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ZAP Advisory Boards

The Tier I and Tier II Zoo, Arts and Parks Advisory Boards review applications and make funding recommendations to the Salt Lake County Council. The advisory boards do this by reviewing applications. The advisory boards rely upon the experience, knowledge and expertise of each member and do not interfere with the content of the applicant's programming. Advisory board members are volunteers and are integral to the success of the Zoo, Arts and Parks Program. New members are needed almost every year. 

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Tier I & Zoological Advisory Board

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Photograph: 2015 Tier I Advisory Board

The ZAP Tier I & Zoological Advisory board is made up of seven volunteers from the Salt Lake County community. Based on a set of rigorous criteria, board members review applications and make funding recommendations to the Salt Lake County Council for final approval. The ZAP Program strongly encourages you to invite the appropriate Advisory Board to at least one event for free annually; however, you may invite them as often as you wish.

 

2020 ZAP Tier I Advisory Board Members

 

Victoria Bourns, Chair

Salt Lake City (District 1)
Victoria Panella Bourns is the director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, serves on the board of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), and on the Finance Committee for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. A founding member of Dance Theater Coalition, she produced, directed, choreographed, and performed in numerous original dance and theatre works. She has a bachelor's degree in modern dance and a master’s degree in arts administration from the University of Utah. She helped transform the Utah Citizens for the Arts into the Utah Cultural Alliance and served as treasurer for the State Arts Advocacy League of America.

Carolyn Gardner

Salt Lake City (District 1)
Carolyn Gardner has a loving history with the arts. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Education from the University of Utah, she loves to be involved with the arts and her community. She is a former teacher at Curtis Elementary, and currently tutors math and English at Mountain View Elementary. She serves on the Advisory Board for University of Utah’s School of Music as well as the Utah Museum of Fine Arts,and is a longtime supporter of the arts in Salt Lake County.

Moana (Meagan Moana) HoChing

Sandy (District 6)
Originally from Nu’uuli, American Samoa, Moana Palelei HoChing is a local researcher, technologist, and artist. She currently leads Pasifika First Fridays as Creative Director and recently opened Crazyhorse Productions, a multidisciplinary studio specializing in print design, creative campaign strategy, and live events. Previously Moana served as the Assistant Director of Educational Outreach for the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development based in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. As an advocate, policy researcher, and developer, Moana’s passions center on elevating stories of Indigenous affairs, sovereignty, and governmental best practices through digital technology.

Noemi Hernandez-Balcazar

West Valley City (District 2)
Noemi Hernandez-Balcazar is the Granite School District Fine Arts Coordinator.  Previously to this appointment she served as art teacher at Kearns High School.  Noemi was the art and foreign language teacher at Matheson Junior High School and Academic Advisor at Salt Lake Community College.  Noemi has a M. Ed from Westminster and a BFA in Art Composite in sculpture and ceramics and Foreign Language and Literature from Southern Utah University.  She is always going above and beyond for her students.  She was recently awarded a grant from United Way to bring the arts closer to her students.  Funding will provide for buses and tickets to take students to premier art events, and purchase art supplies.

Diane Stewart

Salt Lake City (District 1)
Diane P. Stewart is a Gallery Owner, Art Collector, Patron and Civic Leader here in the Salt Lake Valley. She is the current owner of Mountain West Fine Art, a local gallery. She is a graduate of BYU and was awarded the University of Utah Honorary Alumni in 2018. She has also been recognized for the Utah Cultural Core Leadership in the Arts in 2014, and Sundance Women’s Leadership Award in 2016. She has previously served on boards including Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Utah Arts Council.

Ken Verdoia, Vice Chair 

Cottonwood Heights (District 4)
Ken Verdoia is retired from a forty-five year career in journalism, with a primary professional focus on public broadcasting. He currently serves as a national spokesperson for PBS, as well as a consultant to healthcare corporations. His community engagement is reflected in his many years of board service to public information, education and cultural enterprises in Utah. He is completing his second four-year term on the Utah Arts Council. He brings an appreciation as a county resident whose family has benefited from public support of arts, cultural, and parks programs sustained by ZAP funding. Ken has a BA in Journalism from San Jose State University and has undertaken graduate studies in politics, law, and business at the University of Utah, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and Cambridge University in England.

Bill Applegarth

Riverton (District 5)
Bill Applegarth has previously served as the mayor of Riverton for 12 years, following his tenure on the Riverton City Council. He has dedicated much of his life  to working with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as the Assistant Administrator to the Administrator of Seminaries, Institutes, and International Church Schools in Mexico and the South Pacific. He has previously worked with ZAP as a Tier II Advisory Board Member and enjoys being involved with the arts.

Tier II Advisory Board

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Photograph: 2016 Tier II Advisory Board


The ZAP Tier II Advisory Board is made up of nine volunteers from the Salt Lake County community. Based on a set of rigorous criteria, board members review applications and make funding recommendations to the Salt Lake County Council for final approval. The ZAP program strongly encourages you invite the appropriate Advisory Board to at least one event for free annually; however, you may invite them as often as you wish.

2020 ZAP Tier II Advisory Board Members

Ryan Benson, Chair

South Jordan (District 5)
Ryan Benson is the owner of SteriGear, LLC a local medical supply business. He has skills in leadership, finances, marketing, sales and customer relations. He and his wife and family are involved in the local community arts programs with Sandy City, Mountain West Ballet, and Draper City.  They have held annual passes at places like Hogle Zoo, Thanksgiving Pointe, Hale Center Theater and the Museum of Natural History. Ryan has a BS in Business Administration and Management from Westminster College.

Mayor Ron Bigelow

West Valley City (District 3) 
Mayor Ron Bigelow has served as Mayor of West Valley City since 2014. He was State Budget Director in the Governor's office for two years, and represented West Valley City in the Utah House of Representatives for 16 years. He served in House leadership for ten years, with eight years as the House Chair of the budget committee, where he prepared budgets for all of state government. Mayor Bigelow has extensive experience in accounting, budgeting, and auditing; with a career as a Certified Public Accountant. His legislative experience helps him understand many government policies and programs. He is a graduate of Granger High School, Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah; he is also a United States Air Force Veteran; and has lived in West Valley City since 1977.

Karen Krieger 

Salt Lake City (District 4)
Karen Krieger has managed cultural programs for thirty years in both government and nonprofit settings.  In her private consulting work, she has worked on the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Grant-Kohrs Historic Site for the National Park Service and Dangberg Home Rach State Historical Park in Nevada.  She served as the Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Arts Council, Deputy Director and Heritage Resources Coordinator for the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, Archives Assistant for the Folklife Archives at Utah State University, Administrative Assistant for the Anchorage, Alaska Visual Arts Center and Registrar at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming.  She has a MA in English/Folklore from the Utah State University and a BA in Outdoor Recreation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Adeena Lago

West Valley City (District 3)
Adeena Lago currently teaches dance at Granger High School and has taught in the Granite School District for many years.  She has also taught at Utah State University, Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College and Uintah High School. Here extensive experience in arts education and familiarity with communities on the west side of the valley make her a valuable addition to the ZAP Tier II Board. Mrs. Lago received a B.A. degree from Brigham Young University and an M.F.A from the University of Utah. She was recognized as the UAPHERD outstanding dance educator in 1997, and UHSAA Drill Team Coach of the Year three times. She was also named as an Excel Outstanding Educator in 2005 and was given the 2018 Sorensen Legacy Award  for excellence as the Outstanding Dance Educator for the State of Utah. She is an active member of the Utah Dance Educators’ Association, having served on the board for many years.

Jason Myers

Salt Lake City (District 4)       
Jason Myers is a senior director, content development for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In his role, he manages brand and organizational marketing efforts including influencer strategy, organizational communications, culture, content development, and public relations efforts. Jason is a former fundraiser and spent several years raising funds for Utah arts and culture nonprofits before joining CMN Hospitals. Jason joined the ZAP Tier II Board in 2018 and has also served on the boards of the Utah Cultural Alliance, DDI Vantage, Utah Society of Fundraisers, and the Young Democrats of Utah. He received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Boston University. He lives in Millcreek with his husband, Brian, and daughter, Sydney.

Mayor Michael Peterson

Cottonwood Heights (District 6)
Mayor Michael Peterson has lived in Cottonwood Heights for over 40 years. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Urban Recreation and Parks Administration. He began his career with Salt Lake County in 1971 where he spent the next 30 years directing various county-wide programs and facilities and serving as Director of the Northwest Multi-Purpose Center and the Copperview Community Center, Interim Director of Hansen Planetarium, Deputy Director of Aging Services, Associate Director of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, Director of Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Services, and Director of Cottonwood Heights Parks and Recreation Service Area. He has served two terms as a City of Cottonwood Heights Council Member, and currently serves as Mayor.

Maren Slaugh, Vice Chair

Midvale (District 6)
Maren Slaugh is an actively involved with community arts and volunteers with various organizations including Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake County's Center for the Arts, Ballet West, and is a University Alumni Ambassador. She grew up in Sandy City, and is an alumni of Judge Memorial Catholic High School. A graduate of University of Utah, Maren currently works as Director overseeing Salt Lake County's Records Management and Archives Division. Prior to that she spent 10 years with the Sandy Police Department. Maren’s parents instilled the love of music and theater in her from a very young age and she is an avid concert and theater goer. Maren is honored to be part of an organization that enriches the lives of so many in our community. She currently is serving her second term as Vice Chair for Tier II for ZAP.

Monte Caldwell

Salt Lake City (District 1)  
Monte Caldwell became managing partner for Byron Russell LLC (BR LLC) in 2011. He specializes in creative strategies, project management, and logistics/operations, and has extensive professional experience with contract management and financial services reporting. Monte is a graduate of the University of Utah in piano performance, and is active as an amateur road-biker, rollerblader, and classical piano teacher.

Gordon Wolf

Taylorsville (District 3)       
Gordon Wolf grew up in a small farming town in North/East Indiana.  He holds a business administration degree from International Business College, Ft Wayne, Indiana.  He is a freelance accountant with clients across the Wasatch Front, Las Vegas, and Reno, Nevada.  Gordon and his wife are actively involved in Salt Lake’s arts and cultural community.  Gordon is the Treasurer for the Taylorsville Arts Council, member of the Taylorsville City Arts Council Board of Directors, member of the Taylorsville Dayzz Steering Committee and a member of the Salt Lake County Cultural Facilities Support Program.