Board of Directors

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Krysti Wright, Executive Director

Krysti Wright was raised in Paradise, California.  She learned to sew from her mother, and gained a love for quilting by watching her grandmother as a very young girl.  Krysti's father encouraged her to begin her love of service when he told her of a family who lost their home in a fire. 

She attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where she met and married Victor Wright. They raised eight children and have 9 grandchildren.  As a young mother, Krysti babysat children, sewed quilt tops for a local quilting shop, and started hand quilting for customers to help with their growing family.

 

Krysti has held leadership rolls in her local church.  She loves learning and designing projects in creative ways.  She enjoys sewing, quilting, drama, education, ballroom dance, and spending time with her family.  She served for six years as secretary/treasure for her local chapter of Daughters of Utah Pioneer's and ran her own quilting business for over 25 years.  

 

In 2016 Krysti and her husband founded Stitching Hearts Worldwide, allowing her to use many of her talents to serve others.  She loves all the wonderful people she serves with and meets along this Stitching Hearts journey!  

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Mark Einerson, Board Member

Mark lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah where he graduated from High School

back in 1966. He attended Brigham Young University and Utah Technical

College and graduated with an Associate's degree in Business and Marketing

Management. He served as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus

Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Western State Mission (Colorado and New

Mexico).

Mark served 6 years as supply quartermaster in an artillery unit in the Army

National Guard from 1972-1978. Mark has had many types of jobs from mowing lawns, farm duties, and picking fruit to work in construction. After

marrying Shauna Adamson in 1972 he began working in banking where he

remained until 2008 when he retired after 35 years. During that period he held

numerous positions and job titles from teller to eventually Executive Vice

President.

Mark enjoys walking, hiking, dancing, all the arts and music of all kinds. He

really enjoys road trips, back road sightseeing, hunting, fishing, and camping..

He's retired but works without pay part-time in his son's cabinet business and

volunteers in church and other civic organizations when opportunities present

themselves.

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Joe Miller III, Board Member

Joe Miller is a technical support engineer for Altair Engineering Inc. Before accepting a full-time position in technical support, he has worked in a myriad of positions, including American Sign Language interpreter, web/application developer, recruiting administrator, technical analyst, and technical consultant to many SMBs. Though recently joining Altair, Joe has published technical papers, is a trainer of longer-term employees, and is involved in multiple projects to improve overall support of the team.

 

Originally from Yelm, WA, Joe took advantage of Washington’s Running Start program and entered into full-time college at 16 with a focus in psychology, computers, and business. He then served a 2-year full-time mission for the LDS church in Baltimore, Maryland, serving in leadership positions or special assignments early on until the end of term. Maryland proved the gestation of many principles and paths of life. He met his future wife and found enjoyment in the service of others, particularly those with special needs.

 

Joe obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with concentrations in project management and enterprise applications from Brigham Young University - Idaho all while working as a web developer and data analyst/consultant for the same school. Now living in Utah State with his wife and four children, he is an avid supporter of healthy living through physical and mental activities. He loves helping homeschool his children and watching them obtain those “Eureka” moments in life.

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Jeff Kahn, Board Member

Jeffrey Kahn is an entrepreneur and has over 30 years of investment experience.  Mr. Kahn holds B.A (1965) and M.A. (1966) degrees from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah (1976).

Mr. Kahn resides in Provo, Utah with his wife, Charleen.  A long-time community activist, he has been a Rotarian, a past member of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, twice, Chairman of the Provo City Library Board, member of the Provo City Planning Commission, Chairman of the Utah Valley University Alumni Board, Chairman of the Utah Valley University Foundation, Twice a member of the Utah Valley University Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Advisory Council of America's Freedom Foundation, member of the Utah Symphony Board of Directors, Chairman of the Primary Hospital Foundation Board, twice the past Chairman of the Advisory Council of America's Freedom Foundation, member of the Utah Valley University, past Chairman of the Development Committee of the School of Aviation Science, past member of the National Advisory Council of the Utah Valley University Woodbury School of Business and past member of the National Advisory Council of the Business School at Southern Utah University where he once gave the Wells Fargo Executive Lecture.  He is the past Chairman of the Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Advisory Board and past Chairman of the Advisory Board for Veterans' Success Center at Utah Valley University.  He has six times given the executive lecture for business students at Utah Valley University and was one of the 2018 executive lecturers for the Department of Communications at Utah Valley University.  He was the past chair of the Advisory Board for the College of Performing and Visual Arts at Southern Utah University.  He is a past member of the Provo City Arts Council.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Utah Valley University and Snow College where he teaches Principles of Leadership.  He is currently on the board of Trustees for Snow College.

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Annelise Brown, Board Member

Annelise Brown is a wife, a mother to four amazing, and handsome boys, a business executive and has always been an entrepreneur at heart.  Along side being a stay at home mom for many years, she has always had a side hustle.  From hair stylist to wedding planner, she has continually looked for ways to use her creativity and help others.

In 2010 she started her own multi-million dollar jewelry company from the ground up.  She designed and sold hundreds of pieces of jewelry around the world, while being CEO and wearing many of the hats required in building a company.  She eventually sold the company a few years back.  Annelise currently works as a marketing executive for Youngevity International where she's been for the past several years

Annelise was born in New York City and grew up in Provo, Utah.  She attended both Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University where she was a Music, Dance, & Theater Major.  Throughout the years she has lived in Colorado, Texas and Iowa and she currently resides in Utah Valley with her family.

Annelise has served in many leadership positions for her church.  She loves people and believes at her core that serving and lifting others is the most important thing we can do.  She finds the most joy in meaningful relationships and leaving others better than she finds them.

Annelise is honored to be serving with Stitching Hearts and is grateful for the opportunity to help make a difference in the world.

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Richard Whitehead, Board Member

With over 20 years' experience in the software industry, Richard has worked in a variety of global roles, including Engineering, Marketing, Business Development, Sales and Product Management.  He has worked in many technology areas, including software as a service (SaaS), cloud computing, identity and access management operating systems, and systems management.  He has held senior positions for NetIQ, Novell, Citrix, Franklin Covey, and is currently Head of Product Marketing at Adobe.  Richard is a graduate of Engineering from Brigham Young University, has an MBA from Quantic, is a recognized public speaker, and has authored many industry articles and books.

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Alicia Preece, Executive Secretary

Alicia fell in love with Stitching Hearts Worldwide in 2018 with their youth

summer events. That first event was enough to encourage Alicia to get

involved by designing and managing the Stitching Hearts website, Facebook,

and other administrative projects.

Alicia was born and raised in the Provo/Orem area and graduated from UVU

with a BS in Information Systems and Administrative Management. She has

worked for the Mountainland Technical College for over 15 years teaching

Business Technology courses on campus and on-site with private companies

around Utah and Salt Lake Valley through the MTECH's Customized Training

program.

Alicia married Daniel Preece in 1999 and after 11 years in Orem they moved

their family to Pleasant Grove where they have resided the last 12 years. She

has 4 boys and 1 girl who keep her jumping.  Alicia loves to exercise and spend her time outdoors, camping, hiking, and more recently snowshoeing.  She has trained and competed in running, biking, and triathlon races around northern Utah.  In what spare time she has, Alicia is an avid reader and manages the local elementary school's Take Home Reading Library.

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