BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Amy Antonelli

Amy Antonelli

Development Committee, Former Executive Director

As the first Executive Director of Rising Star Outreach, Amy Antonelli spent seven years working in rural India helping those afflicted with leprosy.

Prior to her work in India, Amy acted as a spokesperson for Apple’s executive officers, including CEO Steve Jobs, and was instrumental in building PowerSchool, Inc., leading up to its acquisition by Apple in 2002.  In 2014, she led an initiative with the leadership at Facebook to develop a more mission-driven community, and another initiative with the LDS church to develop a global self-reliance mentoring strategy. In 2016 she became the CEO of  Deseret Network International, the parent organization of Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY), Youth Summit Jerusalem (YSJ), and the Youth Refugee Coalition (YRC).

A Center for Social Innovation fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Amy received a B.A. Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  She also served as a missionary in Italy and Malta.

Amy is a one-time marathon runner, a calligrapher, an explorer of ideas, and the author of the blog Kadalmangalam Road.  She considers Palo Alto, California home, where she can often be found hiking the Stanford hills with her friends and family.

Margaret Archibald

Margaret Archibald

Governance Committee Chair

Margaret has devoted most of her life to raising 7 boys and one daughter and she has 30 wonderful grandchildren. Margaret graduated cum laude from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Child Development.  She is co-author of the book, An Emotional First Aid Kit for Mothers, and has spoken at several seminars and conferences on raising children.  Margaret currently serves as a member of the International and Government Affairs Committee for her Church, the National Advisory Committee for the BYU Marriott School of Business, the President’s Leadership Council for BYU, the Board of Directors for The Tuachan Center for the Arts, and as a board member for Rising Star Outreach.

Dr. Mani Balu

Dr. Mani Balu

Dr. Mani Balu practiced medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital, Long Island Jewish Hospital, and Queens Hospital Center in New York. He was also a member of the board in the Dickenson Wise Medical Association, chief of the pediatric department and head of the medical staff in Big Stone Gap, Virginia for eighteen years. He is now serving as chief of Pediatrics at Uniontown Hospital in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Balu now donates a significant portion of his time every year working with the Rising Star clinic and visiting the various Leprosy colonies attending to their health needs.

Judy Brock

Judy Brock

Judy is a graduate of the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business. She lives in Atlanta, GA, where she is very involved in church service and charitable work. For the past 26 years she has worked to eliminate violence in her community and in 2005 was awarded the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the United Way Volunteer of the Year award for her work with domestic violence and sexual assault. Judy also volunteers with Shiloh United Methodist Church’s Daily Bread food pantry and MUST Ministry’s homeless shelter. For Judy, the only thing that compares to the blessings of service is being a grandmother.

Jeri Colton

Jeri Colton

Development Committee Co-Chair, International Programs and Outreach Committee

Jeri graduated in 1986 with a BA in Humanities from Brigham Young University, followed by a Master’s in Communication from the University of Virginia in 1988. For many years, she has served as a volunteer in her church and in a variety of leadership positions in her community. Jeri currently lives in Johns Creek, GA with her husband Steve. She is the mother of four children.

Christine Cronquist

Christine Cronquist

Chairman

Christine Cronquist has been involved with the work at Rising Star Outreach since our earliest days.  She has always worked as a volunteer.  Her first job for several years was to direct our Volunteer Program.  She was perfectly prepared for this job as she has been to Rising Star many, many times as a volunteer, herself.  She has also had her children volunteering at Risings Star Outreach. Two of her daughters even became our volunteer leaders.  In more recent years Christine has served as a member of the Executive Committee of our Board of Directors and is now Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mark Cronquist

Mark Cronquist

Finance and Audit Committee

Mark Cronquist is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Southern Healthcare Management in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rebecca Douglas

Rebecca Douglas

President, Founder

As founder of Rising Star Outreach Becky is motivated by the belief that every person deserves opportunity and a life of dignity.  Her humanitarian work has been featured in numerous national and international journals, books, and in several TV series.  She was the recipient of the John Houston Allen Humanitarian of the Year Award, and has been named as one of five “Classic Women” by Traditional Homes Magazine.  She is the subject of the PBS Documentary, Breaking the Curse. Becky Douglas and her husband, John are the parents of ten biological and adopted children.

John Douglas

John Douglas

Governance Committee, Legal Counsel

John Douglas is counsel for Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group, heading the firm’s bank and regulatory practice and also formerly served as General Counsel of the FDIC during the savings and loan crisis. Rising Star Outreach is thankkul for the benefit of his legal background and experience.

Kaye Gunnell

Kaye Gunnell

International Programs and Outreach Committee

Ron Gunnell

Ron Gunnell

Development Committee

Ron graduated with a degree in Public Relations and Psychology from BYU in 1978.  He co-founded The Paradigm Group in 1999 and currently serves on a number of Boards, including Hale Center Theatre, University of Utah School of Music, Founding Trustee – Operation Kids, The President’s National Advisory Board Utah Valley State University, National Advisory Board Best of State, and International Advisory Board Chairman for Enterprise Mentors International.  Ronald is also Assistant to the President for Special Projects for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Bala Guntipalli

Bala Guntipalli

Bala Guntipalli graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology and continued to study at three further universities. He later received three MBAs for business administration, information technology and human resources management, and I.T. and healthcare administration. While he was studying, he founded and directed BalVision Antiques and Direct Imports LTD, was a senior enterprise S.Q. Lead at Cox Enterprises, and was the senior director- client partner at the Singular Technology Group, LLC. After graduating, he worked in consulting at Software QA Services LLC and is now the Vice President of Technology and Operations at TechVelocity Partners. He has volunteered for the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota as well as The Blake School, and he became involved with Rising Star in February 2006.

Randy Guynn

Randy Guynn

Randall is the Head of the Financial Institutions Group at Davis Polk & Wardell.  He received a B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1981 and a J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1984.  Prior to joining Davis Polk, he was a law clerk to Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Randall has also provided legal advice to Our Courts, a non-profit organization established by former U.S. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Robin Guynn

Robin Guynn

Robin received a B.S. from Brigham Young University in 1980 from the College of Family Life.  She has taught high school and served in a variety of leadership positions in her community. Robin and her husband are co-founders of the Constitutional Sources Project.

Joyce Hanson

Joyce Hanson

Governance Committee

Joyce is a graduate of Stanford University, where she and Ron met as undergraduates. She worked in San Francisco after graduating while her husband continued his studies in law at the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall. The Hanson’s are the parents of 4 children, with 18 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren and have been married for 57 years. She continues to volunteer for causes in and around Laguna Beach, California, while they divide their time between Laguna and their home in Utah.
Rondell Hanson

Rondell Hanson

Finance and Audit Committee, Former Chairman

Ron received his law degree from Berkeley in 1962 and has spent most of his professional career in development and management of various real estate projects. He has served as President of the Pacific Symphony, the Western Mobile Home Park Owners Association, the Emerald Bay Community Association, the local Stanford Alumni group, and in several leadership positions in their Church.

David Harding

David Harding

Finance and Audit Committee

David Harding is a business executive in the Medical Devices and Diagnostics industry. David received a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California followed by an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Warton School. He worked as an engineer on the Space Shuttle program, at a Japanese automotive components manufacturer and later became an associate/partner at McKinsey & Company. David then joined Cytyc Corporation, where he served as the VP of Marketing and the President of the International business. David now leads the company’s Interventional Breast Solutions division.

Steele Hendershot

Steele Hendershot

Development Committee, International Programs and Outreach Committee

Steele Hendershot graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in business management. He has been working in business management for over ten years and has been working with the Rising Star Outreach since 2009. He is currently the Vice President of business development for CircusTrix, a recreational facilities and services company based in Provo, UT and founded Humanitarian Doctors, a group dedicated to improving the quality of life for as many people as possible.

Ann Herlin

Ann Herlin

International Programs and Outreach Committee

Ann Herlin was raised in Orem, Utah and is a graduate of BYU in elementary education. She taught school for eight years. Ann has many interests that include quilting, reading, and scrapbooking. Her favorite interest is spending time with her family. Ann and Rich have four children.

Rich Herlin

Rich Herlin

Finance and Audit Committee Chair

Richard Herlin is a partner with Deloitte & Touch LLP. He began his career with Deloitte in Salt Lake City and has worked in New York City; Atlanta; Wilton, Connecticut; Dallas; Philadelphia; and Chicago. Rich earned his MAcc from BYU.

Claudette Jones

Claudette Jones

International Programs and Outreach Committee Chair

Claudette has a zest for life and a passion for people and for serving. She has taken her family to various places around the world and served in diverse capacities. She enjoys learning about and experiencing new cultures and getting to know different people. Together with her husband Mike, the Jones family is active in their local community and church, where Claudette has held various leadership positions. Claudette’s greatest passion is in loving and serving her six children. Within Rising Star, Claudette serves as the International Programs and Outreach Committee Chair.

Scott McGavin

Scott McGavin

International Programs and Outreach Committee

Scott McGavin graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors in behavioral science. He went on to graduate as a doctor of medicine in dentistry (DMD) from Oregon Health and Science University in 1990. He now owns his own practice, West Jordan Family Dentistry in Utah and has been a member of The American Dental Association as well as the Utah Dental Association. He has been involved with many charities over the years and has spent time providing dental care to people in Vietnam, Brazil, India, and the Dominican Republic.

Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy

Finance and Audit Committee

Brian P. Murphy is a founder and the Managing Member of Portfolio Advisors, LLC. Portfolio Advisors specializes in delivering customized, private equity, private real estate and private credit solutions to its limited partners and clients.  Portfolio Advisors has
raised approximately $18 billion across 30 funds from over 1,000 limited partners from around the world. Brian graduated with a BA from Brigham Young University in 1986 and an MBA from Columbia University in 1988.

Louise Murphy

Louise Murphy

International Programs and Outreach Committee

Brent Pratt

Brent Pratt

Governance Committee

Brent is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and is a principal with Foulger-Pratt Companies, a commercial real estate construction and development group. Brent has served on the board of Associated Builders and Contractors for the Metro D.C area and currently serves on the board of Delta-GE, an alternative energy company.  Brent has served in numerous leadership positions in his church. As grandparents of two children with cystic fibrosis, Brent and his wife, Meg, have been dedicated to fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Meg Pratt

Meg Pratt

Governance Committee

Meg is a graduate of Brigham Young University and has devoted her life to raising eight children and serving in her church.  She serves on the board of the Family Leader Foundation, an organization that seeks to promote family values in public policy. As grandparents of two children with cystic fibrosis, Meg and her husband, Brent, have been dedicated to fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Larry Pressler

Larry Pressler

Senator Larry Pressler served in the US Senate for 18 years (3 terms) and was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the US Senate. While in the US Senate, he served as Chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committees. He was also an active member of the Foreign Relations Committee. He was the principle author of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and of the “Pressler Amendment,” which limited foreign countries from using USA to develop nuclear weaponry. Prior to his election to the US Senate, Larry Pressler served two terms as a member of the US House of Representatives from 1975-1979. He was an announced candidate for the presidency in 1980 and drew national fame and praise for flatly turning down a bribe on tape in the ABSCAM scandal.

Keith Read

Keith Read

Finance and Audit Committee

Keith received his B.S. degree and his Masters degree in Accountancy from the University of Utah. He worked at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce where he was a member of the U.S. Management Committee.  Keith is currently a Managing Director at Cerberus Capital Management.

Sally Read

Sally Read

Development Committee Co-Chair, International Programs and Outreach Committee, Former President

Sally graduated with a B.S. in Education from Brigham Young University and received a Masters of Education from the University of Utah.  She has taught in a Gifted and Talented Program in Utah and at the Browning School in New York City.  She is a community activist, church volunteer, and a full-time mother.

Randy Rigby

Randy Rigby

Development Committee

Randy is the current President of the Utah Jazz/Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment Group of Companies. Rigby came to the Jazz from CFS Financial Corp., where he worked for three years as senior vice president. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1979, earning a degree in business management with a special emphasis in finance and marketing. Rigby serves on the Huntsman Cancer Institute Fundraising Executive Board and as an Alternative on the NBA Board of Governors.  He has also served as a board member and past president of the Utah Broadcasters Association as well as the NBA Broadcasting Advisory Board.

Sandra Rigby

Sandra Rigby

Steve Samuelian

Steve Samuelian

Development Committee

Steve Samuelian is a founding partner of Life Generations Healthcare as well as one of four founding partners of Covenant Care, Inc. He has served as President and CEO of Sacon Constructors Inc., Medcon Inc., and Emerald Development Inc. In addition to being on the Rising Star Outreach’s board, Steve currently serves on several corporate boards and is the Chairman of The Perfect Moment Foundation.  Samuelian also serves as the Chairman of Care for Life, a non-profit organization that promotes self reliance, health, education and micro credit for the poorest of the poor in Mozambique, Africa.

Nancy Sorensen

Nancy Sorensen

Development Committee

Nancy B. Sorensen holds a PhD from the University of Utah in Educational Administration, as well as a masters degree from Utah State University and a bachelors degree from Brigham Young University. She has spent 17 years in the classroom and 21 years as principal of four different elementary schools. Currently Nancy is the principal of Manila Elementary School in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Nancy loves to travel and to serve, which brought her to Rising Star Outreach, which she has visited several times. Nancy is the mother of four children and the grandmother of 11.

Sharon Thompson

Sharon Thompson

Development Committee, Former President

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Governance Committee

Philip Webb

Philip Webb

Development Committee, Strategic Planning Committee

Philip is serving as the Executive Director of Operation Kids Foundation. Prior to Operation Kids, he managed a wilderness therapy program for at-risk youth in southern Utah. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University and received his MPA in nonprofit management from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Micaela, are the proud parents of five children.

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson

Christopher Wilson has practiced with some of the nation’s most prestigious firms, including O’Melveny & Myers and Pillsbury Winthrop. Wilson has been advising clients on securities and transactional matters for more than 23 years, and has been involved in virtually every type and size of transaction, from small public offerings and private placements, to large public company mergers and acquisitions. Wilson represents many emerging businesses and small public companies and advises them on the diverse legal issues arising from starting, financing, growing and selling a business.

Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson

Governance Committee

Jennifer Wilson became a member of MV Law in 2009, practicing in the areas of Estate Planning and Asset Protection. Jennifer graduated from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, cum laude, in 1986. She has a passion for assisting others in the protection of their most important assets, and is delighted to be of assistance to MV Law clients.

“My reason for practicing law is to help people to navigate through uncertain waters during transitional moments in their lives, such as death or a change in fortune, or in planning for those moments. It is my goal to make each client feel understood, appreciated and completely satisfied with the results he or she achieves through the assistance of our team at MV Law.”

Jennifer is a member of the Trusts & Estates and Elder Law sections of the Orange County Bar Association. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Orange County Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and of the international Women in Law Committee in the same law society. She is also a board member of Rising Star Outreach, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating the effects of leprosy in India. Outside of work and volunteer activities, she spends most of her time with her husband, five children, and nine grandchildren.

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