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Board of Directors

UWHEN SLCC Chapter 2023-2024 Board of Directors


Board Members

Dr. Angela Belnap

Chair/State Representative & Chair-Elect

Angela Belnap, DHPE serves as Associate Dean of Allied Health. She started her career in healthcare in patient care, advocacy and patient education. In this she found a love for teaching and eventually transitioned into education. She is a tenured professor and now finds joy in working alongside faculty to develop innovative approaches to ensure student success.

In addition to her healthcare background Angela has a BS and MS in business and a DHPE in Education. In addition to her work with SLCC faculty and staff, Angela continues to share her passion for teaching/learning with service on committees for Leaders in Education and Practice as well as regular presentations at state- and nation-wide conferences and Train the Trainer courses.

Cecile Delozier


Cecile is the Associate Dean for the Institute of Public Safety and Criminal Justice located on Miller Campus. She worked in corrections for 18 years before accepting her position in January. Cecile completed a Master of Science Criminal Justice Public Administration at Southern New Hampshire University and just completed a Master of Philosophy as part of her PhD program at Walden University.

For the last four years Cecile has been a consultant and master instructor for Desert Waters Correctional Outreach which focuses on improving wellness for corrections employee across the country. Education has been a lifelong passion and continues to be a focus as she acclimates to her new role and completes her doctorate. New to Utah, she enjoys exploring the state with her husband and learning the area history.

Trina Polta

Past Chair/State Representative

Trina Polta is Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Institutional Events Marketing Manager. Trina received her BFA degree from San Francisco State University and 3 SLCC A.A.S. degrees in film, photography and multimedia. Prior to joining SLCC in 2014, she worked as a producer in the television news industry. Trina is a member of American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. While serving as the 2021-22 UWHEN SLCC President and she graduated from the 2022 Women’s Leadership Institute Career Development Series.

Alison Arndt-Wild

State Representative

Alison Arndt-Wild is an Assistant Professor in the Journalism & Digital Media program in the Communication Department, as well as the Director of the Student Media Center at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). Alison has been a member of the SLCC chapter of the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN) since 2018. She began her employment with SLCC in December of 2005 as a staff member in the now defunct Center for Media Innovation as a video producer. Through the years Alison has moved through the positions of production coordinator, Student Media Director and to faculty in 2016. Alison most enjoys helping students achieve their goals and feel pride in seeing the media projects they make around campus. She also enjoys being involved on campus and has served on a number of committees and boards over the years. She is passionate about helping the SLCC UWHEN chapter achieve their mission to help women at SLCC network and find the leaders within themselves.

Kristin Morley

Advocacy Liaison

Kristin Morley is a manager in the office of Faculty Development and Transformational Educational Initiatives. She currently facilitates the ACUE (American Council of University Educators) Effective Teaching Practices courses for faculty as well as the Equitable & Inclusive Teaching Practices program offered to all faculty at SLCC. Kristin began her career in education as a public school educator in middle school, junior high, and high school settings. She then decided to transfer to adjunct faculty in higher education. She started her career at SLCC in 2009 teaching developmental reading and writing courses. Her favorite part of working in professional development is the opportunity to work with faculty. Meeting and learning from faculty are invigorating! Kristin also enjoys spending time outside with her three sons and husband.

Natalie Spendlove

Marketing Manager Co-Chair

Natalie Spendlove began working as an Administrative Assistant for SLCC in 2019 - first within the Division of Allied Health and more recently in the Office for the VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.Before SLCC, Natalie worked in student housing and residence life overseeing a team of resident assistants at Utah State University.

During her time in residence life, she discovered a passion for learning about, teaching about, and building community. Natalie brings this passion for community engagement to SLCC and hopes to bring this same energy to UWHEN. As a Marketing Co-Chair, her goals are to provide consistent communication and to promote UWHEN and its opportunities to the larger campus community. When not on campus, Natalie can be found reading on her patio or hiking with her dog."

Jenny Burgess

Marketing Manager Co-Chair

Jenny Burgess is a marketing and communications professional with over 15 years of experience in various industries including real estate, healthcare, K-12 and higher education. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, she earned her associate degree from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and went on to receive her bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Utah in 2001. In December of 2020, Jenny joined SLCC's Development and Alumni department as a part-time Development Writer. When not busy writing stories or working with clients, Jenny enjoys hiking, ice skating, thrift shopping and studying Utah's historical neighborhoods. She also loves spending as much time as she can having fun with her two girls.

Suzzanne George


Suzzanne started working at SLCC in February of 2021. She is currently serving as a Strategy & Accreditation Specialist in Institutional Effectiveness. Having a love for learning, Suzzanne has a BS in Psychology from BYU, an MBA from Western Governors University, and many hours of course credit from SLCC, LinkedIn Learning and Coursera in Culinary Arts, Graphic Design and Information Technology. When she isn't working, Suzzanne enjoys hanging out with her family, hiking, creating beautiful things, helping others, watching movies, and playing Pokemon Go with her mom and sister.

Alisa Garcia


Alisa Garcia is an Auditor, former OIT Project Lead, and an SLCC alumna. In her role as an internal auditor, she provides objective assessments of college activities to promote a proactive risk management environment. More broadly, she aims to strengthen institutional and community partnerships by learning about, connecting with, and highlighting the vast perspectives that embody SLCC and the members of our SLCC UWHEN chapter.

Alisa received her Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Utah. Prior to academic pursuits and a career in higher education, Alisa was a serial entrepreneur, often inventing ephemeral side gigs related to buying, selling, planning, and engaging communities.

Maura Hahnenberger

Event Subcommittee Chair

Maura Hahnenberger, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Geosciences Department at Salt Lake Community College. At SLCC she teaches and advises in the Atmospheric Sciences and Geography programs in both face to face and online settings. She is a co-founder of the UWHEN SLCC Chapter and is passionate about helping women become leaders. Maura is the founder of the WaterGirls and DustKids outreach programs which teach students about water quality and the science of dust. Her research focuses on dust storms in the western U.S. including where the dust comes from, what weather systems make it move, and its impact on air quality. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Utah. At home Maura has a husband, 5-year-old son, two dogs, one cat, nine chickens, an unknown number of fish, and a big garden.

Ashley Schultz

Event Coordinator

Ashley Schultz is a Program Manager in SLCC's Corporate Training Department where she connects local business and industry with training resources. She received degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from Boise State University. She transitioned to a career in education after a decade of public service in local government. She recently moved to Utah from Washington state, where she had worked at Spokane Community College. She loves playing golf, going to concerts, long distance lap swimming, hiking, experimenting in the kitchen, and her Siamese overlord, Bernie. She is eager to learn more about the SLCC community and how she can help further the interests of women (and the people that support them) on our campuses.

Darcie Wheeler

Event Coordinator

Darcie Wheeler is an Assistant Professor at Salt Lake Technical College (SLTC) at Salt Lake Community College. She attended Weber State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with an emphasis on Office Technologies. In 2001, she started her journey in higher education by working as an adjunct instructor in the Office Information Systems department at SLTC. She began by teaching office skills for the Medical Coding and Billing, Health Information Specialist, and Accounting Clerk programs. Later she prepared to take AAPC's CPC (Certified Professional Coder) national exam and was awarded the CPC credential in 2010. Darcie went on to receive her CPC-Instructor (CPC-I/Approved Instructor) and Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) certifications.

She became an Assistant Professor in 2016 and is currently working toward the Associate Professor rank and becoming a tenured faculty member. Darcie is currently Vice President of the local Salt Lake AAPC Chapter and the Chair of the USHE Medical Coding and Billing Alignment Committee. Darcie is passionate about competency-based education (CBE) and helping students get the skills needed to begin their careers in the medical coding and billing field. She is grateful for the opportunities that being a faculty member of SLTC at SLCC has given her and for all the wonderful mentors she has worked with over the years. Darcie is excited about the opportunity to serve on the UWHEN Board.

MJ Thompson

Event Coordinator

MJ is the Senior Director of Facilities Services. She has been with the college for over 23 years. MJ has worked in various departments throughout her career at SLCC, including Business Services, Student Services, Athletics, and is currently with Facilities. She enjoys higher education and helping students find their passion in life. She cares about creating a work environment where people love their job and can utilize their talents in areas where they can shine. MJ has a extensive educational experience in psychology, a Bachelor's degree Accounting and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. She serves on several boards, including National Facilities Leadership, People and Workplace Culture, and Community Colleges Engagement Group. In her spare time MJ enjoys spending time with her family, learning new things, and travelling.

Riley Bassett

Event Coordinator

Riley Bassett is an Admissions Advisor at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). She is an accomplished instructor, advisor, and project manager with a proven history in writing, editing, and administrative/organizational abilities. She has been with SLCC over 2 years after moving from Las Vegas where she taught at the College of Southern Nevada and worked with a homeschool program. Riley has a BA is English Literature with a French minor and an MFA is Creative Writing. When working with students, she tries to use her positive attitude to encourage others. In her free Time, Riley likes to travel, spend time outdoors, and play just about any sport.

Barbie Willet

Board Member

Barbie Willett began her educational journey at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi. She received an Associates degree in Marketing. This is where Barbie started her career in Marketing and her passion for the mission of community colleges. Barbie worked for several years in retailing and higher ed marketing and student services, while she completed a Bachelors in Marketing and a Masters in Business Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also completed a Masters in Business Administration while working at William Carey University in Student Marketing, Financial aid, and then as the Registrar. She taught various business courses at a private college for three years.

Barbie moved to Utah in 2000 to become a Professor of Marketing in SLCC's School of Business. The most rewarding part of teaching is seeing students fulfill their personal and career goals. She believes faculty members should help students overcome obstacles to success. In 2013 Barbie moved to administration, serving as the Associate Dean for the Division of Management and Marketing. Her continuing goal is to help students and faculty overcome obstacles to their success. She is a problem solver, who always looks for solutions that are just and fair to all involved.

Barbie has extensive experience in planning and implementing events, writing and editing publications, leading/managing/motivating teams, organizing chaos, listening and mentoring toward solutions. She also advocates for faculty, staff, and students to become the best version of themselves. Barbie looks forward to utilizing her experience and skills to help UWHEN grow and become a major force in support of women in higher education.


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