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.

2014-2015 ERDC Presentation Calendar

Thursday, September 17, 2014 @ 5:30 pm, USTAR Building

Presentation: "These Mice are Walking," Exploring the Therapeutic Potential of Human Stem Cells, presented by Thomas E. Lane, PhD

Monday, October 27, 2014

Presentation: Cell Animation and Visualization of Molecular Processes, presented by Janet Iwasa, PhD

Monday, November 17, 2014 (third Monday due to holiday)

Presentation: Bench-2-Bedside and the Center for Medical Innovation, presented by John T. Langell, MD, PhD, MPH

Monday, January 26, 2015

Presentation: Dr. Norman Foster, Director of Alzheimer's Center

Monday, February 23, 2015

Presentation: Update on Air Quality by Dr. Robert Paine and Kerry Kelly

Monday, March 23, 2015

Scholarship Interviews 9:30 - 3:00 pm at the Officer's Club

Monday, April 27, 2015

Presentation: Curing Diabetes and Kidney Disease: Kidney Pancreas Transplant presented by Jeffrey Campsen, MD

Monday, May 18, 2015 at The School of Dentistry (third Monday due to holiday)

Presentation: TBA

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

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

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

Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 11:00 am

Presentation: Updates from the University of Utah College or Pharmacy and overview of Current Drug Information 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, PhD, Associate Vice President for Planning and Capital Programs, University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Monday, May 19, 2014 @ 11:00 AM 

Presentation: New Vision in an Era of Healthcare Reform presented by Patricia G. Morton, RN, PhD, Dean of the University of Utah College of Nursing


Barbara Soulier


Sidney Makoff

Scholarship Project/Program Chair

Melanie Bastain

Past Chair

Myra Hansen

Program Co-Chair

Pat Christensen

Program Co-Chair

Laurie Eastwood

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.)

Current Members

  • Jesselie Anderson
  • Melanie Bastian
  • Judith Billings
  • Ann Blackner
  • Connie Borup
  • Ann Stromberg Brown
  • Barbara Browning
  • Timmy Burton
  • 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
  • Kim Huish
  • Marian Ingham
  • Pam Joklik
  • Joyce Jorgensen
  • Catherine Kanter
  • Robyn Carter Keller
  • Cindy Kindred
  • Linda Kruse
  • 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
  • Carlyle Morris
  • June Morris
  • Jean Mueller
  • Elizabeth Nielson
  • Ruth Novak
  • Carol Osborn
  • Sandi Pershing
  • Terry Rampton
  • Sue Razor
  • Zoe Richardson
  • Karen Roney
  • Marilynn Roskelley
  • Carole Sanders
  • Janet Schaap
  • Claudia Skaggs Luttrell
  • Linda Smith
  • Susan Speer
  • Barbara Soulier
  • Diane Stewart
  • Liane Stillman
  • Martha Stockham
  • Norma Stromberg
  • Sonnie Swindle
  • Susan Walker
  • Virginia Whitby
  • Lisa Wirthlin
  • Linda Wolcott
  • Barbara Zimonja


 ERDC Scholarship Video 2014

ERDC has contributed to over 150 faculty projects and programs. In 2013, ERDC provided funding for victims of stroke or brain injury to integrate back into social group interactions with book club at the Sugar House Rehabilitation Center. 

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