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Board Position Descriptions

President-Elect: Bill Whitworth
Past President:
Secretary: Elizabeth Lisonbee
Treasurer: Ronald Tolman
Member at Large: Keith Diaz Moore
Member at Large:  Troy Christian Andersen
SL County Representative: Andrea Garry
Wasatch Front Representative: Simone Black
Northern Representative:  Marion Layne
Southern Representative: Peggy Thomson
Student Representative: Vacant

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Janet Frick has been described as a renaissance women due to her multiple interests, culminated in her career as an Environmental Gerontologist.

During Janet’s ten year career with Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services, she assisted thousands of older adults to sustainably live independently. In 2007, Janet received a Master Gardner Certificate, thus providing Salt Lake County’s, SLCO, MealsPlus clients with nutritious produce. Additionally in 2008, she received SLCO Volunteer Coordinator of the Year Award.

Ms. Frick’s passion to examine spatial relationships with respect to the interdependency among residents and their social settings was a result of her graduate work at the University of Utah’s College of Nursing. In 2010, she developed an interdisciplinary program of study with the College of Nursing’s Gerontology Program and the College of City & Metropolitan Planning for a Master of Science degree.

Janet presented and published her age friendly cities research locally, nationally and internationally notably at the World Health Organization Conference in Quebec City and Vancouver’s University of British Columbia for the International Aging & Society Conference. Publishing credits include The University of Illinois’s Common Ground Journal, “Towards Age Friendly Sustainable Communities: Aging in Place with Cohousing,” focusing on the importance of building social capital communities.

Prior to her commitment to aging services, Ms. Frick’s professional career includes twenty years in broadcasting as a videographer and editor. She was awarded an Emmy from the National Academy of Television for her editing skills. In 1999, Janet returned to academia to study orthotics & prosthetics. She received the Washington State WAVE Scholarship and worked as an Ortho Technician at Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. Her medical experience was a pivotal introduction to intergenerational relationships.

Janet Frick combines professional and educational interests as well as skills to continuously develop dialogue and programming that enriches the Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services’ Independent Aging Program.

Bill Whitworth

President Elect

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Elizabeth Lisonbee is a partner attorney at Preston, Pence & Lisonbee, PLLC, a law firm she founded with two other attorneys eight years ago. Her main practice areas include family law, guardianships, and estate planning. She earned her Law Degree from Brigham Young University. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.

At Preston, Pence, and Lisonbee, PLLC, Elizabeth’s work is motivated by her desire to help clients work through stressful circumstances to achieve their goals. She is actively involved in serving in the community and she has served as a board member for the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State bar and on the Wills for Heroes committee. She has taught paralegal courses at Broadview University.

Elizabeth is a mom to three wonderful, exhausting young children. She recalls reading books, traveling, taking naps and having hobbies before having children and hopes one day to enjoy those things again.

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Ronald Tolman


Ron Tolman has been a member of the Utah Aging Alliance since 2013. He has served as treasurer during the time since.

Ron is an accountant for Stagg Fiduciary Services LLC, a CPA firm focusing on serving in fiduciary capacities within the elder community. He has been with Stagg Fiduciary Services for 8 years. Ron is a Certified Fraud Examiner and specializes in forensic accountings and court accountings for conservatorships, trusts, and estates. He also manages the accounting records of protected persons and other entities under the control of Stagg Fiduciary Services as appointed by probate courts. Much of his experience involves resolving accusations of elder abuse fraud.

Prior to his service with Stagg Fiduciary Services, Ron has worked since 2000 in various capacities in the accounting field including tax preparation, assurance and advisory services, consulting, and as controller.

Ron is active in serving the non-profit community. He serves on the boards of director of the Utah 4-Wheel Drive Association and the Utah State Parks OHV Advisory Council. He provides accounting service to those boards in additional to other board duties.

Keith Diaz Morre

Member at Large

Keith Diaz Moore is Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah. He is a registered architect with degrees from the University of Illinois (B.S.), University of Minnesota (M.Arch.) and the University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.).

Dr. Diaz Moore is a passionate advocate and an international expert in the connection between culture, health and place, particularly in the area of design for people experiencing dementia with several books, over 30 refereed publications and more than 100 presentations on the topic. This program of research has generated over one-half million dollars in external support. His current research explores the impact neighborhood design has upon the incidence and trajectory of cognitive impairment in older adults and he is considered an international expert in aging-in-place.

A recognized leader in socially-responsive design, he leads a consortium of Colleges making interdisciplinary hires to address the topic of “Resilient Places for an Aging Society.” His leadership has been recognized as past chair of the interdisciplinary, international Environmental Design Research Association, past president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium and as a previous winner of the Architecture for Social Justice Award (a program funded by the National Endowment of the Arts). He was elected to the Board of Education for USD 497 in April 2011 and co-led the bond planning committee for a $92.5 million bond passed in April 2013.

In his teaching, Dean Diaz Moore emphasizes experiential learning particularly through problem-based community-engaged learning in projects and the importance of theory serving as a powerful frame through which to situate a problem. He strongly believes that human-centered design thinking rooted in interdisciplinary collaboration is what architects, designers and planners bring that is essential to addressing today’s global challenges. Whether in his academic, professional or community roles, he is an ardent proponent for the power of good design to promote social well-being.


Troy Christian Andersen

Member at Large

Troy Christian Andersen, PhD., MSW, MS, LCSW, is the Executive Director, W. D. Goodwill Initiatives on Aging and is an Associate Professor-lecturer in the College of Social Work, and an adjunct professor in the Neurology Department at the University of Utah. Dr. Andersen is a dementia specialist clinical social worker in the School of Medicine. He received his PhD in Social Work with an emphasis in developing proactive dementia care services for individuals in the early stages of the disease and other aging related topics.


Andrea Garry

Salt Lake County Representative

Andrea Garry has been a member of the Utah Aging Alliance since 2013 as the Salt Lake County Representative. She came to the board through her work at Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services where she was in charge of the Salt Lake County Senior Expo. This is where she found her passion and desire to serve the aging community.

Andrea’s vast background in healthcare started very young when she worked for her physician father in his very busy California practice and local hospital to pay for college. She has come full circle, returning to healthcare with Humana Inc. in the last two years. In this role, Andrea manages all aspects of Humana’s Affordable Care Act Insurance Product (Obamacare) and Risk Contracting in Utah and Idaho.

Andrea earned her advance degree from California State University, Sacramento with degrees in Communications and Journalism. Graduating in just 3.5 years, Andrea went on to pursue a career in Radio in San Francisco. Her radio career was short lived as she married, moved to Utah and raised three children. She returned to her career in 2011 after many hours volunteering with local nonprofits. A big believer in giving back, Andrea supports and still volunteers with numerous nonprofits such as Utah Food Bank, 4th Street Clinic and The Maliheh Clinic.

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Wasatch Front Representative

Simone Black is the Community Outreach Director for Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Homes. She was born and raised in Murray, Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University in public relations. She had the opportunity of growing up around the family funeral home business and learned that it is an honor and a privilege to help families when they have lost a loved one.

She is currently the social media chair for the Utah Coalition for Caregiver Support, she is on the executive board of the South Jordan Chamber of Commerce, the membership committee of the Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a volunteer with Community Nursing Services and also a spiritual care volunteer at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. She values every opportunity to help others and improve the way of life for those in need within our community.

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Southern Representative

Peggy Thomson graduated from Weber State University in 1991 with BA in both Gerontology and Social Work. She has been a past co-chair for the Utah Club House Network and worked as a mental health clubhouse director for nine years. She ahs worked at the D.O.V.E. center for abused women and children, then a position with seniors at Five County Association of Governments. Currently she works at the Southern Utah Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. She serves as the Hard of Hearing Specialist for the southern half of the State of Utah. Peggy spends most of her time working with seniors as she has for over 30 years.

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Marion Layne

Northern Representative

Marion Layne has been pursuing a career in the service for care of elderly, low income and disabled for the past twenty years. In 1987, Marion certified as an EMT. She was an active volunteer for ten years. She worked as a Director for the Tremonton Food Pantry for seven and a half years. Service has always been a big part of her life.

As a member of a BRAG Area Transportation Board, she help bring to fruition a voucher system for a Medical Voucher Program to areas that have no public transportation. She is a member of an organization that work as an advocate for wellness. Marion is actively serving with other volunteers in community and church groups. She likes to write and hopes to have her books published.

For the past nine years Marion has served as Director of the Bear River Valley Senior Center, in Tremonton, Utah. It serves the north end of Box Elder County. She has implemented new programs and have written and received six grants to help build the senior center with programs that create an environment that people from everywhere love to visit, participate in and return.

Marion started her post high education at Utah State University, while working for Cache School District as an aid to the principal and first/second grade children with reading disabilities. She also taught the Utah Art Core Classes grades first thru fifth. After working for eight years in education, Marion had 87 credits towards a Master’s Degree. She attended Weber State University to complete her Gerontology Certification in 2007.