Leave Your Mark

Advisors 2014-2015


Anthony Sams, Advisor 2012

AnthonySamsAnthony has been Digital Scholarship Consultant and Project Manager for the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library since 2010. In this role, he coordinates all scholarly video production and provides expertise to faculty, graduate students and members of the library staff for anything related to video and visual literacy digital storytelling. He has taught classes and spoken locally and nationally on digital storytelling, mobile services and workflow in visual projects.

Tony received his master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas. He previously taught visual arts in the Salt Lake City School District, the Colby School and Salt Lake Community College. He is founder, CEO of StoryRobe, an innovative app to share stories.

Tony believes education is exploding and stories help us broaden our understanding. The data can be linked together, searchable, relevant and accessible through the Life Story Library.
Lance Anderson, Advisor 2013

LanceAndersonLance is a mechanical engineer with a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He is also a serial entrepreneur who has kept records, scrapbooks or journals his entire life. He founded the scrapbook company, Rusty Pickle, which innovated some of the coolest “scrapbook stuff” in the world.

Lance began teaching scrapbook classes on a fluke while filling in for someone at the last minute, and he fell in love with teaching. During the past 12 years, he has taught over 50,000 women (and 53 men) on five continents and in 21 countries, including hundreds of local scrapbook stores.

“When meeting people, I am always fascinated to hear their stories, and also to see their stories through their pictures. Everyone has a story to tell, and I want to hear them all.” He is excited about the Life Story Library Foundation as another way for people to share the stories of their lives. “I believe we grow in wisdom with every story we hear.”
Laura Dupuy. Advisor 2013

LauraDupuyLaura has been the executive director of the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy since 1998. She graduated from Seoul Foreign School, Seoul, Korea and received a B.A. degree in liberal arts from The Western College, Oxford, Ohio. She later attended Idaho State University, received a degree in accounting, passed the CPA exam and earned her MBA from Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

For ten years, Laura worked in the commercial and financial printing industry. She was with the international accounting firm of KPMG. Prior to joining the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, she served as an officer of the Board of Trustees of the National Council for International Visitors. She has served as a member of the International Advisory Board, University of Utah, and the Salt Lake City Arts Council. She is currently a member of the Utah Women’s Forum.

Laura plays the fiddle and loves the stories that are told through traditional bluegrass and Celtic music. She is excited to bring her skills and experience to the Life Story Library Foundation.

Brandy Farmer. Advisor 2013

BrandFarmerBrandy committed her life, many years ago, to ensure that crime victims receive available resources to keep them safe. Her relentless efforts, dedication and inspiration have resulted in bettering the plight of abuse victims. With the help of over 2,000 volunteers, she coordinated former Utah Attorney General Jan Graham’s “Safe at Home” program and educated 500,000 statewide in the prevention of domestic abuse.

Brandy has over 25 years of experience in the legislative process in Utah and in Congress. In 2000, she was personally responsible for getting dating violence added to the first re-authorization of Violence Against Women Act in the United States. She currently serves as president of the board of Centro Civco Mexicano, where she is dedicated to improve the lives of Latinos and Hispanics in Utah.

Brandy is excited to collect stories for the Life Story Library Foundation. “It is critical for us to be able to tell our stories and the history of our families, and to give everyone a voice, especially those who are afraid to speak up for themselves.”

Howard Headlee, Advisor 2013

HowardHeadleeHoward was appointed president and CEO of the Utah Bankers Association in 1997. As the leader of the trade association, he created the Regulatory Feedback Initiative, designed to introduce transparency and accountability into the bank examination process, and launched the industry’s first “Super PAC,” Friends of Traditional Banking.

Prior to leading UBA, Howard served six years as vice president of the Utah Taxpayers Association and as an auditor in the Detroit office of the international accounting firm, KPMG Peat Marwick, specializing in the area of financial institutions. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and MBA from the University of Utah.

In 2001, he founded the American Preparatory Academy, one of the largest and most successful public charter schools in Utah. In 2012, he was appointed to serve on the Utah State Charter School Board. He also serves as chairman of the Utah Center for Affordable Housing and other community organizations.

Howard recognizes that no one wants to be forgotten, and the mission Life Story Library Foundation potentially could benefit every human being on the planet. He is pleased to be involved as a financial advisor.

Marc Johnson, Advisor 2013

MarcJohnsonMarc has been working with seniors and their life stories since 2001. He helped launch a literature discussion and memoir program for seniors called “Lifescapes,” hosted by the Washoe County Library System and the University of Nevada Reno.

After receiving his BA in English literature in 2002, Marc became a member of the Association of Personal Historians and served on its board of directors. He owns his own business, Access Generations, which helps families preserve and celebrate their life stories and the lessons gained through experience. He specializes in video, book and group discussions to honor people’s lives.

Beginning in 2006, Marc collaborated with senior living communities in Sacramento, CA to provide programs such as the Veteran’s History Project to connect veterans with each other and record their stories in video for the Library of Congress. He developed personal history projects, cognitive fitness programs and a reminiscence program called Your Lifestories. From 2009 till 2014, Marc worked as an instructor and then director with the Engage Life department of Atria Senior Living. He is a strong supporter of the Life Story Library Foundation.

Mary Johnston, Advisor 2013

MaryJohnsonMary, across the last thirty years, has been helping people of all ages with their writing, first as a high school English teacher, and now as a writing coach, freelance editor and personal historian. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and her master’s from Bread Loaf School of English.

After teaching for fourteen years at various New England preparatory schools, Mary founded Wordworks, an editing service in Charleston, South Carolina, to help writers polish and publish their writing. In 2009, she started a personal history service, Tell Your Stories, to create personal history heirloom books and help writers complete their memoirs.

Mary has helped hundreds of writers discover their voices and put their experiences and knowledge into words. Many of those writers have published their words—some in academic journals, others in books for family members and loved ones, and still others for the general public.

Eager to learn about and preserve personal stories, Mary is thrilled that the Life Story Library serves as a restorative reservoir for anyone who reads the stories, and as a healing balm for anyone who writes them.

Adriane Herrick Juarez, Advisor 2013

AdrianeHerrickAdriane built a distinguished career of almost 30 years with the Salt Lake City Public Library System, and she is now the director of the Park City Library. She received her Master’s Degree in library science from Emporia State University (ESU), and later served ESU as an adjunct faculty member and then the ESU-School of Library and Information Management Utah Regional Director, helping students realize their career dreams in the information industry.

Adriane served as the 2013-2014 Utah Library Association President and as the Co-Chair of the Mountain Plains Library Association Leadership Institute from 2000-2014. She is currently completing her MBA with Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

Adriane believes in the importance of recording life stories within our community, and she is honored to be a Life Story Library Foundation Advisor.

Kristen Moulton-Cilwik, Advisor 2013

KristenMoultonKristen earned a degree in journalism at the University of Idaho and has been a journalist for over 30 years. Her reporting and writing has been recognized in various professional contests, and she has attended several national workshops on beat reporting.

Kristen worked as a journalist for the Mesa Tribune and the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, the Arizona Trend, a business and finance magazine, in Phoenix, the Fort Worth Star Telegram in Texas and managing editor the The Daily News in Moscow, Idaho. For seven years, she was a newswoman with the Associated Press Salt Lake City Bureau.

Since 1999, Kristen has been a journalist for The Salt Lake Tribune, covering community news, religion, military and veterans’ affairs. Most recently, she has been on a team that covers everything from education to health care and natural resources, a response to changing trends in news reporting and the downsizing of community newspaper all across the country.

Kristen loves a good story, and she knows the public values them, too. She sees in the Life Story Library Foundation a chance to contribute to another way of preserving the varied, rich stories of people’s lives.

Nan Phifer, Advisor 2013

NanPhiferNan has long been affiliated with the Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon, and she travels widely to lead seminars for teachers, writing groups, and interfaith assemblies.

After graduating from the University of Colorado, teaching at the secondary level, and earning a Master of Liberal Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Nan taught at Villa Julie College in Baltimore and Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

Her award winning book, Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide, is an outgrowth of handouts she prepared for adults enrolled in the Osher and OASIS institutes, is widely used in life-long learning programs and courses on writing autobiography.

War veterans who listened to a teleseminar with Nan, conducted by the Institute for Noetic Sciences, realized that her gentle approach could help their members who suffer from PTSD. At their request she is now creating a writing-to-heal manual.

Jacob Pope, Advisor 2013

JacobPopeJacob is the CEO of Aspen Medical Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of the multi-national, Aspen Medical based in Australia. In this role, he has created two multi-disciplinary, state-of-the-art medical centers. He has forged a career from a unique background in fine arts and human action. His ability to develop talented teams is recognized by all who associate with him.

Jacob has successfully launched several start-up companies, led corporate turnarounds and consulted for corporations such as Microsoft, Raytheon, US Navy, ResCo and the federal and provincial governments of Canada.

Having been gifted with dyslexia, his thinking has always leaned towards translating concepts and patterns. His unconventional approach allows him to solve difficult problems swiftly and easily. Since storytelling is an essential part of human action, it is part of everything he does, and he is pleased support the Life Story Library Foundation.

Lynne Choy Uyeda, Advisor 2013

LynneChoyLynne’s professional background includes journalism, interviewing, research, script writing and video production. Lynne Choy Uyeda & Associates, a marketing communications and public relations firm in California, specialized in outreach and marketing to the Pan-Asian speaking consumers living in the U.S. The firm’s clients included major corporations and government agencies who needed to reach this special market.

Lynne’s professional career in business and economic development led to a political appointment with California’s Assembly Speaker. She has won many awards for developing innovative outreach programs targeted to African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islanders living in the U.S.

Her skills and passionate belief that “everyone has a story to tell” became a natural stepping stone to preserving the past. A personal historian since 1995, Lynne is the principal owner of “Linking Lives & Legacies,” creating memoirs that come to life. She is both humbled and honored to serve as an advisor to the Life Story Library Foundation. Its mission of preserving stories for a multi-cultural society and the future generations is a perfect reflection of all her past efforts.

Ralph Gates, Advisor 2014

RalphGatesRalph Gates is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He attended the Vanderbilt University Engineering School, graduating Magna Cum Laude. During World War II, he served with the Army Special Engineers Attachment in the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico.  After returning from the war, he attended MIT and graduated with a Master’s Degree. He worked as a chemical engineer for a major chemical company in New York for his entire career and raised four children.

After retiring to Park City, Utah, Ralph became fascinated by stories of the people who built the city and its renaissance as a world class ski resort. In 2002, he began his mission of recording life stories. He has recorded video autobiographies of nearly 100 people in the area who wanted to preserve the living, personal story of this tumultuous time in history.

Some of the recorded the life stories are of high school and college classmates who also served in World War II. Reference to some of their stories were part of a recent Vanderbilt University Alumni Magazine article, describing his experiences and current involvement with his mission.

Ralph’s personal experiences enable him to relate to his interviewees and bring out emotions and opinions that might not have come up otherwise. As an advisor to the Life Story Library, he encourages everyone to preserve a living history and a personal record as a cherished legacy for generations to come.

Mimi Kelly, Advisor 2014

MimiKellyMimi is an independent producer, media manager and consultant doing project work in digital media and communications. Mimi has more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment, television, and news businesses with clients from Fortune 500 corporations, not-for-profit groups, and professional associations. Her range of expertise also includes public relations, advertising, and marketing.

Mimi is an Emmy award producer and is project lead on the North Carolina video team. She is currently producing a life story video for the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina. Mimi is president of Cross Hatch Media LLC.

Mary Slawson, Advisor 2014

Mary is a research specialist for Ireland and the Netherlands.  She also chairs the Human Family Project, a fully referenced compilation of family histories of Dutch and Irish immigrants to America between 1600 and 1850.  She recently published the book, Getting It Right, The Definite Guide to Recording Family History Accurately.

Mary points out, “While software can greatly improve the efficiency of managing data and working with other family historians, most of those efficiencies depend entirely on information being recorded and used in a consistent manner.” This comprehensive book offers a systematic approach to recording information in a way that will benefit families now and for generations to come.

Mary lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband and two children.

Jerry Waxler, Advisor 2014

JerryWaxlerI am Jerry Waxler. As a physics major at the University of Wisconsin in 1965, I was sure I would be a doctor. Six years later—after marijuana, the counter culture and multiple failed stabs at becoming an adult—I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be alive. That began a lifelong journey of self-discovery, healing and finding voice to tell my story.

In 1999, after receiving my master’s degree in counseling psychology from Villanova University, I wanted to write about what makes life worth living. I soon discovered that stories are more interesting than psychological treatises, and I began to research memoirs and life stories. Each book took me inside a person’s experience, breaking down barriers and teaching me how to pull meaning out of a sea of disconnected facts.

Currently, I teach memoir writing at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA, online and around the country. My blog offers essays, reviews and interviews about reading and writing memoirs. Some of my own journey is told in my book, Memoir Revolution – A Social and Literary Shift that Uses Your Story to Heal, Connect and Inspire.

For the sake of all those who want to find and share their stories, I am proud to be part of the Life Story Library Foundation. The work we do here will enable a greater number of people to discover their own narrative arc and generate broader public awareness of this growing, healing social movement.

Nora Abu-Dan, Advisor 2015

NoraAbu-DanNora was crowned Miss United Nations USA in November 2014 and is now, as a proud American, representing her Palestinian cultural heritage at community events. Nora participated at the Human Rights Day Celebration in Salt Lake City, Utah recently to honor the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on December 10, 1948.

I can’t be happy knowing there is so much hurt and suffering in the world. I try to educated people by example. Every step brings me closer to the humanitarian work I want to do, and I will reach out to people for years to come.

It’s natural to be afraid of what’s different and unknown, but fear makes people stop talking to each other. Instead of being complacent and doing nothing, we need to search for ways to improve ourselves. We have the constitutional right for our voices to be heard. Be that ripple in the ocean that starts a great effect. Although ripples start out small, they expand.

Tobi Bowen, Advisor 2015

TobiBowenTobi has been in non-profit management for over 20 years with Resources for Seniors, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Diabetes Association and The Muscular Dystrophy Association in roles from Community Development to Executive Director. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Silltrist, a non-profit based in Durham, North Carolina.

Tobi serves on the board of Women’s Business Owners Network of Cary and Health Affairs Round Table. Tobi is the president of Instinctive Branding, a full-service brand-focused organization that works with clients to grow their business and brand through printed literature, website development, overall internet presence, social media presence, promotional product sourcing, and complete marketing programs.

Tobi is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in psychology.

Courtney Brown, Advisor 2015


DeLisa Lee, Advisor 2015

DeLisaLeeDeLisa Lee is the owner and Program Director of DJL Training, Inc. providing customized computer training to government agencies, corporate entities, small-med businesses and community based organizations. DJL Training has classes for everyone from novices to power users, young adults to seniors.

DeLisa is passionate about helping people work smarter, not harder, at their computers. Her favorite things to teach include Microsoft Access and Excel, Google Apps For Work, and Customer Relationship Management systems. She also has an extensive knowledge of desktop and web-based productivity applications and specializes in the effective use of mobile apps and devices. DeLisa lives in Durham, NC with her family and plays keyboards in a local jazz band.

Brad Lienhart, Advisor 2015

BradLienhartBrad provides COO and Sales Strategy support to two young, enterprising companies located in Raleigh, North Carolina and has investment and mentoring interests in three Research Triangle Park (RTP) start-ups.

After a 28-year career in product management, supply chain management, and profit center leadership at The Dow Chemical Company, Brad moved to the RTP area to begin 16 years of founder/investor/executive support start-up activity. These start-ups have been based on novel technologies licensed from the Triangle’s major universities and ideas launched by working people wanting to pursue a dream and a new career.

Brad has developed and deployed a number of techniques for evaluating, screening, and resourcing new technologies and products. Brad is co-founder of EntreDot™.

Ben Quinn, Advisor 2015

BenQuinnBen is an entrepreneur, certified business coach and public speaker who has worked one-on-one with over 80 organizations throughout North Carolina in industries including not-for-profit, retail, restaurant, professional services and trades, real estate, marketing and advertising, health and wellness, information technology, consulting, law, and financial services.

Ben helps business owners increase their profits, hire, retain and motivate excellent employees, and reduce the number of hours they work in their organization. As an entrepreneur, Ben has launched and grown companies since 1999 through various sales, marketing, project management and finance roles. Ben is a Stanford graduate and is a Leadership Fellow at Duke Fuqua School of Business. Ben is owner of FarmBlue.

Ruth Broyde Sharone, Advisor 2015

RuthBroydeSharoneRuth, a self-appointed peacemaker since she was a young girl, is convinced that people – not governments – will ultimately bring about the long-awaited and eagerly hoped-for era of global peace. Her combined talents as a journalist, filmmaker, community organizer, and peace activist all converged in the spring of 1991 when she orchestrated her first interfaith Passover Seder in Los Angeles. She brought together 95 people of diverse faiths to celebrate the universal theme of freedom which later evolved into a world interfaith movement called “Festival of Freedom.”

From that definitive moment in 1991 Ruth has not looked back, except to marvel at the variety of places her mission has taken her beyond the US; the Middle East, Latin America, Africa. Europe, and now Asia. She has created a noteworthy legacy for the interfaith movement by documenting the minefields, and miracles she encountered along the way, which formed the basis for her book Minefield and Miracles: Why God and Allah Need to Talk.

“To be an interfaith activist, you have to stretch from your core until you feel the sting. Then you know that you are really doing the work.”

After every keynote and interfaith conference her parting words never vary. She always proclaims them with conviction and humor “be interfaith and multiply!”

Harold Straughn, Advisor 2015

HaroldStraughnHoward earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1963 and has been an ordained minister in the Christian Church since 1986. He did post­graduate research in Protestant and Catholic spirituality at the University of Tübingen in Germany. Howard was awarded a Master of Arts in biblical studies from Abilene Christian University and a Bachelor of Art in Communication also from Abilene Christian University.

Since 2009 Howard has served as the minister of pastoral care and director of summer worship services at the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. Utah. He also teaches adult religious education classes and coordinates 75 volunteers in caring outreach. At St. Francis of Assisi Christian Church in Draper, Utah Howard is active as a trainer for volunteers who wish to servie the unique congregation which meets in the Utah Women’s Prison.


Howard is the author of a number of books, including: LifeSpirals (Chalice Press, 2009); Who’s Who in the Bible (Readers Digest Books, 1995); The ABC’s of the Bible (Readers Digest Books, 1994); Unknown Texas (Macmillan, 1988); and The Five Divorces of a Healthy Marriage (Chalice Press, 1986).