Chief Executive Officer
Stacey Jackson-Roberts was born and raised on a cattle ranch and...Read More
... in Beaver, Utah. With family ties in more rural parts of Utah, she knows what it’s like to grow up in communities that are less affirming to LGBTQ+ individuals. Jackson-Roberts plans on using that life experience to focus on increasing resources in more remote parts of the state and in systemically marginalized communities.
"As a transgender kid growing up in a small town in the outskirts of Utah, it was hard to find belonging and acceptance. I know there are LGBTQ+ youth in more rural parts of the state that need the support, that need to know the Utah Pride Center is there for them, and wants them to feel heard, loved, and accepted," she said.
Jackson-Roberts has spent the last 20 years living in the Washington D.C. area doing work related to the intersection of law and policy—including on the Judiciary Committee staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy—and delivery of integrative health care in underserved communities. Stacey also was a program administrator at American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. While there, she earned a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
As the Lead Therapist for LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health, at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Baltimore, Stacey built out a dedicated line of LGBTQ+ services in a predominantly BIPOC community in a high need, underserved city. While there she worked to form a coalition of allied BIPOC, LGBTQ+, healthcare organizations, and labor unions to pass state legislation in Maryland. This was key in making Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) more accessible. Stacey also helped found Collective Action for Safe Spaces, which works to end street-based sexual harassment and assault among women, queer, trans, black, and indigenous people of color in the Washington D.C. area. She also previously served as a Health Policy Fellow with the Transgender Law Center in California, working to expand health care parity for gender diverse individuals.
Before moving to D.C. Jackson-Roberts earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Constitutional Studies from Utah State University. Other accomplishments include: MSW, Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA Executive Council Member and Delegate, 1199SEIU: United Healthcare Workers East, 400,000+ member majority-minority union across NY, MA, MD, DC, FL, and NJ with HQ in NYC. Small business owner/ Private Practice Therapist Stacey Jackson-Roberts will begin her duties as CEO at the Utah Pride Center on September 1st, 2021. She plans on launching a listening tour of Utah to hear from LGBTQ+ members to see how the Utah Pride Center can better serve the communities in Utah. She will also focus on expanding virtual and online services to reach more people around the state.
Director of Youth, Family, & Education Programs
Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Education and a...Read More
... Bachelor’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, both from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is passionate about inclusion and social justice.
Amanda began her advocacy with her research on The Effects of a Heteronormative Classroom Environment on LGBTQ+ Students.
Before the Utah Pride Center, Amanda worked in higher and elementary education.
Amanda works at the Utah Pride Center to make homes more accepting and welcoming for our youth and families, schools and community spaces more inclusive for all, and to educate the current and future generations about our incredible LGBTQIA+ community.
Kimberly Gillette, MSW, LCSW
Interim Clinical Director
In this role, Kimberly will oversee our mental health services and prepare...Read More
...services and prepare to expand the types of clinical—healthcare—services that the Utah Pride Center offers.
Kimberly Gillette has been a therapist for the last 10 years since graduating from Smith College School for Social Work in 2011. Kimberly has experience working in a variety of settings including outpatient, hospital, and schools, while maintaining a small private practice for the last 5 years focused on serving LGBTQIA+ adolescents and adults. Kimberly realized the need for trans-centered care after a family member came out as non-binary and she noticed the lack of providers with this training. Since then, Kimberly has received signivation training from World Professional Association for Transgender Health Foundations (WPATH), the Philly Trans Wellness Conference, various other organizations. Most recently, Kim completed a 10-month certificate in Advanced Transgender Studies: Affirmative Therapy for Transgender Communities through Widener University.
Kimberly grew up in Columbia, Maryland, before going to school and starting her career in Massachusetts.
She has been a runner since 2012. Most morning’s she’ll wake up at 4:30 a.m. to run with a group of strong, smart women and says it’s her favorite time of day. She fell in love with Utah when she ran the Moab half-marathon in 2019.
Director of Adult Programming
Deb Hall spent the first 23 years of her career working in...Read More
... the communications industry for two very large corporations. Through those companies, she had the opportunity to be involved in many community service roles, served as a ChiefUnion Steward and learned to advocate for marginalized populations. She also had the opportunity to be a tutor in Math and English as a Second Language.
After leaving Corporate American, Deb moved into the non-profit world serving in different capacities for many organizations including March of Dimes, Ronald McDonald House, Girl Scouts of Utah, the Alzheimer's Association and now the Utah Pride Center. Deb also has a background in hospice and palliative care and continues to offer services as a death doula.
Deb is passionate about Alzheimer's and other dementias and serves often as a dementia care practitioner working with families providing support as they try to navigate the disease process.
Deb sits on Boards and Committees for the Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services, State of Utah Department of Health Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, Utah Commission on Aging, Alzheimer's Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Salt Lake County Health Department Access and Functional Needs Committee.
Deb has degrees and certifications in Legal Studies, Gerontology, Business Management, Yoga Instruction, Hospice and Palliative care and Med Tech. Some odd classes she has taken are belly dancing and hula hooping. If she were able to have one wish fulfilled, it would be to have the freedom to go to school forever, for free of course!
Deb came out 30 years ago, but first became involved with the LGBTQ community only 11 years ago when she volunteered for the Pride Festival Committee. During that time the Utah Pride Center became an affiliate chapter of SAGE USA. Deb was asked to chair the SAGE committee and did so for a couple of years, putting together and securing the first community partners to participate in the SAGE booth at the Pride Festival.
In 2018, Deb took the SAGE committee chair position once again as a volunteer and six months later, began as a paid employee of the Pride Center in the position of Manager of Senior Programs and Advocacy, which lead to the current position as Director of Adult Programs.
Deb chooses to work at the Pride Center in her current role because she believes that of all the roles she has held throughout her career have been leading her to this one perfect job.
Creating a safe place for all, knowing that the Center is a home. I trilled to join this lifesaving organization. I look forward to getting to know each our of supporters, volunteers and members. Feel free to reach out to me and say hi!
Interim Director of Community Engagement
Tanya Hawkins is a native of the Salt Lake Valley. Tanya enjoys being active...Read More
... in the community and is a patron of the arts, sciences, and outdoors. She invests in her Read Morecommunity by being an active council member of the Utah Multicultural Civic Council.
She enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew and introducing them to different ideas and cultures.
She is currently pursuing a degree in Information Technology. Tanya believes that the full value of life is gained by being and embracing yourself. She believes that there is always something positive to be learned from someone regardless of their color, culture, gender, sexuality, beliefs, age, disability, and/or economic background.
Director of Operations & Administration
John Johnson has a long history with the Utah Pride Center...Read More
... and now serves as the Operations & Administrative Director of the UPC facility and festival.
Having been raised in the Midwest, he graduated from BYU with a bachelors in Business Management & Finance. He has worked for three local non-profits and in the Events industry and brings that experience back to the Pride Center again.
John has served as a volunteer, past board member and Festival Director over a span of 20+ years. His combined non-profit, sales/marketing and events experience has helped build the Utah Pride Festival to become one of Utah’s flagship events.
John understands the value of each community having a home. And that a home can mean a lot of different things to various “family” members. He is so impressed with The Center’s growth, extensive programs and the level of which the LGBTQ community enjoys their community center on a weekly basis.
Ask John his motto for life and he will tell you, “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” And for this we are grateful to have him on our team.
Director of Rainbow Wellness
Sarah MacCombie is a licensed occupational therapist andRead More
associate clinical mental health counselor specializing in LGBTQIA2S+ health and wellness.
She received her counseling degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a focus on spiritual East-West psychology. She also specializes in gerontology and has been working in skilled nursing facilities for the past 8 years.
Her passion is supporting others in developing self-awareness, self-love and authentic relationships with self and others.
Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her ...Read More
... Master’s of Social Work degree and graduate certificate in Gender & Women's Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science from St. Olaf College.
Michelle spent her first year as a social worker as a wilderness therapist in the West Desert of Utah. Michelle completed her clinical internship at the Transgender and Intersex Specialty Care Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she worked with trans and gender nonconforming individuals starting their transition and those who were seeking medical interventions.
Michelle completed the Sex Positive Professional Certification through the Center for Positive Sexuality. She specializes in working with clients that identify as LGBTQIA+ and those with diverse sexualities, including kink and polyamory. She is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, yin and hatha yoga, and incorporates mindfulness and feminist therapy into her work with clients.
Lane is a mental health therapist who believes in...Read More
... the inherent value and inner strength of each individual and strives to assist clients in finding the most success and personal satisfaction in all domains of life.
Lane earned a B.A. in Sociology with undergraduate certificates in Diversity and Criminology & Corrections. Lane has worked with University of Utah’s Center for Disability & Access since 2009 assisting students with disabilities, most recently as a Disability Advisor.
Lane has also served in various positions since 2006 within the Board of Directors of Crossroads Urban Center, a local non-profit food pantry and social justice agency, as well as held Board positions on the action group Make Hunger Visible since 2003.
Lane has served as a panelist educating on topics of disability, lgbtq+ identities and issues, and social justice centered on hunger, homelessness and other topics specific to reducing hardship and increasing the power of poor and low income individuals.
Youth, Family & Education Coordinator
Annelise Murphy graduated with a Masters Degree in Clinical...Read More
...Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah. She published a study on non-monogamy in the Journal of Social Psychology and Personality Science, looking at life satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, and quality of life in individuals who open up their primary relationships. She has lived in Utah her entire life and is familiar with the unique culture that can cause significant issues for both families and individuals.
Her areas of interest are in working with populations with anxiety, depression, non-normative relationships, gender identity, sexual identity, faith crisis/recovery from religion, sexual abuse, and grief/loss. She has experience with exposure/response therapy, CBT, and DBT. Her theoretical orientations lean towards feminist based, solution-focused therapies, with a focus on mindfulness and genuine self-expression. She is sex-positive and has personal experience with non-monogamy, gay and lesbian individuals, and non-binary individuals. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, partners, and children. She fosters cats and kittens through a local rescue and enjoys cooking, playing the cello, singing, traveling, gardening (but only tomatoes), and playing video games.
Volunteer Engagement Manager
Emily is an accomplished Events Production & Management...Read More
... Professional, ranging from Volunteer efforts for Pride Festivals over the past several years to overseeing 100,000-attendee Comic and Pop Culture events all around the world.
She has seen several close family members and friends utilize and rely on the many services that our Center provides and is so proud to be a part of making sure those vital programs remain available to our community through profitable fundraising & events.
She lives in Bountiful with her 2 young sons and rescued fur baby.
Manager of Website Admin & Content Coordination
Joni has her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer...Read More
... Information Systems from Regis University in Denver, as well as a Master’s Certificate in Leading Organizational Change. She also has several certificates in technical skills such as Adobe Creative Cloud suite, UNIX Systems Administration, Oracle Database Administration, Web Design & Development, and Web Front-End Engineering.
Joni been working with web technologies off and on since 1994 (remember the Mosaic browser?).
She is retired from IBM where she worked for just under 10 years -- most of that time as a Technical Team Lead, Technical Project Lead, and Tier 3 Web Backend Information Specialist. Prior to that, she had a 25-year career at Mountain Bell & AT&T in Telecommunications, System Administration, Workshop Development, and Application Administration.
Joni was on the board of the Utah Pride Center (2009-2012) where she helped make the Utah Trans March and the Bi+ March a reality (Both marches have been combined with the Dyke & Interfaith Marches).
Joni has been volunteering and/or with the Center almost since she came out more than a dozen years ago. She recently stepped back from a leadership role with The 1 to 5 Club, a Bi+ program of the Center, where she had been volunteering since she can’t remember when. Joni has also been on the leadership team for Sage Utah, and most recently started the Bi-Hive community group (it's part of SAGE Utah) which she runs in her free time.
She came out in 2007 as a Transgender Woman. Shortly after that, she came out to herself and her family & friends as Bisexual. Today, Joni proudly identifies as bi, pan, demisexual, graysexual, and transgender.
In her spare time, Joni enjoys reading, movies, listening to music, meditating, and playing guitar and drums alone or with others (She was in several bands from the year she came out, up until 2014. Since then she has played the Djembe and Cajon (percussion box) with other queer musicians.
Joni has worked simultaneously as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Web Developer from 2010 until in 2018 she hung up her massage hands.
Joni is passionate about making sure bi+ and trans+ folks and other minority groups within the LGBTQ+ family have access to resources they need to move forward with their lives.
In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, reading, watching movies/tv, playing guitar and drums.
MSW Candidate — Boise State
Tascha Carlucci is a clinical intern working on receiving her Masters in Social Work...Read More
... from Boise State University. She received her bachelors in Social Work from Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. She was born and raised in Wiesbaden, Germany with brief living situations around the country of Germany and Spain. She moved to the United States in 2008. As a military dependent she has had great opportunities to backpack across Europe and experience other countries. Tascha moved to Utah from Nashville, Tennessee to work for Utah Community Action. She is the Homeless Services Coordinator for UCA and has been in that role for the last 3 years. Tascha has experience in working with therapeutic foster care, at-risk youth, active duty families, and homeless veterans/individuals and families. Tascha is looking forward to working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and affirming in their most authentic selves. She is a childless millennial Disney adult, who enjoys experiencing new things and playing tabletop board games. Tascha resides in Salt Lake City with her partner and 3 fur children.
MSW Candidate — Univ of Utah
Jackie Keel is a clinical intern working on receiving her Master’s in Social Work...Read More
... from the University of Utah. She received her Master of Education from Weber State University and received her Bachelor of English from the University of Utah.
She currently works at the Utah Department of Human Services as the Juvenile Competency Attainment Program Administrator working with youth who are not competent to stand trial.
She served in the Utah National Guard for 12 years and is a combat veteran who served during the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” era.
She is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community who advocates for reducing stigma, prejudice and discrimination.
Jackie believes in creating an affirmative therapeutic environment through a biological-psychological-social-spiritual approach.
MSW Candidate — Univ of Utah
Hayley Cook is an intern currently working towards achieving their Master’s in ...Read More
... Social Work at the University of Utah. She is originally from Southern California and moved to Utah approximately five years ago to complete their Bachelor’s in Science. Hayley has had various experiences in both her undergraduate and graduate career that has been centered around sexuality and intimacy. These have included working with the Utah County Rape Crisis Center, the Utah State Prison with the Sex Offender Treatment Program, as well as with the Case Management Team at the University of Utah’s ID Clinic providing services for People Living with HIV. The diversity of these experiences has provided her with a unique insight and understanding when working with others.
Hayley is deeply passionate about revolutionizing existing social stigma surrounding sexuality and intimacy from the laws that are developed and implemented to the environments of one’s home and one’s own mind. It is a goal that she has in working with clients at the UPC to assist in achieving liberation from the effects of personal, peer, family, and societal stigma. Hayley believes deeply in the power of being heard and understood and strives to offer this to each individual that she works with and interacts with. It is important to Hayley to support others through an approach that is trauma-informed as well as sensitive to one’s own life experience.
When Hayley is not studying or working she enjoys traveling, being outside, eating good food, and spending time with friends and loved ones.
MSW Candidate — Univ of Utah
Mahalia is an Master’s of Social Work student at the University...Read More
...of Utah, and is thrilled to be at the UPC for her first practicum, August 2021 through April 2022. Mahalia graduated from the University of Utah in 2019 with Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Gender Studies, with a minor in Religious Studies.
As a queer, polyamorous woman, Mahalia is grateul for the opportunity to be a part of the UPC community. She hopes to gain more experience working with polyamorous clients, kink-positive clients, and clients who have experienced religious trauma. Mahalia is continually working to improve her advocacy skills and eventually wants to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker speicalizing in therapy for queer trauma survivors.
MSW Candidate — Univ of Utah
Chalese Meyer is a clinical intern attending the University of Utah’s ...Read More
Master of Social Work program. In 2014, she received a Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis in recreational therapy from the University of Utah. Chalese currently works as a recreational therapist, at a youth Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center, where she is working to create critical policy & systemic change so transgender clients can receive equitable and ethical care. She is a valuable member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and is passionate about advocating for the rights and inclusion of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals. She cares deeply about mental health, especially through an inclusive recreational therapeutic lens continually encouraging her clients to enjoy the outdoors, while adapting programming and techniques to meet the needs of each client. Chalese lives in Utah with her partner, Jenteal & their dog Solo. She is an outdoor enthusiast, prioritizing her own self-care through running, riding motorcycles, snowboarding and yoga. Her dream is to open an LGBTQIA2S+ group home for unsheltered youth while providing a holistic experience in combination with recreational therapy, psychoeducation and drug/addiction rehabilitation.
Alice Elizabeth Pugh,
OT Candidate — Univ of Utah
Alice grew up in the DC area as the daughter of British parents ...Read More
...and moved to SLC 10 years ago to study Public Health and Gender Studies, and to spend time enjoying the local climbing.
She is now in her last year of an Occupational Therapy master's program at the University of Utah and is looking forward to entering the field and uplifting members of local communities. She has worked at the Youth Resource Center, the International Rescue Committee, and other local non-profits, and is excited to work with the Utah Pride Center on incorporating Occupational Therapy resources. She loves helping folks gain access to all of the things that they need and want to do with as much ease and joy as possible.
CMHC Candidate — Adler University
Courtney is an intern working towards a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling...Read More
... at Adler University, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Business Leadership from University of Puget Sound. She currently works in a child inpatient psychiatric unit helping youth manage difficult experiences, emotions, and all that comes with growing up. Courtney is passionate about working with individuals and helping them learn new tools, identify their strengths, and live authentically.
MSW Candidate — Univ of Utah
Lauren is an intern currently working towards her Master’s in ...Read More
...Social Work at the University of Utah with the goal to become an LCSW. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Utah Valley University in 2021.
She’s had experience working in behavior therapy with children and teens and has volunteered with individuals in crisis. She is passionate about working with the LGBTQIA2S+ community and is partnered with Adolescent Medicine Clinic with GeMS (Gender Management & Support) throughout her internship at UPC.
In her free time Lauren enjoys spending time with friends and family, getting outside, listening to music, and taking care of houseplants. She enjoys finding time for self-care and mindfulness by herself and with loved ones