2018-2019 UTFA Executive Team Members

Elected Positions:

Chair – Brook Carlisle

Brook CarlisleBrook Carlisle is the Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).  In that role, she advocates for laws and policies that help people fight cancer and save lives.  In her four years at ACS CAN, Brook has worked on federal and state laws aimed at ensuring access to cancer prevention and treatment, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, and reducing the price that a cancer patient pays for certain chemotherapy drugs.  

Prior to joining ACS CAN, Brook spent five years at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  She received her Bachelor of Political Science from Rhodes College and Master of Public Administration from American University.

Vice Chair – Garrett Harding

Garrett HardingGarrett Harding, BS is the Outreach Coordinator of the Community Outreach and Prevention Education program at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). His program assesses need for, implements, and evaluates cancer prevention education efforts using evidence-based practices. Mr. Harding works in collaboration with internal clinical and research programs and external community partners to address health equity in targeted populations and reduce the burden of cancer in Utah. His program educates approximately 85,000 individuals per year in English and Spanish across HCI’s patient catchment area, with projects ranging from radon awareness and tobacco cessation interventions to cancer screening, sun safety, and lifestyle factors related to primary prevention and cancer risk.

Mr. Harding is a trained patient navigator, certified tobacco cessation facilitator, and is fluent in Spanish. In addition to his role at HCI and as UTFA Vice-Chair, he serves on the Utah Cancer Action Network executive committee and is an active member of the Utah Public Health Association, Utah Worksite Wellness Council, the Society for Public Health Education, and the Cancer Patient Education Network. Mr. Harding is passionate about community-based education, social marketing, and policy interventions that promote behavior change. Outside of work, he reads, writes, travels, and plays golf and tennis.

Secretary – Nancy Farnes MS, CHES

Nancy FarnesNancy Farnes spent many years of working for private practices assisting patients with chronic eye conditions; there she saw firsthand how behavior change can prevent of such devastating conditions. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Policy in 2013 from the University of Utah and recently finished her master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education with emphasis on Stress Prevention and Resiliency development. She also obtained a Master Certificate of Health Communication during her master’s program and is a Certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES).

She currently serves as a tobacco health educator for the Salt Lake Health Department. She enforces the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act and uses smoking complaints/violations as a pathway to implement tobacco policy change for worksites and housing entities. She enjoys spreading awareness of the dangers of tobacco and innovate new policy techniques and builds partnerships with communities. She serves a UFTA secretary, Utah Notary, member of the Utah Public Health Association, policy member of Kearns Evidence 2 Success. In her spare time, she loves to travel to cultural destinations around the world with her husband and enjoys designing wedding cakes using her Culinary Arts Degree from UVU.

Linnea L. Fletcher, MPH, MPA, CHES

UTFA Treasurer

Linnea FletcherLinnea Fletcher received a bachelor’s degree in public health from BYU-Idaho in 2010 and began her career working at the American Red Cross as an instructor and coordinator of emergency preparedness and disaster recovery. At the same time, she pursued her graduate work at the University of Utah, working on dual degrees in the Master of Public Health and Master of Public Administration programs.

Upon completing her graduate studies, she worked as an Environmental Health Scientist with the Utah Department of Agriculture. In 2013 she was hired by the Bureau of Health Promotion at the Utah Department of Health to coordinate OUTRAGE!, the statewide anti-tobacco youth coalitions. She also led the effort to revise the youth cessation curriculum for the Ending Nicotine Dependence program for the state of Utah. In 2014, Linnea was hired by the Utah County Division of Health Promotion to serve as the Tobacco Program Manager where she now supervises all tobacco prevention and control efforts. In this role, she has enjoyed the challenge of leading policy development and implementation efforts for a new regulation that focuses on the prevention of youth access to electronic cigarettes and the safe manufacturing of e-liquid on a county and state level. Linnea was the proud recipient of the “Excellence in Innovation” award in 2014 and the “Excellence in Policy Efforts” award from the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program in 2015. While not working on public health endeavors, Linnea enjoys traveling the globe, spending time with her family, and spoiling her nieces and nephews!

Membership Coordinator:

Annie Parker

At-Large Members:

DeAnn Kettenring

DeAnn KettenringDeAnn Kettenring is the Health Commissioner for Utah PTA. She is heavily involved in prevention and advocacy efforts in the State of Utah to help bring awareness to ways parents and community members can participate in the prevention of substance abuse, underage drinking, suicide, and violence. She serves on the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition, the Utah County Drug Prevention Coalition, the Utah Tobacco Free Alliance, Utah Action For Healthy Kids Organization and Parents Empowered. She is also a Certified QPR Gatekeeper Instructor. DeAnn works as a Business Consultant and Real Estate Agent and is the mother of four children, one beautiful granddaughter and two more grandchildren on the way. She has worked with youth in various capacities with PTA and her church for the past two decades. She loves empowering others and sharing what she has learned. She resides in Lehi, Utah.

Jordan Sorensen

Jordan SorensenBehavioral Health professional, experienced in the supervision and management of front line employees, military personnel and clinical patients and the development and execution of organizational promotional and development programs. Graduate of the University of Utah with a Masters in Healthcare Administration, interested in outreach; organizational and employee communication and development; behavioral health management and promotion. Currently working at the Utah Hospital Association as a Project Manager specializing in behavioral health and end of life care.

Workgroup Chairs:

Marc Watterson

Chair of Community Advocacy and Education Workgroup

Marc WattersonMarc Watterson is the Utah Director of Government Relations for the American Heart Association|American Stroke Association. He is the proud father of three beautiful girls and husband to an amazing wife. He enjoys nothing more in life than spending time with them. Marc graduated from BYU with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Communications. He has been heavily involved in Utah politics for the past decade in a variety of roles including: legislative intern, campaign manager, contract lobbyist, and in his current role with the AHA|ASA. Marc is a devoted family man and avid sportsman (including hunting, fishing, camping, rock climbing, mountain biking, and snowboarding), recreational sports, physical endurance events, and local professional and collegiate athletics. Currently weighing the pros and cons of owning a goat. 

Julie Christie, MPH, MCHES

Co-Chair of the Clinical and Health Systems Workgroup

Julie ChristieJulie Christie is the Health Plan Liaison for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program with the Utah Department of Health. She works with health plans, encouraging them to provide tobacco cessation to their members, without cost-sharing, as recommended by the Affordable Care Act. She has a Master of Public Health from the University of Utah and is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.

Dr. Sarah Woolsey

Co-Chair of the Clinical and Health Systems Workgroup

Dr. Sarah WoolseyDr. Sarah Woolsey is a board-certified in Family Medicine and a current Medical Director with HealthInsight, Utah’s Quality Improvement Network, and Regional Health Collaborative. She is actively engaged in the advancement of quality and value initiatives in Utah through quality improvement, advancing transparency, and community convening. She is committed to success for primary care and community groups to bend the curve on chronic disease cost and morbidity. She is passionate that patient engagement and community involvement are critical for success and is current a coach with the SCALE pilot of the 100 Million Healthier lives campaign. She has worked in primary care for 14 years with underserved populations in Salt Lake City as a full-spectrum family doctor. Dr. Woolsey currently maintains an active in/outpatient practice with the Community Health Centers of Salt Lake City. She was chosen as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Advisor in January 2012 and is the current Chair of the Board of the Utah Academy of Family Physicians.


Chair of Business Workgroup