Board of Trustees

  • Arnold Richter

    President, Trustee

  • Shirlee Draper

    Vice President, Trustee

  • Don Timpson


  • Jean Allred


  • Ramona Barlow


  • Ray Jessop


  • Leonard Black


Team Members

  • Jeff Barlow

    Executive Director
  • Lisa Jeffs

    Office Manager
  • Andrea Jeffs
  • Allen Bistline

    Accounts Manager
  • Rakel Holm

  • Ted Barlow

    Property Manager

More Information


The UEP Trust office will be closed for the following holidays:

New Year’s Day - Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Memorial Day - Monday, May 28, 2018

Independence Day - Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Labor Day - Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

Thanksgiving - Thursday & Friday, Nov. 22 & 23, 2018

Christmas thru New Year -  Dec. 24 - 31, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the United Effort Plan Trust?

    The United Effort Plan Trust (the “UEP” or “Trust”) is a Utah charitable trust which holds property for the benefit of a specified beneficiary class.  The Trust was originally established as a private trust in 1942, and was thereafter amended and restated to become a charitable trust in 1998.  Since 2005, the Trust has been under the jurisdiction of the Utah probate court in Case No. 053900848 in the Third Judicial District Court of Salt Lake County, Utah (the “Probate Court”).  In 2006, the Probate Court entered a Reformed Declaration of Trust of the United Effort Plan Trust Dated October 25, 2006 (the “Reformed Trust Declaration”) which is the Trust’s governing document.

  • What is the purpose of the Trust?

    Under the Reformed Trust Declaration, the purpose of the Trust is to provide for members of the Trust’s beneficiary class (known as Trust Participants) according to their just wants and needs.  The primary purpose is to providing housing with the goal of securing residences for Trust Participants.  Secondary purposes concern education, occupational training, economic development, and the provision of food, clothing, and medical needs.

  • Who controls the Trust?

    Pursuant to the rulings of the Probate Court and the provisions of the Reformed Trust Declaration, the primary authority for administering the Trust presently lies with a Board of Trustees (the “Board”) which presently remains subject to the oversight of the Probate Court. 

    The Board has engaged an Executive Director and other employees to assist in running the day-to-day operations of the Trust in accordance with the directives of the Board.

  • Who are the Trustees?

    The Board of Trustees consists of seven members who were appointed and/or approved by the Probate Court.  The current members of the Board are Donald Timpson, Arnold Richter, Dee Bateman, Greg Barlow, Shirley Draper, Jean Allred, and Ramona Barlow. 

  • How are the Trustees selected?

    The initial members of the Board were appointed by the Probate Court from applicants who were first vetted by the Utah Attorney General’s Office. While many people applied to be on the Board, the individuals who were selected as Trustees were all locals who had grown up living on UEP property.  Since the appointment of the initial Board, additional trustees have been added to the Board by the Probate Court in accordance with a selection process set forth in the Reformed Trust Declaration.

    Upon the expiration of the staggered terms of the present Board members, additional Trustees will be selected in accordance with the Reformed Trust Declaration.  A form Application for selection to the Board is found on the Trust’s website, at

  • Does the Board discriminate on the basis of religion?

    No.  The Reformed Trust Declaration requires that the Trust be administered in a religiously neutral manner, and the Board does not discriminate or favor any petitioner based upon religious affiliation.  The Board seeks to be accommodating to religious beliefs and practices to the extent such accommodation can be made without violating the religious-neutrality requirements.

  • Why are there no members of the FLDS Church on the Board?

    To the knowledge of the Board, no member of the FLDS Church has applied to be appointed to the Board since the commencement of the Trust probate action in 2005.  In accordance with the Reformed Trust Declaration, all Board applicants have been, and will continue to be, evaluated according to religiously-neutral principles without discrimination or favoritism based upon religious affiliation.  The Board does not ask for the religious affiliation of applicants and does not consider such in the selection process.

  • What is the Board’s vision for the future?

    The Board’s overall vision is to use and distribute Trust property for the benefit of Trust Participants in accordance with the terms of the Reformed Trust Declaration.  The Board desires to empower Trust participants and to benefit the community by establishing home ownership, fostering education and training, and developing public-use lands, resources, and facilities.

  • Who owns the Trust property?

    The property of the Trust consists primarily of real property, including residences, located in Hildale, Utah, Colorado City, Arizona, and Bountiful, British Columbia.  The Trust’s property is owned by the Trust and is administered by the Board subject to the provisions of the Reformed Trust Declaration.  No state, entity, or individual has any ownership rights to Trust property, other than the Trust. 

  • What is the State of Utah’s involvement with the Trust?

    Because the Trust is a Utah charitable trust organized under Utah law, it is subject to Utah charitable trust laws and regulations.  This does not mean that the State of Utah owns or controls the Trust or its property. 

    Under the law, the Utah Attorney General’s office is tasked with oversight of all Utah charitable trusts.  This oversight is designed to ensure that charitable trusts are administered in accordance with their governing trust documents and all relevant laws

  • Does the State of Utah own the Trust or its property?

    No—see “Who owns the Trust property” and “What is the State of Utah’s involvement with the Trust?”

  • Are there any specific Trust beneficiaries?

    No.  While a private trust has specific named beneficiaries who are entitled to benefits, a charitable trust has a large class of potential beneficiaries.  Members of a charitable beneficiary class are eligible to receive benefits under the discretion of the trustees, but they are not entitled to receive any benefit and they have no rights or claims to the use or ownership of trust property.  For this reason, the Reformed Trust Declaration uses the term “Trust Participant” in referring to members of the UEP Trust’s beneficiary class, and the Board uses the term “participant” or “petitioner” to refer to eligible persons seeking a benefit from the Trust.

    Pursuant to the Reformed Trust Declaration, the members of the UEP Trust’s beneficiary class consist of: “those individuals (1) who can demonstrate that they had previously made Contributions to either the Trust or the FLDS Church; or (2) who subsequent to date of this Agreement make documented Contributions to the Trust which Contributions are approved by the Board.” 

    While no person is entitled receive anything from the Trust, the Board desires that the Trust’s property be used for the benefit of eligible Trust Participants and it is working hard to be responsive to the “just wants and needs” of petitioning members. 

  • What is the process for determining the use and distributions of Trust property?

    The Board of Trustees meets regularly to consider petitions for benefits received from eligible Trust participants. In making its decisions, the Board considers some or all of the factors specified in the Reformed Trust Declaration, including the financial needs of the petitioner, the petitioner’s cooperation with the Board, and the petitioner’s contributions to the Trust.  After consideration, deliberation, and a formal vote on each petition, the Board’s decisions are then carried out by the Executive Director. 

    The Trust has prepared a form Petition for Benefits for Trust Participants to use in seeking benefits from the Trust (which form can be found on the Trust’s website at Completed Petitions should be submitted to the Executive Director, who will present them to the Board for consideration. 

  • Is the Trust a political organization?

    No.  The Trust is a charitable trust responsible for preserving Trust assets and using them for the benefit of members of the beneficiary class.

  • Is the Trust a religious organization?

    No. The Trust is religiously neutral and neither supports nor discriminates based on religion.

  • Why does the Trust charge the $100 Occupancy Fee?

    Since 2008, the Trust has imposed a $100 monthly occupancy fee for reach residence on Trust land.   This occupancy fee was imposed under the direction and authorization of the Probate Court for the purpose of helping to raise funds necessary to meet the Trust’s many ongoing expenses – including the costs of managing the Trust’s property and fulfilling the purposes of the Trust.  While the Trust owns many properties, it does not have a readily available source of liquid funding.  Stated differently, the Trust is land rich and cash poor, and it requires the collection of fees from the occupants to continue its operations.  Historically, before the involvement of the Probate Court in 2005, occupants of Trust property made sizable payments to the trustees in order to allow for the continued management and operation of the Trust.   

  • Why has the Trust filed eviction lawsuits?

    The Trust has been compelled to seek the eviction of certain occupants from Trust property based upon the occupants’ continual refusal to abide by the minimum occupancy requirements as determined by the Board and the Probate Court.  In particular, there are three requirements which are deemed necessary for continual occupancy of a residence on Trust property: (1) paying the property taxes associated with the residence; (2) paying the $100 occupancy fee; and (3) signing an Occupancy Agreement (and abiding by its terms).  Where occupants have shown an unwillingness to comply with the minimum requirements, the Trust has determined to remove such occupants and replace them with other Trust Participants who are willing to comply.

    At the present time, the Trust is focusing upon the first requirement and is devoting its eviction efforts toward those occupants who are delinquent in the payment of property taxes.  Otherwise, there is a risk that Trust property could be lost through property tax sale.  Once the eviction process has commenced, the Trust requires compliance with all three requirements in order to stop the eviction.

  • I signed an Occupancy Agreement in 2008. Is it still valid?

    Yes, as long as certain conditions are met: (1) the Occupancy Agreement has not been terminated by either party; (2) the occupant still resides in the home; and (3) the occupant is current in the payment of taxes and occupancy fees.

  • What is Jeff Barlow’s position with the Trust?

    Jeff Barlow serves as the Executive Director of the Trust, running the day-to-day operations of the Trust according to the directives of the Board.  The Board has given the Executive Director and certain Trustees certain limited decision-making authority with respect to certain limited matters.

  • What is Jethro Barlow’s position with the Trust?

    Jethro Barlow was retained by the Board as a general consultant and to provide accounting services.  He does not have any decision-making authority.

  • What is the status of the subdivision of the Trust’s property in Colorado City?

    The Trust has been working closely with government officials in an effort to subdivide the Trust’s property in Colorado City – which will aid in the collection and payment of property taxes and in the distribution of Trust property to petitioners.  Based upon the rulings of the federal court in a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice, the Trust anticipates finalizing the subdivision process very soon.  If all goes well, the Trust might be in a position to start distributing Arizona property by November 1, 2018.

  • How do I receive a deed for Trust property if I only received a partial distribution and can’t afford to pay for the remainder of the distribution?

    As another benefit to Trust Participants, the Trust is in the process of implementing a seller financing program for petitioners who cannot get approval for a traditional mortgage.   This process is in the final stages, but it may take some additional time, as there are many laws and regulations that the Trust must comply with in connection with such program.

  • How do I get ahold of Jeff Barlow?

    The best way to reach Jeff Barlow is by calling the UEP office at 435-874-1126 or by sending him an email him at

  • How do I get on the Board agenda for a housing decision?

    The Board of Trustees usually meets once a month to review petitions and meet with petitioners.   They meet with approximately 15 petitioners each month.  Due to the high volume of incoming petitions, it may take months, even years, for the Board to meet with all petitioners.  The Trust prioritizes the timing of considering petitions based upon a number of factors, including urgency and the need of the petitioners.

  • If I am the only person to petition for a home, or if I petitioned first, am I guaranteed to be approved?

    No.  All petitions are evaluated by Board based on their individual merit.

  • Can I receive a benefit based on a contribution my parents or grandparents made?

    No.  While the petitioner’s contributions to the Trust is one of the factors considered by the Board (as set forth in the Reformed Trust Declaration), this does not include contributions by the petitioner’s parents or grandparents.