President and Co-founder
It was Kevin and his wife’s fascination of Mayan culture that led them to Santa Rita over a decade ago, see how it all started. He has been to Mexico at least 75 times and continues to lead the majority of the excursions.
Kevin grew up in Davis County, Utah where he studied microbiology at Weber State University. He completed his plumbing training at a local trade school before founding Shamrock Plumbing in 1980. Kevin is the president and CEO of Shamrock Plumbing in North Salt Lake. He started the Utah Plumbing and Heating Association and is on the employer advisory committee at the DATC.
Kevin has enjoyed serving the youth in several capacities; he especially enjoyed serving as a scoutmaster for many years. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, scuba diving, health/fitness, and travel. He has been a member of the Crimson Club for over a decade (Go Utes!) Kevin is also a proud member of the Mushroom Society of Utah. He speaks conversational Spanish and Beginning Mayan.
Secretary and Co-founder
With her husband Kevin, Tamara has 6 children and 10 grandchildren (and counting)! She grew up in Salt Lake City and has always had an eye for beauty and design. In addition to raising a pack of renegades; Tamara enjoys painting (primarily landscapes), travel, and snowshoeing. Her humanitarian adventures have taken her as far as Kenya yet she still willingly serves the youth in her church. Tamara was a co-director for the First Annual Mayan Miracle 5k in November of 2013. Her most favorite pastime is enjoying the solitude at her cabin in the Uinta Mountains.
“I first visited Santa Rita in November of 2003 and I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I had never done anything like this before and my anticipation grew as we maxed out the item limit at the Walmart cash register. I will never forget shopping at Walmart in Mexico, filling shopping cart after shopping cart with toys, food, and household supplies. As we pulled into the village of Santa Rita I felt an initial sadness as I gazed at the worn playground, primitive huts, and barefoot children. That sadness was suddenly replaces with an excited anticipation as I noticed a crowd of people gathered in the center of the village; they knew we were coming. When we opened the van doors the children started cheering and jumping around, so thrilled to see their friends from Utah! We passed out the supplies we brought and played games with the kids; I never wanted to leave. When we returned back to Utah, people would ask, “How was your trip?” my only response was “Life changing”. Since that trip I have been back many times. I hope someday the people of Santa Rita will understand what they have done for me and my family.”
Jason has been involved with community service almost his entire life (never court ordered.) His parents taught him at a very young age that there is always someone who needs help. He has volunteered at The Road Home shelter, Deseret Industries, and has been a constant help to Mayan Miracle Foundation. He has been a plumber for 20 years and has been at Shamrock since 2001. Currently he is an Estimator and an Instructor at Salt Lake Community College.
Jason enjoys the outdoors and is an avid rock crawler (member of H.O.G.G.S. Jeep Club for 25 years.) He plays the guitar, bass, and drums. He has been a member of several terrible bands. Jason is a dedicated U of U fan and a notorious tailgater.