Board of Trustees

Salt Lake Community College's Board of Trustees generally meets on the second Wednesday of each month except for May, July, September, and December; view the 2021-22 SLCC Board of Trustees meeting schedule (last updated June 2021) for confirmed meeting dates and times. For questions regarding SLCC Board of Trustees meetings, please call (801) 957-4227.

SLCC Board of Trustees Statement

"As Trustees of Utah's most diverse higher education institution, we join SLCC's students, faculty, staff and administration in speaking out against systemic racism and the long-term effects of racial and ethnic discrimination. The murder of George Floyd and too many others and the subsequent protests that call for an end to the violence against the Black community have compelled us to reflect and act. We are deeply committed to confronting racial disparities, and we will work to create a more just and inclusive country, state and college..." Read the full statement document here (PDF).

SLCC Board of Trustees Bylaws

By-Laws of the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees (PDF).

SLCC Mission Fulfillment

Mission Fulfillment

SLCC Board of Trustees Roster


Maria FarringtonMaria Farrington, Chair

Appointed to the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees in 2015, Maria S. Farrington is the principal for Farrington Non Profit and Development Consulting. For more than a quarter-century, Maria’s career has focused on developing policies and programs designed to address growing inequities in education and health for minority and disadvantaged populations. She retired from Holy Cross Ministries as chief executive officer in 2018, and she has held executive positions at the United Way of the Great Salt Lake, the Children's Museum of Utah and Communities in Schools in San Antonio. Maria also worked as executive director of the Eccles Annenberg Challenge at the Salt Lake City School District where she focused on developing cutting edge professional development for K-12 faculty. She continues to serve her community by working with the Girl Scouts of Utah, the University of Utah’s Tanner Board for Peace & Justice, the SLCC Board of Trustees and the SLCC Foundation. Maria has served as vice chair of the SLCC Board since 2017 and in June 2019 began serving as the organization’s chairwoman.

Maria earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and attended the University of Utah for a Master of Public Administration. She is a founding member of the Chicana Cultural Book Club and continues to seek out opportunities to backpack, explore and travel to the far corners of the world. Maria was married to Bob Farrington, and together they had two sons. Today, in her personal life Maria takes great pride in her grandsons and loves to spend time with them.


vacant Brady Southwick, Vice Chair

Brady Southwick is the Senior Vice President of Field Operations at Vivint Smart Home. Before joining Vivint, Brady served as the President of Cummins Rocky Mountain, a $400 million business that employs over 900 people, spanning nine Western states and the mining business in Central America. He was a key player in the development of the Diesel Technology Pathway program linking high school students with workforce training, SLCC, and a career in the industry. Prior to serving as President, he held numerous leadership positions within Cummins Inc. in Africa, Singapore and Beijing, China.

Brady holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University. He received master's degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration from Harvard University. Brady and his wife Kristen are the proud parents of four children.

Brady was reappointed to serve a four-year term on the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees in 2021.


 CORALIE ASHTON ALDER

Coralie Ashton Alder retired from the University of Utah in 2010 after working ten years as the U's spokesperson and Executive Director of Public and Media relations. Prior to employment at the U, Coralie worked for the Utah Transit Authority as spokesperson. She also was Director of the Coalition for Utah's Future/Project 2000 and worked as Community Outreach Coordinator and producer of KUED's "Worth Watching." Coralie is active on many community advisory boards and committees. Past and current boards include Junior League of Salt Lake, Zions Bank Women's Financial Group, Utah's Office of Child Care Advisory Board, Family Support Center, Neighborhood House, American Red Cross Salt Lake Chapter, Community Nursing Services and Susan G. Komen Utah.

Coralie graduated with a BA in history and a minor in art history from the University of Utah, and studied abroad at Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany.

Coralie was appointed to serve a four-year term in 2019.


 NATE BOYER

Nate Boyer is President of The Boyer Company, a large Salt Lake City, Utah-based commercial real estate development firm. Before joining The Boyer Company, Nate received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Brigham Young University. During the last 10 years at The Boyer Company, Nate has overseen development of over four million square feet of new office, industrial, retail and apartment assets, mostly in Utah. Many of these buildings are located in the fast-growing "Silicon Slopes" area, Utah's tech hub of young tech employment.

Nate serves on the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, United Way of Salt Lake Board of Governors and Pioneer Theater Board. Nate and his wife Brooke are the proud parents of four children.

Nate was appointed to serve a four-year term in 2019.


Silvia CastroSilvia Castro, Alumni President

Silvia Castro is the Executive Director of the Suazo Business Center and has more than 20 years’ experience working with non-profit, government and for-profit organizations. Her past experience includes working with executives and business owners from Fortune 500 companies, the State of Utah, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County and forward-looking non-profits such as the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund, the Austin Project, in Austin, TX, and the Goldman Sachs 10KSB Program. Her love for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship began in 1999 when she worked as the Assistant Director at the Women’s Business Center of Utah.

Silvia received an international fellowship through which she completed her MBA with an emphasis in International Business from the University of Utah. She received her bachelor’s degree in International Business from Westminster College, where she graduated with honors. She is certified in Cultural Intelligence through the CII and as a Six Sigma Black Belt. In 2019, she served as Co-Chair of the Salt Lake City Mayor Mendenhall’s Economic Development Transition Committee. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of Envision Utah, Wasatch Front Regional Council’s Economic Development District, Utah Governor’s COVID Economic Taskforce and the Governor’s COVID Multicultural Taskforce.

When she is not working to better the lives of Utah’s small business owners, Silvia works to better the lives of her daughter, husband, and stepchildren. She and her family love to travel, play outdoors, hike, and spend time at any body of water they can find.


Lori ChillingworthLori Chillingworth

Lori Chillingworth retired from Zions Bancorporation in 2019 where she served as the Director of Enterprise Business Banking. In this role, Lori provided leadership, direction, and strategic development in support of Business Banking throughout the enterprise. She was responsible for the strategic development of products, services, training, and initiatives to support the vision, goals and objectives that promote Business Banking revenue, profitability, and growth in affiliate banks.

Lori was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders from 2007 to 2013 and has been recognized five times in U.S. Banker magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Banking” issue, ranking among its “25 Women to Watch” list. She was the founding manager of the bank’s Women’s Financial Group when it launched in 1997. She has served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Women’s Leadership Institute which she founded.

Lori served on the SLCC Foundation Board from 2005 through 2013. She served on the Community Outreach committee, guided the Finance Committee, fostered growth in the Teaching Excellence Award, and oversaw the alumni scholarship awards. She served as Board Chair from 2008 through 2011. Lori was instrumental in expanding the foundation board membership, in building close relationships with the Board of Trustees, and with Zions Bank’s involvement to start the PACE (Partnership for Accessing College Education) program. Lori was reappointed to serve a four-year term on the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees in 2021.


Lindsay SimonsLindsay Simons, Student Association President

Lindsay Simons serves as the SLCC Student Association President. Prior to this position, Lindsay was a Clubs and Orgs Board member from 2020-2021. She loves the clubs offered at SLCC and loved being a liaison to the club leaders. Lindsay has loved getting involved at SLCC and wants to share her love of involvement with all other students. Lindsay spends her spare time volunteering on a local community theatre board, being the room mom in her two oldest children's classes and running a car detailing business.

Lindsay is a mom of four beautiful children, one of which was adopted from Foster Care, and is a fierce advocate for biological family relationships post adoption. Lindsay, her husband and their four children reside in Draper.


Jim Wall

Jim M. Wall

Jim M. Wall served as Publisher of Deseret News Publishing Company, Inc. from 2000 until 2010. Prior to that, Jim served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Denver Post. His career has been spent in many positions in the newspaper industry. Jim has been active in each of the communities where he has lived and worked, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, executive board positions with the United Way, local chambers of commerce, community economic development, college boards of trustees, Boy Scouts of America, theater, opera, and symphony boards and charitable organizations. He is a constant presence in the community and has participated on more than 20 Utah boards and committees.

In 2004, Jim was honored as the American Heart Association's "Heart of Utah" recipient. He attended Washington State University for one year and later graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in communications in 1972.


Sunny WashingtonSunny Washington

Sunny has spent over 20 years working in the technology industry in the Silicon Slopes area. Starting in 2001, she worked as a program director at Certiport, bringing digital literacy certification programs to over 80 countries primarily working with K-12 institutions. She left Certiport in 2009 to join Instructure where she was employee number 7. Instructure builds the learning management system, Canvas, and is used by a majority of higher education institutions in the US.

In 2014 she started her own company, Because Learning, an edtech spin-off from Spire Global in San Francisco, to bring space experiments and STEM education to K-20 institutions globally. Today Sunny is also the COO of Blyncsy, a movement intelligence company that helps departments of transportation understand how people move and behave. Sunny is also the public policy chair of Silicon Slopes Commons and also serves as a board member of Equality Utah.

Sunny was appointed to serve a four-year term on the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees in 2021.


Kim Wilson

Kim R. Wilson

Kim Wilson is an emeritus attorney with Snow, Christensen & Martineau, one of Utah’s traditional law firms organized in 1886. Kim retired from the firm after 46 years, where he led the credit and financial services practice.

He is co-founder and chair of the Ensign Peak Foundation, formerly known as Mormon Historic Sites Foundation. He is also a member of the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Board of Trustees, the Clark Planetarium Advisory Board, and the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo Executive Committee and is engaged in a number of other civic causes and endeavors.

He earned both his bachelor’s degree in political science and his juris doctor from the University of Utah. Kim married Gail Miller in 2012. They make their home in Salt Lake City, Utah and love spending time with their large family and serving others.

Kim was reappointed to serve a four-year term on the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees in 2021.


Gail MillerGail Miller, Trustee Emeritus

Gail Miller was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a graduate of West High School and attended the University of Utah. She worked at Mountain Bell Telephone Company from 1962 until 1970, and she lived in Colorado from 1970 to 1979 when she and her husband returned to Salt Lake City to start their own business. She organized a non-profit organization with the Jazz wives called "The Rest of the Jazz" to help women and children in jeopardy in the Utah area. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Larry Miller Group of Companies.

Gail served two terms on the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2017. She served as Vice Chair from 2011-2013 and as Chair from 2013-2017. She and her late husband Larry built and donated the Miller campus to SLCC in 2001 and she has been a tireless advocate for SLCC for many years. Gail has lent her name and commitment to the SLCC annual Gail Miller Leadership Cup golf tournament which raises scholarship funds for SLCC students.

In 2008 Gail was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Salt Lake Community College. In 2017, she was awarded the ACCT Pacific Region Trustee Leadership award and was recognized at the national conference. Gail's commitment to and influence upon the vitality and future of Salt Lake Community College are unprecedented. In honor of both her and her legacy to the College, she was awarded the designation of Trustee Emeritus in 2017.

As Trustee Emeritus she will continue to champion the SLCC Mission, serve as honorary chair for the comprehensive campaign and continue her presence and involvement with the annual Gail Miller Leadership Cup Scholarship golf tournament.


Shawn NewellShawn Newell, Trustee Emeritus

Shawn Newell is the vice president of business development at Industrial Supply Company. His motto is “Education is a path to success.” Employed by Industrial Supply Company for more than 35 years, Newell views his connection to customers as essential to understanding their needs. Shawn approaches his leadership role in sales with the same competitive spirit that drove him to succeed in football at the University of Utah.

Shawn is the current Vice President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Salt Lake Chapter, and he has served as a commission member for the Governor's Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission. He serves on the Utah State Board of Education, is a member of the Utah Non-Profit Association Board and the Utah State Bar Commission, and he serves as a member of the Utah Board of Higher Education. Shawn and his family provide a scholarship for SLCC marketing students. He has completed a number of certificate programs including the Executive Leadership Certificate from the University of Utah and a certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. He received his Associate of Science degree in marketing management from Salt Lake Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the University of Utah, and a Master of Management degree from the University of Phoenix.

Shawn has served as a Program Advisory Committee member of SLCC’s Business Marketing department and previously served on the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees and as the president of the College’s alumni association.