Our Board


Richard mcDermott, Ph.D.

Current Activities: Founder and President of Carlyle and Delta Harmon Foundation (predecessor to Stella H. Oaks Foundation); Founder and President, Stella H. Oaks Foundation. Past Activities: Assistant Administrator, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center; Administrator, Sevier Valley Hospital; President Utah Health Systems Agency; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Ogden Regional Medical Center; Co-founder and Vice President, Finance, Eyring Research Institute; Chairman, School of Accounting, Weber State University; Professor, Accounting and Health Administration, Brigham Young University and Weber State University; publisher, two textbooks; turn around consultant and Acting Administrator, Gunnison Valley Hospital, Uinta Basin Medical Center, and Tooele Regional Medical Center.

KristEn M. oaks, ed.d.

Current Activities: Member of the Board of Trustees, Primary Children's Hospital; author. Past Activities: International educational consultant -- publishing industry. Wife of Dallin H. Oaks, oldest child of Stella H. Oaks.

merrill C. oaks, M.D.

Current Activities: General Authority Emeritus, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Past Activities: Ophthalmologist; President, Medical StaffUtah Valley Hospital; President, Utah Ophthalmology Society; Board of Trustees, Salt Lake Salvation Army. Son of Stella H. Oaks.

Evelyn Oaks moody

Daughter of Stella H. Oaks.

James Clarke

Current Activities: CEO, Clarke Capital Partners, a Global Growth Equity and Alternatives Firm. Past Activities: Founder, CLEARLINK; Board of Directors, various private and public companies in the US and abroad; trustee and board member of several universities. Grand nephew of Stella H. Oaks.

Sheri L. Dew

Current Activities:  Executive Vice President, Deseret Management Corporation; CEO, Deseret Book;  Director of Bonneville International Corporation. Past Activities: 2nd Counselor of the General Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls at the United Nations; author; popular speaker.

john hansen

Current Activities: Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer, Sunstone Properties Trust, LLC. Past Activities: Founder and Managing Partner, Glenwood Financial Group; Attorney; Founding Shareholder and Board Member, Inter Business Bank, NA; Founding Member and officer of Glenwood Interests, LLC; Member of the Foundation Board, Verdugo Hospital Foundation; Member of the Board of Directors of the Youth House.

paige holland

Current Activities:  First Lady of Utah Valley University (UVU). Past Activities: Assistant News Director, KBYU Newsroom; Weekend Reporter, Fox News; advocate and organizer for many issues concerning women in education; fund raiser for projects including a new child care center at UVU and the Stella H. Oaks Single Women’s Scholarship program at UVU; Co-founder, UVU Women’s Success Center.

Lindsey A. Reese 

Current Activities: President, Traemus Books; former Stella H. Oaks Scholarship recipient; wife, mother, and homemaker.

J. Lawrence Richards

Current Activities:  Director of Special Projects, Commissioner of Church Education Office; Chairman, Salt Lake Neighborhood Housing Services Inc.; Member, Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Medallion Bank. Past Activities: President LDS Business College; Founder and Director JL Resource Group; President, Yourbank.com—a subsidiary of Gateway Companies Inc.; President and CEO, Advanta Bank Corporation; President and COO, Olympus Bank, FSB; President, Mountain West Savings and Loan.

michael rhodes

Current Activities:  President, Professional Benefit Services; Founder, Global Growth Strategies; Founding Partner of Rocky Mountain Health Fund; Founder of Zero Impact Living; CEO, Rhodes Ward AGro Plc. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Board Member, Salt Lake Community College Development Board; Board Member and Chairperson, Steering Committee, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance; Board Member, Community Foundation of Utah; Founder and President of ARISE International (providing clinics and health services in the United States, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Peru, Kenya, Thailand, Mexico, and Costa Rica); President and Board Member, Liberty Utah Pipeline.  

Shannon Woodward

Current Activities: Board member Boys and Girls Club of Weber-Davis Counties. Board Member Utah Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Event Coordinator at Weber State University. Consultant to Fortune 500 companies in social media marketing. Consultant to multiple national foundations on fund raising through events. Single Mother.