UTVA Board

The Stride K12-powered career readiness program formerly known as Destinations Career Academy is now Stride Career Prep.

Board Meetings

The governing board follows the Utah Open Meetings Act and all meetings are open to the public. Board meetings are posted at least twenty-four hours in advance on the Utah Public Notice website, along with meeting minutes and recordings. Meeting minutes and recordings are also available by request by emailing mmerideth@utahvirtual.org, and additional meeting documents are available for review in the archive.

Meetings are tentatively scheduled for the first Wednesday monthly based on the proposed 2021–2022 annual meeting calendar [PDF]. Please visit the Utah Public Notice website to view upcoming meeting agendas.

Policies, Procedures, and Chartering Documents

The board has a responsibility to oversee policies and the school charter. Policies are reviewed periodically and adopted at public meetings.


Financial Oversight

The board oversees the financial health of Utah Virtual Academy and reviews budgets on a regular basis. All budgets are approved by the board and publicly available on the Utah Public Finance website. View monthly budget reports and direct any questions to mmerideth@utahvirtual.org

  • Members of the audit committee include Amberly Keeler and Dallin Drescher.
  • Stakeholders may report concerns of fraud, waste, abuse, or non-compliance directly to school administration or the governing board. Alternatively, stakeholders may report such concerns directly to the Utah State Board of Education through the Public Education Hotline at (801) 538-7813 and full contact information may be found on the Internal Audit website.

Board of Directors

Utah Virtual Academy is governed by a board of parents, educators, and community leaders. The board may be contacted by emailing utvaboard@utahvirtual.org.

  • President – Brian Maxwell
    Brian Maxwell has a degree in Political Science from the University of Utah. His experience includes working as a Deputy Campaign Manager, a Senior Policy Advisor, and a Senior Account Executive.
  • Vice President – Kristen Davidson
    Kristen Davidson works as Career and Technical Education Coordinator at Northridge High School in Layton, Utah. She is a graduate of Weber State University and the University of Utah. She taught health science classes and has previous experience as an operating room nurse. Kristen served as the National Board Chair for HOSA Future Health Professionals, President of the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Health Professions Network.
  • Financial Coordinator / Secretary – Dallin Drescher
    Dallin Drescher has a Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Spanish and is currently in law school.  He has experience as an assistant manager at America First Credit Union, and is the Director of Publishing for eAssist Dental Solutions. 
  • Parent Representative – Amberly Keeler
    Amberly Keeler is a former employee of UTVA who worked as an elementary teacher, as a lead teacher, and as the Director of Family Academic Support Team (FAST). As a parent, Amberly has witnessed how UTVA can support individual student needs.
  • Member – Marty Carpenter
    Marty Carpenter has a demonstrated expertise in public policy and strategic communications and worked on the executive team of Utah’s largest and longest-serving non-profit business association, the Salt Lake Chamber, as well as other nonprofit boards. Currently, Marty is a managing partner of 24NINE, a public policy firm located in Salt Lake City. Marty served as the senior advisor to Governor Herbert and has worked closely with education advisors, such as the Utah Education Association and various elected officials who support and oversee education.