Staff Association


Read about the nominees below. After reviewing the nominees, please click the vote here link to vote.

Ballot – SA Board Nominees 2021 – 2022

  • President Elect: Lance Brown, Shane Blocker, Diana Maughan
  • Secretary: Leslie Twitchell, Rochelle Blatter, Kayla Dent, Misti Pierce
  • Board member: Rolando Pereira, Greg Esplin, Michelle Cabana, Zac Olson, Matt Black, Matt Devore, James Kener, Mike Nelson, Ethan Deceuster, Michele Tisdale


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Nominee Biographies

President- Elect (3 year term) –

Serving 1 year as President Elect, 1 year as President, and 1 year as Past President. The President will direct the Executive Board and conduct the meetings, act as chief SA spokesperson to the President of Dixie State University, serve as a voting member of the University Council, and represent the Association before the public. Vote for one.

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Lance Brown

Lance Brown has been a development officer at Dixie State University since 2015. As a fundraiser (FUNraiser) and business professor at Dixie State University, he has played an integral part in the university’s explosive growth. His fundraising efforts have enabled the university to build a new football stadium, a state-of-the-art human performance center, and transition to Division 1 status.

Before working as a fundraiser, he worked as a national sales director at Living Scriptures Inc, where his list of accomplishments is extensive. They include top salesman, top recruiter, and top sales manager. While at Living Scriptures, Lance recruited, trained, and managed nearly 700 salespeople and was responsible for over $20M in sales. Lance has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from SUU, (don’t hold that against him), and a master’s degree in executive leadership from Liberty University.

Lance is married and has five kids; they are all boys except for 4 of them. Lake Powell UT is his favorite place in the world to visit. He is a basketball fanatic and terrible golfer. As the drummer/lead singer of his college rock band, he sometimes wonders if he missed his life calling.

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Diana Maughan

Diana, is a Learning Designer/Technologist for the Center for Teaching and Learning. She came to Dixie State University in 2017 to work in Career Services where she enjoyed working with the wonderful people there. Diana has built many relationships across campus through her role in Cooperative Education as well as Career Services. Currently, she is working in Center for Teaching Learning where she has conducted multiple workshops and trainings throughout this last year. In addition, Diana has had the opportunity to get to know and work with many of you through the many committees and associations she has been a part of. She has most recently served on the DSU-UWHEN board, as well as Utah Higher Education Staff Association as secretary, Utah Association for Employers in Education as president in the past. Diana enjoys working at DSU and would love the opportunity to represent you, the staff of Dixie State University as president elect and will bring enthusiasm, innovation, and a desire to bring your needs to the forefront.

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Shane Blocker

Shane was born and raised in Orem, Utah and attended Dixie State University majoring in Human Communication and then earned a Masters of Human Resource Management. Shane is active in the local HR community and services as the President of the Color Country Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Outside of work, Shane is the proud father of 2 girls, Charley and Annie and loves being a girl dad. This has made him specifically prepared to share a dad joke at any moment. Stay tuned to the end of this bio. He also enjoys playing golf, nerding out over movies (The Martian, Ford vs. Ferrari), tv shows (The Mandalorian, Seal Team) and talking about food (Royal Thai, El Coyote Charro).
Dad Joke: The first rule of passive aggressive club is… You know what, never mind. It fine.

Secretary (2 year term) –

The Secretary shall serve a two-year term. The Secretary will be elected on odd years. The Secretary shall: (1) keep a record of minutes for the Executive Board and other SA meetings, (2) conduct SA secretarial duties, and (3) serve as a member of the Executive Board. Approved minutes shall be made available on the SA Website

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Leslie Twitchell

Leslie Twitchell worked as the English Department Administrative Assistant for three years and then became the Administrative Specialist for Dean Lee in CHASS last August. Leslie loves working at DSU and especially enjoys her interactions with the faculty, staff, and students. She wants to be more involved with the Staff Association, and her experience as an administrative assistant makes her a great fit for the secretary position. Outside the university, Leslie loves spending time with her husband and two adult children whether it be yard work, playing in the mountains, or listening to records.

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Kayla Dent

Kayla has loved everything about the St George area and DSU campus since she first enrolled. She received her bachelors of Accounting from DSU and loved it so much she wanted to stay and work here. As the Accounting Support Specialist, she has proven her meticulous record keeping skills as well as being an experienced and conscientious minute taker.
She is passionate about community involvement and is currently serving on the Staff Association’s Service Committee and Awards Committee. Kayla would thrive in the Staff Association’s secretary position.
In her spare time, Kayla loves to mountain bike, hike with her dog, and spend time with friends and family. She also loves cookies.

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Rochelle Blatter

Rochelle is an energetic and enthusiastic member of the Staff Association. Currently serving on the Professional Development committee she has also served on the Health and Wellness Committee for three years and the League of Mentors for two. You will recognize her from Career Services, where she is currently a Career Coach helping students along their career journey. In addition to coaching students, she oversees the marketing and events for the department and loves the opportunity to collaborate across campus with many of you!
Rochelle was excited to be in the first co-hort of the Trailblazer Leadership Program and was inspired by the training and leadership skills she received and the connections she made as part of the opportunity. Some of her strengths include positivity, organization and communication skills, as well as a willingness to serve. Rochelle would bring ideas, skills, and the love for DSU to the programs and services of the Staff Association.
Rochelle is married to Grant Blatter, a Physical Therapist with Revere Health and they have four children and a chubby cat. She has lived in St George for seven years and enjoys being outdoors with her family, reading, art, and visiting bakeries and new restaurants. She loves to learn new things and be with people who are passionate about life and enjoy laughter. She has her Master of Arts in Humanities and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communications. In addition, she is StrengthsFinder Gallup Trained and a Global Certified Career Facilitator. She serves on the Utah Career Development Association for the state as well as volunteers in the community at her kid’s schools in Washington County School district, community theater organizations, local sports groups, and she writes a monthly article for Switchpoint Circles Newsletter. She loves teaching and learning, and in addition to teaching adjunct for the College of Business she teaches youth in her church. Rochelle would be honored to represent you as the Staff Association Secretary.

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Misti Pierce

I’ve been at Dixie State University for the past 2 ½ years as the Associate Registrar after my husband and I relocated to the area from Colorado. I’ve spent the past 17 years in higher education, previously as the Director of Academic Support Services at my hometown community college in northeast Colorado. In that position, I was responsible for the TRiO Student Support Services grant and oversaw developmental education, tutoring services, disability resources, and library services; I also taught developmental English and the tutoring certification class forseveral years. When the opportunity arose to work for Dixie State University, I was excited for the challenge of navigating the waters of a 4-year university; I am energized to see the continual progress that DSU is making as a premier university locally, nationally, and internationally. While many of my daily tasks involve responsibilities that require me to work independently in my office, I thoroughly enjoy the opportunities when I can help students, staff, and faculty problem-solve issues. I have had the pleasure of getting to know a variety of staff and faculty on campus through my work with the University Catalog and various committees, and this opportunity will allow me to contribute to Dixie State in a positive way, as well as get to know more university colleagues.

I earned my MEd from Colorado State University. As native Coloradoans, my husband and I knew we would relocate to this area (Mesquite, NV) as his retirement from the Colorado State Patrol was nearing, and we have not looked back (as my husband says, “You can’t shovel sunshine!”). Our four adult kids supported us “leaving thenest,” and they currently live in Colorado, Florida, and Italy (soon to be relocating to Las Vegas). When I’m not at work, I love exploring the desert in our UTV, traveling, listening to crime podcasts, and making custom-decorated sugar cookies, during my “free” time.

Board Member: 4 Openings (2 year term)

A board member will serve as a member of the Executive Board, act under the direction of the President, and will chair or co-chair an SA committee. Vote for four.

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Michele Tisdale

Michele Tisdale- Staff Association Board Member- Hello Dixie! I am ecstatic to have this opportunity to serve on the Staff Association board once again. My journey at DSU began almost 15 years ago.
As a student I was able to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Studies with emphasis in Mathematics and Business Administration (awarded May 2012). Recently, with the support of family, friends, and the amazing faculty and staff here at Dixie completed a Master’s degree through Kansas State University (awarded Dec 2019).
As an employee I began my voyage part-time working as Administrative Assistant for the Hurricane Education Center/ POST Academy/ Concurrent enrollment, later moved to a full-time position with the Department of Mathematics as the eLab (math tutoring center) supervisor/ Administrative assistant.
However, for the past two years I have worked as the Academic Advisor for the Department of Criminal Justice.
Through my years here at DSU I have had opportunity to serve on several committees such as Employee Fundraising, Part-time Staff Representative, Staff Scholarship board Chair, Policy Steering Staff Representative, Compensation Committee, President Elect, Co-President, Co-Past President, Dixie Development Co-Chair as well as board member two past year. With each position whether from my job or as a board member I have had the pleasure of building strong relationships with faculty, staff and administrators across campus. My past few years we have seen exciting changes going on at our institution and it will be critical to have a strong board who represents the best interest of our great staff. The experiences I have had definitely equipped me with the needed skill-set necessary to fulfill duties required as a board member. The coming year I hope to be an effective voice for all staff members as we continue to grow and change on our campus.

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Roland Pereira

I come from New York City and grew up in Queens NY. I am South American and immigrated to NYC when I was just 5 years old. I attended LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts; I am an artist in various fields I can draw, paint, sculpt you name it. I came to Cedar City in 2013 with a belief in myself to finish my education having had a new born baby boy to take care of it makes you realize that there is so much more to be done and further ones knowledge. I registered at SUU and graduated with a degree in Information Technology and the Arts. I have been successful in Southern Utah despite hearing that its hard to make it here. I landed various jobs in IT before applying here at DSU. I even had a networking job that afforded me the opportunity to install ethernet cabling for DSU even before I worked here. I noticed one day that there were job openings at DSU and applied knowing full well I could meet the needs of not only the job but DSU and its users and the rest is history. I love what I do and am proud that I have indeed made a name for myself here at DSU. I wish to further advance my leadership and relationships with the rest of my collogues.

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Michelle Cabana

Michelle is a Human Resources Coordinator over Benefits and Wellness here at DSU and has been in HR since 2013. She works with all full-time faculty and staff regarding their benefit questions, new employee orientations as well as employee relations and wellness. She has lived in St. George with her husband, Sterling, for 22 years and they have 3 children.

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Greg Esplin

I grew up in Salt Lake City, UT and graduated from Brighton High School. I went on to get my Associate of Arts degree from Dixie State and then I received my Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance from Brigham Young University. This past summer I earned my M.B.A. from the university up in Cedar City. I moved to St. George in 2006 and I have worked at Dixie for eight years. I work in the Human Resources department and I oversee compensation for full-time faculty and staff. I love living in St. George and working at DSU. I enjoy playing tennis and basketball with my kids. I also have more than 25 pairs of basketball shoes.

I would be happy to serve as a member of the Staff Association Board and I would look for ways to promote professional development opportunities and work-life balance for staff employees.

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Zac Olson

My name is Zac Olson I am an Academic Advisor in the College of Education. I graduated from DSU with a degree in Psychology. I went on to get a Master’s Degree in I/O Psychology. I have loved my time here as a student and enjoy being a part of the amazing staff here at DSU. It is remarkable at all the work the staff does for DSU and its students. It would be an honor to be a part of the Staff Association Board. It is a great time to be here at DSU.

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Matt Black

Matt is a Dixie State alumnus who graduated as the Communications Student of the Year with a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Motion Picture Production. After working in film all over the country, Matt returned to DSU to teach as an adjunct professor in the film department. He has now worked for UMAC as Videographer/Photographer for two and a half years. Having served as the head of an employee association at a previous corporation, he looks forward to working with this board here at DSU to serve our staff.

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Matt Devore

Matt Devore is from Mesquite, Nevada, and began his journey at Dixie State University 9 years ago. He started his time at DSU, receiving his Bachelors in Integrated Studies with an emphasis in Business and Communication. As a student, Matt served as a DSUSA committee member, the DSUSA Marketing Manager, and the Student Body President. After graduation, he began working full-time as the Resident Life Coordinator for Housing and Resident Life. During his time in Housing, Matt went on to receive his Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. Recently, he began a new role as the Director of Student Outreach Services for Student and Academic Success. Matt is honored to have the chance to join the Staff Association and would love the opportunity to serve as a Board Member at Large. He believes he would bring positivity, innovation, and experience to the team. Matt thanks the staff at DSU for the opportunity to serve on the Staff Association!

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James Kener

I’m James Kener, I work in Admissions as an an Admissions Counselor for Northern Utah! After graduating from DSU in ‘17 and Michigan State College of Law in ‘20, I now work remotely in SLC “boots on the ground” visiting local high schools focused on recruitment and enrollment. DSU afforded me the opportunity to make an impact on campus immediately as a student, and my goal is to afford that same opportunity to as many students as possible. I love admissions and enrollment for2 reasons: 1) It requires cooperation with so many departments on campus 2) positive enrollment growth benefits everybody! I would love to add to the Staff Association by contributing a voice representing admissions, providing a unique perspective of working with prospective students and their needs coming into DSU, and advocating for bylaws and policies that address departmental specific needs. Thank you for your consideration!

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson is the Assistant Director of the Multicultural & Inclusion Center. Mikey has lived in St. George for29 years and is a Dixie State Alum graduating with a BS in Communications in 2015. He is the winner of the Universities’ Male Student of the Year, Communications Student of the year award in addition to a Dixie 11 award winner. Mikey completed his Graduate work, earning a Master of Public Administration from Southern Utah University. Mikey serves on the Dixie State Alumni Association (DSUAA) advisory Board, serves as a Diversity Advocate trainer, and was recently nominated as Staff Member of the Year for the Dixie Awards. He also advises the Multicultural Inclusion Student Association (MISA) and the Native American Student Association (NASA). Mikey sits on the board of several non-profits in the area and loves to be involved. Mikey loves hiking, camping, shooting and riding his motorcycle. “I love Dixie State and I love to be of service to the amazing champions that make our University unique.”

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Ethan Deceuster

Ethan Deceuster is a Course Development Project Manager at DSU Online. He’s been working with the university to improve online education at Dixie since 2017 (before going online was cool). Ethan also worked for eight years as an elementary school teacher. He is an innovative educator devoted to improving learning for optimal living. Ethan is married with four kids and enjoys playing music, hiking, and making people laugh.