Susan Soleil, Executive Director
Susan Soleil has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. She has supported the missions in many nonprofit arenas: eliminating poverty; expanding healthcare; improving education; funding the arts, and preserving our environment. As the Executive Director of the Golden Rule Project, she is combining her years of nonprofit experience to promote the Golden Rule – locally and globally.
Susan was one of the main conference coordinators of the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted in Salt Lake City, that brought together 10,359 people from 75 countries, representing 30 major religions.
At the GRP, Susan is blessed to witness the kindness, compassion, and loving energy of humanity. She is a native of Utah, the mother of three, and nana of four.
Felipe joined the Golden Rule Project team in March of 2017. Since then, he has shared his talents and passion coordinating all our projects to promote more kindness and empathy in our communities. From project coordination, to graphic design, social media, managing our website and keeping our projects sustainable, Felipe is always trying to bring the Golden Rule to life through his work and life.
He is a native to Chile, who after graduating from college and living around the world, decided to set foot in Salt Lake City, and loves it.
Ben is a native of Salt Lake City. He has worked professionally in multiple industries including: Land Planning/Real-Estate, Low-Carbon Energy Technologies, and most recently, in the beverage industry within the organic/health food sector. He enjoys spending time with his partner, Lorrie, and his four kids; traveling; and, enjoying the multitude of outdoor opportunities throughout the Western U.S. Ben has been involved with the Golden Rule Project since it’s inception, when it was established by his grandmother Jane Porter and mother Bonnie.
In elementary school, Bonnie Phillips recited the Golden Rule along with the Pledge of Allegiance. As a little girl, she understood the inclusive power of the Golden Rule. As an adult, Bonnie and her mother, Jane Porter, founded the Golden Rule Project to promote this universal principle in 2003. Bonnie is an artist, public and environmental art consultant, publisher, and Utah art dealer for 53 years at Phillips Gallery. She has worked for local arts organization and participated in regional and national art conferences, as well as facilitated numerous public art installations. She and Phillips Gallery staff are knowledgeable regarding Utah, regional, and national art and are sensitive to the collaborative process.
Brian Savage fell in love with Utah and the Golden Rule Project while travelling here to produce the 2015 Salt Lake City Parliament of the World’s Religions. Living in the hustle and bustle of Chicago and New York for the past twenty years, Brian was drawn to the natural beauty, warm people, and more manageable pace of Salt Lake City and decided to make it home. Professionally, Brian works as an event manager at the Salt Palace Convention Center.
Growing up outside the small town of Louisville, IL, Brian received his earliest education from the farm folk by and among whom he was reared. He has since been further educated at Saint Louis Christian College, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, and Chicago Theological Seminary. He has an extensive career in fundraising and event production for national agencies focusing on AIDS and Breast Cancer Awareness, youth education, and world religions. When he is not at the Salt Palace, Brian loves skiing, hiking, camping; basically anything that gets him into the mountains. He lives in Salt Lake City with his husband Loren, foster son Davison, and two horrible cats.
Jill E. Meyer was born in Salt Lake City with great love for rocky mountains and wide open spaces. Passion for learning led her to a B.A. in art history from the University of Utah, then an M.A. from the University of Delaware at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington. Dreaming of someday becoming an art curator, she enjoyed working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the IBM Gallery, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City.
After marriage, the birth of two children, and life in the Connecticut suburbs, Jill sidelined her art world ambitions and began longing once again for the western lifestyle, especially after witnessing 9/11. She moved with her young family to Idaho, first McCall and then Boise, happily immersing her children in the great outdoors. Her interest in art became volunteering in the local arts council, library board, historic preservation commission and her children’s school classrooms and field trips.
Jill returned to Salt Lake City in 2012, to be nearer to her aging parents and extended family. She currently is employed at the University of Utah in the Department of Continuing Education and Community Engagement. She is an instructor and staff member for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Go Learn travel program, and assists with university wide development efforts. Jill also volunteers as a docent at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts where she shares her love of art with Salt Lake City fourth graders and delights in being involved in the art museum world again, a place where she always feels happy and inspired. Jill joined the Golden Rule Project in 2017 and is continually amazed by the power of this simple but beautiful and all encompassing principle for life.
Katherine Hawkins is passionate about peace and sustainability - in all forms. As a mother, teacher, business owner and community activist. In 2005 she organized an international peace conference at the University of Utah. Then in 2015, she was one of the main coordinators of the Parliament of the World's Religions conference in Salt Lake City. She recently received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and works as an associate family therapist in Salt Lake County. Katherine is equally passionate about the Golden Rule. She is constantly living and enjoying the blessings of the Golden Rule particularly with her 14 children and 18 grandchildren.
Lisa holds a BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University, and lives in Utah with her husband, 3 young children, and many pets. She has enjoyed being a foster parent, horse back riding instructor, music teacher at the State Mental Hospital, and tutor in the area's Juvenile Detention Center. She is the owner/artist behind Draper Fine Art, where she creates large epoxy works that depict powerful forces of nature. Lisa Draper believes that we can't learn and grow without listening to others. Because of this, she loves to interact with individuals from all around the world, and learn about traditions that knit people together.
On a weekend you actually catch Lisa in the state, she can be found creating, teaching, reading, hiking, visiting galleries, chatting with strangers, or studying some of the 7 languages she's started learning, and probably should narrow to 1. She has grand plans to live nomadically for a decade or so, and is always looking for new destinations to dream about.
Rebecca Bateman wants to give and receive as much as life has to offer. Her interests include politics, design, foreign languages, traveling, gardening, cooking, art, poetry, literature, and spending time walking in nature. She was staff for the Utah State Legislature, helped to organize the Parliament Of World Religions, and is currently the Executive Director for LDS Earth Stewardship. Rebecca spends her spare time with interfaith work, mentoring a refugee family, and serving on the Board of the Golden Rule Project.
Ricky is a young professional new to the world of nonprofits and is very excited to be joining the Golden Rule Project. Originally from Massachusetts he attended school in Maine at Unity College and after graduating moved to Utah in 2014. For the last five years he has dedicated his time to working with at risk teens and following his passions. Whether it's climbing, skiing, rafting, dancing, singing or spending time with his friends, Ricky lives an active and ferruling life. Currently he is starting his own life coaching business where he helps clients find their confidence and strength. He is excited to see how his years of teaching self respect and self love will connect to the Golden Rule Project’s mission.
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