Trustees

Anne Morgan-Jespersen
Chair

Anne Morgan-Jespersen is an artist and designer. She holds a Master’s Degree of Architecture from the University of Utah and with combined practice of Art, Design and Architecture has over twenty-six years of professional experience. After living and working in Helper part time for fifteen years, she and her husband have made Helper, Utah their permanent residence. They founded the Helper Project a 501 C 3 organization in 2016. Her professional expertise and ability to execute projects as well as fund-raising efforts have been critical for the success of the organization.

Dean Armstrong
Trustee
Mr. Armstrong joined The Helper Project board in August 2017. He has a professional background as an Engineering Geologist, with 25 years of experience developing multidisciplinary solutions to complex infrastructure and geo-environmental issues throughout the western United States. He has worked with state and local government, is a three-time gubernatorial appointee, served on national licensing boards, and served in local elected office as both a City Council Member and Mayor. He is active within his civic and professional communities. Accomplishments in his civic community include fundraising, design, construction, and operations for projects including a municipal swimming pool, local Little League ball field improvements, river habitat restoration, protection of springs for community water supply, and a complete rebuild of the Helper Community Culinary Water Distribution System and Wastewater Collection System. He supports the Helper Project by providing expertise with the development and implementation of project scopes, budgets, schedules, and contracts.
Tony Basso
Trustee
Tony began his business career in 1989 in Price, Utah. While still in high school he sold school supplies to his classmates out of an old briefcase and he bought an older Cadillac and started a limousine service, shuttling students to their proms, parties and special events. Tony bought his first commercial building on Price's Main Street and became a landlord to a local bar owner. He was still too young to go into the bar to collect the rent, so his mom did it for him.
 
Tony opened his first car dealership, "Madman Basso's", where he, his wife and mom washed, detailed, showed, sold, and financed the cars. He has invested in several dozen businesses. He currently owns the GM dealership, along with several other car dealerships, restaurants, an event center, rental cars, towing, financial services, an RV/ATV business, several radio stations, a convenience store, and commercial and residential rental properties. 
 
Tony is passionate about everything he does. He has contributed a great deal of time, products, services, and money, all in support of important community and educational needs. Recognizing the many resources and opportunities Carbon County has to offer, Tony encourages local business and political leaders to aggressively look for ways to get investors to relocate to Carbon County and to "Build it here". Tony is President and CEO of the Tony Basso Group and President of the Utah New Car Dealers Association.
Roy Jespersen
Trustee

Roy Jespersen is a director and principal in Eastisoft, Inc., a financial services company and serves on the Intermountain Healthcare board of trustees investment committee. 

He was a principle of Wasatch Advisors and Wasatch Funds, Inc.  and formerly served as a trustee for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, advisory board member of the James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies, former board president of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), former board chairman of CHOICE Humanitarian, and board member of the Salt Lake Acting Company. In addition, Roy was one of the founders of the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City, UT and sits on their advisory board.  In 2002, Jespersen was the attaché for the Uzbekistan Winter Olympic Team and as such was a fully accredited member of their team.

Shalee Johansen
Trustee

Shalee Johansen has over 25 years of extensive experience in marketing and as a real estate broker. She currently lives in Carbon County where she owns several businesses in the hospitality, tourism and real estate industries. She also enjoys renovating old homes and buildings on Helper’s Historic Main Street. Most recently, she held the position of Director of Tourism for Carbon County and the Executive Director of the Castle Country Trails Committee where she promoted her passion for all that Carbon County and Helper have to offer. As a board member of the Helper Project, Shalee will continue to advocate for the cultural, recreational and economic advantages of the area.

Kathleen Royster
Trustee

Kathleen is a ceramic artist and former academic and owns Ceramic Fine Art & Design located on Main Street in Helper, Utah. Her work has been exhibited internationally, collected by major museums and has been cited in the critical discussion of contemporary Ceramics literature. She served on the board of directors for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. What Kathleen brings to The Helper Project is her Arts organizational skills and community trust.

Melanie Steel
Trustee

Melanie Price Steele relocated to Helper, Utah in 2003 and has enjoyed watching the community continue to diversify and grow as a creative launch point. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Print Journalism and English from Utah State University, she splits her time between writing and textured abstract artwork. As a mother of two and member of the Helper Project, she looks forward to creating new opportunities for future generations of Helper and Carbon County residents.

Michelle Sulley
Trustee

Michelle Sulley holds a B.A. in oil painting and pottery and a B.F.A. in graphic design. She moved to Salt Lake City in 2013 after spending 19 years as office manager in her family’s business and began working for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. She is currently the development and events coordinator for UMOCA. Her family is from Carbon County and she is honored to be part of an organization that is working hard to reinvigorate the Helper community.

Amy Jespersen
Secretary/Treasurer

Amy Jespersen holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Finance. She has worked in the banking industry for over 10 years with an emphasis in accounting. As Secretary/Treasurer of the Helper Project, Amy plays a vital role in managing the organizations finances and reporting. Amy is a native of Carbon County and loves the outdoors, boating, camping, mountain biking, and hiking. She is married and the proud mother of three.