Party Leadership

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Richard Davis, Chair

Richard Davis is a longtime resident of Orem.  He is a professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, where he also directs the Office of Civic Engagement Leadership.  He has served on the Orem Recreation Commission and on the Orem Cultural Arts Advisory Commission.  He has sought to be a moderate influence in both major parties, but decided that neither major party would abandon their extremist views and that a new political party was necessary to reform politics.  Richard Davis currently serves as the party chair. 

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Nils Bergeson, Vice Chair

Nils Bergeson, a native of Cache County, served as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) prior to his appointment as the UUP Executive Director. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in International Relations in 2006 and later earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2008. He lives with his wife and three children in Providence, Utah.

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Deon Turley, Secretary

Deon Turley has lived in Utah most of her life and raised a family of seven children here. Her degree from Brigham Young University is in mathematics and trained her to be a good problem solver. Over the years she has volunteered at schools and youth organizations of her children, including Boy Scouts and the Civil Air Patrol; education organizations, including PTA at the school, Council, and State levels; Utah Public Education Coalition; and the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Most recently, she has served on the Provo City Transportation and Mobility Committee and as a member of the Provo City Planning Commission.

Deon’s political affiliation has changed from Republican, to independent, to Democrat, back to Republican, and, after much frustration, to United Utah. Deon served as secretary with the exploratory committee considering the organization of a new political party. She has continued, being elected the first party secretary to United Utah in 2017.

David Bateman, Treasurer

David Bateman is a managing member with Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC, and has nineteen years of experience in public accounting.  He has worked primarily in litigation support and fraud investigations.  He spent the first twelve years of his career in the Forensic Services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  He has also acted as a Special Master and as the accountant to receivers on numerous matters.  Mr. Bateman testifies regularly in State, Federal and Bankruptcy court in both civil and criminal proceedings on issues relating to fraud, insolvency and damage calculations.  Mr. Bateman currently also serves as Treasurer for the Utah Arts Festival and has served on the Finance Committee and Audit Committee for the Utah Symphony|Utah Opera.  Mr. Bateman is a Certified Public Accountant, has been accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. 

Hillary Stirling, Executive Director

Hillary Stirling has a BA in English from BYU and an AS in Paralegal Studies from UVU, where she was also valedictorian of her program. She was raised in Montana, but she has lived in Utah for almost all of her adult life and considers it her home.  In addition to her professional work as a paralegal and her political involvement, Stirling serves on the Pleasant Grove's Historic Preservation Commission. She lives in Pleasant Grove with her husband and two teenage children.