Board President / CEO
Founder of Alpine Valley Academy, Inc. Board Member of Agency Based Education. Former President, Utah Association of Charter Schools. Former Vice Chairman, Utah State Board of Education. Former Financial Committee Chairman, Utah State Board of Education. Former Western Director, National Association of State Boards of Education. Former Vice Chairman, Utah County Republican Party.
President, Utah Valley Schools. Former Founder and Vice President, Wilcox Associates Inc., part of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. He has worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Arthur D. Little, Inc. a management consulting firm, and GTE Sylvania.
Hannah DeForest has spent the last 13 years happily homeschooling her 5 daughters. Along the way she has discovered the joy of seeing her children learn in a natural, spontaneous, and relevant way and rekindled her own love for learning and seeking truth. Hannah studied art at Brigham Young University and continues to love creating in any way she can, currently learning sculpture and pottery. She is passionate about principles of good government, self-reliance, family history, and great art!
Hannah was born and raised in the beautiful state of Maine, though she has lived here in Utah for most of her adult life, with brief stints in Maine and Northern Virginia. She is married to Tom DeForest, a UX Designer, and they currently reside in Herriman with their children.
An avid proponent of the Sudbury Valley School model for 25 years, having served as chairman of a parent committee to create Utah’s first Sudbury school in 1993. Studied Math Education, Computer Science and Political Science at BYU, graduating with a Bachelors in 1991. A Business Analyst by nature and experience, Jesse has enjoyed a long career launching, improving, and streamlining businesses to increase revenues, automate processes, and designing & implementing marketing strategies.
A 7th generation Texan who transplanted to Utah in 1980, Jesse is the father of 5 adult children who have brought him 5 grandchildren… so far. He and his wife Celeste, an elementary school teacher, have resided in Salem, Utah for 19 years.
Experienced User Experience Manager with a demonstrated history of making meaningful change. Skilled in UX Design, User Testing, User Research, and related tools and skills. Strong information technology professional with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in Design from Brigham Young University.