Allison Smith is on her first term as a CAT Committee member. She represents northern Salt Lake County as a voice for mental illness and developmental disabilities. Allison grew up in the Wasatch Front. She values improving Utah for better services that allow the UTA to grow and help others. At Lehi High School she was active in peer tutoring and Special Olympics. Allison is open to feedback and hopes to hear from her community.
Ambur Davis is a on her first term as a CAT Committee member. She represents Salt Lake County, as well as the Blind community. She is currently a member of the National Federation of the Blind Ambur has lived in the Salt Lake area for five years and has used public transportation since she was 16 in the different places she has lived. Ambur looks forward to helping those with disabilities be able to use public transportation and have as much independence as they want.
Brandi Lavoie is serving the first year of her second term as a CAT Committee member. She represents Salt Lake City and is Blind/visually impaired. Brandi is not a Salt Lake or Utah native and, as someone who depends on public transportation, finds that UTA accessible transportation services that are easy to use. Brandi enjoys being on the CAT to help the community and others with disabilities to advocate for the best transit experience. Brandi is employed full time at the University of Utah and, in her free time, she love spending time with her family, friends, and my two dogs; watching football; and being outside admiring our wonderful Utah mountains!
Chris Wycoff is serving the first year of his second term as a CAT Committee member. He lives in the Salt Lake/Millcreek area and is legally blind. Chris represents the blind and visual impaired community on the CAT Committee. He worked as an IT professional for 25 years and was a high school special education teacher for 10 years before retiring in 2016. Chris has used the fixed route bus and Paratransit systems, as well as TRAX and Frontrunner for a number of years and is thrilled to provide input on improving the UTA system. Chris is the father of five children and nine grandchildren. He enjoys reading, fishing, and travel.
Jamie Cheek is on her first term as a CAT Committee member. She currently works and live in Weber County. Jamie works as a District Director for the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR). In this role, she works with individuals with disabilities every day to increase their independence through employment. USOR understands that transportation is a giant piece of how people access employment, so she appreciates being on the CAT committee to help increase that access to the individuals I work with. Jamie moved to Utah over 9 years ago and I loves living here! She has served in several roles with USOR, including Secretary, Counselor and Supervising Counselor before my current position of District Director. She has been involved in the organizations of Utah Job Placement and Development and the Utah Rehabilitation Association which also help individuals with disabilities, and I have served as President and President-elect.
Karolyn Campbell is the Executive Director of the Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Salt Lake City, Utah. DRAC is a two-part agency that (1) works to establish equal rights for people with disabilities through enforcement of federal and state law, and (2) provides case management services through the New Choices Waiver Program operated by the Utah Department of Utah. This is Karolyn’s first year on the CAT Committee, and she represents individuals from a broad range of disability backgrounds and experiences in Salt Lake County. Karolyn is currently a fifth-year PhD student at the University of Utah, studying Political Science with an emphasis in disability policy and public administration. Outside of the CAT Committee, she also serves on the Utah Disability Advisory Committee and Salt Lake City Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Michael Lefevor is serving the first year of his second term as a CAT Committee member. In his role as the Executive Director of the Utah Statewide Independent Living Council (USILC), a statewide agency which develops and oversees the implementation of various statewide independent living objectives for the disability community, Michael represents Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Ogden, Weber, and Tooele counties on the CAT Committee. Michael also represents and advocates for individuals with all types of disabilities. Prior to joining USILC, Michael worked at a Center for Independent Living (CIL) as a Community Integration and Youth Coordinator. Michael has worked in the independent living field for 10 years and in the disability community for 15 years and holds a degree in Nonprofit Management. Michael is married and has 3 wonderful children.
Petrine is a long time Salt Lake City resident and a University of Utah alum with a degree in Community Health Education. She joined UTA’s Committee for Accessible Transportation in 2017 as an advocate for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. Petrine observed the important role accessible transportation has played in fostering independence for her daughter. Her daughter has Cerebral Palsy and uses UTA Paratransit Services to access essential services, explore her community and connect with family and friends. Access to public transportation opens a world of opportunities for everyone.
Roger Downing is on his first term as a CAT Committee member where he represent Utah County. He is the President of the Advocates 1st and Ability 1st chapter in Provo. Roger joined the UTA CAT Committee too advocate for persons with disability and also represent the community and the county he lives in. He is a person that has a disability that wants to help all walks of life from young to old.
Ron Nelson is on the second year of his first term as a CAT Committee member where he services on the Planning & Community Outreach sub-committee. Ron is Deaf and works for the State of Utah’s Division of Services of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (https://jobs.utah.gov/usor/dhh). Ron represents and advocates for the Deaf community in Utah. Ron previously served as President of the Utah Association of the Deaf for 3 terms of 2 years each.
Trista Lawrence is a resident of Utah County and is serving the last year of her second term on the CAT Committee. She represents the disability community as a liaison between UTA and non-profit service providers for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Trista works for TURN Community Services as a Director of Program Services and advocates for the individuals she supports throughout Utah County as well as serving as a TURN representative state wide. Trista joined the CAT committee to be a part of effecting change in her community for the individuals she supports as well as a voice for her own community that currently has almost no access to public transportation, let alone access to ADA accessible public transportation.