meet our executive board
Taunya Brown | Mom | Center Programs Manager | Corporate Business Development | Entrepreneur
Taunya is the Founder of Women in Entrepreneurship at BYU & is the Programs Manager in the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. Taunya manages the Rollins Center’s extensive event portfolio along with the Center’s numerous affiliated programs. Prior to working for BYU, Taunya was a corporate contractor primarily focused on restructuring and rejuvenating corporations and their holdings. She has created and successfully exited four of her own companies and mentored countless other entrepreneurs on their ventures. Whichever passion Taunya wanted to explore, developing a company based on that passion quickly followed: bridal gown design, home design, business consulting, event planning and coordination. Taunya enjoys organizing and supporting large fund-raising campaigns, most recently with Intermountain Healthcare’s Ascent Campaign. She donates her time and efforts to planning and emceeing charitable events, has been featured on a worldwide TLC reality TV series, and is a sought-out speaker on female trauma and relationship dynamics. Above all things, Taunya is a Mom! She contributes all of her professional success to being a mother to her two children. Throughout her career, Taunya has been known for having her children involved in all things business related. They are her secret weapon!
christy hair | Inventory Solution Specialist | Singer
Christy Hair attended Dixie University with a leadership scholarship and then later transferred to UVU. When she started working at Fishbowl Inventory, it was only to get her through college. 13 years later the tech industry has become one of her passions. She has held numerous positions including technical support, training, customer service, sales rep, and account executive. She is now sales & growth director over a newer product called Boxstorm – which grew 2400% the first year she took it over. She has worked with companies such as SnapChat, Coca-Cola, 1-800-Flowers, Temper-Sealy, Hilton, 3M, NASA, Texas A&M, Symantec, MGM Grand, the US Military (DARPA) US Navy, and US Airforce. Christy is a serial entrepreneur, with those ventures being in addition to her full-time position. She has purchased failing businesses, fixed them and then sold them. She has started and sold multiple businesses of her own. She currently owns a private consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses with marketing, scaling, and increasing revenue. In addition to being on the executive committee at BYU, Christy is the President of the Chief Advisory Board for the Food Forever Foundation. She interfaces with the State of Utah and their food partners to build farms and solve hunger in Utah. Christy’s husband is a firefighter and CTO in the tech industry. She is the mom to McKinlee (11) & Alexis (7) who are just as crazy as she is. McKinlee and Lexi have already started a business making and selling bracelets. Christy’s hobbies include writing songs, playing the piano, riding 4-wheelers, boating, and cars – lots of cars! She considers business a hobby too because she loves it. But, her husband teasingly says “You can’t count work as a hobby!!
Kristen Lamb | COO for ECOVAP Inc. | Award-winning Interior Design Firm owner
First and foremost, Kristen is the mother of 5 children which is her greatest joy in life. Together with her husband Rob, she owned and operated several businesses including becoming licensed commercial and residential building contractors. From there, the couple expanded into an award-winning Interior Design Firm where Kristen’s design talents have won awards and recognition in both commercial and private sectors and the proprietors of a Retail Furniture Store. Kristen has also been involved at the executive and ownership level with online educational software initiatives including My Expert Solutions, Aviation Made Easy, and Dynactive Educational Software. In 2014, after the loss of Rob to a tragic airplane crash, Kristen jumped back into the corporate world, where she has engaged, invested, and worked to develop proprietary products and spearhead growth strategies in both the aviation community with Best Tugs, LLC and the Oil Waste Water, Mining, and remediation industries where she currently serves as the COO for ECOVAP Inc. ECOVAP is a leader in environmentally friendly wastewater elimination.
Heather Osmond | Utah leader Interior Design Industry | Business Owner | Real Estate Professional | Parade of Homes TV Show Host
The Osmond name is well known throughout Utah - and not just in the music business. Heather Osmond has built Osmond Designs into a national leader in the interior design and furnishings industry. The Provo girl has been interested in real estate and design since she was young.”My parents have always been huge fans of the parade of home and we would go every year,'' she says. I loved seeing the beautiful homes in the magazines and thought I would enjoy being a real estate agent.” Heather attended BYU, specializing in interior design, business, and advertising. She earned her real estate license and found that staging homes was one of her favorite parts of the job. Eventually, she began teaching homes for other agents’ clients, too. “The early staging work really helped me find my purpose and passion,“ she says. When Heather started her business in 2001, home furnishings typically fit into two categories: Big Box or over-priced boutique. Osmond designs looked to bridge those two, giving clients high-quality and unique design furniture brands at affordable prices. Starting in a 1,000 square-foot location on the corner of Main and center in Pleasant Grove left little room for showing the merchandise. Osmond design soon moved to a 22,000 square-foot historic building in Lehi, which included a complete tear-out and renovation project. Then Osmond Designs opened a second location in Orem, which also included a complete tear-out and renovation project. Osmond Designs is still expanding. This past year, Osmond Designs opened a pop-up shop in Salt Lake City at Fashion Place Mall. Watch for a new location coming to Traverse Mountain in 2020. Over the past 24 years, she and her husband have finished 16 personal projects and renovations, allowing her to serve clients from all angles. Heather is the Utah leader in the interior design and furnishing industry while also being a business owner, a real estate professional, a host for the Parade of Homes television show, a host for the KSL Real Estate show, and most importantly, a wife and mother.
Suzanne Draper BSN, MPA | Co-founder Intermountain’s Compliance Program | Wheatley Institute of Ethics | Presbyterian Healthcare Services Compliance and Audit Committee
Suzie has devoted her professional career to the healthcare industry, including more than 10 years in a variety of clinical settings, and over 30 years in Medical Records, Physician Services, Data Privacy & Security, and Corporate Compliance. She co-founded Intermountain’s Compliance Program and has overseen its growth and development since its formalized inception in 1997. Suzie serves on the Brigham Young University Wheatley Institute of Ethics. She also currently serves as a member of the Presbyterian Healthcare Services Compliance and Audit Committee in Albuquerque, as a member of the Girl Scouts of Utah Board, and as a member of the Women Tech Council Industry Board. She is a member of several professional organizations (HCCA, SCCE, HFMA). She has served on several state healthcare task forces, and is a frequently sought out speaker, addressing national medical societies, national compliance and specialty associations, multi-state health care task forces, state hospital associations, and local college and university classes.
Cyd Tetro | Founder and CEO of 3DplusMe | Faculty for Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Initiative
Cydni works with the world’s largest brands, retailers and technology companies to deliver innovative technology products, drive execution, and build high performing teams. She has worked with hundreds of companies including Disney, Microsoft, Marvel, Star Wars, Facebook, MLB, MLS, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, NFL, Disney Stores, Target, Walmart and Toys R Us. She was founder and CEO of 3DplusMe, a 3D printing software platform that was recently acquired by WhiteClouds. She spent 4 years at Disney as an EIR building technology businesses from R&D projects and launching those products into Theme Parks, ESPN, ABC and Interactive. She is faculty for the Goldman Sachs 10k small business initiative where she teaches growth planning, leadership, sales and marketing. She is an Operating Partner at Mercato, a growth equity firm. She is founder and President of the Women Tech Council, a non-profit with more than 10,000 members in its community. Cydni holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in computer science from Brigham Young University.
Amy Caldwell | Executive Director | Co-Founder | Investor
Amy is the Executive Director and co-founder at the newest business venture services group in Provo, UT called RevRoad. Amy is over new business development, supporting the portfolio companies brought into the program, events, investor engagement, and relationships both within RevRoad and the community. She also sits on the board of directors for Momni, a caresharing platform that links moms for childcare, and SkillStruck, which teaches kids and teens to learn coding skills. Amy has managed a high-end boutique as well as the store coordinator and customer service manager for a large corporation in electronic retail sales. She enjoyed her time as an inside sales manager and outside sales for a cellular company, organizing large fundraising events and building strong customer networks. She worked for Caroline Productions as an assistant locations manager and worked with directors and producers to film the hit show “Touched by an Angel.” Amy is a Missouri farm girl at heart and loves all things farm-life. Amy's education background centers around vocal music education in higher ed. Amy’s greatest joys come from spending time with her best friend and husband, four beautiful children, serving in her church, listening to a good book and dreaming of spending limitless time on a warm beach someday.
Rachelle Morris | VP of J.P Morgan's private bank | Advisory Boards of the BYU Information Systems Department
Rachelle Morris is a Vice President for J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rachelle is responsible for overseeing private client relationships across the state of Utah and advises on a wide range of wealth planning matters including asset allocation, investments, credit, fiduciary services, and philanthropy. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Rachelle was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in its Private Wealth Management Division, advising and serving some of the wealthiest families in Texas. Rachelle also managed foundation and endowment portfolios in the Houston area. Prior to her experience in Houston and Dallas, Rachelle spent her first 2 analyst years at Goldman Sachs, living and working in Salt Lake City.
Rachelle received a B.S. in Information Systems from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management, where she was both a BYU Heritage and Houston Endowment scholar. Rachelle is currently serving on the Advisory Boards of the Information Systems Department at BYU, the Salt Lake Estate Planning Council, the Women’s Business Center of Southern Utah, and is on the Board of Trustees at Hale Center Theatre. She is Series 7 and 63 licensed.