board of directors
Dr. William Jackson
Dr. William Jackson began his career as a family doctor and anesthesiologist in the beautiful Ojai, California valley. Many years later, he was voted Utah Doctor of the Year. Always one to put the needs of others before his own, Dr. Jackson, along with his wife Audrey, willingly accepted a call to serve the people of the Philippines on a humanitarian mission in 1986. While there, the plight of a young Filipino girl would forever alter the trajectory of Dr. Jackson’s life. The girl had a small growth on her tongue that, with time, had grown so large she struggled to eat. Knowing she would die if someone did not intervene, Dr. Jackson arranged for a simple, yet life-saving procedure. This one charitable act prompting the Jacksons’ desire to bring basic medical care to children in need, later spiraled into trying to eliminate unnecessary blindness throughout the world.
Often accompanied by their six children, the Jacksons have traveled the world. Dr. Jackson loves to immerse himself in the local culture, especially the cuisine. A crossword puzzle enthusiast, ardent family man, and eternal optimist, Dr. Jackson is best described as sunny, not saccharine. His can-do spirit transformed a dream into the reality of Charity Vision.
Ann Romney is the Global Ambassador for the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the best-selling author of The Romney Family Table. In 1998, Mrs. Romney was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis; she has since volunteered much of her time to heighten awareness for this disease. By raising the profile of MS, as well as raising funds for advocacy and research, she is determined to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from the disease.
Mrs. Romney strongly believes that faith-based and community organizations can serve members of our community better than government programs—she has served as the Governor’s Liaison to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. As First Lady of Massachusetts, she worked to focus attention on the challenges facing at-risk youth; she continues to be engaged in that effort. Ann has always placed primary importance on her role as wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband Mitt celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary this year and enjoy spending time with their 5 sons, 5 daughters-in-law, and 23 grandchildren.
Kelly Dyer Burt, a real estate developer and owner of Price Self Storage, which has storage centers throughout California, has always been actively involved in giving back to the community. He has served on multiple boards including the San Diego Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and University of Utah Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation. Mr. Burt has also served as a delegate for the California Republican Party, as State Finance Chairman and Director on the Gubernatorial campaigns of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Meg Whitman, and as National Campaign Finance Co-Director for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns.
Kelly has been married to Laurie Ivie Burt, a former CharityVision board member, for nearly thirty-five years. Mr. Burt was the first of many generations of Burts to obtain a college and master’s degree. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Utah and earned his MBA at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA, where he was admitted despite having one of the lowest GMAT scores in the past thirty years. They knew he was much more than a number. The Burts have four children and reside in San Diego.
Rick Nelson, named a “Giant in our City” by the Salt Lake Chamber, has come a long way from the University of Southern California surfing days of his youth. After graduating from college with a degree in accounting, he went on to obtain his MBA from the University of Southern California. Mr. Nelson joined Intermountain Health Care (IHC) in 1975 as a consultant and in 1982 was appointed senior vice president. He later became IHC’s president and CEO from 1999 – 2009 and was awarded the National Healthcare Leadership Award in 2005.
In addition to leading IHC to provide healthcare for those unable to afford medical services, Mr. Nelson has been an active participant in many community organizations—together with his wife, Christine, he supported the creation of the Ouelessebougou Alliance, which gives globally- minded citizens of Utah an opportunity to help communities in Africa. He and Christine have 8 children and 31 and 1/2 grandchildren. It is important to note that were he stranded on a desert island with only one food to eat for the rest of his life, he would definitely choose cheeseburgers hot off the grill.
Jenny Craig co-founded and was Vice Chairwoman of Jenny Craig International, a world-wide chain of over 700 company-owned and franchised weight loss centers that bear her name. Mrs. Craig founded the company with her husband, Sid, in 1983. Originally launching the company in Australia, an untapped market at the time, the two returned to expand their business to the United States in 1986. Within five short years, the company grew to include multiple centers throughout the US and abroad.
A staunch believer in empowering women in the workplace, Mrs. Craig is an active participant in the promotion of women and works closely with organizations dedicated to this cause. She is a former member and Regional Chair Person of The Committee of 200, an organization comprising some of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs dedicated to fostering and advancing women’s leadership in business. In addition to championing women, Mrs. Craig is actively involved in thoroughbred horse racing. She is a strong supporter of the military, the arts, and many other community charities. The Sid and Jenny Craig Foundation has given generously throughout the years to various causes and organizations, including Fresno State, the University of San Diego, San Diego Hospice, United Way, and the victims of Katrina.
Michael Bennett is the Managing Partner at Crewe Capital, an independent investment banking, securities, and mergers and acquisitions firm with offices in New York City, Salt Lake City, and Denver. Mr. Bennett is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Bennett enjoys fly fishing, golf, and anything that allows him to spend time with his wife and two daughters.
Combining his love of golf and desire to give back to the community, Mr. Bennett founded the Crewe Cup, and annual golf tournament benefiting several charities. The two-team match play competition, which attracts leaders of industry and the sports world alike, is dedicated to improving the lives of young people all over the world, donating all profits to children’s charities. In addition to the Crewe Cup, Mr. Bennett is actively involved in his community and participates in various organizations with a charitable focus.
Walter Plumb III
Walter J. Plumb III has vast experience in both the legal profession and business world. Graduating from the University of Utah, he went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah Law School and a L.L.M. Taxation from New York University Law School. His early legal career included a partnership with Senator Orrin Hatch (Hatch and Plumb) and Fox, Edwards and Plumb. He currently enjoys joint ownership in several companies including Pharmics, Plumb Holdings L.L.C., Western States Ventures, Gardner and Plumb, Integrated Water Management, Summitt Energy Company, and Mineral Rights Leasing.
In addition to serving as our board chairman, Mr. Plumb generously gives his time and support to several foundations and associations in his community, including the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Salt Lake Board of Education Foundation, and the Utah chapter of the American Diabetes Association, to name a few. He, along with his wife Peggy, recently served a humanitarian mission for their church in Kurdistan, Iraq. Mr. Plumb enjoys spending time with his family (which includes 9 children), playing tennis, skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and motorcycling. Word has it he’s never one to shy away from a push-up challenge either.
Bruce Tabb is president of Environmental Development, a real estate development company with holdings throughout the western United States. A graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and real estate, Mr. Tabb earned his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.
In 1980, after practicing real estate law for a number of major developers in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Tabb accepted a position with LaSalle Partners, Inc., a full service real estate company based in Denver. During his tenure at LaSalle, he was involved in the development of over two million square feet of office space and the purchase and financing of an additional one million square feet. Mr. Tabb later formed Environmental Development and moved to San Diego in order to develop Symphony Towers, a 1.2 million square foot mixed-use development, in partnership with the Charlton Raynd Company. In 1988, Environmental Development began acquiring and entitling raw land for commercial, industrial and residential development. Since that time, Mr. Tabb or related entities have acquired or developed real estate projects throughout California, Colorado and Arizona.
Duane Bryan Millard hails from the Sugar House and Cottonwood Heights areas of Salt Lake City. While he would go on to study at four different universities, Mr. Millard began his career early, becoming the owner of Bonneville Salt Company at the age of 18. At 33, he became Vice President of Great Salt Lake Minerals & Chemicals Corporation. He later became Executive Vice President of Enterprise Oil & Gas Company of Detroit, and then Director of Special Projects for Mining Services International (CYANCO Project). Mr. Millard is currently the Chairman of the Board of both the Allied Electric Sign Companies and All American Leasing.
Born on April Fool’s Day, Mr. Millard is left-handed and the youngest of 7 children. He lived in West Germany for two years while serving a religious mission for his church. He has served as a member and chair of various boards and committees for charitable foundations. Duane and his wife Glenda enjoy world travel and spending time with their 4 children and 14 grandchildren.
Mr. Weston has extensive background in technology and SaaS based businesses. His first company which he started while a Junior in college was sold to Best Software which was later acquired by Microsoft. Mr. Weston has built and successfully operated several domestic and international businesses, from 2011 to 2015 he donated significant time to CharityVision serving as its Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Weston continues to work closely with the management of CharityVision and is happy to serve on its board of directors. Mr. Weston is passionate about his wife and four children, helping those who often times cannot help themselves and seeing as much of the world as his wife will permit.
Dr. Phillip C. Hoopes, Jr. is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained corneal specialist. He is the medical director of EyeSurg of Utah, Hoopes Vision’s on-site ambulatory surgery center. Dr. Hoopes Jr. received his medical training at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He stayed at Wake Forest for his internship and residency in ophthalmology, where he was co-chief resident in his final year, while the clinical ophthalmology program was ranked in the top ten nationwide. After residency, he completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the prestigious Eye Consultants of Atlanta.
Upon completion of his fellowship training, Dr. Hoopes Jr. joined Hoopes Vision as a cornea, cataract, and LASIK surgeon, where he has become well-known for his surgical expertise as well as his embrace of new technology and clinical research. After taking part in the clinical trials, Dr. Hoopes Jr. was the first surgeon in America to perform the KAMRA corneal inlay procedure after FDA approval. EyeSurg of Utah was the first surgery center in the world to feature multiple cataract laser systems. Dr. Hoopes Jr. has published and presented papers and articles at national as well as international conferences of ophthalmic surgeons. Dr. Hoopes, Jr. is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He and his wife, Tricia, are the parents of three sons and a daughter.
Rebecca Buchan is an entrepreneurial interior architect who founded Denton House Design Studio in 1996. Her keen sense of style, sophistication, and wit has provided her with skills to run a highly collaborative corporation with offices in Salt Lake, New York, Montana, Las Vegas, the Bahamas, and Los Cabos, Mexico. Since establishing her firm over 20 years ago, Becky’s projects have spanned the globe, her award-winning design portfolio comprises of ultra-high-end residences, boutique hotels, and private club resorts throughout the United States, Hawaii, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Her passion for design combined with her ability to empower others to cultivate their own strengths creates inspired solutions for design, business, and life. Becky has a natural ability to connect with people from all walks of life which leads to unmeasured generosity with her time and knowledge. Becky’s work for high-profile and celebrity clients has been featured in many top-shelf design publications around the world.
Above all, Becky highly values her relationships with her family. She and her husband Joey are the parents of six daughters, two sons, and now have eleven grandchildren. Nothing gives her more enjoyment than doing a puzzle or jumping on the tramp with her little ones! In her free time, Becky enjoys the smell of the ocean, travelling, a good hike, and freshly baked brownies! Becky is excited to join the Charity Vision Board and looks forward helping expand the VISION!