Bob Spiel, Chairman of the Board of UFI, acts as a catalyst for the organization to help facilitate the energy and creativity of the UFI leadership team, as well as help guide its strategic direction. His role is also instrumental in ensuring UFI has the resources needed to secure our mission, and to keep the friends of UFI updated on our progress and future goals. Bob holds a Master’s Degree in Business from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University where he specialized in finance and operations management. He is the author of the soon to be released book: Flip Your Focus and is a nationally sought after speaker on leadership and customer service. He owns his own consulting firm. He and his wife Judene are the parents of 6 children and the grandparents of 9.
Dr. Jenet Jacob Erickson is an Affiliated Scholar at the Wheatley Institution and former assistant professor in the School of Family Life at BYU. Dr. Erickson’s research specializes in maternal and child wellbeing and has been featured in news outlets including the New York Times, Slate Magazine, and the Today Show. She has authored a number of scientific articles and book chapters and presented at national and international conferences. In 2004, she was selected as a Social Science Research Fellow for the Heritage Foundation where she completed research analyses on non-maternal care for policy makers. Erickson received B.S. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. She is currently a regular columnist on family issues, while she and her husband Michael enjoy their family life journey with two young children.
Phil Marriott has served on United Families International’s Board of Directors since 2007. Phil has been involved in many entrepreneurial activities, including real estate development in Texas and Utah. He has worked primarily as a securities financial advisor and has provided insurance solutions as well. Mr. Marriott has served on numerous boards and commissions and been involved with various non-profits, including the CAMIE Awards – an organization that rewards Character and Morality In Entertainment. Mr. Marriott and his wife Cheryl have been married 37 years, and they have five children and seven grandchildren.
Maurine Jensen Proctor knows family issues first hand as the mother of eleven and grandmother to 20. She has had a long and broad career as a writer, and with her husband, Scot, has published several best-selling books. They are the founders of Meridian Magazine, a daily updated Internet magazine that has been on the Internet for 20 years. She has created, written and directed several documentaries, wrote The Spoken Word that accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 15 years and wrote a television series exploring family issues. She has been a writer for The Chicago Sun-Times and McGraw-Hill magazines. She and Scot lead tours all over the world several times a year.
Scot Facer Proctor is the co-founder and publisher of Meridian Magazine an on-line publication with monthly readership that exceeds 500,000. He is the author, co-author or editor of 8 books. In his youth he was given the extraordinary opportunity to live in Ankara, Turkey for two different years. During that time he traveled extensively, studying and following closely the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. These experiences led to a lifetime of immersion in the ancient world and the scriptures and in cross-cultural family values. He continues to spend a great deal of time in the Middle East and the Holy Land–traveling there at least once a year. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and received his master’s degree from Utah State. He and his wife lived in Washington DC for 11 years during which time he helped co-found a national family organization and was a member of the House and Senate Values Action Teams. He is actively involved in humanitarian work and projects in many countries. He and his wife, Maurine, are the parents of 11 children and grandparents of 20. They reside in Alpine, Utah.
Carol Soelberg, UFI Board Member and Vice President of Organization Development, oversees UFI’s volunteers, internship program, and development of chapters. She has been with United Families International for over ten years lobbying at the UN, attending and speaking at World Congress of Families, organizing chapters, serving as state chapter leader, and as past President of UFI (2006-2008; 2010-Sept, 2013). Carol is the wife of J. Glade Soelberg, mother of 13 married children and grandmother to a growing number of grandchildren. She has a B.A. in Education and Home, Family, and Child Development.
Janalee Meeker is inspired by all things family. Growing up in a large family and as a triplet, she began observing healthy family relationships early. She and her husband, Nathan, have been married for twenty-two years. She had the wonderful experience of being a stay-at-home mother of five children for twenty-one years before becoming employed full-time in Online Learning at BYU-Idaho. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a Master’s in Child and Family Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Teaching Child and Family Advocacy, Pathway Life Skills, and The Family for BYU-Idaho Online has been a thrilling experience as she has had the opportunity to interact with students from all over the world, influencing them to study social science research, inform themselves on current societal trends, and use their voices for good. In her Master’s program she took a Family Advocacy course and realized her mission to strengthen and defend the family in her sphere of influence through motherhood, teaching, community projects, and internationally as a support to United Families International at the UN and World Congress of Families. Ultimately, Janalee has followed the path she desires for her students, she is a systems thinker and recognizes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, that it only takes one to change a pattern, and that there is much good that can be done by uniting together.