Professional Panel Session: Underrepresented Professionals Journey
February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Senior Advisor for Education
Office of the Mayor, SLC Corporation
Bachelors in Elementary Education, University of Utah
Masters in Educational Leadership, Boston College Lynch School of Education
Juris Doctorate, Boston College Law School (Anticipates being sworn into the Utah State Bar in Spring 2019)
Angela Doan currently serves as Salt Lake City Mayor Biskupki’s Senior Advisor for Education. Angela is a proud first generation Vietnamese-American born, Glendale-Salt Lake City native who taught in her childhood neighborhood and school district. As a former Title-I elementary school teacher with five years of experience teaching in mainstream, inclusive classrooms in grades 2-4, Angela was recognized as a highly effective teacher. Using data-informed practices, she led her team through a demanding federal school reform transformation process. Angela then moved into the legal field to bring a teacher’s voice into education law and policy reform. During her graduate studies, she was a program supervisor for a dozen student teachers and taught a weekly seminar on teaching and classroom management. She was formerly a legal intern with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the New England Innocence Project, and Massachusetts Advocates for Children.
In her current capacity, Angela advises and makes recommendations to the Mayor on policy development and educational programming based on current law, data, and best practices in education. Her current focus is on early childhood education and the school-to-prison pipeline. She serves as the city liaison to the local school district, agencies and entities. She chairs the Salt Lake Education Alliance, a collaborative working group of nearly a dozen local partnerships focused on educational equity and is the Mayor’s designee on the Salt Lake City School District Board of Education and the Salt Lake Education Foundation.
Attorney, Burbridge & Mitchell
President of Utah Minority Bar Association
Bachelors in Political Science, University of Utah
Master’s in Business Management, University of Phoneix
Juris Doctor, University of Utah – S.J. Quinney College of Law (with honors)
Abby Dizon-Maughan is a second-generation American (her parents emigrated from the Philippines), Dizon-Maughan takes nothing for granted. She is a descendent of Jose Dizon, a noted Filipino rebellion leader. Her grandmother lived underground to escape soldier brutality and rape. Her parents worked tirelessly, with no money, resources, or social support network, to raise themselves out of indigent circumstances in a third-world country, earning enough to pay for college and eventually emigrate to America.
From a young age, Dizon-Maughan felt that people of color and women are underrepresented in American society, and believed that as an attorney, she could effectuate change in perception and in practice. Thus, Abby has worked as a criminal defense attorney for five years, but is now in civil litigation working on complex commercial cases and catastrophic personal injury. She is has been highly involved in her community. Abby is the Chairperson of the Professional Standards Review Board of the West Valley Police Department, the Chairperson of the Criminal Justice Committee of the NAACP, Salt Lake Branch, the President of the Utah Minority Bar Association, and former Secretary of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Abby is also a member of the Women Lawyers of Utah, LGBT & Allied Lawyers of Utah, and the Salt Lake County Bar Association.
Abby’s commitment to social justice and civil rights has not gone unrecognized. In October 2015, she was presented with the President’s Award by the NAACP, Salt Lake Branch. Branch President Jeanetta Williams commended her for her activism and dedication to pursuing civil rights. In February 2017, Abby has received recognition for her mentorship of aspiring attorneys at the Breakfast of Champions, where she was named an Outstanding Mentor by the Utah Bar Association. She has also been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers/ThomsonReuters, and recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 criminal defense attorney by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
Albany Engineered Composites
Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
Jose Garcia was born in Lima, Peru and then immigrated to Utah, where he has lived in several west side location such as Rose Park, Glendale, West Valley, and Taylorsville. He studied at AMES (The Academy for Math, Engineering, and Science) high school and then pursued a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Utah. During his undergrad he was involved with MEChA, Intramural Sports, S.H.I.P.E (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), and Chess Club. His hobbies are watching movies, playing sports, dancing, and real estate investment. His career path involves working towards Design Engineering.
University Neighborhood Partners
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Juliana Simonetti, M.D.
Director of Bariatric Medicine Program
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University of Utah Hospital
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