USDB 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
Sheri Ramirez Executive Assistant, Deaf School (801) 629-4714

(385) 282-6940 VP

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
Suzy Blackham Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Jessica Brown Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Miika Brunson Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Kristina Buck Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Marcela Conger Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Sharon Draper Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Marshal Givens Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Sue Griffin Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Jenny Hooper Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Amber Jensen  Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Vanda Jones  Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Jackie Midzinksi  Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Lisa Nebeker  Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Nancy Nielson  Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Alexis Redford  Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Reid Sifford  Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Alex Westergard  Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Liz Wood  Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
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
Ryan Greene Program Director (801) 629-4718
Assistant Director (801) 629-4718
Melissa Utermoehlen 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
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
Jerri Henderson Teacher of the Visually Impaired (Springville location)
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
Michael Judkins O.D. Low Vision Specialist

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 Medicaid Specialist (801) 629-4829
Kylee Richter Ogden Receptionist (801) 629-4700
Aleja Alvarez-Lee SLC Receptionist alejaa@usd.borg (801) 464-2200


Name Position Email Telephone
Susan Thomas Communications and Development Director (801) 629-4727
Todd Keith Media Production Specialist (801) 602-1497
Alex Catmull Communications Intern

Deaf-Blind Services

Name Position Email Telephone
Susan Patten Program Director (801) 629-4732
Marilyn Thorstensen Executive Secretary (801) 629-4732
Brooke Barnhill Teacher of the Deaf-Blind 
Tricia Broadhead Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Leslie Buchanan Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Kristen Corbett Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Mary Alice Dredge Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Erin Farrer Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Paige Furbush Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Sundie Marx Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Nicole Marcelo Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Elizabeth Jones Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Emily Mortimer Family Support Specialist
Jami Pearson Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Rosalee Pearson Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Gretel Sampson Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Debbie Sanders Teacher of the Deaf-Blind
Tammy Watson Office specialist
Lara Leigh Whitney Teacher of the Deaf-Blind

Educational Support Services

Name Position Email Telephone
Candace George Program Director (801) 464-2033
Liz Butler Secretary (801) 464-2033
Sharon Fairbourne Speech-Language Pathologist
Joanie Robinson Speech-Language Pathologist
Haylee Krutsch Speech-Language Pathologist
Rachel Watts Speech-Language Pathologist
Breanna Gabaldon Speech-Language Technician
Melissa Miller Speech-Language Technician
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
Heather Steele School Nurse – Ogden (801) 629-4835

ERC, the Library

Name Position Email Telephone
Sarah Lovato Program Coordinator (801) 629-4795
Sally Aponte Library Technician (801) 629-4809
Jeanette Gallup Library Technician (801) 464-2038
Travis Montgomery Library Technician (385) 290-4785 VP
Kristin Walker Library Technician (801) 629-4741
Whitney James Library Technician (385) 290-4785 VP


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

Human Resources

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

Information Technology

Name Position Email Telephone
Jared Felt Information Technology Director (801) 629-4820
“AJ” Adriel Jacobson Information Technology
Quintin Williams Assistive Technology Specialist (801) 629-4798

Jean Massieu – School of the Deaf

Name Position Email Telephone
Aimee Breinholt Program Director (385) 282-6945 VP; (385) 282-6946 VP
Nathan Harrison Asst. Director, Innovation Specialist (385) 282-6945 VP;(385) 282-6946 VP
Ashli-Marie Grant Executive Secretary (385) 282-6945 VP
Shanda Barney Office Tech (385) 282-6946 VP; (801) 464-2000 voice
Oscar Rodriquez Job Coach
Katie Bodily Instructor
Anna Bracilano Instructor
Jeanna Chiodo Instructor
Hannah Ence Instructor
Leanna Gale ASL Specialist
Megan Gardner Instructor
Paige Huefner Instructor
Coleen Jennings Instructor
Jenni Johnson Instructor
Teresa Kunde Instructor
Mary Leishman Instructor
Yvonne Montalette ASL Specialist
Mercy Persinger Instructor
Misty Sides Instructor
Shari Solomon-Klebba Instructor
Blaine Taylor Instructor
Jasmine Taylor Instructor
Kristy Tolman Instructor
Trish Vierra Instructor
Logan Vondra Instructor
Jane Walker Instructor
Emilie Wilding Instructor

Kenneth C. Burdett – School of the Deaf

Martin Price Program Director (385) 244-4373
Christy Beem Executive Secretary (801) 629-4751
Julie Barrett Instructor
Lori Bodily Instructor
Lacey Crittenden  Instructor
Victoria Floyd  Instructor
Melainie Garcia  Instructor
Bryanne Gleed Instructor 
Kelly Mauray  Instructor
Sandy Scott  Instructor
Kim Smith Instructor
Nicolas Wolfe Residential Coordinator

Utah School for the Deaf – Springville School

Name Position Email Telephone
Deanna Glasser Program Director


Executive Secretary


Utah School for the Deaf – Southern Division, Outreach

Name Position Email Telephone
Adam Billings Program Director (801) 464-2096
Alexis Wardinsky Executive Secretary (801) 691-7841
Jennifer Barone Preschool Teacher (801) 431-5114
Janet Bartholomew  Instructor (435) 986-0011
Candis Clayton  Instructor (801) 725-2547
Alyse Farnsworth  Instructor (435) 823-2788
Heather Gourley  Speech Language Pathologist (801) 224-3801
Catherine Johnson  Instructor (435) 789-5050
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 Listening and Spoken Language (801) 388-4299
Valynn Sorensen  Instructor (435)586-2830
Lori Ruth Preschool teacher (801) 431-5112
Sharla Turner  Instructor (801) 431-5115
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
Ashley Herbert Executive Secretary (801) 629-4768
Mindi Allen Instructor
Angie Atwood Instructor
Roberta Dunlap Instructor
Melinda Fonda Parent Advisor
Merideth Foster Parent Advisor
Laurel Graham Parent Advisor
Amanda Hammond Instructor
Amie Jarvie Parent Advisor
Jennifer Kite Instructor
Rebecca Olsen Parent Advisor
Ann Lovell Instructor
Tristen Vierig-Scott Instructor
Andrea Vega Instructor
Cassie Riding Parent Advisor
Deb King Parent Advisor

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
Janeal Erikson Audiologist
Devin Christensen Audiologist
Christine Reese Audiologist
Rob Shaw Audiologist
Stefani Watson Audiologist

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


Katherine Crum Registrar & Assessment (801) 464-2073