Sutherland Newsletter – April 22, 2010


Sutherland Institute is currently accepting applications for the Director of Communications position.  Interested applicants should send a copy of their current resume and a cover letter to Lisa Montgomery at, or by postal mail to Sutherland Institute, 307 West 200 South, Suite 5005, Salt Lake City, UT  84101.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The communications director oversees all forms of internal and external communications for the Institute, and is responsible for directing Sutherland’s brand and marketing strategies.  With attention to enhancing the Institute’s visibility and reputation, and generating positive media coverage, the communications director will provide strategic support for the Institute’s four policy centers, as well as general operations, in order to accomplish the organization’s primary policy objectives.  This person will work to create consistent, timely, and appropriate messages that will enable targeted audiences to understand who we are and what we do by highlighting our seven governing principles and four policy centers.  He or she will also be responsible for carrying out Sutherland’s multi-faceted, long-term communications plan that includes media relations, Internet communications, publications, and innovation components.  Each area has been developed to more effectively identify, foster, and retain relationships with targeted audiences.  The communications director will oversee and mentor a staff of full-time and contract employees.



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Sutherland Institute presented The Honorable James V. Hansen and his wife, Ann, with its annual Legacy Award at the 2010 Legacy Awards Banquet on Thursday evening, May 13, at the Rice-Eccles Stadium & Towers in Salt Lake City.


Each year, Sutherland honors an outstanding Utah couple with this prestigious award.  The Hansens were recognized for their lifetime of service in promoting faith, family, and freedom.


Jim Hansen represented Utah’s 1st District as a member of the United States Congress from 1981-2003, and was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 1973-1980, where he served as Speaker of the House from 1979-1980.  Jim Hansen also served as a member of the Farmington City Council and in numerous leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including time as a bishop and stake president.


Ann Hansen is also well-known for her service to family, friends, neighbors, her community, and her country.  The Honorable Ted Stewart, U.S. District Court judge and family friend of the Hansens, presented the Legacy Award to the couple.


Other honorees included Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups and Speaker of the HouseDavid Clark who received Sutherland’s Limited Government Award for their work promoting the proper role of government.  Dr. Edwin Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., presented the award to Speaker Clark and President Waddoups.  He told those in attendance that Utah is setting the example for the rest of the nation in terms limiting government and preserving liberty.


The Personal Responsibility Award was presented to The Pete Suazo Business Center (PSBC) for its efforts promoting and encouraging personal responsibility.  The Pete Suazo Business Center just celebrated its 19th graduating class, has served more than 5800 individuals by means of its programs and seminars, and has helped to create more than 1,100 jobs for people in Utah.  Center volunteers have devoted more than 7,800 hours counseling clients and students now engaged in Utah’s business community.


During her acceptance speech, Gladys Gonzalez, chair and founder of the PSBC, announced that the Center is expanding its influence in Utah by beginning to offer its courses online for the first time.  Remarkably, the center is run by two full-time and one part-time staff members in addition to its board of trustees and numerous volunteers.


Alicia Suazo, widow of the first Hispanic Utah State Senator and Center namesake, Pete Suazo, presented the award and thanked the PSBC for continuing the work initiated by her husband.