Council Members Bios
Councilmember Tasha Lowery
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Tasha Lowery began her term on the Draper City Council on January 8, 2018. She is currently serving as the Mayor Pro Tempore.
Councilwoman Lowery pledged to work strategically, intelligently, and collaboratively for the residents of Draper City. Lowery believes that the future of Draper depends on preserving and protecting Draper’s high quality of life while simultaneously making critically important decisions to ensure future economic success.
Tasha has lived in Draper since 2008. She has served on multiple volunteer boards and service organizations. Her deep investment in the local community led her to want to become more
involved. Lowery is a strong advocate for the parks and trails, the open space, and the great natural beauty available in Draper. She believes in strong infrastructure and smart growth.
Tasha Lowery is a graduate of Colgate University and the University of California at Berkeley. She has a Masters of the Arts in Education and holds degrees as an educator, a literacy specialist, and in school administration. She is licensed in NY, CA, MT, and UT. She has served as a master teacher, run professional development for school districts, and directed Title I intervention programming for at risk students. In addition, Lowery has worked as a consultant to Leap Frog Technologies, and as a private reading specialist and educational consultant.
Tasha and her husband, Jason, enjoy hiking on the trails with their three children and two collies. They are often seen offering constructive criticism from the sidelines at soccer, basketball, and baseball games. Tasha also frequently enjoys doing laundry and spending quality time arguing about iPad minutes, finishing homework, and emptying dishwasher shelves. You can find her breathing deeply at Pilates class or relaxing at City Council meetings.
Councilmember Mike Green
Michael Green has been a resident of Draper for the past several years. Mike is native to Utah, born and raised in Midvale and graduated from West Jordan High, where he was the Foreign Language Sterling Scholar.
Michael serves on the Draper Emergency Preparedness Committee, is the Chair of the Redevelopment Agency, the city representative to the Jordan River Commission and the city representative to the Legislative Policy Committee for the Utah League of Cities and Towns.
Outside of Draper City, Mike is an associate attorney with Cowdell and Wooley, PC. Michael handles a wide variety of cases, to include eminent domain litigation, real estate development litigation, and a broad array of transactional work. A unique attribute of the firm, is that they are contracted prosecution agency. Michael is a Special Deputy District Attorney for Salt Lake County, and City Prosecutor for several municipalities around the state.
Prior to working for Cowdell and Wooley, Michael was the Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Utah State Treasurer. Michael covered a broad array of legal issues including the Unclaimed Property Division, the School and Institutional Trust Fund Office, the State Money Management Council, the Governor’s Energy Advisor and provided general legal advice to the Treasurer’s Office and other constitutional and executive officers. Previous to that, Michael was counsel to the Utah Medicaid Inspector General where he prosecuted over 300 civil Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse matters.
Michael has an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Political Science and was a Hinckley Institute of Politics fellow in Washington, D.C. Michael has a Master’s Degree from Utah State University in Political Science, with an emphasis on Political Economy. Michael attended law school in San Diego, California at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Michael took the opportunity to study abroad at the Zhejian University in Hangzhou, China. He studied international trade, international contract drafting and doing business in China.
Michael is also a member of the Utah Army National Guard and has served for over 18 years and deployed to Afghanistan in 2003. Michael is licensed to practice law before the Utah Supreme Court, Federal District Court of Utah, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Michael is also an avid football fan, golfer, aviator, and wake surfer. As a young man, Mike earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Councilmember Alan Summerhays
Alan Summerhays was born and raised in Draper, Utah. He also raised six children with his wife, Kris, and his children are now raising their own children in Draper. Alan currently owns three businesses in Draper with over 40 employees. He studied in New York City and attended Utah State University.
Alan is serving his third term on the Draper City Council since 2005. He is on the Draper Parks and Trails Committee, the Trans Jordan Landfill Board, and the Arena Board. He also has been a part of the Draper Planning and Zoning Commission. Alan is also the president of the Municipal Building Authority.
Why Alan ran for Draper City Council:
Alan ran first and foremost for the kids (outdoors sports) in Draper. Draper was lacking a recreation department as well as fields. Additionally, Alan ran for the Draper Businesses because the businesses need someone that will look out for them and protect their rights as business owners (because businesses are often forgotten about and taken advantage of). Alan is an advocate for people’s rights and an ear for the citizens of Draper.
Councilmember Marsha Vawdrey
As a third generation Draper resident, Marsha chose early on to become actively involved in the Draper community through many different roles. Marsha has served on the Willow Neighborhood Group, Historical Park Fundraising Committee, Draper Community Foundation, Draper Days Committee, S.L. County Fair Board, Save Corner Canyon PAC, Planning Commission and in many other capacities.
Marsha and her husband Doug served as the organizers of the Draper Days Rodeo for seven years. Under their leadership the rodeo grew from a small event to a “standing room only” crowd. It was hard work and dedication that resulted in this event becoming so popular. Their work on the Draper Days Rodeo is one of the Vawdrey family’s favorite memories and attending the rodeo every summer has become a Vawdrey family tradition.
When the water company made plans to develop Corner Canyon, Marsha got involved. Continuing her legacy of service, she became an organizing member of the citizens group “Save Corner Canyon” which rallied the support of the Draper community to pass a bond. These efforts allowed the City to purchase over 1000 acres of Corner Canyon property and place it in a perpetual conservation easement.
Marsha also served for eight years on the Draper City Planning Commission where her reputation was one of objectivity and fairness.
For the past six years, Marsha has served diligently on the Draper City Council where she has twice been elected to be the Mayor Pro Tempore by her fellow council members.
She currently serves as the city council liaison to the Draper Community Foundation, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Commission. She is also the Redevelopment Agency vice chair.
Marsha and Doug enjoy traveling and are successful small business owners. Marsha’s role with the business focuses on management and finances. Her background has prepared her to be fiscally responsible and taught her how to make wise decisions while balancing a budget. Her perspective as a small business owner makes her uniquely qualified to make decisions related to smart growth, economic development and limiting government overreach. The Vawdeys raised their four daughters in Draper and are the grandparents of 13. Marsha loves Draper and is committed to the Draper community.
Councilmember Michele Weeks
In the fall of 2015, Michele was elected to serve on the Draper City Council. Michele is absolutely thrilled to be part of the Draper City Council. City government is the peoples’ government where your voice matters. Michele encourages you to become more involved in local government and looks forward to seeing you at Draper City Council meetings. She loves being part of local government because this is where you can make a city feel like a warm community.
Michele has lived in Draper since 1999. You will often find Michele and her two sons out just enjoying nature. Some of their passions are skiing, hiking, golfing, fishing, scuba diving and visiting the national parks in Utah. Michele was married to Ken for 18 years before be passed away from a heart attack in January 2018.
Michele was named Mrs. Utah in 2013 and was a statewide spokesperson for ADHD. She is an active volunteer in her children’s school as an elected member of Draper Parks Middle School Community Council and a member of the PTA. She is a member of Pet Partners in Utah and can be seen with her dog Bernard visiting local nursing homes and hospitals. In the winter months, you can find her down at the Utah State Capitol listening to the debates about education, air quality and economy.
Michele’s international travels and charitable work have been her life’s highlights. It began when she spent a year aboard in Australia as a student ambassador of the United States with the American Field Service Exchange Group. She has been very fortunate and blessed to have traveled to 35 different countries. These travels have truly opened her heart to a world in need.
Her love for people has helped formulate many humanitarian projects around the world. Michele raised money to build an orphanage in Egypt. She also organized a group to give school supplies to the children in Peru as part of a goodwill trip. Her organized toy drives have benefited the children of Burma, Bali and Egypt. She also delivered hygiene kits for the people in Burma and raised money to replace a school floor in a small village there.
Michele is a graduate of Towson State University. During college she was a nationally ranked debater and public speaker. Michele’s government work includes an internship on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and work for state legislators in both Maryland and Georgia. After college she used her communications degree in both radio and television. Michele lived in New York City where she was an actress in local and national commercials.