WCRW Officers & Committees


President

Kristen Clarke

Kristen was born in Laramie, Wyoming to Mark and Jann Humpherys. They moved to Cache Valley, Utah, shortly after Kristen’s birth, where she was then raised with her three siblings. Kristen got involved in local government and politics in high school, and has remained a politically active citizen since then. She attended Utah State University, where she met and married her husband, Eric, at the age of 19, and then graduated summa cum laude with a BA in History and Political Science at the age of 20. Having gotten married so young, Kristen and Eric often joke that they helped raise one another -- Eric taught Kristen how to do the laundry, Kristen taught Eric how to write a college essay. Kristen has been employed full-time since college as a busy stay-at-home mother of their six children, with stints as a private music instructor sprinkled here and there throughout that time.


Eric’s educational and career path took the family many places as he worked toward his law degree. In each of those places, Kristen found ways to involve herself in her community through church service, political activism, community organizing, and more. When Eric’s graduation from law school neared, Kristen (who had been eyeing Washington County for quite some time as the ideal place to raise their family) told him that they could live anywhere he found a job -- as long as it was in Utah and no further north than St George. Fortunately, he found his dream job at the Washington County Attorney’s Office, where he still works -- now as the Washington County Attorney.

Kristen is passionate about learning and about being politically involved -- and especially about teaching the younger generation to be politically active and responsible citizens. She loves music, history, and the Constitution, and wholeheartedly agrees with Thomas Jefferson when he said “I cannot live without books.” She is so grateful to have found a place of shared values among the Washington County Republican Women.


1st Vice President - Programs

Sheryl Snow

Sheryl Snow is the VP for Programs for the WCRW. She is the wife of Lowry Snow, who is Utah Representative for District 74. They are the parents of 6 children, and have 17 grandchildren. Sheryl is retired after teaching Choir and Psychology at Dixie High School for 31 years.









2nd Vice President - Membership and Retention

Michon Robinson

I was raised in Cedar City with my younger brother. I attended Cedar High School and am a proud Redman! I was active in music and dance and boys! I had a close group of friends that still get together today. I was blessed to grow up in a small, close knit community where everyone loved and cared for each other.

I met Daniel Robinson from Beaver while we were both attending SUU. We got married in the St George temple and both graduated with teaching degrees. We had already started our family, so I stayed home and he got a teaching job in Monroe Utah. He taught history and math and was the head basketball coach at South Sevier High School. In 1996 he was offered a job at Winsupply in St George and we have been here ever since. It has been a successful, family friendly job that he has loved! We did struggle through the recession of 2008, so I got an opportunity to use my teaching degree and did some part time teaching at Lava Ridge Intermediate school for 5 years. We have raised 5 wonderful children and now have 8 grandchildren. They are the light and focus of our lives!

As I became an “empty nester” I felt a nagging feeling to make a difference in this troubled world. I felt like good people really needed to step up and serve and contribute to our communities. I wasn’t sure how to do that until I joined Republican Women. I have really enjoyed becoming more well informed about the issues and candidates. I feel like I can trust the information I get here and I like rubbing shoulders with like-minded conservatives. I feel like our joined efforts together really do make a difference.


3rd Vice President

Patti Culver

I was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and lived there until the age of 10. I then moved to Bakersfield, California with my mother and sister to be near my grandparents. After high school graduation, I attended Bakersfield College, Ventura College and Ventura College of Business where I graduated with my Legal Stenographer Certificate.

For the next few years I traveled and worked all over California. My various jobs included skateboard park assistant manager, legal secretary and park aide at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. I even fought fire with the CA Dept. of Forestry one season.

I returned to Bakersfield in 1983, where I met and married my first husband. We had two children but later divorced in 1989. I restarted my career as a legal secretary and raised my children, Trevor and Jane, for the next four years as a single mom. In 1993, I met my husband Jim Culver and we married in August of that year.

The oil company my husband worked for transferred us to Coalinga, CA a few months after marriage. We raised my children there for the next ten years, while I worked for the City of Coalinga as a Grants Coordinator and Housing Specialist. I retired from the City in 2000 when I started experiencing many serious health challenges.

In 2003 my husband Jim and I happily moved to Santa Clara, Utah where he began work for the City of St. George, and subsequently the Washington County Water Conservancy District. In 2013, after my health had improved somewhat, I began volunteering for Dixie Regional Medical Center. I met many wonderful friends and enjoyed volunteering there for seven years. In 2018, I began volunteering for Convention of States Utah which really allowed me to get involved with a cause I believed in. I joined WCRW in 2019, where I thoroughly enjoy meeting and working with other Republican women.

I have a home-based business that allows me the freedom to travel frequently to northern Utah where I enjoy playing with my precious grandchildren. I love camping in my RV with family and friends, reading about business and personal development, and learning new skills. We are looking forward to Jim’s retirement so that we can realize our dreams of extended travel.

I love being a member of Washington County Republican Women, and learning about contemporary issues and Republican causes! It is my intention to remain a member for the rest of my life.


Secretary:

Haylee Holyoak Caplin

Haylee was born and raised in St. George and is the daughter of Kevin and Nancy Holyoak. She is the mother of two young boys and wife to husband Justin Caplin of ten years. Haylee received her Associate of Science degree from Dixie State College and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Science with a minor in Chemistry from Utah State University. She then worked for a wellness company for eight years in their research and science department in many capacities such as professional relationship liaison, research & development, and public relations. Haylee has always had a love for health and wellness. She played many sports through high school, has ran many marathons and half marathons, and then discovered Jazzercise. She fell in love with the program and became certified to teach in 2016. When St. George did not have a franchise, she decided to open one in February of 2018.

Along with fitness, politics and conservative values has always been a passion of Haylee's. After returning to St. George she decided to get involved with WCRW and hopes to help educate her peers on political issues. She is proud of her pioneer heritage that helped settle southern Utah and would like to help serve in the community in any way she can.


Treasurer

LaStar Richins

Daughter of Einar andGeorgia Erickson, LaStar grew up inNevada. She went to BYU and graduated with an Elementary Education Degree with a Specialty in Music. She met her husband, Lyle Richins, while attending BYU and they married while still attending college.After they both graduated from BYU, they moved toArizonawhere LaStar became a stay at home mom and had seven wonderful children. (She now has 13 cute grandchildren)

She was an active member of the community by helping out at the schools and co-heading the formation of the PTVO organization for the school and teaching piano. The family moved to St George in 1996.
She was involved in her children’s high school music program under Mr. Lister, being on the Parent board and overseeing the Singing Valentines for about 8 years.
She has been involved in music in her church and in the community and has just recently become involved in politics.
LaStar loves her family and country and wants to keep informed so that she can somehow make a difference.


Member At Large:

Christa Hinton


Standing Committees



Public Relations:

Kristy Ann Pike

Kristy Ann Pike is the director of the Washington County Children’s Justice Center. Her past professional background has included technical writing, marketing, public relations, and freelance writing. Kristy has done extensive work with not-for-profits, and has a special passion for programs that promote the arts, enhance schools, and mentor young people. Kristy and her husband Jon are the parents of five amazing children and grandparents of four even more remarkable grandchildren.








Legislative Chair:

Kristen Walton

Kristen grew up in Bountiful, Utah, one of 7 children of Lyman and Kay Henrie. After high school, she attended Utah State University, where she met and married her husband, John Walton. Two years later, Kristen graduated from USU with a BS in Business Education. While John attended Law School at BYU, she taught Business Education at Indian Hills Middle School in Draper, Utah. After law school, John found a great job in St. George and they settled in Washington County. At that time, Kristen left teaching full time and became a full time teacher/homemaker to their 5 children. Once the children were all in school, Kristen went back to teaching as a substitute teacher in Washington County School District. Kristen loves Washington County and feels very lucky to call this beautiful place home. She enjoys her volunteer work with Switchpoint, serving in her church, hiking, biking, generally being outside, and most of all spending time with her family.



Bylaws:

Nina Barnes


Legislative Assistant:



Special Commitees:



Armed Services/Embracing Our Heroes Scholarship

Judy Peterson Houston

I was born in Heber City, Utah a long time ago. I was lucky enough to grow up in the tiny beautiful town of Midway. The population was barely 500 people then. I had 2 older brothers who regularly practiced Chinese torture on me. I graduated from Wasatch High School and went on to Snow College to get my degree.

I met my husband there, a smooth talker from Las Vegas. We married in the Salt Lake Temple and both went on to attend BYU. After graduating from the Y, Dave decided to join the United States Marine Corp. Thirty years later he retired and we moved to our favorite place, St. George.

We have 5 children, two boys and three girls. We are lucky enough to have 6 grandchildren with one on the way. We have lived all over. My favorite duty station was Stuttgart, Germany. It was beautiful there, green and lush with rivers and vineyards and cobblestone streets. We also were stationed in Okinawa, Japan. We spent most our military life in Southern California with a few tours back to Quantico, Virginia.

Needless to say I am passionately patriotic. Living with the military who honored and respected this country gave me the right perspective. Our tours overseas made us more grateful for exceptional-ism of this amazing country. I mostly stayed at home with my wonderful children, but I did work in the banking business for a few years. We love living here in "Zion". It has everything we could want, a college, culture, wonderful people with the Dixie spirit and to top it off a Costco. Dave works at Coral Canyon and I am busy trying to finish my BYU degree.


Leadership

LaRene Leavitt Cox

Daughter of Edward Leo and Rena Gubler Leavitt, was born and raised in right here in beautiful Washington County. She grew up twenty miles north of St. George in the small town of Veyo. On the family farm, her parents taught her the value of hard work, self reliance and education. After graduating from Dixie High School she attended Brigham Young University earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree. It was there that she met and married her sweetheart of 34 years, Dean J. Cox.

Together they made their home in St. George and raised four beautiful children. While their children were living at home, LaRene enjoyed her favorite full-time career meeting their needs. She loved participating with her children in PTA, scouting, sports, and other youth programs while assisting Dean with the family business. As their children grew, she was able to become more involved in the business and community. In 2002, when her husband, Dean, was recruited to work full time for Washington County she took on the responsibilities of management and finances for their family business.

Their interest in politics began early. She and Dean enjoyed helping Republican Candidates with various local, state and federal campaigns. She has served the Republican Party for many years, including the elected offices of County and State Delegate, Neighborhood Caucus Secretary/Treasurer, State Central Committee Member and is currently serving as Treasurer for the Washington County Republican Party.

In 2011 she served as 1st VP for Washington County Republican Women and in 2012 as President. She is excited to serve a third term, as president, for the year 2014.


Literacy/MELP

Charlotte Devlin

Charlotte was raised in a military family; my father spent 21 years as an officer in the U.S. Army and, consequently traveled the world. I began school in Yokohama, Japan, finished 8th grade in Stuttgart, Germany and ended up in Moscow, Idaho where I attended 3 years of High School and 4 years of college, majoring in Psychology and English. At the University of Idaho, I encountered a Navy recruiter on campus and decided military service was a calling I needed to answer. I was Commissioned Ensign, USNR upon graduation from the U of I in 1967. I was assigned to NAS Lemoore, CA; the first Navy woman to be assigned to NAS Bermuda; then to NAVCOMMSTA San Francisco at Stockton, CA.

I met and married my husband Joe, a Naval Aviator, in Bermuda. I resigned my commission in 1973, but continued to travel the Western Pacific as Joe served on aircraft carriers.

During Joe's tour in Hawaii, I began working in department store retail where I became interested in Interior Design. Upon returning to San Diego, I worked at a furniture store while I attended Interior Design school. In 1983 - 1992 I operated my own retail Design shop with a business partner. In 1997 I put my college major to use by tutoring English and SAT Prep for Huntington Learning Center and later for Tutoring Club.

In 1995 I joined the the Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated, San Diego, CA and served as Chaplain, Membership Chair, President, Newsletter Editor, Legislation Chair and Scholarship Chair. I have also held positions at the San Diego County, CA Southern Division, and CA State levels of the Federation. I am pleased to bring my experience and enthusiasm for Republican Party politics to WCRW!


Assistant to the President:

Cleo Atkin

Married Lee C. Atkin, a St. George native. After years of military service and dental school, they settled in Lee’s hometown of St. George to raise their family of four. They have eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Lee passed away in 2003, leaving Cleo without her best friend and supporter.

Cleo has had many years of community, political, state and national service. She is presently serving on The Foundation Board of the Dixie Regional Medical Center. She served on the Dental Auxiliary Organization as State President, National Vice President and National Treasurer. She spent six years as Washington County Fair Chairman, and twelve years as Committee Chairman of the Women’s State Legislative Council. She was President of the Utah Republican Women and Vice Chairman of the Utah Republican Party for three terms. She was a two-time delegate to the National Republican Convention and the platform committee-woman from Utah at National Convention.

She served for eight years as the Vice Chairman of the State Fair Board, and nine years as Vice Chairman of the Utah State Centennial Commission. Then served on the Foundation of “This is the Place Heritage Park”, and chaired the St. George Heritage Days celebration for six years.

During all of this she has also been active in the LDS church, serving endlessly in many callings. Cleo’s top priority though has always been and will always be to her family. She is a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother to every member of her family and loves being able to spend time with them.


Caring for America:

Yvonne Wall

Yvonne is a native of St George and is married to Robin Wall. They have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Yvonne is a musician has largely been engaged in community celebrations and events. Yvonne has always been actively involved with church, often with children and youth. She was a member of WCRW in the 1990s, and rejoined 9 years ago.







Chaplin:

Sharon Simmons

Sharon was born and raised in Connecticut. She is the eldest of two children, having a younger brother. Following high school and two years of college she enlisted in the Air Force and upon completion of Basic Training was stationed at Altus AFB in Altus, Oklahoma. Enjoying her military experience she quickly recognized she would make the Air Force her career. She resumed college classes while serving her 4-year commitment then separated. With an Air Force ROTC scholarship she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She later completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration at the University of Phoenix. Specializing as an Operating Room Nurse, Sharon served at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas; Torrejon Air Base, Torrejon, Spain; Eglin AFB, Fort Walton Beach, Florida; and Luke AFB, Glendale, Arizona; in addition to a deployment to Doha, Qatar with her hospital unit during the Gulf War in 1990-1991. She met her husband, Mark Simmons, while on active duty in Spain, they married in Gibraltar and moved as the Air Force assigned until her retirement in January 2001 after 20 years service with the rank of Major. She enjoyed her military career and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Retirement began in New Hampshire to be closer to Sharon’s family. It also afforded her the opportunity to do volunteer work at a no-kill animal shelter as well as an election worker tabulating election results. She also attended the Tea Party rallies of 2009-2010. However after nine years of snow work took its toll, they looked for an easier retirement lifestyle. Upon suggestion of a friend they came to the St. George area to take a look and decided it was the place. She has been here since 2010 and joined the WCRW in 2011. She also resumed her volunteer work, at Washington County’s only no-kill animal shelter in Ivins, and as an election poll worker for Washington County.


Historian:





Hospitality

Penny Barben

Penny Rae Hafen Barben was born and raised in Santa Clara, Utah. She graduated from Dixie High School and Dixie Junior College, where she was a cheerleader and homecoming queen. She was also crowned as Utah Dairy Princess and Miss Utah while she was a college student.

After Dixie, Penny went on to major in English and minor in French and art at Utah State University. The English teachers at Dixie and USU were an inspiration to her and, as a result, Penny became an English instructor, teaching on and off for 40 years.

Penny and her husband, Gordon Barben, have seven children, and 28 grandchildren. While raising her family, Penny completed her master’s degree at SUU. She also found time to get involved in the community, serving as the chairwoman of the Miss Washington County Fair contest, an officer in the Republican Women, and a longtime member of Red Hills Reviewers Literary Club. Additionally, on the Dixie campus, she was a member of Dixie Scholarship Associates, Dixie’s Got Talent, and served as chairwoman of Musical Memories, an invitational concert band comprised of Dixie alumni and local musicians.


Birthdays and Hospitality/Welcoming

Jennifer Nelson












Sunshine Chair

Judy Bozeman







Website

Judy Peterson Houston

Judy was born in Heber City, Utah a long time ago. I was lucky enough to grow up in the tiny beautiful town of Midway. The population was barely 500 people then. I had 2 older brothers who regularly practiced Chinese torture on me. I graduated from Wasatch High School and went on to Snow College to get my degree.

I met my husband there, a smooth talker from Las Vegas. We married in the Salt Lake Temple and both went on to attend BYU. After graduating from the Y, Dave decided to join the United States Marine Corp. Thirty years later he retired and we moved to our favorite place, St. George.

We have 5 children, two boys and three girls. We are lucky enough to have 6 grandchildren with one on the way. We have lived all over. My favorite duty station was Stuttgart, Germany. It was beautiful there, green and lush with rivers and vineyards and cobblestone streets. We also were stationed in Okinawa, Japan. We spent most our military life in Southern California with a few tours back to Quantico, Virginia.

Needless to say I am passionately patriotic. Living with the military who honored and respected this country gave me the right perspective. Our tours overseas made us more grateful for exceptional-ism of this amazing country. I mostly stayed at home with my wonderful children, but I did work in the banking business for a few years. We love living here in "Zion". It has everything we could want, a college, culture, wonderful people with the Dixie spirit and to top it off a Costco. Dave works at Coral Canyon and I am busy trying to finish my BYU degree.


Photographer

Brenda Esplin Wade

Brenda Esplin Wade, a St George native and descendent of pioneer settlers of Utah's Dixie, is the wife of Ron Wade, the mother of 7, grandmother of 4 and a graduate of Dixie College and Utah State University. She spends time in caring for home and family, serving in church, gardening, traveling, cooking, and hiking. She loves the beauty of this great county and Southern Utah.












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