Board of Directors

Neil Walter – Board President

Neil has served on charter school boards for six years and written a book on charter school facility finance.  He has also written a number of white papers on school and governmental finance.  Neil is both partner and CEO for Brokers Holdings, which operates commercial and residential brokerages in Utah and Nevada as NAI Excel and ERA Brokers Consolidated.  He taught economics and upper division finance courses as an adjunct professor for nine years at Dixie State University.  He is a CFA charter holder and earned his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ellen Arch, M.D. – Vice President

Dr. Arch has had the opportunity to attend elite academic institutions, home to researchers from many different countries who have very different world views. She believes that working with so many of these individuals and understanding their perspectives has taught her how to truly think. 

These are opportunities that Dr. Arch wants for her son and for so many of the young people she’s met through her medical practice. She is convinced that SGA is the first step to obtaining them. 

Steve Hurst – Finance Committee Chair

Steve serves as the chair of the finance committee at SGA, and works as a consultant in the area of enterprise software and IT infrastructure.  Steve holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering and an MS in Computer Science.  Steve is one of the founders of Clear Horizons Academy, a non-profit private school for children with autism, and served on the board of trustees for 9 years.  Steve and his wife moved to St. George in 2014 with their 3 children, the youngest of which will attend SGA

Steve Wattles – Board Member

Steve has been involved with Utah Charter Schools since 2010 having previously served as a Board Member and Board President for George Washington Academy as well as the founding Board President for St. George Academy.  Steve is a member of the Finance Committee and is an active supporter of choice in education.  Professionally, he is Vice-President of Finance for a local software company. He also volunteers as a SCORE mentor and past Chairman where they received national recognition.  He has also been a board member for the Salvation Army and is actively involved in economic development in Southern Utah.  He greatly enjoys being outside with his wonderful wife and children.

Curt Crofts – Board Member

Curt works at Dixie Applied Technology College (DXATC). He is the Director of Construction Technologies.  He manages and oversees instructors and students in the fields of Construction including HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing and other apprenticeship programs. He is a Master Trainer in National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum. He also has certificates is Lean Six Sigma, National Association of Technician Excellence (NATE), and others. Curt is involved in many local and national associations. He is a Flotilla Staff officer for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and has been in the position of Assistant Deputy Commander of Cadets, and Squadron Leadership Officer for the local Civil Air Patrol (CAP).

Eric Grob – Board Member

Mr. Grob currently works as the Vice President for Finance at Dixie Applied Technology College (DXATC).  He has over 15 years of higher education finance/accounting experience.  He and his beautiful wife, Ann, have 7 wonderful children.  Mr. Grob earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Utah University.


Stephanie Jernagin – Governance Committee Chair

Stephanie Carter-Jernagin brings 20+ years of key leadership expertise and experience from both business and educational arena. Ms. Jernagin holds a Masters in Special Education with emphasis in emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities.  She has worked as a licensed teacher in Illinois, North Carolina and Utah.  Ms. Jernagin was chosen as a Utah state representative and a participant of the Dynamic Learning Map, 2015 panelist for the University of Kansas City Consortium, Kansas City, Missouri.  She is also a member of the Utah Council of Exceptional Children.


David Jones – SGA Director

Other Volunteers

Niki Hancock – Public Relations Chair

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