Chief Strategic Officer
Board of Directors
Doug Thomas– MSW, LCSW Community Health Director, Intermountain Healthcare
Doug worked in state and county mental health and substance use disorder services as a psych tech, case manager, therapist and administrator for over 25 years enhancing prevention, treatment and recovery support services throughout Utah before retiring from the State and joining Intermountain in 2021. He has a passion for education, prevention and early intervention work related to mental well-being for individuals, families and communities and enjoys serving in this community coalition and church. He and his wife are the proud parents of two young adults. Doug enjoys soccer, hiking, running, biking, reading and spending time listening to a wide variety of music.
Wayne Hepworth, Treasurer – Wayne grew up on a farm in Idaho. Early life was farming and owning/operating grain elevators. Wayne moved to St George in 1986 and was involved in the securities business. Retired in 2018, spending 7 years with Edward Jones and 25 years with Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor and manager of the office. Wayne and his wife, Linda enjoy a blended family of 15 children.
Bob Nicholson, Secretary
St George resident since 1985, married to Peggy, together we have two adult children. 45 year career in city planning. Glad to be part of Switchpoint, which is a wonderful organization that is doing good throughout Washington County and elsewhere.
Shirlayne Quayle is a champion for inclusive prosperity and the director of economic development and housing for St. George City. Her experience in government, education, healthcare, entrepreneurship, and women’s leadership drives innovative strategies that expand economic and housing opportunities for southern Utah residents. Shirlayne is co-founder of the Women’s Influence Network, co-chairs the Housing Action Coalition, and serves on the Switchpoint CRC board of directors and the Utah Homeless Network steering committee.
Bruce Jenkins, Vice Chairman, Attorney at Law at Jenkins Bagley Sperry. Bruce was past president of the Utah Community Association Bar Section. He has been a principal drafter of laws affecting common interest communities. In 2012, Bruce was inducted as a fellow into the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). Bruce cares deeply about the community and has served since October 2015 on the Switchpoint Board. For several years, Bruce has been included in Utah’s Top Lawyers by Utah Business Magazine and in 2017 was recognized as one of the Top Attorneys of North America. In his spare time, Bruce enjoys the outdoors, his wife, two daughters, and four grandchildren.
Originally from Burkina Faso, West Africa, Abraham is a long time Southern Utah resident passionate about helping others achieve their goals and become their best selves. Married to Chelsey and we have two young daughters- Olyvia & Zuri. Abraham lives by the motto ‘Be the Switchpoint and loves being a part of a transformational organization like Switchpoint. A Business and finance degree graduate of the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State, Abraham has spent the last 16 years working in banking, commercial, and residential real estate. In 2020, he was recognized by Re/Max Corporate for reaching the $100 million sales mark in 2020 and has received both the Re/Max Hall of Fame and the Re/Max Platinum Club awards. His favorite pastime is spending time with this family and reading John Grisham novels.
Jeri Schnitker worked in the legal and accounting fields, working as a paralegal in the corporate, tax planning and preparation, probate, and retirement plan design and administration areas of the law and was employed by the Foundation of Dixie Regional Medical Center for 15 years.
Ms. Schnitker has always been active in her community and has been involved as a volunteer in several non-profit areas. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Switchpoint Community Resource Center for over two years.
Stephanie Mackay has spent the last two decades in the nonprofit sector working as a social entrepreneur and nonprofit leader where she brings a strong voice to the table to promote innovative solutions for the most vulnerable citizens in our communities. She is the former Chief Innovation Officer at Columbus Community Center, a nonprofit agency that serves individuals with some of the most severe disabilities. For nearly two decades she has held positions that have given her unique insight into the day-to-day triumphs and struggles of families of all socio-economic levels. She is currently serving a three-year appointment to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Community Advisory Council.
Mary Helen Stricklin MSN, RNC Palliative Care Nursing Director, Intermountain Healthcare
Mary Helen has been an RN for 44 years working in a variety of specialties most recently working in nursing administration for 20 years.
She is passionate about helping people live the healthiest lives possible and supporting those with chronic serious illness live the highest quality of life.
Mary Helen has 2 children and 7 grandchildren. She loves to hike and bike and participate any outdoor activities. She is active in church and community service.