Women of Weber
Dianna Abel began working at Weber State University in 1998 as a psychologist. In 2004 she became the director of the Counseling Center, and in 2017 her position became executive director of Counseling Health and Wellness. She has pushed for greater diversity by hiring staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences to bring a new perspective to health and wellness.
Melina Alexander was raised by a single mother, who showed her the importance of an education by going back to school after her divorce. Melina graduated from Weber State College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and special education, and went on to earn a masters and PhD. She taught K-12 and was a special education teacher before becoming a professor at Weber State University in 2005, and eventually the Director of Women and Gender Studies.
Lindsey Anderson grew up in Layton, Utah and had a love of sports. She attended Weber State University from 2003 to 2007, was a member of the track and cross country team where she became a nationally ranked college runner, and graduated with a bachelor's in mathematics teaching in 2007. In 2008 she was a member of the US Olympics steeplechase team, and became the first woman from Weber to compete in the Olympics. She has qualified to compete in the 2020 Olympic trials.
Adrienne Gillespie Andrews has been instilled with the values of voting, social justice, education, and service from an early age. She has earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science and women and gender studies, a postgraduate degree in conflict resolution and mediation, and is currently working on a PhD in education, culture, and society. She started working at Weber State University in 2005 in Services for Women Students and became the first Chief Diversity Officer in 2015.
Michelle Arnold has always wanted to be a teacher. Even with vision problems, Michelle went on to earn a bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics and physics, and a PhD in physics with an emphasis on medical physics. She began teaching at Weber State University in 2002 as one of the first two women to teach in the physics department.
Nancy Montgomery Barker was born in 1907 to James Barker, who served as president of Weber Academy from 1914 to 1917. She graduated with bachelors and masters degrees in Spanish in 1932, and a PhD in French in 1941. She began working at Weber College in 1923, was the first department head of foreign language, and the first female professor to have a masters and PhD. She passed away in 1941 after a year long illness.
Elizabeth Brewster was born in 1941, and has always had a connection to Weber College. Elizabeth graduated in 1961 with her associates, and became a businesswoman. From the 1980s to 2000s Elizabeth returned to Weber to be an advisor to the La Dianaeda sorority.
Lori attended Weber State College from 1978 to 1982. In 1981, Lori became the first female president of the student association. During her tenure she successfully helped lobby to keep a tuition hike at 8% instead of the potential 15%, and worked to have the union building named the J. Farrell Shepherd Union Building. She graduated with a bachelor's in education, went on to earn a master's of education, and is currently a teacher in the Weber School District.
Wendy Buehler was born in 1966. She was a first generation graduate at Weber State University with a bachelor's in geology in 1992. As one of the few women majoring in geology at the time, the experience was extremely challenging and difficult. She started her own business, Naturally Fit Personal Training Incorporated, and began volunteering and serving in the community. She returned to Weber to get a master's of English, and has taught at several elementary schools in Ogden.
Marian Treseder Burton was born in 1862. She was the first full-time female instructor at Weber Stake Academy in 1891, where she was the head of the preparatory department. She went on to become the first female principal in the Ogden public schools in 1898, and continued to be both teacher and/or principal from 1888 to 1905. She retired from teaching in 1905, when she and her husband adopted a baby boy.
Lucile Owen Clark was born in 1904. She began teaching physical education at Weber College in 1933, and became the first female dean when she served as the Dean of Women from 1936-1939. She continued to work in education and became the first woman president of the Utah State School Board Association in 1951.
Rosemary Conover began teaching at Weber State College in 1970. She was the first female faculty anthropology professor, and the first female chair of the Faculty Senate in 1985.Rosemary Conover began teaching at Weber State College in 1970. She was the first female faculty anthropology professor, and the first female chair of the Faculty Senate in 1985.
Desiree Cooper Larsen was raised in Lehi, Utah and has been heavily involved in rodeos, becoming Miss Rodeo Utah in high school. She earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in marketing and education. She started working at Weber State College in 1984. She has been the president of the Miss Rodeo Utah Organization, and became the first female chairperson of the Ogden Pioneer Days in 2008.
Leola Davidson was born in 1921 and served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from 1943 to 1946. She began working at Weber College in 1955 and was the nursing department chair for almost 20 years. She was the first associate dean for the School of Health Professions, a position she held from 1981 to 1987.
Helga Davies was born in Germany in 1945, and has always had an interest in chemistry. She attended a chemical technician school in Germany prior to enrolling and graduating from Weber State College with a bachelor's in chemistry in 1972. She worked for several companies, eventually running her own lab. She later earned a master's degree in computational linguistics at Ludwig Maximilians University.
Neleh Dennis was born in 1980. She earned an associates degree from Weber State University in 2001, and was pursuing a degree in psychology when she was selected to be a contestant of Survivor in 2002. She was the first Utah woman contestant on the show, the youngest in that season, and won 2nd place. In 2016 she and her husband opened a corn dog stand named Marquesas.
Evelyn Draper began working at Weber State College in 1969 as a nursing instructor. In 1979 she developed the first emergency and rescue care (EMT and paramedic) program at Weber State and in the state of Utah. She was the director of the program until retiring in 1988.
Andrea Easter-Pilcher has always had a passion for conservation and wildlife biology. She earned a bachelor's in anthropology, a master's in wildlife biology studying grizzly bears and otters, and a PhD in conservation biology. She has had a distinguished career in teaching and administration, and became Weber State University's first female dean of the College of Science in 2018.
Clara P. Eldredge was one of three female faculty members teaching at Weber Stake Academy in the early 1900s. Clara taught the preparatory courses at Weber Stake Academy from 1902 to 1905.
M. Kay Evans began working at Weber State College in 1967 as a counselor and instructor in psychology. She became the executive director of Student Life in 1974, which became Dean of Student Affairs in 1976. During her tenure, the Center for Disabled Students and Women's Resource Center were established. She retired in 1985.
Sarah Evans was one of three female faculty members teaching at Weber Stake Academy in the early 1900s. Sarah was in charge of drawing and domestic arts and taught at Weber Stake Academy from 1903 to 1907.
Helen Farr graduated from Weber College in 1943, and was active in a variety of different student organizations. In 1959 she became an instructor in the nursing program at Weber. In 1972 she was elected as chairman of the Commission of the Status of Women at Weber, and in 1974 she became the chairman of the state board design for women's equal pay in higher education.
Sofia Garcia earned a bachelor's in psychology and a master's in student personnel administration from Ball State University. As a student, she was vice president and president of the only on-campus Hispanic organization. She was employed at Weber State University as the first coordinator of the Diversity Center from 1993 to 1996.
Doris Geide-Stevenson was born and raised in Germany. She earned a masters and PhD in economics. Doris began working at Weber State University in 1996. In 2007 she became the first female chair of the Economics Department, and helped develop a dual degree program with Shanghai Normal University in 2009.
Alice Giauque attended Weber State College from 1960 to 1962 and 1965 to 1967. She was president of the WHIP club, a member of vocal coeds, and on the cultural committee. She graduated with a degree in education, and taught English and French for a several years. While living in Arizona she became a building contractor and designed and built twelve homes.
Wilma Grose was born in 1911. Growing up in poverty she worked hard to become educated. She graduated from Weber College in 1931, University of Utah in 1935, University of Denver in 1940, and University of Southern California in 1952. She began working at Weber College in 1939 as a reference librarian serving in several leadership positions before retiring in 1975. The Stewart Library document area was dedicated in her honor in 1983, and she received an honorary doctorate from Weber in 1991.
Nancy Haanstad was born in South Dakota. She obtained a bachelor's in political science and history from Augustana College in 1966 and a masters and PhD in political science from the University of Utah in 1976 and 1984. She began teaching at Weber State College in 1986. She was the third woman in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to be put on tenure track. She was the first female department chair of the Political Science and Philosophy department from 2008 to 2013.
Clarisse Hall was born on 1899. She started working at Weber College in 1926 as the first full time registrar. She earned a bachelors from Brigham Young University in 1937. From 1939-1942 she was also the Dean of Women. She retired in 1962, and wrote several books about different aspects of Weber's history. The student lounge in the Shepherd Union Building was named in her honor in 1983. She passed away in 1983.
Velaida Harris has always had a great love for basketball. She attended Portland State University on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a degree in liberal arts in 1993. In 1997 she was the first African American woman on the west coast to be a high school basketball head coach. In 2018 she became the head basketball coach at Weber State University, and the first African American woman in the state of Utah to become head coach of a Division I collegiate team.
Nancy Hartog was born in 1955, and grew up with a connection to Weber State College. Nancy graduated from Weber in 1975 with an associates in Radiologic Sciences, and a degree in ultrasound in 1989. She is an adjunct professor at Weber and works in community health outreach.
Patricia Fernandez Henry began her career as a high school drop-out that returned to college to support her family after her husband broke his back in a car accident. In 1967, Patricia became the first female math teacher at Weber State College. Her career was marked by innovation, using award money to buy a motorized Lego set allowing students to use math to operate the toy, along with developing a computer program for junior high students to illustrate math concepts.
Joan Hubbard began working for Weber State University in 1992. She was the first female University Librarian at Weber. Her charge was to bring the struggling university library up to accreditation, as it had failed the previous review, which she accomplished successfully. During her tenure, in 1992, 2005, 2007 and 2016, she oversaw the implementation of four major library renovation projects.
Donna Hunter began working at Weber State University in 1998, in a Diversity Residency Program designed to attract minority professionals to Weber State. Donna has worked with the Women's Center, the Counseling Center, and taught women's studies classes. She has also been a student government director.
In 1971, Helen J. James was hired on at Weber State College as the first female faculty member in the College of Sciences. She became interim dean of the School of Science from 1987 to 1988, and became the chair of the Chemistry Department in 1993, a position she held until 1999. During her time at Weber, James was active in the Ogden community serving as the chair of the Weber State Credit Union from 1989 to 2000.
Cristine Jennings has a long history of working at Weber State University. Working as a student while she obtained her undergraduate degree in geoscience and applied math, she graduated in 1995. After gaining her master's degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences, she returned to Weber State as a professor in mathematics.
Connie Johnston started attending Weber State College in 1986. While at Weber, Connie was chosen as the outstanding woman deaf athlete in the United States, and went to the White House to meet with President Ronald Reagan in 1988. She was the youngest participant in the 1985 World Games and won three gold medals. In 1986, she was the first deaf woman in history to make it to the Junior Olympic team.
Diane Kawamura came to Ogden to obtain a career in radiology. While pursuing her degree at Weber State College, she worked for both Weber and St. Benedicts. While she obtained her bachelors and masters degrees she helped develop the sonography program. Diane has continued to push the radiology and sonography profession both at Weber State and across the nation.
Marie Kotter started working at Weber State College in 1972. Eventually, she became the first woman to sit on the executive committee at Weber and the first female vice president at a four year institution in Utah. Kotter has always been a woman of education, obtaining three degrees from the University of Utah and continuously working on more degrees during her time at Weber.
Priti Kumar graduated 4th out of 3,000 with a master's degree in Hindi from India, and she went to the University of Utah to gain another master's in English. She started working at Weber State College in 1976, where she was a pioneer for multiculturalism. She developed courses for Indian women writers and global perspectives on literature. She received the Hemingway Faculty Vitality Award several times, and the Spirit of the American Woman for Higher Education award.
Jean Kunz taught in public schools in Ogden and was a professor of child and family studies at Weber State College from 1953 to 1957 and 1970 to 1984. In 1983, she was the first female recipient of the Dixon Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty and staff who have demonstrated a career of excellence and gone above and beyond to support students.
Betty Lou Lamoreaux was a member of La Dianeada and the WHIP club at Weber College, and graduated in 1944 with an associates. She went on to become Orange County's first female Superior Court judge. For her work in Orange County's court system the Lamoreaux Justice Center was named after her.
LaRae Larkin began working at Weber State University in 1991 as a professor in history. Using her specialty in Russian history, LaRae took students across the globe on study abroad trips to the country. One of LaRae's greatest legacies at Weber State was her work on the Social Science Education Center, and the History Alliance Seminar program, both were created to help keep teachers certified and maintain their accreditation.
Trina Limpert attended Weber State University from 1996 to 1998. While at Weber, she studied computer science, and was the only woman in the program at the time. After obtaining her associate in computer science from Weber, she began working at Novell and eventually earned a master's degree. She has devoted her energies to being a mentor for other women in the computer science field and has supported many projects and organizations including Unleashed Women: The Hunger Project.
Fan-Ya Lin enrolled at Weber State University in 2008 to study with Dr. Yu-Jane Yang. Fan-Ya was the youngest person to win the Steinway Young Artist competition, and held a solo recital at Carnegie Hall after winning first-place in the 2013 American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition. She graduated in 2013, and helped make Weber a Steinway school. Since graduating, she has gone on to become a renowned performer and achieved a master's degree from Juilliard and a doctorate from
LaPriel was one of two females in the business administration program in 1939 at Weber College. During her time at Weber she was called to civil service and got a job at Hill Field depot. She was given credit for her work experience, and graduated in 1941. After the war, LaPriel continued to work at Hill Air Force Base for the rest of her career, and gained top secret and atomic energy clearances.
Kathleen Lukken began working at Weber State College in 1975. Lukken's charge was to start the dental hygiene program, which she chaired until becoming the interim associate provost in 1993. In 1994, she became the official associate provost, and interim provost. After retiring as the interim provost in 2010, Kathleen expanded the developmental English and math program, creating a larger program for struggling students to receive help in their classes.
Kathryn MacKay began employment at Weber State College in 1988, as one of the first female faculty members in the history department. Along with Nancy Haanstad, and Barbara West, she helped establish the Women's Studies minor at Weber. She has been greatly involved with the development of the Teaching and Learning Forum, the Center for Community Engaged Learning, and Ogden's Arts in the Parks Program.
In 1973, Phyllis Brown Marriott was the first woman on the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council executive board and receive the Silver Fawn and Silver Beaver Awards. In 1974, she was selected as DC and National Mother of the Year. Phyllis grew up in Ogden and graduated from Weber State College. In 1980 she become the second woman at Weber to receive an honorary degree, and first female commencement speaker.
Jeanette McKay was one of three female faculty members teaching at Weber Stake Academy in the early 1900s. Jeanette earned her degree from the University of Utah, State Normal Department in 1897. She taught Elementary Rhetoric and Elocution for Weber Stake Academy from 1900 to 1908. Jeanette took a one year leave of absence in 1903 to attend Chicago University.