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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Barry Scholl, Board President

Richards Brandt Miller Nelson

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 CatalystSalt 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.  

Shawn Beus, Treasurer

Davis County Economic Development

Previously, Shawn worked as Economic Development Manager in Salt Lake City and Ogden City, specializing in economic development finance and small business development.  Shawn has also been a non-profit housing developer and executive director, assisted living administrator, and health law and general practice attorney.  Shawn spent eight years on his hometown Hooper City planning commission and City Council. He earned associate's degrees at Weber State and Salt Lake Community College, a bachelors from BYU in Management, and a law degree from the University of Utah.  Having lived in the Canary Islands of Spain, Shawn speaks Spanish as a second language. Shawn enjoys being on several boards/committees including Local First Utah, Neighborworks Salt Lake Expansion Committee, Governor’s Refugee Employment Committee, Advisory Board of Utah Communities Fund, and the board of Centerpoint Legacy Theater (Davis Center for Performing Arts). In his spare time Shawn enjoys hiking, biking, has completed 3 marathons and somehow still enjoys running (slowly), sports, travel, movies, music, theater, current events, local government, collecting hats, eating interesting food, and deciding who to cheer for between the red, blue, and purple. 


Helen Wade, Secretary

The Stockist

Helen opened The Stockist to bring something special to Salt Lake City. Since 2009 The Stockist has carried small  brands, local artisans, and international labels in a cheated environment. Through tireless effort the shop stands as a staple in the community celebrating a fun casual approach to a boutique experience

When not on the block Helen and her family enjoy snowboarding at Brighton, riding horses at Alta Hills, and camping in the wild mountains near and far.

Sara Day

Even Stevens

Sara Day is a food, drink, and culture obsessed gal whose entrepreneurial spirit helped co-found the fast-casual restaurant Even Stevens Sandwiches from conception to its expansion across the Western U.S. Along with donating nearly 3 million sandwiches, Even Stevens has been awarded Best New Concept, Best Sandwiches (2 years running), Hunger Hero Award, Restaurant Neighbor Award (2 years running), Most Fabulous Sandwiches, Reader's Choice: Best New Restaurant, and many more. Sara brings over 13 years of service industry experience and a deep love for the community and has played a crucial role in the creation, development and continued sustainability of Even Steven's Non-Profit Program, which now boasts over 80+ non-profit partners in 6 states. In her spare time, Sara serves on both the board of Local First Utah and the Westminster Social Impact Incubator and runs @local_enthusiast_slc, an Instagram aimed at bringing people together over shared interests in Utah. When Sara isn’t working, she is camping her way across the West, getting her Zumba on and adventuring with Cash, her five-year-old standard poodle.

James Jackson, III 

Zions Bank

Irvin Maddox

Maddox Ranch House

Chad Thomas

Provo Department of Economic Development

Aimee Sterling

Caffe Molise, BTG Wine Bar

Aimee and her husband Fred Moesinger won Caffe Molise and BTG Wine Bar in Downtown Salt Lake City. A life long resident of Utah, Aimee began her career at Mac's Hobbies & Crafts, beginning with a part time high school job, and working her way up to Assistant General Manager. Her tenure at Mac's Hobbies & Crafts nurtered her love of all things "crafty," including a passiong for weddings and wedding dresses. She continued her retail career at Seven Oaks Bridal, were she served as the store manager for four years. Looking for a break from retail, Aimee joined her husband Fred at Caffe Molise in 2007, where she manages the business end of one of Salt Lake City's most beloved Italian restaurants, while Fred manages the kitchen. In 2013, Aimee and Fred opend BTG Wine Bar, the first by-the-glass (hence, BTG) wine in the state of Utah. Currently, Aimee and Fred are in the process of remodeling Salt Lake City's iconic Eagle Building, which will become the new home of Caffe Molise and BTG in 2018. 


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.

Local First Utah Advisory Board 

Jennifer Tarazon, Salt Lake County Economic Development
Roberta Reichgalt, Salt Lake City Economic Development
Sheridan Mordue, Hip & Humble