Michelle Holbrook

Founder and President of

The Curtis Center and

Just For Kids of Utah
County, Inc.

Special Educator



Brigham Young University

Bachelor of Science – El. Ed.

M Ed. – Special Education


May 1994 took the Holbrook’s on a path less traveled at the birth of their son Curtis, now 20 years old, with Prader-Willi Syndrome.


Having been an elementary educator for 7 years prior to Curtis’ birth, she pursued a license in Special Education.


Michelle has been teaching secondary Special Education for 18 years, completing a Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University in Special Education. She retired in 2019 with 25 years of service in Alpine School District


She is founder of Just For Kids of Utah County, Inc., serving individuals with disabilities privately through summer school, adult programming and athletics teams and tournaments in northern Utah County.


Michelle is also the founder of the “The Curtis Center”, a vision for facilities to house academic, vocational training, arts and technological instruction for individuals with disabilities.  She is passionate about serving those with disabilities.


Michelle has served on the national Prader-Willi Syndrome Advisory Board for three years and at the state level for 19 years. She is the educational advocate for the state of Utah.


Michelle is the proud parent of 3 children and 8 grandchildren and she loves to exercise, teach, organize, and serve.

Steve Holbrook

Holbrook Farms

Brigham Young University

Bachelor of Science

Business Management


Stephen G. Holbrook has been a lifelong farmer, rancher and successful businessman  in the Lehi  area.  He has served on the Lehi City Council for 12 years (2001-2013).  He has played an active role in supporting the city museum, literacy center and city celebration during his terms of office with Lehi City.  He is currently serving on three water boards in the state of Utah.  He has served at the county level in Farm Bureau leadership.


He graduated from Brigham Young University with a business
management degree.


He is husband to Gail Holbrook and father to 11 children
and 30 grandchildren.

Richard Hunt

Founder of The Curtis Center

Hunt Electric, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer

University of Utah

Master Electrician

Connie Nelson

Utah State University

• 28 Years in Business

• Licensed in 8 States

• Hands-on Management Style

• 250 to 300 Employees

• 7 In-house Divisions

• Design-Build Specialists

Richard Hunt founded Hunt Electric in 1986 and has grown the company to be a Premier Electrical Contractor in the Intermountain Region.


Through his experience and leadership he has assembled an unparalleled team of industry professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver maximum Quality and Customer Value to every project. Richard promotes the company’s core values of Quality, Integrity, Performance and Versatility.


The success of Hunt Electric is firmly rooted in bringing maximum value to the customer. Richard participates at all levels to ensure seamless performance. A diverse company with integrated and complementary products and services give our customers the advantage of using a single contractor for all their Engineering, Electrical, Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Data and Service needs.


Affiliations and Certifications:
State of Utah, Master Electrical License

State of Colorado, Master Electrical License

State of Arizona, Electrical Contractor License

State of California, Electrical Contractor License

State of Nevada, Electrical Contractor License
State of Idaho, Electrical Contractor License

State of Wyoming, Electrical Contractor License

State of North Dakota, Electrical Contractor License
Uniform Building Code Commissioner 2001/2007

Utah Paperbox Board Member

AGC Board Member

Connie Nelson is a board member of Just For Kids of Utah County, Inc. which is a non-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities from Lehi and American Fork.


She has a special interest because her son, Dustin, participates in the Just For Kids day program. She is actively involved in the program planning and works to increase awareness in the community for those with special needs.


Connie has served in a variety of leadership positions with women and youth in her church. She has history in working as a consultant for persons and professional businesses in the fields of emotional awareness and personal growth.

Lisa Thornton

Founder of The Curtis Center


Brigham Young University

Bachlor of Arts, Cum Laude

J. Reuben Clark Law School

Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude

Utah State Bar Member

Mark Johnson

Lehi City Mayor

Utah Valley University

Lisa received her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Brigham Young University, and her J.D. Degree, cum laude, from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.  She is a member of the Utah State Bar.


Lisa has been an attorney for 26 years, working for the federal district courts, Utah Court of Appeals, and various private law firms focusing on appellate practice and estate planning.  She is currently the manager and owner of Lisa Thornton Law, P.C.  Lisa has helped hundreds of families with their special needs legal planning and with securing guardianship for their children with disabilities.


Lisa is first and foremost mom to her daughter Kate who has Prader-Willi syndrome.  She and her supportive husband Sid have four other children as well.  Lisa has served as the president of the Utah Prader-Willi Syndrome Association for the last 8 years and sits on the advisory board for the national Prader-Willi Syndrome Association  (PWSA-USA).  She is currently a Church Service Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, assisting the church in finding mission opportunities for people with special needs.  She has served on the Family Links Council for the Utah Parent Center and the Families Supporting Adoption
Board for LDS family Services.


Lisa is firmly devoted to helping families with children with disabilities. She has donated thousands of hours helping Utah families and the special children they love. Lisa enjoys beating anyone at tennis and reading great books. She especially enjoys watching her children sing, dance, or play violin, football, and soccer.

Mayor Mark Johnson owns Mustang Design, a land design and engineering firm located in Lehi. Johnson has worked in this field for 38 years, with 23 of those years in both private and municipal consulting. Johnson and his wife, Colette, have lived in Lehi for over 23 years. He graduated in 1979 from what is now Utah Valley University. Mayor Johnson served for 16 years on the Lehi City Planning Commission and the Lehi City Council before he was elected Mayor. Johnson’s career has been spent dealing with land design, land development, and interfacing with municipalities and governmental agencies.

David Zolinger

Ivory Homes Area Manager

University of Utah - BA

Brigham Young University - MBA

John David Hadfield

Hadco Construction President

Brigham Young University

Bachelors of Science
Construction Management

Dave Zollinger is currently the Area Manager for Utah County for Ivory Homes.  He started his work there 24 years ago as a marketing director.  Prior to that he worked for 5 years in the banking business at First Security and Zions Bank.


Dave learned about the Curtis Center when Ivory purchased Holbrook Farms from the Holbrook Family.  Ivory felt the need to support and help his amazing project.


Dave graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in finance.  He also received an MBA from Brigham Young University.


He is husband to Ann of 33 years.  They are the parents of Ally, Evan and



Dave likes to get in an occasional round of gold when he is not working.


John David Hadfield is President and CEO of Hadco Construction.   Hadco Construction provides development support to home and commercial builders, as well as road construction services throughout the State of Utah.   Hadco employs over 500 people in Lehi, Utah.


Hadco Construction believes in making positive changes to the communities in which they serve.  Every year Hadco funds scholarship programs to local High Schools and Colleges as well as contributing to local sporting, academic and civic programs.


John David has served in many leadership capacities.  Currently he serves on the Board at This Is the Place State Park and is a member of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.  A lifelong Utah County resident, John is a graduate of Lehi High School and Brigham Young University.  He is married to his wife Danaca, and they have 5 children.



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