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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is an eclectic team of individuals with varying abilities and professional qualifications dedicated to advancing UIRC’s mission. We are continually looking for Board Members with a connection to infertility, a commitment to the mission, and skills that can support the strategic goals and objectives of UIRC. To apply for a board position, contact our Executive Director - camille@uirc.info.

Board Chair

Melanie Jordan, MBA

 

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    Melanie Jordan received a Bachelor’s of Science from Brigham Young University and an MBA with a focus in Marketing and Finance from the University of Iowa. While at UIowa, Melanie was the president of the local chapter for National Association of Women MBAs and received the Tippie MBA Excellence in Leadership Award. Additionally, she did resume and career mentoring for undergraduate women business students.

    During her MBA, Melanie completed a summer internship with American Express and was offered a full time position when she completed her degree. After graduation, Melanie and her husband, Tom, moved to New York City. While they enjoyed living life in NYC, they missed the suburbs and their families. Eventually, Melanie and her husband decided to return home to Utah. Melanie currently works in Technology & Operations at Zions Bancorporation.

    Melanie and her husband faced infertility for several years before pursuing IVF in 2015. They are now the parents of beautiful twin daughters. Finding the local support group and online community was a huge help to Melanie at a tough time, especially after feeling alone on the journey for many years.

    Melanie is excited to be a part of UIRC and ensure that others are able to find the help and support that they need as they face the challenge of infertility. Melanie brings to her role of Board Chair a shrewd eye for business, a passion for helping others, and strong leadership skills. She has proved her skills to be an invaluable asset to the creation of a brand new non-profit organization.

    In her free time, Melanie loves to spend time with her husband and daughters, read, cook and shop.

Board Vice Chair

Sara Brueck Nichols

 

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    Sara Brueck Nichols has spent more than 15 years working in marketing and marketing operations. She recently accepted a position as Sr. Director of Marketing Operations at OptumRX. Her professional background spans the healthcare, high tech, real estate, recruiting, power sports, nonprofit and academic industries, with a specific focus on data integration and marketing performance.

    Sara has a passion for nonprofit operations and support. She has worked as a nonprofit consultant and a part-time adjunct instructor at the University of Utah’s Nonprofit Leadership Academy, where she  taught courses on marketing message development, marketing measurement and social marketing.

    She was a founding board member of the Salt Lake City chapter of the global Social Media Club organization, and has held leadership positions with the Public Relations Society of America (National
Capital Chapter), Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Forum, and other various professional associations.

    Her journey with infertility began as a teenager more than 20 years ago, with a diagnosis that put her future fertility chances at “slim to none.” She considers herself fortunate that when she and her husband began trying to conceive, she had a group of friends and a fantastic doctor with whom she was able to share the journey of medical interventions, loss and hope. Sara is excited to be able to help others find similar support and connectivity through UIRC.

    Sara holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations from Brigham Young University. She enjoys cooking exotic food, making Excel do really cool things, trying to grow vegetables, reading the newspaper, exploring the outdoors and spending time with her husband and three children.

Board Secretary

Seth C. Finlinson, JD, MAEd

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    Seth C. Finlinson is a licensed Utah attorney.  He was born in Utah and has lived most of his life in Davis County.  He attended Weber State University and graduated cum laude with a Major in Spanish with a Commercial Emphasis and a Minor in History. He then pursued a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix.  In 2011, Seth graduated with high honors from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA, where he served as the Note Editor of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

    Upon graduation from law school, Seth returned to Utah and managed the compliance department of a law firm in Salt Lake City for a couple of years.  He currently facilitates external compliance examinations and remediates regulatory findings for Academy Mortgage Corporation in Salt Lake City.  He is also the owner of Finlinson Law Firm, PLLC a solo practice estate planning law firm, and is an adjunct instructor at Strayer University.

    Seth has had many volunteer opportunities.  He was a legal intern with the Iowa Court of Appeals, Iowa Legal Aid, and The Millard County Attorney’s Office. Most recently, he was a founding member and governing board member of Voyage Academy, a k-6 charter school in Clinton, UT.

     Seth and his wife have experienced multiple failed infertility treatments.  He understands the struggles and frustrations of infertility. He is excited to bring his skills and unique perspective to UIRC’s board of directors.

    In his free time, Seth enjoys playing sports of any kind, gardening, cartooning, traveling, and enjoying Utah’s great outdoors.  He continues to reside in Davis County, UT with his wife, Jessica, a beagle named Lucy, and a fish.

 Board Member

 Forrest Harris, BS, MBA Candidate

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    Forrest comes to UIRC with a strong background in Marketing and Sales with a Bachelor’s degree from University of Houston and a Global MBA in Marketing which he will receive Spring of 2017.  Forrest has the strategic skills to target markets, develop a positive brand, and analyze data in order to nourish public perception of the organization.

    Forrest has long and proven record of relentlessness in pursuit of personal and professional goals. A variety of roles have taught him how to navigate the hierarchies of organizations, seek out influencers and decision makers, and build productive relationships. Forrest’s experience has also proven that persistence pays when focused on a specific goal.

    Forrest’s goal for UIRC is to focus efforts on closing the gap in the infertility community, promote awareness, and encourage societal and legislative change as it pertains to infertility.

    Forrest and his wife currently face infertility and are hoping to grow their family through IVF or adoption. They feel fortunate to be blessed with one daughter. They cherish family time together barbecuing, camping, boating, and playing with their sweet Australian Shepherd, Rory.

Board Member

Jairan Ware, MBA

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    Jairan Ware holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Westminster College, as well as graduate certificate in Marketing. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Theater Arts, giving her a well-rounded education. During the latter half of her MBA studies she had the unique opportunity to travel to China to study business development in the growing Asia market.

    Jairan spent most of her career working in the non-profit healthcare sector, particularly Intermountain Healthcare where she spent nearly 7 years working to improve patient outcomes. During her tenure, Jairan participated in a variety of committees and focus groups aimed at bettering services, efficiency and safety outcomes for patients and their families. Jairan has robust experience collecting and analyzing large sets of data to develop and monitor improvement initiatives.

    Prior to her non-profit work, Jairan worked for the State of Utah in the Department of Health and Human Services where she partnered with communities and families to help keep children safe from abuse and neglect. Jairan has a strong interest in foreign policy and geopolitical relations. She is an active member of the Salt Lake Chapter of American Committees on Foreign Relations and enjoys attending and contributing to monthly discussions pertaining to current world affairs.

    While trying for their second child, Jairan and her husband were faced with infertility and have undergone many IVF failures. One of the hardest things for her while going through this journey was experiencing firsthand the lack of awareness and stigma associated with infertility. Through online forums and support groups Jairan found a community she could lean on and is deeply passionate about growing awareness and services to the broader Utah community. She also loves traveling with her husband and son, frequenting farm to table restaurants, stores and events, and hiking in Utah’s beautiful mountains.

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Board Member

Tara Reilly, JD

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    Tara Reilly is a Salt Lake attorney focused on the areas of family, adoption, assisted reproductive technology, and education law.

    She graduated manga cum laude from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Art in English followed by a Bachelor of Art in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Boise State University. With a strong professional and academic background in English, Tara excelled at legal research and writing and was awarded three CALI Awards for Excellence during her time at Gonzaga University School of Law in the subjects of Legal Research & Writing, Advanced Legal Research, and Torts.

     During law school, Tara also served as a member of the William O. Douglas Committee dedicated to First Amendment advocacy, President of the ACLU Spokane Chapter, Student Ambassador to Admissions, peer tutor in the area of contracts law, Chastek Law Library Reference Assistant, and associate editor on both the Gonzaga Law Review and the Gonzaga Journal of International Law. Tara graduated from Gonzaga, with honors, in 2012.

    Prior to beginning her career in law, Tara taught high school English for eight years - instructing courses ranging from remedial to honors. During this time, Tara saw many students with special needs being under served in their school communities. Tara now advocates for students and their families in matters of special education and disciplinary proceedings. Tara also stands behind her fellow educators who strive for excellence in their profession.

    Tara’s personal experiences with infertility give her a passion for serving Utah’s Infertility community and advocating for positive change.

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