Utah, has been working to raise awareness of the state of our air here along the Wasatch Front and its effect on children and the elderly. Through Michelle’s efforts and public outreach we have begun to make necessary changes to address air pollution in Salt Lake City.
Paul Holbrook Nobody knows the need for older people to remain physically active for their health quite like Paul Holbrook. He founded Age Performance, a training center for adults over 50 in 2005, where his outreach has transformed the lives of the people he works with, allowing them to achieve far greater health and independence than they knew they were capable of.
Stephen Holbrook Until his LDS mission to Hong Kong (and Chinatown, San Francisco) in 1961-1962, Holbrook’s life pointed to a future in conservative politics. His exposure to intense poverty during his mission, however, set him on another course. During his years working with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, he fought for civil rights. When he won a Democratic seat in the Utah House of Representatives, he focused on helping small business owners and farmers and restructuring the juvenile justice system (making it less institutional and more individualized and supportive). In 1980, he founded KRCL, Utah’s first and Salt Lake’s only community radio station. After one of United Front’s anti-Vietnam war protest received absolutely no coverage from the media, Holbrook felt an alternative outlet for dissenting opinions was needed in Salt Lake. Holbrook left his position as station manager in 1982, and until his retirement in 2004, he served as the executive director for the Coalition for Utah’s Future/Envision Utah, a group addressing urban growth and Utah’s environment.
Casey Jarman Director of the Twilight Concert Series, in 1988 Jarman created a cultural phenomenon that has changed the face of downtown Salt Lake City. Held on Thursday evenings in July and August, the series presents a wide range of outstanding musicians from all over. The enthusiasm that Utah audiences show for the performers, and the fun the performers have at the series, has created a great feedback loop that has brought Salt Lake to notice as a venue that performers don’t want to miss.
Ron Johnson Johnson is a multitasking catalyst. He was instrumental in organizing the Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative in 2006, enabling the local industry to survive against the threat of foreign competitors, and ensuring that shrimp from the Great Salt Lake are available as fish and shrimp food in the aquaculture industry worldwide. He has helped produce an online transformative culture magazine, EVOLVER.NET, for several years, and is working on a complementary currency project that would foster local economies by helping people set up time banking and trade work within their communities. He and his wife Brandie Hardman also run the Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch, one of southern Utah's best backcountry lodges.
Anapesi Ka’ili Ka’ili was nominated for her passionate example of advocacy, activism and outreach for Pacific Islander youth and culture. As an Ethnic Studies instructor and Ph.D. candidate at the
THE CATALYST 100 University of Utah, and an organizer of the HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue Emancipation) movement, Tongan-American Ka’ili inspires Polynesian youth to break free of stereotypes through example and education. “My 14-year-old daughter urged me to submit her name,” wrote a CATALYST reader, “She was personally and powerfully touched by Anapesi’s work.”
Michael Mountain and Faith Maloney Mountain and Maloney’s inspiration has placed Best Friends
Machiel Klerk Therapist Machiel Klerk had a dream, and that dream led to the founding of the Jung Society of Utah in 2009. Jungian psychology is a practical and intuitive tool for creating groundedness amidst the bewildering data-onslaught that our contemporary lives have become. Attendance at the Jung Society’s free lectures has only grown in the years since the society’s genesis.
Jonathan Krausert This semi-retired teacher of selfsufficiency has a small, high-yield urban plot that has been a catalyst of inspiration to all who have seen it. The gardening guru is on the board of Wasatch Community Gardens and is generous with his extensive knowledge of farming practices appropriate to our zone and urban locale.
Kyle LaMalfa LaMalfa started the People’s Market in Jordan Park in 2005. In 2011 he was elected as District 2 councilman. In addition to serving on many boards and commissions, he is co-chair of the Council on Urban Agriculture, promoting and protecting agriculture in urban environments and on the urban fringe.
Animal Sanctuary as a leader in the national no-kill movement (which would prevent shelters from euthanizing adoptable animals). Best Friends-Utah is currently the largest no-kill shelter in the country and is well on its way to making Utah the first no-kill state in the union.
Woman, Utahns for Ethical Government, Main Street Plaza Gay Kiss-In, Salt Lake Mayor’s Green Team (she was founding co-chair), Utah Society for Environmental Education, HEAL Utah, 1991 Walk for Life, Women Concerned, Utah/ Soviet Awareness Program, Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable and more. Most recently she and husband Jerry spearheaded Utah's Move to Amend campaign, which would reverse the Supreme Court's decision to grant personhood to corporations. Their group collected 11,251 signatures—4,110 more than required. (Watch for related story in an upcoming CATALYST.)
Vaughn Lovejoy Having been named previously as a CATALYST Catalyst, Lovejoy is still known here as the “King of the Arborphiles,” or even better: “The Mad Tree Planter.” His enthusiasm
Esther Landa Centenarian Esther Landa has seen a lot of changes in her lifetime, and she has always been a stalwart advocate for women’s rights in Utah and nationally. This past president of the National Council of Jewish Women and former president of the Salt Lake League of Women voters was presiding officer of Utah’s International Women’s Year in 1977. A small conference that year at the Salt Palace expected perhaps 300 feminists in attendance, and wound up attracting around 13,000 Mormon women and their children who came out to protest against the Equal Rights Amendment. Landa’s skills as a facilitator saved the conference from dissolving in the face of the riled up crowds, although unfortunately not even she could save the ERA. Landa has always stood firm that pay equality, sexual harassment, access to health care, day care, and birth control aren’t just women’s issues, they are family issues and human issues.
Elise & Jerry Lazar You can call Elise Lazar a rabble-rouser, and she won't mind. She stirs the pot. Besides starting serious mischief, she supports others in their efforts. You’ll find her effects on Bidder 70, Occupy Salt Lake City, Woman to
for the natural environment and work as ecological restoration coordinator for over a decade at TreeUtah catalyzed awareness and inspired Utahns to have openhearted relationships with trees.
Ruth Lubbers The lives of people with disabilities, those in poverty or addicted to drugs, the homeless, teens, the elderly, and refugees have all been enriched greatly by the tenure of