USTAR Office at World Trade Center at City Creek The USTAR headquarters office is located in the World Trade Center at City Creek. The office is shared with USTAR’s partner organizations. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, World Trade of Utah and the Office of Energy Development are co-located to help enhance the ability to build a stronger economy for Utah. The HQ staff oversees the operation of the USTAR mission and provides marketing and administrative functions. For regional outreach, please visit the individual teams.

Meet the HQ Staff

 Ivy V Estabrooke

Ivy V. Estabrooke, Ph.D. Executive Director

Ivy was appointed as the USTAR Executive Director in May 2014.  Prior to joining USTAR she served as the program officer (GS-15) for basic research in the Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare & Combating Terrorism Department at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). While at the ONR, she managed a high risk/high payoff research portfolio including innovative neuroscience programs and cutting edge social and computational science programs. She has also developed and implemented a strategy for examining emerging technology areas globally. Additionally, Ivy led the department’s efforts in support of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Education efforts (STEM), and managed a multi-million dollar yearly investment in the Sciences Addressing Asymmetric Explosive Threats (cIED) basic research efforts for the ONR.

Ivy is a cognitive neuroscientist by training, with technical expertise in psycholinguistics, pharmacological interventions, and statistical modeling. She earned her doctorate in neuroscience from Georgetown University, an MS in National Security Strategy and Resource Management from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University (formerly ICAF) and a BA in Biological Sciences from Smith College.

Cheralyn Anderson, Financial Support

Cheralyn has over 8 years with the State of Utah, including USTAR, Governor’s Office, and Office of Energy Development. She has a wealth of experience in administration, and includes in her portfolio financial knowledge, communication skills, and project management. She holds a B.A. in English, and will add a B.S. in Accounting in the fall of 2015. She enjoys geocaching, hiking, traveling, and reading with her family.

 Justin Berry

Justin Berry, PR Manager/Public Affairs Officer

Justin has over 13 years experience working in communications, marketing and public relations. His experience comes from working with live theatre companies to create and market their “brand” and maximizing their social media reach. He not only created the marking plan, but produced the art and support files to create the visual look and feel of the campaigns. He has a passion for the arts and for learning. He is a graduate of Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications (PR and Journalism). He is also active in the Salt Lake theatre community as a performer.

 Jim Grover

Jim Grover, Financial Manager and Legislative Liaison

Jim brings experience in budget, policy, and operation measures from serving the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget as a budget and policy analyst and operations specialist for economic development agencies and the System of Higher Education. Operational initiatives in which he has participated include the Balanced Scorecard, Optimization Commission, Agency Realignment Commission, 66% by 2020, PACE plan and the Success Framework. He holds a B.A. in Marketing and a M.B.A. from the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. He and his family enjoy biking, running, swimming, and skiing together in Utah’s rich outdoors.

 Elenor Heyborne

Elenor Heyborne, Public Affairs Officer

Elenor is a public relations assistant for USTAR, and supports staff in promoting USTAR’s mission. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in strategic communication at the University of Utah, and has an expected graduation date of December 2014. Before coming to USTAR, Elenor worked at the Enterprise Business Newspaper for eight years as production manager and copy editor.

 Jillian Hunt

Jillian Hunt, Executive Assistant

Jillian serves as the Executive Assistant for Dr. Estabrooke, and as a secretary to the Governing Authority Board. Jillian has extensive experience in administration, human resources, and communication. She came to USTAR from Intermountain Healthcare, where she worked for five years as she advanced in many administration roles. She holds an associate of science and plans to continue furthering her education in Business Administration. She enjoys spending time with her family, doing outdoor activities, painting and dancing.

 Spencer Madsen

Spencer Madsen, Innovation Fellow

Spencer is currently working on his doctorate in Bioengineering at the University of Utah with an emphasis on medical device innovation, design and entrepreneurism. Before coming to USTAR, he finished a fellowship with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) in Washington, DC., where he focused on the FDA regulatory process and its efficacy. Spencer has a MS in Bioengineering from the University of Utah, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He has multiple years of experience in medical device start-ups, design control, state and federal grants, capital fund raising, regulatory processes and management. He and his family spend most of their free time enjoying Utah’s many recreational opportunities.

  Koa Perlac

Koa Perlac, Internal Auditor


Or visit one of our regional office teams:

USTAR North USTAR Central USTAR East USTAR South SBIR