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Honor Roll
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News about University of Utah alumni (in alphabetical order)

AM: Annual Member of the Alumni Association
LM: Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association
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     Bridget "Liz" Gauthier BS’05 has been named a Woodrow Wilson 2013 Ohio Teaching Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. 
     As a Wilson Teaching Fellow, Gauthier will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a special intensive master’s program at Ohio University that will prepare her to teach math and/or science in a high-needs Ohio school.
     Gauthier is a former systems engineer for internationally known aerospace firms, including assignments working on a new space shuttle program. She also has worked as a science tutor, an undergraduate teaching assistant, and a private school instructor in physics, biology, and chemistry. She has served as a volunteer for youth services and school construction in India, as well as at a residential facility for learning-disabled youth. Gauthier also is an avid traveler and cyclist.


        Katherine Judd JD’07, a member of Clyde Snow & Sessions’ Employment Law Group, is the new president-elect of the Utah State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division. 
       With more than 2,000 members, the division facilitates opportunities for associates to provide valuable services to the community. Through Judd’s efforts, and those of the division’s members, several projects have been completed, including Wills for Heroes, a statewide program to provide wills and other estate planning documents for emergency first responders and their spouses or partners; and Serving our Seniors, providing pro bono health care directives and powers of attorney to senior citizens. Members of the Young Lawyers Division also offer free services through legal clinics across the state. 
       Judd has been a member of the division since 2007, serving first as an active member, and since 2010, as secretary on the executive board. Her law firm, Clyde Snow & Sessions, is a full-service law firm with offices in Utah, California, and Oregon and provides legal counsel and representation in a wide range of fields. 


       Kamron Keele BS’90 has joined the law firm York Howell as a partner. York Howell is a new boutique law firm based in Salt Lake City. Keele’s practice will focus on tax, corporate, employment, family, and elder law, as well as real estate matters.
       A former partner at Callister Nebeker and McCullough in Salt Lake City, Keele has also practiced law in New York and clerked at the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C. He is widely published and was noted as a “Rising Star” on the Mountain States Super Lawyers List. 
       He received a master’s of law degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law School, a juris doctorate from Tulane University Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Utah.



         David J. Loden BS’86 MSW’93 is the new executive director of the Family Counseling Center in Murray, Utah. The center is the only agency of its kind in the greater Salt Lake Area to provide a full range of mental health and professional counseling services to children, teens, and adults on a sliding-scale fee basis.
       Loden, who was selected after an extensive search, brings more than 28 years of relevant industry experience to his new position.
       His primary objective is to continue to strengthen the financial standing of the Family Counseling Center in order to provide the agency with the resources it needs to increase its ability to serve more clients in need of mental health services.



        Paul B. Parker JD’88, a longtime Salt Lake County prosecutor, has been appointed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to be a 3rd District Court judge. 
       Parker replaces Judith Atherton, who retired. He has worked in the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office since 1989 and began his career in 1978 as an officer with the Vernal Police Department. He later obtained a law degree from the University of Utah, worked as a law clerk from 1986 to 1988, and was a judicial clerk for the Utah Court of Appeals before joining the district attorney’s office. During his tenure there, he prosecuted a wide variety of cases, ranging from theft and assault to homicide. 
       “Paul possesses an immense understanding of Utah’s judicial system,” says Herbert. “He brings more than 35 years of experience working within Utah law. The state judicial system will assuredly benefit from his comprehensive expertise.” 
     Parker’s appointment, as with all other judicial appointments, is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.


     Margaret Plane MA’00 JD’02 has been named city attorney by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. 
     Plane has served as senior city attorney for civil litigation since 2007. Her accomplishments include successful defense of land use appeals and administrative employee appeals. She is a co-author of the nondiscrimination ordinances adopted by the Salt Lake City Council in 2009 and serves as the Utah State Bar’s representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. 
     Prior to joining the Salt Lake City Attorney’s Office, Plane served as legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. She has clerked for the Utah Court of Appeals and was appointed by the Utah Supreme Court as chairman of the Utah State Court Ethics and Disciplinary Screening Panel, the frontline for dealing with allegations of lawyer misconduct. 
     Plane received a master’s degree in philosophy at the U and a juris doctorate from the U’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. She also completed a post-graduate fellowship in German language studies at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany.


        Karen M. Summerhays BS’92, an accountant who is the owner and founder of The Summerhays Group in Salt Lake City, is one of only a handful of Americans to successfully pass the rigorous U.S. Tax Court Examination for non-attorneys, authorizing her to represent tax cases before the U.S. Tax Court. 
       Nationally, only about 10 percent of those who take the professional exam pass it. With her new certification as a U.S. Tax Court practitioner, Summerhays says she can offer clients a “more level playing field” when settling tax issues with the U.S. government, the most common of which involve complications arising from the sale of assets, payroll taxes, self-employment issues, or multiple years of not filing tax returns.   
       The Summerhays Group was established in 1995 and offers personalized tax guidance to individuals and businesses. Summerhays received the Small Business Administration’s Accountant Advocate of the Year Award in 2000. She is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and a Fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute. Summerhays is past president of the Salt Lake Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah.


     Kevin G. Walthers PhD’06 is the new superintendent and president of Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California, effective July 8. 
     Selected after a nationwide search, Walthers serves as the fifth permanent superintendent/president in the history of the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District. He most recently served as president of Las Positas College in Livermore, California. During his tenure there, Walthers worked to foster college relationships with the community, create innovative fundraising programs, lead mid-term accreditation requirements, and build a strong and diverse administrative team. 
     Prior to joining Las Positas College, Walthers served in executive roles with the Utah State Board of Regents, the College of Eastern Utah, and most recently with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. As vice chancellor for administration in West Virginia, Walthers provided oversight of WVNET, the state’s central network service and Internet provider for colleges and universities.  
     Walthers holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a doctorate from the University of Utah. 


        David R. York BS’93 JD’97, pictured left, and Andrew L. Howell BS’99 JD’02, pictured right, both previously with Callister Nebeker & McCullough, have partnered to form York Howell LLC in Salt Lake City. The boutique law firm will focus on tax and estate planning, asset protection, business structuring, and succession development. The principals are licensed to practice in Utah, Texas, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska, and New York.
       York has represented clients in estate planning, tax, and business planning. He is a Fellow with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Professionals. He also is a member of the Utah and Alaska state bars, the Utah Association of CPAs, and the Estate Sections of the Utah State Bar and the American Bar Association.  
       Howell represents clients with respect to estate planning, probate and estate administration, business, and tax planning matters. He previously practiced with Lewis, Hansen, Waldo and Pleshe, and Durham, Jones & Pinegar. He is a member of the Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, and Texas state bars.


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