OUR TEAM 2017-09-15T16:37:24+00:00



What is SHEROES United? We are a group of business-and-community-minded women (and the men that love them) who know we play a dynamicpart of the positive change that is drastically needed at home and around the world. From humble beginnings, and out of our own pockets, we developed an organization of hundreds of volunteers affecting thousands of women, children, men and families worldwide. And we’ve just gotten started!

SHEROES Executive Board

Celeste Gleave
Founder, President, CEO Pillar Director - Women Warriors
When the suicide and homeless rates of women veterans skyrocketed, Celeste Gleave knew she had to do something to help heal and change existing systems for women warriors and victims of violence. She used her considerable business and government clout to build something extraordinary through SHEROES United. Forbes Magazine contacted Celeste to be profiled in an upcoming Issue "Most Powerful Women" in the U.S. With this being said Celeste has asked Forbes instead to Honor her board for their contributions and tireless efforts in matters that are critical in today's world. Forbes Response: No wonder why you are being selected. You are selfless yet you empower those around you to be the best they can be. Read More...
Celeste has won Countless Awards with the most recent being “Global Leader Award” by Arts for Peace. Women’s Leadership Live Named Celeste An Outstanding Leader for Vision, Dedication and Commitment to Excellence. She has mentored women and men from all over the world. Celeste started her own company and is the President and CEO of FYVE STAR, Inc.® her company works as a defense contractor specializing in Aircraft and Runway Deicers and specialty Chemicals and Related items worldwide, she has worked with the Department of Defense and the DLA including Homeland Security for over 25 years. She is a Serial Entrepreneur and has been a successful role model to many. Celeste is a sought after speaker by Universities, NPR Radio, and International agencies. She was selected by the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and MAJCOM Warner Robins to serve as a Civic Leader to the USAFR and the Civilian Community, working directly aside the Joint Chiefs. (Honorary Three-Star Status.) She has since Retired this position. She has been a Local Civic Leader for Utah in many capacities. She was the Chair Woman for "Go Red for Women" with the AHA. She is one of a few featured leaders in the current Social Studies and History Book "Utah Journey" for Utah Schools and Curriculum as a pioneer for Industry in Utah along side of some very impressive leaders and innovators. She is an International and community leader. She was selected as the success story at the National SBA Conference and her business was seen at the NASDAQ closing bell. She has also served on several White House committees for small business. She has worked with GOED and other state groups. Celeste is currently involved with Groups around the Nation that are working with the same goals to help women and girls LEAD. She currently sits on numerous boards. The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) named Celeste Gleave, the Woman Business Owner of The Year. Later this year she will announce a special award that she has been chosen by the White House where her portrait will hang indefinitely. Celeste leads with her heart and she is affectionately known as the Commander. She is committed to advancing women in all walks of life.
Bridget Cook-Burch
Executive Director Pillar Director - Human Trafficking
When Bridget, a sexual and domestic trauma survivor, discovered the fact that there are more slaves today than at any time in human history, she knew it was time to make a dramatic difference. She joined Celeste in the founding of SHEROES United as a powerful way to create thrivers out of victims. M. Bridget Cook-Burch is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author best known for her riveting tales of transformation. As a leader, storyteller, trainer and activist, her powerful work has been showcased on Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, Dr. CNN, and in People among many others. Her stories continue to rock readers around the world. Read More...
Recently awarded “Iconic Leader of the Decade Envisioning a United World” from All Ladies League in Delhi, India, Bridget has been working on initiatives in ending violence against women, and in particular, abolishing human trafficking. The issue came to her attention as she was working on her NYT bestseller, The Witness Wore Red about human trafficking in Utah. When her awareness expanded to the growing epidemic in Utah, her nation, and her world, she knew she could stay silent no longer. A social and serial entrepreneur, Bridget has owned and operated several companies in Utah and Colorado. Building a trucking company from a ‘one-truck wonder’ to a multi-million dollar company with 15 trucks, 55 trailers and 11 western states, Bridget was nationally recognized with several outstanding business awards. She is now writing, speaking and training as CEO of Inspired Legacy, LLC, and the Executive Director of SHEROES United. She creates time and connection with her four amazing children and more pets than her beloved husband can handle. An internationally sought-after speaker and activist, Bridget wows audiences on the subjects of radical transformation, conscious business, and how to leave the footprints of an inspired legacy. You will find her actively involved with SHEROES United initiatives in Utah, personally involved in world humanitarian work in India and the DRC Congo, and growing the organization to literally and effectively reach millions of women to BE the change.
Debbie Straley
Pillar Director Domestic Violence
Debbie Straley believes it is a sacred honor to help heal the planet of pain and agony. She has spent her life cultivating skills, talents, and abilities for this cause in many ways. Currently as SHEROES United’s Pillar Director for Domestic Violence, her role is to assist women, men, and children who have been victims of domestic abuse and to create programs and education to prevent that. Debbie's passion and vast experience put her in a beautiful place to bring peace, hope, and love to those who have been victims—that they may in turn become victorious and help others to create an unbreakable chain of love and compassion. Read More...
Debbie's professional background includesworking with the Red Cross as a disaster action team and youth affirmations leader/trainer. She has a natural talent for crisis management, meaning shifting chaotic circumstances into peaceful solutions. Debbie is a great leader with the ability to speak with people and meet them where they are; whether they are in shock or needing to jump into action. During her years working in the banking industry, she discovered that she could use the same skills she cultivated at the Red Cross in delegating and encouraging people to shine doing what they do best.She works with volunteers all over the state, and now all over the world. Debbie owns her own business and is a Reiki Master Teacher and Personal Development Coach who inspires many with her gifts. She loves to assist her clients and students with their own ability to recognize and receive divine guidance. With her organizational capabilities, she assists women through empowerment circles, and is the founder of the Goddess Full MoonGathering, where hundreds of women gather monthly to learn, grow, dance and drum in order to renew themselves on multiple levels. Debbie is a remarkable force for good in her community and a powerful beacon for positive change.
Leesa Clark-Price
Public Affairs Director
Leesa has always been attracted to movements that motivate the masses towards lasting change and transformation. In addition to having been a highly successful business woman for over three decades, she also has been part of some of the most moving social causes known in our nation’s history. Before joining the board of SHEROES United, Leesa played a pivotal role on several boards in business, universities and nonprofits; one of her favorites being The Statue of Responsibility. Read More...
Leesa became the Executive Director of the Responsibility Foundation, with its mission to build a 300-ft monument, inspired by Viktor Frankl and sculpted by world-renowned sculptor Gary Lee Price. Meant to book-end the Statue of Liberty but on the west coast, it is a reminder of the need for both freedom AND personal accountability of each citizen—something Leesa remains passionate about. Despite being widowed at a very young age, and facing many trials as a single mother in business, Leesa worked her way up into the world, developing strong, vibrant leadership for women’s empowerment, which attracted her to SHEROES United, where her brilliant ideas, circle of influence and nonstop energy is greatly respected. Leesa has been a top real estate agent for over 27 years. She is currently an Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Elite Real Estate. She has served in many leadership positions within the real estate community, including President of the Utah County Women’s Council of Realtors, and as a board member for the Utah County Association of Realtors. Leesa started her own clothing line shortly after she was widowed. “UNEEKS by Leesa” subsequently lead to her own store in a prestigious mall, where she had the honor to employ over 30 women. It was the beginning of her journey to empower other women, something she remains passionate about today. Serving on several boards at Utah Valley University, Leesa served as the volunteer chairman for the American Cancer Society Relay 4 Life for five years while being awarded Team Leader in her business teams. When she is not traveling the world with her husband, Gary Lee Price, she enjoys facilitating women’s retreats in her tipi and spending time with their 9 children and 13 grandchildren.
Tracy Jensen
Volunteer Director
Tracy has overcome adversity in her life but she realized that these challenges have been a catalyst in forming her character and influencing her unwavering commitment to inspire the human spirit. Even through these challenges, Tracy knew her example would ultimately reflect upon her children. This gave her an opportunity to learn and persevere in life and exemplify compassion and forgiveness. Read More...
She can attest that handling these challenges with courage and a positive attitude paid off. When Tracy attended her first SHEROES United event, she felt her passion come to the forefront to assist in furthering the message of the 3 pillars. When Tracy recognized the vast problems in our own backyards and across the globe, she knew part of her responsibility was to create awareness to these immense problems. Through her involvement she has also been a part of adding SHEROES HEROES to the organization. SHEROES leadership team recognized by adding this intricate part of involving the men in the organization would further SHEROES message and the immeasurable possibilities to teach the family as a whole, to bring women and men together in healing our world. Tracy’s love for others ripples into the lives of those she meets which is why she holds the position as Volunteer Director. Her compassion and giving nature are apparent to all those around her. Her love of others is substantial and her philosophy in life is to look for the good news and win/win in all things. Tracy has always had an entrepreneur spirit and unique back ground in many areas from, owning a horse ranch; raising paint horses, sports injury massage therapist and a personal assistant to well-known Utahans, which ultimately led her into her real estate career. This broad spectrum has given Tracy many opportunities to engage in a variety of areas to assist with furthering her life experiences and connection with people. She has worked in the real estate industry for the past 15 years, along with her husband Robert. She is devoted to her family and loves the time she can spend with them boating, sport events, and golfing. Tracy’s friends are also a significant part of her life and considers them family too. Tracy has served in many volunteer opportunities that have included Pioneer Theater, The Festival of Trees and is an avid contributor to the American Red Cross. Tracy was born in California but now resides in Utah with her family.
Toni Slemko
Business Development Director
Toni chose to be involved with the SHEROES United organization because she was touched by their passion and inspired by their heartfelt, powerful leaders. Quickly she could see the highest perspective of the SHEROES United vision was in harmony with her greatest desire to create healing and peace throughout the world. Read More...
Aside from her regular position, she is also diligently serving on SHEROES United’s Board of Directors. Toni is a wife, mother of two beautiful children, and a Real Estate Agent/Business Owner. She has enjoyed volunteering and service work over the last ten years as well. She serves on the board of another non-profit called Stewfano (Home of Open Hearts), which is about families serving families in underdeveloped countries. Toni has coached boys from ages 15-25 at the Ka-Na-Chi-Hi Center for First Nations – these are boys dealing with drug and alcohol addictions. She also managed a residential drug and alcohol lodge in Alpine, Ut. Toni has enjoyed furthering education as a Paralegal, Insurance Agent, Reiki Practitioner, and Life Coach. She has a passion for serving others, and has taken it upon herself to bring women into her home who were fighting drug addictions. She has walked beside these women who are now successful working in the field as drug and alcohol counselors. "What keeps me in balance,” says Toni, “is dedicating a large portion of my time to others. It’s what makes me feel most connected to my family and to God. I am grateful that my children get to witness the joy and impact that service-work creates.” Toni has the ability to see beauty in every individual. It is her passion to hear the stories behind the eyes of humanity. She has a huge heart, and cares deeply about the mental, spiritual and physical well-being of everyone she comes in contact with.
Wendy Kelly
Fundraising Director
Utah born and bred, Wendy is not your "typical" Utahn in as much as she likes to challenge people in their way of thinking and encourage people to think outside the box. Her motto has always been one of "let's color outside the lines and see what we create!"
Launa Christiansen
Education Director
LAUNA CHRISTIANSEN – Director of Education Launa grew up knowing what domestic violence looks like from a child's perspective, and she went on to endure an abusive marriage. Overcoming this through education and service, she now loves to show her sisters a healthier, more joyful way to live. Read More...
Launa is convinced that education, empowerment and ultimately love is what will heal our world. She has cultivated these qualities as an early childhood education expert, and written a curriculum used widely around the world. She is enhancing the “Leadership from the Inside-Out” curriculum for younger children, and serves on the Domestic Violence committee. Launa is also a health/life coach for women. Her enthusiasm and love for learning inspire all who know her. She knows as we lift and inspire the children, we lift and inspire our whole next generation.


Dr. J.R. James
Global Ambassador - At-Large
Dr. Manuela Mangiagalli
Executive Director Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
Richa Pandey
Executive Director India
Tehrah Taylor
Global Messenger
Dame Munni Irone
Global Peace Leader

SHEROES Special Teams and Advisors

Lori Deus
Chair International Human Trafficking
Lori joined SHEROES United in 2015 and is currently serving as co-chairman on the International Human Trafficking division. Read More...
Lori has worked in the Personal Coaching Field for 15+ years and has expertise in leadership development, success strategies and concepts and is passionate about empowering individuals to recognize and develop their unique gifts and talents which ignites powerful change in their own lives which then ripples out into their community.
Sandra L. Hudson
Administrative & Security Specialist
Sandra has worked beside Founder Celeste Gleave for over 25 years serving as her CFO, Administrative VP and Security Advisor. She has managed several events and security details. She has extensive background in Customer Service, Communications and Collections. Read More...
Prior to working as the Administrative VP for FYVE STAR, Inc. Sandra worked as the administrative assistant for a fortune 100 company. She was responsible for over a Billion dollars in assets and liabilities, Payroll, and Direct Service to the Terminal Managers and Store managers nationwide. In her current role she administers payroll and accounts receivables to customers all over the world. She has worked with the Department of Defense and the US Military DFAS systems. She sees to it that all of her vendors are paid on time and that operations run mission capable. She has been working with Shaolin Ch'uan-Fa Kung Fu and is working on her 2nd Degree Black Belt. She has Studied the art of Knife, Club, Kubotan, Sword, Sai and Gun Defensive techniques. Sandra has recently started teaching Basic Self Defense Maneuvers to others on an "as requested basis" Sandra is an inspiration to all that meet her. She has had many life experiences that have made her the strong woman she is today. Sandy is the Heart and Soul of the Team.
Debi Miles Aguirre
Choreographer and Event Co-Coordinator
Debi has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Modern dance from the University of Utah. She has owned & operated dance studios for 28 years. She trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Modern. Read More...
Trained in ballet and jazz at the U of U and with Shari Lane and Diana Cuatto who were principle dancers with Ballet West. Trained under Garth Peay & Kim Lanham as a company member of Jazzin and performed through the western U.S. Debi taught for United Spirit Association (USA) teaching high school & college dance/ cheer camps throughout western U.S. With USA she team taught with Paula Abdul and other prominent instructors. Debi has choreographed half times for the Utah Jazz and the Seattle SuperSonics. She was a previous member of the Nationally ranked BYU cheer squad. She has worked with special needs students at Alta High & U of U. She is an Energy Movement Specialist –working with the body’s energy meridians through movement. Debi was a previous member and choreographer with Draper City Arts Council. Debi was the Choreographer in chief for our 2013 V-day Dances in Utah. She is a Valuable Asset to the SHERO TEAM!!!!!
Holly Ziegenhorn
Chair Women Warriors 1st Responders WW1R
Holly Ziegenhorn is a survivor of child sexual abuse and never knew that this traumatic adverse childhood experience would one day be the catalyst of opening so many doors for her where she would be able to reach out to and love many from all walks of life Read More...
Holly has always taken a stand in fighting for those who are considered “at risk,” “different” or “less fortunate.” It is no wonder why she was finally lead to her chosen career – Law Enforcement – where she has served and continues to serve honorably for over 20 years. As an officer she has been recognized globally for her investigative skills specifically with cargo theft, but her fondest accomplishments are the ones she has made with several “at risk” individuals who have been able to turn their lives around as a result of Holly being able to gain their trust and assist them with healing their lives by shedding guilt, forgiving themselves, and claiming their worth. Holly has been recognized by many as the officer who loves unconditionally and gives selflessly both on and off the clock. Holly was also the 1st female officer to make West Valley City Police Department’s SWAT Team and served in this collateral assignment as an entry team member for approximately 6 years. Holly currently is employed as a Deputy with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department. Holly is enrolled as a student at Utah Valley University and will complete her Bachelor’s Degree in 2018. Holly will then work on a life-long goal of hers to become an attorney. Holly has been married for over 20 years to Chad Ziegenhorn, who is a newly promoted Sergeant, with the Utah Transit Authority Police Department. They have 6 children and 10 grandchildren. Holly was born and raised in Utah but resided in Tacoma, Washington when her 3 oldest children were very young with their father who had been stationed there as an Army Combat Soldier. While there and prior to her law enforcement career, Holly worked as an administrative legal assistant for a few different law firms. Holly is honored to be a part of SHEROES United as the Chair of their Women Warriors 1st Responders (WW1R) Pillar because of their committed stand to DARE to change the world through love.
Julia Johnson
Special Projects Manager
Since loosing her daughter in 2003 to a Domestic Violence Related Murder, Julia has become passionate about awakening women to understand Domestic Violence and helping to empower them to overcome the trauma, the pain, and the various emotions that accompany this epidemic that is often hidden within the walls of a large majority of our population. Read More...
Julia seeks to shed a light on this subject so that no other mother has to ever suffer this type of tragedy again. She brings experience, passion, and heart. She is working to introduce technology that will be a tremendous aid in eradicating Domestic Violence and Crimes against Women and Children. Serving the Community through SHEROES United has been a perfect fit for Julia, her past and her visions to change the lives of others. As a child Julia Johnson was open. She could see, hear and feel from the spiritual realm. She had always been spiritually guided and gifted. At age 21, after a near death experience, her gifts intensified and she came to realize her gifts were for healing work. Everything began to make sense. Her questions to God became “question and answer” sessions, while in a connective conduit, the answers continuously flowed. While it was amazing and exciting, Julia felt rather alone in her “calling” but was determined it was God who created her to be whom and what she was. She fervently committed to follow her divinely designed path. After years of honoring her gifts, listening and gathering information from both heaven and earth, working with thousands of people, and exploring every modality of healing, she was introduced to technology that enhanced everything that she knew and understood to that point. Julia was contracted to build healing modules for a European Company that used technology to render light and sound. She was able to create a mind module that would go farther, faster and more complete into mind processing than anything previously created. The healing work of Mind/ Body connection was greatly optimized and people were healing more rapidly and completely than ever before. In 2011 Julia met the love of her life, Kevin Johnson, who just happened to be an electrical and electronics engineer. Together, they decided to create their own healing system here in the US and named it NoviChi. NoviChi means New Energy. NoviChi has brought healing to many. Julia and Kevin are marketing and selling NoviChi throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. They both are full of gratitude for the opportunity to help people of all ages to heal and enjoy new energy and vitality.
Quinsee Beach
Volunteers and Community Engagement
Women’s independence has always been a lifelong motivator for Quinsee. At an early age, she committed to putting herself through college and became the first woman to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in her family. Read More...
Quinsee studied at Weber State University with an emphasis in Sociology and Psychology. Her education had a tremendous impact on her ability to identify social issues and their connection to an individual’s psyche. That knowledge has allowed her to see the big picture when it comes to issues within our society, at the forefront, human trafficking, and domestic violence. Quinsee recognized the effect that these issues created within the lives of men and women around her and felt the need to assist with raising awareness and eradicating the issues entirely. This drive influenced her to connect with SHEROES United. Quinsee has always felt a deep connection to the human spirit and has a passion to serve others. From an early age, she had a desire to make a difference and not follow the status quo of her peers. By living beyond her years, Quinsee has been able to connect with the beautiful group of women within SHEROES United and pursue the lifelong goal of making an inspirational impact on the world. Quinsee has had a guiding light and example in her life, her mother Tracy Jensen, and now Volunteer Director of SHEROES United. She instilled a solid foundation of love, compassion, service, and the importance of forgiveness within Quinsee. All of these traits have allowed her to blossom into the woman she has become today. With her mother by her side, Quinsee is committed to making a positive change in the world with the SHEROES United organization.

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