Board of Directors

Busch Jones, Board Chair

In the past six years all three of our children have been able to experience the incredible Williamsburg curriculum and have been inspired by the many mentors and students with whom they have interacted.  We enjoyed the curriculum and experience but found the process difficult of going through a third party curriculum provider to get access to the curriculum and instructors.  I have been privileged to be a part of the start up committee that worked to get the charter school application approved and have since then served on the Leadership Academy of Utah board of trustees. I am excited that LAU will be able to bring the great Williamsburg curriculum and instructors to many more Utah families.  Email: busch@lautah.org

Suzanne Christensen, Vice Chair

I graduated from Brigham Young University in 2000 with a BS in Sociology, and minors in English and Business Management. I have served in leadership positions in various organizations, including the Wasatch Independent Debate League board and United Families Pennsylvania. I coach teams in Utah for Mock Trial and Model United Nations. I am the mother of four boys, two of whom are students at LAU. 

 Tamara Atkin, Board Secretary

I am the mother of four burgers and future burgers. I am so excited to be the Secretary of the School Board for Leadership Academy of Utah. It means I get to associate with the great minds that came up with ideas such as Elevation, Humanitarian Trips, and the many Leadership Courses that are making a difference in the lives of so many future leaders. I enjoy reading great books and playing sports. At one time I was a snowboarding instructor at the Canyons resort in Park City, Utah. I am a graduate of Brigham Young University. I have taught Home Economics and CTE, in high school and junior high, at over half a dozen schools. I am grateful that I was able to discover Williamsburg Learning. It has brought so much joy and opportunity to my children. Email: tamara@lautah.org

Dale Millsap, Board Treasurer

I am a licensed engineering professional living with my wife and eight children on a small farm in Northern Utah.  I am an avid outdoorsman and love to travel and serve others.  My family has benefited significantly since integrating the Williamsburg model into our education. I joined the LAU board to help make this great curriculum and model available to others through a charter school.  I have past board experience with the Center for Documentary Expression and Art (CDEA).  I obtained my BS in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University in 1999. Email: dale@lautah.org

Bryon Richardson

I am extremely excited to be on the board of Leadership Academy of Utah.  I am currently serving as Executive Director of Leadership Academy of Nevada and have seen the change that this curriculum has made in the lives of our Nevada students. I have served in the field of education for almost 20 years, working with students in middle, high, and postsecondary levels. Prior to directing Leadership Academy of Nevada, I was principal for six years of a Utah charter school, Uintah River High School, which served the Northern Ute Indian Tribe in northeast Utah. Prior to being a principal I worked for nine years with disadvantaged students in middle and high school to help prepare them for a post-secondary experience. I have always had a passion to help others succeed and reach their potential! Email: bryon@lanv.org

Emeritus Board Members

  • Catherine Scott

Founding Board

    • Busch Jones, Chair
    • Suzanne Christensen, Vice Chair
    • Ben Lindsey, Treasurer
    • Annie Fisher, Secretary
    • Bryon Richardson
    • Dale Millsap
    • Valden Longhurst
    • Brian Langford