Sutherland Team

Executive Team

Rick B. Larsen

Rick B. Larsen

President & CEO

Aaron Taylor

Aaron Taylor

Executive Vice President

Stan Rasmussen

Stan Rasmussen

Vice President, Government Affairs

Derek Monson

Derek Monson

Vice President, Policy & Senior Fellow, Tax Policy

Kelsey Witt

Kelsey Witt

Communications Director

Policy Team

William C. Duncan

William C. Duncan

Religious Freedom Policy Fellow

Christine Cooke

Christine Cooke

Education Policy Fellow

Development Team

Rayanne Matlock

Rayanne Matlock

Events Manager

Communications Team

Communications Team

Pamela Whitmore

Pamela Whitmore

Editor

Spencer Williams

Spencer Williams

Digital Content Creator

Operations Team

Brenda Chamberlain

Brenda Chamberlain

Accountant

Board of Directors

Gaylord K. Swim

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.

Ron Daw

Ron Daw

Chairman

Ron is currently founding partner of Viaggio Resorts, which is developing a network of high-end fractional owned properties throughout Europe. Ron is also a founding partner in Warboy Productions, and a founding partner of a Utah-based film production company making a series about the renovation of a 200-year-old palace in Italy. Previously Ron was CFO of The Chosen LLC, which produced a multi-season TV series on the life of Jesus Christ. Ron was a co-founder, CEO and chairman of Daw Technologies Inc., which was the leading global turnkey supplier of integrated ultraclean manufacturing environments to the worldwide semiconductor market. Ron served on the board of trustees at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and was a finalist in Utah for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton, Ret.

Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton, Ret.

Director

General Jeff Burton has served for more than three decades in uniform on active duty status. He has served across the globe to include multiple assignments in Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East and Europe. While serving in Germany, he witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union and the destruction of the Berlin Wall. Burton was appointed adjutant general of the Utah National Guard in 2012. He was responsible for the readiness and training of over 7,000 soldiers and airmen. Burton has served as a company commander, battalion executive officer and assistant professor of military science at Brigham Young and Utah Valley universities. He commanded the 1457th Engineer Combat Battalion from 2002 to 2005, during which time his unit served in Iraq and participated in the initial ground war, conducting IED-defeat and route-clearance missions. In 2007, Burton was assigned as Assistant Adjutant General-Army and Commander of the Utah Army National Guard. Burton attended BYU’s Reserve Officer Training Corps, where he commissioned in 1984 as the distinguished military graduate. He also has degrees in sociology, educational counseling and strategic studies. Burton retired from his service in 2019.
Chase Hale

Chase Hale

Director

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 campus in American Fork, Utah, and to thousands of distance-education students worldwide. Prior to working with AHS, Chase was the Mid-Atlantic 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 in accounting from BYU, Chase began his professional career as a financial-statement auditor for Deloitte & Touche. Chase and his wife, Laura, are raising five children.
Brent McKinley

Brent McKinley

Director

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.
Brent Andrewsen

Brent Andrewsen

Director

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.

Brad Harr

Brad Harr

Director

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.

Greg Miller

Greg Miller

Director, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies; Governor, National Basketball Association

Greg Miller is an American businessman, philanthropist and adventurer. His passions for off-road vehicles and the great outdoors are paired in Salt Lake City’s Land Cruiser Heritage Museum. Greg led an expedition that was the first instance of a single vehicle driving on all seven continents. Long before Greg was crossing continents in Land Cruisers, he was sweeping the lot at his family’s Toyota store. In the decades that followed, Greg’s responsibilities increased, and in 2008, he become CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. By the end of Greg’s tenure in 2015, the Group was better honed and prepared for future success. Miller serves on the Utah Office of Tourism Board of Directors and is a member of Solamere Capital’s Executive Partner Group. Greg and his wife, Heidi, support communities through the Sherry Black Education Foundation. They reside in Salt Lake City, have six children and are grandparents to seven.

Frantz Belot

Frantz Belot

Director

Frantz Belot, Ph.D., is co-founder of Tyfoom, a mobile-first platform that documents and improves communication, productivity and training. He is also a co-founder of Tech Trep Academy, a tuition-free, public school program tailored to the unique needs of each student. From 2011 to 2015, he worked with Imagine Learning, which provides a complete suite of adaptive digital curriculum and assessment solutions for PreK-8 in language development. As one of the executives, he was instrumental in helping the company to a successful acquisition. Belot is a native of Haiti and was raised in Montreal, Quebec. Belot obtained his Ph.D. from BYU in educational leadership with an emphasis in organizational behavior. His entrepreneurial spirit permeates all aspects of his life. He’s passionate about helping people access education and training so they can positively impact their lives, businesses and communities for good. Belot and his wife, Brandi, are joyfully raising five sons.

Sharlene Wells Hawkes

Sharlene Wells Hawkes

President

Sharlene Wells Hawkes is president/founder of Remember My Service (RMS) Military Productions, a division of StoryRock Inc. RMS Productions is the only full-service video production and book publishing provider working specifically with the military and veterans organizations. Hawkes holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from BYU and a master’s in integrated marketing communication from the University of Utah. After college, she signed with ESPN and spent 16 years as an award-winning sportscaster, covering such world-class events as World Cup Soccer, World Cup Skiing, the Kentucky Derby 1995-2004, the French Open, and Big 10 College Football 1990-1995. Hawkes has four children and two grandchildren.

Joseph Kerry

Joseph Kerry

Director

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.

John Sperry

John Sperry

Director

John Sperry is the entrepreneurial force behind InMoment. He founded the company in 2002 and served as CEO until 2017, when he took on the new role of Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board. In 2010, John joined the ranks of the V100 as one of the top entrepreneurs to lead a new venture to success. That same year, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young for the Utah Region. Under John’s leadership, the company has enjoyed strong growth, claiming a spot on the Inc. 500/5000 for five consecutive years. John’s abundant energy and passion is focused toward continual innovation. His philosophy, which highlights the importance of valuing each employee, client, and consumer individually, is core to everything he creates—from companies to new technology. Before founding InMoment, John headed up the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions for leading insurance, financial services, and automotive brands. He also served as senior vice president at SunGard, a billion-dollar company that provides mission-critical software and services to the financial services industry.

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