2017 Board of Directors
Board members serve for three year terms with a normal limit of two terms. Board members are volunteers and receive no financial remuneration for their service.
Erin L. Castro - Erin is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy and a Faculty Fellow at the University of Utah. She is a distinguished researcher, author, and lecturer on a wide range of subjects centered on postsecondary education and equity. She is an Instructor Affiliate with the Education Justice Project, a program providing higher educational opportunities to students who are incarcerated in central Illinois. She received her B.S. and Masters Degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Erin joined the Board in 2015.
Heidi Chamorro (Secretary) - Heidi Chamorro graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2015 and is a California barred attorney who currently clerks for the law firm of Stowell Crayk & Bown, PLLC. She resides near Salt Lake City, Utah. She served as an intern for the ACLU of Utah in 2012 in a project, in conjunction with several community groups, which helped disseminate information and make resources available for undocumented youth to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). In 2014 she joined the board for the ACLU and currently serves as the secretary on the executive committee.
Gina Cornia - Gina has served as Executive Director of Utahns Against Hunger since 2001. She has been involved in community welfare, employment, food policy, and mental health care work since 1993. She is a founding member of the Salt Lake Food Policy Task Force. She also works with Downtown Alliance Farmers Market at the food stamps booth. She served on the board of the People’s Market from 2009 to 2012. Gina received a Bachelors Degree in Environment and Behavior from The University of Utah in 1992. Gina joined the board in 2014.
Forrest Crawford - Forrest has served Weber State University in various capacities since 1977 including Assistant to the President for Diversity for 17 years. He is a co-founder of several organizations including the Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission and the Utah Black Education Forum. Forrest has received numerous awards for his civic engagement like the NAACP’s Medgar Evers Medal of Freedom, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Civil Rights Award and Pete Suazo Memorial Award for Life-Time Community Service. He has chaired and served on many boards and commissions including the Utah Disability Law Center and Northern Utah Coalition for HIV/AIDS Education. He has received a B.S. from Weber State College, a Masters Degree from the University of Utah, and a Doctorate from BYU. Forrest joined the Board in 2015.
Roni Jo Draper - Roni is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education of the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University. Recently, she has turned to queer pedagogical approaches to her work with teachers to help them rethink their taken-for-granted notions about teaching, learning, literacies, and the children and families they serve in schools. In addition to her university work, Roni Jo works as an advocate in the LDS LGBTQ community and serves as the vice-president of the Utah County chapter of PFLAG. She is a former high school mathematics teacher who worked primarily with adolescents at risk of not completing high school. Roni Jo earned her Bachelors of Science, masters, and doctoral degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Rachel Elliott - Rachel is currently completing her Ph.D. research in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah where she received her Master’s degree. For the last 13 years she has worked as a Principal Aerospace Engineer for Southwest Research Institute embedded in Air Force offices at Hill AFB. Rachel is an unashamed and unafraid transgender woman who is enjoying her empty nest after parenting two children. She supports her community as a Board member for Outreach Resource Centers and is a popular speaker/trainer at companies, government agencies, conferences, and events. Rachel also facilitates support groups for trans and gender non-conforming youth, their parents and allies. Rachel and her partner, Michelle, live in Centerville. Rachel joined the board in 2016.
Russell Fericks - Russell is an attorney in Salt Lake City with Richards Brandt Miller Nelson. His area of practice includes real estate, construction, business contracts and insurance. He graduated from S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 1982. He is active with the Salt Lake Rotary Club and has served as a Little League Baseball Coach and Cubmaster/Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America. Russell joined the board in 2013.
Barry Gomberg (Affirmative Action Officer) - Barry is the Executive Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at Weber State University in Ogden. He investigates complaints of discrimination and harassment for the institution, provides civil rights training for employees and administers the institution's affirmative action plan. He has been a school teacher, an educational equity specialist in race and sex desegregation and has practiced law, focusing on civil rights. Barry has taught a variety of courses at Weber State, including Constitutional Law, School Law, Employment and Labor Law and Criminal Justice. He graduated Cum Laude with a J.D. from Indiana University Law School. Barry joined the board in 2012.
Danielle Hawkes (Vice President) - Danielle is an attorney working in Salt Lake City where she has been named 2014 Best Lawyer by Q Salt Lake Magazine. She has also received awards including the Reproductive Justice & Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship and Outstanding Law Graduate from the National Association of Women Lawyers. Her current practice is focused on family law, criminal defense and LGBT rights. Danielle graduated from S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, and also received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Utah. Danielle joined the Board in 2015.
Brian King - Brian has served Utah House District 28 since 2008, currently as House Minority Leader. When not at the legislature, Brian is a practicing attorney who focuses on plaintiffs who were improperly denied health, life or disability insurance. He is also a past president of the Utah Association for Justice (formerly Utah Trial Lawyers Association). Brian and his wife have raised four daughters in the Salt Lake Valley and have loved every minute of it. Their family continues to be involved in church, school and community service.
Roderic Land (National ACLU Board Representative) - Roderic is Special Assistant to the President at Salt Lake Community College. Previously he was Associate Director of the Department of Human Services for Salt Lake County and an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah specializing in cultural/ethnic studies and educational policy. Roderic received his Doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois in 2005. Roderic joined the board in 2013 and serves as the ACLU of Utah’s representative to the national ACLU Board.
Clemens Landau (Legal Panel Representative) - Clemens is an appellate attorney with Zimmerman Jones Booher LLC. Since 2012 he has been annually recognized as a Mountain States Super Lawyer Rising Star. He serves on the Executive Board of the Salt Lake County Bar Association, as well as on the Appellate Practice Section of the Utah State Bar, and has been a member of the ACLU of Utah Legal Panel since 2010. Clemens graduated from S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 2008, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Law Review. He lives in Salt Lake City with his family. Clemens joined the board in 2016.
Bill Orchow (Treasurer) - Bill has over 40 years experience in executive and financial management, strategic planning, and legislative lobbying in the global mining industry. He continues to serve as a consultant and board member for several companies as well as the Board of Trustees for Westminster College. Bill has served on the ACLU of Utah Board of Directors from 1988 to 1993 and 1995 to 1997 serving as President & Treasurer during his tenure. Currently, he is a member of the ACLU of Utah Finance and Investment Committee. Bill received a Bachelor of Science from the College of Emporia in Kansas. Bill returned to the board in 2014.
Suresh Venkatasubramanian - Suresh has worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Utah, since 2007. He completed his undergraduate work in India and his Ph.D at Stanford University. Suresh’s background is in theoretical computer science: the study of the intrinsic complexity of computations, with an interest in problems of data analysis. Suresh, as a sci-fi fan, has spent many years reading and studying about the possibilities of our machine-enhanced future - living in a world where our decisions are controlled (or nudged) by algorithms that learn things about us. He realizes that we’re barreling into a future driven by algorithms that aren’t that smart, and aren’t particularly fair, and is interested in finding out how we might fix this.
Michael Weinholtz (President) - Michael serves as CEO of CHG Healthcare Services and has been involved in business and community affairs in Utah for over 15 years. He serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of Salt Lake, the Board of Governors of Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees of Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School, and on Equality Utah's Business Council. Michael received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Eckerd College. Michael joined the board in 2014.
Robert Wood - Robert runs his own financial consulting business. Through his more than thirty-five years of business experience, Robert has been involved in business start-ups, mergers, acquisitions, and organizational restructuring. He has served on the Board of Directors of Rowland Hall-St Mark’s School and the Salt Lake Legal Aid Society. Robert joined the Board in 2001 and served as President from 2009 to 2013. After a leave of absence in 2014, Robert rejoined the Board in May 2016.