Meet the Local First Utah Board of Directors
Betsy Burton, Board Co-Chair
Betsy Burton is co-owner of The King’s English Bookstore, founded in 1977 in Salt Lake City. Burton co-founded Local First Utah, and has served as its Board Chair since its inception. She was a co-founder of Vest Pocket Business Alliance of Salt Lake City and has worked on behalf of local business and community in Utah for decades. She serves on several boards and foundations, including the American Independent Booksellers Association (ABA), and the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA).
Marci Milligan, Board Co-Chair
Marci Milligan has more than 25 years experience in community planning, banking, secondary market financial services, small business and affordable housing development arenas on both local and national levels. She continues to work in the non- and for-profit arenas “cultivating” sustainable neighborhood driven projects in both urban and rural Utah. Marci’s knowledge of private and governmental resources has assisted numerous projects in coming to fruition and has resulted in expansion of local financial tools and resources essential in strengthening small businesses. She has served as a municipal planning commissioner and continues to volunteer her time on various non-profit boards which strive to improve the lives of all Utahns.
Jocelyn Kearl, Secretary
Jocelyn Kearl is co-owner of Third Sun Productions, a web development company that has been serving nonprofits and small businesses in Utah since 2005. From her past work as development director for KRCL and a grantwriter, Jocelyn has experience in fundraising, message positioning, and marketing, and advises Local First as needed in these areas. She holds a master's degree in English from BYU. Although mostly raised in Utah, she spent several years after college in Los Angeles, Austin, and Boston prior to moving back to take advantage of the outdoors, better cost of living, and less traffic. She has been happy to find out that Salt Lake City increasingly offers great music, great local restaurants, and a progressive community.
Sheridan Mordue, Treasurer
Sheridan Mordue is co-owner of Hip & Humble headquartered at 9th & 9th in Salt Lake City. Founded in 1999 in Sugarhouse as a high-end furniture store, she has since evolved her company into a women’s lifestyle boutique focusing on gift, home accessories and fashion. In 2007, Sheridan expanded her business to Bountiful and then Sandy neighborhood business districts. Her unique color driven and fun fashion business has been editorialized in many national, regional and local publications including a feature spread in Country Living Magazine (2006) and cover of Wasatch Woman (2009). Sheridan is currently serving as board secretary of the 9th & 9th Business District. You can find her at one of her shops, walking the streets of 9th & 9th, road biking, exploring canyons of Southern Utah or playing pickle ball with her family.
Keith joined the board in 2012. Being so inspired by all the entrepreneurs he met through the organization, in early 2014 he started his own business a design & build studio focused on using upcycled components to create unique living accessories. Most recently he was the Marketing Director for Harmons. Prior to Harmons, he was the Vice-President of Classified Business Development at MediaOne. Having grown up in Michigan, he originally came to Utah in 1983 with the United States Air Force, and he now calls downtown Salt Lake City home. He has held management positions with Detroit Newspaper Agency, First Security Bank and First Interstate Bank.
Amy Broekemeier is the owner and clinical director at Pinnacle Performance. She received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 1996 from Creighton University after completing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is currently a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) through the NAIOMT, and will complete her examination for Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) in addition to pursuing a fellowship with the AAOMPT. She is a Senior Educator and Examiner for Polestar Education with an emphasis on instructing advanced coursework for the program. Amy holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Utah Physical Therapy Department where she instructs a segment on Pilates for Rehabilitation and utilizes her position through the University to pursue research endeavors. She has been an invited lecturer and instructor for numerous events, and received the Utah APTA Physical Therapist of the year award in 2005. Amy started Pinnacle Performance because she saw a desperate need to evaluate and treat clients through a holistic model of practice. She is grateful that Pinnacle gives her the opportunity to utilize her skills as a full time clinician, mentor, educator, and director to facilitate health and well being for her clients and the community.
John serves as President and CEO of Momentum Recycling, a family-owned business dedicated to moving communities towards zero waste. John received a B.A. from Fort Lewis College and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah. Although trained as a systems engineer, John has been an entrepreneur for more than 15 years. John enjoys bringing ideas to reality and creating entities that improve our community. In the community, John serves as Board Member & Treasurer for the Vest Pocket Business Coalition, Board Member for the Mayor’s Business Advisory Board, and as Loan Committee Member for the Salt Lake City Economic Development Loan Fund, in addtion to serving on the Local First Utah Board of Directors.
Lisa Wise, Wise Cabinetry
Lisa Wise, along with her husband, Cliff, are owners of Wise Cabinetry - a high-end custom cabinet and furniture business in Davis County. They opened their business three years ago with the help of a start-up loan through the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund and currently employ 10 full-time craftsmen. They source 90% of their supplies and materials from local businesses.
Lisa also works in her other business assisting local merchants with setting up their credit card processing and merchant services. Lisa is a graduate of the Banking on Women Program and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. She has always had a passion for community and supporting "local" businesses. Lisa served her community in the past as both chamber president and executive director and is honored to be part of the Local First Utah Movement.