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Board Members

Hodges Corey

Corey Hodges - Pastor, The Point Church CODA Chair

Experienced Lead Pastor and Chaplain with a demonstrated history of working in the religious institutions industry. Skilled in Pastoral Counseling, Preaching, Volunteer Management, Public Speaking, and Biblical Studies. Strong community and social services professional with a Masters of Arts focused in Theology from Regent University.

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Brieanne Wittee - Senior Project Coordinator, Center for Clinical Translational Science, University of Utah

Brieanne Witte, BS, is the Senior Project Coordinator for the Community Collaboration & Engagement Team. She has a wide range of knowledge and experience, from entrepreneurial management and marketing to theater/dance education. Having served as a high school department chair and directed many productions and events, Ms. Witte's communication, teaching and organizational expertise serve her well in facilitating conversations with researchers and diverse communities. She skillfully creates a safe space and trusting rapport with community members, patients, providers, and other stakeholders. Brieanne has built upon her previous experience and become an expert facilitator for a wide range of groups to ensure that community voices are heard and reflected in the work being done by researchers and community leaders. Her ability to listen, elicit, and document these conversations has helped to improve the health and well-being of all people. During her time with the CCET, she has coordinated and facilitated over 30 Engagement Sessions on diverse topics and with diverse populations. Currently, she is enrolled in the Professional MBA program at the University of Utah, and is developing trainings for Community Engagement nationwide. Ms. Witte is CITI and HIPPA trained, and has served as the vice chair of the Salt Lake County Mayor's Council on Diversity Affairs since October 2018. She has a passion for learning and fostering partnerships and finds her greatest joy in serving others.

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Ciriac  Alvarez-Valle - Policy Analyst, Voice for Utah Children

Ciriac Alvarez Valle is passionate about advocating for children’s issues especially around immigrant families, juvenile justice, and public health. Her background in direct action, community organizing, digital organizing, and spoken word poetry has and continues to inform the work she does. She has used her personal and professional experiences to work on policies centering the leadership of impacted communities, including people of color. Ciriac currently works as a Policy Analyst at Voices for Utah Children and graduated with a B.S. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Utah. Her work at Voices for Utah Children is focused on children’s health coverage, community health workers, immigrant families, and juvenile justice. She is an undocumented immigrant with DACA who was born in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico and has called Salt Lake City home for almost twenty years.

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Clare Lemke - Director, LGBT Resource Center, University of Utah

Dr. Clare Lemke is the Director of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Utah. Clare came to Utah in 2019 from Iowa State University, where she served as the Assistant Director of the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success. Clare has a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, where her research focused on the history of sexuality, LGBTQ social movements, U.S.-based feminist movements, and queer femininities. She is committed to fostering communities that celebrate queer and trans histories, cultures, and lives.

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Kevin Nguyen - Community Health Worker Specialist, Utah Department of Health

Kevin Nguyen currently works at the Utah Department of Health as the Community Health Worker specialist, engaging with Community Health Workers across the state of Utah. He also works at the Salt Lake Community College as a Health Educator and serves as a Squad Leader with Salt Lake County's Search and Rescue team. Kevin's passion for the community is represented in his involvement with various community-based organizations, groups, and engaging with leaders across the field to improve health for his community.

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Mackey Smith - Sr. Strategy Consultant, Tanner LLC

I work in strategic planning facilitation with several cities and nonprofits located along the Wasatch Front. My work includes community organizing and ensuring different perspectives are included as we build a successful strategy.

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Michael Andrews - Manager, Operation Warm

Experienced Senior Non Profit Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Relationship Building, Team Building, Fundraising, Team Leadership, and Public Relations. Strong professional with a Bachelor's degree focused in Organizational Communications from University of Utah. A seasoned consultant to both the non profit and for profit communities. Experience in local, state, county and federal government fundraising and collaborating on project development. I was fortunate to work for the late Mayor Dee Dee Corradini and was instrumental in raising the necessary funds to build the Sorenson Multicultural Center with friend and mentor James Levoy Sorenson. I have over 20 years of non profit experience. My areas of expertise include: major gift campaigns, donor identification, media relations, 501 c 3 mission development, grant writing and grant collaboration, access to government funding, CDBG grant submission, Non profits play a essential role in our underserved communities. Socio-economically, non profits fill the gap between the public and private sectors. My consulting work looks at building bridges between a growing poverty population and the philanthropic community. I have worked in and around diversity and made every effort to insist that all people matter.

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Mike Zuhl - Community Advocate

I have a long history working in state and local government and with community-based organizations for the betterment of our local community and state. I have held responsible positions in Salt Lake City and the State of Utah. I have also been an advocate for public transportation, public health and addressing the threat of hate crimes.

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Natalie El-Diery  - Executive Director,  International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City

Natalie El-Deiry joined the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City in 2010 and currently serves as Executive Director. She brings with her over 15 years of nonprofit administration experience and developing programs to support the full economic, social, and civic integration New Americans in our community. In her current role, Natalie oversees a diverse staff of 75 employees who serve over 2,000 refugees and immigrants annually. Natalie is the co-founder of Spice Kitchen Incubator, a food entrepreneurship program for new Americans, and New Roots in Salt Lake City, a refugee agriculture and gardening program.

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Verona Sagato Mauga - Executive Director/ Co-owner, Renew Wellness & Recovery and Co-owner, Sagato Bakery & Café

Verona Sagato-Mauga's professional background is in mental and behavioral health. She currently works with women in recovery and has previously worked with adolescent males in the Juvenile Justice System. Verona is the Executive Director and Co-owner of Renew Wellness & Recovery, a women's residential addiction and mental health treatment center. She is also one of the owners of Sagato Bakery & Cafe, a family owned business . Verona is most passionate about the work she does within the community serving on various boards and working with non-profit organizations. Verona serves as a Commissioner for the Racial Equity in Policing Commission for the Salt Lake Police Department. She has also worked as a political campaign consultant and has successfully ran state and city council races. She has served on the Executive Board of MANA Academy Charter School, she is the State Chair of the Utah Asian & Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus and is a past president and the current Director of Civic Engagement at OCA Utah - Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national civil rights organization. Her greatest accomplishment and pride and joy is her family. She is married to her best friend Apollo Mauga, they are enjoying life together with their 17 year old son Loimata Mauga.

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Ephraim Kum

Ephraim Kum - Student Body President, University of Utah

Ephraim Kum is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in honors political science, with an emphasis in public policy, and is currently Student Body President at the University of Utah. Kum was born in Ghana and, when he was 1-year-old, immigrated with his parents to the United States. Creating initiatives that help others has been on the forefront of Kum’s mind and heart all his life. This desire has influenced his roles and work in the school and in the community. He has worked with the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Utah State Legislature. In addition to his appointed role on the Council of Diversity Affairs, he also sits on the Youth Subcommittee of SLC Mayor Mendenhall's Racial Equity in Policing Commission.

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Luna Banuri

Luna Banuri - Executive Director, Muslim Civic League

Luna is a seasoned consultant with 25 years of experience in non-profit and for-profit sectors in strategy, community and organizational development An articulate communicator, recognized for advocating and fostering social justice policies based on diversity and inclusion. Luna evolved her legal education background and expertise into a distinguished consulting practice. She has held leadership roles managing corporate multi-cultural/inclusion initiatives, complemented by experience as an entrepreneur. She is founder and director of TeleTaleem, a non-profit enterprise focusing on helping leverage the power of technology, innovative approaches, and partnerships to solve the toughest global development challenges in Education.

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YOLANDA FRANCISCO-NEZ

Yolanda Francisco Nez - Executive Director,  Restoring Ancestral Winds

Yolanda Francisco-Nez is from the Navajo/Dine’ tribe. Her clan is Edgewater (Tabaaha) born for the Basque People. She was born and raised in Tsehootsoi (Fort Defiance), Arizona. Yolanda is the granddaughter of a Navajo Code Talker Vincent Yazza. Ms. Francisco-Nez is the Executive Director of Restoring Ancestral Winds, Inc. Yolanda is a strong advocate of the Native people especially women and children. She uses her expertise to help inform policy. She served four years as board chair of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA). In 2017, under the leadership of Navajo Nation Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, she helped establish a Navajo Nation Council Sexual Assault Prevention Work Group to address child abduction, sexual violence and human trafficking. In this role she facilitated a policy brief on child abduction and sexual assault, a chapter resolution to install the Amber Alert on the Navajo Nation, and hosts community dialogues on sexual assault throughout the Navajo Nation. In 2018, she received special recognition for her achievements from the Navajo Nation Council.

She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She is trained in Anti-discrimination Response Training from the University of British Columbia and received advocacy training from UCASA and Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC).

For 17 years, Francisco-Nez served three mayors at the executive level of Salt Lake City government. Among the highlights of her career is the opportunity to address the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland about her award-winning program the Human Rights Education Project. She has co-authored reports on discrimination, women’s rights and excessive use of force. Among other achievements, “The Status of Women in Salt Lake City” was published and used to help guide a resolution to establish a Commission to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and Law Enforcement Excessive Use of Force.

Ms. Francisco-Nez played a significant role in being the first city in Utah to pass legislation to protect the LGBTQI2S from employment discrimination which led to a statewide law. Prior to working city government, she was the president of the Native American Celebration in the Park and vice president and founding partner at Cal Nez Design advertising agency. In 2017, Francisco-Nez was named top 30 Women to Watch in Utah by the Utah Business Magazine.

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Joey Hanna - Executive Director,  Utah Parent Center

Joey Hanna is acting Executive Director of Utah Parent Center. The mission of the Utah Parent Center (UPC or Center) is to help parents help their children, youth and young adults with all disabilities to live included, productive lives as members of the community. We accomplish our mission by providing accurate information, empathetic peer support, valuable training and effective advocacy based on the concept of parents helping parents. *The term parent is broadly defined to include anyone serving in that role.

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Melanie Hooton - Administrative Program Coordinator, University of Utah School of Medicine