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Winston Wilkinson
Mr. Wilkinson is a graduate of Morgan State University and Howard University Law School. He is presently Chief Executive Officer of Winston Wilkinson Associates, a professional consultant service. He recently worked as Government Relations Specialist for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Mr. Wilkinson has an expansive history of working in the Civil Rights area. He worked as Special Assistant to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the US Department of Education. Mr. Thomas was Assistant Secretary of Civil Right in President Ronald Reagan administration. Winston also served as Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the US Department of HHS. He was also in Washington in 1963 during the March on Washington.

Mr. Wilkinson is married to Gloria Wilkinson and they are the parents of four children and have 12 grandkids.


Rob Harter
Rob is a non-profit executive professional with 20 years of experience in leading and building non-profit organizations, leveraging sales, communication and personal development. He is the Executive Director at CCPC (Christian Center of Park City), and has served in this role for the past 3 years. He is also the ski chaplain for the Park City Mountain Resort, President of the Park City Interfaith Council, has served as a board member for both locally and globally-focused non-profit organizations.


Mac McCullough


Eruera “Ed” Napia


Joseph Nicolas


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. He has been recognized with numerous journalism awards from the Utah Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Salt Lake County with his wife.


Dr. Roderic Land
Dr. Roderic R. Land serves as the Special Projects & Grant Manager and Education Liaison for Salt Lake County. Before coming to Salt Lake County, Dr. Land devoted over 10 years in the academic world as a professor of Educational Policy. He continues to serve in a dual capacity that allows him to bridge the gap between theory and practice as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah and as a Salt Lake County Mayor appointee.


Shirlee Silversmith
Ms. Silversmith received her B.S. in Secondary Education from BYU and then went on to Arizona State University and recieved her Masters in Education. Master in Education. Ms. Silversmith worked with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) as the Indian Education Specialist for nearly 20 years. In July 2011, Governor Gary R. Herbert, appointed Ms. Silversmith as the Director for the Utah Division of Indian Affairs (UDIA). The position serves as a liaison and promotes positive intergovernmental relations with and between Utah Indian Tribes (8), Office of the Governor, Federal and State agencies, and local entities.


Dr. Forrest Crawford
Dr. Forrest Crawford is a former professor of teacher education at Weber State University where he 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 for our States’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr human rights commission from 1990-1995. This commission has diligently continued its work to date by honoring the importance of this holiday, by recognizing and encouraging achievement among our school age children reaching out in partnership with leaders and organizations who understand and revere Dr. Kings dream of peaceful, participatory democratic society.