• Julie Goldklang
    Julie Goldklang
    Board Chair
  • Zakia Richardson
    Zakia Richardson
    Board Vice Chair
  • Chetan Dave
    Chetan Dave
    Board Member
  • Cayenne DaBell
    Cayenne DaBell
    Clerk
  • Shawn Perkins
    Shawn Perkins
    Board Member
  • Rodayne Esmay
    Rodayne Esmay
    Board Member
  • Mia Prazen
    Mia Prazen
    Board Member
Julie Goldklang
Board Chair
Julie Goldklang has more than 17 years of experience driving IT consulting business success at Accenture, EMC and Datalink.  Currently on the leadership team to create a multi-million dollar consulting business in an established hardware reseller company with primary responsibilities in strategic planning, driving recruiting efforts, management coaching, organizational design, performance management, onboarding, resource management and business analysis. Julie was also the vice president of the founding board of Early Light Academy, a highly successful charter school founded in 2008 in South Jordan that serves 1,000 students in grades K-9.
Julie received a business degree from the University of Washington and graduated cum laude. Julie and her husband, David, live in South Jordan with their four children.
julie.goldklang@aaiutah.org
Zakia Richardson
Board Vice Chair

Zakia Richardson is a litigation attorney currently serving clients in family law and immigration matters.  In addition, to her litigation duties she manages federal grant funds, grant reporting, agency meetings, outreach and training.  Prior legal work at a regional law firm involved debt recovery services, credit granting and debt purchasing industry where she significantly reduced a high risk portfolio and managed compliance of FDCPA, FACTA and Bankruptcy Code issues.  Zakia previously worked in finance, sales and marketing for global corporations such as Goldman Sachs and Ford Motor Company.  Zakia is an active community leader she formerly served as a board member of the Daybreak Community Master Association and a Jordan School District Calendar Committee member.  She currently serves on the Utah Sexual Violence Council, Women Lawyers of Utah, and Third District Pro Bono Committee.  Zakia earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia and obtained her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, School of Law.

Chetan Dave
Board Member

Chétan Davé has 10 years of experience in the Corporate Finance sector. He has worked as a Financial Analyst for the Tech and Healthcare industries. He is currently the Senior Managed Care Analyst for the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. Chétan is also a co-founder of Naleeni Leatherworks, a handmade leather accessories company.

Chétan received a Bachelor of Science in Finance with an  emphasis in Computer Science from the University of Utah. He currently resides with his wife Alice and two children in South Jordan, UT.

Cayenne DaBell
Clerk

Cayenne DaBell is a big believer in lifelong education. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Utah. Currently she works at Early Light Academy as a paraprofessional in the sixth grade. Her past employment includes substitute teacher, girls’ camp counselor, veterinarian assistant, and plant genetics lab technician. She has served as president of a local spinning guild and is a professional fiber artist in her free time. Cayenne lives in South Jordan with her husband, Mark, and their three children.

Shawn Perkins
Board Member
Shawn Perkins is a creative director with eighteen years of experience developing award-winning interactive, print and broadcast campaigns. He has been running his own consulting firm for the past five years, working with national clients like BabyCenter, Experticity and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Prior to starting his own business he worked for six years as the creative director at Ancestry.com, where he led the team that helped grow the Ancestry.com brand into a household name. Before that he was an art director and creative director in the ad agency world, with notable clients like DirecTV, National Geographic, NordicTrack, Harvard Business School and Kaplan. His work has been recognized by the National ADDY Awards, Communication Arts, and the Emmy Awards among others.
Shawn has a bachelor’s degree in design from Brigham Young University. He and his wife Lyndy live in South Jordan with their wild herd of twelve children.

shawn.perkins@aaiutah.org

Rodayne Esmay
Board Member

L. Rodayne Esmay holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. He is currently a professor of Digital Media at Utah Valley University. Before stepping into the classroom, Mr. Esmay spent twenty years in industry and has been able to draw from that experience as a classroom instructor. He has been presented numerous awards for his teaching, including the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas, Distinguished Faculty Lecturer from Salt lake Community College, and in 2015 Utah Valley University’s Presidential Teaching Excellence Award – one of the highest honors that can be bestowed by that institution. For years Professor Esmay has worked with industry partners to help make classroom curriculum more relevant, and is a strong advocate of experiential learning. He states, “If we are really serious about preparing our youth for the future, community and industry partnerships need to be a significant part of the formula. Learning to find answers to real-world issues through creativity and persistence are of paramount importance.”

rodayne.esmay@aaiutah.org

Mia Prazen
Board Member
Mia was a founder of Early Light Academy, an extremely successful charter school in South Jordan, UT, and is a key founding board member of the American Academy of Innovation. She is a member of the Utah Chapter of the United States National Committee for UN Women, an organization that seeks educational, economic and political equality for women globally. Mia has lead local efforts to raise funds for Utah’s Souper Bowl of Caring, a campaign focused on feeding children who are in need so that they can succeed in school.
Mia received a degree in advertising from Brigham Young University and has worked for Fidelity Investments, Brigham Young University and Rio Tinto. She is currently pursuing a career in finance and investing. Mia and her husband, Jared, are the parents of two children.
mia.prazen@aaiutah.org