Andy Pierucci

The Utah Valley Chamber announced on June 12, 2019, the hiring of a new director of public policy and business development, Andy Pierucci. Pierucci begins his new position on June 17. 

NFP’s Utah office partners with MyMedicalShopper

In an effort to help employers reduce healthcare costs, NFP’s Utah office has teamed up with MMS Analytics, doing business as MyMedicalShopper, to give consumers more choice and control over their health care spending, according to a press release.

“NFP demonstrates all of the most important qualities that we look for in a partner,” MyMedicalShopper co-founder and CEO, Mark Galvin, said. “We are particularly impressed with NFP’s commitment to thinking outside the box to find creative and cost-effective benefits solutions to problems employers are facing. We’re excited to be teaming up with the NFP team in Utah in pursuit of our shared goal to reverse the trend of rising health care costs for individuals and businesses alike.”

The MyMedicalShopper platform for employers is designed to drive down the cost of health care while improving employee benefits. NFP’s Utah office can now deliver the entire suite of MyMedicalShopper’s products to employers and employees, such as price transparency technology, patent-pending rewards programs and claims analytics.

“Our team has consistently sought out, vetted and invested in technology to increase the value of our employee benefit offerings,” David Jackson, managing director, Corporate Services in NFP’s West region, said. “We take a strategic approach to help each client proactively align their benefits program with their long-term business mission, always aiming to contain costs without sacrificing the value of benefits to employees. We’re very excited to be able to incorporate MyMedicalShopper into our expert solutions for employee benefits and health plan design.”

Public policy and business development director named

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce has hired Andy Pieruccia as the new director of public policy and business development.

Pierucci spent the past four years working for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in several different policy and market enhancement roles, according to a press release. Most recently he was director of the Marketing, Communications and Economic Development Division.

Pierucci has also worked as a campaign manager and serves on the Utah District Export Council. He is also a member of the Young Professionals Board for the American Cancer Association and was recently appointed to the Utah Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the press release says.

“Andy is an outstanding addition to the team and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Utah Valley Chamber. We are more than excited to have him part of the Chamber,” President and CEO Rona Rahlf said.

In his new role, Pierucci will implement strategic initiatives for county-wide public policy advocacy and marketing and sales strategies to support member retention and acquisition, beginning June 17.

“Utah County is an economic powerhouse,” Pierucci said. “I can’t wait to work with business leaders across the county and around the state on issues that impact us all.”

STEM Best Practices discusses strategies

The fifth annual STEM Best Practices Conference held June 10 brought together close to 800 educators and administrative leaders to learn strategies for increasing STEM engagement across student populations, particularly those underrepresented in STEM fields.

The conference began, according to a press release, with an expert panel discussing the challenges and innovative solutions to broadening participating in STEM areas through increased diversity, inclusion, access and equity. Panel members included Mimi Lufkin, CEO Emerita of the National Alliance for Partnership in Equity; Rebecca Chavez-Houck, executive director of Utahns for Responsible Government; and Donna Eldridge, administrative coordinator for the Office of Inclusion at the University of Utah. Dr. Sydnee Dickson, state superintendent of public instructions, moderated the panel.

“Every student has the ability and the capacity to engage in STEM education. What’s important is that they get inspired and encouraged early on,” Lufkin said. “It’s really critically important to understand your own biases, and how our own implicit biases impact others around you — and as teachers, as educators that influence is huge.”

The day-long conference highlighted successful STEM learning practices in Utah’s schools, and breakout sessions led by educators, scientists and non-profit organizations allowed educators to network with other members of the Utah STEM community, as well as check out various STEM education resources from community partners.

“The STEM Best Practices conference is one of our favorite events of the year,” Dr. Tami Goetz, Director of the Utah STEM Action Center said. “It gives us a chance to provide resources to Utah educators and celebrate all of the hard work, passion and commitment that they bring to our students.”

The conference also recognized organizations and companies that have been strong STEM supporters, such as the Marathon Petroleum Corporation, which received the STEM Dynamo Award. Finally, the conference announced nine new Utah STEM School designees as part of the STEM School Designation program, a partnership between the STEM Action Center and the Utah State Board of Education. The program recognizes schools that are working to create a comprehensive STEM learning environment for their students, and rates them as platinum, gold, silver or bronze.