Jonny Vasic – Executive Director
|Jonny Vasic has over ten years of experience working with non-profit organizations in various roles including International Director and Director of Media. He has lobbied in Sacramento and Washington D.C. with the Humane Society of the United States and was the International Director at Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, where he was part of the team that created the critically acclaimed hit show Whale Wars for Animal Planet. He is on the Board of Directors for Surfers for Cetaceans and he is the producer of the award-winning documentary film Minds in the Water. Before Jonny’s non-profit work, he was an Executive in Charge of Production at a Los Angeles based TV production company. He was founder and president of Evergreen Oasis Entertainment, which specialized in communication with a conscience. Jonny grew up in Salt Lake City and has a keen interest living in an environment with clean air, water, and soil. His life long passion for the outdoors, a healthy environment and his love of animals combined with his experience in multi-media, has led him to work with groups that are making a real difference in people’s lives.|
Georgie Corkery – Membership and Outreach Coordinator
|Georgie Corkery was born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley. She graduated from the University of Utah with a double major in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Urban Ecology with a minor in Multi-Disciplinary Design. Beginning in college her focus has been on a wide variety of issues. For six years she worked at the University of Utah’s Edible Campus Gardens promoting sustainable and healthy food systems and hands on learning, and later worked for Green Urban Lunch Box addressing food waste and food access issues. Most recently Georgie worked for the Division of Wildlife Resources as a Wildlife Technician in Big Water, Utah, working with native and endangered fish species. In addition to her position with UPHE, Georgie is the conversation chair on the board of Great Salt Lake Audubon, focusing on wetland conversation issues. Outside of work, Georgie is an outdoor enthusiast who loves exploring Utah’s wilderness, an avid farmer’s market attendee, and a proud Utah citizen who loves her Salt Lake City community. By promoting awareness and education of environmental issues, she hopes to inspire passion in others to protect and care for the beautiful state of Utah.|
Bert Merrill – Education and Outreach Coordinator – Lead Safe Housing Program
|Bert Merrill is a native Utahan who was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He graduated from Westminster College with a degree in Public Health and a minor in Biology. While at Westminster College, Bert was an active member of the college community being a member of the Men’s Lacrosse team, ACS club and a Title IX peer educator. Throughout his time at Westminster, Bert has been dedicated to giving back to the community and looks to continue this dedication into his career. Pursuing a career in medicine and public health, Bert is striving to find a balance between clinical medicine and environmental health.
Bert started at UPHE as an intern and has since become a full time staff member helping conduct outreach for Salt Lake County’s Lead Safe Housing Program. Bert strives to protect families from lead poisoning by promoting home remediation and lead testing in children.
When not at UPHE, you will find Bert on the slopes, seeing live music or cheering on the Utah Utes.
UPHE Board of Directors
Brian Moench, M.D., Board President
|Dr. Moench is a former faculty member of the University of Utah Honors Program, teaching public health and the environment. He was the former chairman, Dept. of Anesthesia, Holy Cross Hospital and has been in private practice anesthesia at Holy Cross Hospital, LDS Hospital, and Intermountain Medical Center since 1981.Over the last eight years he has given hundreds of community and academic lectures and power point presentations, written about 90 Op Eds for newspapers throughout the country, and has helped communities in Utah, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Alaska, Nevada and British Columbia organize opposition to polluting industries. He has been an expert witness and written court briefs for pollution lawsuits, has met with top EPA officials, and was nominated by the Obama Administration at a Washington, DC conference as one of 50 finalists to receive the award “Champion of Change” for his work on global warming.[Education] [Certifications/Memberships] [Contact]|
Park W. Willis IV, MD, FACP, Board Vice-President
Scott Pynes, Board Treasurer
Janice Evans, Board Member
Dr. Macfarlane, Board Member
Kirtly Parker Jones, M.D., Board Member
Richard Kanner, M.D., Board Member
|Dr. Kanner has been a UPHE board member since it was founded in 2007. He has represented UPHE by testifying before numerous Utah legislative committees. He also contributes to UPHE by writing letters to the editor and op-eds to the Salt Lake City Tribune and Deseret News.He is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. As a Pulmonologist, Dr. Kanner has research interests in the area of chronic lung disease and health effects of air pollution. Dr. Kanner also served on the Utah Department of Air Quality Board from 1988 to 1997, the latter two years for which he served as Chair.[Education] [Certifications/Memberships] [Contact]|
Sara E. H. Johnson, Board Member
|Dr. Sara E. H. Johnson grew up in Duluth, Minnesota on the shore of Lake Superior. She completed her undergraduate education in Psychology and Spanish at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks North Dakota. After college she enjoyed a short career in social work working with both adults with developmental delay and traumatic brain injury. In 1994 she moved to Salt Lake City with her husband and in 1997 started her next phase of education completing medical school a Master’s of Public Health and Pediatric Residency at the University of Utah. Dr. Johnson is a board certified Pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Johnson worked in a shared/solo practice downtown Salt Lake for the first nine years after residency then relocated to Comfort Care Pediatrics in the fall of 2014 to enjoy a larger group of practice setting. She is happily taking new patients from birth to late adolescence with a particular interest in wellness and preventative health. When not working Dr. Johnson enjoys free time with her husband and two children running the trials of the foothills skiing yoga travel and friends. While always missing the lake life of Minnesota she has embraced all the beauty of the Wasatch Mountains and fun that Utah has to offer.|