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.


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.

Executive Committee

Chair Barbara Soulier
Vice-Chair Sidney Makoff
Scholarship Project/Program Chair Melanie Bastain
Past Chair Myra Hansen
Program Co-Chair Pat Christensen
Program Co-Chair Laurie Eastwood


ERDC Membership Requirements

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.