Salt Lake City—Q Therapeutics, Inc., developer of clinical-stage cell therapies for central nervous system (CNS) disease and injury, announced the appointment of Tom Parks, Ph.D., as an independent member to the Company’s Board of Directors. In addition, Dr. Parks has agreed to serve on the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee; and will be joined on the Committee by current independent directors, Peter Barton Hutt, Peter Grebow, and Hunter Jackson. Parks brings to Q Therapeutics more than 30 years’ experience in life science research and its translation into therapeutic products. As a faculty member in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine from 1978, he conducted a long-term NIH-funded research program on development of the central auditory nervous system and served as chair of that department from 1992-2007. He was a co-founder of NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and served on its board from 1986-2006. From 2008-2016, Dr. Parks was Vice President for Research and President of the Research Foundation for the University of Utah. He currently serves on the boards of Navigen Pharmaceuticals Inc., SentrX Animal Care Inc., and ConusRx Inc. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and a recipient of the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. Parks earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California at Irvine, a Ph.D. in Psychobiology from Yale University, and completed postdoctoral work at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Salt Lake City—Utah Governor Gary Herbert appointed Lori Chillingworth, Linda Luchetti and Brady Southwick to serve on the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees. Shawn Newell represents the SLCC Alumni Association and SLCC Student Association President Aynoa Rincon represents the student body on the Board. Chillingworth is Zions Bancorporation’s director of Enterprise Retail Banking. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders from 2007 to 2013 and has been recognized five times in U.S. Banker magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Banking” issue, ranking among its “25 Women to Watch” list. She served on the SLCC Foundation Board from 2005 to 2013. Luchetti is the vice president of basketball operations for the Utah Jazz. Before joining the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies in 2005, she handled public relations for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City as well as press and media positions with 2004 Paralympic Games, 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Newell is vice president of business development for Industrial Supply Company and has been with the company more than 20 years. He is vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Salt Lake Chapter and is a member of Herbert’s Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission. Newell started a scholarship for SLCC marketing students and is an alum of SLCC. Rincon is an international student double majoring in political science and economics. After finishing at SLCC next spring she plans to transfer to the University of Utah and obtain a degree in international relations. She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the United States in 2015 at the age of 17 to study English at Kaplan International, Harvard Square, in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the first Latina woman elected student association president at SLCC. Southwick is senior vice president of field operations at Vivint Smart Home, which specializes in security systems. He served as president of Cummins Rocky Mountain and was instrumental in developing the current Utah Diesel Technology Pathway program that connects high school students to workforce training at SLCC and ultimately careers in the diesel industry.
Salt Lake City—TraskBritt’s Managing Shareholder, H. Dickson Burton, was sworn in as President-Elect of the Utah State Bar on Saturday, July 29. Burton was sworn in by Matthew B. Durrant, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, during ceremonies at the Utah State Bar Annual Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho last week. Burton was elected by the attorneys of the State of Utah, and will serve as President-Elect of the Bar for a one-year term, through July 2018, at which time he will be sworn in as President of the Utah State Bar for another one-year term. TraskBritt congratulates Burton for this honor, and for his willingness to serve the legal community and the public in this capacity. Burton will also continue during this time to represent TraskBritt clients on a full-time basis.
Salt Lake City—Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that attorneys James R. Farmer, AJ Pepper, Paul Roberts and Richard C. Robinson have joined the Salt Lake City office. Farmer focuses his practice in intellectual property law including drafting and prosecuting patent applications for clients in the aerospace industry. He has almost 20 years of experience representing clients in complex intellectual property and commercial disputes before federal and state courts, arbitration panels and the International Trade Commission, drafting opinions and license agreements and conducting due diligence investigations and analyses for corporate mergers and acquisitions. Farmer received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and M.S. and B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont. He held post-doctoral fellowships at Princeton and Brigham Young University, specializing in engineering physics, fluid mechanics and applied mathematics. He received his J.D. from The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Pepper is a commercial real estate attorney focusing on mixed-use, transit-oriented, office, retail, condominium, hotel and resort projects, as well as multifamily residences, subdivisions and master planned communities. He has worked with financial institutions, real estate investment trusts and asset management firms, and local, regional and national developers, investors and land owners on complex real estate developments, acquisitions and dispositions and financings throughout the United States. He received his B.S. in geography: urban, rural and environmental planning from Brigham Young University and his J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law. Roberts’ practice is centered in commercial finance. Prior to joining Snell & Wilmer, Roberts practiced commercial, real property and employment law. Roberts’ received his B.S. magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management and his J.D. magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School. Robinson focuses his practice in commercial finance and assists lenders on various real estate-secured and portfolio lending transactions. Prior to joining Snell & Wilmer, Robinson worked as in-house counsel for a publically traded software company in Salt Lake City. Robinson received his B.A. cum laude from The University of Utah and his J.D. cum laude from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School.