Board of Directors
All board members give freely of their time and talents in a volunteer capacity. This board governs and directs Mentors International by establishing policies and providing strategic direction. We are grateful for the knowledge and experience that they lend to help ensure that Mentors International is making continuous improvements and strides in our mission. If you are interested in serving on our board of directors please email email@example.com.
Chairman of the Board
Curtis Oscarson was a co-founder of Kunzler, Bean & Adamson, PC, a boutique corporate, emerging growth business and IP law firm in Salt Lake City that serves businesses and investment funds across the U.S. He has represented hundreds of growth organizations, and more recently, has taken on more direct strategic, finance, structuring and management advisory roles, including as the Chairman of the Board of EPIS, LLC, a simulation software company in the electricity field, CEO of Industry 219, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Medical Review Institute of America, LLC, a medical and clinical resource company that provides prior authorization and appeal reviews to health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, TPA’s, etc.
Curtis began his career as a corporate associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. in Silicon Valley. Curtis graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School, and magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in Economics and Business Management, where he was a Hinckley scholar.
Daniel R. Gunnell
Past Chairman of the Board
Oil and gas entrepreneur and operator. Oil and gas experience covers Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, but primarily focused in Utah. I have done deals and joint ventures with many industry leaders such as Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC), Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK), Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE:SWN), Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE:NFX), Crescent Point Energy Corp. (NYSE:CPG), Fidelity Exploration and Production Company (NYSE:MDU), Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:CWEI), Petro-Hunt, LLC, Yates Petroleum, Armstrong Oil and Gas, H&L Operating, Laddex Ltd, and others. Over the past few years I have leased and acquired in excess of 1,000,000 acres of oil and gas property and has successfully negotiated the acquisitions from Encana Corporation (NYSE:ECA), Talisman (NYSE:TLM), PetroCanada-Suncor (NYSE:SU), Patara, Fidelity Exploration and Production Company (NYSE:MDU).
Formerly Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mentors International.
Involved heavily in student mentoring and entrepreneurship as a Founder in Brigham Young University’s Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship.
Active Investor in start-ups, property and real-estate holdings.
Served an LDS church mission in Puerto Rico and speak fluent Spanish. I graduated from BYU where I received academic honors and participated in varsity athletics. Wife Mary and I have eight children.
Bonnie K. Smith
Advisory Council Director
Bonnie Smith is an accomplished business-centered technology executive with a track record of delivering superior business and IT results based on her broad and deep IT leadership expertise.
Having worked for premier Companies (DuPont, Whirlpool, Abbott, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Eaton and presently Lear Corporation) as well as the global management consulting firm McKinsey. Her robust industry experience includes Insurance (P&C, Medical, Re), Investment Banking, Chemicals, Life Sciences/Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Media, and Corporate staff organizations. This variety of manufacturing and service sector exposure enables her to bring best practices and out-of-the-box thinking to the opportunities and/or challenges at hand. She is intimately familiar with all business functions having re-engineered and/or automated them ranging from small evolutionary improvements to dramatic overhauls. She has extensive European experience.
She encourages prudent risk-taking, creates supportive high performing teams, drives accountability and sets stretch targets which resulted in a career of deep team loyalty as a leader who speaks the truth and supports her staff while helping them grow. Bonnie has a B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University of PA and an MBA from the University of Chicago, both with High Honors. She was named Pittsburgh CIO of the Year and has raised more than $300K as an active volunteer.
Bruce R. Hough
Mr. Hough began his career in broadcasting and advertising (where he was awarded the prestigious International CLIO awards for broadcast advertising). He was a radio and TV host and was an Editor/Anchor for KSL Radio news. Hough was the publisher of Utah Business Magazine and later of Woodland Publishing which created trade paperback publications sold through major bookstores. As founder and president of Bonneville Satellite Corporation and its successor, Keystone Communications, Hough pioneered the use of satellites for broadcast communication for sports, news, and entertainment programming.
Mr. Hough is also the President-Emeritus, Senior Advisor, and Co-Founder of Nutraceutical Corporation, a nutritional supplement manufacturing and distribution company. Prior to Nutraceutical Corporation, Hough was Partner of Clarte’ Capital, LLC, a business merger and acquisition management and capital firm.
Mr. Hough is very active in civic and charitable endeavors and currently is the President of the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America which serves 77,000 youth and 36,000 adult Scouts and Scouters. He is a Founding Board Member of Lifting Generations. Mr. Hough served his church for two years as a missionary in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the San Blas Islands. He continues to be active in his religious faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a Rotarian, he chaired the international committee.
Mr. Hough graduated from Ricks College in Journalism and graduated from the Marriot School of Management at Brigham Young University. He attended an Executive Management Program at Harvard University for Broadcast Professionals. In 2018, Hough will receive a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, with a dual emphasis in Global Leadership and Servant Leadership at Gonzaga University. He reads, writes, and speaks Spanish.
He is an avid hiker, aquatic sportsman, snow skier, and Ironman tri-athlete; loves reading, Mesoamerican archaeology, and travel. He is married to Debra Francom Hough, they have ten children and twenty grandchildren.
Liz Mumford is an honors graduate of Brigham Young University with a double major in Early Childhood & Elementary Education and membership in Kappa Omicron Nu. She currently serves in an elected position as Vice- President of the Davis School District Board of Education. She has worked for International Language Programs developing curriculum for second language acquisition, as well as the LDS Church Educational System and as an educator in the Davis School District. She serves as a managing trustee for the Bertin Family Foundation along with being active in church and civic roles. Mumford has led community councils and parent organizations in local schools and has volunteered for many years with the Boy Scouts of America and Mentors International. Mumford finds her greatest work and joy is in raising four sons with her husband Russell. She is a committed advocate for quality education and creating opportunities for women to become self-reliant and strengthen their families in developing countries.
Ron serves as the Global CEO of Schreiber Foods US. A global, employee-owned business with annual sales of more than $5 billion. Ron has spent over 35 years in the dairy industry with roles in operations, sales/marketing, and executive leadership. Ron is eager to help grow Mentors International work to help provide those in extreme poverty with the opportunity to become self-reliant. Through his work and other charity involvement, Ron has personally witnessed the extreme poverty in the world. He feels deeply committed to helping those in need through the self-reliant programs that Mentors International provides.
Ron and his wife Dana have two married sons and they are the proud grandparents of two grandchildren. They are involved in the community and church activities, they love to travel and they enjoy sports activities of all kinds. With his personal time, you will find Ron in the outdoors hiking, biking or skiing.
Brody is committed to helping people become self-reliant and has provided support to assist individuals and families in several countries. He is focused on projects and organizations that facilitate meaningful change and yield impactful results, making Lifting Generations/Mentor’s International a perfect fit!
He earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Duke University.
As a Principal Partner with JJ Cole Collections, he helped build a fast-growing company with a successful exit.
Brody is an active investor and currently serves as a member of the Founders Board for the Jeffrey D. Clark Center For Entrepreneurship at the Utah State University Huntsman School of Business.
He and his wife Keesha enjoy time with five wonderful children, traveling, sports, and being active outdoors.
Silvia Henriquez Allred
Silvia Henriquez Allred served as the First Counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A native of El Salvador she served a full-time mission in the Central America Mission.
She and her husband served as Public Affairs missionaries in Madrid, Spain. She also served with her husband when he presided over the Paraguay Asuncion Mission and the Missionary Training Center in the Dominican Republic.
Silvia Allred served as a member of the Young Women General Board. She attended Brigham Young University and the University of Arizona.
She has been a Spanish language instructor at the Missionary Training Center, a 4th grade School teacher, PTA president and a Girl Scout leader.
She married Jeffry A. Allred and they are the parents of eight children.
Jeanette Bennett is founder and editor-in-chief at Bennett Communications, where she primarily focuses her pen on Utah Valley Magazine, BusinessQ Magazine and Prosper Magazine. Jeanette earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism from BYU and has been a regular guest on HuffPostLive. She has moderated gubernatorial debates and numerous business panels. Jeanette plays the piano and organ, but her feet did the talking last year when she took third place in “Dancing with the Community Stars.” Jeanette has a love/hate relationship with deadlines, half marathons and the stock market — and she has a love/love relationship with glossy pages, watching her kids play sports and enjoying Utah’s canyons. She and her husband, Matt, are raising their five children in Cedar Hills.
Curtis Bennett comes from humble circumstances and knows the power and benefit of a true mentor.
Throughout his career, he has had vast experience in many avenues of for-profit business to non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and international business. He has traveled extensively throughout the world and has personally witnessed the extreme poverty facing many families. Recently, Curtis and his wife Sheri were released after serving a term of service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presiding over the Mexico Missionary Training Center, located in Mexico City from January 2017 – January 2019.
Curtis is very appreciative for the mentors and examples who have helped shape his life. He strongly feels like now is the time in his life where it is his turn to pay it forward.
When Curtis is not helping to share and grow the mission of Mentors International, he is found spending his time with his beautiful wife Sheri, his five children, and their 12 grandkids. He also enjoys exploring the great outdoors on his mountain bike.