Board of Trustees Bios

Monticello Academy, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board meets at least twice annually and has the ultimate oversight and responsibility for the school. The Board of Trustees also serves as an appellate body for decisions of the Parent Council.

By charter, a majority of the Board of Trustees must be the parent or guardian of a student enrolled in Monticello Academy sometime during their term of service.  Trustees serve with no term limits.  In the event of a mid-year resignation or removal of any Trustee, the remaining Board members may fill the vacancy by appointment.


Current Members of the Board of Trustees

Michael Smith - Chair, Monticello Board of Trustees - is the Executive Director, ACEC-Utah (American Council of Engineering); he is a former Office Administrator for the Office of the Governor, State of Utah; Sales Director and manager, (United Healthcare Services, Inc., Ingenix, My Job, Inc.); District Representative, Bureau of National Affairs; and Area District manager (Automatic Data Processing, Inc.) Education - B.S. Marketing, Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management.

Joel Coleman, School co-founder and Secretary of the Monticello Board of Trustees - is the Superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. In 2014 he served as the interim Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Utah, he is a former member of the Utah State Board of Education and a former two term City Councilman in West Valley City - Utah's second largest city.

Previous to his work in public education, Joel was a Principal and Seminary teacher for 23 years with the LDS Church Educational System. He is a founder and the former Chairman of the Utah Small Districts Coalition, the past Chairman of the West Valley Education Advisory Council, and together with his wife he co-founded the Utah Parent Education Network. Joel and his wife, Kim, have five children who all attend or have graduated from Utah public schools, and they reside in West Jordan, Utah.

Education - Bachelor of Science, University of Utah (1992); Master of Public Administration, Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management (1997).  

Martell Winters - Microbiologist for 15 years at Nelson Laboratories, working as a Senior Scientist and consultant specializing in radiation sterilization of medical devices and human tissue for transplantation.  He is currently a member of the Sterilization Standards Committee for the U. S. body responsible for establishing procedures and requirements for sterilization, and is one of two U.S. representatives to the International Standards Organization (ISO) for a working group in this committee.  He is also a member of the U.S. Tissue Bank Standards Committee.  Martell and his wife have 4 children.  Education – B.S. Microbiology, minor in Chemistry, Brigham Young University (1994).