Mary Ann Holladay, Former Director

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.

Susan R. Madsen, Senior Advisor

Dr. Susan R. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She has been heavily involved for many years in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders. Dr. Madsen has been working for the past three years as the director of the Utah Women and Education Project. Her research on why young women are not choosing to attend and graduate from college has garnered both national and international recognition, and is the centerpiece of the Utah Women and Education Initiative.

Dr. Madsen has published nearly 60 articles in scholarly journals, and is a frequent presenter in local, national and international settings. She recently presented in sessions at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, Switzerland on women, leadership and education. Susan has received numerous awards for her teaching, research and service. She has a doctorate of education in Work, Community and Family Education from the University of Minnesota and a master’s of science in Exercise Science/Wellness from Portland State University. Susan began her career as a teacher and debate coach, having completed a bachelor of art’s degree in Speech Communication Education from Brigham Young University.

View video of Dr. Madsen discussing her work on the Utah Women and Education Project.

Victoria Thompson, Former Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Victoria Thompson was the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. She participated as a student representative on the Utah Women’s College Task Force. She has been an active and energetic proponent of women’s issues in a variety of college settings.  She has served as Women’s Advocate Specialist at the Weber State University Women’s Resource Center. She was Co-President of the University of Utah Masters of Social Work Student Association and was Weber State University Student Association Student Body President.

Ms. Thompson works as an Individual and Family Therapist. She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies from Weber State University.

Rachel Low, Former Communication and Resource Coordinator

Rachel Lucchini Low was the Communication and Resource Coordinator from September 2012 to June 30, 2013. She graduated in 2012 from the Masters of Public Administration program at the University of Utah with an emphasis in educational issues and policy. While at the University of Utah she was an active member of The Master of Public Policy and Administration Student Association where she helped connect past alumni to current students through panels and discussion groups. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science Composite, History, and Secondary Education from Westminster College. While at Westminster she was Social Science Club Treasurer and an active contributor in the Political Awareness Club.

Ms. Low has taught middle and high school students as well as preparing adults to pass their GED. Before becoming the Communication and Resource Coordinator at UWEI she was a policy development intern at the Utah After-School Network (UAN) where she was responsible for forming the UAN’s policy platform for the 2013 legislative session. She is very excited to start her role as the Communication and Resource Coordinator at the UWEI as education is her field of study and passion.

*See Teams and Volunteers for details about our Oversight Team, Advisory Committee, and other teams and volunteers assisting with this work.