Our Staff

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

Amanda Meyer manages the daily operations at Sutherland Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music (B.M.) and a master of public administration degree from Brigham Young University.

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, Communications Coordinator

Emily Samantha Bleazard leads Sutherland’s social media and project management efforts as communications coordinator. 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.

Kelsey Köenen Witt, Manager of Media Relations

Kelsey Köenen Witt joined Sutherland Institute in 2016, following the presidential election during which she acted as Utah communications director for presidential candidate Evan McMullin. Prior to the campaign, she held multiple positions at KSL5TV and KSL NewsRadio, including executive producer of The Doug Wright Show.

Kelsey has served in multiple communications capacities across the country for organizations including The United States House of Representatives, The Washington Business Journal, The National Journalism Center, Regnery Publishing, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and Europe Area Public Affairs for the LDS Church. She graduated summa cum laude from BYU’s Mass Communication masters program and holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Utah State University.

Kelsey currently lives in South Jordan. She loves spending time with her husband and dog, and eating peanut butter (in that order!).

Kylie Neslen, Asst. to the President / Millennial Outreach

Bio coming soon.

Teresa Dix, Development Coordinator

Bio coming soon.

Board Members

Gaylord K. Swim, Founder (1948-2005)

Gaylord K. Swim was founder and President of Pillar Capital Advisors (PCA), attended Pomona College before transferring to Brigham Young University, where he received both a B.S. degree in Business Management/Finance and an M.A. in Political Science. In 1984 he opened and managed an office of Dominick & Dominick, a member of the New York Stock Exchange. He resigned his position with Dominick in 1989 to dedicate his professional time to fee-based investment management. Mr. Swim was a former chairman of EFI Electronics and served on the boards of a private school and a number of other nonprofit organizations. He was a portfolio manager, analyst, and member of the PCA Investment Committee.

Stanford D. Swim, Chairman

stan-swim160Stanford D. Swim is the president of GFC Foundation, a Utah-based private foundation. Prior to taking his current post, he was senior analyst for Probity Advisors, a registered investment advisor in Dallas, Texas. He worked in the technology industry as a software engineer and database developer. He serves on the boards of the State Policy Network and The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, and was board chairman of the National Council for Adoption for four years. Stan received an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in computer science from Utah Valley State College. He and his wife, Michelle, live with their children in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Brent Andrewsen, Trustee

Brent A. Andrewsen is a member of Kirton & McConkie’s Business, Tax and Estate Planning Sections. His practice includes estate planning, probate and trust administration, gift taxation, tax-exempt organizations, charitable trusts and planned giving. Mr. Andrewsen also has advised clients with respect to business matters and has assisted in forming various business entities and transactions. He is a frequent speaker on issues regarding tax-exempt organizations, planned giving, estate planning, and related topics. In addition to his professional work, he has sat on the boards of various charitable organizations over the years.

Joseph Kerry, Trustee

headshot photo Joe KerryJoseph Kerry is currently the managing partner at littlecloud, a strategic social media marketing company that helps media talent and business grow their brand. He also is the host of the Joe Kerry Radio Show broadcast from Salt Lake City and heard across the country.

Joseph is a New York Times and USA Today No. 1 best-selling author, having co-authored Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government with Glenn Beck.

He spent nearly 10 years working with Beck as his chief of staff and president of Glenn’s nonprofit, Mercury One. He worked in Washington, D.C., on President George H.W. Bush’s Council on Competitiveness and in New York City working with CNN, Fox News and The Blaze.

Prior to entering the media world, Joseph was a practicing attorney in the Philadelphia area and was one of the youngest attorneys to be admitted to the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, an organization reserved for individuals obtaining a verdict or settlement in excess of $1 million. He was also recognized as a “Rising Star Super Lawyer” and “Super Lawyer.”

Joe is married with three children and lives near Philadelphia.

Brent McKinley, Trustee

mckinley170Brent McKinley is currently the Director of Business Development at ExeVision, LC in Orem, Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 1987. Mr. McKinley has served on the Board of Trustees for the GFC Foundation since 2003.

Mark Stoddard, Trustee

stoddard170Mark Stoddard is currently the President and CEO of Central Valley Medical Center in Nephi, Utah and is Chairman of the Rural Health Group, Chairman of the Rural Health Foundation and President of Rural Health Management Corporation.  Regent Stoddard graduated from Snow College in 1978 with an Associate of Science degree in Business Management, followed by a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University and a Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University. Since then, Mark has had a desire to give back to the institution that gave him so much. In 1988, Stoddard became the Snow College Alumni President, a post he held until 1992. He served on the Snow College Board of Trustees from 1989-2001, and as Chairman of the Snow College Foundation from 2002-2007.

Jan M. Zogmaister, Trustee

jan170Jan Macfarlane Zogmaister is currently President and CEO of National Battery Sales in West Haven, Utah- a family owned and operated business serving a three state area since 1966.  Jan has recently completed two terms as Weber County Commissioner. While serving, she started The Second Chance program which provides opportunities for single women with children to overcome barriers to obtain housing when they exit corrections.  Jan is an advocate for the homeless.  She served as chair of the Local Homeless Coordinating Council where she worked to find solutions that would help those in need while encouraging self-sufficiency.  She is currently serving on the board of the United Way of Northern Utah and the executive board of the Trapper Trails Council of the Boy Scouts.  Wherever she serves she has seen success through collaboration.  She works to bring people and organizations together to accomplish common goals.