Board of Directors

In February 2015, five Utah parents who were looking for a better educational opportunity for their children teamed up to create a new public charter school. These parents found this educational model at Williamsburg Learning, an Educational Services Provider that was already powering a national private school and a public, online charter school in Nevada. When this group of parents joined forces with Williamsburg, Leadership Academy of Utah was born! LAU was approved by the UT State Board of Education on February 5, 2016, acting on the unanimous recommendation of the State Charter School Board in January.

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 startup 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. Email: suzanne@lautah.org

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

Jana Stout

I love being active, learning, creating, being a mom, and a good adventure. I am passionate about education and I love Williamsburg Learning’s vision and mission. I have homeschooled my four children for eleven years. Currently, three of my children are involved with Williamsburg Learning, one of those three is attending LAU. Previously, I created and ran Ignite Academy, a weekly homeschool support, where I taught academics, art, character and martial arts for four years. Last year I ended that to work as an Epic Day teacher and then Assistant Director for Distance Education at Canyon Grove Academy. Currently, I am working for Canyon Grove Academy as the Discovery Day Director, organizing and running learning experiences for around 400 students each week. I am a graduate of Brigham Young University. Email: jana@lautah.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