Founded in 1982, the Snow College Foundation is dedicated to the philanthropic support of Snow College. The Foundation provides support through the development of charitable giving, creating community awareness. The following Snow College Foundation Board of Directors is a volunteer group of community leaders and alumni:
LeAnn Stoddard is a mother of four with three adult children, and grandmother of three adorable grandchildren. Over the years, she has been involved with various civic, church, educational, and political organizations. She currently volunteers with the Rural Health Care Foundation. She is a proud Snow College graduate. Her husband, Mark also attended Snow College. To date, she has three children who are Snow College graduates and one who is a current student.
Leonard Blackham has been in the turkey business since the 1940s. He earn his associate degree from Snow College and his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics from Utah State University. While working in his turkey business, he served as the board chairman for Moroni Feed Company and later as Vice President and Feed Department Manager. He has served 4 years as a Sanpete County Commissioner, followed by 12 years in the Utah State Senate, and then 9 years as the Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food. In 2011, Leonard was elected to be the President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Leonard retired in 2014 and currently resides in Moroni.
Tim Blackham was born and raised in Sanpete Valley in the community of Moroni. He attended and graduated from North Sanpete High School. In 1974, he served an LDS church mission in the Washington Seattle area. He returned home and graduated from Snow College in 1977. He took over the family farm in 1980 and began raising children and turkeys. In 1984, he graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in business. Tim was also a founding member of the Sanpete County Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as a volunteer fireman for the city of Moroni, where he has served for 13 years. He has served the community in numerous other capacities including, three years on the Norbest Turkey Board of Directors, 14 years on the Moroni Feed Company Board of Directors, two years on the Moroni City Council, and eight years on the Snow College Board of Trustees. Tim is married to Cindy Blackham and they have six children together. All six children are Snow College graduates.
Dr. Gary L. Carlston serves as the President of Snow College. Originally from Fairview in Sanpete County, Dr. Carlston graduated from Snow College with an associate degree, and from Utah State University with bachelors and masters of education degrees. He earned a doctorate in Educational Administration at Brigham Young University. Dr. Carlston served for twelve years on the Snow College Institutional Council/Board of Trustees and was its chair for ten years. He currently serves as an education policy advisor for Prosperity 2020.
Michael R. Carlston is an attorney with Snow, Christensen, and Martineau in Salt Lake City where he is chair of the Real Estate Practice Group. His practice includes counseling developers, investors, businesses, and government entities in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. He received a bachelor’s degree and then his juris doctor from the University of Utah joining the Order of the Coif. He is currently a member of the Utah State Bar, American Bar association, and the Salt Lake County Bar Association.
David A. Christensen undoubtedly inherited his desire to serve and give back from his parents, Alta Wintch and Alten Christensen. Both Alta and Alten had a great love of education and were tremendous examples of service, receiving many awards from the community in honor of that tradition. Alten started a scholarship endowment in honor of his beloved wife, who graduated from Snow College in 1935 and spoke highly of her experience there. David has adopted their love for Snow College as well. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board. Four of his children have also graduated from Snow College. When David is not working at the family business (Christensen’s Department Stores) he likes to snow-ski, drive up to the mountains, go to Lake Powell, and watch younger family members water-ski. He also loves gardening. David and his wife, Kathleen, live in Richfield where they are both active in their church and community.
Rosie Connor joined Snow College in September 2009, and currently serves as the Director of Advancement and Government Relations. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications from the University of Illinois, she moved to Southern California where she spent most of her professional career with numerous non-profit organizations. She earned her master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Southern California, and is now completing her doctorate in education at the University of Utah.
Eddie Cox is the president and general manager of CentraCom Interactive. He and his cousin Branch have worked together in the telecommunications business for over 38 years, turning a small business into a full-service communications company that serves more than 20,000 customers. He was the first chairman of the Sanpete County Economic Development Committee and has served as a Sanpete County Commissioner. Eddie and his wife, Lesa, have eight children.
Randy Cox has been in the brokerage industry for more than 30 years. He was branch manager at Kidder, Peabody for 10 years and has managed investments for high net worth individuals and corporations since 1994. He is currently the managing director for investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, in Salt Lake City. Randy graduated from Snow College and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in business from Brigham Young University. He and his wife are the parents of five children.
Jacob Dettinger serves as the Vice President of Finance, Administration, Facilities and Auxiliaries. He was formerly the director of Budgets at Snow College. He is a Snow College Alumnus.
Mark Howard graduated from Snow College and was co-captain of the football team while attending. He received his bachelor’s degree at BYU and his masters in health administration at UCLA where he met his wife. He was named a Snow College Distinguished Alumnus in 1983, and later a distinguished alumnus at BYU in 2003. He is a former resident of the Snow College Alumni Association. He previously worked for the Veterans Health Administration in Los Angeles, the Orange County Medical Center, the Air Force Corps in Thailand, and was the administrator and CEO for Intermountain Health Care in Central Utah. He retired as a full Colonel in the Air Force Medical Service Corps where he received the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
Mark Jones was born and raised in Nephi, and graduated from Juab High School. He later graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics and Accounting and has served on many local, state, and national organization boards and committees. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Utah Municipal Power Agency, and the American Public Power Policy Makers Committee in Washington D.C. He has worked in banking for 38 years, and is currently working for Utah Community Credit Union as manager of the Nephi Office. He is also serving his third term as the Mayor of Nephi City.
David Parrish is the former mayor of Ephraim, Utah. He and his wife Judy have 5 children and 11 grandchildren and have called Ephraim home for 18 years. David is a self-made businessman who came up the ranks to own and operate several McDonald’s franchises with more than 400 employees and $21 million in annual sales, all within the state of Utah. He is the recipient of the Golden Spoon Award, which is given to an individual who has devoted their life to the restaurant industry, creating high standards that impact local communities. He has also served in numerous leadership roles in both civic and church positions.
Jim Tatton is an adjunct professor of biology at Snow College. After graduating from Snow College, Jim received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He has served as a clinical associate professor in family medicine at both the University of Utah and A.T. Still University in Missouri. Jim and his wife, Kristine, reside in Nephi.
Roger Thompson is currently a licensed broker in Utah, a commissioner of the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City, and president of the Utah Symphony Conductor’s Circle Advisory Council. Roger earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. He distinguished himself in law school, earning the prestigious Order of the Coif, and was a member of the board of editors of the Utah Law Review. He is also a former president of the Yale Club of Utah; board member of Salt Lake City School Volunteers, Inc.; president of the East High School PTSA; member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Historic Preservation; a past delegate of the Utah Democratic Convention; and a member of the board of directors of the State of Utah-Olene Walker Housing Trust Fund. Roger served an LDS church mission in Germany and has also served as a city councilman and council chair for Salt Lake City as well as a member and vice president of the Salt Lake City Board of Education. Roger loves to sing and was a member of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the Yale Glee Club, and the Yale Alley Cats. He is also an avid tennis player and can be found on the court many mornings. He and his wife, Colleen, enjoy spending time with their family, which now includes 16 grandchildren.
Brent M. Thorne retired in 2010 after serving in public education for 42 years, including 25 years as a school district superintendent. He is married and has six children and 10 grandchildren. As a young man, he served an LDS mission in the New England states. He later served a mission with his wife, Janis, on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. During their time in Tarawa, Brent and Janis were adjunct professors for BYU Hawaii and taught faculty at Moroni High School to help them obtain their teaching licenses and college degrees. Brent is active in Rotary International and is an assistant district governor. He attended Snow College and Weber College on football scholarships, graduated from Utah State in 1968, and received a master’s degree in education leadership from BYU in 1978 and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1984. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. Currently, Brent and Janis are ordinance workers in the LDS Manti Temple.
Kay McIff enjoys the unusual distinction of extensive service in all three branches of state government. He served for many years as presiding Judge in Utah’s Sixth District Court, a member of the State Judicial Council, and Chair of the Board of District Court Judges of Utah. Prior to serving on the bench, he was a practicing attorney and served two terms as an elected county attorney. His service in the executive branch also includes chair of Southern Utah University’s Board of Trustees, and subsequently as a member of the Utah State Board of Regents. As a Utah Legislator for five terms, Representative McIff chaired the House Judiciary Committee and later the Committee on Health and Human Services. Throughout his tenure, he was a strong advocate for excellence in education and in 2016, received an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Southern Utah University. In all of these assignments, he brought a voice of reason, experience, and common sense. Representative/Judge McIff is a native of South Sanpete and a graduate of Manti High School, Utah State University, and the University of Utah where he received a Juris Doctorate degree. He was instrumental in the establishment of Snow College Richfield and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Snow College in 1996. He and his wife Renee live in Richfield and have five children and twelve grandchildren.