Gift Planning Team
David J. Bonner, Senior Manager, Gift Planning Services, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah, with majors in Political Science and Sociology. He also served an internship with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. David earned his Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University. Following law school, he served a judicial clerkship and then worked in the land department of Shell Oil Company. David experienced a winter semester with Russian law students when invited to serve as a visiting lecturer at Moscow State University. Prior to coming to Philanthropies in 2000, David was the Endowment Director for the Montana Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Utah Bar Association and a former president of the Southern Utah Estate Planning Council. David is also a member and former officer with the Utah Valley Estate Planning Council.
Shalayne Davis, Gift Planning Specialist, received a degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond and then practiced law in Virginia before joining Philanthropies in 2017. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar Association and has experience as the office manager for a small business, managing all aspects of the office from accounting to human resources and strategic planning.
Jacob W. Dowse, Gift Planning Specialist, is a member of the Utah State Bar Association and Utah Valley and Salt Lake Estate Planning Councils. Jacob graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA degree in History and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska. Following law school, Jacob practiced at the law firm of Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC, where he represented businesses and individuals in a wide range of litigation matters including real property, contracts, business and commercial, banking, and construction law. Prior to joining Philanthropies in 2019, Jacob worked with the Real Estate Division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he managed Church real estate assets and worked closely with donors, donor liaisons, and gift planning specialists in overseeing real property donations to the Church. Jacob resides in Utah County with his wife and four children.
Trace M. Eddington, Director, Donor Strategy and Relationship Development, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Brigham Young University in 1995 and went on to earn his MA from Gonzaga University in Communication and Leadership Studies. Trace has been with Philanthropies since 2003, holding positions as a Senior Communications Specialist, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications, and Executive Secretary to the Philanthropies Directors Council prior to his current role. He is a former television sports anchor in eastern Idaho and in his free time serves as the BYU football and men’s basketball public address announcer.
Carl A. McLelland, Gift Planning Specialist, is a member of the Utah Bar Association, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and the Salt Lake Estate Planning Council. He graduated from the University of Utah with a BA degree in Political Science, and earned his Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University. He received the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving certification from California State University, Long Beach. Prior to joining Philanthropies he practiced law in Salt Lake City.
Jerry L. Reynolds, Gift Planning Specialist, Compliance, earned his Baccalaureate degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University in 1977. He also earned his Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University’s Law School in 1980. He is a member of the Utah State Bar Association. Prior to joining Philanthropies, Jerry practiced law in Provo, Utah, with an emphasis in real estate law, banking law, commercial law, and wills, trusts, and estates. He has been with Philanthropies since 1999.
David Smith, Donor Liaison, Gift Planning, received BA degrees in English, Japanese and Humanities from Brigham Young University and is currently pursuing a MS in nonprofit administration. He joined Gift Planning Services in 2012, where his responsibilities focus on donor engagement, the legacy societies, the Gift Planning Council and planned gift marketing and outreach. David has been with Philanthropies since 2002, holding positions as the Director of Annual Giving, Telefund Manager, and Donor Stewardship Officer. He is a former member of the BYU Alumni Board of Directors and is a freelance sports writer covering the Utah Jazz. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.