Mayor-Elect Jackie Biskupski's Transition Team
The Mayor-Elect has assembled her transition team consisting of individuals with diverse backgrounds, including government, human resources, business, law, and consulting.
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Robert Bergman is the Executive Vice-President of the Utah Mechanical Contractors Association (UMCA) and is a leading labor relations consultant in the Western States. As a proven Business Executive with over twenty-five years of experience, Robert brings expertise in association management, financial leadership, technology and communications. Robert frequently represents employers in labor contract negotiations, dispute resolution, mediations, arbitrations and strike preparation. Robert excels at finding resolutions that benefit both labor and management in ways that will allow them to meet shared goals. He recently developed a “best practices” presentation which has proven beneficial when consulting management parties entering labor contract negotiations.
Robert earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Indiana State University. Over the course of his career, Robert’s involvement in politics has ranged from running for a Salt Lake County Council At-Large Seat in 2000, serving as a State and County Delegate for the Republican Party and protecting the interests of the UMCA as a lobbyist. Robert has chaired and served on numerous business and non-profit boards in Salt Lake City, including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. His service with the Boys and Girls Club merited the award of a National Medallion in 2013.
Robert lives in the avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City with his wife, Jennifer, and two sons. He is an avid mountain biker, trail runner, skier, and outdoors enthusiast.
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck
A Utah native, Rebecca Chavez-Houck holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), both from the University of Utah. She has represented Salt Lake City’s District 24 in the Utah House of Representatives since 2008 and focuses on public policy related to health and human services as well as voter engagement and access. Rebecca serves on the House Government Operations and Health & Human Services Standing Committees, Economic Development & Workforce Services Interim Committee and Joint Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee. She is currently House Democratic Whip.
Rebecca’s 25 years of professional experience in non-profit administration and public affairs includes positions with Centro de la Familia de Utah, Utah Public Employees’ Association, Girl Scouts of Utah, Hal Gardiner Public Relations and the Utah Museum of Natural History. She began her career as a reporter/photographer for the Uinta County Herald in Evanston, Wyoming, where she covered the Uinta County Court System, Evanston City Police, and Uinta County Social Services. Rebecca has also cultivated another career as an activist and volunteer for myriad local nonprofit groups including: Intermountain Healthcare, Envision Utah, YWCA, KRCL Community Radio, Planned Parenthood Action Council, Utah State Democratic Party, ACLU, Plan-B Theatre Company, Utah AIDS Foundation, HEAL Utah, and the United Way of Salt Lake.
Julio Garcia is the Associate Director of Human Resources for Salt Lake County. In this role, he works closely with the teams responsible for recruitment strategies, position classification procedures, employee learning and development, communication initiatives, and enhanced business solutions.
He also worked as the Director of Elections for Salt Lake County where he spearheaded the implementation of the federally mandated electronic voting system. Julio’s work in the private sector includes being part of the production team that produced the largest collaborative photography event in history and the New York Times best-seller America 24/7. He also worked as a project manager in the Silicon Valley’s high-tech industry. His work in the non-profit sector includes raising money through strategic partnerships and cause-related marketing promotions for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in San Francisco, California.
Julio graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Political Science and earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.
Rep. Sandra Hollins
Sandra Hollins was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and she has been a resident of Salt Lake City for the past 24 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah.Sandra and her husband David currently reside in the Fair Park area and have two daughters who are currently attending college in Texas.
Sandra has represented the constituents of Utah House District 23 since 2015. Sandra serves on the House Health and Human Services, House Law Enforcement Committee, Criminal Law Standing Committee, and Joint Social Services Appropriations Committee. Sandra is the first Black-American woman elected to the Utah House of Representatives.
Sandra is a licensed clinical social worker with the primary focus of her career being on substance abuse treatment and advocacy services for Salt Lake City’s homeless population. She is the manager of the Volunteer of America's homeless outreach program.
Sandra and her husband David currently reside in the Fair Park area and have two daughters who are currently attending college in Texas.
Karen Kwan earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She moved to Utah to work as a counselor at the Asian Association of Utah and then took a position as the first full time Asian/Pacific Islander student adviser at the University of Utah. It was there that she earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy.
Karen is now an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Salt Lake Community College. She is a founding member and immediate past Chairperson of the Utah OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates and is involved with many community and campus organizations, including serving as the adviser for the Salt Lake Community College chapter of Psi Beta, an international honor society for community college students majoring in psychology. She is a member of the Phase I Psychology TICE (Technology Intensive Concurrent Enrollment) team that presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association and the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology.
Patrick Leary has spent his professional career working in local government administering large organizations such as the Office of the District Attorney, the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office. He served for four years as the Associate Director for the Administrative Services Department of Salt Lake County. In 2011, he was appointed by the Salt Lake County Mayor as the Director of the Public Works Department responsible for seven agencies with almost 400 employees and a combined budget of $93 million. This department provides city services to the unincorporated residents in the Salt Lake valley, as well as regional services countywide.
In January 2013, Mayor Ben McAdams appointed Patrick as the first Township Executive responsible for providing municipal services to the 160,000 County residents living in the unincorporated areas of the County. In his role as Township Executive, Patrick has spearheaded economic revitalization efforts, parks and green-space improvements, enhanced transportation planning, as well as tackling tough problems like health, safety and community development.
Patrick has conducted numerous organizational studies, teaches courses in management and is a skilled facilitator. Patrick is completing a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah, and completed his undergraduate work at Utah State University.
Mayor-elect Biskupski has appointed Patrick as Chief of Staff when she takes office on January 4, 2016. Patrick will also lead the transition staff until that time.
David Litvack is the Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) in the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office, Office of Regional Development. In his role as CJAC Coordinator, David works closely with local officials within the county and state criminal and social justice system to develop strategies to reduce recidivism, improve information-sharing between agencies, and enhance the use of data to drive decision making. He has been in this position since 2008.
David also served as a state legislator from 2000 – 2012. In his twelve years in the legislature, he represented areas of Salt Lake City (Central City and West Salt Lake) along with a portion of West Valley City. He served two terms as the Minority Leader.
David graduated from Westminster College with a degree in Sociology and Psychology, and earned a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.
Carita Lucey has over 25 years of government experience. She is currently the Human Resource Director for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office. In this role Carita manages the human resource functions for all law enforcement and civilian positions. She provides leadership and direction on matters related to planning, policy, performance management, staffing, compensation, and employee relations under two separate merit systems. Carita serves as a strategic partner and advisor to the Sheriff, Chiefs, Captains and civilian managers.
Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office, Carita was the Human Resource Field Director for the Department of Human Services where she directed and managed the recruitment, classification, employee relations, and payroll functions for the largest state agency comprised of 4,200 employees. This included annually recruiting and filling over 1,500 positions and implementing 500 corrective and disciplinary actions.
Carita has successfully fostered a culture of fair and equitable employment practices in every agency she has served. In managing employee relations for over 17 years, she has represented the interests of both the agencies and employees to successfully resolve many difficult employment issues. Carita has also held positions with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, Utah Department of Corrections and Utah Department of Human Resource Management.
Carita has lived and worked in the Salt Lake Valley for the majority of her life. She and her husband are avid supporters of the University of Utah and are members of the Crimson Club. They also enjoy the various arts Salt Lake City offers including the ballet, theatre and symphony, along with spending time in the outdoors biking, boating, hiking and skiing.
Tiffanie Provost is President and founder of AxisT, an event equipment rental and retail business and the owner of Axiom Properties, a commercial property investment company.
Tiffanie is on the executive committee of the Pioneer Park Coalition and on the Salt Lake County Collective Impact on Homeless Steering Committee.
Tiffanie received her BS in Economics from Westminster College. She lives in Salt Lake City with her family.
Sue Rice is the Founder and President of Cavanagh Services Group, Inc., a small business that provided project/waste management and transportation logistics services to Fortune 500 companies, federal and local governments nationwide.
Sue grew her small business from one employee to a national company landingmulti-million dollar contracts worth $100 million. Her company has received multiple recognitions, including: 2011 Utah Business Magazine “50 Fastest-Growing Companies in Utah”, 2010 Ernst & Young “Entrepreneurial Winning Women National Award”, 2009 US Department of Energy “Small 8(a)/Disadvantaged Business of the Year Award”, 2007 Mountain West Capital Network Utah 100 — “2nd Fastest-Growing Company in Utah Award”, 2007 Entrepreneur Magazine “50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Companies Award”, 2006 Office Depot “National Business Woman of the Year Award”, and the 2005 US Small Business Administration “Utah Small Business Person of the Year Award”
Sue has been a member of various national women’s professional and local organizations including Women’s President Organization, Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, Women Impacting Public Policy, Salt Lake City Women’s Business Center, Renaissance Society Member, Utahns Against Hunger, and the Maliheh Free Clinic.
Jonathan M. Ruga, is the Chief Executive Officer of Sentry Financial Corporation, which he co-founded in 1986. Sentry provides financing to large and small businesses, owns interests in apartment projects throughout the Intermountain West, invests in clean energy projects and small growth companies, and develops and finances film and other media projects.
Jonathan studied at the University of Utah earning undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a law degree from the S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he was a member of the Utah Law Review. After law school, Jonathan began working with the law firm of Parr, Brown, Gee & Loveless. He has co-authored several professional books, including The Handbook of Leasing.
Jonathan is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Mark’s Hospital; a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, Alliance for a Better Utah, and Lawyers for a Better Utah. Over the past two decades, Jonathan has been a member of the Board of Trustees of various charitable organizations, including Rowland Hall – St. Mark’s School, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake, The Road Home, and High Road for Human Rights.
In October, 2014, Jonathan received the Utah Arthritis Foundation’s Norman C. and Barbara L. Tanner Spirit of Service Award and in May, 2007, Jonathan was selected as the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Alumnus of the Year.
Jonathan and his wife, Tina, reside in Salt Lake City, and have three adult children.
Bill Rutherford served the people of Salt Lake City in the Public Services Department for 22 years as an urban forester. His love of natural resources, and all the people they serve, began very early in life. Bill says his mom always knew he could be found exploring some nearby stream, field or woodland. Following graduation from Michigan State University, Bill's 37-year career was launched stewarding natural resources from coast to coast.
Bill is a recipient of Salt Lake City Police Department's Humanitarian of the Year Award and the International Society of Arboriculture, Utah Chapter, Lifetime Service Award.
Since retirement in 2013, Bill has enjoyed spending time with streams, fields and forests he loves, staying in touch with many friends, old and new. Bill's current focus includes: writing, consulting on forestry and open space, speaking and serving as a Stephen Minister.
David Spatafore is President of the governmental relations consulting and lobbying firm, Capstone Strategies LLC. He has been representing clients at the Utah State Legislature since 1975.
Spatafore began his career working for Salt Lake City for Commissioner Jess Agraz and Mayor Ted Wilson primarily in administrative positions and the with the Utah State Legislature. In 1981, he was tasked solely with the Utah State Legislature for Salt Lake City. From 1985 through 2002, Spatafore represented the Utah League of Cities and Towns in government relations and lobbying. During this time, he specialized in revenue and taxation, economic development and transportation legislation.
Since 2002, Spatafore began Capstone Strategies LLC. Currently, he represents clients including four Utah cities, the police and fire chief associations, Utah Communications Authority (public safety radio), Visit Salt Lake and various construction organizations.
David Spatafore was born in Price, Utah where he graduated from Carbon High School. In 1973 he moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah and has lived here ever since. Spatafore lives in the Gilmer Park area of the East Central Community Council.
David Spatafore is the father of three daughters and grandfather of five.
Currently in her first term, Marcia White serves as the Vice Chair of the Ogden City Council. Marcia has served on various boards and commissions including Board Chair of Equality Utah, Board member of the Inclusion Center, Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, Secretary of the Business and Professional Women’s Organization and is a member of many professional organizations. In addition to the various organizations, Marcia’s time and focus has been centered around committee work, which impacts Ogden, such as participating on the Ogden/Weber Legislative Committee, the Ogden/Weber State College Town Initiative, the Bicycle Master Plan Committee and a citywide Rebranding Committee.
Marcia is a Senior Manager healthcare consultant at the Coker Group. She has been asked to be a guest lecturer at Weber State University and the University of Kansas. Marcia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial & Management System Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.