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“Nominate a Star” Nominees from Broadway at the Eccles, presented by Zions Bank, and Broadway Across America

October 29th, 2020 | By Lily Robinson

During this time of challenge and change, Broadway at the Eccles were looking for local stars who’ve gone above and beyond for the community. These game-changers could be on the front lines, in healthcare, organizing community events, finding creative solutions to problems, teaching in social distance or leading the fight against inequality. We wanted to celebrate the stars who are helping our communities be safer, more inclusive and all together better for all of us – just like the arts!

 

Thank you to the wonderful members of the Salt Lake City community who nominated their friends, family, and coworkers for our Nominate a Star campaign! We reviewed the nominees and chose five winners, who will each receive four tickets to an upcoming show when Broadway returns to the Eccles Theater. All the nominations we received were inspiring and heartwarming, and we are thrilled to share our winners and other nominations.

 

Winners

  • Ashley Dern, nominated by Rosie Skinner: Ashley is amazing! She is an emergency room nurse dealing with the COVID pandemic daily. She loves the work she does and loves saving lives. She works countless 12-hour shifts in order to help the community around her be better. Even with all the PPE, she caught [the coronavirus] early in the pandemic, quarantined, did what she was supposed [to do,] and went back to work! She still struggles with symptoms but is such a fighter! Her husband in a fire chief and has been involved in all the wild fires we have had locally, saving people’s lives. They are an amazing family and Ashley deserves to be your star. She is brialliant, selfless, hardworking, and one of the most loving people you will meet!

 

  • Ha (Happi) Khong, nominated by Tami Lemon: Selfless. Endlessly Optimistic. Humorous. Hard working. Generous. Essential.Purchased food/meds and had them delivered to a coworker that was COVID positive.Worked from home for city health department doing contact tracing her entire 14 day quarantine when she contracted COVID-19 from a coworker.Asked for my personal bank account when she found out our family was impacted by a 35% reduction in salary. Working two jobs for money to help others. When I asked her how she was doing working 12-14 hour days at the county health department then working weekends atT.J. Maxx she responded, “When we heard patients appreciated the calls and feel we care about them, that make my tired go away.”Made dinner for 150 workers at the Salt Lake City health Dept… funds weren’t available to feed Saturday workers so she bought and made the food at home and brought it in to the office. TWICE!!Was awarded a certificate by the CDC as an honored collaborator. They tried to recruit her back to their Chicago office.

    She never stops. She reaches to help care for neighbors pets, nieces and nephews, her elderly mother who lives in her home, and has recently opened her home to a single mom and her children that had no where to stay. On the phones she is nicknamed “The COVID Lady” as she calls and reassures community members how to best survive [coronavirus], how to quarantine and safely re-enter life after staying home, and she always uses her sense of humor to put people at ease during a VERY tense andoften upsetting time of life.

 

  • Penny Caywood, nominated by Julie Bartel: Mid-production when COVID hit, Penny pivoted to online theater for kids [aged five to 18], successfully teaching and producing entirely online, giving hundreds of kids the chance to connect and perform. This is Penny at her most innovative and caring, one example of why Youth Theatre at the U, is so special.

 

  • Scott Gardner, nominated by Susan Black: Scott Gardner is my next door neighbor. He works as a PA in the ER at Intermountain Medical Center. He left his wife and two elementary school age children (twins about age nine) in March/April to go to New York to assist their overwhelmed hospitals. I saw Scott walking to his front door on the day he came home when I went outside to get my mail. He paused and took a deep breath to gather his strength before entering his home. He looked exhausted and I’m sure he wanted to act excited to see his family. He didn’t see me, and I did not want to divert his attention or drain his strength by interacting with him before he saw his family. He and his family deserve a night out at the theater for their selfless sacrifice. He does not know I am nominating him; I would like it to be a surprise.

 

  • Scott Hunter
    • Nominated by Dalton Perry: Bountiful, UTScott is our curriculum instructor at Spectrum Academy. He works tirelessly to help all teachers and staff. He is working to make our school more inclusive of all children. He literally works around the clock for little to no teacher pay.
    • Nominated by Emily Bodecker: Scott Hunter is a local super hero for our Spectrum Academy family. Scott is an instructional coach for our NSL elementary school and he goes ABOVE AND BEYOND for all of the teachers and staff. To prepare for this school year, Scott painted classrooms, moved furniture, climbed ladders, built cabinets, cleaned desk, supported new staff in the elementary school and the high school, and much much more. He makes time to check in personally with each staff member to see how they are feeling and if they need any help. He is the reason that this school runs so smoothly.

 

Nominations

  • Aaron Coon, nominated by Andrew Alves: As a pharmacist I see Aaron working 14 hour shifts day after day to help everyone to feel safe and get the medications they need. Sometimes people are so rude to him and he still put a smile on his face and does his very best since COVID started. He is a hero and most of the times people do not realize all the sacrifice he has done to help this world. After so many humanitarian services worldwide, now he save the world here in UT. He deserves to have some fun at Eccles!!!!
  • Aimee McComb, nominated by James Rohling:  She has one of the most popular classes at her school and has built an amazing theatre program. She works incredibly hard to put on productions for her students and helps them find their creativity.
  • Alex Boye, nominated by David Jack: Extremely talented, fun to listen to, audience friendly, compassionate, active in community, dedicated to enhancing enjoyment of both performers and listeners
  • Ali Snow
    • Nominated by Alli Nielson: During the quarantine Ali was such a sport about learning High and teaching us in the street. She is now High certified and is so awesome!! She really got us through that rough time!
    • Nominated by Amy Williams: Ali is a saint and deserves this because she helped keep our neighborhood sane during quarantine! She took time to learn High Fitness songs, get certified and teach free classes outside, social distance-style, to the ladies in our neighborhood. It was what we looked forward to each week!
    • Nominated by Brooke Painter: During quarantine Ali spent so much of her own time and money to learn HIGH fitness routines to teach us neighborhood mamas. It was such a life saver to get out and move and get those happy endorphins to get us through our crazy days being at home and homeschool our crazy littles.
    • Nominated by Jessica Wilkey: Ali is so wonderful! During the COVID-19 quarantine she spend so much time teach High Fitness in the street quarantine-style all for FREE!!!
    • Nominated by Liz Tomlinson: She spent countless hours creating free daily fitness classes for our neighborhood that she lead out on the street (six feet apart) during quarantine. She kept us all sane during a trying time.
  • Alisha, nominated by Karla Webb: Alisha is a very hard worker at my grocery store (Maceys at 4500 S Highland Drive). She has been hard at work sanitizing carts and shopping area to help make us feel safe. She works outside a lot during her shift because the sanitizing station is in the heat. Smile on her face no matter what assignment they give her. My hero.
  • Alyssa Levy, nominated by Janet Morley: Alyssa is a gifted therapist working with autistic children and other children with severe problems and their parents. She is kind, knowledgeable, and goes the extra mile to ensure the best for her clients.
  • Andee Forgren, nominated by Darlene Van Vleet: Andee, is a teacher aid at Legacy Junior high in Layton, Utah. When school was canceled due to the pandemic, my special needs son did hardly anything and I struggled to help him by myself, because I was a teacher too with a class to teach remotely, and my husband has long 60-70 work weeks, plus I had two high schoolers struggling to do their remote work and one trying to graduate plus a married son having struggles. Andee came to the rescue by getting on Zoom with him many times, and working with a very hard student with patience and grace. If he was not able to work at a scheduled time she made another appointment a few minutes later so he could get himself ready to work. She broke up his work into manageable parts so he could do it. Andee helped him succeed [in] school.
  • Andy Jackson, nominated by Melanie Malloy Yates: He is a Sgt. with the SLCPD. He has worked tirelessly keeping Utah citizens safe his whole adult life as a cop. He has saved countless lives and has selflessly given everything he had to this community. The same community that has violently protested against them. He is so emotionally strong to be able to endure the abuse and keep putting himself in harms way every day to protect and serve the very people that are trying to destroy him.
  • Dr. Angela Dunn
    • Nominated by Brook Dorff: Dr Dunn has gone above and beyond being the stage epidemiologist. As her colleague, I have seen her work tirelessly, and seen her calm, poised leadership during the pandemic. She cares about Utah, and she cares about doing the right thing!
    • Nominated by Celia Ward: She’s smart, knowledgeable, and I admire her.
  • Angela Kirk, nominated by Bonnie Greenwood: Angela Kirk is an extremely devoted person as she makes a difference in the lives of others. She spends her time taking care of other teachers’ children, as well as whoever needs help. She continually sees the needs of people and quietly attends to them, making their lives less stressful, and bringing much joy, asking nothing in return. She gives to all.
  • April Johnson
    • Nominated by Bonnie Greenwood: April Johnson is a loving, wonderful fourth grade teacher at Viewmont Elementary School and I am lucky enough to call her my daughter-in-law.She cares so much about her students and how they progress and grow and is always prepared with great lessons. During the last part of the 2020 school year when many had to work and teach from home, April set up a cute classroom on line and held class as close to real as possible. The kids always wanted to see her cats first thing and then they would talk about their pets, followed by a well-prepared lesson. She would make sure all students were involved. There were many tears when she had to say goodbye for the summer and now she will begin a new school year. Extremely nervous about coronavirus but she will be in her classroom ready and willing to greet her new students. Educating her students comes first and I’m so proud of her.
    • Nominated by Shelly Airmet: April is an experienced and dedicated first grade teacher who has always worked long hours every day during the school year to give her students the best educational opportunities. She teaches academic skills and ethical values with love.
  • April Williams, nominated by Andrew Williams: She has worked to maintain airport infrastructure by organizing response to cases within the airports in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona to ensure that necessary actions are taken to keep air traffic control towers open and airports running. She has worked overnight after her daytime shift to clean buildings that have had people with COVID-19 in them so they can still function the next day. She has gone beyond her call of duty and sacrificed to help others during the pandemic.
  • Ashleigh Clayton, nominated by Brent Clayton: Ashleigh Clayton is a local star. She works in the lab at the Veterans Hospital and works hard throughout the pandemic to ensure our veterans are taken care of properly. Ashleigh also plays the harp and volunteers to play for patients who are on hospice, providing a much needed service to those in need of care.
  • Ashley England, nominated by Holly Speer: Ashley is my sister. She works as a dental hygienist and is exposed to potential carriers of COVID at her job, but she does not back down because she loves what she does and loves to care for her patients. She even had a baby in the midst of this pandemic. She is basically superwoman.
  • Beng Lay Kou, nominated by Nathan Kou: She is a third grade Chinese dual immersion teacher, who loves her children and job. After the school year ends, she spends her whole summer preparing for her next-years students, hardly ever taking a break to enjoy her summer vacation, in hopes her future students can have their best year yet.
  • Bonnie O’Brien, nominated by Kristy Maple: My nominee is not only a rockstar teacher, but she’s spent time during the pandemic finding, fixing and setting up lower-income families (kids and adults) with bicycles so they don’t have to rely on public transportation while health and safety is such a concern.
  • Brad Evans, Lisa Bergantz: Mr. Evans teaches middle school social studies teacher at Bonneville Academy… and he teaches passion for life and goodness. He inspires students to achieve their goals. He loves being with the students (crumpled paper basketball games, throwing chalk as he gallops in a stampede at the color run…). He’s AMAZING!
  • Braden Creviston, nominated by Kelly Creviston: Braden is young, only 22-years-old, but he has been at Smiths stocking produce every day. He was made an assistant manager in his department in the beginning of the COVID outbreak. He has worked tirelessly stocking produce without taking time off. He cheerfully helps his customers and is a stand-up young man.
  • Brandy Romero, nominated by Brian Flandro: Brandy is hands on working with clients at Utah AIDS Foundation with the weekly food bank, back to school backpacks with supplies, holiday gift baskets, and dinners. She also arranges activities throughout the year. She treats every client as if they were her only client. Thanks Brandy!
  • Briana Sisofo, nominated by Anne Asman: Briana has an MS in Gerontology and has dedicated her career to improving their quality of life older adults in rural communities and long-term facilities. She has reached out extensively during COVID-19 to bring engagement to these individuals experiencing social isolation. She spends time talking to them and determining their needs and concerns during this uncertain time. Then she guides them to resources or just simply touches base with them regularly so they know that not forgotten and cared for.
  • Brioni Bucheger, nominated by Mallory Miller: When COVID hit, Bri started working graveyard [shifts] to make bread for our local grocery store. She uses those skills to bake for friends and family. All while maintaining an aid position at a local elementary school in order to create a stable environment for a couple of students with autism and throughout summer. She takes my kids on safe outings and regularly checks up on friends all around. At only 20 [years old,] she is wise and caring beyond her years. Living away from any family of her own she has become self-sufficient and giving. She will be attending school at UVU to continue her teaching degree with an emphasis in autism.
  • Broolynn Pulver Kohler, nominated by Kirk Garrett: She can do it all. She can act in any role (lead or support), she has amazing pipes, and is simply a caring and amazing person. I have watched her grow over the past 18 years into a local superstar, dominating the stage in any character she plays.
  • Bryan Done, nominated by Elisha Carroll: He is a 22 year-old amazing and really talented freestyle and lyrical rapper with a heart condition as he is running out of time
  • Brynn Christensen, nominated by Amy Goodrich: Brynn is a teachers’ aide for students with special needs. She was willing to devote many hours of her summer break to continue tutoring a child-so that he would not regress during the summer months. I have seen her gladly taking meals, clothing, misc items to those who are in need and in unusual situations. What is most impressive is she funds and financially sacrifices what she has for others.
  • Cameron Pacheco, nominated by Lori Watts: Cameron is amazing. He is an essential worker working as a pharmacy technician at our local hospital. He is an extremely hard worker. Always helping others and always has a smile on his face even if you have to see that smile through his eyes because we live in masks during this crazy time. He loves all things Broadway and theater, and especially loves your theater. He is humble and kind and deserves this amazing prize because of the wonderful person he is.
  • Cami Palmer, nominated by Robert Greenwald: Cami was a first-year teacher, and she was assigned to an elementary school in the Murray School District in a poor area with students from disadvantaged students. She excelled in the classroom with these students, and did her best to make each one of them feel special and develop a positive self-image. In spite of the trying circumstances, she enjoyed her work and loved each student.
  • Camille Chandler, nominated by Tav Terry: She is a nurse that works tirelessly extra hours to help the community during this time of need, always willing to help others and is the most loving person to all.
  • Carie Diederich, nominated by Amy Goodrich: Carie gives her all as a nurse at IMC. When she returns, she checks and visits neighbors, takes them meals, helps with health issues, without thanks, praise, or pay. Always willing to jump in and help anyone–she is a first responder to any stranger. Silent hero!
  • Carol Tanner
    • Nominated by Anna Tanner: My mom is a Physicians Assistant and is a star in our hometown as she has helped provide healthcare for those in her family care clinic during this pandemic. She works hard every day to care for those needs to provide for our family. She works long hours for those in our community.
    • Nominated by Jonathan Tanner: Carol is such a hard working woman. She is a Physician Assistant at Hillside Medical Clinic, and is an amazing caretaker for her patients. She is willing to do what it takes to take care of her patients during this coronavirus, so they can stay well taken care of. She is my hero.
  • Carolyn Gough, nominated by Clin Eaton: Carolyn in the principal at Riverton High School. Not only is she a huge supporter of the performing arts, as principal of Riverton High School she has had to work tirelessly through the conversion of traditional school to online school back in March, organize an online graduation ceremony for over 700 seniors, and work throughout the summer to prepare for a safe return of students to school when state and national directives change every day. She’s had to put in so much overtime in state and district meetings to gain a handle on what is happening with education in Utah — while remaining to be a cheerleader to students and teachers in starting a new school year with a lot of nervousness and uncertainty. She is a hero to the faculty, students, and staff of Riverton High.
  • Catherine Anderson, nominated by Jon Newman: This 29-year-old speech pathologist at Intermountain Medical Center puts her time into blessing lives. She is in every unit, helping patients swallow, gain nutrition or go on a feeding tube to save them from pneumonia or choking. The tracheostomy’s during COVID have patients needing [to] speak again and learn how to continue life. She has patients cry as they know they can eat, gain strength and speak again after COVID, strokes, or surgery.She gives her all. [At] a time when the doctors and nurses are obvious heroes. She’s unsung unless you’ve been her patient!
  • Cenise Richmond, nominated by Kelly Hadlock: Cenise is a 2020 Graduate from Herriman High. She works at the daybreak Smiths in the deli until Basic Training opens up in a couple months for her group. She has joined Active Duty Airforce and will be serving our country in the medical field.She for many years battled a painful bone tumor in her spine which three years ago was successful removed and had a 100% recovery, thanks to the wonderful medical personnel at Primary Children’s.She over came all of this with a beautiful smile and a beautiful heart. She goes out of her way to help and support others always. She is my, and should be our, local hero!
  • Chelsey Westbroek, nominated by Kimberlee Marker: Chelsey runs local non-profit, The HoneyBea Foundation. She’s a wife and mother and works several jobs as well as attending school full-time aiming for a special education teaching degree. Last winter she ran a project making sleeping mats for homeless teens. Her latest is collecting back to school necessities for children in need. She nearly met her goal and received a call from another local principal who had been given her name, so she extended her goal to meet the need.
  • Chelsie Mahoney, nominated by Ellie Sindar: She goes far and beyond her job, she makes you feel better about yourself when you need to be cheered up. She works as a barista [at] Pinned Coffee Co and she is great with people who come in to her work and she always take the time to make sure that you get what you ordered.
  • Cheryl Adamson, nominated by Mary O’Neill: Cheryl has given her life in dedication to children with special needs. RAH (Recreation And Habilitation Services) [is] a non-profit. She has gone without pay many times in order to provide services to the participants. RAH is unique, as is Cheryl, a quiet lady that works endlessly for all the special needs children of Utah County.
  • Chris Corey, nominated by Travis McKee: Chris is an IT worker for [Utah] Health. Throughout the COVID crisis, he has been a rock for everyone who knows him, works with him, or interacts with him professionally or personally. He has gone above and beyond with everything and everyone that he comes in contact with. He brings a smile to faces, eases burdens, and stresses everywhere he goes and still achieves the impossible by making the hospital he supports continue to operate even under amazingly stressful circumstances.
  • Chris McGrath, nominated by Mardene McGrath: Chris is a grocery worker at Macey’s in Orem, UT. He worked every day except one since this pandemic began. He has taken extra precautions to keep his family safe, but ensuring he is clean and disinfected when he returns home each night. The only day he missed work was when his son had to be tested for covid and he couldn’t return to work until the test was found to be negative, which it was, thankfully. Chris is a devoted employee and family man.
  • Christian Orr, nominated by Ben Orr: My older brother is a nurse at Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City. For years (and even more so during these few months), he’s been tirelessly working days and nights to save up for medical school. Right now he’s a great nurse and hard worker, but someday he’ll be an even greater physician on Utah’s front lines! A lot of people don’t know him, but to those that do he’s an outstanding example.
  • Christina Wagstaff, nominated by Mandy Figueroa: My amazing sister has been working in person in her hometown grocery store full time, while (very) pregnant with her third child. She’s been going in as early as 5 a.m. every morning to make sure that the prices are correct and the store is ready for customers. She would love this opportunity to have a date night with her (also theater-loving) husband after the baby is born!
  • Christine Whatcott, nominated by Katrice MacKay: She’s done so many things to make this year more livableShe’s a fourth grade teacher and she went above and beyond when school went to the home. She actually visited reach home with STEM kits, and other learning hands-on tools to keep kids engaged. She did personal Zoom and a more personalized approach than any other teacher I worked with or heard about. During the summer, she works at Riverside pool. She went out of her way to make swim team and lessons available for the members AND non-members. She had to change cleaning practices, the normal structure of swim team and classes, re-train employees, rework the pool set-up–she spent days making it possible and then every day they had it was more work for her in execution. She had to put in so many extra hours.She also hosted a kids camp through Riverside. The kids LOVED it. They were so ready for human interaction and teaching. She had STEM projects, dance, tennis, cooking–all while adhering to COVID guidelines. Kids and parents were so grateful! It was actually a magical experience on all sides because the kids were more captivated and engaged than ever before.She just got a district job and closed her classroom for the first time in 22 years. She’s crushed so many children’s lives and is still doing it. She’s constantly thinking how she can help the children in her community.
  • Connie Rauterhausen, nominated by Michelle Gatta: Connie is a local star in many ways. She supports community theater by serving on the board for Schenectady Light Opera Company. Connie also costumes many of our shows there. During the pandemic she used her seamstress skills to make colorful masks for the company’s membership. Connie is kind and is always reaching out to people in need. She also loves theater!
  • Courtney Carsey, nominated by Karalee Olson: Courtney is a teacher, coach and mother. She works endlessly creating lessons for distance learning and classes. She teaches credit recovery for students struggling to graduate. Her kids are her life. Her son struggles with speech and she continually works with him. She deserves a break and misses the arts.
  • Courtney Male, nominated by Ashley Baugh: Courtney is an exceptional O.R. nurse in Utah County. There was one month during the pandemic that she was on call for her team every single day. She advocates for her patients and sacrifices her personal time to do so. She is amazing and deserves a night out when COVID is under control.
  • Courtney Titus, nominated by Cassie Bringhurst: Courtney is the principal at Kauri Sue, a school that services children with severe special needs. Like most principals, her world was flipped upside down in March when the pandemic shut down schools. Switching to online for a school that serves students with severe special needs was not as easy feat, but Courtney led the school courageously. She spent countless hours, nights, and weekends at the school. Calling all families to see how she could best support the students academically but also emotionally. Courtney goes a step further than any other administration in the district, constantly advocating for her students and her staff and caring for them as a whole person. Because of Courtney’s leadership, everyone at Kauri Sue feels like family. Because of her roles and responsibilities at the school, Courtney has been unable to spend quality time with her three children. Courtney is always telling her staff to be mindful of their mental health and to take a break, but it’s time she was awarded a break. I think Courtney deserves this award because she is one of the most courageous, humble, and resilient leaders I know. The world right now needs more Courtneys in it.
  • David Archuleta, nominated by Osvaldo Henriquez: David is one of the best performers I know. He excels in everything he does.
  • David Baker, nominated by Tom Wing: Sandy, UTDavid has worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to provide necessary machinery for use in COVID-19 related medical device assembly (trach care products for respiratory distress patients), while also maintaining production in his toy company, Trenchworx, providing entertainment for those stuck at home in these trying times.
  • David Egbert, nominated by RaNae Dalgleish: My son Dave Egbert runs an Assisted Living [community] and has worked diligently to keep COVID out of there!! Two weeks ago, they found out they had 17 cases in the memory care unit (he has over 300 residents and staff in his building). After the horrible news, many of his staff members started quitting, a few got sick, and many food service employees were too scared to come to work. My poor son felt the weight of his residents on his shoulders and had to move in, leave his wife and two young children to try to keep them all safe. He is working round the clock, non-stop with his sick residents–he, himself doing CNA duties and serving food while still hoping that the virus doesn’t spread to the rest of his independent living and assisted-living residents. The whole building (all residents and all employees) has to be tested once a week by the health department until the building is clear of COVID. He is exhausted and says to me, “Mom, I feel like I’m fighting in a war zone!”
  • David Kinworthy, nominated by Caleen Kinworthy: Not only does he work three jobs, he has spent the past 14 years working 10+ hours a week volunteering for Jaks Youth Theatre Company, a non-profit based in Davis County, building sets. He gets very little recognition so I wanted to give him a shout out as our local star.
  • Deanne Casperson, nominated by Elizabeth Wada: A 2020 retiree, Deanne Casperson has worked tirelessly across Southeastern Idaho as a choir teacher and fine arts advocate. Casperson has uplifted the life of every student and community member she’s encountered, and her example of service through music during the time of COVID-19 has been a true blessing.
  • Debbi Crosby, nominated by Meghan Wall: Despite health risk-factors within her own family and constant threat of exposure to COVID-19 at work, Debbi shows up every day for preschoolers enrolled in a comprehensive mental health therapeutic preschool program for very young children who have experienced abuse, trauma, neglect or other early negative experiences. She endures really big behaviors (and frequent bites) from these kiddos in order to offer them stability and security during such uncertain times, including modeling other ways to deal with their pain. Debbi’s classroom is a safe haven for these children during a time when nothing else seems safe.
  • Debbie Myers, nominated by Megan Myers: She goes above and beyond to help those around her. She takes care of four lawns every week, washes windows for those that are sick, shops for those at risk, and she does it all for FREE!
  • Diane Crim, nominated by Idamae Hawthorn: Diane is a wonderful teacher. She works very hard to help all of her students (past, and present). She also takes care of her family. And that’s not just her husband and son, but her dad and mother-in-law. And on top of all this, she has been on the committee that formed the new school schedule for online and in [person] class. She also makes time to take student calls and is there for them throughout the summer while doing all the new format planning. And doing her own lesson plans on canvas. And that has to do with math and a little science. She is an amazing math teachers. And she never sleeps.
  • Diane Taylor, nominated by Florence DalCanto: Mrs. Taylor is the middle school band teacher at Churchill Junior High. She is not only the most amazing and inspiring teacher to ever work in this setting, teaching three levels of band, two of orchestra, choir and after school musical, she has worked tirelessly all summer to remodel the band room and be ready for socially distanced music education. She has been researching safety of wind instruments and forwarding studies to families. She has set up the sewing room at the school for service projects to sew instrument playing masks before school starts. She is smart, kind, creative and gives tirelessly to public school students and the community. She is a star and a hero.
  • Donald Johnson, nominated by Sharilyn Cobb: I nominate Don Johnson because he didn’t miss a day of work during this pandemic and has been able to help his clients. He is 82-years-old and continues to work for his clients. That’s why I’m nominating this hard worker that isn’t letting age sidetrack what’s important to him
  • Dwight Barrett, nominated by Roberta Casados Valdez: I had a major stroke (brain bleed February 26, 2019) then after four months in the hospital/rehab, I came back to work didn’t know what tp expect. Dwight came to my house and was so positive and convinced me to come back to work and helped me learn/and helped fight my way back. I still struggle daily but without Dwight I couldn’t have taken the steps I needed to get back to work.
  • Elif Ekin
    • Nominated by Bill Howard: Elif runs Divorce Cafe, providing free services to those in need of legal advice, planning, or spiritual health. She’s also known as the Baklava Bandit for dropping random bits of joy and sweetness to people in our community. An all around amazing woman!
    • Nominated by Jody Bailey: Elif is awesome. Every month she brings together many people who volunteer there professional services to help those who are going through a divorce. That is such a hard time for people. She helps to ease that by bringing resources all in one place and all for free. She even provides them with a nice treat of baklava and Turkish coffee. She provides a safe, comfortable space that I have not seen anywhere.
    • Nominated by Madison Frederick: Elif has created the Divorce Cafe. Which serves the community with support for people who have or are going through a divorce.
    • Nominated by Marlyn Knudsen: She runs Divorce Cafe and creates a safe space for people to gather when they are going through a life change. She also helps so many people gain access to legal and health resources.
    • Nominated by Sunny Flatts: Elif has selflessly provided support for divorcees as they navigate the difficult new landscape of life after divorce. By providing a space for divorcees to gather with community each month and receive pragmatic services such as financial or legal advice as well as healing services such as reiki free of charge, she enables others to step into their journey with confidence and healing on their side.
  • Elizabeth Anderson, nominated by Nathan MacArthur: Elizabeth is constantly giving. Her husband is a firefighter captain always serving the community, and Elizabeth is a nurse practitioner in trauma surgery at Primary Children’s Medical Center, and spends her other time working at our local pediatrics office giving a unique perspective of the importance of safety.
  • Emily Kuenker, nominated by Paula Zsirav: Pastor Emily was installed at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in February. After just three in-person Sundays with the congregation before the shutdown, Emily had to invent new ways of leading a congregation that were not taught in seminary. Learning names and new technologies, she has kept the congregation energized.
  • Erika Bult, nominated by Jonathan Bult: My wife has been teaching for 10 years, we have two small children and she loves what she does. Even with these perilous times she is committees to giving her students the best 11th Grade English Education possible. She also love the theatre
  • Estella Keele, nominated by Eva Gordon: Stella is a nurse who works in Care Management at Utah Valley Hospital. She is compassionate, selfless, hard working, loving and caring person. She helps all her patients and treat them as family. She is personable and excellent at her job!! She definitely earn and deserves the nomination!!
  • Fallen Vail Bayless, nominated by Claudia Mann: Besides having an amazing voice, he is an incredible actor with myriads of talent. My favorite performance was watching him change into several characters and costumes so rapidly in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He’s not only a talented singer and actor, but an incredible human being, husband and father.
  • Frederica Auger, nominated by Toni Carter: My 90-year-old husband Craig recently spent four days in the hospital and three weeks in rehab. He required a lot of assistance at home to try and gain back his independence. Federica has been a part of a previous home health company and provided compassionate care for my husband. While she is no longer with this company she was willing to come in and assist with his transition providing exceptional care and concern. Health care workers exemplify extraordinary service by continuing to provide in-home care during COVID. God bless her.
  • Feliciana Goodman, nominated by Jordan Goodman: My wife is a dedicated teacher who is motivated to support her students in and out of the class. She worked hard to connect with every kid virtually and is my hero.
  • Fred Isanga, nominated by Laura Isanga: My husband has been working at Ogden Regional Medical through this entire pandemic as a technical analyst making sure all of the technology is working for the doctors and nurses.
  • Grant Madsen, nominated by Dave Mitchell: Amazing guitar artist. The album he released is awesome.
  • Greg Barton, nominated by Ben Fox: Because he is the General Manager of Alsco Uniforms in Salt Lake City. Alsco Uniforms provides essential services to other essential businesses. His laundry facility provides scrubs, isolation gowns, sanitizer, gloves, cleaning supplies, towels, mops, and mats to local healthcare facilities, automotive shops and other small business owners to help them stay open and keep their employees healthy and safe.
  • Heather Miller, nominated by Julie Larsen: Heather is the Activities Director at an assisted living center where my father lived before he died. She has been a warrior throughout the pandemic, finding amazing ways to make this difficult time better for the residents. She goes way beyond the call of duty to be sure the people there are happy and cared for.
  • Heidi Ballou, nominated by Chelsea Ballou: My nominee is a kindergarten teacher that is very passionate about what she does. She also is a mom of four and is active in the community. She helps out in Sandy City facilities and activities often. She is one of the most thoughtful, kind-hearted, and inspiring people out there.
  • Hollie Gregory, nominated by Lillie Gregory: Hollie is constantly looking to serve anyone around her. As soon as COVID hit she supported her husband ,who is a nurse, through longer hours. Spending some nights alone so he could travel and help with the COVID calls.She shops for her mother-in-law twice a week and other elderly folk in her area. She made over 500 masks by herself to give to those in need. Even though she won’t admit it, Hollie is a star in her neighborhood eyes. She continues to amaze me everyday with her willingness to give and serve.
  • Holly Barrick, nominated by Rochelle McLelland: Holly is my daughter’s high school drama teacher. She puts in so much extra time and work to make all the students’ experience amazing. Through the pandemic she shed tears at not being able to give the kids the experience of competition and shows that couldn’t go on. She has done everything to make sure the show will go on this year, and has started practices early to ensure they have the tone to make it happen. She is inspiring and dedicated. We love her!
  • Holly Lesher, nominated by Karen Tucker: Holly is a respiratory therapist at a hospital in Salt Lake City. She goes to work without fear because she loves helping people. She is kind and gentle, patient and confident. Holly doesn’t seek recognition for what she does, she is just happy to be able to serve. Holly is one of those quiet heroes that keep our community running.
  • Jackie Hale, nominated by Laura Metcalf: My mother has been an elementary school secretary for 30 years. She puts in countless hours ensuring the school is in order — even through breast cancer. At 72-years-old, she is concerned about the risks [to] the coronavirus, but she is dedicated to the school. No one deserves this gift more.
  • Kalee Schofield, nominated by Krystal Day: Each day, teachers make a difference, once day at a time. During this pandemic, teachers are not only difference-makers, they are heroes and Ms. Jalee, a teacher at Maria Montessori Academy in North Ogden, is indeed a hero for us and a star for all she comes in contact with.
  • Jamie Sharp, nominated by Robyn Wardell: My beautiful sister Jamie Sharp, is a pickline nurse at IMC in Murray Utah. She does so much for people, not only does she do pick lines at all hours of the day for COVID patients or whatever other illnesses anyone has but she’s working overtime driving to Park City to do picklines there also on very sick patients. She also goes around I found out, she doesn’t know that I know) to the elderly neighbors that are homebound and nurses them and takes care of them when their family can’t. She has a granddaughter living with her that she takes care quite a lot. She is amazing and goes far beyond because she’s so compassionate! I love her! Please consider her for your contest. Thank you so much!!
  • Jared Rounds, nominated by Caroline Robbins: As a theatre teacher, when the schools shut down and went online, Jared went above and beyond to make sure his students could still perform their final show through the internet. He loves his students and is committed to their success.
  • Jason Campbell, nominated by LaDuska Barrett: Jason is the choir and theater teacher at Central Davis Jr High, they were in the process of preparing to do Frozen when COVID hit. He decided that COVID was not going to stop the production, he continued with Zoom meetings and made a quarantined production of Frozen Jr, via Blu-Ray. He is an amazing teacher and definitely loves his students and they love him.
  • Jeffrey Ferlo, nominated by Sheila Passey: My daughter was a junior in high school and finished the year from home due to COVID. Her Financial Lit teacher made himself available to the kids via Zoom for classroom help or just to talk. In his emails there was always an emphasis on his concern for the children’s well-being making it obvious that school performance came second to him. One week, he offered an optional home visit, which my daughter did not request. I was touched and delighted when he showed up about a week into summer break with a $5 gift card for my daughter because she took second place in a stock investment competition that went on throughout the term. He could’ve mailed it or emailed her something but he chose to recognize her efforts in a more personal way. He cared enough to stop by and see for himself that she was doing well and offer his congratulations, even though the school year was (finally) over. I really appreciated the sentiment.
  • Jennifer Thomas, nominated by Paige Thomas: My mother-in-law works for an elementary school at the front desk and as the librarian and gives her all to the students and staff. She genuinely loves all of them and makes a conscious effort to know their names, stories, and say hi to them outside of school and see how they’re doing. She makes the world a better place.
  • Jeremy Baer, nominated by Grace Brand: Mr. Baer is the choir director at Ridgeline High School, and went above and beyond during the last few months of school to help his students feel loved and connected. He completely deserves this award.
  • Jessica Turner, nominated by Cantryce Diehl: She is getting ready to go back to school and she’s been writing her school board and members of the district administration to push for stronger safety measures for both students and teachers. She’s made dozens and dozens of videos for her students — including having some of her friends reading children’s books for them. She’s working tirelessly to set up her classroom to be socially distant, even with limited support from her district. She’s putting so much of herself into trying to help her kids have the best year possible — even if it puts her life at risk.
  • Jessica Vellinga, nominated by Pamela Carter: Jessi is a surgical technician at Davis Hospital. Aside from being an amazing team member, caring for people during their surgical procedures, she also works in the screening area at the emergency room. She screens visitors and patients coming into the hospital for symptoms of the COVID-19 virus to help keep the staff and patients at the hospital safe.
  • Dr. John Dayton
    • Nominated by Angela Dayton: Dr. Dayton serves as an emergency physician, leads the emergency medicine associations, and publishes on health needs and innovation. He worked tirelessly in multiple states addressing the COVID patients. He is humble, kind, unassuming, and an incredible physician who sacrificed his help to care for others.
    • Nominated by Barbara Dayton: John has worked as an ER doc in three states (Utah, Arizona and Ohio) during the pandemic and has been tirelessly devoted to his patients and helping anyone with COVID concerns.
  • Jon Brandy, nominated by Jennifer Phillips: Jon has worked tirelessly as a food delivery worker during this pandemic, providing outstanding service and creating a safe environment for both his co-workers and their customers. His unwavering commitment has made lives a little bit easier (and tastier!) during these trying times.
  • Joni Loyola, nominated by Pam Loyola: Joni is my sister, a single mother with one daughter that means the world to her. She has had her own hair salon (J. Loyola’s Hair) for many, many years and she supports herself and her daughter. Joni is divorced and the ex pays nothing towards his daughter. She works endless hours and is one of the best hairdressers in Salt Lake City.If anyone deserves this award it is Joni.
  • Joshua Brotherton, nominated by Erika Brotherton: Joshua is a prosecutor for West Valley City. Through the shut down, they have been still working and keeping people safe. People still need the court system and the judges and prosecutors have been still doing their jobs and making sure people are getting their day in court
  • Justin Nicolaysen, nominated by Jann Haworth: Justin is the postman for our area (East Liberty). He has been a crucial link in the making of a 5000 square foot community mural that is to go up on the Dinwoody Building — just feet away from the Eccles.
  • Karl Packer, nominated by Darby Hayes: He has faithfully served the students at Alta for 30 years. From coaching and serving in tennis to winning several state championships with the girls and boys teams, in debate and taking them to nationals for several years, in student government encouraging kids to become better leaders and better citizens, and finally teaching world history with his whole heart all this time.
  • Karla Pardini, nominated by Laura Cushman: Karla has worked at the Jewish Community Center for over 30 years, but has shined the most during COVID-19. When the JCC was forced to close due to the pandemic and the majority of our youth/teen staff resigned out of fear of running childcare programs during the summer, Karla stepped up to create a wonderful care option for working families that follows all health department and childcare licensing requirements, as well as trained new staff to make sure they understood safety protocols and could deliver an enriching experience for children. Karla is in her 60s but has worked nearly seven days a week, most days over 10 hours a day, to ensure the safety of our staff and the children who attend our childcare programs, even though her age places her in a vulnerable category. She deserves a night out at the theater…and so much more!
  • Kasey Grubb, nominated by Dina Bradshaw: She is a who has been working through this rough time. I sure lots of overtime hours and still comes home to be there for her family.
  • Kate MacLeod, nominated by Jeanette Bonnell: Kate MacLeod’s new weekly streaming program, “Sing Your Heart Out Online Sing-In,” has a different focus each week. To give back to her community, the first week of each month fundraises for organizations such as Heart and Soul, Salt Lake Academy for Music, the IAMA. Very successful!
  • Katelyn Johnson, nominated by Erika Hill: Katie runs an arts program for individuals with developmental disabilities and during their closure she recorded classes on her own time so clients could feel connected to the program when everyone was locked inside. They’ve since reopened and she’s been positive and flexible throughout everything.
  • Kathy Jeppesen, nominated by Jason Jeppesen: Kathy has worked so many long, hard hours as an RN on the graveyard shift during a very challenging past six months. She has volunteered for extra shifts and worked on her oncology floor and in the ICU taking care of many COVID patients. She has done all of this without complaint and without worrying about her own susceptibility to the virus while providing care to the many patients.
  • Kaye Flannery, nominated by Jessica Yergensen: Kaye is an amazing teacher! She was everyone’s favorite teacher at our school. Even with the pandemic, she took the time to really teach the kids through a virtual format. She made sure they felt loved and supported. She has a way of bringing out the best in her students. She is always positive and happy in her classroom. I want to give some of that joy back to her. She made a permanent impact on the life of my kids and I can’t thank her enough!
  • Keith Woolsey, nominated by Kayla Woolsey: Keith is an essential worker at our local Walmart. Walmart is the only full service store in our rural community. He is dedicated to both his family and his job. He always goes above and beyond!
  • Keiyana Osmond, nominated by Jennifer Hartman: Keiyana has an absolutely beautiful voice! She is able to kill any genre of song. So talented that “The Voice” invited her onto the show and she just won a recent singing competition!
  • Kendal Lukrich, nominated by Linsey Broadbent: Kendal is a social worker at the Christian Center of Park City. Kendal’s normal role is to fix and help and support whatever needs walk in the door. She does everything from helping people find housing, helping the international resort workers in our community find healthcare, settle work and living disputes, and knowing what resources are available to anyone in need. Kendal also does crisis counseling and builds relationships with homeless clients with severe mental illness until they trust her enough to be referred to therapy and possible medication management. When the pandemic hit, Kendal was tasked with providing money to anyone in need up to $500 a month for rent, car payments, utilities, etc. The grant given was several hundred thousands of dollars that she kept track of. Through this, Kendal’s family became infected with COVID, and she continued to work from home tirelessly so others would feel comfort. She would be an excellent candidate for a night at the theater.
  • Keri Beardall, nominated by Lisa Garn: Keri works as a NICU nurse at Utah Valley Hospital. On top of that, she has invited into her home many youth who are struggling in their life situations and need a stable place to go. On top of that, she has a boy that continually struggles with with seizures that she is so patient with even though he needs a lot of extra love. On top of that, she heads up sports for youth with disabilities. I could go on and on but she handles all of this with grace and I think could really benefit from a night at the Eccles.
  • Kris Wiscomb, nominated by Amy Goodrich: Kris works as a social worker, helping children in abusive situations What impresses me even more — at the end of these emotional days, she visits many women and offers a listening ear. No matter how difficult the emotional situation is, she is eager to help save all souls… especially during the pandemic, when many can’t leave their homes and are in need of support.
  • Kristen Jensen, nominated by Layne Daybell: My sister has been an RN serving in the COVID units from the beginning. Working many hours during this time, away from her family often. She tested positive this week and is fighting it now herself, she is my hero!
  • Lauren Nalder, nominated by Austin Jensen: Ms. Nalder is an exceptional elementary school teacher in Jordan School District who has dedicated herself to her students during this challenging time. She is optimistic and kind. She educates with heart and helps her students feel great about wearing a mask! She is doing her part.
  • Leah Harter, nominated by Linsey Broadbent: Leah Harter is a therapist who works for the Christian Center of Park City. During the pandemic Leah showed up everyday to the office to ensure that her clients had access to mental health support during this highly stressful and uncertain time. Leah navigated different options for teletherapy to help other therapists who were scared of coming to the office find options to reach their patients, she saw patients in person who were in crisis, or didn’t have access to technology or privacy. I saw the physical and emotional impact that Leah has carried over the last several months, but not one of her patients have. Leah is a true empath and healer and through the pandemic she not only kept the beacon of hope burning bright for her patients, she also lead by example and buoyed up the rest of the therapists that work with her. She definitely deserves an opportunity to relax with a night at the Eccles Theater. Thank you for the opportunity to nominate her and remind myself of the blessings I have experienced during this strange and unexpected time.
  • LeAnna Hamblin, nominated by Jeremy Howe: When COVID hit, as a teacher it was difficult for LeAnna to start over and develop new lesson plans for online study, but her compassion for our youth allowed her to take care of her five children at home (all in theater or dance) AND her children in the classroom.
  • Lida Ogden, nominated by T. Heath Ogden: Lida works for the University of Utah as a family medicine doctor who has seen patients in the parking lot, at home, at off hours. She also helps many Hispanics without healthcare manage during COVID.
  • Linda Cochran, nominated by Chris Piner: Linda is a grocery store worker and a lover of musical theatre. She is also a costume designer and an incredible seamstress. She and her mother volunteer at our local high school theatre to make costumes. They both take great pride in making them all extra special. She is selfless, quick to smile and laugh at good humor, and loves hard work and good company. Linda is a local star. I’d love to see her recognized.
  • Linda Venner, nominated by Krystal Porter: Linda is a lead physician for Intermountain Healthcare. Currently working as an administrator, mentor and organizing COVID protocols and a surge plan for the state of Utah. She also steps up to help when there is staffing shortages at testing sites, in the hospital, tele health and is an advocate to ensure everyone has access to care. She is a wonderful mother of two girls, and maintains her friendships even with a demanding schedule. She is always a phone call away, has a great sense of humor and is involved in the community with numerous fundraisers, events and is a true local hero.
  • Lindsey Peterson, nominated by Kierra Burns: Totally invested in those around her. Teacher of almost 20 years to urban high schoolers, dedicated wife, incredible mom to five kids (one with severe autism), caregiver to aging parents, leader and volunteer in her community, and tireless advocate for people of all colors and creeds. Non-stop selflessness.
  • Linlee Jones, nominated by Karalee Olson: Linlee works as a nurse and has been working the COVID testing tent since the pandemic began. It’s located at the top of a parking structure in a hot tent. She treats everyone with care and kindness. She works long hours and deserves a night out.
  • Lisa Earl, nominated by Katie Warren: Her and her husband just adopted me and I’m 23-years-old. I was their foster daughter at 17 and was in foster care since I was 8. I was up for adoption since I was 12 and I’ve always wanted my forever family. Although I am an adult now they made my dreams come true.
  • Louise Buerkle, nominated by Linda Lindley: My sister in law Louise Buerkle has worked at Millies in Sugarhouse, the best burger place in Salt Lake City!! She has worked there almost 20 years and the owners think of her as family!!! She’s the best!!!!
  • Madelynn Stephens, nominated by Tara Stephens: Madelyn is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at a long-term facility. She is studying to become an RN. During the COVID pandemic she [has] made sure to not only do her job but to help her residents feel her care by checking on them after her shift to make sure they were OK. Madelynn went above and beyond this summer as her grandfather was dying, she took her summer vacation to care for him. As a nursing student, vacation days are hard to come by and she willingly gave them to him.
  • Margo, nominated by Karla Webb: Margo is a hard working all-around worker at my grocery story (Maceys at 4500 S Highland Dr). She cleans and sanitizes and seems to work so so Nancy hours making the store safe for us. She is always friendly and helpful and us so dedicated to her position. I so appreciate these workers who are mostly behind the scenes but so important to our safety.
  • Mark Allred, nominated by Delores Terry: He is the maintenance worker at the Liberty Senior Center He has kept working, to make sure we get lunches food and even flowers during these trying times. For us he is a star–he is there to serve us every day
  • Matt Shaw, nominated by William Frisby: Wonderful duets with dad and daughter.
  • Dr. Brady Cox, nominated by America Chumpitaz: Dr. Cox is an amazing doctor, always calm under pressure. He knows the name of all the personal that works with him. He is very kind and nice. He also has an amazing sense of humor that makes us feel at ease specially during these troubling times.
  • Megan Knapp, nominated by Jeri Covey: Megan is one of the respiratory therapists at UVRMC. She is so competent and helps in many departments. It’s so hard to watch many of your patients pass away and hold their hands and cry under all the protective gear. Megan is a valiant single mother with three children. She GIVES. And I just think it would be nice if she could go to a show.
  • Mele Fuamatu, nominated by Karen Gatzmeier: Mele is one of the most amazing nurses I know. She saves the lives of newborn babies almost every day. She not only takes care of her tiny patients but she is always looking for ways to take care of her coworkers as well. She totally deserves these tickets.
  • Melinda Welch, nominated by Kathleen Newman: In this time of unrest and uncertainty, Melinda Welch has been an outstanding force for good in our Bountiful neighborhood. Melinda is a true lover of and performer in musical theatre. Her parodies of favorite songs which she shared with family and over social media helped us laugh in the midst of all the turmoil. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvFr8RscNvo) Melinda’s response to the riot situation and Black Lives Matter uproar was to organize a positive family friendly rally with the tag line “Anti-Racism Starts at Home” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gt-lXsew2g) She wasn’t sure if just family members would show up, but hundreds ended up attending this amazing community event. She also created an anti-racism club in her family and posted on social media, encouraging others to teach anti-racism in their families. The Welch family meets once a month to discuss books, movies and ideas surrounding anti-racism. Melinda showed her patriotism as she organized a social distanced Fourth of July Parade for our neighborhood families — calling local police and first responders to join in. The community spirit was overflowing as neighbors threw candy from decorated cars and cheered for our country in a one-block parade. It was wonderful to enjoy a familiar July 4th tradition after most events and parades had been cancelled. Melinda is a powerful force for good and has made a difference in educating and inspiring others to not be concerned about all we aren’t able to do in this pandemic, but in thinking out of the box, she has encouraged, celebrated and taught us that we can bring out our best in a difficult time. Thank You Melinda!
  • Melissa Caffey, nominated by Sharon Mardula: Melissa is the HR manager for Peace House, a domestic violence shelter in Park City, UT. The shelter closed to employees, volunteers, and the general public because of COVID-19 while domestic abuse escalated. Tirelessly working from home 12 hours a day, six days a week, Melissa continues to hire and orient new employees, process payroll while also overseeing the operations and maintenance of the new 43,000 square foot facility! I am on the board of directors and she is my star!
  • Melissa Gardener, nominated by Spencer Smith: Melissa works as a lab tech at the hospital in Murray. She has kept a positive attitude through this entire pandemic as well as some personal challenges. She’s a rockstar!
  • Melodie Garcia, nominated by April Stevenson: Melodie Garcia, a junior high teacher, celebrated others when COVID-19 cancelled the ninth grade promotion plans. She created a drive-thru movie premiere themed promotion experience, about 150 families drove through. This was individualized with a movie-like snack bag for each student. Then she delivered bags to students who didn’t attend.
  • Melonie Shelley, nominated by Penny Shelley: This is my daughter-in-law — she is with IHC and has been helping extra time during COVID. She does the testing as well as work with Dr. Bradley Thompson. Everyone at her clinic loves her, as do I!
  • Michael Tucker, nominated by Susan Tucker: Michael is a hospital chaplain who has been working throughout the pandemic to help families cope as their loved ones have been isolated with the COVID virus, sometimes dying alone. It’s been very challenging, as he cares intensely for the people he works with.
  • Monica Sisneros, nominated by Bernadine Stephens: Monica works at the Christmas Box in Utah which provide a safe haven for kids that are displaced from their family homes. The children and teens remain at this home until they are fostered out. Even though co-workers were diagnosed with COVID-19, Monica was considered an essential worker as she continued to care for these kids. Every child that she helps is so fortunate that she is there to love & nurture them when they are displaced from their homes or removed from their parent’s care. She truly believes that every child deserves a childhood and generously shares her love with the little ones, high-risk teens and young adults. She is a true hero!! and the kids at the Christmas Box love her. https://thechristmasbox.org/our-story-1
  • Morgan Eccles, nominated by Maranda Bennett: Morgan is a respiratory therapist at Jordan Valley Hospital and a single mother of two amazing daughters. She is on the frontline of care for covid patients and provides exceptional care for all she comes in contact with. In addition to fighting for her patients lives, she is constantly aware of the risks and does all she can to keep her family safe. She is definitely a star to me.
  • Natasha Woodward, nominated by Braquel Brinkerhoff: Natasha is starting on her third year of teaching first grade for Box Elder School District. She goes above and beyond decorating her room to be inviting for the students, she is patient with them as they learn to read, and above all she has a heart of gold and loves her students and cares about celebrating their successes and helping them rise above their failures.
  • Nathan Hadley, nominated by Camille Chandler: Nate works at Lowe’s. They have been extra busy through this pandemic. He’s picked up extra shifts to try to help out. He is friendly with customers and very helpful! You can see his smile through his eyes. He deserves to be recognized as a star!
  • Nathele Lesa, nominated by Manu Harris: Nathele is amazing! She is a registered nurse at Stonehenge of Orem. Her smiling face and amazing positive attitude is contagious. The residents love her! She is an American hero.
  • Nicki Barrett, nominated by Connie Marshall: My daughter, Nicki Barrett, is a speech language pathologist working in the NICU at Primary Children’s Hospital. She also has a 2-year-old daughter. She is navigating the COVId challenges of daycare while working at the hospital taking care of the most vulnerable among us. She is amazing, caring and an inspiration!!!
  • Odalis De Dios, nominated by Aimee Barton: Odalis is a CNA. She loves her job, helping her patients and keeping them safe during the pandemic. She has continued to work dueing the pandemic even when she herself is in a high-risk group.
  • Paige Hess, nominated by Lorretta Hess: Paige works full-time as an RN in the PICU at Primary Children’s Hospital. She is also in school full-time working on a NP degree. She also takes Cardiac Telemetry shifts for the hospital. She is very caring person, who really loves helping the children, and their families through challenging times. A night out would be well-deserved.
  • Peggy Lovell, nominated by Kayleen Evans: Peggy is a surgery nurse whom always goes above and beyond. She always jumps in to help no matter what, works long hours and picks up the slack and even when exhausted, keeps up a positive attitude and motivates others.
  • Penny Hoopiiaina, nominated by Shandy Hoopiiaina: I have worked through all this and my mom, Penny, has lost her job due to it all and she has been watching kids all day to help out! Works so hard and cares so much about others.
  • Perry (Junior) Whitehair, nominated by Ximena Bailey: My friend Perry has been involved in theater most of his life. He has been working for several cruise lines as part of the crew in their shows. Since being laid off due to COVID, Perry has returned to his hometown and started working at his local Home Depot. During the summer he was asked to stage manage a youth theater production, which he agreed to do even though it meant working all night and going straight to the theater during the day with little to no sleep. The week after the closing of the show, Perry tested positive for COVID. He is now back to work but even though his life has been turned upside down; he has managed to have a great attitude and a positive outlook on life. He is an amazing human being and would be so deserving of something special!
  • Rachael Ethington, nominated by Rebecca Sjogren: She works at LDS Hospital as a manager over the lab. They have had staffing shortages, but she has picked up shifts to cover those shortages. Even though she has had to fill in on shifts, she continues to safely care for her family and others around her.
  • Rachel Fletcher, nominated by Jeanene Price: My daughter is a clinical nurse resource and supervisor for Ensign Services. She has a large territory which includes Idaho. When COVID-19 broke out at Heritage Park Nursing home, she volunteered to be the person to organize a COVID unit within the building. This is a large nursing home in Roy, UT. She supervised the creation of the isolation and also worked full-time in the unit in direct care of patients. She trained the staff in proper protocols for dealing with the crisis. The building administrator purchased a PUPR which she had to wear continuously while working. After discovering unexpectedly that she was pregnant with twins, she transitioned out of direct care. She continues to offer expert advice and help to buildings within her company experiencing positive COVID cases. Heritage Park suffered a challenging outbreak, but the building was just declared COVID-free this past week.
  • Rachel Stuart, nominated by Chase Stuart: She is a mother of two kids with autism, working full-time as an autism specialist to help other families and going to school full time with WGU. She has been going non stop to help as many people and deserves to be recognized!
  • Raquel Ruiz, nominated by Brigida Salcido: Raquel Ruiz is helping in diverse Latino community programs at the West Valley County Library System. She [has been] teaching us computation virtually since March 2020, she [supports] Spanish book club and poetry. She is very supportive and very patient [with] us. She is very involved in the community and [also supports] health department translating. She always has a smile and a great attitude. She shows us her passion to help any person who comes to her in person or virtually.
  • Rebecca Stephens, nominated by Tara Stephens: Rebecca is a substitute teacher, actor, and volunteer debate coach. She loves each aspect of making students feel good about themselves, whether she is following a teacher’s lesson plans or working one on one with debate team members, she strives to make sure each individual feels valued and cared for.
  • Renata Flot-Patterson, nominated by Keli Mornay, Krystal Newman, Myral Hall, Darrell Brham, Denise Fontenot, Kenneth Whitfield, Kevin Flot, Dalton Flot, Rochelle Reimonenq, Simone Lavizzo Oliver, Craig Oliver, Madison Olivery, Mikaela Oliver, Lance Lavizzo, and Robert Patterson: Renata is the founder, producer, director and mentor of the SLC-based Motown Musical that has encouraged, uplifted, employed, and provided a platform to showcase youth and up and coming local talent through the performing arts. She is still working hard during the pandemic to keep the show up and running and booked for 2021 and forward. Renata continues to support and showcase local talent through productions and local events. You should book her show at the Eccles Theater. It is an Amazing Showcase!
  • Renato Rodriguiz, nominated by James Upton: Renato is a nurse with Intermountain Health Care. He has two young children, and he shares custody with his ex-wife, with whom he maintains a positive relationship. If Renato is not working, he is with his kids. He is a loving and attentive dad. They have had to spend some time away from each other, when Renato has worked with COVID patients. He cares greatly for others and works hard. Renato is my hometown hero!
  • Rob Morris, nominated by Austin Allred: Rob has worked endlessly before and during the closure to keep his employees busy and employed. Since the reopening, Rob has taken on more duties and helped get the building ready and keep the employees informed about what is going on. Rob IS the only reason the Clark Planetarium is running so smoothly.
  • Roland Julander, nominated by Phillip Lully: In spite of a pending brain surgery to remove a tumor on his optic nerve, he has selflessly offered his help to a senior citizen trying to fix his truck, that’s me who is that person.
  • Ron McBride, nominated by JoAnn Wells: At age 80, former University of Utah Coach Ron McBride works tirelessly to raise money to fund after-school programs for at-risk children and youth in Utah’s Title 1 schools. Through The Ron McBride Foundation, he currently supports after-school programs in eight schools in Granite, Jordan, Salt Lake City, and Ogden school districts. Earlier this month, dozens of Mac’s former players throughout the U.S. returned to Utah in the middle of a global pandemic to play in the foundation’s annual “Love You Man” golf tournament. Mac was a tremendous role model for them so — when he calls — they rally to ensure that this health crisis does not become an educational crisis for at-risk children and youth, who are prime targets for gangs, stress, bullying, depression, boredom, social isolation, absenteeism, drug abuse, suicidal thoughts, and food insecurity. The invaluable after-school programs funded by the RMF help at-risk students gain the necessary skills, mentorship, and connections to be successful in their academic and personal lives. Most importantly, these programs give students feelings of self-worth and belonging. When he could retire, Coach McBride works full-time to help the most vulnerable among us. For that reason, he is a “star” — who seeks no recognition, but deserves to celebrated.
  • Ronnie Norton, nominated by Susan Norton: He’s a foster dad to our 20-month-old and 14-month-old. He works all the overtime he can get outside of the home to make sure we are have everything we need.
  • Rosemary Romero, nominated by Rose Romero: Rosemary works as a customer service agent. She is my local star because she maintains her cool under pressure. In this current crisis in our world people are tired of being locked up and alone and need a venting outlet: welcome the wonderful employers of telephone services — there are moments that she is called names (i.e., “Stupid” idiot) and she remains with a smile and recognizes that everyone is feeling pressure. I contribute [to this] personally to her love of theatre and acting. She is my hero because she places her health on the line as she was born premature and has a compromised immune system to ensure that everyone is taken care of and receives 100% customer service.
  • Ryan Fisher, nominated by Michelle Fisher: He is managing Shane’s Donuts and donated a dozen free donuts to all hospital employees and continues to keep things up and running even in difficult times and having to jump through hoops just to be able to get his supplies and materials he needs to keep the business up and running and going strong. It hasn’t been easy for him to get product ingredients as many have become unavailable due to the pandemic but he hasn’t given up on his customers and appreciates every single one of them for sticking with him through these trying times.
  • Sacha Despain, nominated by Stephanie Harmon: Sacha is a second grade teacher at Oakdale Elementary. She has done several campaigns through Donors Choose over the summer to get funding for her classroom. The last one was to purchase books on diversity for her classroom to show inclusion to all her students. Sacha is a rock star!!!
  • Sahily Sanchez-Maldonado, nominated by Alejandro Sanchez: She is my customer service [representative]. Doing a great job, bilingual and helping my customers every day 24/6 (no work on Sundays).
  • Samuel Martinez, nominated by Marie Martinez: Samuel is an operator for UTA! Sam has been driving essential riders since the pandemic began and throughout. It’s so important to all who are essential works like Sam, to be able to get to their essential job, store or doctors office. Sam has been a true essential employee who is serving the community every weekday to get all to their destinations. What a contribution to the Ogden/Layton area!!!
  • Sarah Long, nominated by Nathan Long: Sariah is a massage therapist focusing on endurance athletes. After not working during the initial COVID outbreak, she didn’t work but recently has brought clients back to help them achieve their fitness goals and deal with having competitions postponed or canceled.
  • Sarah Woodbury, nominated by Annie Woodbury: She gave birth in March and is back to work at a hospital in Murray, Utah. It’s a long commute and she works up to 50 hours a week. She interacts with COVID-19 patients. She is my hero and my sister-in-law. I could say so much more

  • Seth Goodman, nominated by Feliciana Lopez: Costco rock star who worked without complaint through COVID with asthma. He is a hard worker who deserves recognition.
  • Shalise Jacobsen, nominated by Jennifer Ericksen: Shalise is an amazing neighbor, teacher, friend to all she meets. She is a special [education] teacher in Davis County and takes special care of her students, but also watches out for and serves their parents and siblings. When she isn’t working, she cares for her two elderly parents who have health problems, including making meals, cleaning, appointments, shopping. But that’s not all. She also takes care of neighbors who need some help, a few families who have disabled kids, the family with a recent death, the person who needs a babysitter. She is constantly watching out for others and has very little time to herself. The world is a better place when people like Shalise are there to pick up the broken pieces for others.
  • Shari Malmgren, nominated by Gabrielle Hermansen: Shari Malmgren deserves to win this because she has been a true light to her small community. Once quarantine began in Utah, she decided to spread joy and happiness where she could by creating a nomination process on Facebook where others would nominate individuals that they felt were spreading kindness around. After these nominations, Shari would bake cookies each week and deliver them to those who were nominated. In the end, Shari was truly the one spreading kindness around.
  • Sharon Jenkins, nominated by Ruth Jenkins: She has made over 800 masks. She’s a lady who never toots her own horn. She works on school buses with handicap children and is so kind and patient. She lost a little four-year-old girl who died in a drowning accident at a child’s birthday party. The next year their home burnt to the ground.
  • Shauna Kelley-Mills, nominated by Dolores Roberts: Shauna is an ICU nurse at Castleview Hospital. Having spent eight days on her ward, I thank God daily for the care I was [given] on the ICU ward. Shauna stands out amongst the many fantastic nurses on her ward because she made my visit a [pleasant] one–I am pretty sure her upbeat personality had a lot to do my healing process. She was the night nurse and I was the patient who couldn’t sleep at night. She would entice me with treats that a diabetic could have and make me laugh at myself and her on a nightly basis. Between all of the work she had to do with other patients she would come in and spend time with me often. She is a kick butt nurse, a great Mom and I think she would deserve any bonus items possibly given to a true hero who takes care of many.
  • Shayla Hakizimana, nominated by Lara Cobia: Shayla is one person I know who goes above and beyond not just professionally, but socially, community-wise, religiously or any other way she can give. Professionally, many of her co-workers refer to her for questions and help on projects. Even though she is already overloaded with work, she jumps to help out (which sometimes puts her to work on Saturdays). I’ve also heard that her co-workers love how she enlightens the “office” atmosphere by having a great sense of humor through communication. She’s a breath of fresh air during this hard time in our world.Socially, she is always so on the ball to help out a friend, like me, amidst of her constant overloaded schedule. For my birthday, she created a book of love by reaching out to contacts she had that knew me and asked them to send a brief message of love to me for my birthday. Most tender gift ever.Community-wise, she is always baking cakes for good causes. She does wedding/event cakes as a side biz. And they are impressive not just looks-wise but taste-wise! (IG: @once.upon.a.sprinkle) Her recent service was to auction off a cake where all proceeds went to Operation Underground Railroad to help rescue children from sex trafficking.

    There are many I work with (completely different company) whom I could nominate, but most of them can financially afford entertainment like this. The thing is, Shayla and her husband, Paul, just bought a home and Shayla is the main breadwinner as Paul moved to the USA from Africa and is working hard to climb the corporate ladder. They want to have kids soon (as they married older — first marriage!) which would put Paul as the main breadwinner which will significantly lower their income as a new little family. They have been scrimping and saving for the past two years. Splurging on a Broadway show at Eccles Theater is something I know they wouldn’t indulge in for themselves. Please consider this wonderful, loving woman who gives so much good to this world and makes it a better place without expecting anything back!

  • Dr. Stephanie Carney, nominated by Diana Coles: Dr. Carney is a wife, mother, and doctor and the VA Hospital. It is doctors like Dr. Carney who have had to juggle their profession, home, and kids in order to meet everyone’s needs during this pandemic. Dr. Carney has also been a Relief Society President as a member of the LDS Church which has added to her responsibilities. Women have contributed soo much this past five months, and she is a perfect example — and she LOVES musicals.
  • Stephanie Winder, nominated by Chris Bakke: Stephanie is an air traffic controller ensuring cargo and people move safely through the air. In addition she serves as a local union president ensuring her fellow controllers rights and needs are protected while they work along side her.
  • Stephen Devenport, nominated by Rachyl Devenport: Steve Devenport is a truly star who has gone above and beyond during these challenging times. He is a busy primary care physician and runs his own practice, but he still finds time to help neighbors with their medical issues whenever they ask. He’ll take phone calls and even make house calls to friends and neighbors in his community when they need afriendly doctor’s advice or opinion. Steve Devenport is truly a community star.
  • Steveni Jepsen, nominated by Ana Carone:  She is an amazing nurse that loves her job and somehow is ALWAYS smiling. She works at the University of Utah Hospital and even outside work is always serving.
  • Susie Gaily, nominated by Katie Gaily: I am nominating my mom because of her dedication and love and concern for the severely disabled population that she has taught for 31 years. My mom takes beyond her school hours to help these children function in a societal settings. She helps parents learn English and understand how to help their kiddos at home. She takes them out during school with her own funds to have field trips and real life experiences. She has had students who have injured her because of there disability and non-understanding. She goes back everyday excited and ready for what that day will bring her. She sees to it that she appreciates her staff with a trinket a week. This also comes out of her pocket. Ten years ago tomorrow, she lost the love of her life to a freak and tragic accident. She was left with three young children in critical times of their lives (one to start high school and drive, one nine years old whom was his shadow and the little one that was to start kindergarten and refused to go because dad said he would take him on the first day.She works full-time, takes care of the inside and outside of the house, sees to it that she gives us as much as she can to keep things a bit normal, supports our activities and tries to take us camping every summer.I don’t think that I have ever met someone who has done or even tries to do what she has had to on her own!!! We always have everything we need and we have no idea how she does it. I know she struggles but she never shows it to anyone. She works so hard, loves us more than we can understand and would give anything to help her school students to be the best they can be and go as far as they can go.

    She doesn’t ever treat herself because there is never enough left over for her. My siblings and I would love it if you could pick her and treat her to something she will never be able to afford.

    Thank you for considering the best mom and teacher in the world.

  • Tanya Fletcher, nominated by David Pack: Single mom with personal health challenges where contracting COVID-19 could be life-threatening, and still goes to work daily as a speech pathologist working for Primary Children’s Hospital. Works with children one-on-one for a better quality of life and brighter future. On a tight budget where Broadway tickets would be a welcome luxury experience.
  • Taylor Garlick, nominated by Brett Garlick: Taylor is a senior at Farmington High School. He has been generous with his talents, singing for his great-grandmother and others at the assisted living facility where she lives COVID-19 has put extreme pressure on these individuals with the lack of regular and physical contact. Taylor has been diligent, visiting regularly at their window and singing to them through window screens helping to lift them up and brighten their day.
  • Tracie Benites, nominated by Randi Nell: Tracie is a life flight nurse and the mother of five kids. She is the first to jump in and volunteer to help others, especially during COVID. She is always picking up shifts in to COVID tents to try and help when needed. She would do anything to help those on need!
  • Trey Oberg, nominated by Shannon Duncan: Trey maintained working as a shift manager at Arby’s, covering shifts with a smile while dealing with customers who would be rude either for the long wait in the drive-thru line, or for those who had concerns of contracting the virus (while still going out to eat).
  • Trey Reed, nominated by Merissa Reed: My healthcare hero is Trey because he helps people during some of the hardest, most uncomfortable times of their lives. He helps them feel supported and at ease while their families are not able to visit. Working long, hard hours while others chose not to work out of fear, he picks up lots of extra shifts to make sure people are cared for. He puts his patients needs above his own needs, but loves his job.
  • Tristan Eason, nominated by Juleen Smith: Ms. Eason is an amazing teacher. She has that knack for connecting with her seventh grade social studies students. Even when her father passed away during the COVID crisis, she took care of her students. On top of that, her hair is often shiny purple or pink…. star quality.
  • Vida Tuitama, nominated by Tracy Williams: Community advocate and director and choreographer of Malialole Dance Group. Opens her house to single mothers and their children. Her dance group volunteers at food banks, church events, and community events. All the while she is in and out of the hospital due to symptoms of lupus. Everyone calls her “Aunty Vida”.
  • Viet Pham, nominated by Jim Brimley: Viet is the owner of Pretty Bird, a chicken joint in Salt Lake City, Utah. As the pandemic grew, and people have been losing their jobs, he has regularly posted on social media that no one should go hungry. He has said that if anyone is struggling for food, to let him know and he’ll deliver it. He’s a kind man, and an outstanding member of our community.
  • Ximena LaRocco, nominated by Brian Retamal: Ximena LaRocco is my mother-in-law. She is a nurse at the VA hospital, and since the pandemic started she has been working without stopping. Most of the time at work, she stay in those big white tents outside of the hospital to treat patients and at the same time she has to deal with the scorching heat of the summer inside those tents. It’s not an easy job at this moment, but I know that what she does goes far beyond the need for money; she does it to help those who once gave their lives for this country.