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 info@mentorsinternational.org.

Daniel R. Gunnell

Daniel R. Gunnell

Chairman of the Board

Daniel Gunnell has extensive experience across the oil and gas industry specifically in the states of Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Colorado. Gunnell has negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, and/or participated in joint ventures with many industry leaders such as Anadarko (NYSE: APC), Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN), Encana (NYSE: ECA), Talisman/ Fortuna (NYSE: TLM), Suncor/PetroCanada (NYSE:SU), Fidelity (NYSE:MDU), Clayton Williams Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: CWEI), Petro-Hunt, Yates Petroleum, and Armstrong Oil and Gas. Recently Gunnell, lead an effort to acquire over 1,000,000 acres of oil and gas property in Utah and has formed seven Federal Exploratory Units. Gunnell has owned an interest in many wells and has been an Operator for the last 10 years. As an Operator he has worked with several leading oilfield service providers such as Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), Weatherford International (NYSE: WFT), Patterson- UTI Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEN), Key Energy Services, Inc (NYSE: KEG), Nabors Drilling, Frontier Drilling, and Weatherford International (NYSE: WFT). Gunnell is a distinguished leader having been chosen by BYUSA as one of the most influential of Brigham Young University, where he was the captain of the cheer squad, varsity wrestler, and received academic honors. Gunnell has also completed graduate level geology course work at BYU. He is actively involved in his church and politics and enjoys sports and the outdoors. He and wife Mary have five wonderful children.

Richard Tanner

Richard Tanner

Past Chairman of the Board

Richard Tanner is an executive and part owner of Concero Connect, a social business that “delivers radically affordable broadband connectivity (via patented satellite technology) to the very impoverished and underserved in order to create opportunity, improve quality of life, and enhance livelihoods. The organization’s L3C status allows Concero Connect to pursue its social mission as would a non-profit (501c(3)) organization while using corporate paradigms of operating. Tanner is the former owner and co-founder of Extra Space Storage, still Utah’s largest business.

Elizabeth Mumford

Elizabeth Mumford

Executive Committee Board Member

Elizabeth B. 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 has worked for International Language Programs developing curriculum for second language acquisition, as well as the LDS Church Educational System and most recently 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.  Mumford finds her greatest work and joy is raising four sons with her husband Russell. She is committed to advocating for quality education and creating global opportunities for women to become self-reliant and strengthen their families.

Michael Glauser

Michael Glauser

Executive Committee Board Member

Mike has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, business consultant and university professor. He is the cofounder and chairman of My New Enterprise, an online training and development company for aspiring entrepreneurs. His is also the founder and former CEO of Golden Swirl Management Company and of Northern Lights. Both companies were sold to CoolBrands International. Mike has consulted with hundreds of startup companies and large corporations in the areas of business strategy, organization effectiveness and leadership development. His clients have included Associated Food Stores, The Boeing Company, Department of Workforce

Services and Esso of Inter-America. Mike is currently the Executive Director of the Clark Center for Entrepreneurship in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. He has published numerous articles in magazines and three books on entrepreneurship: Glorious AccidentsThe Business of Heart and Main Street Entrepreneur, which chronicles his 4,000 mile bicycle ride across America to interview 100 remarkable entrepreneurs who have successfully merged livelihood and lifestyle in places they want to live. Mike has appeared on Great Day America, First Business from Washington, Associated Press Radio, Voice of America, Good Morning Chicago, Kansas City Live, and many other radio and TV programs. He received a Ph.D. from Purdue University, and BS and MS degrees from the University of Utah.

Curtis Oscarson

Curtis Oscarson

Executive Committee Board Member

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.

Shane V. Argyle

Shane V. Argyle

Board Member

Shane Argyle graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Business Management from the University of Utah.  He worked at IntegraCore, Inc. from 1989 until 2007, becoming an owner in 1993 and later served many years as CEO. Argyle continues as a small businessman.  He has a passion for developing the self-reliance in all human beings.
Ron Dunford

Ron Dunford

Board Member

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.

Gary Free

Gary Free

Board Member

Mr. Gary Free has had an extensive career in Real Estate Appraisal, Development, and Management. In 1994 Mr. Free founded and developed the first of what would become the Towne Storage self-storage group of properties which have been developed, owned, and managed in Utah and Nevada. Later on, Mr. Free formed Free and Associates which recently became known as Valbridge Property Advisors/Free and Associates. Valbridge/Free and Associates is now one of the largest appraisal firms in Utah. Within the last six years he was invited to be one of the organizing and founding members of Valbridge Property Advisors; involved in planning and organizing its nationwide launch in 2013. Valbridge Property Advisors quickly became the third largest appraisal company in the United States.

Mr. Free has served as the President of the Utah Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, the Utah Chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, and the Utah Chapter of the Self-Storage Association and has served several years in Board Member positions with these and other professional organizations.

He also serves on the executive committee as the co-chair for the Utah AMAR International Foundation aiding refugees in the Middle East. In addition to AMAR, he is on the Board of Directors for Mentors International. Mentors International is an extremely effective micro lending charitable foundation which targets areas of poverty to bring about entrepreneur training and mentoring in addition to micro lending

Natalie Goddard

Natalie Goddard

Board Member

Natalie Goddard is passionate about empowering mothers to find real answers within. She loves watching doTERRA change lives! She is a devoted wife and mother, doTERRA Double Presidential Diamond, Co-Creator of Share Success, a Holistic Health Coach, and a Marriage & Family Life Educator. Goddard thrives on exploring in nature with her seven amazing children and sharing truths that will impact generations.

Ronald C. Gunnell

Ronald C. Gunnell

Board Member

Ronald Gunnell co-founded Health Benefits America (HBA) which became one of the nation’s premier outsourcing benefit management solutions to many respected Fortune 100 companies. In 2014 Ron founded The BroadStreet Group, which provides international consulting services with offices in the United States, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and India.

With over 30 years of business experience and nearly 20 years in the entertainment industry, he serves on a number of Educational and Arts Boards including Hale Center Theatre, Utah State University Cain College, BYU Marriott School, UVU Presidential Advisory Board, U of U School of Music, Legacy Film Foundation, and National Advisory Board Best of State. He is  heavily involved in charitable and volunteer work, including, Mentors International, Rising Star Outreach, and Operation Kids.

He joined the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square as a singer in 1996. In early 2000 he was called as Assistant to the President of the Tabernacle Choir, and Executive Producer (Talent), and is responsible for negotiating and bringing all guest artists who perform with the choir. In 2017 he was officially appointed Senior Advisor for the King’s Singers and President of their Gold Club, and on the board of their Global Charity efforts worldwide.

Teresa Harding

Teresa Harding

Board Member

Teresa Harding is a Founding Presidential Diamond Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA essential oils. Harding is known for her trainings throughout the United States and internationally. She has been invited to teach at in many venues including hospitals and clinics, massage, aesthetic and chiropractic schools, health food stores and some of the most prestigious spas and hotels including MGM Grand, Green Valley Spas, and M Resort. Her business training creates successful leaders at such a rapid pace that she has been invited by dōTERRA to train new teams around the world on her Builder Success System. Harding also has been able to create Health Strategies Worldwide – a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to improving lives through training and educating people in poverty-stricken areas around the world on the use of essential oils and in determining and addressing other needs. Her vision is to empower people everywhere to take control of their health care needs.

Norman O. King

Norman O. King

Board Member

Mr. King is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He has had many successful entrepreneurial ventures over the years. In 1982  Mr. King started a produce company in Phoenix, Arizona that was later known as  King’s Onion House, Inc. As President and CEO he helped grow the company to 30 million in annual sales and then sold the company to Fresh America, Inc. in 1998.  Mr. King was also the co-founder of Royal Wood, Inc. which was sold to Comfortex  Window,  a Masco Company. Mr. King served as a Board Member until Comfortex was sold to Hunter Douglas Window coverings a public company. Mr. King also was a co-founder and board member of Farnsworth Webb and Greer a successful insurance agency in the Phoenix area until selling to USI Insurance. He joined Cornerstone in 2004 as a senior partner and continues to be involved with acquisitions, business development and investor relationships. Mr. King has also invested in many successful real estate endeavors over the past 30 years.

Mr. King has served as a Board Member of Mentors International since 1999. He served a mission in El Salvador and Guatemala from 1978-1980 for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is grateful to be able to continue to serve and help the impoverished families in these countries, and throughout the world today through his service with Mentors International. 

Kent B. Petersen

Kent B. Petersen

Board Member

Kent Petersen received a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Utah and later went on to receive a master’s in dealership management from the Chrysler Institute. He worked for Petersen Motor Company for over 50 years, beginning as parts runner and eventually serving as president. He is past president of Petersen Leasing, Inc., and current president of Morph2o Water Management LLC, a company that markets water sensing technology to agriculture and turf-landscape customers. He has long been affiliated with Petersen Marine Supply Inc. He has been very involved in the community and has held extensive leadership positions on various boards, chambers of commerce, foundations, and committees.

Scott Petersen

Scott Petersen

Board Member

Scott Petersen is a long-time entrepreneur, having co-founded or partnered in building seven companies: Best Vinyl, LLC, Hardware Express, APU Solutions, Life & Safety Products, Inc., Regency II, Woodland Heights, LLC, and the Anniversary Inns. He was CEO of Best Vinyl, the largest nationwide installer of vinyl fencing and decking, for many years. Petersen currently serves as faculty advisor to Brigham Young University’s CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization) chapter and is a business consultant. He serves on several boards assisting foundations that serve third world countries and other important causes.

Erin Russell

Erin Russell

Board Member

Erin is a lifelong learner and longtime advocate for personal improvement. She has continued her college education, even when moving from state to state. Erin has served as president, vice president, and counselor in many church and school organizations. She believes in the strength of the human spirit and enjoys being a part of fostering that in others. Her interest and support of Mentors International began years ago, with increased love for the program and Mentors’ clients after a visit to Mentors Ghana. Her hobbies include road biking, poetry, hiking, reading, and travel. She has lived in several states across the country with her husband and four children and has called Ohio home for the past 11 years. She has one grandson.

Bonnie K. Smith

Bonnie K. Smith

Board Member

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.

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