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Chairman: Chuck Williams
My commitment to this proposal is to support the vision and mission of the academy to educate and develop future military leaders, and to work with other board members, staff, and student to do the same. Our job is to work with the State of Utah, establish the school, get it up and running, develop the curriculum and procedures to keep it going, recruit staff and students, and do the best job possible to make this endeavor a success. The expertise I bring is varied including: military, public administration, HRM, logistics, and education: geography, geology, history, and, political science. I also have a great deal of background in planning, developing, organizing, and executing special projects.
Vice Chair: Curt Oda
Curtis Oda was born on January 4, 1953 in Ogden, Utah. He attended Clearfield High School, and later attended both Weber State University and Utah State University, where he earned degrees in both Business Administration and Economics, and Business Management and Economics. He has been working as a private/casualty insurance agent since 1974, and currently works for Heiners Insurance Center. Oda and his wife, Nancy, have three children: Cyndi, Lindsi, and Ryan.
Oda served as a State Delegate from 1991-2001 and a Davis County Delegate from 1991-2003 for the Republican Party. He also served as a member of the Davis County Republican Party Platform Committee from 1997-2003, and as a member of the Clearfield City Council from 1996-2003. He was elected on November 2, 2004, and was last elected on November 6, 2012. During the 2014 Legislative Session, he served on the House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee, the House Rules Committee, and the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee.
Secretary: Sherrain Reber
As an officer in the United States Army Reserve Command, I am passionate about military benefits, discipline and the highest levels of professionalism. I have extensive training in leadership and have experience in public relations, planning and executing communication strategies, and media facilitation.
Member: Vickie McCall
Vickie McCall a realtor and life-long Utah resident has been active in military issues for thirty plus years. She founded and chaired the Hill/DDO '95 Committee now known as the Utah Defense Alliance and successfully led the organizations through two Base Realignment and Closure Rounds. She has been the President of the Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce and has served as a 388th Honorary Commander, a Hill AFB LOGSTAR, a Falcon and has had several Gubernatorial appointments to include being a Commissioner for the Utah Alcohol and Beverage Control Commission. She was appointed by Secretary of Defense William Cohen to Chair the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) and is currently serving as a member of the USAF Chief of Staff's Civic Leader Group and the USAF Air Combat Commander's Civic Leader Group. She chaired the Ogden Regional Hospital Board of Trustees for several years and is currently a member of the Weber State University Goddard Business School Board. Among her many awards she most recently received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Weber State University. Vickie is also a recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award, was selected as a Hill AFB Wingman, and was honored by the Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce as a Wall of Fame recipient. She also received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors.
Member: Merlynn Newbold
Merlynn Newbold graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in business management. She has served as a city council member in South Jordan, Utah, and a member of the Utah House of Representatives.
Member: Darren Beck
Board member, Darren Beck is no stranger to UMA having served on the founding board as it made its way through the approval process and through the first year of cadets who graduated at an excellent ceremony in the Hill AFB Air Museum. Beck has taught 5th and 6th grades in Salinas, California at Creekside Elementary School and in Marysville, California's Kynoch Elementary School. He taught Spanish at Sutter High School and was the Colusa County Office of Education's Manager for the Birth-to-Five program working primarily in that agricultural area with migrant families. In 2003, Darren taught Middle School History and Spanish at American Preparatory Academy in Draper. He took on the School Director at The Ranches Academy in 2004, leading that school until 2008. He then helped develop and lead Rockwell Charter High School until January 2010, having also served as the Board Chair for the Utah Association for Public Charter Schools. Upon leaving Rockwell, he took a position with the Association and Director of the East Hollywood High grant project on developing successful charter schools. He left the Association in January 2011 and went to work for Harmony Education Services as Director of Strategic Development. Between 2005 and 2015, Mr. Beck was involved in assisting with or writing significant parts of 12 public charter schools that are in operation today. As fortune seemed to have it, by 2012, he was back at Rockwell, where he currently serves as the school's Executive Director. He has been married for over 26 years to Paula Lee Paulsen of Orem, Utah and they have six children (Paden 25, Madison 23, Ansley 21, Keegan 19, Dylan 18, and Cormac 15) with each one having attended Rockwell and all but Dylan (Class of 2019) and Mac (Class of 2021) having graduated from it. Darren is an avid baseball (and overall sports) fan, loves movies, books, and walking and hiking. Even with all of these other interests and efforts, Mr. Beck is a huge fan of the Utah Military Academy and the promise it is consistently keeping with each cadet to help prepare them for a productive and intentional life.