Meet Our Board
An amazing team of dedicated Splore ambassadors.
Carl is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ClientTrack in Salt Lake City, Utah. For the last 25 years, Carl has guided seven high technology and manufacturing companies through critical phases of turnaround and fast track growth. To each of these endeavors, he has provided the market vision, technological and business expertise, and vital leadership to the company’s growth and profitability. Carl has a BS / MS in Computer Science, with advanced studies from the Sloan School at MIT. He is a private pilot and his personal interests include golf, wing shooting, collecting antiques and investment grade firearms. He resides in Bountiful with his wife of 40 years, Elaine.
Steve and his wife Marie began volunteering for Splore in 2003 and Steve joined the Board in 2006. Steve has a Bachelors and Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and has been managing engineering and construction projects for 30 years. Steve has been an avid outdoorsman his entire life and particularly enjoys sailing, hiking, camping, skiing and mountain biking. Steve and Marie volunteer because of the great satisfaction they get in sharing outdoor experiences with people with special needs.
Hugh grew up in Massachusetts, and came west for one year after getting his BA at Bowdoin College in Maine. He has lived in Colorado and Utah for the past 22 years. He previously lived in Breckenridge, CO skiing and working in the construction industry. For 10 years, he spent his summers as a guide for Holiday River Expeditions and first bumped into Splore on the river in the ’80s. He now owns his own construction company in Salt Lake City, and is a step-dad to two boys and daddy to his daughter, Lily.
Dave is a retired construction foreman and superintendent for Biener Construction and Basic Precast. Dave has been scout master for over 7 years as well as involved in various neighborhood and community projects. Dave also has experience in rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, marksmanship, and cycling. He is a licensed pilot with partial ownership in two airplanes and recently built his own plane.
Dave graduated from the University of Utah with his degree in Business and Communications. Dave began his river guiding career in 1978 with World Wide River Expeditions. In his four years with World Wide he ran all of the major river systems of Utah as well as the Main Salmon River in Idaho. He continued running rivers professionally until 1991 when he began volunteer guiding for Splore. From 1991 – 1996, he served on Splore’s Board of Directors. Dave was recognized in the fall auction of 2011 for 20 years of volunteer guide service. He is looking forward to his 40 year recognition moment.
Dave is married with three sons. All sons have served as Splore volunteers and volunteer guides. With the exception of two weeks, his vacation time has been spent on the river with Splore clients. He loves camping and hiking all over Utah, reading and the study of history and Japanese conversation when the opportunity arises.
Melissa Barbanell is Barrick Gold of North America’s Senior Counsel for Regulatory and Legislative Affairs. In this role, Melissa is focused on tracking emerging regulatory and legislative issues and working with government to develop sound standards that will affect the mining industry. She joined Barrick in August of 2005 and has held various positions within the company focused mainly on Environmental policy and sustainability.
Earlier experiences include several years as a river guide in Moab, Utah and in the ski industry in Park City, Utah. Melissa has worked for the National Park Service and as an environmental education teacher. Melissa obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from Tulane University, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Utah, and a J.D. from the University of Utah College Of Law.
Marette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an MBA. She currently teaches part-time in Westminster’s Bachelors of Business Administration Program and owns her own private practice agency called the Center for Counseling Excellence. Marette began her volunteer work in the public and private sector about 15 years ago. She has experience working with government agencies and has served on several Boards of non-profits over the years.
Marette was appointed as Chair of the Governor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities in 2004 and was able to build that committee and further the cause of people with disabilities in Utah. Marette has Cerebral Palsy and is connected in the disabled community. As a hobby, she travels to Haiti to bring resources to individuals with disabilities there.
Sam has been a long-time supporter and advocate of Splore, past board member, river guide, and member of the Disgusting Brothers rock and roll band, instrumental in revenue generation at events.
Ian was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and spent much of his childhood camping, fishing, hiking and later rafting in Idaho’s wilderness areas. After graduating from Boise State University in 2006 with a BS in Environmental and Occupational Health, Ian moved to Salt Lake City to work for a consulting firm providing industrial hygiene and environmental compliance services. Ian recently started his MBA at Westminster College with an emphasis in entrepreneurial studies, and plans on graduating in the fall of 2015. Ian was first introduced to Splore through the BoardMatch event hosted by Westminster College and is excited at the opportunity to use his passion for outdoor activities to promote Splore’s mission.
Lesly Beck has lived in the Salt Lake community for most of her life. Lesly worked in Early Intervention for 3 years serving families and their children with special needs as a Service Coordinator with Kids On The Move. Lesly has volunteered in the arts community for over 11 years with Art Works for Kids in program delivery and fundraising, and with Ballet West, Bad Dog Arts, and VOA. Lesly is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Community Leadership at Westminster College with an emphasis on Arts Administration. Lesly has been involved in service for individuals with disabilities for 18 years. She has served on Utah School for the Deaf and Blind’s Parent Advisory Board for over 15 years, as well as 3 years serving on the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. She is the mother of 4 daughters, including her oldest who is disabled. Lesly is also an avid skier and biker.
Andy currently directs the marketing efforts for Gregory Backpacks. He earned his BA in Marketing from the University of Connecticut and shortly after graduating moved to Utah to be closer to the Greatest Snow on Earth.
Andy met his wife Sheila on the slopes of Alta and together they have effectively brainwashed their three children in becoming Altaholics. When the snow is gone, you can find Andy searching for trout in the many Utah streams and rivers as well as mountain biking and climbing in the nearby Wasatch Mountains.
Steven Ott is Professor of Public Administration and Director of the University of Utah’s Institute of Public and International Affairs. He was Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science from 2000 to 2009. He teaches and writes about organization theory, behavior and culture in the public and nonprofit sectors. Ott was Director of the UofU’s Master of Public Administration Program from 1992 to 2000. Previously, he was with a management consulting firm that worked mostly with government and nonprofit organizations. His degrees are from the University of Colorado, MIT, and the Pennsylvania State University.
Paul Carbone, MD
Paul Carbone joined Splore as a board member in 2007. He practices pediatric medicine at the University of Utah. Paul earned his undergraduate degree in biology from San Jose State University and his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. Paul is the author of numerous scholarly articles and recipient of multiple research awards and scholastic honors. His commitment to disability issues is demonstrated by his participation on the Splore board and membership with Senator Hatch’s Committee on Disability Issues, Utah Department of Health-Children with Special Needs, and the Utah Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs.