Meet Our Administrators

Trust the Dedication of Utah's Foremost Educational Leaders

Utah Virtual Academy administrators are committed to ensuring the finest education possible for your children. From providing expert tools and strategies to teaching materials and parent support, our management is dedicated to making sure that you have what you need to deliver a well-rounded, enriching education to your children. 

Meghan Merideth

Meghan Merideth, Head of School, 801.262.4922 Ext. 210 – graduated from Utah Valley University in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science. Mrs. Merideth completed her Master's Degree in Educational Counseling from University of Phoenix in 2009, and is pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Utah. She has been with UTVA since 2011, and has experience in working with students of all grade levels with charter and district schools prior to joining UTVA. Her background includes extensive experience as a school counselor, high school principal, and operations manager. Mrs. Merideth has developed a passion for virtual education believing that all students can learn and virtual education is a vehicle to facilitate quality education statewide.

Jonathan Osborn

Jonathan Osborn, Operations Manager, 801-262-4922, – Mr. Osborn is in his third year with Utah Virtual Academy. In his current role, he provides technical and logistical leadership and support for both staff and students. His main goal is to remove existing barriers so that the overall educational process runs more smoothly for teachers and students. Mr. Osborn graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Sport and Performance Psychology.  He finds it extremely rewarding to apply many of the principles he acquired during his own education to every day challenges. Jon also operates a small consulting practice where he teaches athletes, businessmen, and performers from all backgrounds mental skills to that enable them improve in their own areas of focus. Mr. Obsorn loves his role as Ops Manager and is excited to be part of the UTVA family.

Debbie Dempsey

Debbie Dempsey, Academic Director, 801.262.4922 Ext. 200 – graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. Mrs. Dempsey earned her M.Ed. at City University of Seattle, and her principal certification from Seattle Pacific University. She is currently completing a doctoral degree in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning, focusing on high school dropouts. Mrs. Dempsey taught Special Education in grades 1–12 in private and public schools for 21 years, and has been a principal for 10 years in both public and charter school systems.  Her family has lived in Maryland, Washington, California, and are glad to call Utah home again. Her husband is a retired Boeing engineer, they have two married children and three of the cutest grandsons around. Mrs. Dempsey experience with non-traditional educational opportunities has shown her endless possibilities for each student to reach their dreams. 

Shelly Strahan

Shelly Strahan, Special Programs Manager, 801.262.4922 Ext. 6000 - graduated from Southern Utah University in 2003 with a teaching degree in Secondary Language Arts and Journalism. After teaching Language Arts for two years at an alternative private school setting, Mrs. Strahan realized her real passion was working with students with disabilities, especially autism. She earned her endorsement in Special Education from Utah State University, and afterwards moved into special education in the public school system. Mrs. Strahan has worked in private schools, a public district school, and now at Utah Virtual Academy. She was been the Special Education Coordinator at UTVA for seven years, and in 2018 moved to the role of Special Programs Manager, where she oversees compliance for Special Education, Title I programs, 504 plans, and ELL. Her strongest belief is that given the opportunity, all students can learn.

Angie Kreitzer

Angie Kreitzer, K-8 Principal, 801.262.4922 Ext. 7000 - completed her bachelor's degree at Utah State University in Elementary Education. Mrs. Kreitzer is a former fourth grade teacher where she innovatively integrated technology into her classroom. She joined the UTVA team in 2008. Mrs. Kreitzer has served as a teacher, lead teacher and title family and student engagement coordinator. She brings strong love for school choice, and enthusiasm for partnering with parents to facilitate enjoyable, effective schooling for children here in Utah.

Desarae Wright

Desarae Wright, High School Assistant Principal, 801.262.4922 ext. 3340, - graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Wright then completed her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Western Governor’s University in 2017. She taught grades Kindergarten-2nd before moving to administration working as Assistant Principal in K8 and now High School. Mrs. Wright joined the UTVA team in 2013, and has a passion for education and serving the virtual school population.  Although working with younger students is where her career began, she quickly found a special place in her heart for High School and looks forward to seeing the school grow.

LuAnn Charles

LuAnn Charles, Student Services Administrator and Marketing Point of Contact Rep., 385-212-4613, Mrs. Charles has been at UTVA for 7 years starting as a Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher. She then worked as the Family Engagement Coordinator for four years and is currently excited to work as the Student Services Administrator with an amazing team of professionals dedicated to supporting students and parent Learning Coaches. Mrs. Charles graduated from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education. Her hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, fishing, singing, and spending time with her family.