Dane McBride is the chair of the Southern Virginia University board of trustees.
He is also a physician of allergy and immunology in Roanoke, Va. He graduated from Wayne State University’s school of medicine located in Detroit, Mich.
His postgraduate training was done at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center—where he specialized in allergy and immunology at the Tripler Army Medical Center.
L. Hugh Redd is vice-chair of the Southern Virginia University board of trustees.
He is also the chief financial officer and senior vice president of General Dynamics Corporation. He has worked for the company since 1986, serving as a senior financial analyst and also as vice president and controller of General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, Mich.
He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in professional accounting from the University of Texas.
Trav Bowen currently serves as Bowen Law Professional Group’s (BLPG) Chief Operations Officer, charged with overseeing each client’s legal needs and the associated work, company productivity, and managing key client and other business relationships.
Before coming to BLPG, Trav was a staff assistant and legislative correspondent in the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Orrin G. Hatch. He also worked as an associate at The Cohen Group – an international strategic advisory firm headed by former Secretary of Defense, William H. Cohen. During Law School, Trav served as a judicial intern for Chief Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. of the Federal District Court in Bangor, Maine. Trav also worked as a judicial intern for Judge Lawrence J. Block on the Federal Court of Claims.
Trav is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School (’11) and received his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Southern Virginia University (’03) where he served as Student Body President and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees.
Ann Christensen currently serves as president of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a research and policy organization that examines current issues in education, health care and economic growth through the lens of disruptive innovation. As president, Christensen oversees the institute’s research programs and directs its overall strategic and operational development.
Prior to serving as president at the Christensen Institute, she worked at Huntsman Gay Global Capital, a private equity firm focused on middle-market companies. She has also worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she helped establish the firm’s growth and innovation services by drawing on theories of disruptive innovation.
Christensen received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she studied the political economies of developing nations. She went on to receive a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.
She served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mongolia.
Lynette N. Gay is managing director of Kensington Capital Children’s Fund, and serves on the board of directors for Engage Now Africa. She has been active in leadership roles with several humanitarian service organizations, including Ascend Alliance and Family Watch International.
She is a certified medical assistant and has organized and worked in rural medical clinics throughout Africa. From 2004 to 2007, she and her husband presided over the Ghana Accra Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She and her husband, Elder Robert C. Gay, a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy of the Church, were the recipients of Brigham Young University’s 2003 President’s Award.
The Gays have seven children and reside in Wellington, Fla.
Justin Knight is president of several real estate investment trusts. Since 2000, he has negotiated more than $3.9 billion in acquisitions and overseen and supported dozens of property renovations.
Previously, Knight worked in web design and served as senior asset manager and director of quality control for Cornerstone Realty Income Trust.
He also serves on the Marriott Owners Advisory Council and the Hilton Garden Inn Advisory Council.
Knight received a master’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.
Scott McKeon currently works as a development manager for Shea Properties in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and team-teaches the apartment development course at USC. He has also worked in investor relations for Cornerstone REIT and for three years at Apple REIT.
McKeon graduated from Southern Virginia University and later received both a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in real estate development from the University of Southern California.
He serves in the stake Young Men’s presidency in the Laguna Niguel Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
H. Scott McKinley currently serves as the Regional Dean and CEO of Northeastern University – Seattle. Northeastern, founded in 1898, is a global, experiential, research university offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto. Prior to Northeastern, Mr. McKinley has been involved in several higher education leadership roles both in the US and throughout the world.
Prior to serving in higher education, Mr. McKinley was involved in public and private equity investment activities for JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor institutions, primarily living and working throughout the Asia pacific region. He and his wife, Karen, have raised 6 children, all of whom were born outside of the US.
Mr. McKinley earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in International Relations, a Master’s in Business Administration degree from New York University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in education leadership at Northeastern University.
J. Mitchel Scott is chairman and CEO of ProductiveTeams, Inc., in Greensboro, N.C. From 1992 to 2002, he was vice president of advertising and brand development at Thomasville Furniture Industries.
He also has worked at Armstrong Industries as the general manager of advertising and promotion in its floor and carpet divisions.
Scott received a bachelor’s degree in economics from George Washington University. He currently serves as president of the Raleigh North Carolina Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
James E. Skeen is owner of and attorney for Skeen Law Offices located in Charlottesville, Va.
Skeen received a bachelor’s degree—graduating magna cum laude—from Brigham Young University in 1975. He received a master’s degree in accountancy and a juris doctorate—with cum laude honors—both from BYU in 1978.
Claudette Gerard is active in community and humanitarian activities serving in various organizations. Her passion is focused on children and youth.
Mrs. Gerard serves on the Regional Advisory Board of Southern Virginia University (SVU).
Mrs. Gerard serves as a Friend of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). CCAI is an educational resource for lawmakers to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove barriers that hinder children from realizing their basic right to a family. She serves on the Foster Youth Intern (FYI) selection committee to identify foster youths to serve internships with Members of Congress in their Capitol Hill offices.
Mrs. Gerard served as a Virginia Cochair of Women for Mitt during the 2012 presidential campaign and worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Orrin Hatch.
Mrs. Gerard serves in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints (LDS) as President of the the Stake Young Women. Prior callings include Ward Young Women President, Primary President, Cub Scout Leader among others.
Mrs. Gerard is the proud mother of eight children, including twin boys adopted from Guatemala. She was born and grew up in Utah and has a B.A. in History from the University of Utah. She currently lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband, Jack, and their children.
Dr. Wendy Ulrich is a licensed psychologist. She holds a BA from BYU, an MBA from the UCLA, and a PhD in psychology and education from the University of Michigan. She is a former president of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists, has been a visiting professor at BYU, and is a co-founder of Sixteen Stones Center for Growth (www.sixteenstones.net). She has published six top selling books and dozens of articles (Let God Love You; Habits of Happiness; Weakness Is Not Sin; Forgiving Ourselves; The Temple Experience) and is a popular speaker at the intersection of spirituality and psychology. She has served both on the missionary mental health committee, is a consultant for the LDS Church and teaches Sunday School.
Wendy and her husband Dave co-authored the national best seller, The Why of Work. They live in Alpine, Utah, and have three married children and eight grandchildren.
Aaron Elton began his career working in Business Development at a dot-com in Vancouver, Washington. After receiving his MBA from the University of Oregon, Mr. Elton shifted his focus to his passion: commercial real estate. He worked for INTERVEST in Portland Oregon as a commercial loan analyst and subsequently as a loan officer and Vice President in the commercial real estate division of Zions Bank in Boise, ID.
Aaron founded Intermountain Pacific based on his commitment to building strong, healthy communities for people from all walks of life. “Community” is the word that drives his professional, charitable and personal endeavors. He resides in Meridian, Idaho with his wife and 5 children.
Martha Lou Derrick