Meet Our Speakers

Lisa Mietchen

Since 2001, Lisa has been a partner in Fund Raising Counsel, Inc. (FRCI). Lisa’s efforts are focused on strategic planning for capital campaigns, the analysis of organizations’ funding needs and post-campaign planning. Lisa also manages the executive search portfolio and client relationships for FRCI. Lisa has more than thirty-five years’ experience in marketing communications, including seven years as Director of Marketing Communications at Novell, Inc., where she was in charge of major industry-wide product announcements. She also owned Synergy Strategic Communications for eleven years, a firm which specialized in marketing communications, branding and press relations for high-tech companies.

Lisa has been a member of the Junior League of Salt Lake City for more than thirty years.  Currently a Sustaining Member, she was also an Active member for fifteen years and served as Communications Vice-President, project director, and President. Following her term as President, she served as Campaign Director, mounting a successful drive to raise money for a new headquarters for the Junior League. During her tenure, the Junior League converted from a special events model of raising funds to a more professional paradigm of raising funds through individual, corporate and foundation gifts. Lisa volunteered extensively at her children’s schools, currently serves as a board member for a national scholarship board, volunteers as a judge each year for Utah’s Sterling Scholar program,  and served as a board member of Salt Lake City School Volunteers and the Discovery Gateway.

A life-long resident of Salt Lake City, Lisa graduated from Principia College, Elsah, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and business.

Ann Vanderslice

Ann Vanderslice, president and founder of Retirement Planning Strategies, has helped federal employees understand their benefits, explore options to potentially optimize the value of their benefits, plan for retirement and organize income planning and IRA distributions since 2002.

Ann holds a Registered Financial Consultant designation from the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants as well as the chartered Retirement Planning Counselor from the College for Financial Planning and brings a wealth of retirement knowledge to her clients.

With experience in federal retirement planning, Ann customizes planning and solutions to your specific needs. As part of the planning process, she works with you on an ongoing basis to track your progress and to help ensure that your retirement income strategy is meeting your needs.

Ann is the author of the book “Fedtelligence 2.0, The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Your Federal Benefits,” which presents you with short, bite-sized chapters to provide you with valuable insights that can help you make the most out of your benefits and plan for retirement.

Aniza M. Brown

Aniza M. Brown is the Federal Women Program Manager at Hill Air Force Base. She is also the Program Manager of Special Projects within the software maintenance group, a recruiter and STEM advocate.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with an emphasis in software development and automation from Northern Arizona University. She is pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona.

As the Federal Women’s Program Manager, she serves as the subject matter expert on employment needs and barriers for women as they relate to the federal employment policies, practices and related initiatives. In this position, she advises senior leadership on the status, progress and concerns of women in the installation. Examples activities include:  recruiting events, committee meetings, special monthly emphasis group activities, give briefing/presentations to senior management about policy changes and progress. Each year she analyzes base data/statistics that detail the hiring/promotion activities for Hill AFB and works on activities/policy changes that can improve any barriers or challenges to women with management. She currently is working with the Pentagon to change DOD wide policies and is assisting in an effort to create the first DOD hosted Women’s Symposium.

As a recruiter, she has helped develop the current recruiting schedule that promotes a diversity. As an advocate for STEM at Hill Air Force Base, she communicates to young students about the importance of technical degrees and volunteers at STEM events to promote women and diversity within engineering.


Denise Jeffrey-Elbert

Denise Jeffrey-Elbert is the mother of two adult children and grandmother to three. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force, retiring after 20 years of service. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology from Park University and a Masters of Art in Human Resource Management from Webster University. Denise is currently an Air force civil servant in the position of a wingman advocate (employee wellness specialist) and master resilience trainer, and is the installation diversity and inclusion lead, Hill Air Force Base. As an employee wellness specialist, she assists the employees overall team performance in the four Comprehensive Airmen Fitness (CAF) domains (mental, physical, social and spiritual) and functions as an executive coach for supervisors and leaders and peer assistant for other employees. She is a certified John Maxwell leadership coach and speaker. Denise is a masterful motivator and entertaining trainer and speaker.  Her positive energy radiates in all she does.

She has been a keynote speaker and conducted training for community service organizations, youth groups, church events and government entities, to include the Department of Treasury, Department of Air Force, Ogden Internal Revenue Services’ managers’ symposium, the National C-FIRE (Christian Fundamentalist Internal Revenue Employees), the Intermountain General Baptist Convention, Hill AFB Chapel (Protestant Women), the Federally Employed Women and the Layton Chapter of the Council of Women Realtors, the Fit-to-be-Fierce International Women’s Health Conference and the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Weber State University.

She is a licensed and ordained minister, and for the past two years has served as the co-pastor of the Pink Pulpit Crusade, a global ministry designed for the uplifting of women in mastering life’s challenges.

Denise is a member of the Greater Salt Lake Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Toastmasters International.

Brandy Lockwood

Brandy is passionate and vivacious in her approach to living life and helping others. She is a professional trainer and mentor. Brandy specializes in communication, personality types, goal setting, time management, personal development, career development, and growth. She trains both in person and via live conferencing locally and around the nation.

After leaving an abusive marriage 12 years ago with her then 12 month old son, Brandy found herself in a women’s shelter, homeless, going through what would turn out to be a 3 1/2 year divorce, a single mother, and with only 3 days’ worth of clothes for herself and her son. It was in that very moment that Brandy knew she would be alright, that she would get through her life crumbling around her, and that she would help other women to do the same.

Brandy invested in self-growth and self-development since then and began a blog sharing her story of moving from surviving to thriving after domestic abuse. Brandy is on the board of WOW Utah and serves as the Director of Mentors. WOW Utah empowers women who have escaped abuse or polygamy, or overcome drug addictions or debilitating illnesses.

Brandy is thrilled to help the women she comes across professionally and personally and spreads a message of ability and hope.