Marriott Library Advisory Board
Michael W. Homer
Michael is a trial lawyer who practices in state and federal courts. He has published four books, thirteen chapters in books, and over seventy articles. He has received the Lowell L. Bennion Editor's Award, Dialogue, 1994; T. Edgar Lyon Award of Excellence, Mormon History Association, 1994; The John Whitmer Historical Association Best Article Award, 1994; and David Kirby Best Article Award, Arthur Conan Doyle Society, 1993.
He was awarded the Steven Christensen Best Documentary Book Award by the Mormon History Association in 2007 for his most recent book, On the Way to Somewhere Else: European Sojourners in the Mormon West, 1834-1930 Spokane, WA: Arthur H. Clark Company, 2006, which was republished in paperback by the University of Utah Press in 2010.
He is a member of the Utah Advisory Committee, United States Commission on Civil Rights (2006-Present); Board of Advisors, Office of Undergraduate Advancement, University of Utah, 2005-Present; Presidents Club Committee, University of Utah, 1998- Present; Board of State History, 1997-present, Chairman, 2003 –present. He has also served on the Board of Trustees, Economic Development Corporation of Utah, 2006 2010; Board of Trustees, Utah Opera Company, 1989-1998.
He was appointed by the Italian Foreign Minister as Honorary Vice Consul of Utah in 2008 and was invested in the Baker Street Irregulars in 2007.
Advisory Board Members
Nancy Ann Browning was born on the south side of Chicago and raised in a Polish Catholic neighborhood. At a young and tender age, she read Jack Kerouac and understood immediately the importance of reading and independent thinking. After Illinois she resided in California, Hawaii, and Arizona before moving to Utah. Nancy worked as a mortgage broker for many years and now owns and manages her own properties in five states. When she retired she went to work for Delta Air Lines and traveled to more than thirty countries. She is retired again and continues to travel the world. Finally, she loves the J. Willard Marriott Library.
David Eskelsen is the company spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power, Utah’s largest electric utility. He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, then worked as a staff writer for the Standard-Examiner in Ogden and Deseret News in Salt Lake City. While at USU, he was editor of The Utah Statesman and was named “Man of the Year” in 1981. His other work has included radio disc-jockey, tree trimmer, doughnut baker and machine tool operator for manufacturing rocket motors for nuclear missiles. Although born in Durango, Colorado, David grew up in Brigham City, Utah, where five generations of his family have lived. He and his wife, Carla, enjoy their horses, dogs and cats (Dave not so much the cats, though). Most of all, they love making music together as performing songwriters and folk musicians throughout the Intermountain West.
Sim Gill graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. degree in History and Philosophy and he worked at the Marriott Library’s general reference desk while attending the U. He received his J. D. degree and certificate of specialization in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He was elected as Salt Lake County District Attorney in November 2010. Sim has been a prosecutor for more than 20 years, championing the issues of therapeutic justice, criminal prosecution, and alternatives to prosecution. He has long been an advocate of taking a systems approach to the issues of criminal and social justice, focusing on collaborative and community oriented approaches to problem solving.
Alexandra Hesse received her Masters of Business from the University of Sydney in Australia and is now the Executive Director of the Leonardo. The Leonardo is an educational and cultural center fusing science, technology, and the arts in experiences that inspire human creativity and innovation. The museum provides opportunities for young people and adults to explore subjects from a variety of perspectives, deepening both understanding and personal relevance. Alexandra joined The Leonardo in 2006 to oversee development of the museum's exhibits and programs and was later promoted to Executive Director in January of 2012. Before joining The Leonardo, she held management roles with the Salt Lake and Sydney Olympic organizing committees as well as the Stills Gallery in Sydney.
Mike C. Korologos
A native of Salt Lake City, Mike graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He was employed for 25 years as a sports writer, columnist, editor, and newsroom executive at The Salt Lake Tribune. In 1994 Mike served on the Salt Lake Bid Committee and later the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002. He then joined RIESTER, a regional advertising/marketing firm, as public relations director. His travel and ski-related articles have appeared in publications throughout the world and have led to numerous awards and honors, including induction in 2009 into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame. Mike serves as emeritus chair of the Marriott Library’s Advisory Board and as a member of the library’s Ski Archive Board, and also sits on numerous other boards in Utah and internationally.
John Gary Maxwell
John Gary Maxwell is emeritus professor of surgery at both the University of Utah and the University of North Carolina medical schools. Gary’s 40-year career largely focused on transplants. He served as the Medical Director of the Renal Transplant Service at the University of Utah College of Medicine and as Consultant in Transplantation & General Surgery at the Salt Lake City Veterans Administration Hospital.
In his retirement, Gary has continued to stay active in the medical community, and pursues his profound interest in history. Gary is the author of innumerable works, including Robert Newton Baskin and the Making of Modern Utah (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013) and The Civil War Years in Utah, the Kingdom of God and the Territory that Did Not Fight, forthcoming spring 2016.
Jerilyn S. McIntyreJerilyn is president emerita of Central Washington University and also holds emerita status as interim president, vice president for academic affairs, and professor of communication at the University of Utah. Jerilyn spent 23 years at the U., serving as interim president twice, for two months in 1991 and for all of 1997. She was vice president for academic affairs for seven years. She is the first woman to have served in any of these administrative positions at Utah and Central. She received her bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in communication and history from the University of Washington.
Before joining the University of Utah faculty in the Department of Communication in 1977, Dr. McIntyre taught at the University of Iowa School of Journalism from 1973 - 1977 and at Chico State College in California from 1968 - 1970. She is a former correspondent in the World News Bureau of McGraw-Hill Publishing Company in Los Angeles. Dr. McIntyre is the author of numerous monographs, articles, and papers on communication history, journalism ethics, and higher education issues. Paws in the Piazza, a novella for middle-grade readers, is her newest book. She is married to W. David Smith.
Greg Prince attended Dixie College for his bachelor’s degree. He then went to UCLA for both a dentistry degree and a Ph.d. in pathology. Greg is co-founder of Virion Systems, Inc (VSI), a biotechnology company focused on the prevention and treatment of pediatric infectious diseases. VSI is responsible for developing a monoclonal antibody called Synagis, which prevents respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) disease in high-risk infants. Synagis is administered to 250,000 infants worldwide each year.
In 2009 Greg and his wife JaLynn founded the Madison House Foundation, which is named after their youngest son who is autistic. The foundation’s mission is to address the perplexing issues facing adults with autism and their caregivers. Greg is the author of 150 scientific publications in the field infectious diseases. He also has written articles and books on religious history and theology, including the award-winning book David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism. In recognition of his lifetime achievements, Greg was inducted into the Dixie State College Hall of Fame in 1999.
W. David Smith
David Smith worked for over 40 years in university advancement, having directed communications, development, and alumni programs at various institutions, as well as serving as a consultant and as spouse to a long-term university president. He graduated in philosophy from the University of Utah and finished his graduate study at the University of Iowa in modern letters (literature and art history), with an M.A. in English, literary criticism specialty. His record includes many national awards for publications and programs, work on four successful comprehensive capital campaigns, and service at the Universities of Iowa and Utah, as well as Rowan, Central Washington and Willamette Universities, and the Colorado School of Mines. His background includes fund raising, program management, and service as a writer and editor. He also served on the advisory board of the Tanner Humanities Center at Utah and has been a local board member of the United Way, Tourette Syndrome Association, Kiwanis, and other organizations. He is author of two collections of poems, Above the Mountain, and A Passage through the Rockies, as well as the novel Now We Have Secrets, and other works.
Janet Rampton Coleman Thomas
Janet was born in Salt Lake City. She attended Salt Lake City public schools and attended the University of Utah with a major in art. Janet is the mother of three children, David, Stephen, and Judy. Upon her children’s departure into the world, Janet entered the real estate industry as Janet Coleman. She enjoyed an amazing 30-year career with Coldwell Banker and other agencies. Over the course of her career, Janet achieved several professional awards and served on administrative boards. She has had the great opportunity of travelling five continents. Her greatest interests at the present time are enjoying her grandchildren, appreciating the arts, and travelling with her husband, M. Donald Thomas.
Donald was born in Bugnara, Italy to Italian parents. He lived in Italy until he was 6 years-old, until his family moved to the U.S. in 1932. Don earned his doctoral degree in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois and has served as superintendent of schools in Illinois, New York, California, and Utah. He had consulted with the Soviet Union at the request of Mikhail Gorbachev, and had also corresponded with U.S. presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush. Donald’s dedication to public education has earned him several awards including the Civil Rights Worker of the Year Award from the Utah Chapter of the NAACP (1978), the George Washington Medal for Character Education in the Salt Lake City School Districts (1983), and the Educator of the Year Award from the Horace Mann League (1997). Don has 3 children: 2 boys and a girl. He is now married to Janet Thomas, also a member of our board.
Brad Westwood received his BA in American Studies from BYU and received his MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. His university and professional life has centered on the pursuit of academic and public history, and their intersection with administration and citizen engagement. He has served since May 2013 as the Director of the Utah Division of State History and the Utah State Historical Society. In this capacity he serves as publisher of the Utah State Historical Quarterly and Utah's SHPO (State Historic Preservation Officer). Previously Brad worked for the LDS Church's Historical Department as Manager of Acquisitions (museum, archives & library) and Manager of Collection Development. Before this he was Chair of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library (BYU), ran a private consultant firm (Westwood Research & Consulting) and worked for the Athenaeum of Philadelphia (library est. the 1830's) and Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mike Wright graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. in English. He then worked as an academic advisor at the University of Utah, helping students pursue their educational goals. In 2003, he moved into a career in educational publishing at W.W. Norton. Norton’s course materials span the traditional liberal arts and sciences, ranging from classics like The Norton Anthology of English Literature to cutting-edge educational software informed by the science of learning. After three years as a sales representative consulting with professors at the University of Utah and many other colleges and universities, Mike moved to New York City to become an editor at Norton. Although he was primarily responsible for publishing books in the life sciences, a highlight of this time for him was the role he played in publishing The Norton Book of Composition Studies by the nationally known scholar and revered University of Utah professor Susan Miller. Mike currently serves as the Director of Sales for Norton’s college division, a position that affords him the opportunity to help expand the company’s commitment to supporting higher education in the U.S. and abroad. In this position, he is also responsible for developing new business channels and advising on editorial and digital strategies. Mike is a Vice President at Norton and sits on its Board of Directors.