Board Bios

dana israelsenDana Israelsen

Dana currently lives in Alpine, Utah with her husband Brent.  They have three daughters.  Dana is serving on the board of directors of IOL, and is also a trained IOL facilitator.  Dana graduated from the University of Utah in Journalism.  She worked for KSL (CBS affiliate) in the news department and KUTV (NBC affiliate) as public affairs director.  She served on the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington DC.  She also served as a White House political appointee in the Reagan Administration. Dana created the nonprofit group “Every Parent a Volunteer” to increase volunteerism in the public schools.  She had a successful design consulting business in Virginia.  She has traveled extensively throughout the world.  She lived in Finland for two years and speaks fluent Finnish.

Marilynn ClarkMarilynn Clark

Marilynn is married to Kenneth Clark and they have three daughters and eleven grandchildren.  She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Marilynn has taught youth and adults, organized activities and events, including cooking for over 100 people on many occasions.  She has been involved with community adult and children literacy programs.  She is an avid reader and seeks out opportunities to attend conferences and seminars to increase her knowledge of the world and education.


Cherie Kelly

Cherie is married to Bronson Kelly and they have four children.  She is actively involved in her children’s lives including high school rodeo.  She serves on the local school PTA Board and is known for her many hours supporting teacher appreciation events.  She is a valued neighbor and friend who watches for ways to assist anyone in need.  Cherie has led a fundraiser event for Candle Light School, Nairobi, Kenya at Alpine Elementary School for the past 7 years and has consistently raised thousands of dollars for the school lunch program there.


Brenda R. Carlos

Brenda has enjoyed a myriad of roles during her career. She has served as editor and publisher of a regional niche publication called Hospitality News. She had her own daily radio show on KFAB radio Omaha. In addition, she is an instructional designer and co-author and has written five academic textbooks along with all the ancillary training materials. She spent several years at Gallup in their instructional design department and was certified as a Gallup’s strength’s coach before she and her husband took off three years to serve as volunteers in the Philippines. Brenda is passionate about creating engaging learning materials and has served on IOL’s board for the past several years where she was able to help with their Training Resource Guide.