Utah Ethics


Paul Warner – Commission Chair

Paul Warner was born and raised in Wyoming where he graduated from Evanston High School. He attended the University of Utah, Carbon College, and BYU for undergraduate work and received his BS in History and Education. He also received Masters and Doctorate degrees in Educational Administration from BYU. In between Carbon College and BYU he served an LDS mission in the Great Lakes Mission. He married Karen Kuehne in 1965 and they have 6 children and 27 grandchildren. Paul was employed with Seminaries and Institutes in Utah and California, the Church Human Resource Department in Salt Lake and at BYU where he worked in Student Life, in the Athletics department as the Chaplain, and in the Religious Education Department. He is currently the Executive Director of America’s Freedom Festival at Provo. He served on the Provo City Council from 1997 to 2005.

Myron Bateman – Commission Member

Myron Bateman was born and raised in Tooele, Utah. After graduating from Tooele High School he served as a missionary in the Gulf States Mission. Myron married Miriam Mower in 1976 and they have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and a Masters degree in Public Administration. He was employed by Tooele County for 40 years. During that time he was the Executive Director for the Tooele County Health Department. Myron served three 4-year terms as a local school board member in the Tooele County School District. He served as chairman of the Utah Water Quality Board for 8 years. He served on Emergency Medical Grant committee and prioritized what agencies received grant money. He has been a long-time member of the Tooele Valley Rotarian Club. During that time he served as club president. Myron served a 4-year term as a Tooele County Commissioner.

J. Simón Cantarero – Alternate Commission Member

J. Simón Cantarero is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and from BYU Law School. He started his legal career in commercial litigation with a large law firm in Salt Lake City, and has been an in-house attorney since 2013 for privately-owned and publicly-traded companies headquartered in Utah. He chairs the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct and is an Adjunct Law Professor at BYU Law School teaching Ethics. Simón  also serves on the Board of Trustees for “and Justice for all” and on the Board of Directors for Utah Humanities, both statewide non-profit organizations. He was previously appointed by Gov. Gary R. Herbert to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth District Court and served as President of Utah Minority Bar Association.

Joseph Jenkins – Commission Member

Sheila McCleve – Commission Member

Judge McCleve was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from Brigham Young University and received her Juris Doctorate degree from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law. Before she was appointed to the bench, Judge McCleve worked as a Salt Lake Deputy County Attorney in the Civil Division, an Assistant Salt Lake City Prosecutor, and an Administrative Law Judge for the Utah Public Service Commission. She also worked as a Senior Clerk to Justice Richard Howe at the Utah Supreme Court. While she served on the Circuit Bench, Judge McCleve handled a high volume, varied caseload as well as originated and conducted a Domestic Violence court in Salt Lake City. As a Third District judge, in addition to carrying her general jurisdiction caseload, she also served Pro Tem in the Juvenile Court where she adjudicated backlogged termination of parental rights cases as part of the Permanency Project. During her more than 25 active years on the bench, Judge McCleve chaired and served on a number of committees and was honored with awards for her service. After her retirement from full time service on the bench, Judge McCleve taught law as an adjunct professor of law at the BYU law school for eight years and continued to serve as a Senior Judge for the State of Utah until the Fall of 2019.

Michelle Schmidt – Commission Member

Brent Top – Commission Member

Brent L. Top was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  After graduating with his bachelor’s degree  in history from Brigham Young University, he was hired by the LDS Church Educational System as a religious educator.  He taught in Arizona, Utah, and after completing his Ph.D. at BYU, he appointed as an administrator for the Church Educational System in northern Virginia (Washington D.C. area).  He joined the BYU Religious Education faculty in 1987.  He has been department chair and served for several years as Dean. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Pleasant Grove where their four children were raised and attended school.  Brent has been deeply interested in civics and ensuring that government, on all levels, is efficient and ethical.  He served on a City Council and gained a broader perspective of the workings of our local governments and an appreciation for the people who willing to serve in their communities.  He is actively involved in his Church, neighborhood and community.

Jan M. Zogmaister – Commission Member

Jan M. Zogmaister is President and CEO of a family-owned and operated battery distribution business serving a three-state area since 1966. Jan’s community service is broad and includes serving two terns as Weber County Commissioner, Chair of the Wasatch Front Regional Council’s Regional Growth Committee, Board Chair of PAAG proving housing for chronic and persistently mentally ill persons, Executive Board of Sutherland Institute, Executive Board of the Trapper Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, West Haven City Planning Commission, and established Second Chance Housing for women with children coming out of incarceration. Jan was honored to serve as Weber County 2015 Mother of the Year and also Utah State 2015 Mother of the Year, representing Utah Mothers at the national level of American Mothers, Inc. Wherever she serves, in her home, church, community or state, she has seen success through collaboration as she works to bring people and organizations together to accomplish common goals. She and her husband Darrow reside in West Haven, Utah. They have five daughters, twenty-four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.