30 Women to Watch

By Heather Stewart, Rachel Madison and Devin Felix

May 8, 2014

But Miller has not forgotten her first passion. She is currently on the boards of Special Olympics of Utah and YWCA of Utah, and she created an annual Do Good Feel Good event, in which the dealerships donate to local nonprofits for every vehicle purchased.

“Work as hard as you can and stay under the radar until you are ready to achieve your goals—then hit the target as hard and high as you can.”

Geri Miller-Fox, Director of Adult Probation and Parole, Utah Department of Corrections

Geri Miller-Fox began her career nearly two decades ago as a line officer; now she is the chief administrator for a law enforcement division with nearly 600 employees.

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology and a master’s in public administration, Miller-Fox has brought an intense focus on evidence-based practices to her work. In fact, her team has set an ambitious goal of a 25 percent improvement in offender outcomes by 2017. “True public safety happens when we properly assist offenders so that they do not re-offend at a later date,” she says.

Miller-Fox is also part owner in GuRu Yoga, a business that develops unique yoga products and publications. It also offers workshops and retreats. “I am primarily interested in the benefits yoga provides for those affected by trauma, particularly those who serve in the military or law enforcement,” she says. “My work in yoga allows me to give back to the community in ways that help people better cope with stress and trauma.”

“Individuals can certainly affect change, but in order to achieve real results, leaders need the entire team working together toward a shared vision.”

Jamie Morningstar, Principal Product Manager, Mozy by EMC

Jamie Morningstar began her career as a software engineer, but soon realized that her communication skills were stronger than her coding skills. “I was a fine programmer, but far more valuable was my ability to translate between designer and programmer, business and engineering, [and] customer and coder,” she says. “I built on my core skills, in my case computer science, found what made me unique in that field, and developed it.”

At Mozy, Morningstar spearheaded a transition away from top-heavy bureaucratic processes to more agile development processes. She is passionate about encouraging women to enter the technology field, and she was an organizing committee member for the National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Award.

Morningstar’s other passion is the plight of the world’s orphans. She organizes an annual orphan-relief trip to Mexico, among other outreach efforts. “I hope to make a meaningful difference to orphans and their caregivers, encourage children in institutional care that they are never alone or forgotten, and connect others to these kids,” she says.

“The research is clear that more diverse teams perform best and create more robust solutions to the problems they solve. I’m grateful to be a piece in the puzzle of what makes my teams unique and successful.”

Andrea J. Moss, Executive Vice President of Operations and Risk Management, Zions Bank

Andrea Moss has always welcomed a challenge. That’s why her role at Zions Bank fits her perfectly. The financial services industry is a challenging one that requires banks to find more innovative, cost effective, risk mitigating and customer friendly ways to do things. “That requires a lot of new thinking and challenging of the way things used to be done,” she says.

Since she began her role at Zions Bank less than a year ago, Moss has taken that challenge and turned it into several company goals. She’s strengthened the risk culture within the organization and is working with her team to rethink how risk management is accomplished.

“My style is learning enough about my team and the organization to understand how and why things work in order to set realistic yet challenging goals. I like to set goals and then give others flexibility in how they approach and reach those goals. I am always willing to roll up my sleeves in order to understand a problem and offer solutions.”

Nicole Neumarker, Chief Technology Officer, Alliance Health

In the technology world, things are always changing. No one understands this better than Nicole Neumarker, who has worked for various technology companies since the early 1990s. “Technology is constantly evolving and thus the way you solve a business problem or optimize it with technology is never the same twice,” she says.

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