2018-2019 Officers

board member


Nathan Gerber

Utah Valley University







Julie Duersch

Utah Valley University


Julia Ellis


Sheri Butler

Southern Utah University



Candida Johnson 

Utah Valley University



Jessica Prettyman

Utah State University


PR/Media Committee Chair:

Jenny McConnell

University of Utah



Legislative Committee Chair:

Jakell Larson

 Utah Valley University



Our Mission

Our mission is to unify, train, educate, and cultivate higher education staff and their associations; to create a powerful voice for staff within the state of Utah; to instill a sense of pride in higher education staff; and to educate the citizens of Utah regarding the worth of Higher Education.

UHESA provides a means of association and communication between the Staff Associations of each institution of the Utah System of Higher Education. Membership in UHESA consists of representatives from each institution's Staff Association officers and all higher education staff. In addition to monthly meetings and quarterly conferences, UHESA organizes a Day at the Capitol each February for all higher education staff to speak with legislatures about the importance of higher education within the state system and its vital role as an economic engine for the state.

Strategic Goals

I. UHESA serves all staff in higher education and works together to:

  1. Unify higher education staff associations toward common goals.
  2. Provide representation and a powerful voice for staff in higher education in Utah.
  3. Offer a means through which staff may influence decisions that affect employment, compensation, benefits, retirement, work environment, and any other matter pertaining to the work environment.
  4. Improve relations of higher education staff with the Office of the Governor of the State of Utah, the Utah State Board of Regents, and Utah State Legislators.
  5. Train staff association leaders on ways to help strengthen their associations and institutions, as well as instill a sense of pride in staff.
  6. Present means of association and inter-communication among the staff within the Utah System of Higher Education.
  7. Educate and encourage staff of the USHE institutions to become involved in the political process.
  8. Promote the worth of higher education in the state of Utah.