UCPM instructors must meet specific requirements which are outlined in the CPM Policies and Procedures. Instructors are experienced practitioners with public sector experience who understand an adult learner’s need for experiential learning and practical application. By utilizing individual contractors as well as university instructors, UCPM is able to provide a diverse learning experience for the students. Instructors are assigned to teach by module rather than course. This allows instructors to be assigned by specific areas of forté.
Ron Vandermyde, CPM, FlnstlB
Recipient of the National Leadership Award and honorary co-chair of the National Business Advisory Council, Ron Vandermyde’s business experience includes 21 years of executive management service as President and CEO of two corporations, Vice President and Executive Vice President of three corporations. For the past 8 years, Ron has served as President of Premiere Management Associates Inc., a management consulting firm. Recently, he was inducted as a lifetime fellow in Continental’s National Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.
Ron specializes in organizational development and assisting large organizations to survive and remain healthy through global change. He has a unique ability to get to the heart of key issues quickly and to help executives and front line staff alike embrace vision and passion for positive change. He regularly conducts retreats and provides team development and training on all levels. Ron has instructed in the Utah CPM program since 1996. He is frequently called upon by management at all levels of state government to assist in organizational and management development and to solve complex issues. Ron is a Utah native who enjoys his family and the varied grandeur of this state.
Chris Lamoureux, Colonel (Ret.)
Chris Lamoureux has more than 34 years of leadership training experience with the US Army. His career included international, operational, and logistical assignments with the Active Component, the US Army Reserve, and the Utah Army National Guard. He has significant joint (multi-service) and coalition (multi-national) experience. He served in a variety of command and staff positions culminating with the position of Deputy Commander of Fort Douglas, Utah in 2010.
Chris has extensive experience building new organizations where individuals must become cohesive, effective, and operational quickly. He is an expert at training individuals in leadership skills and in the art of mentoring, coaching, and personnel development. He has been in command of thousands of soldiers and has developed training programs especially suited for their missions.
His education includes both a BA and an MA in International Relations from Brigham Young University; graduate work at The George Washington University; military Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; the Belgian Institut Royal Supérieur de Défense (Second Cycle-Belgian War College); the Associate Logistics Executive Development Course; Army Master Fitness Trainer; the Command and General Staff College; the Canadian Joint Reserve Command and Staff College; the Senior Service College (Army War College) as a Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; and the Senior Manager Course in National Security at The George Washington University. He speaks French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
Chris Lamoureux’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
He resides in Alpine with his wife, Cathy. They are the parents of seven children.
Roger “Ajax” Trueblood
Ajax Trueblood has a wealth of experience spanning business startup and tech sector enterprises to public and military leadership. He has a reputation as a dynamic, proactive team leader and motivator with a depth of knowledge in adapting to and navigating adverse settings and politically charge environments. He is a certified instructor for the US Air Force with experience in developing government executives, military officers and business leaders.
Ajax Trueblood is a decorated Iraq War veteran, a USAF Lt. Colonel (ret.), having led forward deployments in the 2007 surge and served as lead for Joint Integration Team at USAF Air Warfare Center.
Ajax Trueblood holds a master’s degree in Technology Policy & National Security from The George Washington University and a BA in International Relations from Utah State University
Rick Hughes, MHRM
Rick Hughes is Director of Human Resources Learning and Development for the State of Utah’s Department of Human Resource Management. He has have over 25 years of experience in HR, with over ten years in leadership roles. He served for over 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, to include three years of active duty service, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. For several years in the Army Reserve Rick was involved with designing and implementing leadership development programs and developing and conducting field training exercises for teams of Soldiers .
Rick holds a master’s degree in human resource management from the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University. He is currently completing a graduate certificate program in teaching online through Boise State University. He has served on the faculty at the University of Phoenix Utah Campus, where he taught classes in management and organizational behavior.
Dan Chase, MPA, PhD (Candidate)
Dan Chase is originally from Laie, Hawaii and has been involved with leadership training in the public, private, and education sectors. He currently serves as the Leadership Development Consultant for the State of Utah’s Department of Human Resource Management.
Dan has been an adjunct faculty member for the Organizational and Leadership Strategy Department at Brigham Young University (BYU) and the Communications Department and Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. He earned an M.P.A. from BYU and is currently finishing his Ph.D. (Doctoral Candidate) at the University of Utah with a research emphasis on organizational and public leadership.
Cindy Trueblood, MSed
Cindy Trueblood is an experienced educator with over 12 years teaching in public and private schools, and adult education, including in multilingual & international environments. She has another 15 years managing businesses, as co-founder of a software training company, and operations manager of a successful art business where she transformed a modest artist’s studio into a million-dollar enterprise. In business, she has managed complex relationships between foundries, galleries and clients, created nationwide marketing campaigns, organized large conferences & events, and handled delicate customer service challenges. In education, she has excelled in challenging environments dealing with multiple cultures and languages while successfully incorporating new methods into the classroom. She currently directs the Learning Center for the Franklin Discovery Academy, an innovative charter school. She has a Master’s Degree in Education, with emphasis in ESL.
JJ Acker, MS, CPM
JJ Acker is Director of the Utah Certified Public Manager Program. He has worked with the program for over 15 years. He also serves as a Board Director for the National CPM Consortium, and is past national chairman. JJ regularly serves as an accreditation officer and curriculum advisor for programs across the nation. While working for the State, JJ has served as Director of Organizational Development, the Utah Leadership Institute and has overseen HR Administrative Rules.
JJ holds a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior and Development from Antioch University New England and a bachelors degree from BYU. Prior to his engagement with the State of Utah, JJ enjoyed varied occupations as an organization development consultant, a resort manager, an adventure-based therapist, a kayaking guide, a junior high teacher, a helicopter crewman, a motion picture assistant, an opera stage manager, a railroad crewman, and a control operator for the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster. JJ dreamed of living in a yurt in the mountains, but his lovely wife and two children have defined a different reality. JJ loves the outdoors and the smell of native pine in the morning. He and his wife, Melissa also enjoy working with youth through 4-H and serve as volunteers for local charitable organizations.