Board of Directors


Jill Austin

C0-Founder /Executive Director/Membership Programs

Jill has been working with the special needs community for twenty two years, both in job-related experiences and volunteering for three separate non-profit organizations in leadership capacities and as a board member. Jill has helped build the United Angels Foundation from it’s inception and has a clear vision of the purpose and mission of the foundation. She has participated in many leadership trainings, program development, and fundraising courses and has established current community outreach relations within and outside of the foundation. She has had a love for this community long before having a daughter with Down Syndrome, whom she adores and is the driving force behind Jill’s passion. She hopes to unite families with similar experiences to support one another through their journey of raising a child with special needs and to create a better awareness and understanding within the communities in which we live. When she’s not running the foundation you will often find her at her neighboring school advocating for her child and for children alike.

Patrick Bailey


Mr. Bailey currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Data X-change, Inc. (REDX). Mr. Bailey also manages the Operations Department of the company, which includes the Customer Support call center operations. Under Mr. Bailey’s leadership, the REDX has successfully released several new products and has experienced growth of more than 50%.

Prior to the REDX, Mr. Bailey has had extensive experience in international finance. Mr. Bailey has served as the Executive Vice President of Finance for the Summit Global Group, as well as the global head of finance for the $1.5 billion Consumer Electronics division of Flextronics, where he oversaw the finance and accounting functions across 11 offices in 9 different countries. In these positions Mr. Bailey has managed all aspects of the accounting and finance functions, including M&A, modeling, forecasting, and cash flow management. Mr. Bailey has worked on many cross-border deals in his career, including deals in China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Russia.

Mr. Bailey has also worked as an accountant at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission where he was responsible for reviewing internal controls and risk management practices of large and complex financial institutions. Mr. Bailey holds an MBA in Finance and International Markets from Yale University and a BA in Chinese from Brigham Young University. In his free time Mr. Bailey enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Chantelle, and his four children. His third child, Sebastian, has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, and Mr. Bailey and his family have been active members in the United Angels Foundation for many years.

Gary Carter, DirectorGary Carter


Gary is a consulting, business, and technology leader with experience in companies ranging from start-ups to world-class business, consulting and nonprofit organizations including Andersen Consulting, Chrysler Financial, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In early 2016, Gary founded EnergizeOps, a consulting practice helping growing companies develop operations capability. Gary received a BS, Psychology in 1981, and an MBA in 1985 from Brigham Young University.

Gary and his wife Nari are the parents of three children, and grandparents of one beautiful granddaughter. Their youngest child was diagnosed with cognitive and physical disabilities at an early age. As a result, they have been involved in special needs issues and programs for many years while raising him to adulthood. Along the way, Nari received a Masters Degree in Special Education from Brigham Young University and is past president of the Council for Exceptional Children, Utah Chapter. They currently live in Highland, UT with their son.

Gary and Nari are both excited to be affiliated with United Angels and have the opportunity to serve the special needs community.

Amber Leck


Amber Leck is a Co-Founder and Member of the Board for the United Angels Foundation. Amber has been instrumental in providing a focused mission for the foundation, and is motivated by her desire to help other parents within the special needs community. She holds a Bachelors in Nursing from Brigham Young University, and worked as a labor and delivery nurse at American Fork Hospital. Outside of her volunteer work for the foundation, Amber enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and photography.

Mark H. Leck


Mark Leck is the Founder and CEO of REDX (Real Estate Data X-Change), an innovative real estate technology company that specializes in lead generation. Mark co-founded REDX in 2003 and has grown the company to be an industry leader for seller lead services. REDX services thousands of residential real estate agents throughout the United States and Canada, and has delivered hundreds of millions of leads since it’s inception.

In 2008, inspired by the birth of his daughter Aubrey who has Down Syndrome, he and his wife Amber started the United Angels Foundation, a non-profit parent-to-parent support group whose primary purpose is to support parents and families of children with special needs.

Mark has been consulting, creating, and running businesses for over 15 years, and is sought out for his ability to vet ideas, find innovative and cost effective solutions, and to help develop concepts into viable products and services. Mark attended Brigham Young University, was born in Canada, and lived in Australia for 5 years. Outside of work, Mark enjoys a variety of hobbies: from amateur radio to scuba diving and almost everything in between. But most of all Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, Amber, and their three children.

David Norton


David Norton is the Assistant Vice President of National Account Sales at Xactware. He began working for Xactware in 2001 as a national account manager. Prior to leading the national account sales team, David was also the senior account executive and Director. David is passionate about everything he is involved in and thoroughly enjoys coaching his boys’ sports teams, vacationing and spending time with his family, and when possible – training for marathons. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his Master of Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. David is married to Shannon Rasband Norton and they are the proud parents of 3 exuberant young boys Camden, Mackay, and Paxton. David and Shannon are both avid about serving the special needs community as their son Paxton is one of the United Angels. Shannon also serves on the board of the advisory committee for Primary Children’s Hospital.

Randall K. Spencer


Randall K. Spencer is married to Alice, and they are the proud parents of three wonderful children. Their second child, Christopher, weighed only 1 pound 3 ounces when he was born in 2000, and has cerebral palsy. Randy and Alice strive to involve Christopher in all of their family activities including boating, swimming, 4-wheeling, etc. even though he is unable to talk or walk on his own. When Randy is not spending time with his family, he stays very busy as one of the founding partners in the law firm of Fillmore Spencer LLC, which is the largest law firm in Utah County, and managing his insurance agency, Express Insurance, LLC. What little time he has left is recently spent in writing a book about Christopher’s extraordinary birth, survival, graduation from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, and happy life thereafter. He also finds time to serve on the board of directors for the Kids Who Count early intervention organization, helping children with special needs from birth to three years old.

Leah Thomas

Leah C. Thomas


Leah Crawford Thomas received her Bachelors in Economics and Masters in Business Administration from Brigham Young University where she was honored as a Hawes Scholar. She has worked for JPMorgan Chase, Procter & Gamble and Hewlett Packard in corporate finance roles and served on the Advisory Board at Mentors International, helping to support families in poverty globally through self-reliance and entrepreneurism.

Leah finds her greatest work and joy is raising three sons and two daughters with her husband Nick.  Their involvement in United Angels has been sparked by their youngest son who has Down Syndrome. Leah has been inspired by his contributions to the circles in which he moves. She is excited about the possibilities of supporting parents of kids with special needs in this journey to promote diversity and to prepare kids of all abilities to thrive in an increasingly complex world.

Leah enjoys vacations, cookies, and snow.

Nick Thomas

Nick Thomas


Nick Thomas is an technology entrepreneur and father of 5 very active children. In 1999, he co-founded Finicity, a financial technology firm, and currently serves as its COO and as a member of the Board of Directors. Passionate about technology and education, Nick also serves on the Board of Directors of Komodo Systems, the Association of Information Management Professionals, and the Sundance Mountain Sports Education Foundation.

Prior to his current projects, Nick served in product and business innovation roles for Fortune 500, mid-market, and start-up organizations including Hivelaunch, Unicity, 3Com, US Robotics, and Megahertz.

Nick received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, an MBA in Corporate Finance from Brigham Young University, and holds seven US and International Patents.


Todd Thompson

Chairman of the Board

Todd Thompson is a business and technology leader with deep experience leading change in successful companies. He has served as Chief Information Officer at JetBlue Airways, Starwood Hotels, Vivint, and dōTERRA.

Todd serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Angels Foundation. He was a member of the board of a similar organization (STAR, Inc.) in CT. Todd is also a member of the Board of Directors for DCI, providing technology solutions to hotels and serves on the advisory board for Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), where he was board president from 2009-2011. He served on the Board of Directors for Elm Resources from 2008-2011. Earlier in his career Todd led consulting practices for both SBI.Razorfish and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and was an IT Director at Nu Skin and a Senior Consultant for Andersen Consulting.

Todd received a BS, Computer Science in 1992 and an MBA in 1999 from Brigham Young University. He lives in Provo, UT with his wife Julie and six children.


january, 2019

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