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 2020–2021 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. Monthly budget reports are available upon request to mmerideth@utahvirtual.org

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 – Matthew Thue
    Matthew Thue is an Instructor in the Department of Business Administration & Marketing at Weber State University.  He holds B.A. degrees from Utah State University in both finance and economics, and a J.D. from the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah.  In addition to teaching, Matt maintains a limited appellate practice, where he focuses primarily on the due process protections afforded through the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.  He is an active member of the California State Bar, the California Appellate Defense Counsel, and the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Matt lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Tara, their daughter, Quinn, and an eyeless dog, Bubbles.
  • 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.
  • Member – Kristen Davidson