Erni Armstrong, Chairman of the Board
Erni Armstrong is the founder and president of Freestyle Marketing Group, a full-service advertising agency in Salt Lake City.
Giving back to the community is an important part of Erni’s life philosophy, and she has made it Freestyle’s mission to choose a charitable organization to receive pro-bono or in-kind services every year. The long list of nonprofits she has supported personally and professionally includes Kids On The Move, And Justice For All, Friends of Alta, Utah Food Bank, the Disability Law Center and others.
But the cause closest to Erni’s heart is helping children grow into healthy, happy and productive adults, which is why she spent the last decade personally volunteering her time to Prevent Child Abuse Utah where she served as Chairman of the Board.
Jan Brock, Treasurer
Jan Brock is the latest addition to our Board. She is a CPA, MBA, and has previously worked for the Disability Law Center as an advocate in their Abuse and Neglect Division. Jan has professional experience as a Congressional Auditor with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in private accounting, as a business owner, and with the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce.
Jan is also involved in Utah legislation that supports people with disabilities as a member of the Utah League of Women Voters and as a member of the Legislative State Women’s Council for Utah.
She and her husband, Michael, currently sponsor one child in the Philippines Humanitarian program.
Sheryl Gillilan, Secretary & Fundraising Dinner Chair
Sheryl is currently the executive director of Art Access, a Utah nonprofit that “provides equal opportunities to inclusive arts programs for Utahns with disabilities and those with limited access to the arts.” During her 12-year tenure, she helped the organization develop innovative programs, reach out to diverse populations and form strong partnerships with other nonprofits in the Salt Lake City community. She is also an award-winning quilt artist.
Sheryl fell in love with the Filipino culture when she went abroad as a foreign exchange student in her senior year of high school. She went on to attend Lewis and Clark College where she received a B.A. in Psychology, and then to Bryn Mawr College where she received a Master of Science in Social Services (MSS) and a Master of Law and Social Policy (MLSP).
Doug Anderson, Board Development Committee Chair
Doug Anderson brings compassion and drive to the Philippines Humanitarian Board of Directors. Doug grew up in the Salt Lake City, Utah area where he graduated from Granite High School, served in the Utah Air National Guard and attended Southern Utah State College, now Southern Utah University. He is currently employed as a fraud investigator with eBay.
As a husband, father and grandfather, his family is his passion. He and his wife of 43 years have two wonderful daughters and eleven happy, healthy, strong and beautiful grandchildren.
Previously he served as a volunteer and then as a member of the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse Utah. He also served on the PCAU Executive Committee. He is also a former member and Board Chairman of Guardianship Associates of Utah, a non-profit organization. He has successfully mentored “troubled” youth in the Third District Juvenile Court system’s “Village Project” and volunteers for other church and civic opportunities. He and his wife sponsor a 9-year-old boy in the PH program.
Staci Duke, Marketing Committee Chair
Staci Duke has been working with community-based nonprofits for 20 years. Her expertise is in providing strategic guidance to develop an organization’s individual, foundation and corporate funding base. Her practice includes grants research and writing, strategic marketing, executive development, development of targeted cultivation materials and special events planning.
Throughout her career, Staci has worked with some of Utah’s most respected charities including Art Access, The Disability Law Center, And Justice for All, Wasatch Gardens, Junior Achievement of Utah and Prevent Child Abuse Utah. She currently works in advertising, but still enjoys working with nonprofits on a volunteer basis. She sponsors 9-year-old girls Francine Mae and Jovelyn in Payatas.
M. Gale Lemmon
M. Gale Lemmon brings legal expertise and a giving heart to the Philippines Humanitarian Board. In 2016, he served an 18-month church-related mission to the Philippines with his wife, Susan. During their tenure, he served as Associate Area Legal Counsel while Susan served as Assistant to the Area Medical Supervisor. It was this experience that cultivated an appreciation of the Filipino culture and people. When he returned and heard about Philippines Humanitarian and their mission, he wanted to help.
Lemmon is formerly the Assistant Attorney General in the Utah Attorney General’s office, retiring in December of 2013. He enjoys spending time with his 5 children and 11 grandchildren.
John Mike Tait
John “Mike” Tait was elected to serve on our Board in February 2017. As the current Executive Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Zions Bancorpation, Mike works closely with C-suite executive teams to ensure effective management of the human capital in the organization.
He has held similar positions with American Express and EFI Global, among others. Philippines Humanitarian benefits from Mike’s strategic planning skills and his experience serving on boards of multiple non-profits including Prevent Child Abuse Utah and the Best Buddies organization. He and his wife, Lisa, sponsor 5 children ranging in age from 7-14, in the Philippines Humanitarian program.
Iraida Hernandez Pisano
Iraida’s passion and commitment to children and learning are apparent in her accomplishments in both the public and the private school system. She initiated a nongraded system in an elementary school where students excelled a minimum of one grade level above their same-age peers; coordinated and supervised a quarter of a million dollar grant providing supplemental education for low-performing students in 13 elementary schools; and was a selected state representative, mentor and model for California’s Volunteer Program which partnered with AmeriCorps.
A parent, grandparent as well as a sponsor of students, children are the core of Iraida’s efforts. Each child’s success is the ultimate goal, not only in learning but in life. Iraida’s personal philosophy, adopted from CHARACTER COUNTS! Program is to “Make IT Matter and to Live a Life That Matters.”
Eric Mitchell, the President of Fifth Ocean Consulting, LLC has worked on behalf of organizations in Utah, Washington, California and New York as a consultant, educator, researcher, activist, mentor, service provider and volunteer. Named one of the “Enlightened 50″ by the Community Foundation of Utah, Eric has more than 25 years of experience supporting the work of community-based organizations, governmental entities, educational institutions and private-sector clients with the common goal to improve the strength and vitality of our communities and the well-being of its citizens.
Eric’s consulting practice focuses on leadership analysis and cultivation, organizational values implementation, strategic planning and decision-making, governance, conflict resolution and professional coaching. Eric is privileged to serve on a number of nonprofit boards in Utah. He was recently appointed to the Executive Board of Philippines Humanitarian, serves as a Special Advisor to Heal Courageously and is the Vice Chair Elect on the Board of Wasatch Community Gardens. Eric is the co-author of numerous articles and publications including “Pre-Service Teachers: Considering the Impact of Deficit Theory to Address Disproportionality in Special Education” and Living with HIV/AIDS – A Guide to Planning for the Future and Understanding Your Rights.
Eric was the National Press Coordinator for Disability Rights of Washington in their release of The Investigative Report of the “Ashley Treatment.” He is also the Founder and Project Director of the documentary film and lecture series Loud and Clear: Voices from the Disability Community, Utah’s Citizens Democracy Project, the Community Justice Awards and the Race and Disability Summit. Eric recently served as the conference facilitator for the National Science Foundation’s Sustainability in Prisons Project.
I have a wonderful wife of 18 years and four great children who work with me in tandem to give back and help people develop through various service and humanitarian opportunities. We have had the opportunity to volunteer and serve people in multiple countries around the world. We sponsor and have sponsored multiple children to obtain education and other essential needs. We have the desire to continue this work at the highest level possible.
I have a particular passion for the Philippines as I spent multiple years there growing my love for the people and culture. There are many humble people in need and many who want to improve their situation. This is one of the reasons I am so pleased to be involved with the Philippines Humanitarian Organization.
Some additional personal interests include: Spending time with family, sports both playing and spectating, languages, leadership, healthcare and various outdoor activities.