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Governing Board

  • Who are WSA Board Members?

    The Governing Board determines the mission and purpose of Wallace Stegner Academy and keeps it clearly in focus. They are responsible for ensuring that the academic program is successful, that the school program and operation is faithful to the terms of its charter, and that the school is a viable organization.  The Board also oversees the financial health of the school and approves a budget which is published on the Utah Public Finance Website. The Audit and Finance Committee is comprised of the Board President and the Financial Coordinator. 

    Stakeholders of Wallace Stegner Academy may report concerns of fraud, waste, abuse, or non-compliance directly to the School’s administration or board. Alternatively, stakeholders may report such concerns directly 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.

     Sarah Vaughan, PhD, Board President

    Dr. Sarah Vaughan has been involved with Wallace Stegner Academy from the application stage. Sarah currently works as an agricultural consultant with local and international clients and has previously worked for agricultural research companies as a scientist and manager. She is experienced in project management and working with teams, which is critical experience for her role at Wallace Stegner Academy. 

    Sarah is passionate about education. Sarah competed her PhD in agricultural science at The University of Queensland in Australia where she also worked as a practical tutor of a third year university subject, and worked as an AusAid tutor for postgraduate international students who required additional assistance to complete their written assessments. Her experience as a tutor and extensive education have given her insight into education systems, curriculum, and providing educational support for students that need further assistance. Sarah is committed to improving the availability of a high quality education in Utah and is excited to work with such a committed Board of Directors and exceptional administrators. 


    Jeremy Schow, Board Secretary

    Jeremy Schow has been in the healthcare field for 18+ years. He attended School at the University of Utah where he received four degrees including his business degree. Jeremy then attended Medical School at the Nevada College of Medicine. While at the University of Utah, Jeremy realized his love for the business side of healthcare. Since that time he has been the Director of Commercialization at Linegan, Inc. and over the past six years has worked as the Senior Vice President ofSales and Customer Care s at AAPC and Healthicity. Jeremy loves technology and innovation and is excited to be a part of Wallace Stegner Academy.


    Reed Farnsworth, Board Member

    As Acima Credits COO, Reed is responsible for all things operations at Acima Credit; providing strategic direction, refining the product offering, optimizing processes, creating new policies and procedures and building new teams. Reed has experience in both large and small businesses, working at the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis of 2008 to co-founding the first all-you-can-fly airline (Surf Air) to helping consumers in the bankruptcy and subprime financing space.

    Reed Farnsworth also spent five years volunteering with Singular Humanitarian Experience (SHe). A co-founder of the organization, he led the economic development division and expeditions in Guatemala, Nepal, and Kenya. Reed holds a Bachelor’s (Business Management) degree from Brigham Young University and a Master’s (Applied Economics) degree from Johns Hopkins and is currently working on his MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

    Frank Magana, Financial Coordinator

    Frank is committed to supporting education because of the empowerment and opportunities it brings to people’s lives.

    Frank currently works on the community reinvestment team at Ally Bank where he is involved in initiatives and investments that help improve and revitalize low-income neighborhoods. He is particularly involved in investing in the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing. Prior to Ally, Frank worked at UBS Bank USA where he managed the bank’s charitable giving.

    Prior to banking, Frank worked in the nonprofit sector as the Director of Operations at Latinos in Action, a nonprofit focused on helping primary and secondary school students graduate from high school and enroll in higher education. In that capacity, he oversaw business development, program expansion and implementation, strategic planning, and community relations.

    Frank received his B.A. in History and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Brigham Young University. He enjoys volunteering in the community, playing basketball, and challenging himself to learn difficult things.

    Antonio Furano is a data analyst with Nu Skin Enterprises. His 20 year career has been built around Analytics and Data Science in the Consumer Packaged Goods and MLM Industries. He graduated with his MBA from the University of Utah in 2010.

    Tony believes that critical thinking and the savvy consumption of data and media are key characteristics of a highly functional citizenry. He feels education is one of the most efficient ways to help build these skills in the members of his community. He also knows that education empowers our most vulnerable populations. To that end, he served on the Board of the English Skills Learning Center, which provides free ESL classes to immigrants and refugees, for 9 years. The son of a schoolteacher, Tony has grown up with a personal appreciation for challenges educators face and looks forward to joining the community that supports and advocates for these vital members of our society.

    Antonio Furano, Board Member

    Antonio Furano is a data analyst with Nu Skin Enterprises. His 20 year career has been built around Analytics and Data Science in the Consumer Packaged Goods and MLM Industries. He graduated with his MBA from the University of Utah in 2010.

    Tony believes that critical thinking and the savvy consumption of data and media are key characteristics of a highly functional citizenry. He feels education is one of the most efficient ways to help build these skills in the members of his community. He also knows that education empowers our most vulnerable populations. To that end, he served on the Board of the English Skills Learning Center, which provides free ESL classes to immigrants and refugees, for 9 years. The son of a schoolteacher, Tony has grown up with a personal appreciation for challenges educators face and looks forward to joining the community that supports and advocates for these vital members of our society.


  • When are the Board Meetings?

    2019-2020 Board Meeting Schedule

    April 2, 2020 Board Meeting Agenda 

    April 15, 2020 Board Meeting Agenda

    May 21, 2020 Board Meeting Agenda

    June 18, 2020 Board Meeting Agenda

    2021-2022 Annual Board Meetings

    All Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. Meetings and agendas are posted at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance on the Public Notice Website. WSA follows the Utah Open Meetings Act. Wallace Stegner Academy board meeting minutes are also made available to the public by request. To request a written copy of board meeting minutes or an audio recording of an open meeting, please email your request to: agerlach@wsacharter.org or asudweeks@wsacharter.org

  • How can I get notified for public meetings?

    To receive an email or RSS feed whenever the WSA 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 Wallace Stegner Academy.

  • Where can I find WSA's monthly budget reports?

    In accordance with Utah Code Ann. Section 53G-7-309, the governing board receives a budget report each month. This budget 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. To receive a copy of a budget report(s), please email your request to agerlach@wsacharter.org. Budget reports will be made available within five (5) business days of the request.