Boyd Matheson, President
Boyd Matheson is president of Sutherland Institute. Boyd, who served as chief of staff for Utah Senator Mike Lee in Washington, D.C., has a wealth of experience as a coach, executive adviser and business consultant.
In addition to his service as Sen. Lee’s chief of staff, Boyd most recently built a successful political consulting firm advising national and state elected officials and candidates. From 2005 to 2012, he served as president of Trillium Strategies, a consulting firm focused on branding, business transformation and operational excellence.
Boyd and his wife, Debbie, have five children and three grandchildren.
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 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 daughters-in-law, and five 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 a nonprofit 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; religious 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.
Amanda Meyer, Operations Manager
Prior to joining Sutherland, Amanda worked as an office administrator at Metro U.S., a daily newspaper in New York, and as a department secretary at BYU. She is passionate about 501(c) compliance and budgeting.
Amanda and her husband, Travis, have two children and value family time above all else.
Matt Anderson, Policy Analyst for the Coalition for Self-Government in the West
Matt Anderson works as a policy analyst for Sutherland Institute’s Coalition for Self-Government in the West. He has been featured in local and national media, including NPR, C-SPAN and a number of regional publications and radio shows. Matt has also produced many papers in this field and most recently presented research on urban deer herd management policy at the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual conference. He is an active member of his community, volunteering on political campaigns, serving as a state delegate and precinct chair, and is involved with a number of conservation organizations. He graduated from Utah State University in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and is pursuing a master’s of political science with an emphasis in natural resource and public lands policy.
When Matt isn’t working on federalism-related issues, you are likely to find him fly-fishing, ATV riding and camping in Utah’s mountains.
Erika Huff, Manager of Communications
Erika Huff comes to Sutherland with over six years of experience in film production. Prior to joining Sutherland, Erika worked with the LDS Publishing Services Department in a wide range of capacities, most recently as an associate producer, managing various domestic and international film projects. Erika comes to us with a diverse set of skills, from producing and directing to writing and editing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in film studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Erika and her husband, Jon, have two sons and live in Davis County.
Emily Samantha Bleazard, Administrative Assistant
Emily Samantha Bleazard serves as Sutherland’s administrative assistant. Emily graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in July 2015 with a B.S. in child development and psychology.
She has worked in social policy research and legislative affairs at the state and national level, including as a DeVos Institute intern at The Heritage Foundation. Emily has also spoken on the sanctity of life and women’s health at the United Nations in New York. She loves volleyball, reading and ice cream, and she currently lives in Salt Lake City.
Christine Cooke, Education Policy Analyst
Christine Cooke works as a policy analyst for Sutherland Institute’s Center for Educational Progress. Christine graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in English Teaching and, in May 2015, graduated from Arizona State University with a law degree.
Prior to joining Sutherland Institute, Christine was an English teacher at a public junior high school and a residential treatment center. As a student attorney in the Arizona State University Juvenile Advocacy Clinic, Christine represented clients in juvenile law proceedings and taught community legal education to high school students. She worked in legal and policy research with the legal counsel for the Arizona Office of the Governor, legal counsel for Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, the Goldwater Institute, and The Heritage Foundation.
When in her home state of Arizona, she loves to spend time with her family. She also loves music, reading, and making cookies.