Leavitt Center

Leavitt Center Executive Council

Mary Bennett
Mary Bennett | Director
mwbennett@suu.edu

Mary Weaver Bennett was named Director of the Leavitt Center in June of 2017. Her professional experience spans over 25 years in a range of Washington, DC institutions, including the US house of Representatives, the US Senate, The Washington Campus, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board under the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where she majored in Political Science. Ms. Bennett is enjoying the adjustment to western life in Ivins, Utah, where she spends time with her husband Doug and volunteers at the Ivins Animal Shelter where she works with wild mustangs at Windhorse Relations.

Cami Mathews
Cami Mathews | Student Director

Cami Mathews is starting her first year as a graduate student in the Masters of Interdisciplinary Sciences. She is a Democrat from Taylorsville, Utah, and enjoys watching Grey's Anatomy, baking, playing sports, and sending emails.

Her favorite part of Cedar City is eating at all of the local food joints; from Brad’s Food Hut to All American Diner. She enjoys the haunted Old Main tradition at SUU because of the reactions from incoming students.

Shay Bauman
Shay Bauman | Internship Coordinator

Shay Bauman is a senior majoring in Economics with a minor in Political Science. She is from Cedar City, Utah, and leans conservative on fiscal issues but liberally on social ones. She has loved SUU since she stepped foot on campus and has found a passion and sense of belonging in the Leavitt Center.

Her favorite hobbies include bowling, napping, traveling, and hanging out with friends. She enjoys eating any type of carb, specifically pasta. Her favorite activity in Cedar City is driving up the mountain in the fall and seeing all of the leaves change colors.

Katie Smedley
Katie Smedley | Graphic Designer

Katie Smedley is a senior majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in History. She is a conservative from Zeeland, Michigan, who loves art, photography, and interior design.

Her favorite part of Cedar City is eating at all of the restaurants. Her favorite food is anything chocolate; cake, cookies, s'mores, candy bars, etc. She loves SUU and being a part of T-bird Nation!

Abdi Eftin
Abdi Eftin

Abdikadir Eftin is a senior dual major in Political Science and Communication. He is from West Valley City, Utah, and affiliates with the Democratic Party. He enjoys playing basketball, snowboarding, and making trips to Panda Express.

Abdi was born in Kenya and moved to the United States when he was eight years old. This past summer he was able to intern in Washington D.C. for Congressman Chris Stewart.

Ayleen Perry
Ayleen Perry

Ayleen Perry is a senior, originally from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is majoring in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in Legal Studies. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and going to the gym.

Her involvement across campus includes being the Director of Academics for the Alpha Phi fraternity, an Executive Council member for Legal Scholars Student Association, an Executive Council member on the Honors Program, and a tutor in the Writing Center.

Autumn Boren
Autumn Boren

Autumn Boren is an amateur baker, cross-stitching pro, and sophomore English Education major. She is a southern Democrat from Dallas, Texas. Her fondest memories in Cedar City are the times she spent on rainy days chatting with friends over coffee.

During her time at SUU, Autumn has volunteered with various extracurricular organizations, such as the Native American Student Association and the English Honor’s Society. In her free time, she writes poetry and enjoys stopping by Pop N’ Sweets for a double scoop of wild berry and mango sherbet.

Jordan Call
Jordan Call

Jordan Call is a senior Criminal Justice major with a minor in Psychology. His hometown is Boston, Massachusetts, and he is undecided on his political affiliation.

His favorite SUU memory was when he met Governor Gary Herbert. He enjoys eating Italian food, playing basketball, camping, and shooting. In Cedar City, Jordan’s favorite activity is eating fine cuisine with close friends and family.

Kenten Pope
Kenten Pope

Kenten B Pope is a graduate student earning his Master of Arts in Professional Communication. He is a Republican from Vernal, Utah, and enjoys golf, baking, baseball, and any detail that has to do with events.

Kenten enjoys everything about SUU, but specifically the Forever RED tradition where he was able to kiss the light of his life. His favorite food is a cheeseburger and he enjoys adventuring to new places that can only be found in Cedar City.

Miles Anderson
Miles Anderson

Miles Anderson is a senior dual major in Political Science and Psychology. He is from North Logan, Utah, and identifies as an independent when it comes to politics. He enjoys skiing, soccer, reading, hiking, rock climbing, and pickle ball.

For Miles, the best activities in Cedar City include $5 movie night, Taco Tuesday, hot tubbing, sledding, and playing Pokemon Go. His favorite SUU memory is putting on his skis after a snowstorm and being pulled by his friend’s car from his apartment to the football stadium.

Morgan Barney
Morgan Barney

Morgan Barney is a junior English major with a minor in both Spanish and Legal Studies. She is a Democrat from Hatch, Utah. Her favorite food is pizza and she enjoys writing poetry, reading, going to concerts, and hiking.

In Cedar City, Morgan enjoys going hiking and spending time outdoors. Her favorite SUU memory is attending every gymnastics meet. Every. Single. One.

Ryan Robinson
Ryan Robinson

Ryan Robinson is a senior Political Science major from THE Parowan, Utah. He is a Republican with a passion for anything outside; camping, fishing, hiking, playing/watching sports, you name it. He loves being in the Leavitt Center because it gives everyone a chance to be more involved and experience life changing moments.

His favorite food is potatoes with butter, gravy, and ranch, accompanied with barbecue chicken and a Pepsi. He spends most of his time outdoors, at athletic events, or Brad’s Food Hut.

Shelese Stoddard
Shelese Stoddard

Shelese Stoddard is a junior Political Science major with a minor in Sustainability. She is from Reno, Nevada, and is unaffiliated and moderate in the political spectrum, but tends to lean a little more liberal.

Her hobbies include playing guitar, singing, reading, hiking, and kayaking. Her favorite food is nachos and enjoys exploring and hiking around Cedar City. Her favorite SUU memory is Paint the Town Red, which was the first event she ever attended on campus.

Taylor Cella
Taylor Cella

Taylor Cella is a proud Democrat from Syracuse, Utah. This year she will be a junior Information Systems major. Her favorite hobbies include playing with her cat, eating ice cream with her husband, and watching HGTV.

Taylor’s favorite SUU tradition is True T-Bird night because it is where her and Will, her husband, made their relationship official. Her favorite type of food is Mexican and her favorite activity in Cedar City is Taco Tuesday at Cafe Rio.