UPEC Board 2017

Bryna Gallagher, Chair

Wayne Martinson, Vice Chair

Doug Stark, Secretary

Gray Griffin, Treasurer

Derek Hoff

Johnny McGee

Ann O’Connell,

Andy Schoenberg





Bryna Gallagher, Chair, holds a master’s degree from the University of Utah in Environmental Humanities. Her thesis, Perception of Human Overpopulation: Disavowal and Dysfunction in Salt Lake City, focused on the responses of environmental activists and other community leaders to the issue of human overpopulation. When she is not working on environmental and population issues, she loves spending time in nature.


Wayne Martinson,  Vice Chair, is a UPEC co-founder and involved since it began in 1997. His concern regarding human population increases impacting the Great Salt Lake has fueled his activism and leadership.



Doug Stark, Secretary, has been interested in population issues since the early 1960’s. A co-founder of UPEC, he retired from being a computer programmer at Hill Air Force Base. He has been involved in community gardening projects for eight years.



Gray GriffinTreasurer, has a background in biotechnology and environmental health and safety. He is passionate about preserving the earth’s natural systems. He believes that the rapidly expanding human population is the root cause of most, if not all, environmental problems and that educating society and bringing it to an awareness and a consciousness concerning these problems is a key solution to preserving the planet.



Derek Hoff is an historian of economic ideas and policy and the author of The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Makingin U.S. History (University of Chicago Press, 2012). He is also the author, with John Fliter, of Fighting Foreclosure; The Blaisdell Case, the Contract Clause, and the Great Depression. He grew up in Washington D.C., graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and earned his MA and PhD in history from the University of Oregon and the University of Virginia respectively. Currently he teaches in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. For four months every year he is an obsessive cross-country skier (even though he finishes middle of the pack in races) and also enjoys hiking, backpacking, and golf.


Johnny McGee:
currently a public health major at Westminster College with a focus on population, environment, sustainability, climatechange mitigation, and security. An advocate and active volunteer for Citizens Climate Lobby, Planned Parenthood, and of course Utah Population and Environment Council. The newest board member on the UPEC team, Johnny enjoys shredding the steep and deep snow of Utah’s Wasatch mountain range when he’s not buried in homework.



Ann O’Connell,
Retired Biology teacher, longtime activist with the League of Women Voters, founding member of UPEC. Motivation for making population my priority: degrees in History and Biology, observation of explosive growth in the Pacific Northwest and the Wasatch Front, the overwhelming evidence that humans have outstripped the earth’s carrying capacity.


Andy Schoenberg
 retired in 1999 as Professor of Biophysics and Bioengineering, University of Utah. He cofounded UPEC to promote a sustainable population and address resource consumption. He is also a member of Utah Citizen’s Counsel where he specializes on improving air quality in Utah by reducing emissions from cars. He has been developing and demonstrating a zero emissions solar powered commuter vehicles. Learn more at www.sunzeecar.com.