Scott Williams
Executive Director

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.

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Turner Bitton
Development Director

Turner is HEAL Utah's 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.

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Meisei Gonzalez
Communications Associate

Meisei is HEAL Utah's new Communications Associate. He manages our press relations, digital presence, social media, and messaging.

He came to HEAL after working in digital communications and graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in Strategic Communications. He has dedicated his work to advocacy and has spent multiple years fighting for immigrant rights, providing COVID-19 education, and organizing in various communities.

Meisei was raised in Salt Lake City but has family in California and Mexico, where his family is originally from. When he can, he roadtrips to visit his family alongside his husky Howl. He also does (incredible, if we do say so ourselves) editorial makeup and is a self-proclaimed foodie – his go to picks are boba shops, taco trucks, and ramen spots.

Reach out to Meisei with any press inquiries. 

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Noah Miterko
Policy Associate

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.

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Grace Olscamp
Policy Associate

Grace arrived at HEAL Utah on crutches (post-knee operation) in the spring of 2018 to direct HEAL’s communication and media efforts, and transitioned to working directly on policy throughout her time with HEAL. 

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 and policy 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. 

Reach out to Grace with inquiries related to air quality, energy, and federal policy. 

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Jordan Stein
Administrative Assistant

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.

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Carmen Valdez
Grassroots Organizer

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.

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Myron Willson
Board Chair

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.

Evelyn Beguiristain

Evelyn (she/her) is a finance professional with over 6 years of experience since moving to Utah in 2015. She moved to Salt Lake after earning her undergraduate in Finance, Economics, and the black line on the bottom of the pool (as a swimmer) from Whittier College. While she focuses primarily on financial analysis, underwriting, and contributing to the growth of the "unicorn" fintech start-up she works for during the day, she is passionate about the world around her. You can find her doing all the outdoor activities, painting, cooking, and in the pool at Steiner when not working or advocating. After living in their 1986 Toyota Winnebago for some time, Evelyn, her partner, and their German Shepherd have moved out of the valley and into the mountains in order to protect their health from the poor air quality. She will be part of the finance committee while on HEAL's board. 

Evangeline Burbidge

Evangeline (Evan) is a partner at a national litigation boutique where she litigates and advises on an array of matters, including contracts, fraud, trade secret theft, and complex commercial cases. She has been a leading advocate in the legal community on issues such as increasing the profile of female leaders in the industry. Evan recently moved back to Utah, where she is originally from, after spending over a decade in places like New York City, Ann Arbor, New Haven, and San Francisco. When not advocating for a cause, she is teaching her kids how to ski or honing her skills in recognizing obscure celebrities.

Craig Buschmann

Craig earned a degree in mechanical engineering and worked in Bolivia, Barbados, and the Gulf of Mexico before attending law school at Boston University. He is a member of the Utah State Bar and a partner at Ramey & Schwaller LLP. He has practiced intellectual property law in Utah for over a decade, specializing in mechanical and electromechanical technology, as well as chemical and energy practices. Craig has been a longtime supporter of HEAL and previously served as a Special Advisor to the Board for energy issues.

Christy Clay

Christy has lived in Salt Lake City since 1997, when she took a job with the non-profit Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE). For three years she served as USEE’s Programs Director, working with schools along the Jordan River to integrate research-based science and environmental education into daily curriculum. In 2007, she earned her PhD in Biology from the University of Utah. Since then she has been a professor of Environmental Studies and Biology at Westminster College. At Westminster, Christy helps students find their place in the world of environmental science and civic engagement, which includes working with organizations like HEAL Utah. In her free time, Christy can be found working in her garden, trail running or mountain biking, or working as a community organizer for social and environmental justice causes.

Camille Erickson

Camille is a Certified Public Accountant who has worked throughout Utah for the last decade. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and earned her MBA at Westminster College. While she works strictly with numbers, budgeting, and financial analysis at her day job, she has been a passionate artist for most of her life, exploring mediums from oil painting to clay since high school. Camille moved her family further up from the Salt Lake Valley in order to protect her son’s health from the poor air quality and will be focusing on budgeting and financials while on HEAL’s board.

Sophie Hayes

Sophie is a Salt Lake attorney and a member of the Utah State Bar whose work focuses on public utility law and transitioning Utah’s electric power mix from coal to cleaner, more flexible and affordable resources. She is currently Senior Staff Attorney at Western Resource Advocates in their Clean Energy Program. From 2010-2018 she was a staff attorney at Utah Clean Energy where she provides direction and legal expertise for multiple regulatory, rate-payer, policy, and advocacy initiatives involving the Public Service Commission, PacifiCorp, and the Utah State Legislature. She received her Juris Doctorate in 2009 from the Reuben J. Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University, where she served on the Law Review. During law school, she had an internship with the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor and immediately after graduation she was a legal fellow at the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

Cameron Hodson

Cameron is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and performs financial and control focused audits at a local accounting firm. He has worked with clients in various industries, but specializes in insurance, SOC, 401(k) and nonprofit. Cameron was born and raised on the green and rainy side of Oregon and moved to Utah in 2007 for college. After falling in love with a Utah native and the different, but wonderful mountains and parks, Cameron decided to stick around. Cameron enjoys running with his goldendoodle, preferably in the warmer summer months, reading, and pickleball.

Zachary Michalk

Zachary is a former-Texan who came to Utah for the incomparable access to the mountains. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. Today, he is an environmental planner with Ecology and Environment, Inc. where he focuses on solar and wind projects, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and military land use. He enjoys skiing and hiking with his Weimaraner, Amos.

Sophia Nicholas

Sophia is the Communications Manager for the Salt Lake City Sustainability Department (aka “SLCgreen”) where she manages the public outreach platforms and activities for the capital city’s sustainability initiatives. This includes waste & recycling, food access programs, the SLC Climate Positive plan, and others. She previously had the pleasure of working on HEAL Utah’s staff from 2008-2016 as the first development director and then associate director. She’s passionate about protecting Utah’s environment, engaging people in actions to safeguard the planet, and continuing the strengthen HEAL Utah’s community of inspired activists and supporters. She grew up in Salt Lake City, attended college in Massachusetts, and joined the HEAL Utah Board in 2018.

Dee Rowland

Dee spent 25 years directing the Peace & Justice Commission for the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese. A long supporter of HEAL causes, her volunteer efforts also include chairing the boards of the League of Women Voters, Utah Issues, Utah’s Health Insurance Risk Pool, and the Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah. Some of the many other boards Dee has served on include United Way of Salt Lake, the Utah Foster Care Foundation, and Utah Safe Drinking Water Committee. She has also spent time in Kazakhstan, Kenya, South Sudan, and the former Soviet Union to advocate and provide relief services. A proud mother of grown daughters, Dee enjoys tennis, singing, hiking, and sailing in her spare time.

Paul Zuckerman

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.