Dr. James Mayfield, Co-Founder
Professor Emeritus, Public Administration & Middle East Studies, University of Utah. CHOICE Humanitarian co-founder
Dr. James B. Mayfield is a co-founder of CHOICE Humanitarian and a Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and Middle East Studies at the University of Utah where he served as a full professor for 35 years. He is a former member of the Civil Service Commission in Salt Lake and Past Chair of the International and Comparative Administration (SICA) in the American Society of Public Administration, Washington DC.
He has been a senior management consultant for private companies, NGOs, and international donor organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.N. Development Program (UNDP), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and UNICEF. He has also served on numerous boards in the private sector.
He has conducted research and management training in 18 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Mayfield is the author of five published books including: Go To the People (forward written by Muhammad Yunus & widely used by Peace Corps), The Time Has Come, and One Can Make a Difference.
In 2013 he launched the Nepal Self Developing District Program - an initiative supported by the Nepali government to end extreme poverty in designated area that can be replicated worldwide and will help Nepal to become the first developing country in the world to end extreme poverty.
With 40 years of experience in village development, Dr. Mayfield continues to define and shape CHOICE's approach to poverty alleviation, specifically the CHOICE Humanitarian Model of Leadership Development in self-developing villages and districts based on a rural networking and empowerment strategy.
Dr. Mary Lee Call (Arizona)
Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University
Dr. Mary Lee Call received a PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCLA, focusing on second language learning, teaching, and assessment. She worked as a language teaching consultant for the Peace Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon, and for the U.S. Information Agency in Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine. She is fluent in Spanish, having lived in Argentina and Spain. After teaching in the Linguistics Department at Brigham Young University for six years, Dr. Call resigned to marry and become an instant mother to four children. She was board chair for The Institute for Self-Reliant Agriculture and currently serves on the board of CHOICE Humanitarian.
Josh Cameron, CPA
Finance and Strategy Consultant
Josh is a finance and strategy consultant for high growth companies. He earned dual degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Utah and later graduated with a Masters in Finance from the University of Utah followed by his CPA. He spent the last seven years in senior roles at two of the country’s fastest growing companies prior to consulting. Josh and his wife Kathryn love traveling, being with their family, and playing in the outdoors. He has traveled to over 55 countries in his lifetime and has been in the field of every country CHOICE operates in.
Vice President, Wheeler Machinery Co.
Jonathan Campbell has been involved with CHOICE since his first expedition to Guatemala in 2010. Since then he has returned to Guatemala several times as well as leading expeditions to Mexico and Bolivia. He continues to work with CHOICE because he has seen the impact that giving a person the opportunity to improve their life through education, health, and economic opportunities can have. He’s looking forward to visiting the rest of the CHOICE countries in the near future and continuing help search for opportunities to work with the CHOICE communities. Jonathan is the Vice President at Wheeler Machinery Co.
Corbin B. Church
Corbin is an entrepreneur and real estate investor. About 8 years ago, he and his family went on their first humanitarian expedition and have been hooked ever since! Their expeditions have taken the family to Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Guatemala, Peru and the Philippines. Corbin believes that these family experiences have shaped the unique perspective that his children have of our world. It is his belief that there is no better way to teach your children to appreciate what they have than to serve those in developing countries.
Partner, Peterson Partners
Marc is a Partner at Peterson Partners. Prior to Peterson Partners, Marc was a Managing Director with Leucadia National Corporation, a New York-based investment company with approximately $50 billion in assets. Before working with Leucadia, Marc was an Associate at a merchant bank, Coleman Furlong, in San Francisco and an Analyst at CS First Boston in New York. Marc received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.
Shannon Freedman - Attorney
I joined CHOICE because I believe so strongly in its model. Growing local leadership, empowering people to solve their own problems and facilitating cultural exchange is our best chance to eradicate extreme poverty. Most importantly, it will leave our world better for all our children.
Shannon Freedman is an attorney and mother of four sons.
COO DownEast Home & Clothing
Rich Israelson helped pioneer the concept of retail outlets in the western United States. He is the Chief Operating Officer for DownEast Outfitters, which he helped start as a college student by selling liquidated brand name clothing in a sandwich shop. DownEast has diversified to furniture and its own private label clothing line. It’s in malls throughout Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado and Wyoming with hundreds of employees. Israelson is a father and an ecclesiastical leader.
Partner, Snell & Wilmer, LPP
Brad Merrill is a corporate, banking, and securities lawyer with over 20-years’ experience. His practice is concentrated in corporate governance, public company disclosure, mergers and acquisitions, bank regulatory, capital raising and related financing transactions, and general corporate law. Brad received a Bachelor’s of Science. in Business Finance and his law degree from the University of Utah. He is a member of the American Bar Association, has published several articles, and is very active in his community. He enjoys time at his family farm house and Harley-Davidson motorcycle touring. Brad is married and has four great kids.
Partner, Galileo Financial Group
For 24 years, Greg Roumpos has been helping his personal clients, business owners, financial institutions and foundations achieve their financial goals. Greg is considered a specialist in his field, coaching and training other advisors, financial and legal professionals seeking direction, in the design and execution of well-crafted, defined benefit plans.
His deep understanding of financial markets enables him to provide his clients with the best available investment products consistent with their needs and risk appetite.
Greg attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and is currently striving toward a Master’s Degree in Financial Services. Greg is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Mutual Funds and is a Certified Fund Specialist.
Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He and his family appreciate the outdoors and actively participate in sports. Greg spends most of his free time coaching his boy’s youth baseball and basketball teams. Greg’s passion for serving his family and his clients also extends to serving the local Salt Lake community and Greek ethnic community.
Director, Sorenson Impact Foundation
Krista is the mother of two sons and calls Salt Lake City home. She is currently a director of the Sorenson Impact Foundation where she works alongside her husband, Jim as they travel around the world facilitating projects and ideas that have the potential to become sustainable, scalable and maximize positive impact on the lives and societies they touch. She spent 19 years in medical and pharmaceutical sales working for companies like Boston Scientific, Edwards Lifesciences and Bristol Myers-Squibb. She believes strongly in the arts and as a young girl danced at Juilliard and for Ballet West. She loves people and being able to give of her time, talents and energy in helping others and doing community service. She loves being active, is an avid cyclist and loves to travel.
Kristin Allred Stockham, Past Board Chair
Chair, Waterford Board of Directors and School Parents’ Advisory Council
Motivated people, partnered with opportunity and leadership skills, can alter poverty's path. Kristin is confident we can end extreme poverty in our world and is excited to be a part of this vital work with CHOICE Humanitarian.
She has a communications background and is involved in leadership positions with CHOICE Humanitarian, The Waterford School, and The Neighborhood House. She is a married mother of four, passionate about people, education, photography and antiques with stories.
Niels Valentiner, Board Chair
Founder & President, VCBO Architecture
Niels Valentiner is the Founder and President of VCBO Architecture and has guided the firm’s development as one of the major architectural firms in the Western United States over the past 41 years. Under his direction, the firm offers services in architecture, planning and interior design. In his role as Principal architect, Niels has a history of designing projects for Corporate Office Complexes, Civic and State Institutional Buildings, Universities, Sports and Arena facilities, Medical Facilities, and significant religious buildings, both in the United States and abroad in Central America, Europe, and Asia. His management and design direction create a high standard inside and outside of the firm, and he has fostered an environment of collaborative design efforts among the design teams, that has garnered numerous local and national awards and professional recognitions. Niels is serving on the Board of Advisors for the University of Utah School of Architecture and Planning, served on the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors and Executive Committee, was the Chairman of the Salt Lake Area Small Business Council and has been appointed by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark as the Danish Consul of Utah. Niels’ corporate social responsibility extends to the co-founding of CHOICE Humanitarian, as chairman and board member, providing leadership and village development in rural areas of Guatemala, Bolivia, Mexico, Nepal, and Kenya.