About Us
Professional Education

Welcome to Professional Education at the University of Utah!

Our mission is to inspire professional excellence in individuals and to help improve organizational capacity across the great state of Utah. Our passion is to provide the community with a gathering place to network, discuss, and learn new skills and techniques.

We engage with the professional community in a variety of ways. We offer individual classes, certificate programs, academies and institutes targeted to specific disciplines, and we collaborate with community partners to deliver special workshops and programs. And, we do this with the quality you would expect from the University of Utah, but at a fraction of the cost of a degree program.

We encourage you to continue your love of learning. Please call us to discuss how we can help you and your organization move forward.

Our Staff

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Ashley Seitz Kramer (she, her)

Director of Professional Education

Ashley Seitz Kramer, originally from Ohio, has over twenty years of experience in higher education and is ardently committed to access, belonging, and student success. In Ohio, she taught at several institutions, including Ohio University and Case Western Reserve University. Before joining ProEd in 2023, she was the Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences at Westminster University for almost 12 years and supported faculty, managed operations, and played a key campus role. She completed her PhD in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Utah in 2020. Additionally, Ashley has several degrees in poetry, and her creative work has appeared in 35+ literary journals and won numerous awards. Her book, Museum of Distance (2015), won the Zone 3 Press First Book Award. In addition to being an avid reader, she enjoys walking her dog, cooking and bikepacking with her partner, as well as rucking, jogging, yoga and weightlifting.

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Iris Moulton (she, her)

Professional Programs Manager

Iris is the Professional Programs Manager of Professional Education. She joined the team in April 2022, having previously worked with students with disabilities at the University of Utah, and, prior to that, at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. She is proud to be a team that works every day to lift up our community, and is driven to remove barriers for students working to improve their lives. She can often be found cooking, knitting, being active with yoga/hiking/Pilates, and chasing around her two young children.

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Kirsten Caron (she, her)

Instructor Support Coordinator

Kirsten joined the ProEd team in November of 2021 after earning a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah. A former Ms. Gay Utah, she is passionate about advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community. She is a part-time professional burlesque dancer and producer and teaches a burlesque class for U of U Lifelong Learning. She is also a self-published author and is currently working on a documentary about burlesque in Utah. Her artistic and professional pursuits are focused through the lens of access, belonging, and student success.

When not busy working or dancing, she enjoys spending time with her partner, her child, her partner’s two children, and the family pets -two dogs and a snake. She loves the KPop group BTS, Marvel comics, unicorns, and all things sparkly.

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Margo Robins (she, her)

Enrollment Specialist

Margo has worked with PROED for over five years and is happy to be part of the Team! The U has always been a part of her life, as a spectator, student, musician, alumni and employee.

As a Program Assistant, Margo wants to help students on their professional adventure from start to finish. Understanding and accepting others is key to her philosophy and function.

Margo uses her passion for people and communication to help others. She has energy to give and loves using it to run, bike, hike, cook, create, and talk! She welcomes a challenge and believes everything is possible. Margo enjoys life and hopes to help others find the joy in theirs.

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Clint Erekson (he, him)

Curriculum Support Coordinator

Clint rejoined the ProEd team in September of 2022 after a seven-year absence. As the Curriculum Management Coordinator, he manages our Canvas courses for are instructors. Clint has worked the University of Utah since 2010 and graduated from the U in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Art with an Emphasis in Photography and Digital Imaging. Clint is also a seasoned performer and improv comedy instructor. When Clint isn’t working, he enjoys podcasting, traveling, collecting and building Lego with his family, staying up late and watching horror movies and finding fun and interesting restaurants with his wife.

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Jennifer Thatcher (she, her)

Program Manager

Jennifer is a Program Manager for Professional Education. Jennifer has a passion for communication, connection and customer service. Working for Professional Education for the last decade has allowed her to help individuals, businesses and leaders face their future fearlessly and with purpose. Jennifer is always looking forward, with a singular vision of our community becoming a brighter place that values people from all backgrounds. When not at work, you will find Jennifer traveling, needle felting and most importantly, spoiling her loved ones, pets, and houseplants.

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Hollie Quintanilla (she, her)

Program Assistant

Hollie joined ProEd in May of 2022 after ten years as a stay-at-home mom. Her years of meeting the needs of her two adorable children, along with a herd of nieces and nephews, has prepared her well for the organizational and management challenges she supports. With her varied work history along with a B.A. in Theater Studies, she is ready to jump right in and do whatever needs doing.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, working on home projects, running and playing ultimate frisbee with ladies in her neighborhood.

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Ben Johnson (he, him)

Project Manager

Ben joined ProEd March of 2023 as a Project Manager of Micro-credential offerings. After two years of coordinating Academic Programs classes within UCL, and two prior years of work in admissions, Ben now sets to work developing new Micro-credential programs. In his free time, he enjoys time spent with his family and doing various outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and gardening.

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Jonlee Alvaro (he, him)

Course Management Coordinator

Jonlee joined the ProEd team in September 2021 as a Program Assistant and now works with scheduling as a Course Management Coordinator. Specializing in Class Management, he drafts classes for future semesters and ensures the schedule is reviewed meticulously. Outside of work, he loves longboarding, thrifting, and watching K-pop music videos with his friends.

More questions about Professional Education or the classes we offer? See our page with Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information, call 801-585-1780 or submit your questions by using our online form.

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