DeAnne has a child with cerebral palsy who received services through DDI VANTAGE Early Intervention and other premature children who received services through the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Her personal experience as a mother of a child with a disability has motivated her to advocate for persons with disabilities through service with several community agencies. She served in the PTA as president, as a SIDS support group mentor, with the Parent-to-Parent Program at the University of Utah, and as a volunteer for the 2002 Paralympics (for which her daughter carried the torch). DeAnne also has worked as a certified nursing assistant, bookkeeper, and photographer of newborns at St. Mark’s and IMC Hospitals.
Jamie is a communications professional who has been in advertising and marketing for over fifteen years. While it has served her well, her initial foray into life outside of school was with AmeriCorps where she learned to love a variety of under-served populations within Salt Lake County. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and is an active volunteer and previous educator for Planned Parenthood of Utah. She is the mother of two children, loves cookies, tap dancing, running, and laughing. While she sometimes practices yoga, she really does it to enjoy five minutes of quiet at the end.
Jason is an Internal Communications Manager for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. He received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in communication from Boston University. In addition to the DDI VANTAGE, Inc. Board of Trustees, he serves on the Board for Utah Cultural Alliance; he previously served on boards for the Utah Society of Fund Raisers and the Young Democrats of Utah. Jason lives with his fiancé, Brian, and their two dogs. He is an avid film buff, lifelong Utah Jazz fan, and stays active through Crossfit and running.
Gary is an attorney who has practiced law for fifteen years, focusing primarily on the representation of clients in the health care industry. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts in political economy from Michigan State University. Gary’s volunteer community experience includes service as Utah Law Day chair and as a member of the journal committee of the Utah Bar, finance committee for the Cathedral of the Madeleine Parish, and Knights of Columbus. Gary is the father of children enrolled in Early Intervention.
Matthew is the Controller at Midwest Commercial Holdings. He received a Master of Professional Accountancy (MprA) and bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. He is an avid golfer who enjoys photography and spending time with his three boys.
MK received a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Brigham Young University. He is a certified public accountant with more than 15 years’ experience in taxation with an emphasis in corporate tax and flow through entities, including three years’ experience in financial and operational accounting.
Hank is a Pediatric Radiologist at Primary Children's Hospital, where his leadership roles focus on radiology education and collaborative system improvements in pediatric imaging. He and his wife, Debbie, have two young girls, including one who benefited from Early Intervention through DDI VANTAGE.
Dan is a School Counselor for Granite School District and is also a former DDI VANTAGE Early Intervention employee. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Community Services and a Master of Science degree in Psychology/School Counseling from Utah State University. He is married with four children (three boys and one girl). He enjoys running and has participated in Ragnar Wasatch Back and the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. Additionally, he is a scoutmaster and fluent in Spanish.
Cheryl Acton was born and raised in Kansas before moving to Arizona for her senior year of high school. She lived in northern Denmark for a year as a Rotary Youth Ambassador, then arrived in Utah to begin her freshman year at BYU. Awed by Utah’s scenic beauty and its wonderful people, she takes enormous pride in her adopted home state. After graduating from BYU with a B.A. in English, Cheryl worked as a law librarian while her husband finished graduate school. She has also worked for the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Defense, where she earned the Meritorious Service Award. She’s been a freelance writer and editor, an independent contractor, an internet researcher, a newspaper reporter, and a classroom volunteer, but in her heart, she’s always been a teacher. Cheryl won a seat in the Utah House of Representatives in 2017, filling an interim vacancy by special election and gubernatorial appointment. She enjoys being a voice for the people of her district and serving people across the state. Cheryl believes in the worth and dignity of all individuals and families.