Board of Directors

  • Peggy Carrico (Chair)

    Retired, Hospital Administration

    Peggy Carrico retired from a career in mental health care administration.. She has a Master’s of Business Administration from Utah State University. Peggy is Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Utah and previously served on the Family Counseling Center Board. She is a West Bountiful resident. "I have become passionate about the needs of people with mental health and substance abuse disorders. The access to services for anyone is challenging, but for the unfunded and underfunded it is bleak. I became aware of Volunteers of America through my work and a project we developed to improve access to services for unfunded patients. The organization’s vision and mission matched my desire to make a difference for this undeserved population."

  • Blake Wade (Chair-Elect)

    Gilmore & Bell, P.C. Shareholder

    Blake K. Wade is a director with the law firm of Gilmore & Bell, located in their Salt Lake City office. Prior to joining Gilmore & Bell, Mr. Wade was a partner in Ballard Spahr's Salt Lake City office and was with Ballard for nearly 30 years. Mr. Wade has senior responsibility for many of bond counsel and underwriter's counsel engagements for student loan bonds, housing, higher education, transportation and airport finance, industrial development, redevelopment and tax increment financing, general obligation bonds, and lease and other revenue bond financing. This work includes financings from small rural water systems to asset-backed bonds of half a billion dollars. Mr. Wade holds his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. In 2012 he led a cross-firm team of attorneys who worked with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to research and draft seven special-education manuals for parents of children with disabilities in their respective states. He also took a lead role in work compiling information on voting rights act discrimination matters. Most recently, he assisted with pro bono representation on clemency cases under the Clemency Project 2014.

  • Lance Dunkley (Secretary)

    Maverik, Inc.

    Lance Dunkley is the vice president of real estate at Maverik, Inc. Prior to joining Maverik Mr. Dunkley was a shareholder of the law firm of Kirton McConkie in its Real Property, Leasing and Land Use section. His real estate practice concentrates on site selection, entitlements and construction of Maverik convenience stores and fuel centers. Mr. Dunkley is also a member of Maverik’s executive team. Mr. Dunkley graduated cum laude from Hofstra University, Hofstra School of Law in 2004. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Utah. He is a member of the Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee of Salt Lake City, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and a CCIM candidate. Mr. Dunkley speaks Italian and Spanish. He resides in Salt Lake City with his wife and their 7 children.

  • Joe Mott (Treasurer)

    Intermountain Healthcare

    Joe Mott, Administrator of Intermountain Medical Center, has twenty-five years of experience in healthcare leadership with roles as hospital chief financial officer, CEO and Vice President of Population Health – all with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City Utah. Joe is committed to principle-based leadership with a strong commitment to community value. Joe has served as the Chair of the National Children’s Hospital Quality Committee and Chair of the Davis County Board of Health. He received an MBA degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and resides in Bountiful, Utah with his wife, Ellen.

  • Kathy Bray (President & CEO)

    Volunteers of America, Utah

    Kathy Bray serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Volunteers of America, Utah. Mrs. Bray is responsible for the overall management, fiscal stability, and strategic direction of the organization. She is a Certified Social Worker with more than twenty-five years of experience in direct client service and administration of homeless and substance abuse related programs. Mrs. Bray has also served as the Director of Detoxification Services and Vice President of Programs during her 20 year tenure. She is ativley involved in developing community solutions related to homelessness and behavioral health issues.

  • Jacquie Bernard

    University of Utah Department of Pediatrics

    Jacquie Bernard, Associate Chair for Finance and Operations at the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics, has twenty years of experience in higher education and academic health care. Prior to her position in the Department of Pediatrics, she served as Associate Dean for the School of Dentistry and in other positions at the University of Utah. Jacquie holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and received her MBA from the University of Utah. Jacquie is also a registered nurse and worked for five years as a public health nurse assigned to local school districts. In this role, she saw first-hand the challenging home environments of many children in Salt Lake County and began to understand the difficulties children face as they overcome health, economic, and social barriers to success. Jacquie and her husband, Mike, enjoy traveling throughout the western United States and are the proud parents of two sons.

  • Brad Burton (Former Chair)

    Dominion Energy

    Brad Burton has 35 years with Dominion Questar Corporation. He is General Manager of Federal Regulatory Affairs for Questar Pipeline and is Questar Pipeline’s Chief FERC Compliance Officer. Brad holds a BS in Finance and an MBA from the University of Utah. Brad’s interest in Volunteers of America began many years ago when searching for a service project for a church youth group. A newspaper article about the Homeless Youth Resource Center caught his attention and the youth group decided to acquire needed sleeping bags for the center. Since that time Brad has lost a brother-in-law to alcohol related disease and seen a step brother successfully treated at VOA’s detox center. Seeing first-hand the work of VOA and the impact it can have on individuals and their families made Brad an advocate. Working on the Board is Brad’s way of giving back to an organization that does so much good for those who find themselves seemingly without.

  • Lynn Dahlberg

    Williams Northwest Pipeline LLC

    Lynn Dahlberg is Director of Marketing Services, overseeing commercial operations for Williams Northwest Pipeline LLC (an interstate natural gas pipeline company) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lynn has worked in the natural gas industry for the last 27 years and was in public accounting for the 3 years prior. She holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Southeast Missouri State University. Lynn believes that Utah is a great place to live and she wants to help VOA make it even better by helping the vulnerable population in Utah become self-reliant and healthy.

  • Brice Laris

    Cimetrix Software Company

    Brice A. Laris finds, trains and develops the best software team in the industry in his role as Human Resources Manager for Cimetrix, a Utah based company. Previously, Brice worked for Rocky Mountain Power for 14 years as a staffing manager, HR business partner and corporate trainer. Brice also worked for eight years at Discover Card in a variety of roles including IT, customer service manager and senior training specialist. A proud Parson, now Griffin, Brice is a graduate of Westminster College with dual bachelor degrees in business and communication; and a master’s degree in professional communication. In his time away from work, Brice, and his husband Kevin, enjoy traveling the world, watching Star Trek and attending as much live theatre as possible. Brice and Kevin are the proud dads of three cats: Chris Pine, Noonian Soong and Harry Kim. Brice is proud of the Volunteers of America’s programs, especially those that provide support for the LGBT community, and is grateful to be able to contribute to the success of the organization.

  • Shawna Laws

    Wells Fargo

    Shawna Laws, Community Banking District Manager at Wells Fargo Bank, has spent the last 17 years building diverse relationships within the Greater Salt Lake area. Her passion for diversity has helped her to build a reputation as a leader who cares about people and believes in their potential to grow. Shawna earned her B.S. in Business from the University of Phoenix in 2011 and completed her master-level extension program at the Pacific Coast Banking School in 2012. She started as a part-time teller and has held every position within our Wells Fargo Branches; helping people succeed financially is the driving force behind why she is so successful. Shawna learned about, Volunteers of America, through a volunteer partnership at Wells Fargo and was inspired by their mission of “uplifting all people.” Advocating for the success of others is a natural desire for Shawna and makes her excited, as well as honored, to play a role in the difference making work of, Volunteers of America Utah.

  • Gary Murray

    Optum Bank

    Gary Murray is Chief Credit Officer of Optum Bank, the leader in Healthcare Savings Accounts. He holds a B.S degree in Business Management-Finance from Brigham Young University. In addition, he earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Utah. Gary has worked in banking since graduating and has specialized in providing capital to local, regional, and national businesses. At Optum Bank he focuses on extending credit to healthcare providers that require capital for their equipment or physical facilities. Gary began his involvement with VOA by volunteering at the HYRC and has invited many of his friends and coworkers to volunteer there also. He finds serving with the VOA very fulfilling because some of his own friends and relatives have needed the services that VOA provides to the community.

  • Tera Page

    SelectHealth

    Tera Page is the Chief of Staff in the Office of the CEO, at SelectHealth, which is a medical insurance company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Intermountain Healthcare. In this role, she was assigned to work on behavioral health initiatives, which grew to involvement with organizations like the VOA. Tera started her career at SelectHealth in 2001. She previously held positions in the Small Employer and Individual Plans departments and Provider Relations. Prior to joining SelectHealth, she worked in a regional administrative position for Novartis, a world-leading life sciences company involved in health care, agri-business, and nutrition. Tera received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA with an emphasis in healthcare administration from Western Governors University. She is passionate about helping others and has enjoyed serving in volunteer capacities.

  • Shelley Wright Kendrick

    Dominion Energy

    Shelley Wright Kendrick is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Dominion Energy, an interstate natural gas pipeline company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Shelley has worked in various roles in the Dominion Questar Corporation organization throughout her 35-year career with the company. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. “I have been so impressed with the mission and vision of VOA and in particular the Homeless Youth Resource Center and want to be a part of moving this critical work forward.” Shelley’s late husband previously volunteered for the Homeless Youth Resource Center and his passion for assisting homeless youth in their journey toward independence and wellness sparked her interest in being on the VOA Board. Shelley enjoys spending time with her family including her seven grandchildren and participating in many outdoor activities.

  • Bob Lake (Board Emeritus)

    Eide Bailey

    Bob Lake was a co-founder of Lake, Hill & Myers, a Salt Lake City based CPA firm that was founded in 1989. During 2013, Lake, Hill & Myers merged with Eide Bailly, a regional CPA firm. Bob spent just over 38 years in public practice specializing in audit and business consulting, before retiring mid- 2016. His practice emphasis was with non-profit organizations and real estate entities, including multi-family housing, low income housing tax credit projects and new market tax credit projects. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Utah in 1978. Bob joined the Volunteers of America, Utah Board of Directors in 2006 and has served in many capacities, including the Board Chair. He is particularly passionate about the Adult Detox Center. Bob enjoys cycling, reading non-fiction, hiking, St. George, and his Utes. He is married to Diane and is the father of four sons, and he and Diane have 14 grandchildren

  • Don Russell (Board Emeritus)

    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Don has served as a manager in the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the past 35 years. He holds a B.A. in Communications/Public Relations from Brigham Young University. The Saratoga, CA native has long made the commitment to use public transportation daily as well as take frequent noon-time walks in the downtown Salt Lake City area. As such, he has noticed that the best way to help the many people he sees daily who are struggling with addiction or homelessness is partially through VOA’s services. He enjoys community service, sports, mass media, music, theater, coins, travel, and is very involved in the water industry within the state. A board member since 2005, he is duly impressed with VOA’s staff and appreciates their commitment to and love for those they accommodate.