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.
Chef Romina Rasmussen has come a long way from her Easy Bake Oven days growing up in Salt Lake City, UT. Her approach to baking encompasses both tradition and her own unique twist acquired during her extensive travels. After training at the French Culinary Institute in New York, NY, Chef Romina perfected her skills working at Mesa Grill in New York City and the Mandarin Oriental Miami’s fine dining restaurant, Azul, before opening Les Madeleines in Salt Lake City in 2003. A pastry pioneer, Chef Romina initiated the gourmet cupcake and macaron trends in Utah and put Les Madeleines on the map as the first bakery west of the Mississippi to offer the Kouing Aman. In 2007, she was named Best Pastry Chef by Salt Lake magazine and both she and Les Madeleines continue to acquire accolades and both regional and national media recognition including: The Food Network’s Road Tasted with the Neelys and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, O The Oprah Magazine, Food & Wine, Better Homes & Gardens and Sunset Magazine. Prior to her professional pastry life, Romina worked for AT&T in Hong Kong SAR, China and Miami, FL in public relations and sales respectively. She has lived in Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC; Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong SAR China; Miami, FL; and New York, NY. Chef Romina resides in Salt Lake City with her rescue cats, Nibs, Leeloo, and Charlotte. She is an avid traveler, supports slow food and the ever-evolving local food scene, has an affinity for all food and volunteers with Salt Lake County Animal Services and Best Friends -Utah.
Barry Scholl has more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit and community development areas. A co-founder of the Entrada Institute in Torrey, he has also served on the boards of the Utah Wilderness Association, Writers at Work, the Glen Canyon Institute, and P3Utah, among other volunteer boards. From 1996 to 2014 he was the co-owner with his family of Robbers Roost Books and Beverages, a literary bookstore and coffee shop in Torrey, near Capitol Reef National Park. He is currently an attorney with the law firm of Richards Brandt Miller Nelson, where his practice concentrates on business mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, non-profit law, and contract negotiation and drafting. He is also the co-owner of a vintage guitar and stringed-instrument business, Aardvark Guitars, LLC. Prior to attending law school, he was a journalist, serving in various editorial capacities with numerous local publications, including Catalyst, Salt Lake magazine, Utah Business, and Utah Outdoors. He also worked as the Director of External Relations for the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Scholl holds a B.A., M.F.A. and J.D. from the University of Utah and an M.P.C. from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.
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.