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:
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.
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. Bradley J. Cook serves as the President of Snow College. He is an alum of Snow College and a native of central Utah. Most recently he served as the Provost at Southern Utah University. During his tenure at SUU he worked to establish the school as a national leader in student-centric, highly applied learning environments, and has advanced an agenda of internationalizing the university. Under his leadership, SUU has achieved record high student success rates, created over 25 new academic programs and centers. He also served as President of the Abu Dhabi Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates, and eight years at then-Utah Valley State College as Vice President of College Relations and later as Vice President of Academic Affairs. Cook has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.
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.
Ken Denos is presently the Chairman of Acadia Law Group, a consumer and corporate finance law firm with clients across the U.S. and internationally. He is also an officer and director of Equus Total Return, Inc. (NYSE: EQS), a closed-end fund traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Ken has worked in the private equity and advisory industry for a substantial part of his career, having served as a principal and/or advisor to private and public companies and funds in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and North America. He attended Snow College in the 1980s and subsequently received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance and Political Science from the University of Utah. He also holds a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah. Ken has been actively involved with various community and charitable causes in Utah for over two decades.
Carson Howell serves as the Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services at Snow College. Carson has previously served for the Arizona Legislature, the Utah Governor’s Office, the Utah System of Higher Education, USTAR, and most recently as the Chief Financial Officer at the Idaho State Board of Education. While in Idaho, Carson designed and implemented the Idaho Direct Admissions initiative and the Apply Idaho application system – both designed to make it easier for students to apply and be accepted to college. Carson earned an associate’s degree in biology education from Ricks College, a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Boise State University, a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Boise State University.
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.
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.
Beverly was born in Moroni, Utah to Don and Amy Cloward. She is the only daughter with four brothers. She graduated from North Sanpete High School in 1963, and then graduated from Snow College in 1965 with an associates degree in home economics. She married Keith Nielsen on September 3, 1965; they settled in Salt Lake City where both Keith and Beverly attended the University of Utah. She worked in the corporate office of JC Penney’s, the Oil and Gas Commission of Utah, and State Farm Insurance. Together, Keith and Beverly have three children and nine grandchildren.
Beverly's interests have always revolved around her family and also around the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She has had many callings in the Church with the most recent calling to serve in the Metropolitan Jail Second Branch teaching the women being held in this facility. She is currently serving as captain of the Little Willow branch of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Previously, she and Keith served a three year mission in the inner city of Salt Lake. She also served three years as a missionary companion to Keith who was President of the Australia Sydney mission. In her free time, Beverly enjoys reading, bowling, golf, tennis, quilting, and traveling.
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.