Meet the Board of Directors
The father of staff member Allison Muir, Michael brings his financial management prowess to the board. His work as a Chief Financial Officer for a respected company lends great perspective to the fiduciary responsibilities of the board. He and his wife, Tanya enjoy grand-parenting Allison’s baby girl as well as creating a loving environment for their son who lives independently at home as an adult with a disability.
Lester is considered RRCI’s Timeless Board Member. He was on the original charter for the agency in 1997. In keeping with the bylaws, Lester has ‘termed off’ of the board on occasion. But, he always finds his way back to serve a community for whom he is passionate. Lester’s passion for the disability community guided his career and volunteer path throughout his life
Brad comes to RRCI from Koosharem, Utah. He represents RRCI’s rural service areas with insight and sincere concern about the inclusion of all people with disabilities regardless of their zip code. Brad was a successful teacher for ten years and loved learning how to reach each student regardless of his or her disability. Brad is the husband of Rhonda Robinson, Independent Living Coordinator serving Sevier, Piute, and Wayne Counties.
Jesse has a sincere and extensive connection to the disability community. As a child, his family hosted a young man with a developmental disability. One of his best friends in high school was blind. And, he has had work opportunities though out his life where he worked with people with disabilities. Jesse’s life experience brings a balanced perspective to RRCI’s board
Dr. Angela Pool-Funai
Serving as the director of the Master of Public Administration program (MPA) at Southern Utah University, Angela brings a wealth of talent and passion to RRCI’s board of directors. She has a heart to see that individuals succeed to the best of their abilities whether that means in the classroom, workplace, life or in general. She has experience in proposal writing, budget management, and post award reporting. Angela serves on the board as a representative of Iron County.
Dianne Aldrich received a Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is currently the head of public services at the Dixie State University Library. Her professional interests focus on higher education, information literacy, diversity and inclusion in higher education, and support services for neurodiverse students. She is also a doctoral student working toward a Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Professionally, she serves as the executive board secretary for RRCI and she was appointed by the governor to serve on the Utah State Library Board in 2020. Dianne most recently co-authored a book with her colleague Kathleen Broeder, showcasing Southern Utah’s history through the use of curated pictures from the Dixie State University Library Special Collections vault. She resides in beautiful Southern Utah with her husband.
Affiliated with the native American tribe, the Dine, Kester brings cultural awareness to the board. His employment plays to his strengths as he specializes in working with Blind and Visually Impaired by conducting Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling for Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. Kester has a special interest in intergenerational trauma, effects of colonization, labeling, disability issues, and same sex relations research and practices. Kester represents the voice of the blind community on RRCI’s board of directors.
When residing in Provo, Thomas was an active member of Ability First, the Center for Independent Living serving Utah County. When his family moved to St. George, he didn't skip a beat and found RRCI right away. Thomas is a respected advocate for people with disabilities and has made presentations to the Utah State Legislature on their behalf. He has a job where he teaches disability advocacy to various agency staff members in the area. Thomas has served on multiple boards and is thrilled to contribute to RRCI in a meaningful way.
Diego uses his Bachelor of Behavioral Science Degree with a Social Work emphasis to support his clients at the Southern Utah Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. Besides volunteering at RRCI, Diego enjoys spending time with his family, helping animals in community shelters, and serving as youth camp guide.