Spring 2023 Guest List

Allison Feinauer (ENGL '92)

Allison is a literature and composition teacher and department head at Mountain Crest High School. Allison spent 13 years as an English professor at Utah State, where she also earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English.

Anna McEntire (JCOM '03)

Anna currently holds the positions of Associate Director of the Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water, and Air and Executive Director of Research Communications at USU. She holds degrees in journalism and political science.

Charity Van den Akker (ITDS '16)

Charity Maeda Van den Akker is Director of Education & Professional Learning in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Utah State. She holds a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from USU.

Cody Deeter (POLS '03)

Cody Deeter is the CEO and President of Energy Finance & Government Consulting. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from USU.

Cree Taylor (ENGL '14)

Cree is a lecturer at USU who also serves as the Special Assistant to the Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree from USU.

Dawn Dimick (RELS '20)

Dawn currently serves as a chaplain candidate in the Army Reserve and as an on-call chaplain at St. Mark's Hospital. She graduated with bachelor's degrees in international studies and religious studies, minoring in Russian and military science.

Emilie Wheeler (JCOM '05)

Emilie holds the position of News Director at USU. Emilie also worked as a city editor and reporter for the Herald Journal for eight years. She has a degree in journalism and communication from USU.

Ernesto López (SPAN '04)

Ernesto López currently leads the Online Programs initiative at USU Extension. Additionally, he has served on the Logan City Council since 2020. Ernesto earned his BA in Spanish in 2004.

Federico Ortiz (PHIL '20)

Federico works for Malouf as their Global Territory Manager, covering the Caribbean and Latin American regions. He earned bachelor's degrees in international studies and philosophy from USU.

Holly Andrew (ANTH '09)

Holly Andrew is the exhibit program manager for the new Museum of Utah initiative at the Utah State Capitol. She is a graduate of the Anthropology Department at Utah State University in 2009.

Hope Eggett (HIST '20)

Hope is a curator with the Museums at Union Station in Ogden. She holds bachelor's degrees in history and cultural anthropology from USU and is pursuing her Master's in Museum Studies at Harvard.

Madison Elliott (SW '19)

Madison currently works as a licensed clinical social worker at Bear River Mental Health and Intermountain Healthcare. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 2019 and completed her Master’s in Clinical/Medical Social Work the following year.

Makinzie Clark (COMS '17)

Makinzie currently works as a school counselor at Logan High School. Go Grizzlies! She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from USU.

Matt Anderson (POLS '14)

Matt serves as the community relationships manager for Intermountain Healthcare's Canyons region. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from USU.

Mehdi Heravi (POLS '63)

Dr. Heravi has spent the majority of his life in several influential academic positions and now dedicates himself to philanthropy. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from USU.

Ryan Jensen (GCOM '17)

He currently works as the director of enrollment marketing in the USU Admissions Office and previously worked as the university’s social media coordinator. Ryan graduated with a degree in global communication in 2017.

Taia Rogers (ENGL '20)

Taia Rogers is a first-year teacher at South Cache Middle School where she teaches 7th-grade language arts. She graduated with a degree in English in 2020.

Tyler King (SPAN '09)

Tyler is currently an assistant principal at North Ogden Junior High. In 2022 he returned to the military and was commissioned as a second lieutenant and chaplain candidate in the Utah Army National Guard. He earned his bachelor's in Spanish in 2009.

Tyler Tolson (COMS '12)

Tyler is the CEO and founder of Denik, a company he started as a full-time student at Utah State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies from USU.