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Wendy Homer Wood (1970)
was named Sonoma County Association of School Administrators' Business Manager of the Year for the 2011-12 school year. She served for 10 years as business manager of Geyserville Unified School District, in the heart of Sonoma County's wine country. Recently she has been working as business manager of Wright Elementary School District.
Jenny Taylor (1993) was appointed Kohler Co.’s director of public affairs and associate communications. She is responsible for the strategy and deployment of methods to align internal communications with the external brand. She creates and manages external media communications for crisis communications, labor relations issues and corporate initiatives, while managing associate communications. Before Kohler Co., Jenny was the global public affairs director at S.C. Johnson, where she was a company spokesperson; led executive media training, speech writing and issues management; and managed global brand public relations campaigns. Prior to that, she was the senior director of marketing communications at Kellogg’s, and the director of corporate media and community relations at grocery retailer Albertsons. Jenny earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a focus in broadcast journalism and interpersonal communication, and a minor in marketing from Southern Utah University. She holds a master’s degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton.
Jana Beth Reeves Rands (2009), CPA, has been promoted to Tax Senior for Tanner LLC, a professional audit, tax and consulting firm located in Salt Lake City. Jana has over two years experience at Tanner in taxation and over two years experience at the Leavitt Group as a Regional Controller and internal auditor. Jana graduated from Southern Utah University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science, minor in Spanish, and a minor in Music. She was awarded “Top Accounting Student of the Year.” Jana went on to earn her Masters of Accountancy from Southern Utah University where she also graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the UACPA award recipient. She is a licensed CPA and a member of both the AICPA and UACPA. Jana and her husband, Spencer, are happily married and live in Salt Lake City.
Jonathan Baker (2006)
has been promoted to Audit and Business Advisory Services Senior for Tanner LLC, Utah’s largest locally owned professional audit, tax and consulting services firm. During his career at Tanner and other firms he has served clients in a variety of industries including the manufacturing, health care, mining, financial services, oil and gas, gaming, and vacation services industries. Jonathan received his bachelors and masters degrees from Southern Utah University. He is a licensed CPA and a member of both the AICPA and UACPA.
Michael Nielsen (1986) is now chair of the psychology department at Georgia Southern University. He is editor for North America of Archive for the Psychology of Religion, the journal of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion and on the editorial boards of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and the advisory board of Pakistan Journal of Psychology.
Natalie Sparks Johnson (1991) recently returned to the United States after living in Australia for 14 years. She resided in Brisbane, Northern Territory and Perth where she taught Home Economics, Art and Careers. In the Northern Territory (the Outback) she taught mostly Aborginal Australian teens how to cook and sew. In Perth, she taught mostly refugee teenagers and young adults about career exploration and Home Economics. While teaching students the Australian Nathan Anthem, she had each of her students stand and sing the anthem from their countries. The result was the singing of national anthems from Afghanistan, Burma, China, India and Somalia.
Marty Green (1985) is an experienced financial services attorney that was recently appointed to lead the operation of Polunsky & Beitel in Dallas/Fort Worth. Marty, who is working from Polunsky & Beitel’s Dallas office, is an accomplished attorney with more than 20 years of experience in the legal, banking and financial services industries. He is the former Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Dallas’ CTX Mortgage Co., and most recently worked with the Baker Botts law firm in Dallas as Special Counsel. In his role as leader of the firm’s Dallas office, he will advise clients on the latest rules and regulations covering residential lending, in addition to building on Polunsky & Beitel’s long tradition of delivering loan closing documents with speed and accuracy.
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