Jamie is a strategic and analytic thinker with almost 20 years of marketing and communications experience. The majority of her career has been supporting business and technology clients in the private sector but she has a love and passion for the public sector that goes back to her AmeriCorps service. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. She is the mother of two children, loves cookies, tap dancing, running, and laughing. While she sometimes practices yoga, she’s more about the nap at the end than the flow in the middle.
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Jason is a Director, Content Development for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. He received a Master of Public Administration from the 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 Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Tier II Board; he has previously served on boards of the Utah Cultural Alliance, Utah Society of Fund Raisers, and the Young Democrats of Utah. Jason and his husband, Brian, live in Millcreek with their daughter, Sydney, and two dogs. He is a film buff, lifelong Utah Jazz fan, and stays active through Crossfit and running.
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.
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.
Emily Clark is a Mom, Wife and Journalist. While Emily's most important job is that of Mother, she is also the Morning Anchor for ABC4. Emily has been wishing Utah a 'Good Morning' from the station for the past eight years and is happy to be working in her home state. Emily is a graduate of BYU, Diet Coke lover and fan of the Utah Jazz. DDI Vantage has been helpful for her daughter Kennedy. Emily is excited to introduce other Utah families to DDI Vantage and the opportunities for support.
Katie is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of experience in public and private accounting, including extensive work in the non-profit sector. Katie and her husband entered the world of special needs parenting when her daughter was born in 2015 and diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. After receiving services through Early Intervention, Katie became motivated to advocate for individuals with disabilities through work and personal life. She is an active member and fundraiser for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Utah, volunteers in the Family Match program with Genetic Counseling Students at the University of Utah, and participates nationally in new parent diagnoses mentoring. Professionally, Katie is the Director of Finance for the National Ability Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit in Park City, UT that specializes in adaptive recreation for individuals with different abilities.
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.
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. Cheryl Acton currently serves in the Utah House of Representatives for District 43. She 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 and her husband, Scott, have occupied the same home in West Jordan for 22 years. Over an 11-year span touching three decades and two millennia (1989-2000), they had two sons and two daughters, the youngest of whom is a freshman at Utah State. As a family, they accomplished the goal of travelling together to all 50 states. Representative Acton has many hobbies and interests, including writing, travelling, current events, history, quote collecting, and photography. She is endlessly fascinated by people, nature, and animals. Cheryl was motivated to run for office by a desire to restore and preserve freedom, which, in her view, has been eroding over her lifetime. Cheryl believes in the worth and dignity of individuals and families and their right and ability to govern their own affairs. She also believes that, for the good of the Republic, civility, wit, and wisdom must return to politics.