Tori Black, President. As a child growing up in Southern California, Tori witnessed first hand the devastating change that washed over family and friends with the passage of no-fault divorce in 1970, and from an early age recognized the difference that intact families make in the lives of young people. An avid reader, Tori kept abreast of issues affecting the well being of families while raising and homeschooling her children. After seeing them successfully matriculated at university, Tori focused her energies on the study of marriage and family advocacy. Tori holds a Bachelors of Science in Marriage and Family Studies from Brigham Young University – Idaho. When she isn’t working in support of the family, her favorite place to be is with her own, preferably on a beach…
Marcia Barlow, Director of International Programs, oversees “all things UN” for United Families International. She directs the development and updating of the UN Negotiating Guide and oversees research and policy analysis on domestic, as well as international issues. Some of Marcia’s favorite UFI projects are the Guide to Family Issues series and UFI’s new “Discussion Group” curriculum. She’s particularly interested in the Religious Freedom issue and you’ll often find her testifying at municipal and legislative hearings around the country. Marcia holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government) where she specialized in public policy. She and her husband, Greg, have three children and six grandchildren and she’ll tell you that it doesn’t get better than being a grandma.
Heather Sandstrom, Director of Development was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta Canada. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and TV News. She has worked as a TV news anchorwoman, reporter and talk show host in New York City, Boston, Canada, Utah, Oregon and Arizona. While Heather pressed “pause” on her career in order to raise her family, she used her communication skills to host “Voice of the Nation,” a UFI radio talk show focusing on pro-family, pro-life values. She also hosted and produced a show on parenting for American Mothers called “Mom to Mom.” Heather is currently the President of BYU Management Society in Phoenix and has served on the Board of Trustees and National Advisory Council for Southern Virginia University, BYU Alumni Board, National American Mothers Board, Ballet Etudes, Mesa Arts Center Foundation Boards and has done training videos and fundraisers for these organizations. Heather is a popular motivational speaker and instructor of youth and young adults. She was the spokesperson for a national television ad promoting marriage between one man and one woman. Heather has contributed to the pro-family cause for many years as a UFI board member, moderating at a UFI-sponsored event at the United Nations, and as an organizer of two World Congress of Families, as well as a co-chair for the Prop 102 Marriage Amendment for the state of Arizona. Heather loves life and loves to give to her community. She is joined in this service by her husband of 37 years, Dr. Paul Sandstrom. Her family includes five children and 13 grandchildren with a 14th on the way. Their home is always filled with music, sports, dance and family. Heather loves to play tennis and swim, and both she and Paul enjoy water and snow skiing and going to the beach with their children and grandchildren.
Michelle Stone, Director of UN Outreach and Engagement. She’s been an active member of UFI since 2000 when she started attending and speaking at UN meetings. While attending BYU Idaho, Michelle introduced a program that brings BYU-Idaho students to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) each year. In addition, she helps to plan UFI’s Parallel Events during CSW. Michelle prepares student interns and UFI team members to meet with the Ambassadors and delegates attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She served as the director of Stay Alive, UFI’s HIV/AIDS prevention program formed in conjunction with Reach the Children. She currently serves on the board of The American Campus Corporate which is establishing a university in Mauritius, Africa. Michelle and her husband, Karl, have been married for 25 years and were blessed with five amazing sones. When one son was married, they finally gained a daughter and could not be happier.
Esme Weathers, Director of Finance, is in charge of UFI’s administration affairs and oversees the organization’s finances. She graduated from Brigham Young University Hawaii with a B.S. in Accounting and minor in Organizational Behavior. Esme has been with UFI ever since she was an accounting intern. She was able to join the team in action for CSW 2012 in United Nations and knows how important UFI’s work is. She is from Malaysia and is fluent in 4 languages. Esme enjoys diversity and loves learning about different cultures and traditions. Her belief and personal background has lead her to have a great passion for protecting and strengthening the family. Esme and Matt, her husband are enjoying and learning the ropes of parenthood with their little ones.