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File #: 21-0882    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 7/27/2021 In control: Council Work Session
On agenda: 8/3/2021 Final action:
Title: Clark Planetarium Board Re-appointments: Ahsan Iqbal, District 4; James Karner, PhD, District 4; Bianca Lyon, District 1; Olga Siggins, District 4
Attachments: 1. Staff Report, 2. CP Advisory Board Roster, 3. CP Advisory Board Reappointment Memo, 4. Board Reappointment Approval form Council Karner, 5. Board Reappointment Approval form Council Iqbal, 6. Board Reappointment Approval form Council Lyon, 7. Board Reappointment Approval form Council Siggins, 8. OSiggins Application and Resume_Redacted, 9. JKarner Application and Resume_Redacted, 10. BLyon Application and Resume_Redacted, 11. AIqbal Application and Resume_Redacted
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Clark Planetarium Board Re-appointments: Ahsan Iqbal, District 4; James Karner, PhD, District 4; Bianca Lyon, District 1; Olga Siggins, District 4



Requested Agenda Item Description:   Ahsan Iqbal recently retired from Boeing, but he has continued to foster a relationship between Boeing and the Planetarium, which has included financial support and program opportunities. For the past two years, Ahsan has donated a trip on his private catamaran to the Planetarium gala, which raised ~$7,000 each year to support our school programs. Ahsan was also incredibly supportive of Planetarium leadership throughout the COVID pandemic. 

James Karner, PhD, is a professor of Geology at the University of Utah and is also a member of The Antarctic Search for Meteorites team (ANSMET). The Planetarium team has collaborated with James to share his expertise and adventures in Antarctica through our programs and social media. Jim is enthusiastic about our mission and has been a strong ambassador and financial supporter. 

Bianca Lyon works at the Utah Office of Tourism and oversees Utah’s dark skies and astro tourism programs. Not only has she connected the Planetarium to opportunities through her role at the Office of Tourism, she has consistently helped with our annual legislative activities, attended events and been an enthusiastic member and financial supporter. 

Olga Siggins is General Counsel at Northrop Grumman, which is one of the Planetarium’s largest funders. She also served on the 2020 nomination committee and helped us welcome six new board members, all of whom help further the board’s initiative to create a diverse board with strong community and industry connections. Olga has also been a strong supporter of the Planetarium’s embrace of the arts as a component of its programming. 

Re-appointments terms will begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2024.


Requested Action: Discussion - Vote Needed


Presenter(s) (with titles): Michelle Hicks, Operations Manager 


Time Needed: 5 MINS


Is this Item Time-Sensitive and/or Requesting a Time-Certain? Yes and I will send the request in writing


Requesting Staff Member: Michelle Hicks, Operations Manager


Are Supporting Documents Needed for this Agenda Item Request? Yes


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