UPEC Board 2017


Bryna Gallagher, Chair

Wayne Martinson, Vice Chair

Doug Stark, Secretary

Gray Griffin, Treasurer

Ann O’Connell

Andy Schoenberg

Derek Hoff

Johnny McGee





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 and social problems and that educating society and bringing it to an awareness and a consciousness concerning the overpopulation problem is a key solution to sustaining a healthy planet with an acceptable quality of life for ALL.


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 explosivegrowth 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.





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 is a public health major at Westminster College with a focus on population, environment, sustainability, climate change 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.