Our Staff

The Center would not be able to offer vital programs and services to our community if it weren’t for our staff. The next time you stop by the Center please introduce yourself and thank them for their support of our community.

Rob Moolman

Executive Director

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801-539-8800, ext:1010

Bek Birkett


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801-539-8800, ext:1015

Liz Pitts

Community Engagement Director

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801-539-8800, ext:1003

Hillary McDaniel

Community Events Manager

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801-539-8800, ext:1012

Brandon Devlin

Volunteer Manager

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801-539-8800, ext:1008

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Deb Hall

Director of Adult Programming

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801-539-8800, ext:1017

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Amanda Darrow

Director of Youth & Family Programs

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Liesl Archbold

Youth & Family Program Coordinator: Ages 14-20

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801-539-8800, ext:1009

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Jesse Fluetsch

Youth & Family Program Coordinator: Ages 2-10

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801-539-8800, ext:1006

Brim Custen

Marketing Manager

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801-539-8800, ext:1005

Kevin Ball

Front Desk Coordinator

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801-539-8800, ext:1020

Katie Webinger

Front Desk Coordinator

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801-539-8800, ext:1020

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John Johnson

Operations & Administration Director

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Paula Espinoza

Adult Programing Manager

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Michael Bryant

Community Development Manager

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Our Community Counseling Center Staff

We are accepting clinical placements for 1st and 2nd year MSW students and CMHC students for the 2020/2021 academic year.  BSW students can apply for a spring, summer or fall semester(s) 2020 placement. Read More

We provide training throughout their placement on LGBTQIA+ issues and services.  There are multiple opportunities to work with youth, adults, and our elderly population. We treat individuals, couples, families and we focus on affirming the individual’s gender and sexual orientation. Part of our services are working with individuals who identify as transgender and Gender Non-Confirming (GNC); therefore, a lot of our trauma-informed care approach and conversations are on gender-affirming medical and surgical care, gender-affirming behavioral healthcare, and gender-affirming. In terms of what that involves, there are several components, which include social affirmation, legal affirmation, psychological affirmation, medical and surgical affirmation.

Preferable bilingual and a good understanding of LGBTQIA+ services/trauma-informed care.

For more information or to apply, please contact Joshua Bravo (contact information below).

Joshua Bravo, LCSW

Clinical Director

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801-539-8800, ext:1011

Joshua’s greatest reward as a affirming therapist is helping clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. He believes that we all need someone to talk with...
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who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment or criticism. He provides clients with that warm, nonjudgmental environment—a healing place to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want.
Joshua holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and he is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He uses a variety of approaches to assist clients depending on their individual needs. He is trained in Mind-Body Bridging, EMDR, QPR, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy and psycho-education extensively. His experience includes working with individuals working through divorce, separation and single-parenting, addictions, intimate partner violence, suicidal ideation, grief, gender dysphoria, and co-occurring mental health disorders, among other areas. He is also known in the Q-community as a strong advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights; therefore, he has an affirmative, sex positive and queer friendly approach to treating our vast gender diverse population. Joshua regularly utilizes the WPATH Standards of Care when working with trans* and GNC identified individuals.
Joshua has been working with children, individuals, and families for over 17+ years. His strengths is in helping queer children, individuals and families who have experienced trauma; especially sexual abuse, childhood trauma, family violence, physical abuse and associated injuries. He utilizes play therapy when working with children. In addition, Joshua has worked with both offenders and survivors of intimate partner violence in various community mental health centers.
When he is not working with the LGBTQIA+ community, he enjoys spending time taking care of his home, 8 chickens, 2 fat cats and prefers to be out hiking then to be working in the garden.

Aaron Higley, CMHC, Licensed Psychotherapist

Clinical Director

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Aaron is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. He holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Bachelor’s degree in General Psychology. He has been a licensed mental health provider for many
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years, specializing in work with teenagers, adults, and couples, treating anxiety, depression, stress management, men’s issues, grief, trauma, addiction issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, Coming Out issues, and relationships.
Aaron is a mental health therapist who believes in 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.
Aaron uses a variety of approaches to assist clients, depending on their needs, including Brief Solution- Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy, Imago Therapy for couples, Family Systems, and psycho-education.
Aaron’s greatest reward as a therapist is seeing clients make positive changes and experience positive growth. He works to provide clients with a warm, nonjudgmental therapy environment—a safe place they can explore issues that may be preventing them from living their best life.
Aaron recently returned to Utah after living in Atlanta, Georgia for over 18 years. He is the proud father of two amazing children, appreciates and enjoys time with an exceptionally supportive family, and loves to explore this beautiful state of Utah, as well as the arts and culture scenes here.

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Haven M. Jackson

Community Counseling Coordinator

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Lane Gardinier, CSW/MSW

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801-539-8800, ext:1013

Lane is a mental health therapist who believes in 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. Read More
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 in

Candice Metzler, CSW

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801-539-8800, ext:1019

Candice is a Certified Social Worker (CSW) and Doctoral candidate nearing the completion of a PhD in Social Work at the University of Utah. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s
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degree in Psychology.
Her area of research is clinical practice with LGBTQI populations. Candice is also the Executive Director of Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah. She has guest lectured on college and university campuses throughout Utah and works as a volunteer with the U.S. Department of Justice training local and regional law enforcement.
Candice has served transgender, gender nonconforming, intersex, and questioning children, youth and adults for more than 5 years through group facilitation, individual and family counseling, program development, and community support. She has also worked with individuals and families struggling with homelessness. Candice draws from a variety of theoretical and clinical approaches including Multicultural, Person-Centered, Positive Psychology, and Cognitive-Behavioral therapeutic techniques. Her strengths are helping individuals and families working through gender and life transitions. In addition, Candice works with individuals and families who have experienced trauma and/or abuse and those experiencing grief and loss. She also works with individuals struggling with spiritual conflicts, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

Jake Martinez, BSWi

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Jake Martinez is a bachelor's of Social Work Intern from Utah Valley University. He works with our Youth and Family Programs as well as with our Mental Health team. In addition to
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Social Work, Jake enjoys spending time with his three children, baking, cooking, woodwork and art.

Brad Myers

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Mariana Nibley, PMHNP-I, BSN, RN

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Mariana is a student at the University of Utah and precepting as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She earned her BSN from Utah Valley University and has Read More
spent her nursing career working in geriatrics and clinical research. As a mental health practitioner, Mariana focuses on a person-centered approach, utilizing various therapeutic modalities. In her spare time, Mariana enjoys playing with her two dogs in Utah’s beautiful mountain ranges.

Jason Farris, PMHNP-I, BSN, RN

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Jason is in the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) program at the University of Utah. He earned his bachelor's degree in the science of
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nursing (BSN) at Idaho State University. Jason has served as an Army nurse for eight years and enjoys providing care for individuals with various backgrounds and experiences. He works as an intern psychotherapist as a member of the mental health team. Jason utilizes a person-centered approach with integrated interventions and techniques from a variety of modalities to meet the needs of clients. He enjoys camping, hiking, motorcycles, and spending time with family.

Brooke Autrey, MSWi

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Brooke is a first year Masters of Social Work student at the University of Utah completing her first year practicum with the Utah Pride Center. She completed her bachelors degree in psychology at Read More
Utah Valley University. Brooke has substantial experience in working with children, teens, and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities. Brooke works with the Youth and Family Programming at the Utah Pride Center co-facilitating 2-10 Groups, co-facilitating the Youth Survivors of Suicide Attempts group, and case managing.

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Jake Oaklyn, MSWi

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Jake is an affirmative therapist, and is passionate about helping people find balance and peace in their lives. This is done mainly through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Read More
Behavioral Therapy (DBT) work. He also currently co-facilitates our adult trans and 10-14 year-old groups, and has helped out with several community events this school year. He graduates from the University of Utah’s Master’s program in Social Work this May.

Darrah Jones, MSWi

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Darrah is a Masters of Social Work student at the University of Utah, with an expected graduation date of May 2020. She takes an affirming approach to working with clients and starts by meeting Read More
her clients where they are. Darrah’s background is in victim advocacy. From 2014-2019, she enjoyed building community-based victim advocacy programs and services in multiple populations. She also provided direct services to clients who participated in these programs. Darrah also provided individual, family, and group therapy to clients of Salt Lake County Youth Services and assisted in developing and facilitating a residential Genders and Sexualities Alliance for the agency in her first year practicum.

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Kaitlin Jean Bodily, MSWi

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Kaitlin is an enthusiastic human-being who feels a desire to create safe spaces for all individuals seeking healing, community, hope, and wellness. She believes that clients are the experts
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of their own experiences and believes in meeting clients where they are on their journey. She is currently a Master of Social Work student at the University of Utah. Kaitlin has experience working with individuals of all ages. She enjoys spending her time with family and squeezing in adventures whenever possible.

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Deven R. Jennings, PMHNP-I, RN

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Deven is a student at the University of Utah and precepting as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). He earned his BSN, RN from Brigham Young University Read More
and has spent two years working at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institution, specializing in adult and geriatric mental health. Deven utilizes a person-centered approach with integrative interventions and techniques from a variety of modalities to meet the needs of his clients. Deven is dedicated to providing a safe place where clients can freely express their life stories while receiving validation and empathy. In his spare time, Deven enjoys singing Broadway show tunes, being a passionate Ravenclaw, and binge-watching a number of television shows.

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Tara Liston, PMHNP-I, RN

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I was a psychiatric nurse for children and adolescents before starting my doctoral program. I especially enjoy working with children and adolescents. I feel like there is a great opportunity to substantially Read More
impact children and adolescents’ lives while helping them facilitate a healthy transition into adulthood. I have three children. My oldest child had extensive medical needs and passed away as the result of a terminal genetic disease when she was almost 4 years old. She greatly influenced my life and is the reason I transitioned into nursing. I have been a host home for adults with special needs for the last year. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, playing sports, and hanging out with friends. and is the reason I transitioned into nursing. I have been a host home for adults with special needs for the last year. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, playing sports, and hanging out with friends.

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Diana Powell, MSWi

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Diana is a Master of Social Work student at the University of Utah. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2016 and spent the last three years working as a Prevention Specialist for
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Wasatch Mental Health. Although she has experience with various aspects of suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, and community mental health, she most enjoys working directly with clients. Diana completed her undergraduate internship in juvenile corrections and has since gained substantial experience working with youth. She seeks to assist clients in finding greater healing, growth, and authentic self-expression. In her spare time, Diana enjoys singing, reading, exercising, and spending time with her two adorable cats.

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Amy Parry, RN, BSN, PMHNP-I

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Attending the University of Utah Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. Very excited to be collaborating with the Pride Center. An ICU nurse for 13 years prior to
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starting this new and exciting path. Enjoys working with youth ages 10-14, validating and empathetic support in their time of transition. Incorporating CBT and DBT therapies within individual sessions to bring about a more authentic self. Enjoys running! Has run multiple half and full marathons! Loves being outdoors!!

Sarah MacCombie, CMHCi, OT

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Bio coming soon!

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