Board Members

Alberto Puertas

Alberto Puertas

Chairman of the Board 

Academic/Career Adviser

Alberto Puertas is a career/academic counselor for the University Advisement at Brigham Young University (BYU). Alberto serves as the Latin Americana Director for the National Career Development Association (NCDA). In his outreach to the community, Alberto Puertas served as a member of Southern Cross Humanitarian. Presently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Eagle Condor Humanitarian and the Liahona Foundation. Both organizations' efforts bless the less fortunate in developing nations.

Dayan Bernal       

Dayan Bernal

Founder & Former Executive Director (2011-2014 July)

Born in Bolivia, Dayan Bernal’s personal academic journey was similar to that of Teens Act students. Her family moved from Bolivia to California during her sophomore year of high school. Dayan is the first member of her family to graduate from college, having completed a B.A. in Latin American Studies and a minor in Philosophy with honors from BYU. She was named an Education Alliance National Conference Honoree for creating and implementing the college prep course for at-risk students that led to Teens Act. She served as the first executive director of Teens Act from 2011 to August 2014.


Saeko Logsdon, MPA

Former Executive Director at Teens Act

Translator, Wellness Consultant 

Saeko Logsdon is from Hokkaido, Japan. She completed the Master of Public Administration (MPA) with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation at BYU. While in the MPA program she co-established Teens Act. She and was the Managing Director of Teens Act from 2011-2014 and the Executive Director from 2014-2016. In 2015, the White House Initiative on Education Excellence honored Teens Act with a Bright Spot Award. She also helped Teens Act officially partner with Provo City through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to benefit more underserved youth in Provo. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and building social ventures. She is the mother of two children, and she currently lives in Washington.

Juan Carlos Gutierrez


Juan Carlos Gutierrez

Managing attorney of his firm, Gutierrez & Assoc. PLLC

Born in Mexico, he moved to the United States when he was 14 years old. Juan Carlos received his undergraduate degree from UVSC and went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and playing soccer.



Gordon Gibb

Faculty at BYU's McKay School of Education

Dr. Gordon Gibb is associate professor of special education at Brigham Young University. He taught students with learning difficulties for 16 years before becoming a university teacher educator and educational researcher.  His interests lie in helping students of all levels succeed in school and he conducts research in local schools focused on in-school and after-school interventions for reading.  He has lived in Taiwan and India, and published academic work in China, India, and the U.S.


Nelson Mousques

President-Owner of Autocraft Sales Inc. Orem, Utah

Nelson and his wife Claudia are the proud parents of four wonderful children. He is a strong advocate for a number of causes in the Hispanic Community in Utah, including of particular interest are causes that involve those of his Paraguayan homeland. He has had many years of sales and leadership training experience. Nelson is Board Member of the Hispanic Chapter at BYU Management Society.


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Advisory Board Members

Hatch profile

Deryl K. Hatch

Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Deryl K. Hatch, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His research and teaching focuses on community college environments—from the structural to the programmatic and classroom level—to uncover how they intersect with student experiences to foster equitable access, quality, and success in higher education, especially in regards for those from traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations. Dr. Hatch is faculty associate of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS) at UNL and is the principal investigator of the Student Success Program Research Initiative (SSPRI). Prior to UNL, Dr. Hatch led the development of the Community College Institutional Survey (CCIS) and the Survey of Online Student Engagement (SOSE) at the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) where he maintains associate status. He earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin, Ed.M. in technology, innovation, and education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and B.A. in linguistics from Brigham Young University.

UVU Advisors

Axel Donizetti Ramirez

Axel Donizetti Ramirez

Associate professor of education at Utah Valley University

Axel Donizetti Ramirez has been in education for over 22 years. The majority of his career was spent teaching junior high social studies. He was born in Guatemala and attended school in East Los Angeles and Nebo and Provo School Districts. He holds a PhD in multicultural social studies education and is currently an associate professor of education at Utah Valley University. He still enjoys teaching high school students in the summer. The rest of his time is spent with his five wonderful kids.

Bryan Waite

Bryan Waite

Associate Professor in the School of Education & Program Director of Global & Multicultural Education at Utah Valley University

Bryan Waite holds a Master’s degree in Spanish Education and a Ph.D. in Multicultural and Bilingual Education. He has taught Spanish at both the high school and college levels and, with his love of language and culture, is passionate about being in the classroom with future and current teachers. Bryan has been teaching in the Education Department at UVU since 2007. He and his wife are the parents of a son and twin daughters. They enjoy the many outdoor opportunities that Utah has to offer.


Nathan Hanamaikai

Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nathan Hanamaikai, was born in California, lived for 2 years in Peru, and has lived in Utah Valley since 1998.  He is a former professor and administrator working in the first-year transition and student retention space. He is a graduate of BYU, the University of Utah, and current Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  His research centers around understanding the experiences of middle performers in high school. A marketer by trade, Nathan exhibits strong understanding of how data can inform our understanding of people, and how people influence how we understand data.  He believes everybody has a leader within and can make unique contributions to the world.  He enjoys fishing, volleyball, making pancakes, and hanging out with his wife and five children.


For connecting with the group on campus, I would contact the Volunteer and Service Learning center, as the director has close ties with this faculty group. The group changes from year to year, so I'm not sure I would know anybody on it currently.

BYU Advisors

Bryant Jensen

Bryant Jensen

Faculty at BYU's McKay School of Education

Bryant is interested in improving learning opportunities for Latino children, especially those from immigrant families. His work addresses cultural dimensions of social and academic learning, home-school collaborations, professional development, mixed methods, and design-based approaches. Bryant has worked as a school psychologist in urban schools in the Southwest, and studied literacy learning in different communities and school types in Mexico. Previously he was a research associate for the National Task Force on Early Education for Hispanics, a Fulbright scholar in Mexico, teacher educator in CA's San Joaquin Valley, and an IES postdoc fellow at the University of Oregon.

Erin Whiting

Erin Whiting

Faculty at BYU's McKay School of Education

Erin Feinauer Whiting is an assistant professor of Multicultural Education in the Secondary Education Teacher Preparation Program at BYU. Her commitment to understanding and alleviating societal inequality have followed her in her varied experiences, work, and interests. Recently, this includes a focus on school community and organization for the inclusion of all students.

Shannon Addison

Former Program Coordinator (VISTA)

Raised in the quaint town of Castle Dale, Utah, Shannon moved to Provo and attended Brigham Young University in 2005. She finished her BS degree in Family Life with an emphasis in Family Studies. Shannon is a first-generation college graduate. She worked and also served as a Program Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA member) by coordinating the implementation of our program for about 100 students and their parents at two high schools by providing a training and support for 11 part-time college mentors and several interns and volunteers during the 2015-2016 School Year. 


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Abby Christiansen

Former Research Coordinator (VISTA)

Raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Abby graduated with a degree in political science from Brigham Young University. Her experiences on a study abroad in Uganda gave her an appreciation for the value of education. Abby is passionate about education and through her experience at Teens Act hopes to make a difference in her community. At Teens Act Abby monitored student performance and evaluated program effectiveness in order to ensure student success.