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Board of Trustees
Nelda Ault-Dyslin was raised in the shadow of Old Main, she graduated from USU with a BA in American Studies, spent a summer in El Salvador with HELP International, and then struck out for the rolling hills of Kentucky. While studying at Western Kentucky University, she volunteered at the Bowling Green International Center, a small resettlement center originally founded in the 1990s to serve the Bosnian refugee community. After graduating with a MA in Folk Studies, she returned to her homeland and eventually became acquainted with the refugee communities that had grown in the time she’d been gone. She currently works as the Community Service Coordinator in the Val R. Christensen Service Center at USU. You can find her a couple times a week at CRIC’s walk-in hours, humming along to music while waiting on hold and practicing counting to ten in Karen or Tigrinya.
Lorien Belton, Treasurer
Lorien Belton is Treasurer of the CRIC board of trustees. Her roles at CRIC focus on finance, governance, and management. She also conducted a Utah-wide refugee needs assessment through USU, completed in 2015.
Lorien is a collaborative group facilitator with the Community-Based Conservation Program at Utah State University in Logan. She has a bachelor’s in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a master's in Sociology of Natural Resources from USU. She facilitates five sage-grouse local working groups in Utah. In addition to natural resources work, Lorien works with a variety of USU departments on communication and strategic planning efforts.
Originally from Wyoming, she has lived in Utah since 2008. Prior to coming to Utah, she worked for Rare, an international nonprofit conservation organization in Arlington, Virginia, which focuses on making conservation efforts economically and socially viable for communities around the world. Lorien is also Treasurer for Cache Valley Unitarian Universalists.
Jessica Lucero, Secretary
Randy Williams is Fife Folklore Archives Curator and Oral History Specialist at Utah State University Library’s Special Collections & Archives and affiliated faculty with USU’s Folklore Program. Along with managing the world-renowned Fife Folklore Archives, she directs USU’s community-based fieldwork projects, bringing the voices of diverse people from the Intermountain West, many historically excluded, into the Archives. Recent projects include Voices from Drug Court, Election Reflections, and the Cache Valley Refugee Oral History Project. She is currently completing work on the Great Salt Lake Wetlands Project. Along with Elisaida Méndez, she received a Human Ties award for their work on the Latino/a Voices Project. With Professor Lisa Gabbert, she directed the 2015 and 2017 Library of Congress/USU Ethnographic Field School for Cultural Documentation. Williams is on the Board Directors of Utah Humanities, the Folklore Society of Utah, and the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection.
Eduardo Ortiz Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the Research and Training Division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) at the College of Education of Utah State University (USU). Eduardo is also professor at Casagrande University of Ecuador, adjunct assistant professor at the Dept. of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at USU, and Core Faculty of the Utah Regional Leadership Educational in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities URLEND program. He has been working more than 15 years on research, evaluation and training projects and programs at the CPD – USU in many different positions including Principal and Co-principal Investigator of many different projects and programs working with diverse multicultural populations at the national and international levels. As a Latino person, he has been very sensitive to include culturally and linguistically competent approaches for all minority diverse populations he had the opportunity and privilege to work with.
Julie Taquin, Programs and Partnerships Director
A dual citizen of France, and a Northern California native, Julie develops and manages the many programs and partnerships affiliated with CRIC. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a dual-degree in International Relations and French Language, Julie moved to Lille, France, where she worked as a volunteer translator for refugees and asylees through her local Red Cross. Her time spent with such diverse communities in Europe inspired her to search for similar work back in the United States, leading her to CRIC upon her arrival in Utah in 2016. She has worked for CRIC ever since. Outside of work, Julie enjoys drawing, playing violin, and cooking.
Melissa Brimhall, AmeriCorps VISTA