- Adrienne Andrews
- Ami Noshiravan
- Azenett Garza
- Betty Sawyer, Vice Chair
- Enrique Romo
- Fred Lopez, Chair
- Linda Oda
- Priscilla Martinez
- Taylor Knuth
- Turner Bitton
Adrienne is the Chief Diversity Officer at Weber State University. She helped create, coordinate, and facilitate the diversity gatherings that eventually lead to the creation of the Ogden Diversity Commission. Adrienne has memberships and/or affiliations with numerous community groups including the NAACP Ogden Chapter, IMAGE of Northern Utah, Women in Business (Ogden/Weber Chamber) and the Utah Governor's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission. Adrienne has a great skill for building relationships that engage identity, employment, and education by working across communities. She is trained in conflict resolution and mediation, and her professional as well as academic work has focused on inclusive excellence, community building, and civic engagement. Adrienne takes time to build group consensus and make sure that everyone is heard.
Ami's strongest skills are gathering and establishing both people and resources. Her passion for serving starts 15 years ago and she has served in different capacities in the Ogden Japanese Christian Church, Nihon Matsuri Japan Festival, Ogden Buddhist Church, the Utah Asian Festival, and as a liason between the Asian American community and the Utah Pride Festival. Ami is confident that there is good representation in the city, but wants to work towards getting people involved, empowered and aware of the diversity initiative. She is great at organizing her resources to get the job done. Diversity has always been important to Ami and she wants to help Ogden city promote it through stories and personal experiences.
Living in East Central Ogden, Azenett has demonstrated a deep commitment and involvement to Ogden City. She has served on the boards of Futures through Training, DaVinci Academy and is currently the president for Latinos United Promoting Education and Civic Participation. Azenett is a Psychology Professor at Weber State University and the Director of the Research Extension for the Center for Community Engaged Learning. Her research has focused on prejudice reduction strategies, more specifically on improving inter-group relations. She was also involved in the Ogden United Promise Neighborhood initiative led by United Way of Northern Utah, and is aware of many of the needs that Ogden has in order to thrive. Azenett addresses her audience with respect, civility, and a listening ear. She brings her passion for her community and shared values to work in a cooperative manner.
Betty is the Community Engagement Coordinator in Access & Diversity at Weber State University. Utilizing her skills as a relator, connector, and builder Betty has been an agent for change in the City of Ogden and Utah for over 40 years. The work and advocacy she has done in the creation of the State's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and as Director of the Office of Black Affairs, and locally with health education and k-12 student advocacy demonstrates the value she sees in equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels. Betty is a past president of the Ogden NAACP, a charter member of the Greater Salt Lake Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., co-founder of Project Success Coalition, a local grassroots non-profit and member of the US Civil Rights Commission, Utah Advisory Council. Betty is inspired by this initiative to create institutional and community change and bring awareness to growing diversity in Ogden. With the support from the city and staff, Betty hopes to identify priority topics from the community and work collectively to implement ideas for change.
Enrique is a transplant from Austin, Texas and although he has only been in Ogden for almost two years, he is involved with various community leaders, school districts, and organizations through Ogden and Utah in his role as Executive Director for Access and Diversity at Weber State University. Enrique comes with experience in creating the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin where he helped develop leadership, outreach, support, and awareness programs for students, institutional stakeholders, and the community at-large. Enrique believes in being in the moment and addressing the issues at hand with an open mind and through mutual collaboration. He believes we have a moral responsibility and should be a part of something bigger than ourselves through active decision-making, beneficial contributions, and civility.
As a local business owner, pastor, and charity foundation president, Fred focuses a significant amount of time, energy, resources, and influence on a daily basis toward providing opportunities for people in Ogden. Fred's mission as a pastor is to give hope to the most hopeless within inner-city Ogden. He provides 20,000 lbs of free groceries monthly through his church pantry, and has partnered with several other organizations to provide guidance to ex-gang members or those who wish to leave the gang life. Fred works collaboratively with a strategy and plan because he wants to see long lasting results. He calls Ogden home and wants to be a part of the change.
Linda grew up in the heart of Ogden, namely 25th street. She relates to those individuals striving for better as an ethnic minority being Asian, Buddhist, culturally different and a woman. She has worked for Ogden City School District and Weber State University as an educator, currently Linda works with United Way of Northern Utah focusing on early childhood education. She was also involved with the Governor's Office of Ethnic Affairs. Linda would like work towards identifying goals and objectives to better solve problems. She hopes to collaborate with others by having good discussions and utilizing data to solve real problems being faced in the community.
Priscilla moved to Utah from Los Angeles, California and currently works for Ogden-Weber Tech College conducting diversity outreach. Through her previous job with Division of Child and Family Services in Ogden, Priscilla recognized resources available in Ogden to assist in areas like mental health, employment, daycare and parenting, but most importantly she advocated for her underage client's well-being. Her volunteer experience includes tutoring homeless youth and translating for Spanish speaking parents. Priscilla has learned to work with individuals of different ethnic, economic, and social backgrounds. Priscilla looks forward to representing Ogden and finding solutions to build trust with agencies and community, keeping an open mind.
Taylor is heavily involved in both the arts and the human services communities in Ogden, and graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Musical Theater and is currently in his final year of study to earn his Master of Arts in Arts Administration. Taylor's role with United Way of Northern Utah has engaged him in many issues such as homelessness, interfaith cooperation, collective impact and resource sharing, discrimination, and diversity. He is invested in Ogden deciding to make it his permanet home, and place for work and play. Taylor reflects daily on his personal saying, "Do I love what I do and did I love the way I did it?" He wants to make change in his own corner of the world and finds ways to do so daily. He welcomes all thoughts and ideas on diversity and is ready to work in a collaborative connection to fulfill the commissions mission.
Driven by the intersection between data and organizational development, Turner utilizes his experience in political campaign management, community organizing, and public policy advocacy to improve the financial successes of the organizations he interacts with. For the past several years Turner has volunteered and worked in positions that support the creation of inclusive communities. His involvement in various nonprofit organizations has given him a unique insight into the work of racial and social justice. Turner would like to debunk the perception that Salt Lake City is the only city in the State of Utah that is welcoming to to diverse communities. Turner would like to address diversity in two different processes. First, public perception of the City of Ogden and secondly, help the city internally to diversify the government structure. With his experience in Public Relations, Turner is ready to overcome challenges and bring new insight.