Stanford D. Swim, Chairman and Interim President
Stanford D. Swim is the president of GFC Foundation, a Utah-based private foundation. Prior to taking his current post as a Trustee of the Sutherland Institute, he was senior analyst for Probity Advisors, a registered investment advisor in Dallas, Texas. He worked for several years in the technology industry as a software engineer and database developer. He serves on the board of directors of the National Council for Adoption. Stan received an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BS in computer science from Utah Valley State College. He and his wife, Michelle, live with their two sons and a daughter in Provo, Utah.
Stan Rasmussen, Director of Public Affairs
Stan Rasmussen directs Sutherland legislative efforts on Utah’s Capitol Hill and coordinates the Institute’s interactions with the Governor’s office and other state and local leaders. With extensive experience in management, training and performance coaching before becoming fully immersed in the world of public policy, he worked with organizations and clients in the legal, healthcare, environmental, banking and manufacturing industries, and with agencies in the public sector. Stan developed and manages the Institute’s award-winning Sutherland Transcend Series, a program for elected officials and interested community and business leaders. He and his wife, Chris, have three sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and four beautiful grandchildren.
David Buer, Director of Communications
David Buer brings a wide range of communications experience in the nonprofit and entrepreneurial realms to Sutherland Institute. After earning a B.A. in communications (public relations emphasis) from Brigham Young University in 2002, Dave worked for the American Junior Golf Association in Atlanta handling media relations and multimedia. In 2005, he created a multimedia company that served clients nationwide, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
Since joining Sutherland in 2011, Dave’s communications work has contributed to significant policy victories in areas such as immigration, government spending, citizen engagement, digital learning, government corruption, and religious freedom. Dave has helped Sutherland influence outcomes using a wide range of communications channels, from earned media to grassroots mobilization, social media, video, radio, and statewide traditional media campaigns. Dave and his wife, Jessica, are the parents of five boys.
Derek Monson, Director of Public Policy
Derek Monson graduated from Brigham Young University in August 2007 with bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science, and began working for Sutherland Institute as a policy analyst in May 2007. Derek has co-authored a research study on Utah government spending in the journal Public Budgeting and Finance and was cited as a contributor in the book The Pre-K Debates – Current Controversies and Issues.
During his years at Sutherland, he has been a key player in policy victories in government transparency and spending; education governance and digital learning; alcohol control policy; immigration reform; religions liberty protections; and Medicaid reform. He is a consistent presence in Utah news media on public policy issues and has published dozens of opinion pieces in the Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, and other local newspapers. He is married to Melanie, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from BYU in 2008, and has one daughter (so far).
William C. Duncan, Director of The Center for Family and Society
William C. Duncan is director of Sutherland Institute’s Center for Family and Society and also serves as the director for the Marriage Law Foundation. He formerly served as acting director of the Marriage Law Project at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and as executive director of the Marriage and Family Law Research Grant at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, where he also served as a visiting professor.
Bill has submitted briefs on constitutional and family issues in the U.S. Supreme Court, 10 federal courts of appeals, eight state supreme courts, and other venues.
He has presented expert testimony in the legislatures of seven states. His 75 scholarly articles have been published in the Rutgers Law Review, Howard Law Journal, Journal of Legislation, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Stanford Law and Policy Review and other journals. He has also published in National Review Online, SCOTUS Blog, and the American Spectator.
Pamela Whitmore, Editor
Pamela Whitmore joined Sutherland after 20 years as a copy editor at the Deseret News (Salt Lake City), where she wrote headlines, photo captions and edited newspaper stories with an eye toward keeping the writing smooth, correctly punctuated and libel-free. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in journalism. Pamela enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and browsing through dictionaries. She and her husband, Gene, have three children.
Elizabeth Cobb, Donor Coordinator
Elizabeth Cobb is the Donor Coordinator for Sutherland’s development efforts. She assists the Development and Communication directors with fund-raising initiatives and cultivates relationships with donors. Elizabeth earned two master’s degrees in education, and left her high school classroom to empower small businesses, nonprofits, and enterprise technologies via social media.
Prior to Sutherland, her professional experience included demonstrated leadership success in social media technology, corporate recruiting, marketing, social media evangelization, and project campaigns. She is passionate in networking and social media network management on a global scale. Elizabeth enjoys traveling, writing, and spending time with family.
Amanda Meyer, Operations Manager
Before coming to Sutherland Institute, Amanda Meyer worked as an office administrator at Metro U.S., a daily newspaper in New York, and as a department secretary at BYU. She earned a bachelor’s in media music from BYU and is currently working on a master’s degree in public administration. Amanda’s mother is a daughter of the Mormon pioneers, while her father is the son of a Methodist minister. Amanda lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Travis, and their daughter.
Eric Moutsos, Manager of Development
Eric Moutsos manages Sutherland’s development efforts. He helps lead fund-raising initiatives and cultivates relationships with current and potential donors. He is also assisting with the World Congress of Families IX in Salt Lake City in 2015.
Before serving as a police officer in Salt Lake City, Eric’s professional experience included sales, customer relations, and networking around the country. Eric also pursued a country music career, and for three years he worked on a small record label headed by former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. Eric has performed in Nashville and opened for country music star Collin Raye. He and his wife, Stacey, have four beautiful children.
Janice Shaw Crouse, Executive Director, World Congress of Families IX
Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., most recently was head of a Washington, D.C. think tank. Previously, she was a presidential speechwriter during the George H.W. Bush administration, authoring major presidential policy addresses.
Janice is author of four books, most recently, Children at Risk (2010) and Marriage Matters (2012), published by Transaction Publishers, the publisher of record for international social science research. She is a weekly columnist and a popular speaker at national and international events. She also serves on four national Task Forces and Coalitions on national and international issues: Against Sexual Trafficking, Against Abuse of Women, Promoting Human Rights, and Promoting Religious Freedom.
The National Press Club’s compendium of experts said of Janice, “Her common sense, refreshing honesty and intriguing perspective on cultural and political issues expose spin to reveal truth in a way that has earned respect and made her a popular cultural analyst. Known for applying her strong intellect and articulating her solid faith with candor and humor, she is a conservative leader who appeals across ideological and religious barriers.”
Janice has been named a “Woman of the Year” three times (1998 – U.S. Chamber of Commerce; 2008 – Centers for Decency; and 2013 – World Congress of Families). She received an “Abolitionist Award” from the U.S. Department of State (2008) and a “Global Leadership Award” from the Leadership Institute (2013). She is married to Dr. Gilbert L. Crouse, an economist, and they have 2 adult children and 7 grandchildren.