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The Eagle Mountain City Council has five members. Council members are elected at large, serve four-year terms, and are responsible for the exercising of the City’s legislative powers. To view additional information about each Council member, click on their photo.



Donna Burnham

dburnham@emcity.org
(801) 473-4166

Donna Burnham

I was born in Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican father and a mother from a small town in Iowa. Life was always interesting in the Rivera household. My father was in the Air Force so I lived in many places growing up, including Wyoming; Oklahoma; Azores, Portugal; and Aviano and Naples, Italy. I graduated from high school in Naples, Italy and moved to Provo to attend BYU on a Kimball scholarship. In 1989, I graduated cum laude with degrees in International Relations and Spanish. I met my husband, Lincoln, my senior year. We married, finished school and moved to Canada where my husband taught in the high school where he grew up. We lived in Canada for ten years and had four children. We moved our family to Utah so Lincoln could pursue a career in Systems Administration. We lived in Provo for a few years, and then sixteen years ago, we purchased a home in Eagle Mountain. I became very interested in city government because at the time the city was in crisis. I became very involved in the community, volunteering at the schools and library and then running for city council in 2005 for the first time, losing by less than thirty votes. Undeterred, I continued attending council meetings and learning all I could. I ran again in 2007 and was elected. After serving for two terms, I took a break and focused on other endeavors, including my new grandson and working for the city library.

Running for city council again was a difficult decision for me. When I completed my term, I felt I was done. However, with Mayor Pengra and Adam Bradley not seeking reelection, I felt the city needed my experience. My understanding of city code, city government processes, and budgets will be invaluable. Communication is also important, and I have a strong track record of being responsive to residents. I was the council member that everyone counted on to always answer emails and phone calls. When residents had specific concerns about a site or a park, I met them on site to discuss their concerns and work for solutions. As your council member, I commit to be responsive to your emails and phone calls, meet with you and discuss your concerns when asked, and hold quarterly town hall meetings to keep you informed, hear your concerns, and discuss solutions. I have raised my family in Eagle Mountain, and I want to serve you.

dburnham@emcity.org
(801) 473-4166

Eagle Mountain City
1650 East Stagecoach Run
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005

Melissa Clark

mclark@emcity.org
801-357-9156

Melissa Clark

I am excited to be serving the people of Eagle Mountain on the City Council.  I bring a mix of experience, passion, and talents to the City Council.  I was born and raised in Minnesota.  I grew up enjoying the outdoors with my extended family.  We loved to fish, camp, and hike. As a child I would spend summers working and playing on my grandparents’ dairy farm. Stewardship and taking care of the land was something instilled in me from a very young age.

My parents taught me to work hard and to give back through service. My dad was a blue collar guy.  When I was in elementary school he started a heating and air conditioning business.  We come from a long line of small business entrepreneurs.  I learned early that we had to work hard to be able to provide for our basic needs as a family and hard work, talent, and determination are what business is built on.  It was watching my dad work so hard that made me realize that small business is the backbone of the economy.  That has made me want to make sure that government supports the ideas and determination of small business entrepreneurs and doesn’t bog down the process with unnecessary red tape. My mother always worked and from as early as I can remember. She would bring me with to volunteer at the nursing home where she was the Director of Recreational Therapy.  She taught me that even though the seniors of the nursing home were very different from me in age, that I could still serve and relate.  I learned way back then to be an advocate and voice for people who have lost theirs.

When I was in Junior High School, I developed a love for theatre and singing; to pay for my voice and piano lessons I mucked stalls at the local horse stables.  I am no stranger to hard work. It is that same work ethic that drives everything I do in the city government.  I believe in doing my homework and studying out the challenges we face and then not giving up until we have come up with a solution.

For the past two decades, I have been leading and serving in the community, both in government, non-profits, and in church service.  I started volunteering in high school for the local arts alliance and community theatre.  After college, I returned to Minnesota to that same town where I grew up but then I was approached to serve in a leadership capacity.  I served on the Board of Directors for several non-profits and learned the ins and outs of fundraising and budgeting and administration. Here in Eagle Mountain I have served on the Eagle Mountain Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and worked with the other members of the board and Eagle Mountain City staff to implement the Utility Sale Neighborhood Match Grant program.  Shortly after being appointed to the board, I recognized that many residents did not know how to report an issue with the parks or where to get information so I spearheaded a project to get signs in every Eagle Mountain park so that residents could know at glance the contact information for reservations and maintenance issues.

Along with other leaders in the community I co-founded the Eagle Mountain Arts Alliance, a non-profit local arts agency.  In collaboration with the Saratoga Springs Arts Council, we produce the Community Messiah.  The production features many local artists of all ages and the concerts are attended by thousands of residents in both Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs.  I believe in partnering together with other communities to solve local problems.

I have also served as a delegate and as the chair for Eagle Mountain Precinct 05. As a delegate I became known for asking the candidates the tough questions and being a voice for the precinct. I bring that same voice to the city council.  Residents know that when they call or text or email me that I will answer and listen to their concerns and work to find appropriate solutions.

I studied Education and Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University and graduated from the Association Montessori Internationale Training Center of Minnesota with a teaching credential in Early Childhood Education.  I taught for 6 years before having our twins.  I am dedicated to the children and youth of our community.  I have served in a volunteer capacity at local schools, in the Boy Scouts of America local units, and have advocated the cause of children with special needs and at-risk youth.

I work mostly part-time from home in the finance and retirement benefits industry.  My attention to detail and legal compliance with benefit and payroll contributions will be an asset on the city council.  My favorite job has always been being wife to my husband, Nathan and being mother to our four daughters.  We have lived in Orem, Provo, and Elk River, Minnesota before choosing Eagle Mountain to be our forever home. I love to bake and sing show tunes.  When I am not busy being mom, I find myself digging through old records and working on our family tree.

mclark@emcity.org
801-357-9156

Eagle Mountain City
1650 East Stagecoach Run
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005

Colby Curtis

ccurtis@emcity.org
(801) 867-5493

Colby Curtis

I was born and raised in West Valley City, UT. At a young age I discovered a love for technology and media. I enjoyed playing Volleyball in junior high and high school, and worked part-time throughout high school while still remaining accomplished in school. After high school, I spent two years as a missionary for my church in Milwaukee, WI where I met my wonderful wife, Adelle. We dated when we returned home and were married in 2008.

I studied both Information Technology and Digital Media, culminating in graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Digital Media from Utah Valley University. While working for a small IT company for nearly a decade, I transitioned from implementations into software development. I currently develop .NET software for a small company that handles inventory management for Ford and Lincoln dealers across the country.

My hobbies include: playing video games with my boy, playing guitar, shooting, and politics.

My wife, Adelle, and I have lived in Logan, West Valley, and Kearns, before settling in Eagle Mountain in July of 2014. We have one little boy, Levi.

Adelle and I were drawn to Eagle Mountain because of the tight-knit community feel as well as the suburban/rural planning-style which offers both the conveniences of everyday life and the opportunity of being removed from the big city. I am pleased to serve as a council member and to work with residents, other elected officials, staff, and applicants to help keep our city the amazing community it is.

My philosophy is to ensure the smallest, most efficient government possible while ensuring each city department is able to function the best it can within its purview. When something can be done better and cheaper in the private sector, it should be.

One of the driving motivators for me is the desire to guarantee Eagle Mountain remains a robust community that continues to value open space, a variety of unique lifestyle options, and follows a feasible, but unparalleled way of life; we are and should be a vibrant self-sustaining community with a small-town feel. Eagle Mountain is not West Valley, Provo, or any other city in Utah, it begs to differ. Eagle Mountain is unlike any other community in Utah and I want it to remain that way as the city transitions through the inevitable growth and change we are already experiencing.

Always feel free to contact me with suggestions, concerns, or even just to get to know me better.

ccurtis@emcity.org
(801) 867-5493

Eagle Mountain City
1650 East Stagecoach Run
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005

Stephanie Gricius

sgricius@emcity.org
(801) 649-9517

Stephanie Gricius

Stephanie Gricius is a mother, small business owner, trained midwife and personal trainer. She and her husband Chris moved to Eagle Mountain in 2011 because they fell completely in love with the atmosphere, the views and the people in the area. Eagle Mountain is where they want to raise their children. Stephanie and Chris operate a business that specializes in fixing precision equipment like micrometers and calipers.

Stephanie is the oldest of four girls and grew up in Georgia and Arizona. In school she enjoyed volunteer activities and was a member of VICA and the debate team. Stephanie eventually moved to Utah in 2006 where she met and married her husband in 2009. Together they have three children. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys skiing, reading, camping and various other outdoor activities.

Stephanie is excited for the opportunity to serve as a City Council member and hopes to encourage residents to get their voices heard in the political process.

sgricius@emcity.org
(801) 649-9517

Eagle Mountain City
1650 East Stagecoach Run
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005

Ben Reaves

breaves@emcity.org

Ben Reaves

breaves@emcity.org

Eagle Mountain City
1650 East Stagecoach Run
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005