In addition to his professional work, Patrick has been involved in the community. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Chicano Scholarship Fund associated with the University of Utah. He serves as the chair for the Catholic Diocese overseeing the Committee for the Protection of Young People and Vulnerable Adults. He is the Treasurer for a local Knights of Columbus fraternal organization and works with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.
Patrick enjoys reading, hiking, running, and spending time with his family in his spare time.
Paula moved to Salt Lake City and joined the Salt Lake City School District in July 2011. She worked in the Assessment and Evaluation Department as a Data Specialist working with Title I schools. She was the Assistant Principal at Escalante Elementary where she finds the diversity of the students and families to be invigorating. She was also the district’s Title I Coordinator. Paula is currently part of the School Support Team for the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah.
Paula holds a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Utah State University, an Associate Degree and an Applied Associates Degree in Business Administration from the College of Eastern Utah.
Paula is a former President of the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology and a former President of the Carbon County Gifted and Talented Association. Paula is a big advocate for underserved populations in schools and the community at large. It is Paula’s goal to help students establish an excellent foundation so they can become strong active citizens.
Jose was appointed as a commissioner on volunteerism by Lieutenant Governor Bell’s Utah Commission on Volunteers in 2010, and as a commissioner to the office Multicultural Affairs by Governor Herbert, 2012. Currently, Jose is living his dream as the full time Executive Director of Latinos in Action (LIA), a non-profit he built from the ground up since 2001, and which officially became a non-profit organization in 2010. LIA is currently implemented in 110 schools across Utah, Idaho, Washington, Texas, and Florida. LIA’s mission is to empower Latino youth to be college and career ready through culture, service, leadership, and excellence in education. Most recently, LIA was honored as a Bright Spot by the White House Center for Excellence in Hispanic Education.
Jose is married to Jaymilyn Bonnett Enriquez and is the father of 5 children: 4 girls and one boy.
When Jenny isn’t working toward social justice in a school setting, she is doing community advocacy work. She is the former President of the Utah Coalition of La Raza, served as the Chair of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission and was a fellow at the National Institute of Latino School Leaders (UnidosUS). Jenny earned a BA in Spanish from the University of Utah and a Master of Education from Westminster College.
Dr. Verenice Gutiérrez is also a Racial Equity & Healing Fellow, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a first generation Mexican-American born and raised in El Paso, TX. A graduate of the El Paso Independent School District Dr. Gutierrez was exposed early in her own childhood to the subtractive schooling experiences that considered her Spanish speaking abilities, blue collar background and immigrant parents reasons to label her an “at risk” student. Numerous marginalizing experiences throughout her K-16 educational experience led Dr. Gutierrez to a vocation and career as a bilingual educator.
Dr. Gutierrez received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas, El Paso and her Ph.D. from New Mexico State University. She received postgraduate training in Women’s Leadership Development from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Gutierrez’s spent the early years of her career teaching in rural southern New Mexico in a colonia . Dr. Gutierrez worked with 3rd graders during the day and taught their parents English in the evenings. She assisted the principal in bringing the first two-way Spanish dual language program to the Chaparral, NM colonia.
As an administrator Dr. Gutierrez has supervised middle school two way dual language programs in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. She also built a two-way dual language program at the school where she was principal. Most recently Dr. Gutierrez has served as a consultant for K-12 school districts to support initiatives that address the educational gap that exists between second language learners and white, monolingual English-speaking peers.