Board of Directors

Ruth Weniger, President

Ruth Weniger, President of Powerful Business Strategies, LLC, provides business development consulting, strategic planning, and executive coaching to businesses and individuals across diverse business sectors. Her focus is on helping high performance clients achieve business excellence while maintaining their personal balance and perspective. She has also been an officer for organizations serving music education and early childhood education. Ruth is committed to helping DOVE Center grow in its ability to serve its clients and the community. Ruth and her husband moved to St. George in 2012.

Jerry Salkowe, Secretary

Jerry Salkowe is a retired physician and health administrator. He has served on boards of organizations supporting community health and disabilities, and the Board of Examiners for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. His experience includes medical leadership roles with the Healthcare Association of New York, MVP Health Care, Kaiser Permanente, and the Community Health Plan. Born in Philadelphia, Jerry relocated to upstate New York in 1982; then to St. George in 2012. He is married with three children. Jerry was drawn to Dove, recognizing the importance of men engaging as part of the solution to ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

Ross Johnston, Treasurer

Ross Johnston is a Certified Public Accountant who holds a Doctor of Business Administration in Advance Accounting, a Master of Science in Accounting, and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance, he is currently an Assistant Professor at Dixie State University. He has 22 years of accounting experience in private industry, including 13 years as a controller. His accounting passions exists around budgets, forecasts, what if scenarios, compliance, and sustainability. He worked as a financial manager for the State of Utah, Department of Human Services for over 4 years. Ross is married with four grown children and nine grandchildren. He currently lives in Toquerville, Utah. He enjoys family activities, reading, outdoor activities including hiking, running, and biking. He believes that all have a right to be protected and given an opportunity to be empowered. Individuals should not only live in a community but should serve and become an active part of their community.

Jon Bacon

Jon Bacon grew up in Toronto, Canada, and moved to the USA for college, receiving his degree from BYU. Currently he works as the Vice President of Marketing for SureCall, a Silicon Valley based consumer electronics company that manufactures cell phone signal boosters for residential, commercial and vehicle applications. In his role, Bacon oversees the companies strategic branding and marketing direction while working with an excellent team of professionals. He’s excited to be part of the Dove family, to help grow such an amazing and inspiring organization.

Mary Lloyd Barth

Mary Lloyd Barth is a retired nonprofit director, private sector human resource director, program administrator, and grant and technical writer. Her passion for empowering women centers on the positive impact equity brings to all communities. Mary Lloyd has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

Bill Bluhm

Bill Bluhm is CEO and President of a successful 25 year old bulk merchandising company which operates in 19 states and employs over 70 field representatives. He received his degree from BYU Marriot School of Business with majors in Marketing/Market Research and minors in Accounting and Economics. Bill is married and has three grown children and three grandchildren. He currently resides in Santa Clara, UT and has enjoyed the sunshine and beautiful and diverse topography in southern Utah for 20 years after moving from his home state of OH. Bill is active in the community serving as Board President for three years of the Celebrity Concert Series as well as volunteering at Switchpoint and various soup kitchens in St George. He currently teaches the Financial Empowerment class in Colorado City, AZ offered by the Dove Center. He is passionate about being a part of changing the broken and incorrect societal views with regards to young girls and women. 

Shonie Christensen

Shonie Christensen is the owner of Allstate-The Shonie Insurance Group in St. George and believes in giving back to her community. She is a past president of the St. George Exchange Club and has served on other non-profit boards for women’s and children’s causes. Through her work with Allstate and DOVE Center, she helped implement a financial literacy program. She is married with two children and one grandbaby. She believes that everyone deserves to live free from domestic violence and financial abuse. After all, “Empowerment is always in style!”

Aaron Edgley

Aaron Edgley holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Leadership, Masters of Accounting and Business Administration. Currently a Commercial Real Estate Advisor at NAI Excel, Aaron has extensive marketing and sales experience and has spent time creating and implementing business strategies for a variety of large organizations. He also has experience analyzing investment opportunities, forming start-up technology projects and consulting with small businesses. Originally from the East Coast, Aaron and his family have fallen in love with Saint George, its weather and the active lifestyle living here affords. He has been drawn to helping the DOVE Center for the opportunity to support, engage and empower those seeking healing from trauma related to domestic violence.

Miriah Elliott

Miriah Elliott comes from a long line of driven women and is committed to helping all women and families achieve their potential. Originally from Idaho, Miriah attended law school and worked as a partner at a large law firm in Salt Lake. She moved to St. George with her family in 2015 to work as in-house counsel for a small renewable energy company. She lives in Ivins with her husband and three rambunctious young sons. She is honored to serve and support the work of DOVE Center.

Dannielle Larkin

Dannielle grew up in Salt Lake City and has lived in St. George for nearly 30 years. She has a degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Southern Utah University. Dannielle is involved in several community projects, chairing many, and believes that a little community involvement goes a long way. Dannielle and her husband own a contracting business and have raised four children. She currently serves as a St. George City Councilperson. Dannielle is honored to serve as a member of the DOVE Center Board.

Tammie Richeson

Tammie Richeson serves on the DOVE Center Board as a matter of great personal interest. She is a survivor of domestic abuse, and therefore understands first-hand how important DOVE’s work is. She is committed to supporting others who have experienced this horror, so that they, too, can believe good things are possible. Tammie is the mother of four, grandmother of one, and has been a real estate agent for 10 years. She started her own firm in 2012. She previously worked as a high limit dealer in casinos in Las Vegas. Her hobbies include biking, camping and spending time with her family.

Vicki Reese Wilson

Vicki Reese Wilson holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from the University of Utah and an MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from the University of Colorado. Vicki is originally from Salt Lake City, but relocated to St George in 2000 when she accepted a new assignment with Intermountain Healthcare. She spent the next 18 years as a Human Resources leader for Intermountain’s Southwest Region. Vicki has over 35 years of experience as an HR leader, which has allowed her to focus on not only HR functions, but leadership development, employer-sponsored childcare services, volunteer services, education and wellness. She served on Dixie State University’s board for eight years and was Vice Chair. Vicki is married and has three adult children who have given her the beautiful gift of grandchildren. She wants to use her experience to help others succeed in their careers and life.
Staff & Board Members – 2020 
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