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. 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.
Carol Rice is new to the UFI family. Joining us as Director of Communications and Outreach she helps us tell our story. Her career in sales and marketing has specialized in training and using the power of story. She has helped thousands of organizations and individuals share their stories. For over ten years she ran her own, successful on-line publishing company and has worked with the most prestigious storytelling organizations in the country; as Finance Chair for National Storytelling Network, Outreach Executive Director for Timpanogos Storytelling Institute and in Business Relations with the International Storytelling Center. Her favorite stories are the ones that come from home, alongside her husband, Scott and their family.
Michelle Stone is the UFI Director of UN Relations. 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 also organizes and coordinates the UN Mission visits, which enable UFI volunteers and and interns to meet individually with the Ambassadors and delegates of many nations. She has served as the UFI Stay Alive Director, an HIV/AIDS prevention program, in conjunction with Reach the Children. Michelle also serves on the Board of The American Campus Corporate, which is currently starting a U.S. based 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.
Judene Spiel, Internship Director, is responsible for placing interns with the correct UFI executive team member. UFI has developed very positive relationships with many universities and colleges and offers a variety of internships for college students. Mentoring and training the rising generation of leaders to promote marriage and the family is a vital part of the UFI mission, and Judene is key in helping make this happen. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, is the wife of Bob Spiel, and the proud mother of 4 boys and 2 girls who are all making their positive mark on the world now. In her spare time she is a family historian…but her favorite activity is being with any of her 9 grand children.
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.