SLCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mark Carpenter

Mark Carpenter

Board Chair

As the owner of Mindset Strategic Leadership, Mark helps individuals and organizations improve their skills and habits to become more effective by providing training, consulting, and coaching. Mark has a degree in Communication from Brigham Young University and previously worked in public relations and marketing in the high tech and financial services industries. His passion for music stems from years of playing the violin and viola as well as performing in musical theater.

Meredith Drechsel

Meredith Drechsel

Chair Elect

Meredith is a lifelong advocate of the arts. While living in New York City, she had the opportunity to regularly attend quality performances from organizations such as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and New York Philharmonic. Upon returning to Salt Lake City, she sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and served as executive secretary of the organization. Meredith currently serves as a consultant to Ballet West in leadership and organization development, which has been the primary focus in her career.

Roger Kennard

Roger Kennard

Board Secretary/Treasurer

A certified public accountant by profession, Roger brings a wonderful blend of professional expertise and musical passion to the SLCA board. His accounting experience includes auditing, tax planning, compliance, and business management. He started his musical training at age 6 when he began to play piano. In the years that followed he added the cello and viola, then formal vocal training. Roger sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 20 years and has sung in the SLCA’s Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Men’s Ensemble, and Salt Lake Vocal Artists. Roger also manages the SLCA home, The E.W. Garbett Center for Choral Music, and has been instrumental in arranging for donations of time and materials to improve the building.

Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker

Board Member, Marketing Committee

Andrew, a marketing and communications executive for two decades, is the chief marketing officer for The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City, where he has helped the museum achieve record levels of attendance and revenue. Prior to joining The Leonardo, Andrew worked for Bask Technologies in Lehi, where his unique and innovative marketing strategies helped the company become one of the fastest growing in Utah. He also worked in the agency world, where he created and implemented strategy for The Walt Disney Company, Target Stores, Apple Computers, Ann Taylor Fashions and more. A successful entrepreneur, Andrew co-founded an independent audio book publishing company, Open Book Audio, and is a published author with his work appearing in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and MSNBC. Andrew and his wife sing with the Salt Lake Vocal Artists.

Laura Shafer

Laura Shafer

Board Member, Strategic Planning Committee

Laura brings to the board a natural exuberance that has led to her success in strategic communications. She started her career as a television news producer, then moved into public relations and product marketing in the technology industry. She currently is a Content Strategy Director for MRM/McCann in Salt Lake City. Her excellence has been recognized by industry awards, including Best B2B Marketing Team from the Utah Chapter of the American Marketing Association and the CRN Women of the Channel: Power 100. In her spare time, Laura pours her enthusiasm into singing soprano, pottery, watercolor, and knitting.

Mike Deputy

Mike Deputy

Board Member, Nominating Committee

Mike is currently CEO of Utility Trailer Sales in Salt Lake City, an organization he first invested in more than 40 years ago. A native of California, he studied at Brigham Young University and has had successful business ventures in Nebraska and Iowa in addition to his current position. He was recognized as Utah Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007, served as president of the Salt Lake Rotary Club, and the Utah Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and serves on boards for several industry associations and charities. A current member of Salt Lake Choral Artists, Mike has also performed with the BYU a Capella Choir, the Saltaires Show Chorus, and in barbershop quartets.

Mike Bennett

Mike Bennett

Board Member

After earning an MSW degree from the U of U, Mike Bennett spent his 35 year professional career in public education where he pursued his lifelong passion of helping children discover, pursue and follow their dreams. Serving as a teacher, social worker, principal and school district superintendent, Mike has always felt strongly about the incorporation the performing arts to enhance learning, promote creativity and lift both performers and audiences to higher levels of emotion and inspiration.  After retirement Mike became a strong advocate for using uplifting music as a tool to aid in the treatment of addiction, depression and other physical/mental disorders. His primary role as a board member is to help with outreach, recruitment and involvement of children with the world of high quality music as both students and performers.