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30 Women to Watch

Devin Felix, Di Lewis, Heather Stewart | Photography by Eric Delpenich

May 6, 2013

One example of her innovative approach was the creation of Head Start’s own central kitchen to produce nutritious, made-from-scratch meals for students. According to Trenbeath-Murray, about 2,500 children receive two-thirds of their daily caloric allowance from the Head Start kitchen.

Trenbeath-Murray also saw a need for an early childcare and parent education program to serve low-income, single and teen mothers and their infants. Despite a difficult fundraising environment, she pulled together the funding, recruited staff and launched Early Head Start in 2007.

With the help of her tremendous staff, Trenbeath-Murray says, “We can move mountains, and we can move forward.” She anticipates continuing to work with them “to come up with the newest and latest innovative approaches to serving children and families.”

Helen Knaggs, Ph.D.
Vice President of Global Research and Development, Nu Skin Enterprises

Helen Knaggs has a passion for skin care and a strong base of scientific knowledge that have taken her all over the world and made her invaluable to Nu Skin. Since 2006, she has overseen the development of Nu Skin’s skin care innovations, which contributed about half of the company’s record $2.17 billion revenue in 2012.

Her work in gene expression, science and skin aging was incorporated into the creation of ageLOC, a line of anti-aging products that has generated more than $1 billion for Nu Skin since its launch several years ago.

Knaggs earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Leeds in England, where she researched the biological causes of acne. In addition to her work at Nu Skin, she has worked for Unilever in both the United States and Asia and as a research biochemist in dermatology for Leeds General Infirmary. 

“I love what I do,” Knaggs says. “I am excited by the challenges of my job and feel an intense commitment to the people I work with at Nu Skin.”

Jennifer Kuhn
Owner/Provider, Utah Community Support and Service

Jennifer Kuhn’s life, both professional and personal, has been all about caring for others. She is the founder and owner of Utah Community Support and Service, which serves people with disabilities and helps them transition into full-time employment and become more independent. Kuhn has also been a leader in multiple organizations dedicated to serving people with disabilities, including the Utah Transition Action Team and the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, where she chairs the committee on post-high school education. Her advocacy work has taken her to Washington D.C., where she met with Sen. Orrin Hatch to advocate for the state’s disabled. “I love assisting people to increase the quality of their lives and become as independent as possible,” she says.

Her caring extends to her home life as well. She and her husband have adopted five children, including four with disabilities. She and her family moved to Orem to live with and care for her elderly parents.

Sophia M. DiCaro
Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Sophia DiCaro says her job is facilitating the needs of a team of “results-oriented, AAA grade, over-achievers.” Though DiCaro tries to pass credit to others, she has faced and conquered many challenges as deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). DiCaro led the organization as it went through a restructure, a series of workflow modifications and enhancements, a move to a new location, and an increase in workload.

“My office nickname gives you an idea of my leadership style. My nickname is, ‘Mamma Soph.’ I think this says it all,” says DiCaro.

Prior to her current role, she served as the GOED finance director and, earlier, as the lead budget and policy analyst in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.

“What I enjoy most about my work is the satisfaction of public service and seeing firsthand the impact we have on the people we serve, all while working in an exciting and dynamic environment with a team of people who continue to inspire me each day,” she says.

Maria Mastakas
President and CEO, Integrated Business Solutions

Maria Mastakas has spent her career in male-dominated industries, but she’s never let that slow her down. “I don’t see being a woman as a liability; in fact I believe it is just the opposite,” she says. “As a woman in technology, you really stand out and it is a way to separate yourself from everyone else.”

In 2011, Mastakas became president of Integrated Business Solutions (IBS), which provides businesses with IT infrastructure. Since then, sales have increased by 30 percent and the customer base has grown substantially.

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