Honoring those who embody the Oremfest theme "Be the One". This theme was inspired by this year's Grand Marshals, the American Legion and is given in recognition of individuals who have made a significant positive impact in the lives of Orem residents.

Kena Mathews

Kena Mathews is a remarkable human being who has

dedicated her life to serving the community of Orem. Her

passion for helping others is boundless, and her commitment

to making a difference is unparalleled. It’s hard to find

someone who spends more time serving the people of Orem

than Kena. In both her personal and professional life, she is

driven by a deep love for her hometown and the people who

call it home. For nearly 20 years, Kena has been tirelessly

working to improve the lives of Orem residents. As the

director of Habitat for Humanity of Utah County and now

as the city’s Community Services Manager, she has been a

force for good, making a positive impact on countless lives.

But her service to the community doesn’t stop there. During

her free time, Kena volunteers at the hospital on weekends,

works with the Utah Valley Interfaith Association to build

bridges between different religions, and promotes kindness

and civility online. Her passion for service is contagious, and

she inspires others to give back and make a difference. Kena’s

selfless dedication to serving others is truly remarkable. Her

unwavering commitment to making a positive impact has

touched the lives of so many people in Orem and beyond. Her

positive attitude and compassion shine through in everything

she does, and her impact will be felt for years to come. To

know Kena is to be inspired by her. Her kindness, generosity,

and love for others are a true testament to her character and

her heart. She is an inspiration to us all and a shining example

of what it means to be a true community leader. Thank you,

Kena, for all that you do and for making the world, and Orem,

a better place, one act of kindness at a time.

Jon Standing

Mr. Jon Standing, an elementary school Life Skills

teacher, has served the Orem Community for over 30

years. He began his legacy at Hillcrest Elementary and

is currently teaching at Centennial Elementary. His

influence on the lives of our special needs students leaves

an indelible imprint on each one that will be felt for years

to come. Mr. Standing not only blesses the lives of his

own students, but of all students as his inclusive nature

brings unity, compassion, and understanding to all. He

is a master at helping our students create friendships and

peer support by integrating his students into the general

education classes. Friendships that often don’t end after

elementary school but continue throughout the years.

One of the magical and endearing blessings that results

from these interactions is the learning and teaching that

goes both ways. Mr. Standing’s class is a place where

these special students are given the opportunity to learn

critical life skills and apply that with hands-on learning

through community outings. Mr. Standing and his

support team take weekly outings into the community

where he teaches them how to ride public transportation,

place their own orders at local restaurants, learn to

communicate with others, and enhance their large

motor skills through activities like swimming, bowling

and fishing. Just like in the lives of our students, Mr.

Standing’s class and community members are able to

learn from each other. Centennial Elementary and the

Orem community are blessed by having citizens like Jon

Standing who can bring people of all abilities together.