Educational Resource Development Council

The Educational Resource Development Council (ERDC) is comprised of influential and philanthropic women within our community who are interested in learning about and promoting the latest advances and techniques in fields of health as they relate to the University of Utah Health Sciences.  Active members attend eight presentations a year and give a minimum of $1,000 annually to the ERDC Scholarship and Program Fund. These donations support student scholarships within the Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, Health; the School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry. They also award funding for various projects and programs within the health sciences. The Council consists of 60–80 women and has existed for more than 20 years.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Educational Resource Development Council is to educate and inform council members about the latest advances and techniques in fields of health as they relate to the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. ERDC provides the opportunity to meet together as a group and share an interest in understanding health care concerns. Members invest time and financial support toward educational scholarships, medical technology and health care programs.

For additional information see the Educational Resource Development Council Bylaws.

2013–2014 ERDC Presentation Calendar

Calendar subject to change
Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 11:00 am:

Presentation: Updates from the University of Utah College or Pharmacy and overview of Current Drug Inforamtion presented by the Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Chris Ireland, PhD and Linda Tyler, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy Services at University HealthCare

Monday, April 28, 2014 @ 11:00 am:

Presentation: Unveiling the University of Utah Health Sciences Master Campus Plan presented by James R. Bardsley, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Planning and Capital Programs, University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Monday, May 19, 2014 @ 11:00 AM (third Monday due to Memorial Day Holiday)

Presentation: New Vision for the College of Nursing as Nursing Leads Healthcare Reform presented by Patricia G. Morton, RN, PhD, dean of the University of Utah College of Nursing

Past Presentations

Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 5:30 pm:

Presentation: Screening of the 2012 Sundance documentary The Crash Reel with a Q&A from star of the documentary, Kevin Pearce and Dr. William T. Couldwell MD, PhD, chair of the department of neurosurgery, University of Utah

Monday, October 28, 2013 @ 11:00 am:

Presentation: Why is Addiction Still Considered a Personal Weakness? The Vast Emotional and Financial Costs of America’s Killer Epidemic presented by Elizabeth F. Howell, MD, Department of Psychiatry

Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 11:00 AM (third Monday due to Thanksgiving Holiday)

Presentation: The Utah Genome Project presented by Lynn B. Jorde, PhD, professor and chair of the department of human genetics and holder of the H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowment and Deborah W. Neklason, PhD, research assistant professor, oncological sciences

Previous presentations
Monday, January 27, 2014 @ 11:00 am:

Presentation: A Symphony of Noise: How the Human Brain Connectome will Transform Treatment of Autism, Down Syndrome, and Parkinson Disease presented by Jeffrey S. Anderson, MD, PhD

Monday, February 24, 2014 @ 11:00 am:

Presentation: Program for Air Quality Health and Society at the University of Utah presented by Dr. Robert Paine, chief of the division of pulmonary and director of the Program for Air Quality, Health and Society, and Kerry Kelly, professor, chemical engineering and associate director, Program for Air Quality, Health and Society


Myra Hansen


Barbara Soulier

Scholarship Project/Program Chair

Melanie Bastain

Communication Chair

Val Chin

Past Chair

Marian Ingham

Program Co-Chair

Carol Sanders

Program Co-Chair

Sidney Makoff

The Educational Resource Development Council was established in 1991 with the purpose to provide its ten original members an opportunity to become acquainted and educated about the Health Sciences Center at the University of Utah. Today the council is comprised of women who represent philanthropic and professional interests within the community.

In 1997 ERDC became a charitable council and formed a project committee to initiate support for scholarships, special projects and programs, and equipment needs in the Health Sciences. To date ERDC has established nine endowments valued at more than $600,000, funded 246 scholarships and contributed to over 150 faculty projects and building campaigns.

ERDC Membership Requirements

  • Active members contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually to the council.
  • Attend regularly scheduled presentations.
  • Attend scholarship interviews or project/program funding meeting.
  • Attend summer conference meeting with chair, vice chair and a small group of ERDC colleagues to discuss mission, goals and relevant personal developments.

Length of membership is negotiable.


Approximately 60–80 members (Members are asked to join by invitation only, through an annual nomination process.)

Members Including Emeritus

Jesselie Anderson
Melanie Bastian
Judith Billings
Ann Blackner
Connie Borup
Ann Stromberg Brown
Barbara Browning
Timmy Burton
Nedra Chard
Val Chin
Pat Christensen
Cecile Christiansen
Barbara Clark
Lindsay Cutshall
Laurie Eastwood
Elaine Ellis
Gayle Everest
Lynn Fey
Nancy Garrison
Harriett Gesteland
Marie Griffith
Myra Hansen
Carolyn Hinckley
Kim Huish
Marian Ingham
Joan Jacobson
Pam Joklik
Joyce Jorgensen
Catherine Kanter
Robin Carter Keller
Cindy Kindred
Terry Landa
Merline Leaming
Chris Lee
Ann MacQuoid
Marilyn Maher
Sidney Makoff
Jackie Marsden
Judy Maryon
Marjorie Ann McClure
Jeanne McJoynt
Nancy Melich
Patty Miller
Anne Milliken
Carlyle Morris
June Morris
Jean Mueller
Elizabeth Nielson
Katie Naylor
Ruth Novak
Carol Osborn
Sandi Pershing
Terry Rampton
Sue Razor
Zoe Richardson
Karen Roney
Marilynn Roskelley
Carole Sanders
Janet Schaap
Claudia Skaggs-Luttrell
Barbara Slaymaker
Linda Smith
SUsan Speer
Barbara Soulier
Diane Stewart
Liane Stilman
Martha Stockham
Norma Stromberg
Sonnie Swindle
Susan Walker
Virginia Whitby
Lisa Wirthlin
Linda Wolcott


Brandy Brooks

I am a first generation college student. I completed my BSN at HPU in Hawaii. The ERDC scholarship made it possible for me to go after my goal of becoming a WHNP/NMW. I have always had GPA’s above 3.90, not because I am fixated on grades, but because I want those giving me this opportunity to know how important this degree is to me. My future goal is to serve minority women in underserved populations. There is a major need for quality health care in minority communities all over the United States. I plan to be a part of the movement to improve the health outcomes for those individuals that are often overlooked or misunderstood. I would like to offer quality health care to all minority girls and women, regardless of what makes them a minority (race/ethnicity, body type, education or economic level, or personal beliefs).

African American women will be one of my main focuses. I sit in class every week and listen to the statistics on risk factors for major diseases, and African American is always on the list. I want to educate, encourage, and empower African American women to take a stand and be advocates for their health. I would love to be a part of a medical practice that provides quality preventative services to their patients. I believe that in many minority communities individuals are treated based on the condition they have and very little is offered to prevent these diseases or conditions from occurring. Health disparities still exist, and hardworking people are suffering unnecessarily because of them.

I want to provide care for all stages of womanhood from birth through reproduction, families, careers, and through the dying process. I planned to make a difference; If I can make ‘even the tiniest’ improvement in someone’s life by providing quality competent health-care, I will!


Jessica Wilkinson

When I entered the University of Utah as a freshman I wanted to give back to my community by helping youth discover the joys of being active and healthy through the U-FIT volunteer program. U-FIT is a family-centered program for children with special needs. Our goal is to provide physical activities in a fun atmosphere that will help young individuals build friendships and increase their self-esteem and their physical fitness.

I have had the great privilege of working with Kate Thornton and her family over the past six years through U-FIT. Katie is a vivacious nine-year-old who was diagnosed as a baby with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting the hypothalamus. This disorder causes Kate to have a chronic feeling of hunger that, unchecked, could lead to excessive eating and morbid obesity. Kate’s is a lifelong condition accompanied by mental retardation, developmental delays, low muscle tone, and behavioral issues.

I’ve worked with Kate since she was three years old. From the moment I began working with Kate, I jumped into research on Prader-Willi Syndrome, and I took more classes on physiology and human development. Helping to build the plan to keep Kate healthy was both intellectually stimulating and a personal joy. It has been an absolutely life-changing experience to watch Kate grow over the years, to keep her laughing, and to see her find her own joy in being healthy and active. This experience, which motivated me to become quite knowledgeable about Prader-WIlli Syndrome, is part of the reason I chose to pursue medicine, and one of the key driving forces behind my passion for becoming a pediatric physician.

Please contact Rebecca DeBo should you have any questions about the Educational Resource Development Council.

Rebecca DeBo
Director for Constituent Relations
Phone: (801) 585-2739