UCAIR, the Utah Clean Air Partnership, ratified its incoming Board Chair, Executive Committee, and named a new Chair-Elect at its annual Board reorganization meeting.

The Board ratified Liz Joy, M.D. M.P.H., Intermountain Healthcare medical director community health and clinical nutrition and chair of Intermountain’s Air Quality and Health Committee, as the Board Chair, taking the helm from Amanda Smith. 

Smith is commended and sincerely thanked for her leadership and contributions during her term.

Emily Schilling was elected as the incoming Chair Elect. Schilling is a partner at Holland & Hart where she specializes in environmental and air quality matters. Prior to being named Chair Elect, she served as a member of the UCAIR Board.

Scott Baird, Executive Director Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), UCAIR Secretary and Paul Hacking, president, Tooele Technical College, UCAIR Treasurer were also ratified by the Board and will begin the second year of their term.

UCAIR strives to have diversification of thought and expertise in its composition. The make up of the Executive Committee includes distinguished and accomplished leaders from diverse sectors comprising business, education, legal, medical and regulatory fields. Additionally, they all demonstrate commitment to the mission of the partnership to better Utah’s air quality.

The role of the Executive Board is to work in tandem with UCAIR’s Executive Director, Thom Carter, to set the direction for the organization and steer its work in educating Utahns about changes that can improve our air, providing grants to move forward innovative ideas to reduce emissions and partner with like-minded organizations to combine and strengthen efforts statewide.

“The leadership and expertise of the Board and Executive Committee has been an instrumental part in supporting the education, funding and behavior change goals year over year,” said Carter. “Great strides have been made and it is to the credit of working side by side with these talented individuals that we are continuing to successfully drive the adoption of practical solutions in the pursuit of cleaner air.”