"It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others." Dalai Lama
Brent Crane, a graduate of Brigham Young University, has served on many civic and community boards and committees, including the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce, Springville City Volunteer Commission and the Provo Downtown Alliance. Brent has served as the Executive Director of the Friends of the Coalition since 1993. His leadership and vision has directly led to the overall growth and success of the organization. His greatest satisfaction is knowing that individually and collectively, we can greatly improve the lives of those less fortunate. He and his wife Shellie reside in Mapleton with their 4 children.
Brady Mather is a Graduate of Utah State University with bachelor degrees in Finance and Marketing. After graduation he began working for Wells Fargo Bank in 1994, where he has held several different positions. Currently, he is a Vice President of Business Banking in Provo Utah. In 2011 he graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. He enjoys fishing, camping, backpacking, and gardening. Brady and his wife Lora reside in Highland with their 5 children.
Tammy Runia has served on the Friends of the Coalition board for nearly 20 years. She helped develop such benefit projects as our "Food for Thought" campaign, an "Evening with Kurt Bestor", and "Christmas Street". Her genuine nature and compassionate heart has been a guiding compass during the growth and expansion of services made available to our patrons. Tammy and her husband Scott have 7 children and 9 grandchildren.
Reverend Richard Weissert is a veteran of World War II. While stationed on a ship near Okinaawa, Japan, he survived a Kamikaze attack that destroyed and sunk the ship. After his service in the Naval Academy, Richard returned to Utah State University where he obtained a B.S. degree in Forestry. He was ordained to the Episcopal Deaconate in 1976 and was later ordained a Priest in 1990. After retirement in 1982, Richard pursued one of his life's dreams to serve as a clergy member. He currently is an assigned associate at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Provo where he actively recruits volunteers for service at the Friends of the Coalition.
Tammy Leifson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is employed with the Veterans Administration in Salt Lake City. She is the Coordinator for the Community Residential Care Program, Caregiver Support Alternate and serves on the Social Work Education Team. She has served on the Social Work Advisory Board at BYU and as Alumni President. As an intern at Wasatch Mental Health, she became more aware of the homeless population in Utah County and began campaigning for greater awareness. She and her husband Dave are the parents of four and grandparents of nine. Her interests include hiking, reading, gardening, cooking and exploring the cuisine of foreign countries.
Janet Peterson has served on the Food & Care Coalition board since 2005. She is a family law attorney and a legal writing instructor at Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo. She received an English degree from Brigham Young University and a JD from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School. She has served as a law clerk for the Fourth District Court and the Office of the Guardian ad Litem. She has also served as a child advocate for the Children’s Justice Center. She and her husband David reside in Provo.