Scott was raised in Salt Lake City and has lived in Utah much of his life with stints away in eastern Canada and Wisconsin. He received a BA degree in American Literature from the University of Utah, which really means that he spent a lot of time reading novels while finishing his pre-med requirements. He went on to medical school and then completed a residency in pediatrics. Still feeling undereducated, he finished a Masters of Public Health before finally getting a real job.
He was on the faculty of the University of Utah’s Department of Pediatrics for about ten years, caring for children in various clinics that served Navajos, migrant workers, and inner-city families. He then served in various executive positions at the Utah Department of Health during the Leavitt/Walker administration. Most recently he was the chief medical officer for the Mountain Division of the Hospital Corporation of America supporting physicians at ten HCA hospitals in Utah, Idaho, and Alaska.
Scott has three grown sons and two small grandchildren and is an avid cyclist, swimmer, and hiker. He feels lucky to be able to regularly hike and snowshoe in Utah’s mountains and canyons, and swim and boat in its lakes and rivers.
Please contact Scott for questions and updates on HEAL Utah’s general operations and strategic priorities.
With Hannah leaving this fall, Turner is HEAL Utah's incoming Development Director. Turner has been passionate and invested in public service and advocacy for years. In fact, he ran for his local city council when he was only 22! Hailing from western Weber County, the farm he grew up on is dedicating some of its land to become a solar farm – so Turner is no stranger to the world of energy and environmental activism.
Prior to joining HEAL Utah, Turner has worked at a number of nonprofits ranging from Equality Utah to the YMCA. He most recently received a Certificate from Harvard Kennedy School in Applying Behavioral Insights to the Design of Public Policy.
Turner first became a supporter of HEAL Utah when he went to one of our presentations back in high school. He is excited to join a team that he describes as “small and mighty” (we sure are!) and looks forward to furthering our efforts to make a real, innovative impact.
When he’s not writing the commuter column for Cycling Utah magazine, you can still find Turner getting involved in local politics or attending a board meeting for one of the 10 – that’s right, 10! – nonprofit and community organization boards that he serves on.
Noah began at HEAL as an outreach intern and soon became a full-time Grassroots Organizer for over two years before transitioning into his role as a Policy Associate. Noah leads our energy and climate work and helps our other Policy Associate with radioactive waste issues.
Raised in Colorado, nature and the environment have a special place in Noah’s heart. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado, and his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Utah here in Salt Lake City, all the while clocking as many days snowboarding and mountain biking as possible and competing in Big Mountain Freeride events all over the United States. Most recently, Noah worked in State political campaigns helping to ensure common sense environmental policy has a voice at the legislature.
Find Noah in the mountains, desert, seeing live music, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.
For all information on HEAL Utah’s energy and climate or radioactive waste work, please reach out to Noah.
Communications and Outreach Associate
Grace arrived at HEAL Utah on crutches (post-knee operation) in the spring of 2018 to direct HEAL’s communication and media efforts, manage its online messaging, and to strategically integrate these elements into all of HEAL’s policy and grassroots campaigns.
Grace grew up in Ohio but left the Midwest to attend Boston College, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, with a special focus on environmental policy. Between Boston and Salt Lake City, Grace has called many places “home,” including New Zealand, San Diego, and her backpack, which she spent four months living out of in Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, and Ireland. Prior to joining HEAL Utah, she was a public relations consultant for nonprofits and worked in communications for a renewable energy and energy efficient financing company.
She is a proud turn signal user, dog obsessor (she and her partner have two mutts, Diorite and Mako), and baker. When Grace isn’t in the office, you can find her taking advantage of all Utah has to offer at the crag, on the trail, or on the slopes.
Direct all HEAL Utah media inquiries and communications questions to Grace.
Jessica joined the HEAL Utah policy team in 2017. She focuses primarily on HEAL’s air quality campaign and is working alongside our other Policy Associate on our radioactive waste issues. She is helping to facilitate HEAL’s continued evolution while developing her own niche at the interface of people, policy, and the environment.
Raised in Salt Lake City, Jessica has always had a deep love for Utah. But it took leaving to truly appreciate all that Utah has to offer. She graduated with a BS in Environmental Sciences from Santa Clara University in California, where field experiences in Costa Rica, Australia, and Mexico helped her realize the important link between human and environmental health. She went on to earn her MS in Ecology from Oregon State University and then pivoted into environmental policy to directly influence the issues she cares most about. After working for the past few years in science communication for international policymakers, the call of the Wasatch mountains, and a desire to make a difference locally brought her back home. She is excited to be less than 20 minutes from skiing and hiking again and to work towards making Utah a healthier place to live.
Reach out to Jessica for information on HEAL Utah’s clean air and radioactive waste campaigns.
As HEAL Utah’s part-time Administrative Assistant, Jordan provides essential logistical support for our staff and campaigns by keeping the office running smoothly, making sure our contracts, accounts, and databases are up to date, and she pretty much coordinates everything and anything in between.
Jordan is a Utah native and a proud graduate from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology and Psychology. Her previous work includes management, operations, and administration for local businesses and Utah nonprofits, like the Utah Foundation and the Sundance Institute.
When it’s not football season, which she usually spends cheering for her alma mater, she enjoys camping, hiking, or otherwise exploring the best that the west has to offer with her son Julian and their dog, Sue.
Please contact Jordan for administrative, billing, accounting, technology, or other queries.
Carmen leads HEAL Utah's grassroots efforts. By empowering people throughout the state, Carmen works to make sure everyone has a chance to raise their voice and take action.
Carmen is a double University of Utah graduate, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science with a minor in Campaign Management and then a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Global Enterprise. Her professional background includes political organizing in Washington D.C. and Utah, as well as local legal work at some of Salt Lake City’s most esteemed law firms.
Outside of work, Carmen is still advocating for other causes she cares about. In the last three years, she has not only created the Women’s International Diplomacy Initiative but has volunteered, sat on the board of, and attended national conferences for four separate organizations working on issues like anti-genocide, conflict free sourcing, Latinx leadership, and developmental disabilities.
When she somehow finds spare time, Carmen is either at a concert or a campground with her two dogs and is even trying to visit all of the U.S. national parks in the next 2 years.
Please reach out to Carmen with any questions regarding HEAL's grassroots work or for ways to get involved.