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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanie Jordan, MBA
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
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
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.
Seth C. Finlinson, JD, MAEd
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.
Justin Barton, MSW
Justin Barton received a bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in business management from Utah State University and a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in nonprofit management and development from the University of Pennsylvania. At Utah State University, Justin served as president of the local chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, was named Student of the Year, and graduated with honors. Together with his professor, Justin created a volunteer center for his peers to find opportunities to help in their community.
During his time at the University of Pennsylvania, Justin was awarded a Dean’s Merit Award, the School of Social Policy and Practice Award, and the Rosa Wessel Award for his meritorious academic performance, exemplary student leadership, innovative activities in the field of practicum, and exceptional community service.
Justin’s professional experience is largely in nonprofit development. During his bachelor’s program, he interned at Bear River Mental Health where he first found his passion for fundraising. During his master’s program he interned with the Salvation Army. Justin has consulted with small nonprofits such as the Lupus Foundation, and has worked full time for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake. He currently works for Salt Lake Community College raising funds to help underprivileged students.
Justin and his wife live in Layton, Utah. He enjoys reading, gardening, backpacking, and snowboarding in his spare time. He considers his greatest accomplishments to be his two daughters, aged 5 and 18 months. Justin is passionate about helping others and excited to be part of UIRC’s board.
Forrest Harris, BS, MBA Candidate
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.