Barbara Bagnasacco is an attorney and shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer, where
she is a member of the Corporate Transations and Securities practice group. She assists
businesses and individual investors with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures,
securities, corporate financing, private equity investments, licensing and collaborations,
distribution and agency arrangements, and general corporate matters. She works closely
with companies on their international expansion strategies and international transactions.
Ms. Bagnasacco regularly advise clients on corporate governance issues, including compliance with data protection and privacy regulations, as well as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and foreign anticorruption regulations - from the establishment of adequate policies and compliance systems to employees training, due diligence and investigations.
Her clients include technology, software, biotech, and medical device companies, private equity groups and funds of funds, as well as businesses in the simulation & training, digital engineering, mining, energy, and real estate industries.
Gloria Castaneda is currently the 2-1-1 Senior Resource Specialist at United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL). The 2-1-1 program is a statewide information and referral system for health and human services connecting individuals and families to much needed resources by phone, chat, email and text. Gloria assists in the organizing and maintaining of 2-1-1’s database while simultaneously supporting direct service providers by helping them connect their clients.
Her current role in UWSL’s 2-1-1 Department has a focus on continuous improvement and on data extraction, cleanse, query, data visualization, and use. During her 8 years with UWSL’s 2-1-1 program, she has worked in other capacities and feels fortunate to align her education and passion to ensure children and underprivileged communities have access to food, healthcare, education, and security; as well as access to meaningful community data by human services providers.
Gloria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Westminster College, and a Master’s in International Affairs and Global Enterprise with emphasis in NGO’s. Her drive for community engagement and learning has led her to be part of the Utah Pride Center’s Board of Directors.
Gloria enjoys swimming, dancing, good whiskey, and horse riding, not necessarily in that order.
Brantley Eason owns his own company called Outcry, which works to advance important causes and issues by effectively engaging and organizing communities in education, politics, neighborhood advocacy, religious communities and constituency services for elected officials. Previously, he has worked as Lead Nationbuilder Analyst for Eli Global, Client Success Operations Managers with Finicity, and Community Strategist for NationBuilder to mention a few. Brantley earned both his undergraduate degree in Political Science and his M.S. in International Affairs and Global Enterprise from the University of Utah.
Franz Kolb is the Regional Director for International Trade and Diplomacy responsible for Europe, India, Middle East and Africa in the State of Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Mr. Kolb assists Utah companies on a daily basis in their expansion through international growth.
His previous experience includes: President of the Kolb Group, an international business consulting company specializing in international business development, Deputy Director for the Sate of Utah’s International Business Development Office, Director of International Services of Ernst & Young, and President of an international business consulting firm which specialized in the high-tech industry.
Mr. Kolb was educated in Austria and the United States. He received an Associate, Bachelor, and Master’s degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Mr. Kolb has been appointed by the United States Secretary of Commerce to the Utah District Export Council. He is also serving as the Honorary Consul in Utah for Austria.
A native of Santander, Spain Dr. Lago arrived to the US in 1987 to embark on an educational journey that continues to this day. As the Chief International Officer for Utah Valley University, Dr. Lago organizes and manages UVU’s global and intercultural academic initiatives; working mainly with external communities including the Governor´s Office of Economic Development of the State of Utah, The United Nations, and many other organizations, chambers, and global companies.
Prior to his current post, Dr. Lago dedicated his professional career as a professor of language pedagogy and has presented his teaching philosophy and research in Europe, the Americas and Asia. He received his undergraduate and post graduate degrees in the US and returned to his home country to complete a doctorate degree in instructional technology. As a service to his country and to the local community since 1999, Dr. Lago fulfills his appointment as the Honorary Consul of Spain and is the past-president of the Utah Consular Corps. In addition, he currently serves as President of the World Trade Association of Utah and as Board of Directors for the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy.
In his work at UVU, Dr. Lago enjoys working with his colleagues by developing global academic partnerships and hosting diplomats. Some of his favorite pastimes include the arts, classical music, current events, history and spending time with his family. On Oct 2016, Dr. Lago was awarded the title of Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Civil Merit by King Phillip VI of Spain.
Felecia, a native of Utah, joins the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy with extensive experience in government and nonprofit administration. Her prior work history includes the Department of Workforce Services Refugee Services Office, Utah Refugee Coalition, and Wasatch Community Gardens. She has a B.A in Anthropology and a Masters in Public Administration both from the University of Utah. Felecia is an avid believer that through diverse approaches, collaboration, and continual dialogue, issues surrounding social injustices and human rights abuses are addressed. In her free time, she is busy turning her front yard into a productive vegetable garden, while listening to all varieties of music because it “washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
David Murrell was recognized by the State Department as an Honorary Consul to the Grand Duchy of Luxemboug on February 25, 2014. He is the founder and president of KOSMO Corporation, an export management company. He has over 25 years experience in International Trade. Mr. Murrell spent 9 years in Europe in various business capacities and is fluent in German, Greek, and has a working knowledge of French. He was appointed by the United States Secretary of Commerce to the Utah District Export council in 1999 and was awarded the World Trade Association's "International Person of the Year" for 1998-1999. He is on the Board of Directors of the Entrada Institute.
Daniel Oswald was officially appointed by the President of Switzerland and recognized by the U.S. State Department as the Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Utah on December 24, 2008. He has been involved in the Utah business and legal communities since 1988 and is an active member of the Utah State Bar Association. In his volunteer role as President of the Utah Consular Corps he is passionate about using his multilingual and multicultural background and experiences to help fulfill the mission of the UCC. Among the places where Mr. Oswald has worked and lived are Zurich, Switzerland, London, England, New York City, Michigan, and Utah. He has worked with various law firms and businesses. He co-founded and served as CEO and board member of a multi-national language technology and services company and served as the executive director of the predecessor of Brigham Young University's Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Currently he serves as the President of LawCare, a Utah professional corporation. He studied at the University of Zurich and received his Juris Doctor and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
*Daniel Oswald is generally only able to mentor students who serve/work for the Utah Consular Group, but if a great match occurs may be able to take on one MIAGE student.
Juan Manuel Ruiz
Dr. Ruiz got his bachelor’s Degree from Utah Valley University, his Six Sigma Master Black Belt postgraduate degree from Pacific Rim Business Review at Brigham Young University. He received postgraduate certificates from the Chicago Booth University and the University of Utah.
In 2016, Mr. Ruiz was honored by the Claustro Iberoamericano with an Honoris Causa Doctorate Degree.
Mr. Ruiz has been an activist and a community leader, having served as:
- Director of Finance of Centro Cívico Mexicano
- Member of the National Civil Rights Committee of LULAC
- Chairman of the Board of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce
- Board Secretary & founder of the National Association of State Latino Chambers of Commerce
- Vice-President of the Utah Republican Hispanic Assembly
- And a SCORE® Certified Advisor since 2009
Currently, Dr. Ruiz is the Salt Lake Chapter President of SCORE, a non-profit organization that provides one-one-one mentoring services to businesses for FREE.
Nicole Sherwood is an attorney and accountant that offers expertise in international trade, business, compliance, and economic development. She has earned a Master of Accountancy from George Washington University, an M.S. in International Affairs and Global Enterprise from the University of Utah, a Master of Law in International Economic Law from Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, and a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. She currently works as a Grant Manager and State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Project Director. She has previously worked as a Securities Compliance Specialist with Digital Assurance Certification, LLC, and Budget and Policy Analyst for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget in Salt Lake City. She has visited over 25 countries and has gained experience in economic development through her travels.
Currently, Nicole serves as the Education Director for the Northern Utah Chapter of Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Board, is an advisory council member of the Master of International Affairs and Global Enterprise program at the University of Utah, and does pro bono legal work.
David Utrilla studied international business and economics in Peru and in the USA. In 1995 he founded U.S. Translation Company and serves currently as its CEO. He has been given multiple awards including Utah’s Best of State, listed six times in the Inc. 500/5000 for fastest growing companies in America, Mountain West Capital Network’s top 100 fastest growing companies in Utah, and the Small Business Person of the Year by the SBA. In 2014 he received the Weber State University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the 2015 Utah Valley University Atlas Award, the 2016 Quixote Award by the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the 2018 International Person of the Year Award by the World Trade Association of Utah. David also serves on the Board of trustees of the Utah Symphony and Opera, is on the board of the World Trade Association of Utah, is the upcoming President of the Utah Consular Corps, is on the Weber State University President’s National Advisory Council, is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the School of Business and Economics at WSU, is advisory council member of the Master of International Affairs and Global Enterprise program at the University of Utah, is Vice-Chair of the Utah Council for Citizen and Diplomacy, is an Advisory Committee Member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and is the Chair of the Global Community Advisory Board at Utah Valley University. In 2009 he was appointed by the President of Peru as the Honorary Consul of Peru in Utah and he currently holds this position.