The Board

The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority is an 11-member board composed of state legislators, agency executives, local elected officials, and business leaders.. The board meets monthly, with all meetings being open to the public. 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES
  • Promote the Public Interest
  • Set the Standard
  • Think Regionally
  • Take the Long View
  • Be Open and Transparent
  • Act with Integrity
BOARD GOALS
  • Set a standard for forward-thinking development
  • Create a valued legacy for decades to come
  • Optimize the use of the property to provide significant economic and social returns to all Utah residents
  • Reflect Utah values and the best innovations
  • Help solve some of the existing problems in the region
  • Provide an iconic Utah business center and gathering place
  • Inspire and attract people from around the world
  • Fulfill the directives outlined in State law

Spencer Cox - Co-Chair

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox is from Fairview, Utah where he currently resides with his wife, Abby and their four children. He is a graduate of Snow College, Utah State University and Washington and Lee Law School. He formerly practiced law with Fabian & Clendenin and was Vice President and General Counsel of CentraCom. He has served as a councilman and mayor of Fairview, as a Sanpete County Commissioner and in the Utah House of Representatives. 

Lowry Snow - Co-Chair

He currently serves in the Utah House of Representatives and is a member of the House Judiciary Standing Committee. He is a past President of the Utah State Bar. He as a charter board member of the Southern Utah Community Legal Center; a non-profit organized and dedicated to the delivery of pro-bono legal services to the underprivileged in Southern Utah. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Utah State Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission and past Chair of the Washington County Economic Development Council. He was recently recognized by the Utah State Bar when he was awarded the Lifetime Service Award. 

April Cooper - Governor Appointee

April Cooper was appointed to serve on the board by Governor Herbert. She is the CEO/president of Alpine Companies, which is consistently ranked as one of Utah’s fastest-growing companies with over $250 million in federal prime contracts awarded since 2016. April has experience in government property and loan servicing as well as disposition. She is adept in financing, audit, accounting, compliance, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

Lincoln Fillmore - Senate President Appointee

Senator Lincoln Fillmore is the current State Senator for Senate District 10 and President of Charter Solutions. He has spent his professional career working in education as a teacher, principal, and school business manager. Fillmore was born in Salt Lake County where he lived until he was a teenager. He holds a degree in mass communications from the University of Utah.

Val Hale - Governor Appointee

Val Hale was appointed executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development by Governor Gary Herbert in 2014. He oversees promotion of business, tourism, film, outdoor recreation and international trade and diplomacy in the state. Hale previously served for two years as president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. He also worked for eight years at Utah Valley University and 22 years in the Brigham Young University Athletic Department.

Steve Handy - Speaker of the House Appointee

Representative Stephen Handy represents Utah’s 16th legislative House District. He was originally appointed by Governor Gary Herbert in April 2010. Professionally, he owns a public relations and marketing business which he opened in 2002 after 17 years in newspaper marketing. He previously held marketing director positions for both the Standard Examiner and Deseret News.

Dawn Ramsey - SLCO Mayor Appointee

Mayor Dawn R. Ramsey took office in January 2018. She serves the city of South Jordan with a determined focus on public safety, economic development and access to opportunity. She currently serves as the president-elect of the Jordan Education Foundation, working to engage the community and local business leaders. She was born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley and has lived in Utah all her life. She is a sixth-generation Utahn and is proud of her pioneer heritage. She attended Salt Lake Community College, the University of Utah, and Brigham Young University.

Jim Russell - Governor Appointee

Jim Russell was appointed director of the Division of Facilities Construction and Management (DFCM) in March 2017. He began his career with DFCM in 2005 as a capital improvement project manager. He has also held several other positions within DFCM over the years: capital development project manager, regional manager, construction program manager, and assistant director. He oversees a staff of highly skilled architects, engineers and construction professionals, as well as facilities managers, tradesmen, real estate managers, and building code officials. Jim started in the construction industry in 1979 and has experience in all aspects of commercial and industrial construction. Prior to his public service, Russell worked for 21 years as a contractor.

Jerry Stevenson - Senate President Appointee

Senator Jerry Stevenson is the current Utah State Senator for Senate District 21. He is a private business owner and a former Layton mayor. He has held positions on several boards and committees, including as a trustee for Weber State University, chair for Wasatch Integrated Energy, and chair of the UTA Rail Committee. He attended Utah State University.

Troy Walker - Board Member

 Mayor Walker was elected as mayor of Draper City in January 2014. Prior to becoming the mayor, he served for six years on the Draper City Council. He is a member of several boards, including the Advisory Board for Utah Transit Authority (UTA), the Point of the Mountain Development Commission (POMDC), the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority (POMSLA), and the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission (PSUAC). He has served as the liaison to the Draper Mayor’s Youth Council, Peer Court, Appeals Board, Economic Development team and as the director of the Draper Days event.

Dave Woolstenhulme - Board Member

 Dave R. Woolstenhulme, Ed.D, became Commissioner of Higher Education on July 1, 2020 after serving as Interim Commissioner of Higher Education since July 2019 for the Utah System of Higher Education. Previously, he worked as vice president of statewide campuses for Utah State University and as the Utah Commissioner of Technical Education. As the CEO of the Utah System of Technical Colleges, he provided state-level leadership and oversight for the eight technical colleges in Utah. He also served as executive vice provost at USU and president of Uintah Basin Applied Technology College. Woolstenhulme received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University and his Doctorate of Education from the University of Wyoming.