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Joel M. Jolley BS’50 has received the 2008 Bowl of Hygeia Award from the Utah Pharmacists Association (UPhA). The award, the pharmacy industry’s highest honor, recognizes outstanding civic leadership. It is presented to one individual from each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and each of the 10 Canadian provinces. Jolley, founder of Jolley Rexall Drug, has been published in the National Association of Retail Druggists Journal, was involved in research at the University of Utah that led to approval of the drug Dilantin, and has broadly shared his expertise in the areas of drug abuse, pharmacology, and marketing. A member of UPhA for 60 years, Jolley has served the organization in many roles, including president and trustee, as well as in many volunteer positions in the community.

Ray Uno

Raymond Uno BS’55 JD’58 MSW’63 has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce for his service to the citizens of Utah. A longtime advocate for human and civil rights, Uno was the first ethnic minority to serve as district juvenile court referee, deputy county attorney, city court judge, district court judge, active senior district court judge, and president of the Utah Minority Bar Association (which he co-founded). The Asian Chamber was founded four years ago “To foster Asian business and professionals within the state of Utah, particularly small businesses, with activities that result in a prosperous and economically healthy Asian community, and to promote international trade with Asian and other countries.” LM


Ed Catmull

Edwin C. Catmull BS’69 PhD’74 president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios (the latter which he co-founded), is the new chair of the University of Utah Engineering National Advisory Council. Catmull is a founding member of the council, which was established in 2001 to support and guide the strategic direction of the college. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He shares an Oscar, awarded in 2001, for development of software used in films including the Toy Story series, Jurassic Park, Titanic, and Gladiator.


Jay M. Moyes MBA’79, a 30-year veteran of the finance and biotechnology industries, has been appointed chief financial officer for XDx, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company focused on noninvasive gene expression tests for the monitoring of immune-mediated conditions. Most recently, Moyes was vice president of finance and CFO at Myriad Genetics, a publicly traded molecular diagnostics and therapeutic development company. Prior to that, he served as CFO of Genmark, an agricultural biotechnology company, and as a CPA with the international public accounting firm of KPMG.

Tom Walker BA’79 has joined Omni Hotels as vice president of revenue management. Most recently, Walker served as executive vice president of The Rainmaker Group, Omni’s partner in CRM management systems, where he focused on revenue management strategies, processes, and tools across various hospitality environments. He previously held positions as vice president of alliances at Passkey International; senior manager of solutions marketing at Manugistics, Inc. in Atlanta; president of Muni Financial Services, Inc.; and as regional director of rooms, national account manager, and director of sales and marketing for ITT Sheraton Corporation. Walker has an MBA from UCLA.


Paul Kershisnik BS’80 has been named interim chief marketing officer for Wendy’s International, Inc. Kershisnik joined Wendy’s in March 2007 in the newly created position of senior vice president of marketing strategy and innovation. His leadership skills have been apparent throughout a 22-year career with leading brands such as Pizza Hut/PepsiCo, General Mills, and Sprint. His background also includes extensive U.S. and international experience in all aspects of marketing. Before joining Wendy’s, Kershisnik served as vice president of New Product Innovation and R&D for Mrs. Fields Famous Brands in Salt Lake City. He holds an MBA from Brigham Young University.

Dean Kaelin BFA’82, a full-time Utah-based voice coach, is the vocal coach of David Archuleta, the runner-up in the most recent American Idol television series. During the competition, Archuleta (who hails from Murray) regularly called Kaelin for coaching advice at all hours, and from various locations. On one occasion, Kaelin was watching the reality contest on TV when Archuleta called from a backstage bathroom just minutes before he was to go on stage to sing in front of 30 million people. For the next few minutes, they performed a variety of voice exercises. Archuleta is the third of Kaelin’s students to be an American Idol finalist: John Praetor made the Top 25 cut, while Carmen Rasmusen, like Archuleta, made the Top 10. Kaelin has also worked with artists including SheDaisy, Kerri Strogh (High School Musical), and the Saliva Sisters.

Byron Milstead JD’82 has been appointed corporate vice president and general counsel for Lattice Semiconductor Corporation. Since 2000, Milstead had been senior vice president and general counsel for Credence Systems Corporation. With an undergraduate degree from Reed College and a law degree from the University of Utah, Milstead previously practiced law at the Salt Lake City office of Parsons Behle & Latimer and the Portland offices of both Bogle & Gates and Ater Wynne.

Afsaneh Nahavandi

Afsaneh Nahavandi MA’82 PhD’83 has been named associate dean for academic affairs in Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs. She will manage student recruitment and retention efforts in the leadership of the largest college at the Downtown Phoenix campus. Nahavandi, also a newly appointed professor in the School of Public Affairs, had most recently served as associate dean at ASU’s University College at the Downtown Phoenix campus and, from 2002 to 2006, was director of the University College at the West campus. She was formerly a professor of management at the West campus and served as director of the MBA program there from 1993 to 1996. She has published extensively on culture, leadership, organizational behavior, and mergers and acquisitions, and was the 2004 ASU Parents Association Professor of the Year.

Brent C. Mangus EdD’84 is the new dean of the Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Education and Human Services. Mangus was most recently an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and interim dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences (2006-07) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where, for 22 years, he taught kinesiology and sports injury management courses and also served as director of the UNLV Sports Injury Research Center (1992 to 2006). He has won numerous awards for teaching excellence and in 2006 was named Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association. Mangus’ research interests have focused on prevention of injury to soccer players and lower extremities of all athletes. He is co-author of both Pharmacology Application in Athletic Training and Concepts in Athletic Training, now in its fifth edition.

David W. Grainger PhD’87 has joined the Drug Delivery journal as co-editor-in-chief. Professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah, Grainger is an internationally respected and award-winning professor and scholar in the drug delivery and biomedical device field. Drug Delivery is published by Informa Healthcare, a leading content provider of pharmaceutical science information for the academic and industrial communities with peer-reviewed coverage of basic research, development, and application principles at molecular, cellular, and higher levels.


Greg LeClaire BS’92 has been named chief financial officer of ClearOne Communications, Inc., a communications solutions company that develops and sells audio conferencing systems and other related products for audio, video, and Web conferencing applications. Prior to joining ClearOne, LeClaire’s career included senior-level positions with and Utah Medical Products, Inc. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in accounting, he holds a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.

David Lang

David G. Lang BS’96 MPH’00, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps, was recently named deputy director for administration at U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam. He has been patient administration officer and HIPAA privacy officer at the facility since 2005. He retains those duties, and in his new role, leads eight departments and more than 140 hospital staff in the hospital’s largest directorate, whose mission is to support multiple clinical areas in daily operations. Lang previously served as human resources officer at U.S. Naval Hospital, Keflavik, Iceland, and as medical administration officer aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)—a large-deck amphibious assault ship home-ported in San Diego, Calif.—where he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Unified Assistance (U.S. Tsunami Relief Effort).

Karen Child

Karen Child BA’97 recently contributed to the children’s book Temptation of a Generation. Aimed at the early teen market, the book tackles the tough topic of Internet pornography and its effect on children. The book is planned to be the first in a series about the risks today’s teens face living in the information age, covering topics including gaming, chat rooms, and teenage relationships. Child is a licensed marriage family therapist and co-executive director for LifeSTAR Southern California. She holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Diego and is currently completing a Psy.D. degree in the field from Alliant International University.


Frances Hume MBA’04 (summa cum laude) has been named vice chair of the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) board of directors. Hume, SPHR, is president of Hume ’n Resources, an executive coaching and strategic human resources consulting firm located in Park City. She is also an adjunct professor for the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley University. A human resource veteran of 30 years, Hume was formerly executive vice president of strategic development and vice president of human resources for Nature’s Way, an international herb and dietary supplement company based in Springville, Utah, for four years. Prior to Nature’s Way, she was with Valtek International (now Flowserve), in the process flow industry, for 18 years, leaving as corporate HR director. As an instructor and speaker, she has developed and taught a variety of leadership, management, and business courses and seminars for universities, companies, and conferences.

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