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SALT LAKE CITY (MAY 11, 2011) — Sutherland Institute has hired three new employees, two for its development work and one for communications. Bette Arial and Todd Sylvester are joining the development department, directed by Liv Moffat, while Alexis Young is adding her skill set to the communications department, led by Dave Buer.

Bette Arial comes to Sutherland after more than 10 years with EnergySolutions, where she was the vice president of government and community affairs. In this role, Arial developed relationships with legislators, mayors and chambers of commerce across Utah. As senior advisor for Sutherland, Arial will focus her development efforts in southern Utah, with her base of operations in St. George, where she resides.

Todd Sylvester joins Sutherland as manager of donor relations after a successful career in medical sales and public speaking. Sylvester founded a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating Utah’s children about healthy lifestyles. His 20 years of experience as a motivational speaker, along with his passion for helping Utah’s families, guide Sylvester as he handles development for Sutherland along the Wasatch Front.

Prior to working with Sutherland, Alexis Young was the public relations director of a marketing firm in northern Utah. She also completed internships with KSL 5 and ABC 4 News. Young is a graduate of the University of Utah with a B.A. in communications (broadcast journalism emphasis). She will focus on creating multimedia reports for Sutherland that demonstrate how government affects Utahns’ lives.

Sutherland Institute is a conservative, state-based, independent public policy organization located in Salt Lake City. Its mission: protecting the cause of freedom, constructively influencing Utah’s decision makers, and promoting responsible citizenship. Sutherland Institute is recognized as the leading conservative think tank in the state of Utah.