Executive Team

Rick Larsen

President & CEO

Stan Rasmussen

Vice President, Government Affairs

Derek Monson

Vice President, Policy

Kelsey Witt

Communications Director

Candice Backus Pierucci

Development Director

Policy Team

William C. Duncan

Director of The Center for Family and Society

Christine Cooke

Director of the Center for Educational Progress

Zach Schofield

Policy Research Analyst

Development Team

Kyle Treasure

Donor Relations Manager

Erica Crabb

Events Manager

Communications Team

Pamela Whitmore


Katie Rex

Social Media Manager

Operations Team

Amber Maxfield

Office Manager

Brenda Chamberlain

Accountant & Photographer


Gaylord K. Swim

Founder (1948-2005)

Gaylord K. Swim attended Pomona College before transferring to Brigham Young University, where he received a B.S. in business management and an M.A. in political science. He went on to found and lead Pillar Capital Advisors, later managing an office of Dominick & Dominick, then dedicating his professional time to investment management.

Gaylord’s success in business was exceeded only by his commitment to liberty. He and his wife, Laurie, set an example of mutual devotion to faith, family and freedom. In 1995, he founded Sutherland Institute as a resource to the state Legislature and a certain trumpet of conservative principles. Gaylord chose to name the Institute not after himself, but after someone else – someone he admired – Utah’s only Supreme Court justice, George Sutherland.

Regardless of the endeavor, his goals were always the same: foster faith, develop character, teach principles, promote accountability, build the community, and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

Stanford 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 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 is managing partner at littlecloud, a strategic social media marketing company. He hosts the Joe Kerry Radio Show, broadcast from Salt Lake City. Joe 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 chief of staff and president of Beck’s nonprofit. Joe served on President George H.W. Bush’s Council on Competitiveness and worked with CNN, Fox News and The Blaze. Previously, Joe was a practicing attorney. He is married with three children and lives near Philadelphia.



Brent McKinley is the director of business development at ExeVision Inc., a South Jordan-based technology company providing services to state departments of transportation for highway infrastructure development. McKinley’s background includes leading marketing and sales organizations for various technology companies and involvement in multiple entrepreneurial ventures. McKinley has served on the Board of Trustees for the GFC Foundation, a Utah-based private foundation, since 2003. He and his wife, Kris, live in Orem, Utah, and are the proud parents of four wonderful adult children.



Mark 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 given 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 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. 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.



Derek Brown is currently managing partner of Utah Policy Advocates. He previously served as a vice president at 1-800 Contacts, a Utah-based technology company with almost 1,000 employees. A former member of the Utah House of Representatives, Brown served as deputy chief of staff to U.S. Senator Mike Lee and as chief counsel to U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett in Washington, D.C. An attorney by training, Brown practiced law in Washington, D.C., with the international law firm of Sidley & Austin, and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is an adjunct professor of law at Brigham Young University, serves as the vice chair of the Advisory Board for Intermountain Homecare, and serves on the board of trustees for the Hale Centre Theatre. He and his wife, Emilie de Azevedo, have four children.



Brad Harr is the founder of Injury Smart Law, serving personal injury clients in Utah, Nevada and Arizona. He received his juris doctorate from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, in Tennessee, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Utah. Now living in St. George, Harr and his family are active in their community; they have sponsored and participated in 156 events in the last year, including the St. George Marathon, Washington Cotton Days, Santa Clara Swiss Days, St. George’s Fourth of July Celebration, and many other charitable events. Harr believes that making a difference in the community means rolling up your sleeves and going to work. He has served on leadership boards including the Southern Utah Bar Association, Leadership Dixie, Scott Matheson Inns of Court, Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism, and Boy Scout events of all levels. Brad is married to his best friend, Marta, and is an active father to their five sons and four daughters.



Chase Hale is the Business Officer of American Heritage School, an independent, faith-oriented K-12 school providing character-based education to 900+ students at its American Fork, Utah campus and to thousands of distance-education students worldwide. Prior to working with AHS, Chase was a Regional Financial Controller for Mastec Network Solutions, a B2B project-management firm tasked with constructing AT&T’s cellular network. After receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Accounting from BYU, Chase obtained a CPA license while working as a financial-statement auditor for Deloitte & Touche. Chase and his wife Laura are raising five children.



Ron is currently Founding Managing Director of GrowthRoad Ventures a Utah based venture capital firm providing early stage seed and growth capital to the technology sectors. Ron is also the Director of Finance of The Chosen, LLC which is producing a multi-season TV series on the life of Jesus Christ and those He touched.   Ron was a co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Daw Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ; DAWK), a publicly traded, company which established itself as the leading global turnkey supplier of fully integrated ultraclean manufacturing environments to the worldwide semi-conductor market. Ron served on the Board of Trustees at Westminster College in Salt Lake City Utah and was a finalist in Utah for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award an award that recognizes outstanding and innovative entrepreneurial business leaders from nominees in more than 125 cities and 40 countries.

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