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Board of Directors

The Early Light Academy (ELA) Board of Directors is a non-profit governing body led by parents and community members established to oversee the implementation of the school charter as approved by the Utah State Office of Education.

Meet our Board Members

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    Eric Montague
    Board President
    Eric Montague
    Board President

    Eric Montague is a recognized business expert and successful entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and a proven track record for launching and building successful businesses. He is the Founder and CEO of Executech and has received several professional and community awards both personally and for his growing company. His company has been named by Governor Herbert as being one of the five best companies to work for in Utah 3 years in a row, and he was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He is very active in the community, and among his many interests, he enjoys traveling, falconry, hunting and the theater. 

    Term ends June 2024

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    David Bourne
    Board Financial Coordinator
    David Bourne
    Board Financial Coordinator

    David Bourne has been on the ELA board for more than five years in the capacity of Board Financial Coordinator, and during that time the school has seen its financial position significantly improve, to the point that he was able to restructure the school's municipal bonds to generate a savings of more than $300 thousand annually. 

    David is currently the Vice President of Investments at Peg Companies, a Utah based development company. Prior to that, he worked in the charter school space, financing and developing facilities for charter schools all over the nation, as well as creating and executing an acquisition strategy for one of the largest charter school management companies in the country. 

    David and his wife Jen are the parents of 5 children, 4 of whom attended ELA for multiple years. 

    He holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.

    Term ends June 2023

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    Jenn Lund
    Vice President
    Jenn Lund
    Vice President

    Jenn Lund graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology with an emphasis in Wildlife.  Her passion for all kinds of science led her to an opportunity to teach third through fifth grade students at The Waterford School in Sandy, Utah.  There, she was able to engage young minds by teaching them through daily hands-on experiments. Watching students who at first struggled, finally succeed brought her the most joy.  She helped form a Bird Club where she taught students to identify birds and throughout the year went on field trips to observe the vast array of species found in Utah.

    Jenn spends much of her time taking care of and running her five children around.  She loves working in her flower and vegetable gardens and showing her kids all of the beauties of nature found there.  Her love of birds has carried over to her family. They enjoy going on birding and other wildlife excursions together.

    Term ends June 2022

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    Andrea Johnson
    Board Secretary
    Andrea Johnson
    Board Secretary

    Andrea Facer Johnson graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in History Teaching and a Special Education Endorsement for Mild/Moderate Disabilities. She taught special education for 8 years and while teaching was awarded Wasatch Peak Academy Teacher of the Year and Utah Charter School Teacher of the Year. For the last 5 years Andrea has been the Listening Program Provider for Utah Virtual Academy and has ran her own online business, Modern Day Invite. Andrea is also a board member for the charity Reach Out and Learn, with her focus in Ghana. She hopes to travel back there one day and build a trade school. Andrea is a mother of 3 and loves spending time with her children. She also enjoys wake boarding, snow boarding, swimming, and composing music.

    Term ends June 2022

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    Candice Mitchell
    Board Member
    Candice Mitchell
    Board Member

    Candice Mitchell has a passion for all things creative. From her early career as a character animator for video games, to her current roles as wife, mother, and business owner, she weaves together her deep appreciation of design and aesthetic, with a pragmatic ability to realize and execute a vision.

    Candice graduated Magna Cum Laude from Utah State University with a BFA in Graphic Design and Computer Animation and subsequently spent many of her professional years as an Art Director and Creative Executive. She provides a visionary and unorthodox approach to everything from product development, to brand management, to fostering relationships with licensors such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street and Sanrio. Her latest adventure is the operation of a design and marketing firm with her husband. Her creative endeavors have taken her to far-off shores, coast-to-coast, around the block, and in her own backyard where she loves to throw immersive events, cultivate her garden, and spend time with her three favorite men.

    From their first year at ELA, she and her family knew they had found a community of kindred spirits. ELA’s tenets-- Responsibility, Kindness, Leadership, Hard Work, and a forward-thinking Informed Perspective developed through historical context--dovetail beautifully with their own principles. She is excited to add her voice to the ELA family.

    Term ends June 2023

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    Brett Crockett
    Board Member
    Brett Crockett
    Board Member

    Brett has spent over 20 years helping create, build, and grow businesses. One of his favorites is Readeo.com, an application that combines books and video chat to help families connect through reading. He’s been able to work with well-known brands including Discovery, National Geographic, ABC, Verizon, Adobe, and others, but his favorite work is helping smaller companies grow into recognizable brands. Brett is currently a Partner and Director of Marketing at Harmon Brothers, a video advertising agency known for viral internet videos including Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, FiberFix, Lumē Deodorant, Purple Mattresses, and others. Brett and his wife Whittney enjoy camping, skiing, and rock climbing with their daughter who attends ELA and her little brother who is a future ELA student.

    Term ends June 2025

Board Meetings

All Early Light Academy (ELA) Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. ELA follows the Utah Open & Public Meetings Act. Meeting information is posted at least twenty four (24) hours in advance on the Utah Public Meeting Notice website, as well as previous minutes and recordings.  Meeting Minutes are also available to the public by request.  To request a written copy of Board Meeting minutes or audio recording of an open meeting, please email your request to Mrs. Schmidt

To receive an email or RSS feed whenever the ELA Board of Directors has a public meeting, in addition to other tools for public meetings within the state of Utah, visit the Utah Public Meeting Notices website, then perform a search for Early Light Academy.

Financial Oversight

The Governing Board oversees the financial health of Early Light Academy. All budgets are approved by the Governing Board and published on the Utah Public Finance Website.

In accordance with Utah Code Ann. Section 53G-7-309, the governing board receives a financial report each month. This report includes the following information: (i) the amounts of all budget appropriations; (ii) the disbursements from the appropriations as of the date of the report; and (iii) the percentage of the disbursements as of the date of the report. The report is also available for public review.  CLICK HERE for the most current copy of Early Light Academy's monthly financial report.  

The Board Audit Committee is comprised of the Executive Director, Board President and Board Financial Coordinator.

Stakeholders of Early Light Academy may report financial concerns regarding fraud, waste, abuse, or non-compliance directly to the School in accordance with the School’s grievance policies.  Alternatively, stakeholders may report such financial concerns to the Utah State Board of Education through their Public Education Hotline at (801) 538-7813.  Full contact information for the Public Education Hotline can be found here.