Susan Olson, Ph.D.
Policies and Bylaws
Law & Society Review Business
Susan Olson, Executive Officer, is also Professor Emerita of political science at the University of Utah. She has been a member of the Law and Society Association since 1984. Her research has investigated various ways that the legal system aggregates and transforms personal concerns into broader issues of public policy, including both individuals and groups that use law as well as legal and political procedures that structure such use. She also has strong interests in the future of higher education and the roles of faculty, stemming from eleven years as Associate Vice President for Faculty at the University of Utah, coordinating faculty personnel matters and participating in shared governance. She received her PhD in political science from Syracuse University and her B.A. from Pomona College.
Administrative and Events Manager
Annual Meeting Coordination
Kris joined the LSA staff in 2013. She has extensive experience in business management and leadership in commercial and higher education settings, including high-profile event management. Before moving to Utah, Kris oversaw the Events Department for the Purdue University Memorial Union, which schedules and plans over 17,000 events annually with food and beverage sales of $4.2 million. Striving to learn more about the nonprofit sector, Kris recently completed a master level professional certification in Nonprofit Management focusing on financial management and organizational leadership. Having graduated from Michigan State University, Kris is forever a Spartan. She has degrees in Park, Recreation and Tourism Management, and Food Technology and Management. Kris has a passion for working in higher education and appreciates working with the Law and Society Association. She particularly enjoys working with the diverse membership and bringing the Annual Meeting to life.
Website and Social Media
Megan came to LSA after eight years at the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Utah, where she managed websites, social media, publications, and strategic communications. She started her professional career in the 1980’s as an IT Manager and moved into on-line and in-person training in the corporate sector. She has done extensive consulting with private sector, non-profit, and governmental organizations about systems implementation and infrastructure for remote collaborations. She has taught numerous short courses on technology and government and on social media and the law.
Prizes and Awards
Heather brings to the Law and Society Association a background that has encompassed many aspects of coordinating various non-profit tasks including creating program policies, creating new grant systems, managing events and data organization. Starting out at the YMCA in Silicon Valley developing programs and seeking funds for a teen center, she moved to Utah in 2007, working locally with Wasatch Community Gardens to expand community awareness of programs and strengthen their grant funding. Previously serving as a publication coordinator for academic conferences, Heather enjoys planning and mapping out projects as well as working with team members from around the globe to take an idea from vision to reality for the community it is serving to enjoy.