Bob Archibald, Co-President
Bob has more than twenty-five years experience as a business executive and entrepreneur. He founded and headed two companies and served on the executive teams of two others. His formal training is in the social and behavioral sciences. It led him to become a consultant and advisor to business executives where he served as a facilitator, advisor and coach to executives and management teams in large and small companies. Early in his career, Bob served on the faculties of Psychology, Management and Marketing at Ohio State University and as Director of Counseling and Consultation Services on campus. Bob holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah and is a licensed Psychologist.
Mary Ellen Navas, Co-President
Mary Ellen has more than twenty-five years of direct organizational experience in large corporations, small businesses and government institutions. As both a senior manager and as a consultant, she has initiated and led market development, organizational change projects and run profit centers. For 25 years, Mary Ellen served as a Senior Manager with AT&T where she led a variety of teams and departments responsible for product development, product management and marketing. Mary Ellen earned her BA at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia and completed course work toward a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Troy W. Knighton, Board Treasurer
Troy has more than ten years of experience in public accounting working with individuals, closely held businesses, and non-profit organizations in the Salt Lake valley. He is currently the partner at a local CPA and wealth management firm in Salt Lake City. Troy holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Utah State University. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ professional and licensed CPA in the State of Utah.
Jeff has had a long and diverse career spanning advertising/public relations, petroleum chemistry, and information technology. From 1995 to 2008 he developed the IT department for a local pharmaceutical company and led multi-national software implementations as a project manager. Currently he splits his time between his landscape/travel photography business, a portrait/event photography partnership, and also acts as an Internet/IT consultant for small non-profit and for-profit businesses. He began working as a volunteer for HEAL Utah.
Edwin Firmage, Jr.
Mr. Firmage makes his living as an outdoor photographer in Salt Lake City, Utah. From 1989 to 1999, he served as a marketing director and product manager for high-tech companies in Utah and Silicon Valley. He studied classics at Princeton and holds an M.A. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from U.C. Berkeley, where he was a Mellon Fellow. From 1986–1989, he was a Rotary Foundation scholar at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Mr. Firmage is the author and publisher of Red Rock Yellow Stone, an award-winning combination of photographs of the American West and haiku from Japan, and Simple Gifts, a collection of western landscape photographs and essays developed for and featured at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Rachel is a yoga teacher with her own private practice, as well as a business developing yoga training curriculums and running retreats. She has offered yoga therapy since 2001 and specializes in combining yoga with other wellness therapies. In particular, she has taught yoga to a variety of student populations experiencing or recovering from trauma, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, grief, cancer and fibromyalgia. She also developed a yoga-focused curriculum for survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. Previous to this, Rachel earned her MA in counseling/psychology and was a high school counselor in Chicago, where she created mindfulness based wellness programs for groups and individuals. For five years, she also guided contemporary nature-based wilderness rites of passage programs for the Animas Valley Institute. She has been involved with HEAL since 2012.
Myron is the Director of the Sustainability Resource Center at the University of Utah. He works with students, faculty and administration to change the culture of the institution to help incorporate sustainable practices by reducing building energy use, increasing water efficiency, air quality programs, waste reduction, urban agriculture, social justice, and green purchasing to name a few. In addition, his role also includes working with faculty and student researchers to utilize the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability. Prior to that role, he worked for about 30 years in green architecture and planning.
Paul joined the HEAL Utah Board in October of 2016 after being a dedicated supporter and volunteer in recent years. As a recently retired teacher Paul has enthusiastically jumped on board to be part of HEAL’s important work. He’s written letters to the editors, attends rallies and community events, fundraises and is willing to fill just about any role to help fight for clean air and renewable energy.