Staff Bios

  • Executive Director

    Gail S. Williamsen

    Gail Williamsen, along with her husband Thom, founded Elizabeth Academy in 2008. Gail was born and raised in Salt Lake City and attended public schools, graduating from Highland High School.

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  • Head of School & EL Montessori Program Advisor

    Jennifer Spikner

    Jennifer has a Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • Business Manager

    Lisa Fels

    Lisa has been a Montessori school administrator for over a decade and holds a global MBA with distinction from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BBA in International Business and Spanish.

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  • Inclusion Director

    Mandy Fuhriman

    Mandy has a Master's Degree in Special Education, Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and an AMS Early Childhood Montessori credential from the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College.
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  • SLP Director & Inclusion Specialist

    Kelsi Bailey, M.S. CCC-SLP

    Kelsi has a Master of Science degree from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University.

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  • Executive Assistant

    Erin Buie

    Erin earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Utah, which gave her the opportunity to travel and study abroad in Europe and South America.

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  • Facilities Manager

    Dave Horn

    Dave has a Plumbing Trades degree from Salt Lake Community College and experience operating and supervising a residential plumbing company called Core Water Solutions.

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  • Receptionist

    Steph Dyet

    Steph has been an Elizabeth Academy parent since 2009 and was the Elizabeth Academy Parent Organization (EAPO) president for two years.

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  • Receptionist

    Crystal Schultz

    Crystal serves as one of our front desk receptionists at the Connor Street location. She joined the Elizabeth Academy staff in 2017 and brings with her a wealth of project management and organizational skills.

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  • Controller

    Karyn Cunliffe

    Karyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management (emphasis in Finance and Entrepreneurial Development) from Utah Valley University.

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  • Bookkeeper

    Jessica Collins

    Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Grand Canyon University. She has nearly a decade of accounting/bookkeeping experience.

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  • School Social Worker

    Makyla Ordonez

    Makyla has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Westminster College.

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  • Coordinator

  • Montessori Early Childhood Program Advisor

    Teresa Noble

    Teresa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of South Carolina.  Her Montessori Early Childhood credential was granted by Montess

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