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2022 APCC Employer Bios

(Employer bios updated daily)

Adam Woolley


Adam started his term as the dean of Graduate Studies in May 2021, and is a professor in BYU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Woolley’s scholarship is directed at the interface between miniaturization and biomolecules. He develops microfluidic devices for chemical analysis with an emphasis on biomedically relevant assays, and he is utilizing biomolecules to self-assemble nanoscale electronic systems.

Anna Oaks


Anna served a full-time mission in Santiago, Chile, where she met her husband, Dana Oaks. They are the parents of four children.

Anna Morgan Oaks has a lifelong interest in teaching and improving education. In 2013, she set out to create a safe, uplifting learning environment as an alternative to the large public middle schools in western Palm Beach County. In 2014, she and her husband founded Wellington Collegiate Academy (WCA), a private school for grades 6-8. Within the first three years, WCA met accreditation and state requirements to qualify for funding through the Florida School Choice program. WCA has expanded to offer grades K-8 with an enrollment of over 80 students.

After leaving Florida, Anna’s desire to stay active as an educator led her to teach English online with Preply. During the pandemic, she refocused on her study of the Turkish language. Anna currently teaches English online while working toward an M.Ed. in educating multilingual learners. As a volunteer, she coordinates and teaches online group English classes for Turkish and Farsi speakers in Turkey.

Anna graduated summa cum laude in piano performance and pedagogy from Brigham Young University in 1994. She has performed and accompanied in a variety of settings including the Families Making Music concert series at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Anna is an accomplished composer, having won recognition five times in the annual Church music competition with her work being performed at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Anna has taught private piano lessons in six states to nearly 200 students from beginning to advanced levels.

Brian Chambers


Brian is the owner and managing director of Chambers HR Services, a professional recruiting and HR consulting firm in Northern Utah. He supports clients in information technology, manufacturing, engineering, bioscience, healthcare, finance, and real estate industries throughout the United States. Prior to starting his own business in 2019, Brian spent 16 years in the IT space, most of that time working as director of human resources. He began in 2003, supporting a small internet web hosting and domain service company in Logan Utah. Brian took on responsibilities as director of operations, and later general manager while assisting the company through their first acquisition in 2008 by UK2 Group, based in London, England. He built and managed the companies HR policies and procedures. While working for UK2 Group, Brian helped oversee global HR functions for 250 employees across offices in the United States, England, Ukraine, and India. After another acquisition by THG in 2017, Brian was the director of HR for over 500 US employees.

Brian completed his bachelor’s degree in international business management from Brigham Young University–Hawaii in 2000, following two years at Utah State University. He has many fond memories of his time at BYUH; starting a company for one of his business classes, culture nights, devotionals, SIFE (Enactus), PBL, TVA living, hiking club, working at the Ke Alakai, dorm maintenance and the school farm. He continues to support students in various ways.

Brian and his wife Jennifer, also a graduate of BYUH, have lived in the Logan, Utah area since 2003. They have four children, two of whom are married. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, sports, and being in the great outdoors. Brian has served on multiple advisory committees for higher education. He is currently serving on a local school board, is an English language volunteer, and is serving as a bishop in his home ward.

Brianna Fiso


Brianna is a technical recruiting coordinator at Highspot in Seattle, Washington where she works with the technical recruiting team supporting (engineering, DEV/Ops, security). Before Highspot, she worked at Adobe in sales in the enterprise growth segment ($100 million-$1 billion in revenue) selling four different marketing platforms (Bizible, Marketo, Journey Optimizer, and Campaign).

Before Adobe, she started her career at Bizible, a marketing attribution startup. Shortly after, she went through two acquisitions by Marketo and then Adobe.  

Before Highspot, Brianna was the diversity and inclusion site lead at Adobe for their Seattle office (over 400 employees) and is passionate about bringing more URM representation into the tech world. Additionally, she has served on Northwest University’s Sales Advisory Board, offering expertise in sales curriculum.   

She is proud of her Samoan roots as an afakasi woman and is the first in her family to attain a masters's degree (MBA). She is also a former women’s collegiate basketball player.  

In her free time, she loves to play basketball in her women’s league, pick up games at the YMCA with her younger siblings, and getting lost in a great audiobook. 

Byron Adams


Byron is a university professor and coordinator of graduate programs in the Department of Biology at Brigham Young University. He teaches BIO 503, a graduate course better known as, “How to Survive Thrive in Grad School”. He’s passionate about helping students find their path while navigating landmines associated with graduate research.

Byron’s research programs in biodiversity, evolution, and ecology have had the continuous support of the National Science Foundation since 2002. His most recent projects involve fieldwork in Antarctica, where he and his colleagues are studying how organisms and ecosystems respond to climate-driven changes.

Dana Oaks


Dana Oaks is a healthcare administrator who has served in several executive leadership positions. Most recently, Dana led ERH Healthcare through the COVID-19 pandemic as the president of operations. In that role, Dana oversaw five critical care hospitals: four in Georgia; one in Texas; and a behavioral health hospital in Las Vegas. Prior to ERH, Dana spent 14 years as an executive with HCA Healthcare, the largest for-profit hospital operator in the United States. At HCA, Dana was the chief executive officer of University Hospital and Medical Center in Broward County, FL. The 317-bed community hospital decreased emergency department wait times and grew profitability under Dana’s leadership.

Preceding his appointment at University Hospital, Dana was the CEO of JFK Medical Center North Campus, formerly known as West Palm Hospital. Dana led this 245-bed hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida, from 2011 to 2017. During his tenure, he oversaw the growth of hospital services, including a nearly 40% increase in emergency department visits. In 2016, he led the hospital in a merger with JFK Medical Center, a 472-bed hospital, and the largest hospital in Palm Beach County. This merger created a 717 bed two-campus hospital with a common brand and identity to better assist the citizens of Palm Beach County. The merger included the creation of a common governance structure including board, medical committees, and medical staff members.

Dana has also held positions as chief operating officer of Ogden Regional Medical Center in Ogden, Utah; and associate administrator at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA.

Dana has both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in social work, he worked as director of business development at Molina Healthcare of Utah prior to his graduate studies.

Dana was raised in Provo, Utah and served a mission in Santiago, Chile. He and his wife, Anna, were married in 1997 in the Seattle Washington Temple. They are the parents of four children.

Dave Jungheim


Dave is an MBA program administrator who specializes in alumni relations, career services, publications, e-commerce, philanthropies, and event planning.

He is passionate about better understanding alumni needs and empowering alumni to give back in meaningful ways. His efforts have led to the creation of annual, multi-class conferences, “Career Boost” student/alumni events, Executive MBA career service workshops, the creation of new student endowments and a professional BYU MBA annual report which is sent out to 8,000+ people.

BYU MBA alumni are among the most active and engaged alumni in the world, working with current students, hiring interns and graduates, serving as faculty, and donating to our endowments. Alumni referrals are the most effective way for the MBA program to find quality talent.

To learn more about the BYU MBA Program go or email our recruiter Jason Hall at

Dave is a retired US Army major with nearly 24 years of service. He was a helicopter mechanic for seven years before going through the BYU ARMY ROTC and commissioning as an aviation branch officer. Dave served in many leadership roles, ranging from platoon leader in Afghanistan (with 150+ combat missions), flight company commander, and maintenance company commander to HR director over all of Utah Army Aviation.

Dave is an alumnus from the BYU Executive MBA program which led to his post military career and the creation of Inspired Bricks LLC. In his free time Dave builds commissioned works of art out of LEGO, enjoys nature and event photography, does drone videography and is learning to play the tuba.

Doug Fiefia


Doug graduated from Utah State University in 2015 with degrees in marketing and business administration. During Doug’s time at Utah State, Doug served two terms as the student body president (2013-2015) representing 30,000 students to administration, faculty, staff, and trustees. During those same years (2013-2015), Doug was selected by his peer student body presidents to serve as the Utah student association president, representing all 180,000 higher education students in the state of Utah. 

After graduating, Doug worked at a software company, Workday, where he started as a sales development representative and later as a sales manager.  After four years with the company, Doug returned to school where he would earn his Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Rice University’s Jones School of Business. During the two-year full-time program, Doug served as the MBA program’s student president and would receive an offer to a Master's of Business Administration internship with Google. After Doug’s graduation, he started working with Google full-time as a sales manager in Google Ads and oversees over 500 customers. In addition to Google, Doug also owns and runs a small construction company (SOJO Construction)where they specialize in finishing basements in Utah.

Doug’s parents were both born in the Kingdom of Tonga and moved to the US in the late 1970s. Doug’s father, Tevita Tauteoli Fiefia owned his own drywall construction company, which is the inspiration for Doug’s company. Aside from work, Doug loves spending time with family and serving in his church. Doug met his wife Jocelyn at Utah State and they have three beautiful girls and one boy.

Elizabeth Porter


Ms. Porter received her Bachelor of Science degree in human services management with an emphasis in psychology from the University of Phoenix. She is a trained facilitator in cognitive behavioral therapy, active parenting, and aggression replacement training while extensively trained in trauma-informed care, sex trafficking prevention, adverse childhood experiences and motivational interviewing. A native of Hawaii with management experience in the international travel industry, Ms. Porter has had vast exposure to cultural enrichment, giving her a much broader understanding of service delivery.

Eric Amitoelau


Eric is the vice president of Americas sales for Rescale, Inc, a company that delivers high-performance computing built for the cloud. He has been a leader in the technology space for over 10 years, with roles that include managing Asia Pacific operations and leading strategic accounts sellers for companies like Mixpanel and Adobe. 

Eric's father, Carlson, was born in Samoa and raised in Kuhio Park Terrace in Honolulu. His mother, Sinela, was born in Samoa and raised in southern California. His older brother attended the University of Arizona and his younger sister is a seasider, who graduated class of 2014 with a marketing degree. Eric is married to his eternal companion, Anya Tufuga, and their favorite pastime is playing hide-and-seek with their four-year-old daughter. 

Janelle Christensen


Janelle has been involved with the Family Haven in various ways since 2010. Starting out as a volunteer, Janelle spent time with children in the nursery while completing her undergrad program and stayed for her internship through Brigham Young University–Hawaii. She has since been the agency’s houseparent, education specialist, parent advocate, and even receptionist for a little while. She returned to Family Haven after completing her MSW at Columbia University. Janelle is passionate about helping individuals and families live a happy, healthy life and truly believes that the services offered at Family Haven make a lasting difference for our community. She feels incredibly fortunate to work with and be a part of such a fantastic team.

When she isn’t at work, Janelle enjoys going on walks, watching cooking shows, reading young adult novels, and mostly playing with her three children.

Jason Vorderstrasse


Jason Vorderstrasse is the diplomat in residence covering Hawaii, recruiting for positions at the U.S. Department of State. Jason has been a member of the Foreign Service for over 17 years, serving in Jamaica, Hong Kong, and Mexico.

The U.S. Department of State is the federal government’s leading foreign affairs agency that works to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and fosters conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere. Jason recruits for career, fellowship, and internship opportunities in the U.S. and overseas for students in all majors, including business, economics, engineering, IT, and political science. You can learn more by visiting Jason’s Facebook page at or U.S. citizenship is required for all opportunities.

Jeff Bitton


Jeff is the founder and CEO of Pitch59, a new software service that allows people to pitch themselves, their service, or their company for up to 59 seconds. Get to know Jeff here on his "PitchCard".

Jeff Bitton - Link to Pitch 59 bio

Jill Follensbee


Jill holds a Master’s degree in professional counseling with an LPC and has over 18 years in the behavioral health field that includes working with youth in both an RTC and outpatient setting. Jill completed the UC Berkeley High-Impact Leadership Program and has also served on the board of directors for the Arizona Counselor Association.

Julie Allen

Comparative Arts and Letters, BYU

Julie K. Allen grew up on Moana Street in Laie, attended Kahuku High School and both BYUH and BYU in Provo, served a mission in Denmark, and got her master's and doctorate degrees in Germanic languages and literatures from Harvard University. After teaching Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2006-2016, she came to BYU in Provo, where she is a professor of comparative literature and Scandinavian studies. She has also taught at BYUH twice—in 2005-2006 and the summer of 2014—and loved it. She directs the master’s program in comparative studies at BYU in Provo; it is an interdisciplinary program that enables students interested in literature, languages, cultural studies, film, art history, popular culture, and classics to craft their own program of study, gain teaching experience, and prepare themselves for doctorate programs and professional employment by honing their research and writing skills, providing pedagogical training, and gaining experience with grant writing, conference presentations, and academic publication.

Julie is the mother of four children and the author of four books—Icons of Danish Modernity: Georg Brandes & Asta Nielsen (2012), Danish but Not Lutheran: The Impact of Mormonism on Danish Cultural Identity, 1850-1920 (2017), Screening Europe in Australasia: Transnational Silent Film Before and After the Rise of Hollywood (2022), and The Silent Muse. The Memoirs of Asta Nielsen (2022)—and several dozen articles on topics ranging from Danish emigration to Soren Kierkegaard to silent film to Hans Christian Andersen to global mormon studies. With the help of a team of student researchers, she is currently working on creating a database of Scandinavian mormon women pioneers. Julie loves to travel, read, bake, hike, swim, and get stuff done.

Kawika Allen


Professor Allen received his Bachelor of Science in speech/organizational communication and his Masters of Science in counseling psychology at the University of Utah. He then received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia (a top-ranked program) and completed his predoctoral clinical internship at Duke University. His research areas involve spiritual, cultural, and indigenous ways of healing in psychotherapy including culturally appropriate psychotherapies and interventions for underserved populations. Specifically, Professor Allen has focused much of his research on the intersections of religiosity/spirituality, coping/collectivistic coping, depression, anxiety, and psychological well-being/adjustment among Polynesians/Polynesian Americans. Professor Allen leads the Poly Psi Team research efforts involving not only Polynesian psychology research, but research across all BIPOC and minoritized groups. He is currently an assistant professor in the counseling psychology doctorate program at Brigham Young University.

Kimberli Watson


Kimberli holds a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in industrial and organizational psychology. Kim has extensive experience in the juvenile justice as a probation officer specializing in supervising youth exhibiting sexually maladaptive behaviors, and later as an operations manager overseeing the day to day functions of a juvenile detention facility. Kim completed the Maricopa County Leadership Program, has participated in studies on the treatment of juvenile sexual offenders, and is a trainer in the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

Kevin Holmes


Kevin is currently the director of operations at Redi2 Technologies, the pioneer of the software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model for financial billing solutions. As director of operations, Kevin partakes in all aspects of the business, including hiring new team members, refining the organizational structure, and managing client relationships. Under Kevin’s leadership, the Client Services Team has transitioned from a cost center to a revenue center; this change contributed directly to the most successful financial year in Redi2 Technologies history. Beyond this, Kevin is passionate about maintaining relationships, both with his clients and his employees. Kevin believes that a culture of team building will beat strategy every time. He is driven by his desire to acknowledge the strengths of his employees, unite them as a team, and align them with the needs of the business.

Kevin recognized the potential of the Fintech industry in 2019 when he joined Redi2 Technologies after working in the Financial Services industry for 14 years. He joined Redi2 Technologies after leaving Brown Brothers Harriman, where he was employed as an incident manager in charge of managing high leverage and critical systems issues. Kevin graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University–Hawaii in 2005 with a major in international business management and a minor in political science. He went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration from Clark University in 2010.

Having been raised in the Boston area, Kevin loves all things New England aside from the bitter, cold winters. He and his wife, Vera, have five children and were married in the Boston Massachusetts Temple. Kevin had the privilege of serving a mission in San Pablo, Philippines. In his free time, Kevin can be found cheering on his favorite Boston sports teams, player-coaching the company softball team, or climbing the leaderboard on his Peloton. Kevin is excited to return to his alma mater for APCC and to have the opportunity to mentor students on pursuing their career goals!

Lianna Kinard


Lianna Kinard is vice president of marketing for the Buckner Company, an insurance broker located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lianna is a graduate of the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, where she received a B.A. in marketing. She is currently pursuing her Master's of Liberal Arts in general management from Harvard University.

Lianna began her marketing career at KUED Channel 7, PBS affiliate. Shortly after, she became marketing manager for Utah Disaster Kleenup, the largest restoration firm in Utah. She managed all public safety fire officials in the state as well as over 300 independent and captive insurance agencies throughout Utah. She developed the largest fire department contract with the two largest agencies in Utah, making it the most profitable arm of their business. From there, she moved to Utah Business Insurance Company (UBIC) to serve as vice president of marketing. Advancing in her career, she managed 190 appointed agencies throughout Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Her time there was invaluable, helping the firm experience double-digit growth for three consecutive years. Buckner, who was a current client of UBIC, offered her vice president of marketing in 2016. Lianna manages the firm’s brand communications and marketing strategy for six offices. She has been instrumental in their rebrand and, while at Buckner, helped them jump 23 spots on the national insurance broker listing within two years of joining the agency.

Lianna is passionate about education and giving back to the community. She currently serves on three advisory boards. She is chairman of the board for the David Eccles School of Business Alumni Board, on the Board of Trustees for Hale Centre Theatre, and serves as vice chair for Utah Polynesian Professionals Board of Directors. She has previously held committee positions for the following organizations: Thanksgiving Point, Loveland Living Aquarium, American Red Cross Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter, National Fallen Firefighters, Utah Association of Independent Insurance Agents, University of Utah Children’s Burn Camp, and Kid’s Chance of Utah.

Her awards include the National Association of Insurance Professionals Rookie of the Year (2010), Utah Association of Independent Insurance Agents Company Person of the Year (2013), Insurance Business America Elite Women in Insurance (2018), Utah Business Magazine’s Sales & Marketer of the Year (2019) and most recently, the David Eccles School of Business Rising Star Award (2019).

In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with her two small children, Khloe and Crew. Born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii, she travels home often to be near the ocean.

Logan Gillette


Logan is the assistant dean of graduate admissions and recruitment. He currently oversees all recruitment, admission, and enrollment processes for the approximately 3,000 domestic and international applicants who apply to BYU’s 90+ graduate programs each year.

Michael Dorff


Michael Dorff is a former department chair of mathematics at Brigham Young University. In 2019-2021, he was president of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) which is the largest national organization that focuses on the teaching, learning, and promoting of undergraduate level mathematics. He is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a Fulbright Scholar in Poland. He received the Council on Undergraduate Research CUR’s Fellows Award for his work in mentoring and promoting undergraduate research, the MAA national Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics, and the BYU Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award. Also, he is a member of the steering committee for the East African Centre for Mathematical Research in Uganda.

He is a convert to the Church, served a mission in Chicago, and is married with five daughters. His interests include STEM careers in industry, data science, and promoting mathematics to the general public. He has published 64 articles and four books on mathematics, teaching, and promoting mathematics, and he has given over 500 talks in the U.S. and in 20 countries on mathematics and education ranging from topics from math and soap bubbles to how math is used in Hollywood movies. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, writing, and traveling (he has traveled to 49 U.S. states and 48 countries). For more about him, check out the BYU video A Thing of Beauty: Soap Bubbles and his 2018 BYU Devotional.

Michael Leonard


Michael Leonard joined the McKay School of Education in 2019. He leads the external relations team with responsibilities for outreach initiatives including donor, alumni, and public relations, recruitment, mentoring, and data/website development. He has spent the majority of his career in education, most recently serving as executive director for the nonprofit Launching Leaders Worldwide, assistant vice president of marketing at the University of Northern Colorado, and director of external relations at the University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business.

Michael received a bachelor’s degree in communications, and a juris doctor degree, both from BYU. He loves all things BYU, especially his family, who are also all BYU blue. Go Cougs!

Rick Tolman


Rick Tolman is the vice president of global demand at Salesforce and a digital transformation executive with 20 years of progressive experience working for companies including Pluralsight, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Domo, CNN, eBay, Ancestry, and Sun Microsystems.

He is a proud Maori from the Ngati Toa tribe, a graduate of Brigham Young University, an investor, board member, and a philanthropic cultural leader focused on building pathway programs for Polynesians and under-represented minorities to enter and develop careers in technology. Rick is a founding leader of the Asia Pacific Career Conference bringing representation from companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Twitter, Ancestry, Xant, Domo, Pluralsight, and other notable tech firms to build pathway programs with students and cultural leaders.

Sione Havili - Keynote Speaker


Sione is currently a regional vice president of customer expansion at Domo Inc., a Tech company based in American Fork, Utah. He is passionate about helping other Pacific Islanders, women, and any other under-represented minorities land breakthrough job opportunities in Tech. He’s also a strong advocate in helping convicted felons like himself find meaningful second chance employment opportunities in the workplace. He serves as the vice-chair of the Utah Polynesian Professionals. He speaks often across the country to share how he’s been able to overcome adversity and is in the process of writing an autobiography titled, “From a Mormon Mission to Maximum Security”. In October of 2021, a documentary was produced on his remarkable life journey titled, “Redeemed: The Sione Havili Story”. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart Lini Kioa, they have five beautiful kids (their oldest, Destiny, is currently a freshman at BYUH), and they reside in Sandy, Utah.