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Joyce M. Whalen Vice-Chairman


Joyce lives in St George with her husband, Bill.  After a successful career in technology in Connecticut, she moved to Salt Lake City over 25 years ago.  While in Salt Lake, she spent most of her time managing large customer service groups such as American Express and eBay. After retiring in St George in 2009, she opened Desert Lite Pottery and ran that until she sold it in 2014.

Throughout her life she has been committed to helping others and her volunteer activities include: Soup Kitchens, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, ARC of Utah, and Literacy Volunteers of America.

While at eBay, she created several programs to involve large groups of employees in coordinated volunteer events.

In Salt Lake she co-founded Utah Association for Intellectual disabilities (UAID), a non-profit organization established to provide joy to those affected by intellectual disabilities.  Salt Lake has many existing organizations to provide housing, medical care, transportation, etc.  What was lacking was an organization to focus on the things in life that make it “worth living.”  UAID provided holiday gifts for needy clients and multiple programs each week to increase self-development, socialization, healthy living, and inclusion.  Events included photography classes, movies nights, classes on nutrition and making good decisions, job preparations.  These events also provided a respite for the families of UAID’s clients.

While multiple companies contributed to various events, UAID was “adopted” by 1800 contacts and provided a steady supply of volunteers to help with large events.


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