Board of Directors

The Utah Pride Center Board of Directors initiates its Selection Committee each fall for the coming calendar year.   Any applications submitted that aren’t during the Open Call performed by the Selection Committee will be retained and provided to the Selection Committee at its inception.

Board Governance

The Utah Pride Center Board of Directors is responsible for developing the Utah Pride Center’s vision and mission, establishing long term goals, raising funds, and assuring financial accountability. Board members are also being developed as leaders through their involvement in various community task forces and community coalitions.

Executive Committee

Mona Stevens
Board Chair
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Mona Stevens is an award-winning entertainer, teacher and coach, as well as an accomplished speaker, author and Real Estate Professional in Salt Lake City. During her 27 year career as a coach, she had a track record of building, coaching, and managing top-level athletic teams at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, at
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the University of Utah, as well as being one of our USA National Softball Team Coaches, which culminated in her recognition by the United States Olympic Committee as the “National Softball Coach of the Year” in 1997. Mona be inducted into the NFCA’s Coaches Hall of Fame in December 2016. After earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah, Mona taught biological science for 5 years, developing curriculum and piloting new courses, and was named Teacher of the Year. She is a former President of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), serving the membership of over 5,000. Currently she and her business partner Kelly Favero work in the Real Estate industry and hold the honor of being recognized as the highest producing small team for Keller Williams Salt Lake. On weekends, you can catch Mona performing with her rockin’ blues band Sister Wives.
Elenor Gomberg
Board Vice Chair
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Elenor Gomberg is a communications professional with nearly 15 years of experience in public relations and program management in the private, nonprofit and public sectors.
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She studied Strategic Communication at the University of Utah, and currently works on the Public Relations and Marketing team at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Elenor lives in Salt Lake City with her wife Marina, and son Harvey. She has a passion for social justice and has been an advocate for LGBTQ+ issues for the past 15 years serving on community boards and as a plaintiff in one of Utah’s two marriage lawsuits (Evans vs. Utah, 2014).
Chris Jensen
Board Treasurer

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Tim Johns
Board Secretary
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Tim Johns, Vice President of Development for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, completed his masters degree from New York University in nonprofit management. Tim began his career in fundraising for various arts organizations and has worked for such prestigious organizations as The New 42nd Street, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,
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International Creative Management. Tim has been with Planned Parenthood for nearly a decade, beginning with the Central Ohio affiliate and has currently been with the Utah affiliate for three years. Under Tim’s tenure, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah received the Winston E. Forrest, Jr. award for excellence in private fundraising from Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Members at Large

Alan Walker
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Alan Walker has been working in Information Systems and Digital Marketing for over 15 years. Initially starting as a web developer, he moved into Product Management and is currently the VP of Product for Rakuten Marketing. He’s volunteered for the center many times over the years including working with the youth programs
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and emceeing one of the Pride festivals. He is also a member of the sober community that meets regularly at the center. His partner, Tim, and he have the closest thing to children, two French Bulldogs; Maggie and Margot.
Debby Berdan
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Michael Fordham
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Tanya Hawkins
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Ariel Malan
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Ariel is a graduate student at the University of Utah, working towards her Master’s in Healthcare Administration with a passion for mental health and LGBTQ+ populations. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Weber State University.
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She has volunteered with the National Alliance for Mental Illness since 2008 and is certified as a support group facilitator. Ariel also volunteered with Ogden OUTreach resource center in teaching at-risk homeless youth life skills. Her primary goal in life is to provide vulnerable populations with the information they need to be advocates for themselves through accessible programs and support systems. She is an active participant in suicide prevention, mental health awareness, and LGBTQ+ rights. Ariel identifies as a cisgender bisexual woman and embraces the polyamorous lifestyle with her husband Chris.
Jessica Watson
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Jessica Watson specializes in tax accounting and holds a certified public accountant license. She currently works for a Salt Lake City based public accounting firm. Before joining that firm, she worked in accounting and credit management for private industry.
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Jessica has served on the board of another non-profit entity, the Wasatch Mountain Club Foundation, as its treasurer and is excited to bring what she’s learned in that capacity to the Utah Pride Center. She completed a BS of accounting at the University of Utah in 2009 and a Masters of Accounting from that same institution in 2011. Jessica identifies as a lesbian, and has now been with her partner for just shy of two years. Together they have two adorable kittens, Toby and Lily.
Marci Milligan
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Ms. Marci Milligan holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters Certificate in Gerontology. Marci’s diverse background in community organizing and with faith- based communities
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informed her vision to bring together a group of like-minded and experienced peers to create Lotus Community Development Consulting Services, LLC. Her skills come out of more than 35 years of work in the fields of social work, housing management, non-profit and for-profit multi-family housing development, private consulting with municipalities and non-profit entities, community development banking, and creation of financial services products on the secondary market. She has worked both in Utah, the Western United States and Nationally gaining expertise in organizational/community planning, small business development in urban and rural settings, affordable housing best practices in leveraging local, state and national lending resources which support emerging small businesses as well as low- and moderate-income minority, special needs and tribal communities. Marci has assisted in the formation of niche community loan pools, successfully raised resources for a broad range of non-profit programs and capital campaigns. Ms. Milligan is presently a board member of Inside Out Faith and Capital Campaign Chair of the Entrada Institute, Inc. a local arts organization based at the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park. She holds a strong belief in bringing together community members to identify their collective needs and in creating integrative solutions that uplift individuals, families and neighborhoods while driving affirmative results!
Michael Iwasaki
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Michael Iwasaki received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Utah, followed by his Juris Doctor degree from the S.J. Quinney College of Law. He is currently working for the State of Utah drafting and negotiating
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purchasing contracts. Michael is passionate about community service, having served on the Utah Minority Association Board, Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division Fit2Practice Committee, And Justice for All Community Center Continuing Legal Education Committee, and Multicultural Engagement for Utah civic engagement coalition. He currently serves as the Co-President of the Salt Lake Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, checking out new restaurants, and catching up on his Netflix watchlist. Michael is excited to join the Utah Pride Center Board because he recognizes and greatly appreciates the value of the Pride Center and the many services it provides. His hope is that the Pride Center will continue to be a symbol of safety and inclusion for years to come.

Gloria Castaneda
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Christine Decaria
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Candice Pitcher
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Candice Pitcher is an attorney in the banking and financial services sector. Candice began her career at Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, where she advised banks, non-banks and other companies within the financial services
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industry regarding regulatory compliance and exam management.Candice has worked as compliance counsel and general counsel at several mid-sized financial services firms. She is currently general counsel of a large real estate investment fund. Candice graduated from the University of Utah (Go Utes!) and went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona (Bear Down!). She lives in Salt Lake City with her wife, Colleen, their twin daughters, and their three fur children.

Joseph Dane
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Karnell Black
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Jamie Usry
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Jamie Usry is a seasoned nonprofit administrator and fundraiser with a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah. She has over 17 years of management experience in the private and public sectors. Jamie is passionate about
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animal welfare and LGBTQ+ issues in our community. As a former Pride Festival Committee director and volunteer for several years, she is proud to serve on the Board of UPC. Jamie and her wife, Dijana Ukmar, live in the Liberty Wells area of Salt Lake City with their dogs and cats.

If you are interested in joining the Utah pride Center Board, please click here to apply.
Applications may be submitted throughout the year.  Active new member recruiting and selection typically begins each year in October.