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Staff

Cecilia Wainryb

Cecilia Wainryb

Director

Professor of Psychology

Professor Wainryb grew up in Argentina at a time of profound human rights violations, which fed into her commitment to promoting human rights.

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Aleta Tew

Aleta Tew

Associate Director

Program Manager

Development

Board Co-Chair

Aleta A. Tew earned a B.S. in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah. She serves as the Associate Director of the Tanner Center for Human Rights and has been with the Center since its inception in 2006.

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Advisory Board Members

Cindy Berg

Cynthia Berg

Dean

College of Social and Behavioral Science

Professor Berg joined the University of Utah in 1986 as a professor of psychology. She brings together collaborative and interdisciplinary research teams from psychology, pediatrics, medicine and the Huntsman Cancer Institute to approach problems of development and health psychology. Her work helps teams examine how individuals cope with chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, cancer) within close relationships and family systems.

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Kristin Brown

Kristin Brown

Medical Assistant & 
Volunteer

University of Utah & Various Health-centered Non-profits

Kristin earned her B.A. in Psychology and then her M.A. in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She works as a medical assistant at a University of Utah Health Clinic and volunteers with various health-centered nonprofit organizations. As an incoming medical student to the University of Utah, she hopes to have an impact on health equity in Utah.  

Vincent Carson

Vincent Carson 

Youth Program Director

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Vincent Carson moved to Utah from Austin, Texas in early 2020, joining Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy as Youth Program Director. Vincent leads the high school Young Diplomats of Utah program and the Global Leaders Scholarship Fund.

Vincent is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Utah, and received his undergrad degree from the University of Texas at Austin. When not at work, you can find Vincent skiing, backpacking, or exploring Utah’s swimming spots.

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Andrew Dequiroz

Andrew DeQuiroz

Manager of PR & Communications

College of Social and Behavioral Science 

Andrew DeQuiroz is the Manager of PR & Communications for the College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS). He has 10 years of experience managing and implementing strategic marketing and communications initiatives across a range of industries and organizations. Prior to joining the college, he worked for various nonprofit organizations focused on food access, sustainable agriculture, community development, and health education. Andrew also serves on the College of Social and Behavioral Science Staff Council.

Erika George

Erika George

Director

The Obert C. & Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center

Served as TCHR Interim Director 2018-2019

Professor George earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

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Christine Gore

Christine Gore

Grants and Contracts Officer

College of Social and Behavioral Science 

Christine Gore earned a B.A. in History and Speech and Communications Studies from Clemson University. Christine currently serves as the Grants and Contracts Officer for the Office of Research Administration (ORA). Before joining the ORA team, she worked with the Tanner Center as our Communications Specialist and Program Coordinator where she was instrumental in heading our Exploring Humanitarian Law workshops.

Judith Hillman

Judith Hillamn 

Policy Catalyst

Hilman brings a wealth of experience in public policy research and development, strategic planning and communications, collaborative undertakings, and consumer engagement to Policy Catalyst, which helps organizations answer the fundamental question: what is the change that needs to happen for deeper impact on the issues at hand? Hilman works with clients to articulate and implement those changes for lasting results.

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Kathryn Lindquist

Kathryn Lindquist

ACLU of Utah Board

Kathryn Lindquist earned a B.A. and M.A. in English and Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Utah.  She has retired from teaching humanities courses and directing the Bachelor of University Studies program at the University of Utah.  Kathryn is a trustee for The Nature Conservancy and the ACLU in Utah. 

Tom Maloney

Tom Maloney

Professor

 Economics Department

Served as TCHR Director 2010 – 2018 

Professor Maloney specializes in US economic history, labor economics, and economic demography. His research has focused on inequality in living standards in the US in the 20th and 21st centuries, economic mobility and health status of immigrants in Utah.

Served as TCHR Director from 2010 – 2018.

Read more about Professor Tom Maloney.

John Mejia

John Mejía

Legal Director

ACLU Utah

John joined the ACLU of Utah in January 2012. He grew up in Salt Lake City and attended Brown University, where he majored in English and American Literature. At Brown, John served as president of the Latin American Student Organization.

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Liz Owens

Liz Owens

Chief Executive Officer

YWCA Utah

Liz is a womanist, feminist, multi-racial, multi-cultural woman of color from Provo, Utah. She serves as a community educator, gender justice and racial justice activist. Her multi-issue work is firmly rooted within a human rights and social justice framework with a focus on the intersections of power and privilege. Liz has experience working with women on the intersecting issues that disproportionately impact women, people of color, and historically underrepresented individuals and communities. 

Liz has a BS degree in Sociology from Utah Valley University, an MA degree in Human Rights from the University of Essex in the UK and was a visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Sylvia Torti

Lynne Shaffer-
Cusworth

Major Gift Officer

College of Social and Behavioral Science

Lynne Shaffer is a Major Gift Officer for the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah. Prior to stepping into this position, Lynne held various positions in the nonprofit/not-for-profit sector, including director at an impact investment firm (Impact Investment Leaders), executive director for an international women’s membership association (Executive Women International), and regional director for the largest nonprofit in the Salt Lake market, United Way of Salt Lake. Lynne is committed to community service. With her aptitude for business strategy and development, in her personal time she works closely with nonprofits and start-up organizations as an independent consultant.

Stacy Stanford

Stacy Stanford

Health Policy Analyst

Utah Health Policy Project (UPPI)

Stacy Stanford is the health policy analyst at Utah Health Policy Project. Her focus is on health care access through a disability rights lens, and she has been an advocate for patients for over a decade. Stacy began her career as an activities director in long-term care, working primarily with residents with dementia. She went back to school where she received a BA in Disability Justice from Westminster College in 2016.

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Sylvia Torti

Sylvia Torti

Professor and Dean

Honors College 

Professor Torti grew up in Salem, Ohio, with an Argentine father and American mother. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Earlham College and then her Ph.D. in Tropical Ecology at the University of Utah. In her work, she tries to find the places where disciplines intersect.

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Rudi Von Armin

Rudiger Von Arnim

Associate Professor

Department of Economics

Rudi von Arnim (PhD, New School for Social Research 2008) is Associate Professor of Economics. His research focuses on the (1) causes and consequences of inequality and the (2) reasons for the slowdown in the rate of growth across a number of advanced countries. When he’s not on campus working on these themes, he preferably runs around the Rocky Mountains in search of snow or fall colors.

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Emeritus Board Members

Barbara Tanner

Barbara L. Tanner

Founder   

Tanner Center for Human Rights 

Barbara Lindquist Tanner is a community leader, humanitarian, philanthropist, and human rights activist. In 2006, she established The Barbara and Norman Tanner Center for Human Rights in the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah.

Read more about Barbara Tanner.

Leticia Alvarez Guiterrez

Leticia Alvarez Gutierrez

Served TCHR 2018 – 2021

Associate Professor

Education, Culture and Society

Associate Professor Leticia Alvarez Gutierrez research  draws from critical social theory, ecological systems theory, a sociocultural view of development, migration scholarship, cultural assets frameworks, Chicana feminist theory, ethnographic and participatory action research (PAR) approaches.  She believes in teaching that raises social, cultural and political consciousness and that deals directly with bridging theory with practice through community engagement.

Read more about Leticia Alavarez Gutierrez.

Luna Banuri

Luna Banuri

Served TCHR 2018 – 2021

Founder and Director

Tele Taleem

Luna Banuri is founder and director of TeleTaleem, a social enterprise firm focusing on helping leverage the power of technology, innovative approaches, and partnerships to solve the toughest global development challenges in Education. She has 23 years of experience implementing projects in over a dozen countries.

Read more about Luna Banuri.

Catherine Bond Stockston

Kathryn Bond Stockton

Served TCHR 2018 – 2021 

Associate Vice President

Equity and Diversity, School for Cultural and Social Transformation

Professor Stockton is Distinguished Professor of English, Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity, and Inaugural Dean of the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah. In 2013, she was awarded the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the highest honor granted by the University of Utah. 

Read more about Professor Kathryn Bond Stockston.

 

Betsy Burton

Betsy Burton

Served TCHR 2013-2018

Co-founder and Co-owner

The King's English Bookshop

Neelam Chand

Neelam Chand

Served TCHR 2018 – 2021

Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Zions Bank

Neelam Chand is the CEO and founder of Shift SLC, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm located in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is an accomplished diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging expert with a decade of experience in change management, inclusive messaging, crisis communications, and facilitating critical dialogue on systemic change within a workplace environment. Chand’s areas of focus include racial equity, intersectionality, tokenism, microaggressions, and women of color in the workplace

Read more about Naleem Chand

 

George Cheney

George Cheney

Served TCHR 2006-2018

Professor of Communication

University of Colorado

Dave Derezotes

David Derezotes

Served TCHR 2011-2018

College of Social Work 

University of Utah

Catherine deVries

Catherine deVries

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Pediatric Urology 

University of Utah

Mary Dickson

Mary Dickson 

Served TCHR 2007-2013

KUED Channel 7

University of Utah

Fred Esplin

Fred Esplin

Served TCHR 2006-2018

Vice President for University Relations

University of Utah

Bryan Farr

Brian Farr 

Served TCHR 2007-2018

Former Division Chief

Utah Attorney General's Office

Maria Farrington

Maria S. Farrington

Served TCHR 2007-2018

Chief Executive Officer

Discovery Gateway

Angie Gamarra

Angie Gamarra

Amnesty International Student Activist Organizer

University of Utah

Rev. Tom Goldsmith

Rev. Tom Goldsmith

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Minister

First Unitarian Church

Nancy Haanstad

Nancy Haanstad

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Department of Political Science

Weber State University

Len Hawes

Len Hawes

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Department of Communication, College of Humanities

University of Utah
 

Samira Harnish

Samira Harnish

Served TCHR 2018 – 2021

Founder and Executive Director

  Women of the World (WoW)

Samira Harnish arrived in America from her native Iraq, struggled against bigotry to get her degree in engineering, and worked for 17 years as an R&D engineer at the largest domestic manufacturer of semiconductor memory. Samira, along with her husband Justin Harnish, founded Women of the World (WoW).  Samira has led WoW to become the preeminent women’s refugee service organization in Utah.

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Boyer Jarvis

Boyer Jarvis

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Community Leader

Kim Korinek

Kim Korinek

Served TCHR 2009-2018

Department of Sociology

University of Utah

Mark Lewon

Mark Lewon

Served TCHR 2013-2018

Vice President of Operations

Utah Metal Works

Jerilyn McIntyre

Jerilyn McIntyre

Served TCHR 2010-2018

Professor Emeritus

University of Utah

Dr. Richard Nelson

Dr. Richard J. Nelson

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Co-founder Delegates of the American Society of Internal Medicine

 

Dee Rowland

Dee Rowland

Served TCHR 2007-2018

Former government  liaison

Salt Lake City Catholic Diocese

Karen Shepherd

Karen Shepherd

Served TCHR 2013-2018

Former Utah Senator

Deb Sawyer

Deb Sawyer

Co-founder

Tanner Center For Human Rights



 

Deb Sawyer is a peace activist who helped create the Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the Gandhi Alliance for Peace, a life's work that began in the 1980s when she started attending the Salt Lake Society of Friends (Quakers) services. Deb's commitment to creating a more peaceful world continues in the hope that humans will eventually become "hooked" on democracy, human rights and nonviolent problem solving.

Jesus Valero

Jesús N. Valero

Served TCHR 2018 – 2021

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Jesús N. Valero, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah.  His research explores government-nonprofit partnerships, effective leadership in nonprofit organizations, and the use and impact of technology in public service.

Read more about Assistant Professor Jesús N. Valero.

Ted Wilson

Ted Wilson

Served TCHR 2007-2013

Former Salt Lake City Mayor

Salt Lake City

 

Last Updated: 2/23/22