Board of Directors
The Utah LGBTQ+ 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.
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.
Liz Pitts, Membership Chair
Utah Pride Center, Director of Community Engagement
Liz is Salt Lake City native and has for many years been a LGBTQ+ activist and community volunteer in Utah and elsewhere. Currently the Pride Center's Director of Community Engagement, Liz was previously on the UPC Board, sat on the Pride Festival Steering Committee, was the Center’s volunteer librarian and Pride Festival Director.
Before Joining the Utah Pride Center, Liz worked for many years in enterprise system sales, technical sales operations, event management and training.
Liz is a mother of a most fabulous 17-year-old and an avid skier. She loves travel, all things outdoors, and operates a ski lift in her spare time.
Trey Edwards, LGBTQSafeZone Resources Co-Chair
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Trey Edwards is grateful to be a survivor of suicide for over 12 years. Through these years and his experiences, Trey shares insights, awareness, resources and connections to help others help themselves.
Trey is also grateful to share his time as a Certified Talk Saves Lives Presenter and Co-Chair of the 2020 Salt Lake Out of the Darkness Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
Samantha Taylor, LGBTQSafeZone Resources Co-Chair
Samantha knew from early childhood that she was transgender, but growing up in a conservative LDS family she had no role models and little access to information or support. She didn’t meet another trans person (that she knows of) until her 30’s. Recognizing that those who are able to do so often “go stealth” leaving behind few role models for the next generation, Samantha has made a conscious decision to remain visible.
Samantha has over a decade of business ownership experience in the tech industry and now works as a Freelance Paralegal. She is actively involved in diversity & inclusion efforts, mental health advocacy, and suicide prevention. She is also a mother of 3 darling children, community activist, writer, and businesswoman.
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.
Mindy Young, Ambassador Chair
Mindy B. Young has extensive experience in film, theater, education, and advocacy. Holding both a Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Utah, she uses her creative touch to inspire program development, connect organizations and maximize collaboration.
Mindy has spent years engaging young people and adults in public speaking, performing, curriculum planning, arts integration, and performance at Southern Utah University and Utah Valley University, along with other schools, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Mindy has been awarded Best in State for Teaching and is a Coca-Cola Distinguished Educator. She has been a guest presenter on 511 Talk, All Ears English, a featured presenter at the International TESOL conference and on TEDx.
Harrison Spendlove, Events Chair
Harrison Spendlove Photography
Harrison Spendlove is a native of the Ogden area. After spending the he elementary school years in Huntsville his family moved to North Ogden, where he graduated from Weber High.
Harrison graduated with his Bachelor of Communication: Public Relation and Advertising. Shortly after he finished his education, receiving his Masters of Health Administration, through the Executive MHA program at Weber State University.
He has been actively involved in organizing that supports the LGBTQ+ community. He sat on the for The Salt Lake City AIDS Walk planning committee for two years and is strong support of the Utah AIDS Foundation. He served on the Board of Directors for both OUTreach Utah and Ogden Pride prior to the merger of the two Organizations.
Brian McOmie, Ambassador & Events co-chair
Your Favorite Bartender
Brian McOmie is a mixology enthusiast working with event and wedding planners, Nonprofits, CEOs, executives, solopreneurs and other individuals to provide drink services from non-alcohol soda bars to full bars including unique concoctions for your special events and/or venues across Utah.
He has a thirst for philanthropy and gives back to his local community charities and nonprofits. After spending over two decades working in the bartending and events industry, Brian knows what truly measures success is how well the bartending personnel connect with the people they serve.
The synergy between the logistics of carefree service, fun and appealing display and unbeatable customer service creates unforgettable memories for all. As founder and owner of Your Favorite Bartender, Brian delivers this synergy taking events from ordinary to extraordinary, giving the hostess/host one less worry!