Board of Directors
The Utah Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is the main governing body of your Chamber, whose responsibilities include financial authority, long-range planning, and creating a lasting brand and image for the Chamber.
Tracey Dean, Chairwoman of the Board
Tracey Dean Financial
Tracey Dean is a licensed Investment Advisor Representative with Innovation Partners and is the founder and president of Tracey Dean Financial, LLC. She is an energetic, hard working, trustworthy partner who works in different facets of the financial services industry.
Kylee Howell, Vice Chair
Friar Tuck's Barbershop
Kylee Howell is a Utah native and the owner of Friar Tuck's Barbershop. Referred to as Utah's Queerest Barbershop, Friar Tuck's was founded on the idea that hair has no gender - we are here to give you the cut you want! Since it's inception, the barber shop is a community space to talk about life, community & current events. We are happy to fill that space for our local LGBTQ+ folks and friends of Friar Tuck's!
Kylee was born in Carbon County and graduated from Hunter High School, in West Valley City, in 2006. She came out in 2005 and was an active member of the HHS Gay-Straight Alliance. Her life experience directly informs her preference to work with nonprofits who support LGBTQ youth, struggling families, and the homeless.
David Le, Secretary
America First Credit Union
David is currently the Manager for the America First Innovation Center. He has been in finance for 7+ years and is passionate in helping others achieve their financial dreams and goals. Even though he works in the world of finance, he is a biologist at heart, graduating from Westminster College with a B.S in Biology,
Jon Jepsen, Treasurer
Sentry West Insurance
Jon Jepsen has been in the insurance industry since 1994 working as an independent insurance agent, broker, and risk manager. As a specialist in property and liability exposures, he has become one of the premier experts on insurance and risk management issues pertaining to nonprofits, beauty salons, technology firms, property managers, art galleries, and the LGBT community. Some of the other areas of insurance and risk management Jon handles include: Businessowners, Homes, Autos, Umbrella Liability, Professional Liability, Directors & Officers Liability, Workers Compensation, and Surety Bonds.
Daniel Gaffin, Membership Chair
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
As a potential homebuyer or seller, you're about to make one of the biggest financial decisions of your life.
Daniel Gaffin brings eight years of real estate experience. He began his real estate career in the bustling Washington, DC and Northern Virginia markets. Daniel is excited to bring his talents to the Salt Lake City metro area.
When Daniel was looking to join a Real Estate Brokerage in Salt Lake City, he chose Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Utah Properties because of its stellar reputation for exceptional agents who put their clients’ needs first.
Teinamarrie Scuderi, Ambassador Chair
Teinamarrie Scuderi has been an Ally and Activist in the LGBT community for 25 years.
She started as a volunteer with the Campus AIDS Project through the Lowell Bennion Center at the University of Utah as a Freshman. She then became an HIV/AIDS Educator at the Utah AIDS Foundation and the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of American Red Cross.
She has been a volunteer for many events and organizations in the LGBT community through the years and has served on a wide variety of boards and committee.
Dr. Nguyet Nguyen, Events Chair
The Infinite Alignment
Dr. Nguyet Nguyen graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas after receiving her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. She trained in caring for chronic pain issues. Dr. Nguyet has served people in El Salvador. She is currently working at The Infinite Alignment in Draper Utah.
Trey Edwards, SafeZone Chair
the present is
Trey Edwards is the owner of "the present is" and shares Open Communication through Personal Development Programs, including Life Coaching, Team Building, Motivational Speaking, and Inspirational Listening.
Trey is also a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Certified Suicide Prevention Instructor, and assists the Utah Department of Human Services (Substance Abuse and Mental Health), and the Utah and Salt Lake Suicide Prevention Coalitions, in bringing trainings to groups and businesses throughout Salt Lake County.
Michael Aaron, Marketing Chair
Michael Aaron is an original founder of the Chamber, and is celebrating 15 years of publishing QSaltLake Magazine and 12 for the QSaltLake Pages directory. He Has been active in the LGBTQ+ community since the early 80's as chair of the Lesbian and Gay Student Union at the University of Utah, chair of the Gay and Lesbian Utah Democrats, and founder of the Anti-Violence Project.
Dara Cohen, Board Member
Estate Planning and Probate Attorney
Dara R. Cohen graduated from the University of Utah with a law degree and Masters in Public Administration. Dara owns and operates an independent law practice, specializing exclusively in estate planning and probate. She participates in a number of local non-profit boards in addition to the Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce. When not working, Dara can be found throughout the Wasatch Range backcountry skiing in the winter and road biking in the summer.
Macklin Brown, Board Member
Business Relations at Title Guarantee
Raised on the big island of Hawaii, and has lived all over the world. People constantly gravitate towards his positive energy, work ethic, and overall out look on life. When Mack isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah and two sons, Lincoln, and Calum, wood working, outdoor activities, golfing, and playing rugby for Haggis.
Dave Jensen, Board Member
After earning a degree in Finance from the University of Utah, David started his career as a financial advisor in 2002. In 2009 he earned the Certified Financial Planner designation.
David focuses on serving the financial needs of individual investors of all ages and financial means.
Advisors are in place to keep us informed of events that are happening and how they affect the Chamber and Chamber Members.
Sophia Hawes-Tingey, Legislative Liaison
People Empowered, LLC
Sophia Hawes-Tingey is a software engineer and US Navy Veteran who moved to Utah in 2010, hoping to work in a discrimination-free zone for a company that valued diversity in order to send money back to her daughters living in Texas, during a time when the economy went flat in the Lone Star State.
She has been an LGBT advocate since then, as well as having worked in charge of welcoming for two Unitarian Universalist churches. Her objective is to make Utah a welcoming place, with fairness and opportunity for all, celebration of diversity, access to clean air and water, and excellent education.