The Most Qualified and Experienced Candidate for Utah House 13

Bobbie (right) has worked as a resource class volunteer for five years at Holt Elementary School and for one year at West Point Elementary School.  Previously she oversaw the scheduling of residential advisers at the Clearfield Job Corp Center.

I am a Davis County Democrat (except for one year experimenting with being a Libertarian in my twenties) following in the proud footsteps of my 91-year old father who was born in Ogden and later moved to Salt Lake City where I was born.   I was born in 1955 (a year before Burger Bar in Roy opened) at the old St. Mark's Hospital across from the old Wasatch Springs Plunge on 300 West (I would later become the first volunteer at the opening of the Children's Museum of Utah which would use the same building as Wasatch Springs until they moved to the Gateway Mall) .  Utah has been my home all my life, except for a brief time spent at New College in Sarasota, Florida.  I later completed my formal education at the University of Utah, a couple miles from where I grew up.  I finally came here to live in Clearfield City twenty-two years ago when I married my wife Bobbie.  

We have now been together for 23 years and been quite busy during the last five years replacing our roof (picture right), installing a new air conditioner and furnace, fixing a broken sprinkler connection, repairing our washing machine, backflow regulator, waste disposal, garage door opener and replacing our oven that broke the day before our waste disposal went out. 

Two years ago during my 2020 Utah House campaign, we contended with:

 

  • replacing our out of code 36 year-old "vinyl" venting for our dryer

  • cracking a rib after I had a ladder fall under me during a windstorm trying to reattached a loose shingle

  • dog bite while campaigning

  • chip on my credit card not working

  • smartphone dying

  • laptop dying

  • house almost catching on fire when a bush caught on fire from a firework on July 4th (picture right) and spending a month and a half at a Layton Hotel after having half our home restored for smoke and insulation damage.

 

Home is a house where Bobbie and I live in Clearfield and that's thirty-six years old, where my wife's parents lived and died and the City where my wife's brother and one of her two sisters live.  Spent most of July and half of August in hotels in Layton in 2020 while our home was restored from the fire.  We are still contending with the many personal items that were either broken or we believe were stolen during the restoration of our home.

Personal note:  After my 2020 General Election loss in November, spent a couple of months writing and then rest of last year self-publishing a science fiction novel, available for purchase online with Barnes & Noble.

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Picture of my original science fiction manuscript "Coming Home:  A Multi-Verse Adventure" (2021)

January 2021.

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MY EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

 
Professional ​
experience

I have been a social worker for 18 years before I retired last year.  I received my state clinical license in 2006 because "I care about people."  I have helped, primarily using cognitive-behavioral therapy, hundreds of children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly to cope with:

 

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • disruptive behavior

  • suicidal ideation

  • substance abuse

  • employment issues

  • marriage and family problems

 

I "life coached," including the use of Gestalt and existential therapy, to help people find meaning in their lives and achieve the dreams they struggle to make into reality.

 

From 2015 to 2018, I also had the opportunity to teach a life skills course to over a hundred of inmate-students at the Davis County Jail consisting of:

 

  • Grief and Loss

  • Confidence & Self-Respect

  • Stress

  • Self Care

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Communication

  • Relationships

  • Career and Employment

 

Prior to being a social worker, I held various professional positions spanning over twenty years of my life in local governments and mostly non-profit organizations serving people like you, "caring about people."

Work​
experience​

UPDATED EXPERIENCE

WEBPAGE 

August 2022

with more extensive detail of selective work and community experience descriptions, taken, in part, from 2020 General Election Brochure and new material never published before

2007 to 2018

and 2021         Family Counseling Services, Ogden and Clearfield.  Therapist.  

 

Provided mental health counseling addressing anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, relational problems to low income adults, children, students, and couples.  Educated Davis County Jail inmates about life skills in a group with a fun, informative eight-session curriculum.

2019 to 2020 Independent Contractor, Therapist.

 

Provided individual and couple counseling through an Employment Assistance Program (EAP).

2010 to 2011 Blomquist Hale Consulting, Holiday, Utah. Therapist.

 

Provided short-term employment assistance program counseling.

 2009               Salt Lake Community College, Adjunct Instructor.

 

Taught social welfare policy class at Main Taylorsville Campus.

 2007 to 2008 Clinical Consultants, Salt lake City.  Group Therapist.

 

Conducted group therapy addressing substance abuse, anger, and cognitive restructuring to criminals coming out of prison through Utah Adult Probation and Parole.

 2007                Volunteers of America, Salt Lake City Case

                         Manager/Therapist

Provided intensive drug and alcohol and life skills curriculum to clients in group setting.

 2005 to 2006  Associated Interventions & Counseling, Ogden Therapist.

Provided individual and couples counseling as well as undertook school site observations of student clients in various Weber and Davis County schools.

 2002 to 2005  New Horizons, Ogden, Layton, and Brigham City Therapist

Provided counseling for addiction to alcohol or drugs and domestic violence as well as conducted sexual offender assessments and preparation of pre-sentencing reports for judges.

 2002                Community Treatment Alternatives, Kaysville Support Staff

Oversaw disabled adult residential clients.

 2001                Turn Community Services Salt Lake City Instructor

Supervised disabled adult residential clients. 

 2000                Smart Title Solutions Salt Lake City data entry

1997                 Clearfield Job Corps Center outreach specialist

 

Marketed Center to employers in Pueblo, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia and conducted Center tours for prospective students and their families.

 1994 to 1996  University of Utah Neighborhood Action Coalition,

                          Community Mobilizer

Oversaw training of community members on the legislative process and coordinated one of the largest public relations marketing of the Night Out Against Crime Project to date and oversaw volunteer recognition activities.

 

 1993 to 1994  Salt Lake County Aging Services Project CARE coordinator

Oversaw a crime prevention program for senior citizens in Central City, including installation of free security-lighting using volunteer electricians, and planning and overseeing the most successful senior citizens fair up until that time with over 50 vendor booths.

 1990 to 1993  Sandy City Community Development Block Grant

                          coordinator

Oversaw a half-million-dollar federal block grant program that provided parks, senior citizen center improvements, and funds for community services such as emergency home repairs, respite care for families in crisis, and Boys’ and Girls’ Club.   Activities included overseeing citizen participation, environmental assessments, legal notices, procurement and contracts, labor and environmental compliance and monitoring.

 1989               Salt Lake Community Action Program jobs facilitator

Help single mothers with job-seeking skills, including developing resume outlines that resulted in increased employment confidence

 1989               University of Utah Survey Research Center interviewer

Conducted contracted telephone surveys using scientifically-valid survey techniques.

 1989               American Red Cross Salt Lake Chapter fundraising

                         campaign coordinator

 1984-89         West Valley City community development specialist

Assisted new Community Development Block Grant Officer in overseeing federal development projects in the City as well as ensure compliance with federal regulations. 

 1982-84         West Valley City economic & redevelopment assistant

Helped to develop an economic and redevelopment plan for the City.

 1982               West Valley City planning intern

Completed a comprehensive traffic accident survey of all major intersections in the second-largest city in Utah, including conducting hand-counted traffic volume studies resulting in a color-dot coded map of the entire city.

 1979                Continental Bank (now Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City)

                          courier

Learned how not to pass a car and turn over the company's new car in slushy conditions on Wasatch Boulevard.  Still retained employment.

 1976-77           Salt Lake City-County Health Department Drug Referral

                          Center file clerk.

Maintained files on hundreds of clients within the County's drug treatment system.

 1973                Peck & Shaw GMC Cars and Trucks, Midvale, Utah car lot

                         attendant

Learned that scratching a truck can cost hundreds of dollars.  Washed hundreds of cars and trucks each day by hand using hose, bucket, and sponge.

 1972                Birds Unlimited, Hansel Valley, Utah pheasant farm

                          farmhand

Learned you cannot outrun fire on a hill and that farmers are really smart people.  Carried hundred-pound bird feed, fed and cleaned the pens of hundreds of pheasants in all stages of growth daily.

Community
Experience
 

2020                 Clearfield City 1000 West Left Hand-Turn Realignment

                          neighborhood advocate

Undertook second resident petition presented to City Council to address a number of public safety concerns along 1000 West.

2019                  Japanese American Citizens League volunteer

2019                  Davis Community Learning Center English as a Second Language

                           Tutor

2014-15             Japanese American Citizens League, Salt Lake

                           Chapter newsletter editor

2012                 Clearfield City Left Hand Turn Lane neighborhood advocate

Undertook and citizens petition and presented to City Council to have a left-hand turn lane designed at 700 South and 1000 West to improve safety and increase smoother traffic flow, especially with Syracuse High School students beginning to use 700 South with the 2000 West Widening Project. 

2011-13            The Leonardo exhibit docent

Provided personal hands-on exhibit experiences to guests, including the hylozoic veil, 3-D motion-capture special effects, the Google geo-map on the floor, use of special needs equipment, and the Halloween mad scientist demonstrations.  Guided tourists through the mummies exhibit.

2011                 Utah State Legislature parent advocate

Working with State Senator Howard Stephenson passed amendments to the Local School Community Council law requiring that contact information of the Council members be made available to the public upon request.

2009-11           Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. Utah board member

                         and president.

Coordinated annual remembrance of victims in Jordan Park’s International Peace Garden in Salt Lake City.

2005-08            Davis School District Equity Committee member and chair

Oversaw the second formation of the Equity Committee, developed the Committee's bylaws, and began an inquiry into the discrepancy of minority high school graduation rates.

2002                  University of Utah Social Work Diversity Conference chair

1999                   Japanese American Citizens League, Salt Lake Chapter,

                           president

1999                  Salt Lake City School District- Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce,

                           School-To-Careers, Community Editor

Unsuccessfully attempted to develop a partnership between the Salt Lake businesses and the Salt Lake School District to provide apprenticeship opportunities to students.

1997-98            Guadalupe School tutor

Taught non-English adults to speak English.

1996                 Mobilization Against Gang Violence in Communities (MAGIC)

                          chair

Helped to organize and obain 501(c)(3) non-profit tax status of this regional organization.  Developed with the Utah Attorney General’s Office educational video about gangs for the public.

1994-95            Northwest Society of Arts and Humanities (Rose Park, SLC)

                           trustee.

Oversaw the creation and the preparation of and obtained 501(c)(3) non-profit tax status for a neighborhood organization to support local arts in the Rose Park neighborhoods in Salt Lake City.  Held art festival at the Northwest Junior High School. 

1994-95            SLC School District/SLC Council Subcommittee for Schools as

                          Community Centers chair

Worked with school board and city council members to obtain school board approval to use school and city taxes to provide public services using school buildings only to have Mayor Corridini kill the proposal.

1993-95           Salt Lake City Board of Education member

Fought for due process rights of teachers being harassed by parents. Personally involved in design of West High upgrades and new auditorium on behalf of theater teacher who moved to New York.  Supported East High’s architectural design though personally disagreeing with it.

1993-94           Salt Lake Valley Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition Legislative

                         Committee chair

Oversaw the Coalition at the Capitol where residents were provided with classes on the State Legislature at the State Capitol by prominent legislative community activists.

  1992               Salt Lake Valley Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition Asian Task

                          Force member

Oversaw the Paint Your House project on the Salt Lake Westside.

1991-92           Salt Lake County Coordinated Grants Task Force member

1991-92           Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Business Education

                         Committee member

Working with developer Dick Prowswood, attempted to develop a science museum at the Utah State Fair Park.

1990-91           Sandy City Historic Preservation Commission staff member

Prepared an award-winning Walking Tour of Sandy City.  Oversaw the historic assessment research for the preparation and installation of Historic Plaques on various historic homes and buildings in the Historic Mile of Old Sandy.

1987-88           Literacy Action Center tutor

Tutored a 30-year-old man for a year who could not read through a third-grade reading level.  He wanted to be able to read a story to his child.

1983-86          Children's Museum of Utah docent

Museum’s first volunteer, including demonstrating the archeological dig of a saber-tooth cat, artificial heart operation, KSL studio operations with camera, piloting a 737 Boeing in a real cockpit, and forming frozen soap bubbles in a box full of carbon dioxide from dry ice.

1979-81           Salt Lake City Board of Education member

Saved surplus elementary school for an Avenue’s branch public library.  Required Bryant Junior High shop upgrade to meet standards allowing shop teacher to design blueprint. Required air-conditioning ducts in all new elementary schools.  Fought on behalf of cafeteria workers.

1974-76          Utah State Board of Education Student Rights

                         and Responsibilities Committee member

 

Undertook extensive research on the First Amendment and Suspension rights of students as decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.  This information was then incorporated into the State Board of Education approved Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook.

1973-74            Utah State Board of Education Youth Advisory Committee

                           member

1973-74            East High School Curriculum Committee member

1968-69            Bryant Junior High School Underground Newspaper reporter

Educational Qualifications
University of Utah

Masters in Social Worker

2002

University of Utah
Masters in Public Administration

1986​

Masters’ Thesis Title:  The Communication of Representation Between Legislators and Constituency; University

University of Utah

Pi Alpha Alpha

Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration

Charter member and Vice-President

1982

University of Utah

Bachelors in Political Science & Philosophy, cum laude

1980

New College

Sarasota Florida

Major in Physics

1975

East High School

Salt Lake City, Utah

Graduated with Honors

1974