UAPCS Staff

Royce Van Tassell

Executive Director

Royce Van Tassell

Royce Van Tassell

Executive Director 

Royce Van Tassell brings a wealth of experience to the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, having previously served in a variety of positions with the Utah Taxpayers Association, Parents for Choice in Education, the American Civil Rights Institute and the Pacific Research Institute. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from BYU, and did graduate studies in political economy at Utah State University. His reading tastes are eclectic, running from law, economics and other public policy books to John Grisham, Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss. In his free time, Royce skis, mountain bikes and plays volleyball. For years he and his wife Leila have been season ticket holders with the BYU Men’s Volleyball program. And on more than one occasion, Royce has attended a midnight movie premiere in costume.

(801) 836-7028

Email:  royce@utahcharters.org

Tina Smith

Chief Operations Officer

Tina Smith

Tina Smith

Chief Operations Officer 

Tina has been involved in the charter school movement for the last 9 years. As a founding member a charter school, she has served in a variety of positions including President and Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Academic Advisor and Elementary Academic Advisor. Her educational experience includes pre-school teacher, French teacher and tutor, middle school Special Education, and overseas English teaching. Ms. Smith’s additional work experience includes a position as Office Manager/Contracts Officer for an international architectural firm. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Humanities with a minor in French. Tina joined the staff of the association in Fall of 2012.

(801) 558-7246

Email:  tina@utahcharters.org

Debby Llewelyn

Director of Training

Debby Llewelyn

Debby Llewelyn

Director of Training 

Debby graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Family and Human Development. She is currently a licensed Social Worker for the state of Utah. Debby volunteers frequently at the charter school her children attend and has been actively involved with charter schools since 2006. She has served as FSO (PTO) chair as well as board chair at her children’s school.

(801) 318-0911

Email:  debby@utahcharters.org

Jennifer Moulder

Program Coordinator

Jennifer Moulder

Jennifer Moulder

Program Coordinator 

Jennifer Moulder has served on the Mountainville Academy Board of Trustees for six years including the positions of Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair. She continues to serve on the Governance Committee and Board of Advisors. She is excited to join UAPCS as the Program Coordinator in giving support to the charter school community in a way that has not been available before. For the last two years, Jennifer has served as the Central Utah Board Mentor for UAPCS. Jennifer has three children, two of whom attend Mountainville and one who is in a district school. Her experiences as a parent drove her to become an advocate for school choice. Jennifer is a BYU alumnus, but cheers loudly for U of U football. She can also be found most Saturdays on a lacrosse field with her son who is an avid player.

Email:  jennifer@utahcharters.org

Cate Klundt

Communications Director

Cate Klundt

Communications Director 

Email:  cate@utahcharters.org