Five graduates who have made significant differences in the lives of others will be honored with university awards at Homecoming 2014.
The Distinguished Service Award, for outstanding service in one’s profession, community, church, nation or BYU will be given to Gregory S. Butterfield (BS ’85) and Chantal Miner Carr (BS ’92).
Peter T. Reichman (BS ’08, JD ’14) will receive the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award.
Eugene W. Banks (BS ’68) will be awarded the Emeriti Distinguished Service Award.
Jaynie L. Brown (BA ’72) will be honored with the Service to Family Award.
Gregory S. Butterfield
Gregory Butterfield, of Alpine, Utah, is a highly recognized technology leader who served as chair of the Utah Technology Council and has created successful high-growth global software companies. He heads Vivint Solar as chief executive officer and chairs Utah Valley University’s Board of Trustees.
He enjoys sharing his expertise and has propelled companies to financial success. He has led young, talented people and launched highly successful forums and mentor groups.
Chantal Miner Carr
Chantal Carr, who lives in Gilbert, Ariz., fell in love with Africa while distributing labor and delivery kits in Mozambique. After many years of service, she wanted to do more and co-founded Hope Arising, a nonprofit organization to help alleviate drought conditions. She has helped children return to school and promoted Ethiopia’s independent improvement by providing microloans and health care instruction. She was essential in helping to complete a water pipe project.
Peter T. Reichman
Even as a law student Peter Reichman engaged in humanitarian work. After serving a mission in the Philippines from 2000 to 2002, he wanted to help the people he had learned to love. Vaccines for the Philippines, Reichman’s nonprofit humanitarian organization, has distributed hygiene kits, clothes, first aid supplies and other medicines; taught medical and dental clinics; run an on-site pharmacy; built bathrooms with septic tanks; remodeled public hospitals; and built houses, a birthing facility and a school.
Eugene W. Banks
Eugen Banks was president of the Salt Lake City Rotary Club when he was asked to do a nearly impossible project. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in September 2005, the International Rotary Club asked Salt Lake City to step in and host the International Convention in New Orleans’ place. Conventions normally take seven years to plan; Banks had two and accomplished an organizational feat still admired throughout the International Rotary community.
Jaynie L. Brown
When Jaynie Brown lost her baby grandson Matthew because of a drunk driver, she became an advocate against intoxicated driving. She lobbied for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and began a collaboration with Dr. Karol Kumpfer to create a DVD and 12-week course based on Kumpfer’s research on critical familial skills. The curriculum, Strengthening Families Program, teaches families how to reject drugs and alcohol and have successful relationships. Brown leads a nonprofit organization that promotes the Strengthening Families Program.