2020-2021 UTFA Executive Team Members

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 is the Associate Director of Community Outreach at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). In this role, he assesses need for, implements, and evaluates cancer prevention education and community outreach efforts across the state of Utah and the Mountain West region. Mr. Harding works in collaboration with internal clinical and research programs and external community partners to build capacity for community engagement and identify collaborative projects that address health equity in targeted populations. In his nine years at HCI, Mr. Harding has worked tirelessly to increase awareness of melanoma and radon gas; expand access to cancer screening and education in rural/frontier areas of Utah; and implement a tobacco-free campus policy at the University of Utah, among other projects.

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.

Brittany Guerra

UTFA Treasurer

Brittany GuerraBrittany is the Program Manager for the Utah County Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Brittany started the role in May 2019 after 4.5 years working as a health program specialist for the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Asthma Program. In 2016, Brittany became an adjunct professor for BYU-ID and teaches the course Health Programming and Implementation. Brittany is currently serving as a board member in the policy unit for the Utah Public Health Association and has regularly attended UTFA meetings to represent the UDOH Asthma Program for the last couple years. Brittany completed her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 2011, and received a Master’s of Public Health in 2013 from Brigham Young University. She completed her graduate field work and internship at the World Health Organization in China. In 2013, she worked as Country Director for the non-profit HELP International in Fiji, and she has spent time teaching in Voronezh, Russia in 2005 and providing service in Kaohsiung, Taiwan from 2007-2009. Brittany loves community engagement and opportunities to further her education. She enjoys taking community education courses, including pottery and Spanish, and is a member of the Murray Community Band, the Payson Community Band, and the Murray Bell Choir.

Membership Coordinator:

Annie Parker

Annie Parker Annie Parker is the Tobacco Programs Manager at the Bear River Health Department which covers Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties. Annie earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education with a minor in Psychology from Utah State University. Though her years at BRHD have involved a spectrum of experiences such as managing a Drug Free Communities grant and coordinating nurses' home visitation appointments with pregnant women, her current efforts are mostly focused on youth tobacco and substance abuse prevention. This includes (but is not limited to) tobacco retailer education and licensing, running Bear River Governing Youth Council (GYC) (a youth advocacy group), and partnering with law enforcement agencies and schools to improve communities. With 2 super great kids, most of Annie's time outside of work is spent at their various activities (or driving them there). When not doing that, she enjoys reading, playing sports, hiking, paddle boarding on the water (but not actually getting wet), and Netflix.

At-Large Members:

Todd Hougaard

Todd HougaardTodd Hougaard is the Student Leadership Commissioner for Utah PTA. He is 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. Todd works as a Freelance Videographer and he and his wife have four children. He has worked with youth in various capacities with PTA and his church for years. He resides in South Jordan, 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. 

Dr. Sarah Woolsey

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.

Cassandra Fairclough

Chair of Business Workgroup

Cassandra FaircloughCassandra Fairclough works for the Utah Department of Health in the Environmental Sanitation Program. She holds a BS in Sociology and a Masters degree in Social Work. She has almost 20 years’ experience in the tobacco prevention and control area. She provides technical assistance and educational trainings/presentations to local health departments, the public, managers/owners/landlords and property management companies on the Secondhand Smoke Amendments and promoting voluntary smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing. Her responsibility in the Environmental Sanitation Program include environmental health contracts and contract reporting, is involved with various CLEHA committees, including the Utah Indoor Clean Air committee and helps with writing of the UICAA rule. She currently creates the UEHA newsletter. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Utah and practices at family counseling center. She enjoys hiking, camping, reading, crafting, traveling to visit her three grandchildren and spending time with friends and family.