James Mayfield, Ph.D. - CHOICE Humanitarian Co-Founder
Professor Emeritus, Public Administration & Middle East Studies, University of Utah.
James B. Mayfield, Ph.D., 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 a 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.
Timothy S. Evans, D.D.S., - CHOICE Humanitarian Co-Founder
Tim is a retired dentist living on a ranch in Oakley, Utah where he and his wife Melissa raised five daughters. Since a service mission in Peru (1969-1971) he has devoted his efforts to alleviating international poverty. He returned to Peru in 1982 to launch the Andean Children’s Foundation which was later absorbed by CHOICE Humanitarian, another foundation dedicated to ending extreme poverty. He has also worked with many other international efforts, has published articles in international journals, and has been recognized by foundations and agencies as a leader in sustainable international development initiatives.
Following several years working with LDS Self-Reliance Services in Ghana, Mexico, and Guatemala, he rejoined the Board of Directors for CHOICE Humanitarian.
Mary Lee Call Ph.D. - (Arizona)
Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University
Mary Lee Call received a doctorate degree 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 the Head of Strategy for CV Humanitarian Travel. He spent the last seven years in senior finance roles at two of the country’s fastest-growing companies and holds a Masters in Finance from the University of Utah. Josh and his wife Kathryn love traveling, being with their family, and playing in the outdoors. He has traveled to over 70 countries in his lifetime and has been in the field of every country CHOICE operates in. He loves CHOICE Humanitarian’s model and anything else that combine his two passions of helping others and traveling.
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 lives 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 9 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.
Becky and her husband, Ron, have been involved with CHOICE in since 2003 when they took their family on their first expedition to Guatemala. Their entire family is passionate about CHOICE and it’s model to help people in extreme poverty become self-reliant. Becky firmly believes that extreme poverty can end and is committed to making that happen. With her outstanding organizational skills, Becky heads the Development Committee responsible for creating sustainable revenue streams for CHOICE. Becky is an Army BRAT and lived in Germany and England while growing up. This instilled in her an intense love of travel, which her husband is happy to indulge in with her. Becky and Ron have 5 grown children and an increasing number of grandchildren. She graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design.
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, Microsoft Corporation
Paul is a 20 year veteran of the software industry, leading commercial product development in areas of networking, security, and management. His volunteer work includes participating in or sponsoring STEM education-related activities such as DigiGirlz, First Robotics competitions, the GREAT computer camp, the Utah Scholars program, and in-classroom Code.org advocacy. He also serves on the Engineering National Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at the University of Utah, his alma mater where he earned his degree in Computer Science. A long-term CHOICE supporter, Paul joined the board in 2017 after an expedition to Mexico. Paul hopes to enable CHOICE to scale up its operations through a digital transformation that starts with automating the collection and analysis of field activities in the countries in which CHOICE operates. A father of three daughters and one son, Paul hopes that his volunteer work can help create a better, more fair world where everyone’s children can live happy and productive lives.
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 farmhouse and Harley-Davidson motorcycle touring. Brad is married and has four great kids.
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 recognition. 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.