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The University of Utah’s Alumni Association Welcomes Six New Board Members

May 15, 2009, Salt Lake City – The University of Utah Alumni Association recently welcomed six prominent U of U alumni to its Board of Directors. In addition to assisting with the myriad activities sponsored by the Association throughout the year, they represent the Association across campus and in the community. The six new members, representing professionals in the fields of business, law, and education, join 18 other U of U alumni currently active on the board.

The six new members are Jack Buttars, Marilyn Clark, Robert Harrington, Scott Mayeda, Thomas Peterson, and Sandra Steinvoort.

Alumni Association President Michele Mattsson introduced the six during the organization’s annual meeting in early May. “We’re thrilled to welcome such talented and energetic new members to our board,” said Mattsson. “Their experience, leadership skills, and devotion to the U. will enhance our organization and benefit all alumni.”

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, each individual will sit on one or more committees that deal with Alumni Association-sponsored events such as Homecoming and Founders Day, as well as marketing and finance, community service, and legislative relations.

“I am gratified by the high level of interest among alumni in serving on the board,” says Alumni Association Executive Director John Ashton. With several board members stepping down after fulfilling a three-year term, the new board members “are a talented and diverse group of alumni who will have big shoes to fill,” notes Ashton.

The Alumni Association board consists of 24 members who support and advance the priorities of the University of Utah through legislative efforts, fund-raising, and community service and outreach.

Jack Buttars (BA 1995 Social and Behavioral Science) is president of the University of Utah Federal Credit Union. He is also actively involved with the local Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and other community groups.

Marilyn Clark (BS 1972 Business, MS 1979 Business) is an independent education consultant and also volunteers for various nonprofits throughout the community including Ballet West, KUED, and the United Way.

Robert Harrington (JD 1976 Law, BS 1972 Humanities), a specialist in real estate investment, is actively involved with the City of Holladay, serving on its Planning Council and as a City Zoning Hearing Officer.

Scott Mayeda (BS 1988 Social and Behavioral Science, JD’93 Law) is currently corporate counsel for Sinclair Oil Corporation after spending several years in private practice. While a student at the U, Mayeda was actively involved in campus activities, including serving as vice chair of the Student Assembly and as the Student Ombudsman.

Thomas Peterson is a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch, has served as his company’s United Way representative and as a board member of the Greek Orthodox church. In addition, he both supports and volunteers for local homeless shelters. An avid football and basketball fan, Peterson can often be seen at University of Utah sporting events.

Sandra Steinvoort (BS 1985 Social and Behavioral Science, JD 1988 Law) is currently assistant attorney general with the Utah Attorney General’s Office. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the University’s S.J. Quinney College of Law and is devoted to improving her community through volunteer work with local homeless shelters and locating homes for abandoned animals.