School of Integrative & Engaged Learning

Meet the Team

Sierra Bonner
Sierra Bonner
Graduate Fellow

Hey everyone! My name is Sierra Bonner and I am a grad student in the MAPC program. I have ambitions to be a crazy dog lady if marrying various celebrity crushes proves impossible. I also love exploring new places and probably say the word ‘Yasss’ way too much #sorrynotsorry. I’m very excited to be the Graduate Fellow at the Speech and Presentation Center because I love meeting new people. The Speech and Presentation Center has helped me in developing my skills as a better speaker, presenter and leader. I love the environment here because all of the people I work with are creative, supportive and fun. Come visit me and the rest of the awesome interns!

Katrina Christensen
Katrina Christensen
Assistant Director

My name is Katrina Christensen and I am a Senior from Spanish Fork, Utah. This is my second year at SUU and I am excited to be returning to the Speech and Presentation Center. The interns at the Speech and Presentation Center have helped me become a better speaker through their influence as both my classmates and colleagues. I am excited to share what I have learned from them with all of you. I am a Communication major with a double emphasis in Strategic Communication and Communication Studies, and enjoy long drives and Dr. Pepper when my schedule permits. Come by the Speech and Presentation Center to introduce yourself, I would love to meet you!

Spencer Ericksen
Spencer Ericksen
Training Specialist

I’m Spencer Ericksen, and this year I will be assisting my colleagues at the Speech and Presentation Center. I love public speaking, and I enjoy helping students to prepare for success as presenters. I’m a Senior in the Strategic Communication major. Sometimes I am asked if that means communicating to submarines about radar and torpedoes, to which I nervously reply that it’s actually advertising and helping businesses in other ways. But that could be just as exciting, you never know! I am very excited to hear new presentations. Here at the Speech and Presentation Center we will do all that we can to help.

Kelton Chapman
Kelton Chapman
Intern

I am a Senior in Communication Studies and am planning on earning my Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. I enjoy being involved in the community and campus. I am currently in the Student Alumni club, a member of Rural Health Scholars, Associate Justice on the Judicial Council, a 4-H mentor and I work with special needs at TURN Community Services. I love the outdoors and challenging myself in areas that break my comfort level so that I can learn as much as I can.

The Speech and Presentation is so much fun and the staff are very helpful. I love helping students with their speeches and presentations because they teach me and I can help them improve their presentation skills.

Mikael Simpson
Mikael Simpson
Intern

Hi! I'm Mikael Simpson and I am a senior here at SUU studying Communication with a Spanish minor. I grew up in Parowan, Utah and upon graduating high school, I played two seasons of collegiate soccer in northern Iowa. In 2014, I served an LDS mission in Southern Chile, and in 2016 I transferred to Snow College where I met my husband, Quinn. I love interacting with people and helping them achieve their best; so come into the Speech and Presentation Center and together we'll do great things!

John Woolley
John Woolley
Intern

Hello, my name is John! I am a communication major and most likely going to minor in sociology. I love the idea of being able to present well, and having a powerful message to share. I have a hope one day to speak to audiences, and train people worldwide about leadership and principles of success. This is the main reason I am Interning at the Speech and Presentation Center, to help learn how to be able to do this.

Anthony DiDonato
Anthony DiDonato
Intern

I am currently a sophomore at SUU with a major of Graphic Design and Art History. I did speech and debate in high school taking first at 5A state in oratory and then extemporaneous speaking my senior year, and competing in several national tournaments; taking second in extemporaneous speaking my senior year at the National Tournament in Kansas City.

Mimi Johnson
Mimi Johnson
Intern

Hey ya'll! I'm Mimi Johnson from north Ogden, Utah. I'm studying communication while also working on prerequisites for Occupational Therapy. I think that public speaking can be a fun and very powerful thing, so I'm excited to help here at the center! I enjoy learning, the outdoors, and spending time with my husband.

Andrew Leavitt
Andrew Leavitt
Intern

Andrew Leavitt is a sophomore English major from St. George, UT. He got a job in the Speech and Presentation Center because he was the only member of the President's Book Club to attend every meeting, and was then asked to head the book club, which meant a job at the SAPC. He is also a Presidential Ambassador and the Campus Life section editor for the University Journal.

Ben Okelberry
Ben Okelberry
Intern

My name is Benjamin Okelberry, and I am from Sandy, Utah. I graduated from Paradigm High School, and now I am Communication major. I love Cedar City and SUU. I enjoy going to plays at the Shakespeare Festival and reading a good book. I also love meeting new people and traveling to new places. I am so excited to help people that come into the Speech and Presentation Center.

Ashley Arsenault
Ashley Arsenault
Intern

Hi, my name is Ashley Arsenault. I am a sophomore here at Southern Utah University and I am from Anchorage, Alaska. I am majoring in Communication Studies because I believe that communication is the most applicable major in any person’s life. No matter who you are or where you come from, you have to communicate with others, even when you don’t really want to. I am also minoring in Philosophy and have a passion for learning. Some of my hobbies include reading, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and fishing.