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  MCA-RHarter Dr. Rob Harter | Chair

Dr. Rob Harter is a non-profit executive professional with over 20 years of experience in leading and building non-profit organizations, leveraging resources, communication and personal development. In 2010, Rob became the Executive Director of the Christian Center of Park City, a humanitarian and community-focused non-profit organization with a vision to serve as a leading networker of community services to those in need. Rob has received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and most recently his Doctorate as well.

  MCA-AAndrews Adrienne Andrews

Adrienne Gillespie Andrews is a proud member of the Utah Governor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission and looks forward to being an active participant of this group.  An advocate of and for social justice, Adrienne works at Weber State University as the Chief Diversity Officer. Her favorite quote by the Rev. Dr. King is: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

  FCrawford Dr. Forrest Crawford

Dr. Forrest Crawford is a professor of teacher education at Weber State University where he has worked for over 35 years. Widely honored for his extensive contributions to this state and region he is also Secretary General to the International Society for Teacher Education. Dr. Crawford was a co-founder and first chair of our state’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission from 1990 to 1995.

  MCA-LGarza Luis Garza 

Luis Garza has been involved in community affairs for the past 10 years. Prior to working at Comunidades Unidas, he worked for the SLC Mayor’s Office of Diversity & Human Rights, Utah State Office of Ethnic Affairs, and University of Utah Hospital. Luis is very passionate about U.S. and Mexican politics and their implications on migration and immigrant integration. He is accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Immigration Appeals, to provide immigration services in the state of Utah.

  MCA-KJohnson Dr. Karen Johnson 

Dr. Karen A. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Utah in the Department of Education, Culture & Society, with a joint appointment in the Ethnic Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She, along with Abul Pitre and Kenneth L. Johnson, is the co-editor of African American Women Educators: A Critical Examination of their Pedagogies, Educational Ideas, and Activism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

  MCA-CKelley Carla Kelley

Carla Kelley has made it her life’s work to teach members of our community to “treat others as you want to be treated.” In 1999, Carla founded The Human Rights Education Center of Utah, whose mission is teaching tolerance and compassion. HREC believes as prejudice is born in ignorance, acceptance is born in education.  Carla is a human rights educator who has consistently been teaching our students, and thousands of others in Utah, the importance of recognizing and respecting our common humanity.

  JLee Jasen Lee 

Jasen Lee is a journalist for Deseret News/KSL reporting primarily on business, technology, utilities and transportation. Having started in radio, he has reported at KCPW and Metro Networks in Utah as well as WTMJ in Milwaukee and WMAY in Springfield, Ill. In addition, he covers the Utah Jazz along with Utah/BYU football and basketball for the Associated Press and Fox Sports Radio. A native of Chicago, Jasen graduated from the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign with a degree in finance and studied broadcasting at Columbia College Chicago.

  MCA-ENapia Ed Napia 

Eruera “Ed” Napia is a member of the Ngapuhi Iwi (Tribe) from Tai Tokerau, Aotearoa-New Zealand.  He is the Youth Programs and Special Projects Manager at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake and works specifically in Health and Wellness, Substance Abuse Prevention, Emergency Preparedness, and Culture and Identity Formation.  Ed is also a clay artist.

  MCA-SNewell Shawn Newell

Shawn Newell is the Vice President of Sales for Industrial Supply Company.  He is active in the community serving as the Vice Chairman of the Salt Lake Community College Marketing PAC and First Vice President of the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP. He is also active with the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.  His goal as a member of the MLK Jr. Human Rights Commission is to aid in making society a better place, for all people, and to illuminate the need for equal rights for a better Utah and world.  Shawn is a proud alumnus of the University of Utah.

  MCA-RRendon Robert Rendon 

Robert Rendon is the Senior Vice President and Community Development (CD) Director for Zions Bank for the past 17 years. At the bank he directs their community development and community reinvestment efforts working with non-profits, local cities, counties and various Housing Authorities throughout Utah and Idaho and providing needed resources for social services, small businesses, housing, education, health and financial education targeted at low- and moderate-income families. Robert is a graduate of the University of Utah and was born and raised on the west side of Salt Lake City where he continues to call the west side home.

MCA-Luvinia.Taumoepeau-Latu Lavinia Taumoepeau-Latu

Lavinia (Nia) Taumoepeau-Latu is currently the Director of Civic Engagement for the National Tongan American Society. She graduated with a dual Bachelors of Science in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Utah. Having served in various leadership roles and also as a member of different executive boards including her present appointment as a commission member for the Governor of Utah’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, and her previous post as the Chair for OCA Asian Pacific Advocacy, she strives to be an active force in the community.

  Eddy Thompson Jr. 

Eddy Thompson Jr. is honored to serve on the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission. One of his favorite quotes from Dr. King is, “If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a well song, if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain.” These words have inspired Eddy to help educate and bring more opportunities to youth in his community where he serves as Youth Director at True Vine Baptist Church. He graduated from the University of Utah while working with the Utah Jazz and 1320 KFAN radio station, and currently works as a Compliance Specialist at L-3 Communications.

 emma-houston Emma Houston

A longtime community volunteer, Emma has been on the county’s Council on Diversity Affairs since 2013.  She is the former chairwoman of the Governor’s Office of Ethnic Affairs and currently serves on the YWCA Board, UAA/SCANS Board, Reverend France A. Davis Scholarship Board, and is the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Beta Omega Chapter. Emma hails from Texas, lived in Florida for 10 years and has been a resident of Utah since 1986.  Emma brings her collaborative skills and community connections to the position and looks forward to working with all communities.