Neta Stewart has been elected president of the Utah Chapter for the Prevention of Child Abuse. UCPCA is the local organization of the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse.

Stewart succeeds Barbara Layden, who will continue to serve on the chapter's executive committee as an adviser. Other officers include Katharine Blosch, vice president of membership and resource development; Jan Bates, vice president of administration; Barbara Gann, vice president of public relations; Jim Cooper, treasurer; and Lynn Samsel, community vice president.Newly elected board members are Dr. Helen L. Britton, behavioral pediatrics with the Child Abuse and Neglect Team at Primary Children's Medical Center; Dr. John C. Nelson, obstetrics and gynecology at the University Medical Sciences Center and immediate past president of the Utah Medical Association; and Joseph R. Horton, associate administrator of Primary Children's Medical Center.

"It's a privilege to serve as incoming president of UCPCA," Stewart said. "However, it is a privilege that carries with it a great sense of urgency for the challenges ahead. We are in a war where the victims are children. We must work toward a day when protecting every child's right to be safe and nurtured is a common goal for us all. No one has the luxury to look the other way."