessment (801) 464-2073
Janeal Erikson Audiologist
Devin Christensen Audiologist
Christine Reese Audiologist
Rob Shaw Audiologist
Stefani Watson Audiologist
Carie Anderson Speech-Language Pathologist
Whitney England Speech-Language Pathologist
Breana Cannon Speech-Language Pathologist
Sharon Fairbourne Speech-Language Pathologist
Joanie Robinson Speech-Language Pathologist
Breanna Gabaldon Speech-Language Technician
Melissa Miller Speech-Language Technician
Michael Judkins O.D. Low Vision Specialist
Jenn Mitchell MOT, OTR/L Occupational Therapist
Kristine Ward MOT Occupational Therapist
Lindsey Wert, M.A., Psy.S, NCSP School Psychologist
Heather Hoen School Psychologist
Stephanie Hardee School Psychologist
Sarah Lightfield School Psychologist
Wade Hester School Guidance Counselor
Holly Arndt School Guidance Counselor
Emily Tanner Social Worker
Jessica Parfitt Adaptive PE Specialist
Denise Winters, MS, PT Physical Therapist
Rikki Myers Physical Therapist
Vicki Ross School Nurse – Ogden (801) 629-4835
Kathy Carlisle School Nurse – SLC & Orem (801) 464-2048
Mallory Robbins School Nurse – SLC (801) 464-2062
Heather Steele School Nurse – Ogden (801) 629-4835


Name Position Email Telephone
Sarah Lovato Program Coordinator (801) 629-4795
Sally Aponte Library Technician (801) 629-4809
Irene Jinuez Library Technician (801) 629-4706
Jeanette Gallup Library Technician (801) 464-2038
Ian Reiman Library Technician (801) 464-2038
Travis Montgomery Library Technician (385) 210-5366
Kristin Walker Library Technician (801) 629-4741


Name Position Email Telephone
Gabe Areano Facilities Coordinator (801) 629-4780

Human Resources

Name Position Email Telephone
Dave Laycock HR Analyst (801) 629-4725
Melanie Butters HR Technician (801) 629-4726

Information Technology

Name Position Email Telephone
Jared Felt Information Technology Director (801) 629-4820

Jean Massieu – School of the Deaf

Name Position Email Telephone
Aimee Breinholt Program Director (801) 464-2000 VP (385) 282-6945
Ashli-Marie Grant Executive Secretary
Nathan Harrison Asst. Director, Innovative Specialist nathanh@usd.borg
Holly Farnsworth Office Tech
Oscar Rodriquez Job Coach
Jenny Alvey Instructor
Katie Bodily Instructor
Anna Bracilano Instructor
Jeanna Chiodo Instructor
Alysson  Dean Instructor
Christopher Flygare Instructor
Patricia Fox Instructor
Leanna Gale Instructor
Paige Huefner Instructor
Coleen Jennings Instructor
Jennifer Johnson Instructor
Teresa Kunde Instructor
Mary Leishman Instructor
Kayla Meese Instructor
Mercy Persinger Instructor
Shari Solomon-Klebba Instructor
Frances Sorrentino ASL Specialist
Blaine Taylor Instructor
Jasmine Taylor Instructor
Dyana Thurgood Instructor
Kristy Tolman Instructor
Logan Vondra Instructor
Jane Walker Instructor

Kenneth C. Burdett – School of the Deaf

Martin Price Program Director (801) 629-4751
Sally West Executive Secretary (801) 629-4751
Christa Douglass Job Coach
Barbie Johnson Job Coach
Lori Bodily Instructor
Robyn Button  Instructor
Lacey Crittenden  Instructor
Victoria Floyd  Instructor
Sherrie Fox  Instructor
Melainie Garcia  Instructor
Bryane Gleed  Instructor
Kelly Mauray  Instructor
Sandy Scott  Instructor

Utah School for the Deaf -South Division

Name Position Email Telephone
Adam Billings Program Director (801) 464-2096
Alexis Wardinsky Executive Secretary (801) 691-7841
Janet Barholomew  Instructor (435) 986-0011
Candis Clayton  Instructor (801) 725-2547
Lindsey Erickson  Instructor (801) 431-5112
Alyse Farnsworth  Instructor (435) 823-2788
Heather Gourley  Speech Language Pathologist (801) 224-3801
Catherine Johnson  Instructor (435) 789-5050
Nancy Kelley  Instructor (801) 610-8160
Jill Lang  Instructor (801)431-5109
Cathleen Martinez  Instructor (801) 717-9673
Joni Sue McDonald  Instructor (435) 678-1389
Rachel Parry  Instructor (435) 688-7956
Lori Potter  Instructor (801) 388-4299
Valynn Sorensen  Instructor (435)586-2830
Sharla Turner  Instructor (801) 431-5115
Margaret Warren  Instructor (801) 431-5114
Diana Wetherell  Instructor (435) 979-6031
Dan Wilson  Instructor (801) 636-2074
Kimberly Zulewski  Instructor (435) 592-0608 Text

Parent Infant Program for the Blind/Visually Impaired

Name Position Email Telephone
Karen Borg Program Director (801) 629-4743
Kim Olsen Executive Secretary (801) 629-4743
Tamra Baird Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Jamie Brown Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Margaret Caulford Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Pam Christensen Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Darci Crossley Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Whitney Cunningham Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Bess Dennison Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Kim Fowkes Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Terry Gibson Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Denise Johnson Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Emily Kotowski Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Jennifer Leavitt Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Teri Morrison Early Intervention Vision Specialist
Pam Nicolson Early Intervention Vision Specialist

Parent Infant Program for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Name Position Email Telephone
Stephanie Morgan Director (801) 464-2026
Marilyn Thorstenson Executive Secretary (801) 629-4768
Mindi Allen Instructor
Angie Atwood Instructor
Jennifer Barone Instructor
Roberta Dunlap Instructor
Jennifer Elwell Instructor
Kami Ensign Instructor
Amanda Hammond Instructor
Jennifer Kite Instructor
Ann Lovell Instructor
Renee Moore Instructor
Lori Ann Ruth Instructor
Tristen Vierig-Scott Instructor
Andrea Vega Instructor

Listening and Spoken Language

Name Position Email Telephone
Jennifer Salazar Program Director (801) 464-2026
Liz LeFevre Executive Secretary (801) 464-2023
Cathy Boyd Outreach Teacher
Shellee Marlar Preschool Teacher (801) 808-9375
Nicole Pilling Preschool Teacher

ASL Interpreters

Name Position Email Telephone
Emily Longshore – Interpreter Schedule Coordinator South Utah Lead Interpreter 801-425-0732
Alisa Ensign Central Utah Lead Interpreter
Lisa Larsen North Utah Lead Interpreter
Jennifer Jackson Staff Interpreter
April Wallace Staff Interpreter


Name Position Email Telephone
Armando Venegas Director 801-629-4731
Cassidy McFarland  Executive Secretary 801-629-4795
Amy Young Coordinator 801-629-4783
Mandy Kay Coordinator 801-629-4706
Jody Nelson Warehouse Specialist 801-629-4729