The UWEI is fortunate to have the involvement of many passionate and dedicated women. Their time and talents working on this issue is what enables us to do what we do.



Danielle B. Christensen, Initiative Coordinator

Danielle B. Christensen photoDanielle B. Christensen is the enthusiastic coordinator of the projects, activities, and strategic communications for UWEI. Her decade of experience creating and building online communities now serves UWEI’s mission to grow the impact of our organization by developing a strong network of support for women pursuing higher education. Danielle is also pursuing her Masters degree at Westminster College in Community Leadership where her emphasis is allowing her to deeply explore the cultural, societal and structural influences that impact Utah women’s participation in higher education. Danielle is an outspoken advocate for Utah women in education, and her interests in the ways technology can be used to connect people together, guides her efforts to build communities of support for Utah women in education. Can be contacted at or (801) 792-9001

Susan R. Madsen, Director

Madsen 2015-Full(L)Dr. Susan R. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. Susan has been heavily involved for over a decade in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders and has two books and a host of articles published on this work. Just this year, Dr. Madsen released four briefs through the Utah Women Leadership Project, which she founded, on the status of Utah women in politics, non-profit, education, and business. Overall, Susan has authored or edited four books and published nearly 100 articles, chapters, and reports, and she presents often in local, national, and international settings. In 2012 she presented in NGO sessions at the United Nations in New York and Geneva on women, leadership, and education and was also an invited panelist at the New York Times. Susan was recently recognized as one of the 2013 “30 Women to Watch” in Utah Business Magazine, one of the 2014 Fabulous Forty in Utah Valley Magazine, and a 2012 Salt Lake Chamber PathFinder Awardee. She recently finished a four year project for the state of Utah to figure out how to get more Utah women to graduate from college. Dr. Madsen received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in human resource development. View video of Dr. Madsen discussing her work on the Utah Women and Education Project. Can be contacted at or (801) 863-6176


Camilla Welch, Social Media Intern

12272944_10208229316030957_1307444079_nCamila Welsh is an intern who maintains and coordinates the blog and social media websites for UWEI. She is currently working to attain a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations at Utah Valley University. Camila has previously interned for the Women’s Success Center at UVU. Her interests include: music, philosophy, outdoor activities, learning more about the history and culture of different populations, and helping other women succeed.


Whitney Smith Hutchings, Initiative Associate

12286013_10156203248740125_266635195_nWhitney Smith Hutchings assists with communications, outreach and initiative administration. She is also a part of the UWEI Editing Team. Whitney is a graduate student in University of Utah’s Master’s of Occupational Therapy Program,and serves on the Student Advisory Committee for her class. In 2011, she graduated from Brigham Young University in Psychology. Afterward, she enrolled at Utah Valley University and was a founding presidency member of UVU’s Pre-Occupational Therapy Club. Whitney is passionate about science education for children, telling stories, and changing the world on a micro level. She enjoys learning something new each day with her husband and their two daughters.




Editing Team

Katy Barnes

edit headshotKaty Barnes is a volunteer copy editor for UWEI, reviewing and working on its blog posts, website content, and promotional material. When not with UWEI, Katy is the Editor at Legacy Tree Genealogists, a research firm based in Salt Lake City. She holds a B.A. in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University, where she spent over two years as the lead research assistant at the academic Center for Family and Genealogy. Katy grew up in Texas and is married to Chase, a computer engineer. Her future plans include continued work as a genealogist, as well as law school. Katy’s interests are broad and she loves to learn; in addition to her major field, she is interested in immigration, education, music, and philanthropy.

Shelly Fausett

11927415_10153649014862959_1936778858_n (1)Shelly Fausett is a volunteer editor here at UWEI.  offering feedback and editing on web content and blog posts. A recent USU graduate, Shelly achieved a B.S. in English an emphasis in Technical Writing and has been doing editing work on a freelance basis for the last eight years. Shelly recently relocated from Logan, Utah, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she works as a customer content specialist for PR Newswire and TAs for the Technical Communication for Engineers course offered at USU.



Lennika Wright

10604023_10103876408638045_5085747173755346340_oLennika Wright graduated with a B.A. in Vocal Performance and a minor in Philosophy from Brigham Young University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. During her time at BYU, Lennika held leadership positions in the local student chapter of NATS [I don’t know if I need to spell it out, but it’s the National Association of Teachers of Singing] and is now involved in the University of Utah’s Student Opera Guild, helping to build musical outreach in the community. In addition to music, Ms. Wright has varied interests, including politics, education, backpacking, and kayaking. Lennika is a volunteer editor for UWEI and is excited for the opportunity to participate in an initiative that helps women explore opportunities for postsecondary education.



Mary Ann Holladay

Mary Ann Holladay was the director of UWEI from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. She has over 25 years of experience in leadership, strategic consulting, and organizational development. She is the president and CEO of Holladay & Associates, a firm specializing in strategic planning and organizational assessment. Ms. Holladay has been actively involved in community service, most recently chairing the Women for Educational Achievement Committee for United Way of Salt Lake’s Women’s Philanthropic Network.
Ms. Holladay has served in executive leadership positions in a variety of companies, most recently as Vice President of Human Resources for ATK Aerospace Systems. As Vice President of Implementation for ADP, Mary Ann served as Executive Sponsor for large health and welfare project for large Fortune 100 clients. She has developed customer relations and account management systems for start-up companies and was assistant Vice President for Human Resource at Intermountain Health Care. Mary Ann has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an MBA from the University of Utah. She can be contacted at

Dr. Cheryl Hanewicz

Dr. Cheryl Hanewicz is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Technology Management program at Utah Valley University (UVU). She started working at UVU in 2005. Since then, she has also served as an Assistant Dean in the College of Technology and Computing as well as Senior Director of Student Success and Retention. She has been involved in the Utah Women and Education Project as researcher, writer, and presenter. Previously, she taught technology-related courses both on-campus and online at Eastern Michigan University in the School of Technology Studies for ten years. She received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Liberal Studies in Technology, and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. Cheryl has over 25 years of computer and managerial experience in both the business and academic environments. Before teaching she worked in two software development companies in administrative positions and was a consultant for several companies, which included training administrators in computer skills, editing security manuals, and updating maintenance policies for ISO 9000 compliance. In addition to teaching, she has published technology-related books and articles, participated in national conferences, and consulted with Macmillan Computer Publishing USA and Prentice Hall as a technical editor. She can be contacted at or (801) 863-6539

Dr. Anne Wairepo

Dr. Anne Rumsey Wairepo is the Senior Director of Women’s Success at Utah Valley University. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Foundations from Brigham Young University where she was the Director of Student Leadership. She has been involved in higher education and leadership for the last 20 years and now specializes in helping women commit to and achieve their educational goals including exploration in STEM fields and degrees that open doors. Currently Anne teaches Women in Business in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. Her research interests include leveraging social network structures among higher education scholars; mentoring for women’s leadership development; and most recently, institutional climates and supports that enable career growth for female leaders in higher education. Her work has been published in the Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics as well as Advancing Women in Leadership Journal. Between working for BYU and UVU, Anne married a New Zealander and lived abroad for several years. Two children later, she’s thrilled to be back in Utah working with fantastic women who want to make a difference in the world! or (801) 863-3020

Susan Thackeray

Susan L. Thackeray serves as the Director of Career and Technical Education at Utah Valley University. She has over twenty years of demonstrated leadership in industry and education that includes international and domestic higher education instructional design, distance learning development, usability testing, workforce development and team organization/training. Ms. Thackeray is noted nationally for the UVU Business Engagement Strategy Career Pathways model to efficiently prepare students for the workforce. She is currently the state lead for the National Alliance for Partnership in Equity STEM Equity Pipeline Project. She has received multiple awards and is honored to be the 2012 recipient of the Women Tech Council innovation award for Educational Excellence. Ms. Thackeray holds a bachelor of science in the field of digital media and a master degree in instructional technology from Utah State University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree with a research focus of underrepresented populations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). She can be contacted at or (801) 863-8906

Jana Scott

Jana Scott connects readers with the stories, experience, and wisdom of other Utah women and information that helps girls and women improve their lives and the world around them. Her work with the Utah Women and Education initiative began at its founding. She continues to enjoy hearing and sharing motivating stories and invites you to share yours. Jana coordinates Prosperity 2020, a statewide movement to make Utah a top 10 state in education, working with the Salt Lake Chamber. Jana is a Rotary World Peace Fellow and among the highlights of her international experiences was participating in the International Conference on Education in Geneva, Switzerland with ministers of culture from around the world. Shortly before the 2002 Olympic Games, she initiated a project working with Washington, DC Embassies and Utah leaders in government, business and education to bring talented children’s groups from around the world for a colorful celebration. Following the Games, Jana was asked to start a cultural diplomacy program for the State of Utah. At the age of 17, Jana worked in the Governor’s Washington, D.C. Office. Jana has a BA and MA in the social sciences. Her areas of interest include gender relations, resilience, community building, conflict, motivation, and growth. She can be contacted at or (801) 328-5043


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