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Administrators, Staff, and Faculty

  • Ashby, Nellie
    • Executive secretary
      Kennedy Center

      Office: 237 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-3378

      E-mail: nellie_ashby@byu.edu

  • Ballantine, Jamie and Geneil
    • China Teachers Program facilitators


      Office: 220 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-5321
      Fax: (801) 422-0382
      E-mail: china_teachers@byu.edu

      Expertise

      We lived and worked in Germany, Utah, and Alaska.
      We taught Oral English and Advanced Written English at Peking University 2010–11 and 2012–13.
      We served a proselyting mission to Hungary 2007–09.
      Jamie was a high school counselor.
      Geneil was a mother/homemaker until her children were older. She then taught ESL in the schools and also worked in a small engineering firm.

      Education

      Jamie
      MEd, Brigham Young University
      BS, economics with German minor, Brigham Young University

      Geneil
      BS, social work with English minor, Brigham Young University

      Background

      Jamie was a high school counselor at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska, during his professional career. He was president of the Alaska School Counseling Association, co-authored the Alaska Counseling Handbook, and was Counselor of the Year. He also loves to build, having built two of our homes in Alaska.

      Geneil taught English as a Second Language for several years, kindergarten through high school. Then she became an administrative assistant in a small engineering firm in Homer, AK. They are the parents of six children and grandparents of fourteen grandchildren, with one more on the way.

  • Botto, Malcolm
    • Program coordinator
      International Study Programs

      Office: 204E HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-6677
      Fax: (801) 422-1487
      E-mail: malcolm_botto@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Cross-cultural training, international program development
      Linguistics (Spanish and Latin American indigenous languages, particularly Mayan language family)
      Mass media and identity construction
      Latin America, Spain

      Education

      MA mass communications, BYU, 2008
      BA, linguistics and anthropology, BYU, 2001

      Background

      Botto, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, completed his undergraduate degree in linguistics and anthropology at Brigham Young University. Botto's graduate work in mass communications focused on media (particularly music) and indigenous identity construction in Guatemala. He has been involved in the Living Legends' production of Seasons, a cultural show representing Native American, Polynesian, and Latin American cultures through music and dance. In addition to being an ISP coordinator, he enjoys teaching the language course: Introduction to K'iché.

  • Christensen, Devin
    • Computer support representative
      Kennedy Center

      Office: 273B HRCB
      Telephone: 422-2651
      Fax: (801) 422-8748
      E-mail: devin_christensen@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Configuring, administering, and troubleshooting Windows NT 4- and 5-based networks

      Education

      MA and BA, public policy, Brigham Young University, 1996
      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) NT 4.0
      Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet (MCP+I) NT 4.0
      Microsoft Certified Professional (Windows 2000, Windows NT)

      Background

      Christensen is proficient in web site planning and database design and administration. He does freelance IBM-compatible and Macintosh support. Christensen recreates with a motorcycle, plenty of mountain biking, and full-court basketball.

  • Christensen, Ray
    • Associate professor of political science
      Kennedy Center

      Office: 215 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-5133

      E-mail: ray_christensen@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Japanese politics
      Parties and elections

      Education

      PhD, political science, Harvard University, 1992
      MA, political science, Harvard University, 1990
      JD, Harvard Law School, 1987
      BA, Japanese and international relations, Brigham Young University, 1984

      Background

      Christensen has been teaching at BYU since 1996, after teaching for several years at the University of Kansas. He teaches Japan-related classes (Japanese Foreign Policy, Japanese Politics), undergraduate law classes (International Law, Constitutional Law—Rights, and Constitutional Law—Federalism), a capstone course (Comparative Parties and Elections) and a the required methods and writing course for the political science and international relations majors. His research is on issues of elections including malapportionment, electoral reform, electoral corruption, women in politics, and campaign strategies. He is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, and is proud to be part of the Ruthenian diaspora in the United States.

  • Elliott, Timothy Lynn
    • Director
      International Study Programs

      Office: 204B HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-6244
      Fax: (801) 422-7075
      E-mail: elliottl@byu.edu

      Expertise

      International student programs
      East European politics

      Education

      PhD, foreign affairs, University of Virginia, 1991
      MA, international relations, Brigham Young University, 1987
      BA, economics, Brigham Young University, 1985

      Background

      Elliott's first trip overseas was with the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble on their tour to Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. By the time Elliott left BYU with his master's degree, he had toured twenty countries and had decided to pursue a career in international education. As a PhD candidate, he specialized in East European politics and served as assistant director for that college's study abroad program in Poland. In 1992, he returned to BYU as a coordinator for performance tours with Performing Arts Management. In this position, he arranged tours for BYU performing groups in over forty countries, including groundbreaking tours to Vietnam, Indonesia, Armenia, and West Africa. He left BYU in 2001 for a position at Utah Valley State College as the International Center's associate director and study abroad director. In June 2004, he returned to BYU in his current position.

  • Fry, Earl
    • Coordinator
      Canadian studies research program

      Office: 237-F HRCB, 674 SWKT
      Telephone: (703) 422-9131
      Fax: (703) 422-2354
      E-mail: earl_fry@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Canada–U.S. economic relations
      International trade and investment
      International activities of non-central governments such as states and provinces

      Education

      PhD, political science, UCLA, 1976
      MA, political science, Brigham Young University, 1972
      BA, political science, Brigham Young University, 1971

      Background

      Fry has served as Fulbright lecturer, Sorbonne; director of International Education and Canadian Studies, State University of New York at Plattsburgh; Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow; and special assistant in the U.S. Trade Representative office (USTR)–part of the Executive Office of the President of the United States—specializing in international investment issues and in U.S.–Canada trade relations. He has also been a visiting professor at the Université de Montréal (1989) and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (1990). In addition, Fry was visiting fellow at the Americas Society in New York City (1991–92) and the Bissell–Fulbright professor in Canadian–American Relations, University of Toronto (1995–96). Fry served as president of the Washington, D.C.-based Association for Canadian Studies in the U.S. and on the board of directors of the Fulbright Association. His publications focus on state and local governments, trade policy, and international investment. He has also been invited to testify before committees of the U.S. Congress on international investment and trade issues. Over the past few years, he has made presentations on international and regional trade, investment, economic development, and foreign policy issues to business and academic audiences in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Fry is currently living in Virginia while he is on assignment in Washington, D.C.

  • Galbraith, Troy
    • Accounting specialist
      Kennedy Center

      Office: 237 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-3560
      Fax: (801) 422-0382
      E-mail: kennedy_accounts@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Budgeting numbers to maximize efficiency and minimize financial gaps
      Peoplesoft, Business Objectives, accounts payable, accounts receivable
      Communication and interpersonal skills in sales and marketing

      Education

      BA, business administration, Stevens-Henager College, 2006

      Background

      Galbraith has been the assistant controller for the Kennedy Center since 2006. Previously, he worked with Nu Skin Enterprises as an enterprise shipping supervisor. He loves sports, and in his spare time, he participates on various city-league sports teams. He is also an avid BYU football fan. Galbraith and his wife, Rachel, have two daughters and two sons.

  • Holbrook, Landes
    • Travel safety and security
      Kennedy Center and University

      Office: 280C HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-4302
      Fax: (801) 422-7075
      E-mail: landes_holbrook@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Latin American cultures and language

      Education

      MPA, BYU, 2002
      MA, TESOL, BYU, 1993
      BA, Spanish, University of Utah, 1990

      Background

      Holbrook began working full-time at BYU in 1993 as an English as a Second Language instructor/administrator at the English Language Center (ELC). At the ELC, he coordinated all grammar and listening/speaking sections and taught students from all over the world. In 1995, Holbrook left BYU to assume a position with the LDS Church Security Department as a security/political analyst in the Confidential Services section. His area of responsibility was Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, where his duties entailed forecasting risk analysis for the safety of LDS missionaries, general authorities, and Church assets, as well establishing contacts and professional relationships with U.S. foreign service officers, NGOs, LDS and other religious leaders. Returning to BYU in 1998 to work as an academic advisor for the Office of Graduate Studies, Holbrook advised more than thirty departments on university policy and procedure, and oversaw all international graduate admissions. In 2000, he filled a dual role as an undergraduate admissions counselor and as an area coordinator over the northeastern United States for School Relations, before joining the Kennedy Center in 2001.

  • Huntsman, Eric D.
    • Ancient Near Eastern studies coordinator
      Associate professor of Classics and Ancient Near Eastern studies


      Office: 205 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-3359
      Fax: (801) 422-0382
      E-mail: eric_huntsman@byu.edu

      Expertise

      New Testament Studies, particularly Johannine Writings, Pauline Epistles, and Luke-Acts, and the Ministry and Atonement of Christ in the New Testament Gospels; Koine and New Testament Greek; Greek and Roman history and Classical literature; Early Christianity and the Roman World; Women in Classical Antiquity

      Education

      PhD, ancient history, University of Pennsylvania, 1997
      MA, ancient history, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
      BA, Classical Greek and Latin, BYU 1990

      Background

      Huntsman joined the Religious Education faculty at BYU in 2003. In Classics he specialized in Roman imperial history and did work on imperial women, particularly Livia Drusilla, the emperor Augustus' wife. His recent publications include three chapters inThe Life and Teachings of the New Testament Apostles: From the Day of Pentecost to the Apocalypse(2010), “The Six Antitheses: Attaining the Purpose of the Law,” in The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture 2010), “Livia Before Octavian,”Ancient Society 39 (2009), “And the Word Was Made Flesh: An LDS Exegesis of the Blood and Water Imagery in John,”Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 1 (2009). In early 2011, he published a book-length study of the Passion Narratives entitled God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior’s Life, which will be followed by a Christmas companion volume entitled Good Tidings of Great Joy: An Advent Celebration of the Savior’s Birth to be released in the fall of that year. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he was raised in upstate New York, western Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. He married N. Elaine Scott and they are the parents of two children, Rachel and Samuel. Huntsman served in the Thailand Bangkok Mission (1985–86) and is currently a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

  • Hyer, Eric A.
    • Asian Studies coordinator
      Associate professor of political science


      Office: 209 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-4699
      Fax: (801) 422-8748
      E-mail: eric_hyer@byu.edu

      Expertise

      China’s foreign relations

      Education

      PhD, Columbia University, 1990
      MPhil, political science, Columbia University, 1983
      East Asian Institute Certificate, Columbia University, 1982
      MA, political science, Columbia University, 1981
      BA, Chinese, Brigham Young University, 1979
      Certificate, Waseda University, International Division, Tokyo, Japan, 1977
      Certificate, National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Center, Taipei, Taiwan, 1972

      Background

      Hyer has traveled extensively within China, Tibet, and twice traversed the Karakorum Highway between western China and Pakistan. Hyer’s research focuses on China’s foreign relations—especially relations with its neighbors. His field research has taken him to Russia, Vietnam, Mongolia, and along China’s border with Central Asia. He is the author of articles about China’s arms sales, territorial disputes, and nationalities issues and is in the process of completing a book on China’s boundary disputes and settlements. Hyer was a visiting scholar at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing (1995–96).

  • Knell, Wendy
    • Assistant supervisor and domestic internship coordinator
      Academic Advisement Center

      Office: 273D HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-7517

      E-mail: wendy_knell@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Government
      Records and information management

      Education

      MLS, archives, records, and information management, University of Maryland, 2009
      BA, English with an emphasis in editing, Brigham Young University, 2006

      Background

      Knell joined the Kennedy Center as an academic advisor and internship coordinator in 2013. Before coming to the Kennedy Center, she was employed as an appraisal archivist for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), where she consulted with numerous federal agencies to analyze their business processes and select record series for permanent retention in NARA's holdings. She also worked for the University of Maryland as an academic advisor to undergraduate students.

  • Larsen, Kirk W.
    • Assistant director of academic programs and research
      Associate professor of history


      Office: 237A
      Telephone: (801) 422-3377
      Fax: (801) 422-8748
      E-mail: kirk_larsen@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Asian history and literature

      Education

      PhD, history, Harvard University, 2000
      AM, regional studies East Asia, Harvard University, 1994
      BA, Asian studies, BYU, 1992

      Background

      Larsen joined BYU’s faculty in 2008 and previously taught at the University of Texas—Austin and the George Washington University, where he served as director of the International Affairs Program and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. His publications include Tradition, Treaties, and Trade: Qing Imperialism and Chos˘n Korea, 1850–1910 (2008), and he has published, presented, and commented on a variety of contemporary issues, including North Korea, nationalism and elections in South Korea, and Sino-Korean relations, as well as having made appearances on ABC, MSNBC, VOA, the Canadian Broadcast System, and Al Jazeera. Larsen’s language skills include speaking, reading, writing, and translating Korean; speaking and reading modern Chinese; and reading classical Chinese.

  • Leonard, Cory
    • Assistant director
      Kennedy Center—Special Programs

      Office: 237 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-3377
      Fax: (801) 422-0382
      E-mail: cory.leonard@byu.edu

      Expertise

      International affairs
      Diplomacy and multilateral negotiations
      Cross-cultural awareness

      Education

      MPA, organizational behavior emphasis, Marriott School, Brigham Young University, 1997
      BA, English, Brigham Young University, 1994

      Background

      Leonard is an assistant director at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and serves on the Executive Committee. He directs events, outreach, hosting, and publications for the center while developing academic and informational events, print/web/video projects, conferences, and training for education, business, media, and alumni. In addition, Cory directs the Kennedy Center's nationally-recognized student programs (Intercultural Outreach IAS 353, Model United Nations IAS 351) and coordinates student organizations.

  • Lund, Christopher C. "Kit"
    • Latin American Studies coordinator
      Professor of Portuguese


      Office: 216 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-9134
      Fax: (801) 422-0382
      E-mail: christopher_lund@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Renaissance and Baroque Portuguese literature
      Portuguese manuscripts
      Works of Ciro dos Anjos

      Education

      PhD, Portuguese literature, University of Texas—Austin 1974
      MA, Portuguese literature, University of Texas—Austin 1970
      BA, Portuguese, Brigham Young University, 1967

      Background

      Lund, a Utah native, answers to Kit. After a four-year stay in Logan, while his father finished a degree at Utah State University, he moved to Orangeburg, New York, and cheered as his father finished an MA at Columbia University. In 1961, he traveled to Provo where he studied English and art at BYU. From 1964 to 1966, Kit represented the Church in Brazil, and upon his return finished a major in Portuguese. In 1966 he married Nancy Irene Robins. They have five children: Christopher, Benjamin, Gretchen, Jeremiah, and Ashley. Rutgers University hired Kit in 1973 to build a Portuguese program. While he was doing this, the Library of Congress (LC) contracted him to produce a catalogue of the Portuguese Manuscripts Collection (1980), items acquired in 1924. His interest peaked by the intense archival research, he since has researched the fields of Renaissance and Baroque Portuguese literature, and is particularly charmed, in a neo-historical sense, by works which remained unpublished for any number of reasons, but were well known enough to have had an impact on the literary canon. One such work, the Parnaso de Vila Vicosa, written in 1618 by Francisco de Morais Sardinha, has been published by the University of Coimbra. The Parnaso, besides being an important and original panegyric, contains a collection of late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth-century poems utterly ignored until now. Lund also researches classical and enlightenment prose and is a fan of Fernando Pess.

  • Mason, Nicholas A.
    • European studies coordinator
      Professor of English


      Office: 208 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-4617
      Fax: (801) 422-0221
      E-mail: nick_mason@byu.edu

      Expertise

      British literature and culture, especially the 18th, 19th, and 21st centuries

      Education

      PhD, English, SUNY Stony Brook, 1999
      MA, English, BYU, 1995
      BA, English, BYU 1993

      Background

      Mason is a Utah native and has spent most of his life in the state, including high school in Salt Lake City, college at BYU, and now a career as a faculty member at BYU. Along the way, however, he has spent six years in the Eastern US (two years as a missionary in Virginia, four years as a doctoral student in New York) and over a year studying, teaching, and researching in Great Britain. He specializes in British literature of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (or the Romantic period), and regularly teaches such authors as Wordsworth, Keats, Byron, Scott, and Austen. His publications on British literary and cultural history have covered such diverse topics as political satire, the history of literary magazines, the rise of advertising, transatlantic relations, and working-class drunkenness. He has served as associate chair and graduate coordinator in the English Department, the director of London study abroad programs in 2007 and 2012, and an executive board member and conference organizer for the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. Professor Mason and his wife, Stacie, live in northeast Provo and are the parents of two girls and two boys.

  • Ortiz, Anna
    • Supervisor
      Academic Advisement Center

      Office: 273A HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-4957

      E-mail: anna_peterson@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Nonprofit organizations
      International development

      Education

      MPA, nonprofit management and international development, Brigham Young University, 2009
      BA, comparative literature, Brigham Young University, 2005

      Background

      Ortiz joined the Kennedy Center as an academic advisor and domestic internship coordinator in 2011and became the supervisor in 2013. Her experience with numerous nonprofit organizations as a volunteer, employee, and consultant has involved her with projects across five continents. She has a particular interest in community development, education, entrepreneurship, and micro-franchise/micro-savings programs. Ortiz served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Barcelona, Spain (2001–03).

  • Pate, Chelita
    • coordinator
      International Study Programs

      Office: 204F HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-3309
      Fax: (801) 422-0381
      E-mail: chelitap@byu.edu

      Expertise

      International education programs

      Education

      Study in business management and Russian

      Background

      Chelita Pate is the Study Abroad Coordinator for BYU International Study Programs at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. A native of Guatemala, Pate has lived in the U.S. since coming as an exchange student when she was thirteen years old. She has aided in the development of study abroad programs worldwide and currently oversees more than forty programs annually, evaluating programs in over thirty countries. Recently, Pate learned Russian and directed the study abroad program to St. Petersburg, Russia, during spring/summer 2007.

      In the fall of 2007, she began working with the deans for BYU’s Fulton College of Engineering and Technology to implement their vision of internationalization by creating new study abroad programs in the technical field of engineering.

      Pate is a member of NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisors) and ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education). She currently serves as a committee member for Women’s Conference held at BYU each year. And she is also the creator and advisor to “Global Citizens for Study Abroad,” an organization that provides opportunities for students returning from study abroad to continue to stay internationally involved.
  • Quinlan, Christopher
    • Program coordinator
      International Study Programs

      Office: 204F HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-8535
      Fax: (801) 422-0651
      E-mail: christopher_quinlan@byu.edu

      Expertise

      International development
      Nonprofits

      Education

      Certificate, Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University, 2011
      MA, French Studies, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 2002
      BA, international studies and French, minor French studies, Brigham Young University, 2001

      Background

      Before joining the Kennedy Center in 2014, Quinlan worked in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on community-level development. He and his family have lived and worked in France and traveled extensively in Europe. Field work with nonprofits has taken Quinlan many places, including Rwanda, India, Honduras, Nepal, and, most recently, Thailand, where he was studying the role of communal identity in conflict.

  • Ringer, Jeffrey F.
    • director
      Kennedy Center

      Office: 237 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-3377
      Fax: (801) 422-8748
      E-mail: jeff_ringer@byu.edu

      Expertise

      U.S. foreign policy
      Asian politics

      Education

      ABD, political science, University of Colorado, 1989
      MA, international relations, Brigham Young University, 1986
      BA, political science, Brigham Young University, 1984

      Background

      Ringer was appointed director of the Kennedy Center in 2002 after serving the center as associate director since 1992. Prior to joining the center, he was a visiting instructor of political science at BYU. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ringer continues to teach courses on U.S. Foreign Policy and Asian Politics. His primary research and writing interests are in the field of U.S.–Asian relations.

  • Rose, Aaron
    • program coordinator
      International Study Programs

      Office: 204 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-8241
      Fax: (801) 422-0381
      E-mail: aaron_rose@byu.edu

      Expertise

      International education program development
      Cross-cultural training
      International internships

      Education

      MPA, University of Utah, 2006
      BA, art with emphasis in art history, minors in history, Spanish, and Italian, Utah State University, 1998

      Background

      Rose joined the center in September 2004 as international internships coordinator after having been coordinator of study abroad and exchanges and study abroad advisor at the University of Utah. He recently returned from accompanying a group of BYU student interns in Mozambique, Swaziland, and South Africa, and is looking forward to directing a study abroad program in Italy during fall 2009. As an international educator, Rose is active in NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and is committed to mentoring young professionals in the field. He visited Japan on a Fulbright award in 2007, directed a service-learning program in Granada, Nicaragua (2002), studied abroad in Rome, Italy (1997), and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in southern Chile (1993–95). Rose is currently seeking new internship sponsors across the globe for BYU students.

  • Simons, J. Lee
    • Communications manager
      Kennedy Center Communications

      Office: 210 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-2652
      Fax: (801) 422-0382
      E-mail: lee_simons@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Print and web media
      Alumni and external relations
      Event promotion

      Education

      MPA, Marriott School, Brigham Young University, 2003
      BA, English, Brigham Young University, 1994

      Background

      Simons transferred to the Kennedy Center in 1999 from the Marriott School, where she was marketing communications coordinator in the Alumni and Public Relations office and editor of their alumni publication, Exchange (now Marriott) magazine. Before coming to Brigham Young University in 1998, she worked in the marketing department at the corporate headquarters of Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc.

      She served in the North Carolina Charlotte Mission in 1992–1993. Simons loves family (and is an avid family historian), reading, gardening, and watercolor.

  • Toronto, James A.
    • Middle East Studies/Arabic coordinator
      Associate professor of Arabic and Islamic studies


      Office: 203 HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-2494

      E-mail: toronto@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Middle East
      Women's issues
      Religion

      Education

      MA, PhD, Islamic studies, Harvard University, 1980
      BA, English, minors in history and Italian, Brigham Young University, 1975

      Background

      Toronto teaches courses in religion, humanities, language, and research methodology. He has lived in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan) for ten years teaching in international schools, studying Arabic language and literature, and conducting research on issues of Islamic education, legal status of religious minorities, and LDS missiology. For three years he served as director of the Center for Cultural and Educational Affairs in Amman, Jordan, which is operated by the Church.

  • Zirker, Ryan
    • Controller
      Kennedy Center

      Office: 237C HRCB
      Telephone: (801) 422-6621
      Fax: (801) 422-0382
      E-mail: ryan_zirker@byu.edu

      Expertise

      Financial accounting and reporting
      Financial planning and analysis

      Education

      MAcc, professional accounting, Marriott School, Brigham Young University, 2002
      BS, accounting, Brigham Young University, 2002

      Background

      Prior to joining the Kennedy Center in 2013, Zirker worked as the corporate controller for Solera Networks, an enterprise security software company in South Jordan, UT. He also spent several years as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Portland, OR. Zirker enjoys reading, sports, and the great outdoors. He and his lovely wife Diana have a daughter and two sons.